Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Chrome has always performed fast enough for me. Think you have to be on 4.1 or later to install it though?

Boat Browser Mini was quite fast and handy last time I used it a few months ago. I'd need to check it out again, since i switched to Dolphin for its text wrap around that Boat didn't provide that last time.

Anyone have a good data monitor that they like?

This one looks promising.

Today's free app of the day at Amazon.com is Jump Desktop ($9.99).

Looks like the software works with Windows, OSX and Linux. I have no experience with it, but if you're in the market for a remote desktop program for your Android device, it may be worth a look!

Thanks. Always wanted to try one of those.

I just got the Galaxy S4, and I thought it might finally be time to try to go back to Pocketcasts full time vs Doggcatcher. I think I still like the "workflow" of building my podcast playlists on the old version of Pocketcasts that I had to give up on due to it's instability. Managing playlists just seems odd.

And I think I found a bug. If I try to delete a Smart Playlist, it deletes my manual playlist instead. I've repeated it over and over.

Another things, the included audio speed adjustment seems to be inferior to Presto's audio. Almost makes things sound clipped, or maybe the 2.2x speed is slightly faster than what 2.2x speed in Presto actually is. I suppose I could test them by racing podcast playback to see if they finish at the same time on my two phones, but I don't know that I care enough.

Going to stick with it a bit. It definitely LOOKS better. I want to like it, because I really liked the old Pocketcast (outside the instability).

Andy

cheesycrouton wrote:

Anyone have a good data monitor that they like?

This one looks promising.

I use Data Counter Widget (Google Play) and it works great for my purposes.

So I got a Kindle Fire HD last weekend and I love it so far.

I looked into getting a sketch app for it and ZOMG there are like 30+ of them.

Any recommendations? Do they work well on a Kindle Fire HD?

fangblackbone wrote:

So I got a Kindle Fire HD last weekend and I love it so far.

I looked into getting a sketch app for it and ZOMG there are like 30+ of them.

Any recommendations? Do they work well on a Kindle Fire HD?

No idea. But I've got one too and love it as well.

MannishBoy wrote:

I just got the Galaxy S4, and I thought it might finally be time to try to go back to Pocketcasts full time vs Doggcatcher. I think I still like the "workflow" of building my podcast playlists on the old version of Pocketcasts that I had to give up on due to it's instability. Managing playlists just seems odd.

And I think I found a bug. If I try to delete a Smart Playlist, it deletes my manual playlist instead. I've repeated it over and over.

Another things, the included audio speed adjustment seems to be inferior to Presto's audio. Almost makes things sound clipped, or maybe the 2.2x speed is slightly faster than what 2.2x speed in Presto actually is. I suppose I could test them by racing podcast playback to see if they finish at the same time on my two phones, but I don't know that I care enough.

Going to stick with it a bit. It definitely LOOKS better. I want to like it, because I really liked the old Pocketcast (outside the instability).

Andy

I've only ever used Pocketcasts on my Nexus. Their last major update was pretty amazing. Something drastic would have to happen to get me to switch from it these days.

There seem to be a zillion flashcard apps out there. Does anyone use one? Which do you like? The kid will probably find one useful for vocabulary study when he takes spanish next year.

Can anyone suggest some apps to get more iPhone type notifications on my s4? Texts and email previews on my lock screen, at least. I was shocked Android doesn't do that out of the box.

Thanks!

Google hit on ChompSMS that apparently has that feature, and is a free app.

Probably more, but that was the 2nd hit.

Oh and the first hit was Lock Screen Notifications. Also seems to have the same feature.

I almost posted a LMGTFY link instead. :p

Just got my S4 and I have mixed feelings.
The phone is great, screen is incredibly sharp.

After a week, I'm concerned with battery life and performance (I have the Qualcomm version, not Exynos).
I ended up turning every "bloatware" feature off (eye tracking, finger hovering) and now it's incredibly fast. and the battery is lasting the whole day, even with VERY heavy use and LTE always on.

Hobbes2099 wrote:

Just got my S4 and I have mixed feelings.
The phone is great, screen is incredibly sharp.

After a week, I'm concerned with battery life and performance (I have the Qualcomm version, not Exynos).
I ended up turning every "bloatware" feature off (eye tracking, finger hovering) and now it's incredibly fast. and the battery is lasting the whole day, even with VERY heavy use and LTE always on.

Oh yeah, I immediately installed a more Holo style launcher and cut off most of the gee whiz Samsung gimmicks. Battery's pretty decent with that, as long as I'm not stuck in a data hole all day where the radios ramp way up to stay connected.

Performance seems great to me, especially since the OTA update that seemed to get rid of some navigation hitches I was initially seeing.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Can anyone suggest some apps to get more iPhone type notifications on my s4? Texts and email previews on my lock screen, at least. I was shocked Android doesn't do that out of the box.

Thanks!

How about Dash Clock? Coded by a Googler, and has plug ins for about anything you can think of. Not sure if you can actually get previews of the actual SMSs, but you could get something like GoSMS or Handcent, which I believe will include widgets that you can put on your lock screen. There are also pop up style notifications for SMS messages either built in to those or other apps.

Stele: I've Googled it, smartass! I've tried a few apps. I'm looking for recommendations for good ones from the Goodjer hive mind.

Mannish: I'll check that out. I'm using Handcent right now, too.

And it turns out much of my confusion was caused by an ignorance of Widgets. Didn't understand them, and had no idea about lock screen widgets.

I downloaded Nils the other day, so I'm trying that out.

I have the updated Play Store on my Note 2, and I can't find where the list of my purchased/installed/in need of an update apps live any more. Any ideas?

spider_j wrote:

I have the updated Play Store on my Note 2, and I can't find where the list of my purchased/installed/in need of an update apps live any more. Any ideas?

There's a down arrow to a line on the top menu bar. That's the icon you are looking for.

Press the menu button at the left lower corner of the Note 2, then select "My Apps."

Thanks guys. MannishBoy, the down arrow isn't there anymore (not on the Note 2, anyway), which is why I was lost. Since my prior Android experience comes from the N7, I always forget about that menu button! Cheers, LarryC.

spider_j wrote:

Thanks guys. MannishBoy, the down arrow isn't there anymore (not on the Note 2, anyway), which is why I was lost. Since my prior Android experience comes from the N7, I always forget about that menu button! Cheers, LarryC.

Weird. It's there on my s4.

So apparently you can't functionally use a lock screen widget and any kind of lock code/security on an s4 at the same time. How terrible.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

So apparently you can't functionally use a lock screen widget and any kind of lock code/security on an s4 at the same time. How terrible.

I haven't spent any time with this, but WidgetLocker allows you to do this.

LiquidMantis wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

So apparently you can't functionally use a lock screen widget and any kind of lock code/security on an s4 at the same time. How terrible.

I haven't spent any time with this, but WidgetLocker allows you to do this.

I'd pay for that if Samsung doesn't want to fix it.

MannishBoy wrote:
spider_j wrote:

Thanks guys. MannishBoy, the down arrow isn't there anymore (not on the Note 2, anyway), which is why I was lost. Since my prior Android experience comes from the N7, I always forget about that menu button! Cheers, LarryC.

Weird. It's there on my s4.

The one on the app menu is still there for me, just not the one on the Play Store.

Man, every day is one step forward, one step back with the s4.

It won't play music over Bluetooth in my car, which my iPhone did. So I plugged it in to my car's USB port, and it wasn't recognized at all.

I'm going to try my brother's s4, and call my car's dealerships about firmware updates or whatever, but this is a true dealbreaker if I can't make it work.

Yeah, cars tend to be extremely hit or miss in terms of bluetooth and/or playback. It's one of the more frustrating things as the info on what car hooks up with what phone can be a struggle to find.

If the dealership can't get it to work I'd go to your local phone store and see if they have any tips as it may be a setting in the phone. Maybe.

Oh, and if your car has a usb port it probably also has an auxiliary input where you can hook it up from the headphone jack.

No, no input jack, sadly. That would be too useful.

I'm going to try my brother's s4 later, then call the dealer, and if nothing works, I'm going to check out either an HTC One or just run home to iPhone.

Btw neither Bluemont nor USB worked in my wife's car (same maker), either.

It is maddening. I was so chuffed when my new car had BT, and it worked like a charm with my iPhone 5. When I swapped to my Note 2, it is far more erratic. It usually plays music and podcasts OK, but about one in ten tries, it just won't connect properly. Quite often, the audio jumps back a few seconds, over and over again. That can be fixed by making a call via the car's Bluetooth, for some reason.

The USB port is of little use beyond charging, as it gets an error when it tries to read the phone, either as a mass storage device or whatever the other option is.

It's a Ford with the manufacturer supplied Sony stereo. The firmware was on Ford's site, so it is up to date.

I gather that the fault is with the way that 4.1.x handles Bluetooth. It was supposed to be fixed in 4.2 (which isn't on the Note 2 yet) but wasn't. I read some posts on XDA about it, and problems with a lot of other cars too. Manufacturers seem to focus on iPhone compatibility.