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Old 03.08.2010, 12:21
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Re: Android application reccommendations

I'd heard of a keyboard called Swype but couldn't find where to download it. I found another one called Slideit, and it makes writing so easy. I was really hating
my se x10 until I got it. It means no more tapping and missing!
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Found Barcode Scanner v3.4 by accident... was looking for free apps to get an idea of different UIs. Can be found in the free section of Market and I've been using it for about a week or so on an HTC Wildfire.

Noticed that the app can read the QR codes that are stuck to some of the map/schedule boards at various public transport stops in Lausanne. Have only traveled in Lausanne/Morges area so far, so don't know if it's useful elsewhere in Switzerland.

After 1 to 3 seconds of "staring", it recognizes the code and decodes it. You're then offered a few choices, one of which opens the page for that stop at www.t-l.ch. That page shows you minutes until the next 2 trains/metros, followed by specific times of the next few trains/metros. For example, M1 at Lausanne-Flon.
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Old 23.08.2010, 16:31
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I'd heard of a keyboard called Swype but couldn't find where to download it. I found another one called Slideit, and it makes writing so easy. I was really hating
my se x10 until I got it. It means no more tapping and missing!

Cool! thanks.
Was waiting...and waiting...for swype to be released and they are sure taking their sweeeet time about it.
if this does the same thing then I am game.
thanks for the tip!

Thought I’d add some more apps to my list.
These are ones I use everyday and have on my homescreen/s:
Handscent: basically an sms app. Still uses your regular sms settings but I like the set up of it. You can also have it so your texts look like the iphone, which I prefer. I really was starting to hate the standard HTC one. You can change skins, colours, font, etc. and it will also open your texts for you as a pop up if you want. SO you don’t have to click on your sms icon. So far I am pretty happy with it.
Timetable Switzerland (developer Jorim Jaggi, Samuel Hitz, Selim Cinek – for reference since there is more than one if I remember correctly). Does what it says. Basically time tables for all transport around CH. So far works great though sometimes I know it doesn’t find the transport that I am closest to. But I would say 90% of the time it works great.
LED light: just what it says. Absolutely nothing special about this app in terms of appearance, but it works great as a flashlight when needed. Have used it plenty of times since downloading. The icon is basic and you just touch to tern the led light on or off. Only complaint is that it has an automatic off timer, which I think is around 60 seconds, and I find I often need the light on longer than just that time, but it is easy enough to touch back on again.
Supermarket Lite 1.6.1: ok, so I only just downloaded this but have already used it and I quite like it, though I find it is lacking as a grocery list app. Works as a free one but I’d prefer a more complex one which can organize by aisle, type of food, etc, however you might want. So I’ll likely uninstall this one once I find one I prefer. But I like having something to keep my grocery list updated. This one is nice because once you have found what you are looking for it moves it to your ‘cart’ so you can see what you have left to find.
Percentage Calculator: because I suck at maths. Can do percentage of (i.e. x is what percentage of y), percentage off, and one other that I can’t remember

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Old 23.08.2010, 16:50
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Re: Android application reccommendations

If you download the free trial, it only lasts around 3 days, but you can un- install it and then re-install. I'm hesitating to buy it because I don't like that it doesn't have arrows to move the cursor so it's difficult to insert additional text. But otherwise it's handy!
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Cool! thanks.
Was waiting...and waiting...for swype to be released and they are sure taking their sweeeet time about it.
if this does the same thing then I am game.
thanks for the tip!
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Here you are some more applications, which I use on regular basis:

Rock Player
- Avi/Divx player;
Key Ring - scans and stores barcode cards on your Android phone for later use;
Ascii Camera - makes ascii-styled shots, i.e. it converts your snapshot into a sequence of letters, digits and other symbols;
Nimbuzz 2.0 - better than Fring in my opinion - messaging client, which supports easy integration of Skype, MSN, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger, etc...
Picasa Tool - upload, browse and edit your photos directly to/from picasa.

Note: all apps are free and can be found on android market !
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Great suggestions everybody.

I am still looking for a good app that can be used to create secure partitions/folders on my android phone (e.g. something like TrueCrypt)

Below some of my favorite apps that I did not see listed:

OpenJIRA : Link up with your task tracking software
ConnectBot: SSH client
Phonalyzer: Stats on your phone use
Speed Test: Test wifi network capacity
Keepass: secure all your passwords.
Wifi Analyzer: Check your wifi signals and access points
TED: very interesting talks
Google Listen: search for audio

My all time favorites are of course :

Bubble
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Old 01.09.2010, 11:06
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Re: Android application reccommendations

In case anyone was waiting for it, Whatsapp is now available for androids but only 2.2 versions.

This app allows free calls between other whatsapp users, be they android, iphone, blackberry, or nokia owners.

It uses your the internet to send the messages rather than an sms. apparently you can send pics and videos as well.
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Re: Android application reccommendations

If you're into "techie" apps like me then check out:

CatLog:
Shows a system log of what your phone is doing (debugging, check for malicious apps, etc.)

cellumap: Shows cellular network signal strength and parameters and plots them to an on-line map

NetCounter: keeps track of your daily/weekly/monthly data useage


...the last 2 are "Swiss Made" apps, so be sure to download them
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Old 07.09.2010, 15:46
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Just picked up the Samsung Galaxy S 16Gb last week

Angry Birds - Free Beta (was very popular on the iPhone, mind you bored after getting to level 8)
Squeezecontrol - Controls Squeezebox / Slim devices, there are several apps which do this not tried them all yet....
Leo - German/English dictionary
F1 Racing
XE Currency
BBC News
Engadget
Traffic Jam Mobile
History - tells you something about the current day in the past.
Dual Clock - Built in world clock
Daily Breifing

Shame that tracking app is no longer in Beta (in first post), it's now 19.99 bucks per year!!!

Also have the Google Sky, Timetable Swiss etc..

My biggest worry is the 'Roaming Data'. Have this disabled on the phone, but not sure if this works 100% Have 250Gb here with Swisscom which should be more than enough.
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Old 07.09.2010, 16:05
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Re: Android application reccommendations

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My biggest worry is the 'Roaming Data'. Have this disabled on the phone, but not sure if this works 100% Have 250Gb here with Swisscom which should be more than enough.
Congrats on your new Android phone! Don't worry about the roaming switch - as long as you don't accidentally trigger it while you're abroad, it works quite well. I spent 10 days in Hungary this summer and it worked as advertised. If you want to be over-cautious, you can also use apndroid to scramble the gprs apn

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Finally got off my @rse and updated my Hero from 1.5 to 2.1 - it was good before, but now it rocks!!!

I know it's been mentioned alreads, but i think Google Sky Maps is absolutely stunning, and currently gets used three evenings out of four
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If you download the free trial, it only lasts around 3 days, but you can un- install it and then re-install. I'm hesitating to buy it because I don't like that it doesn't have arrows to move the cursor so it's difficult to insert additional text. But otherwise it's handy!
You can get at the arrows by dragging from the (i) key in the lower left to the SYM key next to it.
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Official release of Skype finally on Android Market!
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Google Goggles is fantastic. Take a photo of some text (French/German/Whatever) and translate it.

Its not perfect, but it can only get better!

http://www.google.com/mobile/goggles
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Official release of Skype finally on Android Market!

was just about to post same.

But the reviews in the market are pretty shoddy so far: high cpu usage, no video, many unable to sign in, etc.
Problems could stem from the fact the users who installed it don't have 2.1 or higher, which is a requirement.

Anyhow, nice that it is here, finally, since it's my main mode of contacting friends and family back home.
Have installed it and looks great.

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was just about to post same.

But the reviews in the market are pretty shoddy so far: high cpu usage, no video, many unable to sign in, etc.
Problems could stem from the fact the users who installed it don't have 2.1 or higher, which is a requirement.

Anyhow, nice that it is here, finally, since it's my main mode of contacting friends and family back home.
Have installed it and looks great.

Have been using Skype now for a few weeks (while on wifi, so haven't tried it on 3g or similar yet) on my htc desire. So far it's ok. Seems to cut out some times, and if I do anything else on the phone at the same time (i.e. open calendar, or messages, etc) then the sound really goes and I can't hear the other person, so I have to make sure apps are closed before using it.
other than that....have had some issues with sound and not really being able to hear the other person. This could be an issue with the other skype as well, but just wanted to put it out there.

anyone else using it?
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Skype implementation over Android is not widely accepted because of its size. It is undoubtedly the best free video calling for desktop/laptop but not for eclair or froyo. Skype became a bloatware for smartphone, since there is still room for improvement lets hope that skype releases a new version.

My Desire runs Fring (for my SIP, no skype) and Nimbuzz (Skype).

You can still do a lot of things with your phone while these 2 apps are open.

3 recommended apps:
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-Favorite recipes
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Re: Android application reccommendations

Posting this here after spotting another thread where it might be relevant...

I'll open/switch between several different apps in a relatively short period of time, so I use "Advanced Task Killer" to quickly stop all applications still running on my phone. Saves battery and though I'm on unlimited internet, still saves a bit of bandwidth.

Under "Setting", I tick "Auto Start" and "Show Notification" so that it's always running and easily available by pulling down the Notification Bar.

Available in the Market.
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Posting this here after spotting another thread where it might be relevant...

I'll open/switch between several different apps in a relatively short period of time, so I use "Advanced Task Killer" to quickly stop all applications still running on my phone. Saves battery and though I'm on unlimited internet, still saves a bit of bandwidth.

Under "Setting", I tick "Auto Start" and "Show Notification" so that it's always running and easily available by pulling down the Notification Bar.

Available in the Market.
Task killers aren't necessary on Android, as it auto-closes tasks as you open new ones (generally a 6 task limit). More info here http://geekfor.me/faq/you-shouldnt-b...-with-android/
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Task killers aren't necessary on Android, as it auto-closes tasks as you open new ones (generally a 6 task limit). More info here http://geekfor.me/faq/you-shouldnt-b...-with-android/
Fair point, though I have several apps I use daily that are set to auto-update content and use GPS. Being able to kill them off all at once (without disabling my wi-fi or GPS instead) increases both battery life and speed for me.

This is probably more noticeable for me since I'm using a Wildfire (underpowered CPU). At the time I bought, Desires were oversold and I didn't have the luxury of waiting for more stock... Just got the Froyo upgrade and performance boost is noticeable, so maybe I'll give it a try without ATK.
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