Non-game Android Apps Recommendations Catch-All

RoughneckGeek wrote:
Seth wrote:
RoughneckGeek wrote:

What exactly are you doing with social media in your phone browser?

I have a hard time being able to share links to FB or Twitter with any sort of consistency. In Firefox the "post" button simply wouldn't work. In Dolphin, I wasn't able to make comments before posting a link.

Skyfire seems to be more adept at that. And I haven't tested it with the default browser.

I will give Dolphin Mini a try. Sounds encouraging!

Ah. I do that the hard way myself... copy the URL and manually paste it into my FB or twitter update. On the phone that means swapping to the corresponding app.

Default browser has a "share this page" button that links up to all the social media pretty well. I only use it with Twidroyd and Gmail, but I've had no complaints. I'm cycling between Firefox and default Browser atm. I tried Opera a while ago, and was very underwhelmed.

Default browser for me on 2.2

Tried Dolphin once -- and went right back to the default 2.2 browser.

Tanglebones wrote:
RoughneckGeek wrote:
Seth wrote:
RoughneckGeek wrote:

What exactly are you doing with social media in your phone browser?

I have a hard time being able to share links to FB or Twitter with any sort of consistency. In Firefox the "post" button simply wouldn't work. In Dolphin, I wasn't able to make comments before posting a link.

Skyfire seems to be more adept at that. And I haven't tested it with the default browser.

I will give Dolphin Mini a try. Sounds encouraging!

Ah. I do that the hard way myself... copy the URL and manually paste it into my FB or twitter update. On the phone that means swapping to the corresponding app.

Default browser has a "share this page" button that links up to all the social media pretty well. I only use it with Twidroyd and Gmail, but I've had no complaints. I'm cycling between Firefox and default Browser atm. I tried Opera a while ago, and was very underwhelmed.

The "Share this Page" function is available in Dolphin Mini too. Hit the little icon to the left of the URL and it's listed in that menu. Next time I go to share something I'll have to see how pointing that to the Facebook/Twitter apps work. The only time I've ever used that function is to "bookmark" a page for later reading via Google Reader.

I wiped my phone yesterday and don't have Dolphin HD installed right now, but I'm almost certain that the Share this Page link was there too. I avoid all this social networking hoohaw though so I can't guarantee it.

LiquidMantis wrote:

I wiped my phone yesterday and don't have Dolphin HD installed right now, but I'm almost certain that the Share this Page link was there too. I avoid all this social networking hoohaw though so I can't guarantee it.

It is. And it sort've works -- I can post links -- but I can't *comment* on them.

Maybe I'm being too spoiled. I already -- and eternally -- suffer from iPhone envy when it comes to the FB app.

Here is a question... If you have a phone that is from verizon/sprint can they be put on to virgin mobile? Virgin mobile uses sprints towers right? This is a bit out of my realm as I have been on cingular, at&t, now t-mobile (and soon to be forced back to at&t with no intention of going back) I really liked that with t-mobile I could buy any unlocked phone, and pay less per month like you do with virgin but am not super excited about the hardware (full qwerty for me please, unless I get wooed by the PS phone)
I am assuming I would have to either buy an unlocked phone or use my hack skills to unlock it from the carrier it cam from.

I was catching up on my Lifehacker RSS and came across this comparison.

MonoCheli wrote:

Here is a question... If you have a phone that is from verizon/sprint can they be put on to virgin mobile? Virgin mobile uses sprints towers right? This is a bit out of my realm as I have been on cingular, at&t, now t-mobile (and soon to be forced back to at&t with no intention of going back) I really liked that with t-mobile I could buy any unlocked phone, and pay less per month like you do with virgin but am not super excited about the hardware (full qwerty for me please, unless I get wooed by the PS phone)
I am assuming I would have to either buy an unlocked phone or use my hack skills to unlock it from the carrier it cam from.

There's a ROM for the DInc that makes it work on Cricket, so I'm guessing it's at least possible. Whether or not anyone's done what you want, I couldn't say..

MonoCheli wrote:

Here is a question... If you have a phone that is from verizon/sprint can they be put on to virgin mobile? Virgin mobile uses sprints towers right? This is a bit out of my realm as I have been on cingular, at&t, now t-mobile (and soon to be forced back to at&t with no intention of going back) I really liked that with t-mobile I could buy any unlocked phone, and pay less per month like you do with virgin but am not super excited about the hardware (full qwerty for me please, unless I get wooed by the PS phone)
I am assuming I would have to either buy an unlocked phone or use my hack skills to unlock it from the carrier it cam from.

I have spent some time tonight and found out it is do-able. You just need a Virgin Mobile phone, take its ESN, MEID and other information, put it on the other phone, call Virgin to register the phone and done. Much easier to type out than actually do.

ezPDF Reader is Amazon's free app today. Any thoughts?

I'm sure it's better than Adobe. I use FoxIt on my home PC instead of them.

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Any rooted phones out there that like switching it up, ROM-wise, I suggest giving MIUI a look:

http://lifehacker.com/#!5795542/miui-is-a-gorgeous-super-fast-rom-for-android

http://en.miui.com/

It's really quite neat and *might* have persuaded me away from CM7.

HBO Go is out on Android now, and at first glance it's very nice.

Confuses me as to why we still don't have Netflix yet if HBO can work out the DRM and content provider negotiations.

MannishBoy wrote:

HBO Go is out on Android now, and at first glance it's very nice.

All the reviews say the original Droid isn't supported. And it's 13MB with no ability to move to SD.

Guess I'll wait and hope they update...

Just checked, and yes, it won't move. The move to SD option is there and active, but it says "Failed to move application. The application is copy protected." when you attempt to move it.

I wonder if the reason the original Droids aren't supported is sheer processing power?

Netflix. Limited phone support.

* The Netflix app runs on these phones:
1. HTC Incredible with Android 2.2
2. HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3
3. HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2
4. HTC G2 with Android 2.2
5. Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3.

Works pretty well.

I tried HBO Go on my HTC Aria. Rooted, running Liberty 2.2 ROM, and overclocked. The playback occasionally stutters even with an excellent WiFi signal.

Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

I tried HBO Go on my HTC Aria. Rooted, running Liberty 2.2 ROM, and overclocked. The playback occasionally stutters even with an excellent WiFi signal. :(

I've found the whole HBO Go thing to be buggy all around. My wife has been using it to watch Sex and the City using our laptop hooked up to the TV via HDMI. I'll usually be upstairs playing TF2 for about 10 minutes before I hear her shout that something's broken, or the play button won't disappear, or it's frozen.

The service is really cool, but they need to fix up their software.

Also: Why does HBO not care about streaming on every android device, but Netflix is getting super anal about DRM?

Radical Ans wrote:
Gorilla.800.lbs wrote:

I tried HBO Go on my HTC Aria. Rooted, running Liberty 2.2 ROM, and overclocked. The playback occasionally stutters even with an excellent WiFi signal. :(

I've found the whole HBO Go thing to be buggy all around. My wife has been using it to watch Sex and the City using our laptop hooked up to the TV via HDMI. I'll usually be upstairs playing TF2 for about 10 minutes before I hear her shout that something's broken, or the play button won't disappear, or it's frozen.

The service is really cool, but they need to fix up their software.

Also: Why does HBO not care about streaming on every android device, but Netflix is getting super anal about DRM?

I'm thinking Netflix is the new iTunes of 5 years ago. Studios are being very strict on Netflix because they don't want them to have too much control over the streaming market.

Perhaps already suggested, but I'm messing with an "adventurous" software keyboard replacement called 8pen.

http://www.the8pen.com

Only have an hour or so, but really liking it. Makes texting a lot less painful, especially with the gesture library.

I got that when the released it. Was pretty cool...for a while, then it got kinda tedious. I still go back to it from time to time, but mostly I use SwiftKey.

Amazon's free ap yesterday was FlexT9 Speak Trace Write Tap. Which apparently has a tracing like swype, and some dragon naturally speaking voice recognition stuff... kinda combo of all the best keyboard/voice entry. Haven't messed around with it yet, but some of the reviews say they replaced swype with it, others say they replaced swiftkey with it. So sounds interesting. Sorry I meant to post yesterday while it was still free.

Surely everyone is remembering to click the Amazon app once a day for free stuff?

Stele wrote:

Amazon's free ap yesterday was FlexT9 Speak Trace Write Tap. Which apparently has a tracing like swype, and some dragon naturally speaking voice recognition stuff... kinda combo of all the best keyboard/voice entry. Haven't messed around with it yet, but some of the reviews say they replaced swype with it, others say they replaced swiftkey with it. So sounds interesting. Sorry I meant to post yesterday while it was still free.

Surely everyone is remembering to click the Amazon app once a day for free stuff? ;)

Yeah, been trying to remember to do that. Picked up a lot of stuff that I can't use with my phone, FlexT9 being one of those, thinking about September when my current contract is up and I can get a new one.

Stele wrote:

Amazon's free ap yesterday was FlexT9 Speak Trace Write Tap. Which apparently has a tracing like swype, and some dragon naturally speaking voice recognition stuff... kinda combo of all the best keyboard/voice entry. Haven't messed around with it yet, but some of the reviews say they replaced swype with it, others say they replaced swiftkey with it. So sounds interesting. Sorry I meant to post yesterday while it was still free.

Surely everyone is remembering to click the Amazon app once a day for free stuff? ;)

I'm playing with FlexT9. "Swyping" seems OK so far. Haven't tried voice.

I did get in an infuriating situation where I couldn't scroll in a text box on a reply here on GWJ, no matter what I did.

Even though it's not a supported, the Netflix app works flawlessly on my DroidX with the phone model check stripped from the APK.

RoughneckGeek wrote:

Even though it's not a supported, the Netflix app works flawlessly on my DroidX with the phone model check stripped from the APK.

Tried the same one on my Atrix. Unfortunatly It doesn't work as smoothly. It streams video, but it's got a weird green strip across the bottom and ghost images. I'm guessing the app was optimize for a Snapdragon, and the Tegra in the Atrix just doesn't mesh quite right. I guess they weren't just BSing when they said they needed to optimize for different phones.

RoughneckGeek wrote:

Even though it's not a supported, the Netflix app works flawlessly on my DroidX with the phone model check stripped from the APK.

So far so good here on my Droid X (and my wife's too). This is truly awesome! Thanks for finding that RoughneckGeek!

MannishBoy wrote:

Netflix. Limited phone support.

* The Netflix app runs on these phones:
1. HTC Incredible with Android 2.2
2. HTC Nexus One with Android 2.2, 2.3
3. HTC Evo 4G with Android 2.2
4. HTC G2 with Android 2.2
5. Samsung Nexus S with Android 2.3.

I have netflix working on my rooted G2 running CM7 and my wife's N1 (not rooted) both are great. Super syked. With PvZ on the way the two things I was frustrated that the IOS team had and I didn't, will be solved.

EDIT:

I haven't tried it yet but it looks this works to get it on most other devices if you have root...