Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

I just bought Tasker as possible substitute to Locale (since it isn't updating it's conditions for some reason...could be my GPS). Anyway, man is that UI dense. I really don't want to have to read a manual but I suppose that I will need to. But does anyone know of how to set "default" settings in Tasker?

Touch Calendar is awesome and shows event start and end dates on the widget.

What's the best e-mail client for android? I have an Asus Memo 7"HD

The built in client doesn't seem to retain old e-mails. Everytime I update the client the old e-mails disappear and the new ones take it's place. Also you can't update all of your accounts at once, just one at a time. It's really crappy program.

I like Mailbox. I used it on iOS and now on Android. The flipping of mail into various states, e.g., archive, trash, save for later, or postpone, is smooth and logical. It works well. I can't recall off-hand if it supports anything but Gmail, but I seem to recall they were at least working on Yahoo! support. Maybe even POP3/IMAP beyond Gmail.

I use AquaMail. It's decent, and logical. It doesn't keep all emails locally, so if that's an issue skip it. It does do both Gmail and Hotmail and allows me to pretend conversation view doesn't exist, which as an old man yelling at clouds makes me happy.

I like Kaiten, but it seems to have problems syncing with Yahoo mailbox periodically.

MailDroid doesn't have these problems, but the full, ad-free version costs a whopping $18.

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Anybody try the Yahoo produced launcher Aviate? I actually kind of like it, but it's got a few issues where it doesn't work exactly like it's supposed to for me that keeps me switching back to Nova. Definitely keeping my eye on it, though.

Sounds like Cover app made into a desktop. Eh. Cover's got me, er, covered. I just put the apps into widgets and folders; and I prefer to mind them that way. I'm open to trying it, though.

I have a car with Bluetooth since last week, and I love the ability to play podcasts (Pocketcast) and music (Play Music) directly from the phone to the car audio system. Thing is, the connection is kind of flaky. It sometimes takes a few tries before it connects, or before the audio works as well. It seems like this is a known issue with Android, if the results of my google queries are worth anything.

Can anyone make any recommendation on a Bluetooth app that might make it easier to operate the Bluetooth, so I don't have to hastily finnick in the settings while stopped at a red light? Something that automatically turns off Bluetooth when not in the vicinity of my car could be sweet too.

What brand of car? Might be useful for troubleshooting. We have a new Toyota since very recently and its bluetooth (both wife and I have android phones) works like a charm, so unfortunately no help from me. That said, it always asks whether we want to pair for calls only or for audio as well. Maybe you have that option as well?

It's a Renault Megane. He always tries to connect automatically, but fails sometimes while claiming it's connected. Reconnecting often helps, but is not very safe while on the road I didn't find any specific car related issues for Bluetooth under Android, most search results referred to the OS as the main issue.

Troubleshooting connectivity issues in cars. We are truly living in the future.

LouZiffer wrote:

In other cases not importing at all was the solution, as the system wasn't updated enough to handle the contract format that newer versions of Android use.

Maybe updating the car firmware could solve that?

I've found this which indicates a potential procedure to follow, and that a system update from Renault might also help.

Most of what I'm seeing online indicates that the contract import feature is the source of many problems. In some cases ticking the "always do this" box and allowing it to automatically import as needed solved disconnection issues. In other cases not importing at all was the solution, as the system wasn't updated enough to handle the contact format that newer versions of Android use.

So for some reason today my phone downloaded a file called Scan-for-viruses-now.apk. I wasn't doing anything with the phone and I certainly didn't tell it to download anything.

I found and deleted the apk file, but why would the phone just spontaneously download something?

I'm definitely going to check if a firmware update is possible. It's a brand new lease car, so it's possible it already has the latest installed. Thanks for the link LouZiffer, the google fu is stronger within you!

I've also installed this app, so at least my phone retries connecting until it works.

While we're talking cars...

I've got this weird issue with Pocket Casts and Google Music in my 2014 Subaru Forester. If I leave the stereo set to Bluetooth input and start the car, the stereo frequently defaults to playing what I last played on Google Music, even if I was just using Pocket Casts.

Secondly, and more importantly, for some reason, my stereo automatically mutes Pocket Casts when it starts a new podcast. It doesn't do this for Google Music: only podcasts. I can't figure out if this is a phone issue or a car issue. It seems like they're both making mistakes somewhere along the line...

It's something I can live with, but if there's a solution, I'd be all about hearing it! Has anyone else experienced anything similar?!

BadKen wrote:

So for some reason today my phone downloaded a file called Scan-for-viruses-now.apk. I wasn't doing anything with the phone and I certainly didn't tell it to download anything.

I found and deleted the apk file, but why would the phone just spontaneously download something?

Sounds like a drive-by malware download. Make sure you have disabled the installation of third-party software and probably install a good scanner and you're fine. I am partial to ESET Mobile Security - it always warns you when something like this downloads and quarantines it. Free version is sufficient and has a small memory footprint.

dejanzie wrote:

I've also installed this app, so at least my phone retries connecting until it works.

I know Bluetooth was designed with low power requirements, but doesn't this app kill your battery?

Tasker [App, webpage] could help you out and get the same thing done with additional filters; GPS, near WiFi signals, closest GSM antenna, etc. This way, you're not demanding bluetooth to connect every time your screen turns on.

Is anyone having trouble downloading the GWJ Conference Call via PocketCast? I keep getting the same error - open failed: EACCES (Permission denied)- and it used to work fine prior to June.

Nevermind - it's a 4.4 issue.

Trashie wrote:

Is anyone having trouble downloading the GWJ Conference Call via PocketCast? I keep getting the same error - open failed: EACCES (Permission denied)- and it used to work fine prior to June.

I can download them fine but as of my last phone switch (from Samsung S5 back to my beloved Sony Z1) I can't download the art. I miss Stan's face...

I miss Stan's face...

I thought you said Satan's face... that was a bit of a double-take.

The Google Now Launcher is now available on devices with Android 4.1 and higher for anyone that's interested.

ilduce620 wrote:

The Google Now Launcher is now available on devices with Android 4.1 and higher for anyone that's interested.

I dropped by to discuss about this; is there anything about the Google Now Launcher that's particularly outstanding?

I bought Nova a few years back and I haven't looked back.

Anyone have any experience using universal remote apps for either the Galaxy S5 or HTC One? I'm about to pull the trigger on one of those and was hoping to use it as a remote at home.

PaladinTom wrote:

Anyone have any experience using universal remote apps for either the Galaxy S5 or HTC One? I'm about to pull the trigger on one of those and was hoping to use it as a remote at home.

I use my S5 as a remote for my TV every day. It comes with pre-installed with a simple remote app, and it works well. That said my needs are not complex at all. I only watch OTA TV and Chromecast.

Edit:

Never mind, figured it out.

Hobbes2099 wrote:
ilduce620 wrote:

The Google Now Launcher is now available on devices with Android 4.1 and higher for anyone that's interested.

I dropped by to discuss about this; is there anything about the Google Now Launcher that's particularly outstanding?

I bought Nova a few years back and I haven't looked back.

In my opinion, Nova is still better.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:
Hobbes2099 wrote:
ilduce620 wrote:

The Google Now Launcher is now available on devices with Android 4.1 and higher for anyone that's interested.

I dropped by to discuss about this; is there anything about the Google Now Launcher that's particularly outstanding?

I bought Nova a few years back and I haven't looked back.

In my opinion, Nova is still better.

I've been using it the past few days. The Google Now launcher seems to work pretty well. Icons are flattened over what I was using in Nova, and I like having quick access to Google Now via left-hand swipe. Otherwise, it doesn't do much better. Less customizable, for sure, but for my purposes, it seems to work fine.

ilduce620 wrote:
Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:
Hobbes2099 wrote:
ilduce620 wrote:

The Google Now Launcher is now available on devices with Android 4.1 and higher for anyone that's interested.

I dropped by to discuss about this; is there anything about the Google Now Launcher that's particularly outstanding?

I bought Nova a few years back and I haven't looked back.

In my opinion, Nova is still better.

I've been using it the past few days. The Google Now launcher seems to work pretty well. Icons are flattened over what I was using in Nova, and I like having quick access to Google Now via left-hand swipe. Otherwise, it doesn't do much better. Less customizable, for sure, but for my purposes, it seems to work fine.

In Nova, I have the left menu button long press set to open search/Google Now in Nova (on an S4). Works great. Also have it set up to take voice input of "OK Google" off the home screen.