Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Personally, I don't run any antivirus apps. I do have SeekDroid installed, though I've never had to use it. SeekDroid periodically goes on sale (I have it from Amazon Appstore, but Google Play has had it for $0.99 on occasion), so it may be one to keep an eye out for.

I use a combo of Seek Droid and Lookout. I really don't care too much yet about anti-malware, but the location and remote wipe functionality makes me feel better.

Most of the talk on XDA seems to be that unless you are installing apps from non-secure locations (i.e. anywhere other than the play store) you don't need anti-virus and it will only drain your battery, etc.

Kestrel wrote:

Most of the talk on XDA seems to be that unless you are installing apps from non-secure locations (i.e. anywhere other than the play store) you don't need anti-virus and it will only drain your battery, etc.

I think that's funny, coming from the site where everybody roots their phones (makes them less secure) and installs all kinds of random apks.

That site is quite big. You can have both and more people arguing about that on it and still have room for Windows Phone discussions.

I'm looking for a birthday reminder app that lets me:

- import Google & Facebook contacts
- choose when to remind me

Any recommendations?

I just upgraded to 4.3 on my N4. Unfortunately this means I have to use hangouts vs talk. Which means I can't tell if someone is active or away anymore.

Anybody have a good IM client to replace hangouts?

Secret Asian Man wrote:

I just upgraded to 4.3 on my N4. Unfortunately this means I have to use hangouts vs talk. Which means I can't tell if someone is active or away anymore.

Anybody have a good IM client to replace hangouts?

I've seen talk on XDA about uninstalling Hangouts and reinstalling the Voice apk.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Anyone have any experience with FolderSync?

I'm switching from a Windows Phone to an Android phone (Nexus 4), and the only feature I've really missed are the automatic backups of my pictures to SkyDrive. I can use the SkyDrive app to upload my pictures manually, but I'd rather have an automated option. (The built-in uploading to Google+ isn't really something I'm interested in doing.) FolderSync popped up in searches around the Play Store, but I thought I'd check here first.

I got FolderSync and it works quite well except that SkyDrive apparently doesn't allow automated synchronization. I'm not sure if this is a SkyDrive problem in general or an issue with the way FolderSync handles uploads, but I'll look into it more.

In case, you know, there's more than just me wanting to do this specific thing.

MannishBoy wrote:
Secret Asian Man wrote:

I just upgraded to 4.3 on my N4. Unfortunately this means I have to use hangouts vs talk. Which means I can't tell if someone is active or away anymore.

Anybody have a good IM client to replace hangouts?

I've seen talk on XDA about uninstalling Hangouts and reinstalling the Voice apk.

My phone isn't rooted, I'm not sure I could do that. I'll poke around XDA more but I haven't seen a good thread for it.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm switching from a Windows Phone to an Android phone (Nexus 4), and the only feature I've really missed are the automatic backups of my pictures to SkyDrive. I can use the SkyDrive app to upload my pictures manually, but I'd rather have an automated option.

With thanks to Edwin, I think I found it. Cloudii is a cloud storage management app with some nice synchronization features. It has a pre-configured option for camera sync, but I had to setup a few manual syncs for folders other than the main camera folder (screenshots, downloads, etc.) Still, it's working nicely so far and might be a solution to my problem.

Secret Asian Man wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
Secret Asian Man wrote:

I just upgraded to 4.3 on my N4. Unfortunately this means I have to use hangouts vs talk. Which means I can't tell if someone is active or away anymore.

Anybody have a good IM client to replace hangouts?

I've seen talk on XDA about uninstalling Hangouts and reinstalling the Voice apk.

My phone isn't rooted, I'm not sure I could do that. I'll poke around XDA more but I haven't seen a good thread for it.

You don't have to have root to install an apk. You just have to allow installing from other sources in settings.

MannishBoy wrote:
Secret Asian Man wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
Secret Asian Man wrote:

I just upgraded to 4.3 on my N4. Unfortunately this means I have to use hangouts vs talk. Which means I can't tell if someone is active or away anymore.

Anybody have a good IM client to replace hangouts?

I've seen talk on XDA about uninstalling Hangouts and reinstalling the Voice apk.

My phone isn't rooted, I'm not sure I could do that. I'll poke around XDA more but I haven't seen a good thread for it.

You don't have to have root to install an apk. You just have to allow installing from other sources in settings.

I did that. I get an error message. Searching through forums says I have to move to my system/app folder. I believe that requires root for write permission.

So anybody rooted their 4.3? Any issues? I've never rooted a device before.

Amazon's free app today is SQL Tool Pro Database Editor

Seems like a nice piece of software from the reviews.

Ballotechnic wrote:

So, folks thought on anti virus and theft recovery apps? Necessary or just a drain on resources. Recommendations?

Android Device Manager was announced today, available later this month.

Locate and ring your misplaced device
If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even it's been silenced. And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time.

Protecting your personal information and data
While losing your phone can be stressful, Android Device Manager can help you keep your data from ending up in the wrong hands. If your phone can’t be recovered, or has been stolen, you can quickly and securely erase all of the data on your device.

Availability and getting started
This service will be available later this month on devices running Android 2.2 or above; to use it, you also will need to be signed into your Google Account. There will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices. Stay tuned!

ilduce620 wrote:
Ballotechnic wrote:

So, folks thought on anti virus and theft recovery apps? Necessary or just a drain on resources. Recommendations?

Android Device Manager was announced today, available later this month.

Locate and ring your misplaced device
If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even it's been silenced. And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time.

Protecting your personal information and data
While losing your phone can be stressful, Android Device Manager can help you keep your data from ending up in the wrong hands. If your phone can’t be recovered, or has been stolen, you can quickly and securely erase all of the data on your device.

Availability and getting started
This service will be available later this month on devices running Android 2.2 or above; to use it, you also will need to be signed into your Google Account. There will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices. Stay tuned!

About time Google had it's own stuff in this area.

Can anyone suggest a good Youtube downloader?

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Can anyone suggest a good Youtube downloader?

Be very careful of those. Some give nice malware.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Can anyone suggest a good Youtube downloader?

I use FREEdi, I grabbed it from Amazon long ago. My only gripe is that it seems like it drops downloads if you're connection gets too flaky.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Can anyone suggest a good Youtube downloader?

http://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

If you don't mind running a python-based command-line program.

I'm pretty surprised nobody has written a simple local javascript page that takes a URL input and makes a list of download links. The source code for grabbing a youtube video doesn't look all that complicated.

EDIT: Annnnd this is the android apps thread. Now I feel dumb. Wait... is there a python interpreter for Android?

Second for FREEdi.

Lately I've been forsaking my beloved audiobook player, my Sansa Clip+, to sometimes play non-DRMed books on my phone. Mainly because the Clip+ doesn't do high speed playback tonal adjustments like I can get on my phone, and sometimes I'm just not in the mood for Alvin the Chipmunk to read me books. Plus, apps let me run at higher speeds than the fast speed on the Clip+.

I've tried out Smart Audiobook, and it seems OK. It has a free trial, so it was a good start. Think it's $2 to buy. I like the playback speed adjustments, the short and long skips, the auto sleep functionality that sleeps the player if the phone hasn't moved in X period of time, the cover search from the net for book covers, etc. Seems pretty nice.

Was wondering about Listen Audiobook Player. It's $1, has no free trial, even though the dev offers a 7 day period to request a refund if you aren't happy. It seems to have all the same features I liked above from Smart, but the dev seems very involved in the review comments in a positive way, and seems very responsive to requests.

There are others like Akimbo as well, but I really like the reviews better on the first two.

Anybody have a favorite? I really wish I could find out if the newer Sansa Clip Zip had better high speed playback support, as I'm going to continue using a Sansa for a lot of my library .wma DRMed books anyway, and like the audiobook player to be a separate battery than my communication device Plus, the small size is better for working out or doing yard work vs my big phone.

Get 'em while they're hot!

Amazon's Appstore may be best known for its "Free app of the day" promotion, but today's sale jumps from one to 10 apps that won't cost you a penny. To celebrate one year of availability of the Appstore in Europe, Amazon is making 10 different popular apps free for the entire day, valued at over $35 normally:

Angry Birds (Ad-Free) - regularly $0.99
Drawing Pad - regularly $1.99
PAC-MAN HD (Kindle Tablet Ed.) - regularly $2.99
World of Goo - regularly $2.99
SwiftKey - regularly $3.99
CalenGoo - regularly $5.99
Sprinkle - regularly $1.99
Paper Camera - regularly $1.99
Jamie's 20 Minute Meals - regularly $7.69
Shazam Encore - regularly $4.99

Even though the sale is being kicked off because of a European milestone, the sale is available in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Japan. Head to the Amazon Appstore on your device or the source link below to grab your free apps.

Own like 8 of those 10 already from previous free app of the day things. But nice to pick up the couple I was missing.

Hello there, as a recent convert from iPhone to Android, I am having trouble finding a podcasting app suiting my tastes. I am using OneCast, which, while simple, requires way too much micromanagement. I want the following:

A simple "Update All" button, which would check and download new episodes automatically.
If the updating would delete all those podcasts I already listened to, even better.
Playlist which would show all the unplayed episodes and would play them one by one.

In OneCast I am checking all the new stuff manually and with ten podcasts it gets tedious (there is also a possibility that I am simply using it wrong, so feel free to point out my stupidity ). Any experience?

wanderingtaoist wrote:

Hello there, as a recent convert from iPhone to Android, I am having trouble finding a podcasting app suiting my tastes. I am using OneCast, which, while simple, requires way too much micromanagement. I want the following:

A simple "Update All" button, which would check and download new episodes automatically.
If the updating would delete all those podcasts I already listened to, even better.
Playlist which would show all the unplayed episodes and would play them one by one.

In OneCast I am checking all the new stuff manually and with ten podcasts it gets tedious (there is also a possibility that I am simply using it wrong, so feel free to point out my stupidity ). Any experience?

One of the most common questions in this thread. Read up thread (don't have to go far), and I think you'll find people recommending Pocket Casts, Doggcatcher, and Beyond Pod.

I know both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher will automatically download all podcasts on a regular user set interval, depending on preferences for OTA vs Wifi and charging or non-charging. Never used Beyond Pod.

I own both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher, and generally prefer Pocket Casts. Doggcatcher probably is more flexible with more options, but the interface is more obtuse.

MannishBoy wrote:
wanderingtaoist wrote:

Hello there, as a recent convert from iPhone to Android, I am having trouble finding a podcasting app suiting my tastes. I am using OneCast, which, while simple, requires way too much micromanagement. I want the following:

A simple "Update All" button, which would check and download new episodes automatically.
If the updating would delete all those podcasts I already listened to, even better.
Playlist which would show all the unplayed episodes and would play them one by one.

In OneCast I am checking all the new stuff manually and with ten podcasts it gets tedious (there is also a possibility that I am simply using it wrong, so feel free to point out my stupidity ). Any experience?

One of the most common questions in this thread. Read up thread (don't have to go far), and I think you'll find people recommending Pocket Casts, Doggcatcher, and Beyond Pod.

I know both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher will automatically download all podcasts on a regular user set interval, depending on preferences for OTA vs Wifi and charging or non-charging. Never used Beyond Pod.

I own both Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher, and generally prefer Pocket Casts. Doggcatcher probably is more flexible with more options, but the interface is more obtuse.

Great, thanks, I did not want to sift through 30 pages' worth of comments and these sound like what I am looking for. Will check them out. Thanks.

wanderingtaoist wrote:

Great, thanks, I did not want to sift through 30 pages' worth of comments and these sound like what I am looking for. Will check them out. Thanks.

It's as recent as last page. It really is nearly every page in this thread

Pocket Casts here. Did not like Doggcatcher or the free app I tried.

Well, after a few hours with Pocket Casts I am a convert. Definitely what I was looking for (and more) - easy updates, automatic playlists, the works. Thanks for the tip!