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Posted by: Nebuchadnezzar on December 27th, 2012 @ 5:17PM
  • 12/27 - Metal Slug 3 for $2
  • 11 ways to use an old Android phone
  • Metal Slug blows up on iOS and Android Metal Slug 2 and Metal Slug X also planned - I got that for my first good color phone. I love that game.
  • 11/12 - Monopoly for $1

  • 1/14 - FREE: Touch Racing Nitro
    1/3 - Picasa App

  • 1/1 - Add http://dealnews.com/rss/672- add this to your rss reader for free aps.
  • 12/7 - Another 10 for sale for 10 cents here
  • Android Apps on Sale - Minecraft is 10 cents!

    Here's some recommended Droid apps. Feel free to suggest your own.

  • They finally coughed up Netflix for android. Now you can sit there streaming a show at home and probably elsewhere. I took my phone to my bed and we were watching a movie on it. Then I got tired of holding it and switched to the laptop. That's the future !

    I really need to find a way to get a TV in my bedroom. Maybe a projector on black friday then pay someone to install some sort of screen that comes down.

  • Amazon AppStore for Android; Free Paid App Every Day - They don't make it easy to find FREE apps. And the downloads take forever.

    ====
    Peggle is free on Amazon App store today.

  • App 2 SD Android App Manages Device Memory - That's helpful.
  • They finally added an https://market.android.com/ app store.
  • One of the recent episodes of Modern Family featured the Talking Tom app on it. I was just using it on Sunday to entertain the 3 year olds.
  • THIS F-ING RULES! Wii Remote Connects to Android. Just go to the market. I connected the Wii and now I can play NHL 94 or any Genesis, SNES game remotely. It's so awesome. It takes a while to re-map it.
  • I tried some IRC apps but I couldn't get any to connect to our iRC server. :(
  • Rom Gripper - This thing rules. NHL 94' for the Genesis. I wish I had a game controller. Maybe you can plug one in somehow using your USB slot?
  • Top 10 Best Android Games of 2010
  • Angry Birds hits 50 million downloads, creates simple in-app purchases on Android
  • Black Friday App
  • App: Live Weather Radar

  • Android Continues to Chip Away at Smartphone Web Consumption
  • Is Android Surging Only Because Apple Is Letting It?
  • Improve Your Android Phone's Battery Life
  • http://www.bestandroidappsreview.com/
  • Google's Schmidt: 200,000 Android units activated each day
  • 30 Top Android Apps for 2010
  • 10 Must Have Android Apps (old)
  • Android Market boasts 100,000 app submissions

    Gmote

    This one is awesome. It lets you control the mouse on your computer from your phone. So you can sit on your couch doing things. It's also funny as you can f with unsuspected users of your computer.

    KeyRing

    Look for the one that's "KeyRing". What you do is scan in all your dumb discount cards that they make you use at stores. Then you can get rid of the cards or ones on your keyring. I had a problem scanning in Ralphs and 1 other though. The rest all worked.

    TV.com

    Wow, I was blown away by that app. There's tons of free TV in there to watch. I was watching the Dexter panel at comic con. That app is must have.

    Just Playlists

    I was wondering how I could create mp3 playlists. This prog makes it way easier to do.

    Google Sky Map

    That thing is awesome. What you do is hold it up to the sky at night and it points out the different stars or planets you're looking at. It found Jupiter. I've always wondered what I'm looking at, and it even draws the constellations.

    Solitaire

    Love that game.

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    Slev
    Marine

    August 3rd, 2010 @ 5:36PM

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    Google Goggles - cool program that lets you take pics of things like landmarks and then it will pop up with a bunch of information about what you took a picture of

    gtasks - great if you use google tasks. Can set a widget on your desktop showing your list of tasks

    wikimobile - nice little interface to wikipedia

    Movies (by flixster) - good for getting show times, dvd rental info, and trailers

    Handcent SMS - I like this over the built in SMS program

    Google voice - I don't use it for incoming/outgoing calls, but have my voicemail redirected to google instead. When you get a voicemail, you get an e-mail with a transcription of the voicemail and can then either listen to it from a computer and browser, or through the google voice app

    Torrent-fu - great program for interfacing to uTorrent. I can't remember if you have to root your phone for this one to work or not.

    LauncherPro (or ADW Launcher) - great home screen replacements that allow you to have more than 3 desktops. Not sure what the droid x home screen is like, but the default google one is lacking


    EDITED: 2010-08-03 17:37:20

    EDITED: 2010-08-03 17:39:57
    airety
    Marine

    August 3rd, 2010 @ 6:07PM

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    http://mashable.com/2010/02/28/android-apps-drop-iphone/

    That's a start. There was a fantastic guide which listed all the must haves for Android (may have been on techcrunch) but I can't find it now... they had apps that would like you uninstall the crappy default programs, better keyboard, better text messaging, apps that let you use your phone as a remote control... if I find it, I will post!

    I use: Yahoo Mail, Shop Shavvy (for scanning QR codes), Mobile Authenticator, and Pandora.
    hardcore puppy
    Marine

    August 3rd, 2010 @ 6:37PM

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    Here`s a list I use frequently (omitting onces mentioned):

    Yelp - Find food places/reviews
    TV.com - You can stream some TV shows from phone
    Flixster - Find movie times and theaters
    Advance Task killer - kills apps, save batteries
    Meebo - chat (AIM, gtalk) app
    Mobile Defense - Locks your phone in case it gets lost /stolen (not sure how great this one is)
    Opera Mini - Multiple tabs work better than default when surfing online
    Nebuchadnezzar
    The King

    August 3rd, 2010 @ 7:09PM

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    How do you uninstall all those lame default apps they give you. They don't even show up under uninstall.
    Atlantean
    Peon

    August 3rd, 2010 @ 7:19PM

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    One that I found after constant searching is RingRiser. It slowly increases the volume of your incoming calls from mute/vib-only to max volume. At work, I`m in loud places one minute (I supervise a loud machine shop) and in meetings the next, so I constantly forget to change volumes. This lets me kill an incoming call before it disrupts the whole meeting but doesn`t let me miss it if I`m in the shop. My old dumb-phone had this feature built-in, but I couldn`t find it anywhere in the default Nexus One Froyo OS.
    what316
    Shithead

    August 3rd, 2010 @ 7:35PM

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    I have google sky map because my ex downloaded it, but I`ve never used it. If you are having problems accidentally hitting the volume control button when holding it, check out the Volume Control app. Most used apps for me is still facebook, shazam, tapatalk, and digg.
    SourGrapes
    Peon

    August 4th, 2010 @ 12:28AM

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    What the heck you can see stars at night?
    Samoan
    Peon

    August 4th, 2010 @ 8:58AM

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    The WoW auction app is cool. I will not pay a monthly fee for the full version, but the free one is pretty functional.
    BugNuker
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    August 4th, 2010 @ 12:20PM

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    Must have's:

    Games:
    Robo Defense
    Void Defense
    Missile Intercept
    MAD

    Applications:
    Advanced Task Killer (must HAVE! Set to kill unwanted apps every 30 mins to hour, saves battery, memory, maybe your life!)
    Android System (gives you nice info about your phone)
    Antennas (shows you what tower your connected to via google maps)
    Barcode Scanner (scan any barcode, see if its cheaper)
    BackCountry Navigator (offline topo maps for hiking and stuff)
    Compass/Compass Leveler
    DropBox (if you have a dropbox account, this is a must. Download any file from yoru dropbox, sync too!)
    FY Tracker (Great GPS traker for exporting walks, bikes, drives, anything)
    Gmote(control your mouse via your phone, as well as music and stuff)
    Google Translate
    GPS Test (see speed, alt, satellites you are connected to, signal strength)
    GPS Tracker (activate via SMS, uploads your position to a google map so you can see where your phone is at)
    Layar (reality browser)
    Network Discovery (do a scan of PC on the WIFI, scan for open ports too)
    Open Table (find open table reservations, and make one in real time)
    Pedometer (count your steps!)
    Scanner Radio (listen to police scanners in your area)
    Ustream boradcaster (stream live video from your phone to viewers)
    Wheres my droid (greatest program if your phone gets lost. Text it a keyword, and it turns off silent, makes the ringer as loud as it goes, rings for 5 mins. Still cant find it? Text another keyword, and it replies with LAT/LON and then google map link to see where your phone is)

    Thats all I have for now.
    Enjoy

    Smokin Joe
    Marine

    August 4th, 2010 @ 2:24PM

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    this is killing me.

    i can't wait to get out of my contract and upgrade to something more glamorous than this G1.
    Wootah
    non-leet

    August 4th, 2010 @ 3:32PM

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    That 'where's my droid' program alone makes me want to get a droid phone.
    hardcore puppy
    Marine

    August 4th, 2010 @ 10:20PM

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    100,000 apps? 90,000 of them are probably crap...
    meorah
    Marine

    August 5th, 2010 @ 2:23PM

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    That still leaves 10,000 apps that are useful depending on what you like.

    I couldn`t imagine loading more than about 50 on a phone.
    Nebuchadnezzar
    The King

    August 5th, 2010 @ 3:01PM

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    The number is just to compare to itunes which is at like 200,000. They're trying to show how it compares, basically.
    Nebuchadnezzar
    The King

    August 7th, 2010 @ 1:47AM

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    I'm trying to find a decent exercise log. All I want to do is mark biking, pool, maybe a few other random things.
    rawfish
    Peon

    August 7th, 2010 @ 2:09AM

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    Re: Top 30 Apps 2010, Beware of Foursquare - it isn`t just an app . it`s a prison!
    Slev
    Marine

    August 7th, 2010 @ 6:48PM

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    open space by google - great idea if it ever hits a critical mass of users. not really much in the way of spaces listed here in seattle, but i might start messing around with it and marking spots
    BugNuker
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    August 8th, 2010 @ 10:54PM

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    RE: I'm trying to find a decent exercise log. All I want to do is mark biking, pool, maybe a few other random things.

    Use FY Tracker
    Nebuchadnezzar
    The King

    August 9th, 2010 @ 3:42PM

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    That FY Tracker just crashes. It said to restart my phone, I did, it still does it.

    Anyone suggest a good app to use as a screen that just shows news headlines? If not, maybe just your google reader headlines.

    A lot of sites said get LOCALE. It sounds cool it lowers the volume or raises it based on where you are. So at work it could auto put your phone on mute, then for everywhere else it could raise the volume back. I could really use that. But they NOW want $10 for the app. There's another one for $4 in UK money :(

    Any apps for controlling your home computer?

    EDITED: 2010-08-09 16:41:21
    eliw23
    Marine

    August 9th, 2010 @ 7:00PM

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    I use Runkeeper to log my running. It uses your GPS and tracks your route, speed, incline, etc. It has a setting for cycling and other sports. I bought an armband to run with. It also automatically updates your stats to your acct on their website. Might be good for your use to track your bike riding. I have the iPhone but I know android has it as well since my friend downloaded it on her droid phone.
    Wibin
    Marine

    August 12th, 2010 @ 6:52AM

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    I use these

    Handcent SMS.
    Voice (google voice)
    Curvefish Widgets
    They make some good selection widgets and task killer.
    EStrong File Explorer
    OI File Manager
    Waze
    Launcher Pro (fedrico Carnales)
    Twidroid for Twitter
    Quick Settings (sergej Shafarenka)
    Rings Extended (dianne Hackborn)
    ConnectBot

    I try to not have to many apps. It eventually just lags the phone out when you got a bunch of un-used stuff.
    There is a bunch of other stuff I use that comes with my rom, that you can't install without Root access. Like my Wireless tethering. Need Root for that.
    Nebuchadnezzar
    The King

    August 16th, 2010 @ 12:26PM

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    Talking Tom Cat - This is super funny for kids. It's a bit repetitive but it repeating your speech and making videos is funny. It entertained my kids for nearly an hour. But now they want to see the cat now.
    undreaming
    Kali Compton

    August 23rd, 2010 @ 7:17AM

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    Wait. Why`s Four Square is a prison? I like it.
    Wibin
    Marine

    November 14th, 2010 @ 8:05AM

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    I switched to Twicca for Twitter.
    I've been playing "Angry Birds" a physics game where you launch different birds at buildings to blow up the pigs that keep stealing their eggs.
    It's very addicting.
    There are lots of levels too, so you can play for a week and still not be done with stage 1 which has like 70 levels. It's not easy either.
    Slev
    Marine

    November 14th, 2010 @ 11:02AM

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    - angry birds
    - clockR widget
    - smart shortcuts - helps you clean up clutter on homescreen by grouping apps
    - callend vibrate - vibrates your phone when call ends, similar to vibration on call start
    - appbrain - i like this better than default market app
    - juiceplotter - graphs battery level vs time. useful if you're trying to change settings to optimize battery
    - Google chrome to phone - probably my favorite app if you use chrome as your main browser. Can install extension for chrome and send links to phone with click of button. Awesome for sending maps/directions to phone
    - My Tracks - I use this for hiking

    if you root:
    - setcpu
    - wifi tether
    - root explorer


    EDITED: 2010-11-14 11:03:29
    silvaside
    Peon

    November 15th, 2010 @ 6:17PM

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    If you want to uninstall bloatware you can either root your phone and remove the apk`s or flash a custom rom which doesn`t have all that crap. loads of guides on xda developers forum.
    Slev
    Marine

    December 13th, 2010 @ 8:24AM

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    Even better than deleting bloatware, just freeze it with titanium backup pro ($6, need root). A little safer so you don't accidentally delete something that's important.
    buck0
    Peon

    December 13th, 2010 @ 9:17PM

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    Don`t forget Angry Birds Seasons too!
    Pimster
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    December 14th, 2010 @ 1:21AM

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    Some games I like:
    Galcon (if you like RTS)
    Spaghetti and Marshmallows (making constructions)
    Traffic jam (slide puzzle, gets freaking difficult at later stages)
    SliceIt (divide blocks in same size pieces)

    And get Swype, best and fastest way of entering text

    EDITED: 2010-12-14 01:22:30
    nate_orenstam
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    December 14th, 2010 @ 12:54PM

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    if you use google voice you want voicechoice so you can change the behaviour of the dialer on a number-by-number basis. some of the numbers i call don't work with google voice.

    if you don't use google voice, consider it. if your phone plan includes any 'free' numbers, you can make most of your calls for no charge through google voice.
    Sixen
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    January 6th, 2011 @ 2:19AM

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    I also used Advanced Task Killer, helps a ton when trying to conserve some memory.

    As far as IRC goes, I use AndChat and it worked great. BTW, what's the EN (or KC) IRC? =O.

    AndroNotes is good for keeping track of notes, obviously.
    ES File Explorer is an awesome file manager for your phone (and SD cards).
    Wibin
    Marine

    January 6th, 2011 @ 4:01PM

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    You modify your rom to not have lame apps. =)

    I use yaaic for IRC. works decent.
    Cannot scroll history though.
    Nebuchadnezzar
    The King

    January 6th, 2011 @ 4:59PM

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    Posts: 3736
    Advanced Task Killer is must have. How do you even shut down all the programs without it.
    Istari
    Kali Compton

    January 24th, 2011 @ 8:36PM

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    Started using swype a few weeks ago - Swype

    I need to ask my droid buddy at work for suggestions.
    BloodClot
    Kali Compton

    January 25th, 2011 @ 1:15AM

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    Swype is awesome...

    I love DoggCatcher to listen to podcasts. I drive a lot during the week and it is nice that it auto grabs stuff when I am on WiFi. Highly configurable too.

    I mostly listen to the Linux Action Show, TWiT, and Bombcast (the last one being my favorite). I used to listen to Major Nelson's podcast, but I got bored of that.
    Blazer
    Instigator

    March 26th, 2011 @ 4:42PM

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    Posts: 1948
    Rom Gripper - Download ROMs for several game platforms. You'll need to d/l a separate emulate for each which is free or $4 if you want save capability.
    Smokin Joe
    Marine

    June 21st, 2011 @ 1:28PM

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    I'm massively addicted to Zenonia right now. Looking forward to beating it and moving on to Zenonia 2.

    edit: battleheart is totally awesome right now as well. between zenonia and this.. I can't wait to try some AoD Defense.

    EDITED: 2011-06-22 18:39:38
    Hammer
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    January 14th, 2012 @ 3:48PM

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    [How do you uninstall all those lame default apps they give you. They don't even show up under uninstall.]

    Generally (unless you're really lucky) you have to root your phone.

    You can get details how to do here:
    http://theunlockr.com/

    [I'm trying to find a decent exercise log. All I want to do is mark biking, pool, maybe a few other random things.]

    You know, I tried a ton of the ones that they have out there both for iPhone and Android. IMHO they all suck.

    My firm is actually developing a fitness app that I think will blow away ANYTHING out there. Sadly, it's not going to be ready for a while =(. We're guesstimating it will be in beta around April.


    Smokin Joe
    Marine

    November 14th, 2012 @ 12:11PM

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    Hey Hammer, is that app out yet? I've been trying to find something to help me rehab my knee this winter - would love to give it a shot.
    Hammer
    General

    December 24th, 2012 @ 5:30AM

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    I'm surprised I didn't get a notice about this post.

    No, I don't honestly expect it to be for a while.

    We could put out something simple initially but have largely decided we'd rather put out a very premium app when we finally do and sadly its not the first thing on our priority to get out.

    The app will essentially be a complete system to help manage diet, fitness, medication, test results, etc, etc. There's a ton of research going into it for formulas that are literally cutting edge (I correspond with the guys who made Gatoraid and MuscleTech products on a lot of this research --- aka the guys from University of Florida).

    In the mean time, the best thing out there IMHO is an app called JeFit. It's not nearly on the level of what we plan to put out, but IMHO, its the best alternative NOW.

    If you have any interest in getting some help with a little more planning, I wouldn't mind helping. I'd consider it some practical research =).


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