Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

Posted in the other thread that I use RockPlayer for divx files. It was the only free program I could find to play them, and works great.

Came across the Gmail Label Notifier. Does what it says, gives you a notification when you get mail for a new label that's not in the inbox.

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Only downside is I wish I could create a notification for a group of labels, and it would just tell me which label has new mail, rather than having to set up each one individually.

Subscribing

Anybody have any opinions about the TweetDeck twitter client beta vs the other options on Android?

I use TweetDeck on PC for twitter/facebook, and having both in one app is appealing. I wish the two clients would sync and keep track of what I've already read, though.

TweetDeck is okay, though it has a ways to go compared to Twidroyd or the like. I like TweetDeck because it remembers my position in the timeline (maybe Twidroyd can do this. Haven't checked) and I like cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook.

I just found Mortplayer music player, which seems to be the best (for my tastes, anyway) that I've found so far. It plays music by folder, so allows me to play a whole album in one go rather than being shuffle/playlist based. The default doesn't have a widget, but the developer has a separate set of widgets to download to give direct control.

Basic app:
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Widgets:
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General Crespin wrote:

TweetDeck is okay, though it has a ways to go compared to Twidroyd or the like. I like TweetDeck because it remembers my position in the timeline (maybe Twidroyd can do this. Haven't checked) and I like cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook.

You hit a couple of things I like about it. It knowing where I read to before, and it blends in Facebook. I rarely check facebook, on PC, but I do see updates in Tweetdeck. I also think it's carrying over my filters from PC (but I haven't verified it). That way I can avoid all those auto tweets some people do that I hate (raptr and the like).

I may play around with some other clients.

MannishBoy wrote:

Anybody have any opinions about the TweetDeck twitter client beta vs the other options on Android?

Nothing has pulled me away from Touiteur yet.

LilCodger wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Anybody have any opinions about the TweetDeck twitter client beta vs the other options on Android?

Nothing has pulled me away from Touiteur yet.

Have you tried tweet deck? What features does Touiteur have that differentiate?

I hate a lot of these app web pages that don't really cover features.

A couple months ago, Engadget compared a bunch of Android Twitter apps. That should give you a place to start, though you'll probably want to see if any of them have added anything nifty and new since then.

MannishBoy wrote:

Have you tried tweet deck? What features does Touiteur have that differentiate?

I hate a lot of these app web pages that don't really cover features.

Touiteur does remember your scroll position when you launch the application. However, it doesn't support tweetdeck-style filters and it's list navigation isn't the best.

However, I find the level of polish on the UI side in the app is just fantastic - I haven't tried the tweetdeck beta, but after using the seemsic client for a while I switched to Touiteur and have never felt I was missing out on anything that the other apps offer.

PS - you need to include your twitter handle in your sig so that I can add you to my "GWJ" list

avggeek wrote:

PS - you need to include your twitter handle in your sig so that I can add you to my "GWJ" list :)

@andrewsexton

Although I'm pretty boring. Mainly just use it for news stuff from gaming and tech people.

MannishBoy wrote:

@andrewsexton

Followed

MannishBoy wrote:
avggeek wrote:

PS - you need to include your twitter handle in your sig so that I can add you to my "GWJ" list :)

@andrewsexton

Although I'm pretty boring. Mainly just use it for news stuff from gaming and tech people.

Hah, your last name has sex in it

Citizen86 wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
avggeek wrote:

PS - you need to include your twitter handle in your sig so that I can add you to my "GWJ" list :)

@andrewsexton

Although I'm pretty boring. Mainly just use it for news stuff from gaming and tech people.

Hah, your last name has sex in it

To be more precise, it has a ton of sex in it.

unntrlaffinity wrote:

To be more precise, it has a ton of sex in it.

You, my good sir, have one-upped me quite spectacularly. I applaud you

Citizen86 wrote:
unntrlaffinity wrote:

To be more precise, it has a ton of sex in it.

You, my good sir, have one-upped me quite spectacularly. I applaud you

Or perhaps he's going to get his Sext On... anyone have a text coming in?

unntrlaffinity wrote:
Citizen86 wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:
avggeek wrote:

PS - you need to include your twitter handle in your sig so that I can add you to my "GWJ" list :)

@andrewsexton

Although I'm pretty boring. Mainly just use it for news stuff from gaming and tech people.

Hah, your last name has sex in it

To be more precise, it has a ton of sex in it.

Who says that's my last name?

MannishBoy wrote:
LilCodger wrote:
MannishBoy wrote:

Anybody have any opinions about the TweetDeck twitter client beta vs the other options on Android?

Nothing has pulled me away from Touiteur yet.

Have you tried tweet deck? What features does Touiteur have that differentiate?

I hate a lot of these app web pages that don't really cover features.

I haven't tried Tweetdeck on Android yet, as I know about a dozen folks who downloaded first day and gave it a resounding "meh".

Touiteur has the smoothest UI to me. In general, they all have pretty much the same features, it's just a matter of how you access them. Tracking conversations, multi-replys, integrated browser ($), remembering timeline position, image upload, etc. I've found Touiteur to be the most accessible. It works for me as a package. It shares the same failing as most Android twitter apps, which is lists. Haven't seen good list integration yet. I don't use them really, so it's not a deal breaker.

The official Twitter app has speed on its side. It's lightning fast. However, it doesn't remember timeline position, and therefore is dead to me.

So I gave up on finding a RSS reader good enough to get me to switch from using the Google Reader mobile webpage. However, for those of you using Dolphin HD as your browser, there is a plugin called "Google Reader Notifier" plugin that gives you an unread article count and acts as a quick link to the Google Reader page.

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RoughneckGeek wrote:

So I gave up on finding a RSS reader good enough to get me to switch from using the Google Reader mobile webpage.

I like Feedr. It pulls in your Google Reader subscriptions and syncs starred and read status of the articles, updates automatically, intelligently rescales images, and doesn't hog resources.

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Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:
RoughneckGeek wrote:

So I gave up on finding a RSS reader good enough to get me to switch from using the Google Reader mobile webpage.

I like Feedr. It pulls in your Google Reader subscriptions and syncs starred and read status of the articles, updates automatically, intelligently rescales images, and doesn't hog resources.

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I use NewsRob - once I put my Google Listen stuff in one folder and all my text RSS feeds in another one, it became pretty good.

I didn't like the way Feedr listed all articles in a continuous page rather than opening each article in a child page. NewsRob is my favorite RSS reader so far.

LiquidMantis wrote:

I didn't like the way Feedr listed all articles in a continuous page rather than opening each article in a child page. NewsRob is my favorite RSS reader so far.

For me, it works fine. Double-tap anywhere on the article, and it collapses back. You're back in the list.

hi, I'm Seth, and I'm a filthy skimmer.

My favorite apps:

Advanced task Killer (like everyone else). just figured out that the widget is a one-push app wipe, which is great.

AndroidVNC -- I use it along with gmote as a poor man's remote control to my htpc.

chompSMS, because I want the text program to look like an iPhone's.

Juice Defender -- not sure if it's actually saving any battery juice, but even if it's not, it's a nice placebo effect.

Things I'm still looking for:

1) I don't want to screen to go utterly dark when it's charging. At the very least, I want the battery-charging icon that's on the iPhone. Preferably I'd like a clock. or something. I'm using Night Clock currently, which is fine but extremely no frills. Wondering if there's anything better available.

2) I want a very customizable news delivery widget that I can make focus on specific items. Basically I want my iGoogle news settings on a widget. Am I missing a setting?

You should be able to tell your phone that you want the screen to stay on if the phone is connected to something. It's in Development section under Settings.

Feedr has an okay widget that can be customized to show only a certain subset of your subscriptions.

I think I'm going to buy Tasker to automate some of these types of things like apps on the screen when plugged in, location based activities and settings, etc.

Anybody use it?

I bought it and use it just for a couple of things so far. I haven't really dug down into it yet.

MannishBoy wrote:

I think I'm going to buy Tasker to automate some of these types of things like apps on the screen when plugged in, location based activities and settings, etc.

Anybody use it?

You can try it out for a week first if you just download it from the developer's website.

It's powerful, but it's also extremely complex. I find Setting Profiles to be much, much easier to use. But of course you can't perform nearly as many actions.

Now that's interesting. Yahoo's Fantasy Football application on Android is nearly identical to its iPhone incarnation--except it's missing any ads.