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The Game 161
Apr 27, 2013, 09:04 AM
Was going to post this in the apps forum but think thats just for iphone?

anybody got any good must have apps to take advantage of the android software?



swoosh0217
Apr 27, 2013, 09:22 AM
Some galaxy widgets are pretty cool apps from play store if you are into live wallpapers.

chagla
Apr 27, 2013, 10:14 AM
Was going to post this in the apps forum but think thats just for iphone?

anybody got any good must have apps to take advantage of the android software?

here r some really goood android apps, i think they will come handy. enjoy new new android experience.

All are available on Google Play store. Swype keyboard can be downloaded from its website. all are free apps.

unified remote - remote control/browse/shutdown (and much more) pc from your phone. works really well.

gesture search - hand gesture universal search. indexes everything on phone, contacts, apps, music.

airdroid - perform 90% of tasks using wifi. no wire needed! transfer files, send/receive messages, app management etc. any computer through Opera, Chrome, Firefox or IE etc.

mysms - send/receive sms through a website even when the phone is not within reach. the only requirement is the phone must be on and have signal. really handy in offfice or school environment.

SWYPE keyboard - type really fast with one finger without lifting.

The Game 161
Apr 27, 2013, 10:31 AM
here r some really goood android apps, i think they will come handy. enjoy new new android experience.

All are available on Google Play store. Swype keyboard can be downloaded from its website. all are free apps.

unified remote - remote control/browse/shutdown (and much more) pc from your phone. works really well.

gesture search - hand gesture universal search. indexes everything on phone, contacts, apps, music.

airdroid - perform 90% of tasks using wifi. no wire needed! transfer files, send/receive messages, app management etc. any computer through Opera, Chrome, Firefox or IE etc.

mysms - send/receive sms through a website even when the phone is not within reach. the only requirement is the phone must be on and have signal. really handy in offfice or school environment.

SWYPE keyboard - type really fast with one finger without lifting.


great stuff

I hear easy phone sync is great for transferring music and contacts from itunes? is that correct?

chagla
Apr 27, 2013, 10:51 AM
great stuff

I hear easy phone sync is great for transferring music and contacts from itunes? is that correct?

for contacts, try exporting them to something like csv file or contact file, then login to your gmail and import them. try this tutorial?

http://www.funkykit.com/how-to/9562-how-to-extract-iphone-contacts-to-csv-file-from-itunes.html


Well, on android since you can drag and drop folders you can simply copy your entire music folder to the storage. Media player on ANdroid will recognize a folder with music in it. I personally don't use any music sync app. However there are apps that can sync your itunes library.

"airsync" by doubletwist. $4.99 seems like a very good app.

tbayrgs
Apr 27, 2013, 11:06 AM
Was going to post this in the apps forum but think thats just for iphone?

anybody got any good must have apps to take advantage of the android software?

My help us if we knew what you hoped to be able to do with your phone. IIRC from another thread you're coming from an iPhone so you'll be able to find Android counterparts of nearly all major apps and probably most of your others.

The real beauty of Android is the freedom and flexibility your have. You can set any app to serve as your default for a specific function, i.e. browser, music player, email, calendar, etc. A good place to start is probably the keyboard. Try the stock version on whatever device you end up with and if you don't like it, you can change it. Swype and Swiftkey are 2 of the most popular--my personal favorite is Swiftkey--predictive text is so good I can very nearly complete entire sentences just from its suggestions.

There are a bunch of good browsers--I personally stick with Chrome for the syncing across platforms/devices but also like Dolphin.

Google Play Music works great for either streaming your music library from the Google cloud (free service) or from your device.

I'm also a big fan of Nova Prime launcher--allows for a more stock appearance but also adds great features like gesture based actions, unread count badges, and use of alternate icon themes.

SwipePad provides the ability to perform actions (i.e. Home button) or launch apps by touching edges of the screen.

As far as widgets, I use BobClock, Minimalist text, Android Pro Widgets (specifically twitter and calendar), Eye in the Sky weather, and Widget Locker (for alternate unlock sliders and lockscreen widgets). I like Android Pro Widgets because they allow for various themes and the ability to adjust the transparency of the background--like my wallpaper to be consistent across the screen. I use Widget Locker to replace the default lock screen with the Jellybean slider with the ability to quick launch apps from the slider.

I've also used Airdroid and iSyncr to move files from computer to device but found I prefer the simplicity of Android File Transfer on my Mac--plug in and just drag and drop.

LSUtigers03
Apr 27, 2013, 11:07 AM
Airsync is very good if you're going to use doubletwist.

The Game 161
Apr 27, 2013, 11:38 AM
My help us if we knew what you hoped to be able to do with your phone. IIRC from another thread you're coming from an iPhone so you'll be able to find Android counterparts of nearly all major apps and probably most of your others.

The real beauty of Android is the freedom and flexibility your have. You can set any app to serve as your default for a specific function, i.e. browser, music player, email, calendar, etc. A good place to start is probably the keyboard. Try the stock version on whatever device you end up with and if you don't like it, you can change it. Swype and Swiftkey are 2 of the most popular--my personal favorite is Swiftkey--predictive text is so good I can very nearly complete entire sentences just from its suggestions.

There are a bunch of good browsers--I personally stick with Chrome for the syncing across platforms/devices but also like Dolphin.

Google Play Music works great for either streaming your music library from the Google cloud (free service) or from your device.

I'm also a big fan of Nova Prime launcher--allows for a more stock appearance but also adds great features like gesture based actions, unread count badges, and use of alternate icon themes.

SwipePad provides the ability to perform actions (i.e. Home button) or launch apps by touching edges of the screen.

As far as widgets, I use BobClock, Minimalist text, Android Pro Widgets (specifically twitter and calendar), Eye in the Sky weather, and Widget Locker (for alternate unlock sliders and lockscreen widgets). I like Android Pro Widgets because they allow for various themes and the ability to adjust the transparency of the background--like my wallpaper to be consistent across the screen. I use Widget Locker to replace the default lock screen with the Jellybean slider with the ability to quick launch apps from the slider.

I've also used Airdroid and iSyncr to move files from computer to device but found I prefer the simplicity of Android File Transfer on my Mac--plug in and just drag and drop.

apps i download will be the same as on iphone. Apps that you can download for music too. Finding a good app to be able to download my itunes into my S4.

jeffe
Apr 27, 2013, 02:50 PM
apps i download will be the same as on iphone. Apps that you can download for music too. Finding a good app to be able to download my itunes into my S4.

i'd recommend downloading the Google Play Music Manager onto your computer.

Tell it which folder your music is stored in and it will upload a copy of your music to google play music that you can then stream. You can have it scan the folder to upload new music automatically as well.

In the Google Play app you can then specify which songs/playlists you'd like to store on your phone for local playback and it will download them to your device automatically. Everything else you will be able to stream.

For instance, every song I 'thumbs up' is downloaded to my device for local playback and everything else is available to stream. I purchase music from Amazon and Google..both become automatically available on my device without me really needing to do anything.

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Was going to post this in the apps forum but think thats just for iphone?

anybody got any good must have apps to take advantage of the android software?

I'd also recommend LightFlow...it will allow you to customize the LED notification to a per app level. ie: Purple LED = sms, Green LED = Email, Blue LED = tapatalk notification and so on..

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for contacts, try exporting them to something like csv file or contact file, then login to your gmail and import them. try this tutorial?

http://www.funkykit.com/how-to/9562-how-to-extract-iphone-contacts-to-csv-file-from-itunes.html


Well, on android since you can drag and drop folders you can simply copy your entire music folder to the storage. Media player on ANdroid will recognize a folder with music in it. I personally don't use any music sync app. However there are apps that can sync your itunes library.

"airsync" by doubletwist. $4.99 seems like a very good app.

I agree with Chagla. Your phone is connected to your google account so it is easiest to backup your contacts to your google account (https://www.google.com/contacts) and then they'll sync automatically to your phone.

Stuntman06
Apr 27, 2013, 07:01 PM
I would have to say SwiftKey or Swype. Both are excellent keyboards.

LIVEFRMNYC
Apr 27, 2013, 07:43 PM
Pocket app (http://timothyjc.blogspot.com/2010/12/wallet-for-android.html) is the best wallet app I've used so far and it syncs with Dropbox. They also have a Desktop app for PC and Mac.

Maniila app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.manilla&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5tYW5pbGxhIl0.)

X-plore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lonelycatgames.Xplore&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5sb25lbHljYXRnYW1lcy5YcGxvcmUiXQ..) is the best file manager ever.

If you Tweet a lot of just like to follow, Falcon Twiiter Widget (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jv.falcon&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5qdi5mYWxjb24iXQ..) is God send.

PicsArt - Photo Studio (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.picsart.studio&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5waWNzYXJ0LnN0dWRpbyJd), this is a nice and easy to use photo edit app.

torana355
Apr 27, 2013, 07:50 PM
ES File Explorer
Kaiten Mail
Xscope or Dolphin browser (Xscope is better but cost more $$$)
Falcon Pro (twitter client)
Nils notifications widget
Nova Launcher
Lightflow

slu
Apr 27, 2013, 09:07 PM
As a new user myself, this suggestion has been great for me:

Notifications Lock Screen Widget (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roymam.android.notificationswidget&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yb3ltYW0uYW5kcm9pZC5ub3RpZmljYXRpb25zd2lkZ2V0Il0)

And I second many of the suggestions above. But if you basically only use major apps, I find Android (on the Nexus 4) to be similar to iOS.

torana355
Apr 27, 2013, 09:10 PM
As a new user myself, this suggestion has been great for me:

Notifications Lock Screen Widget (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roymam.android.notificationswidget&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yb3ltYW0uYW5kcm9pZC5ub3RpZmljYXRpb25zd2lkZ2V0Il0)

And I second many of the suggestions above. But if you basically only use major apps, I find Android (on the Nexus 4) to be similar to iOS.

Yeah it just got a nice update too, brilliant widget!!

The Game 161
Apr 28, 2013, 03:55 AM
As a new user myself, this suggestion has been great for me:

Notifications Lock Screen Widget (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.roymam.android.notificationswidget&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5yb3ltYW0uYW5kcm9pZC5ub3RpZmljYXRpb25zd2lkZ2V0Il0)

And I second many of the suggestions above. But if you basically only use major apps, I find Android (on the Nexus 4) to be similar to iOS.

That app sounds perfect to me.. The notifications in lock screen from my iPhone is one thing I would miss but with this? Maybe I won't.

paulsalter
Apr 28, 2013, 04:00 AM
iSyncr - wirelessly transfer itunes (non drm) content

Amazon music player, if you ever download from Amazon music, then with iSyncr above it automatically transfers music back to iTunes when it syncs

adder7712
Apr 28, 2013, 04:34 AM
SwiftKey!

daveathall
Apr 28, 2013, 04:42 AM
ICE, In Case of Emergency. NHS Number, medication, who to ring, allergies etc are entered in this app, if one is unfortunate to be involved in an accident the emergency services can get all this information straight from tapping on the app on one's lock screen. (Once unlocked, the app disappears) Best couple of quid I've spent in a long time.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appventive.ice&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hcHB2ZW50aXZlLmljZSJd

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc236/daveathall/Screenshot_2013-04-28-10-36-29_zps35e32dc6.png

Tsuchiya
Apr 28, 2013, 04:43 AM
Another vote for SwiftKey. The one finger typing is amazingly accurate but the stand alone keyboard is close to the ios keyboard for responsiveness. Crazy amount of adjustments can be made with it too like colour and size of the keys.

EDIT: Just wanted to throw this link in here for those using Photostream on their Macs/iPads etc

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57470315-285/sync-photos-from-your-android-device-to-iclouds-photo-stream/

A basic tutorial showing how to use Automator to move files from the Dropbox photo uploads to iPhoto (and by extension Photostream)

Works pretty well, though of course I'm not sure how to get photostream images back to my S4 (though I guess since it's all I'll use for photos it's moot.

The Game 161
Apr 28, 2013, 12:32 PM
Great stuff guys

Very useful links

The light flow sounds like a great one to use..

jrodsep
Apr 30, 2013, 03:07 PM
Press Reader
Avast
Swiftkey
1weather


If rooted:

Cerberus
Adblock plus

Sylon
Apr 30, 2013, 03:16 PM
Press Reader
Avast
Swiftkey
1weather


If rooted:

Cerberus
Adblock plus

Why "if rooted" get Cerberus? I'm not rooted and I have it. Works fine.

swoosh0217
Apr 30, 2013, 05:35 PM
When you decide to unlock your boot loader and root your phone (Kind a like Jailbreak), here are the best rom, mods and tweaks to use:

Bulletproof - this will wake up your phone from deep sleep by swyping from the back button towards the home button without pressing the home power button.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2233665


PureXAudio - this will enhance the sound of your HTC One through your headphones (Not the speaker phones since its already loud with the boom sound).
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2211163

Maximus ROM - this is a great custom rom. It removes all the bloatware (apps that you don't really need that was added by your provider).
It also enhances the battery life of your phone by 10 percent more.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2189373

Tinmania
Apr 30, 2013, 08:11 PM
Why "if rooted" get Cerberus? I'm not rooted and I have it. Works fine.

It's right in the app description.

More features for rooted devices: complete uninstall protection (a thief will be able to delete Cerberus only by flashing another ROM), GPS auto-enabling even on Android > 2.3.3. More info on the website in the Help section.


Michael

TJack
May 10, 2013, 06:10 AM
Id recommend a backup app. I use Trubackup , (used to use Ti) its a cloud based app that stores all your data ( phone and tab) on dropbox , so (god forbid) you lose/ damage your phone, the app lets you do a really painless reinstall. I downloaded it free here as they had a Free Download Launch Offer - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfl.tbp

LIVEFRMNYC
May 10, 2013, 10:50 PM
Everyone should have AppLock (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.domobile.applock). It's that good.

b166er
May 12, 2013, 07:04 PM
Anyone out there able to offer some recommendations? Just bought a S4, and while I'm familiar with Android, this is my first Android phone.

-I'm looking for a nice SMS app to replace the default messages app. No need for it to be iMessage like, but something a little nicer and it would be cool if there is one out there that offers badges.

-Is there anyway to get an experience similar to WP8 in terms of having a widget for a contact? I know there are WP style launchers, I am not in to that. Just a widget for a specific contact that shows me the persons facebook, twitter, etc. Any way to do that?

-Any twitter apps that organize your feed by subject? I remember iOS having one, I think it was called slice or something like that.

-Is there anyway to sync a fitbit to the Android app directly? I can't seem to figure it out. The app will show me when my fitbit was last synced with my mac, but nothing else.

-I'm wondering what the best way to get rid of ATT bloatware is. I've heard a few different things on here, but I was just wondering if anyone has experience with it.

-Any way to stream stuff on my S4 to an Apple TV?

Thanks!

sentinelsx
May 12, 2013, 10:59 PM
Anyone out there able to offer some recommendations? Just bought a S4, and while I'm familiar with Android, this is my first Android phone.

-I'm looking for a nice SMS app to replace the default messages app. No need for it to be iMessage like, but something a little nicer and it would be cool if there is one out there that offers badges.

-Is there anyway to get an experience similar to WP8 in terms of having a widget for a contact? I know there are WP style launchers, I am not in to that. Just a widget for a specific contact that shows me the persons facebook, twitter, etc. Any way to do that?

-Any twitter apps that organize your feed by subject? I remember iOS having one, I think it was called slice or something like that.

-Is there anyway to sync a fitbit to the Android app directly? I can't seem to figure it out. The app will show me when my fitbit was last synced with my mac, but nothing else.

-I'm wondering what the best way to get rid of ATT bloatware is. I've heard a few different things on here, but I was just wondering if anyone has experience with it.

-Any way to stream stuff on my S4 to an Apple TV?

Thanks!

Wait a month and you can flash one of many tw based custom ROMs that will completely take out the bloat.

KentuckyHouse
May 13, 2013, 08:57 AM
Anyone out there able to offer some recommendations? Just bought a S4, and while I'm familiar with Android, this is my first Android phone.

-I'm looking for a nice SMS app to replace the default messages app. No need for it to be iMessage like, but something a little nicer and it would be cool if there is one out there that offers badges.

I prefer Handcent. You can download themes to make it your own, or you can customize just about everything about it without downloading anything else. It supports badges, as well.

-Is there anyway to get an experience similar to WP8 in terms of having a widget for a contact? I know there are WP style launchers, I am not in to that. Just a widget for a specific contact that shows me the persons facebook, twitter, etc. Any way to do that?

Long press on your home screen...tap "Shortcuts"...tap "Contact"...select which contact you want and an icon should appear on your home screen for that contact.

-Any twitter apps that organize your feed by subject? I remember iOS having one, I think it was called slice or something like that.

Slice is also available on Android, if that's the app you wanted. I prefer Falcon Pro for Twitter, but I'm not sure if it does what you want. Maybe check it out and see?

-Is there anyway to sync a fitbit to the Android app directly? I can't seem to figure it out. The app will show me when my fitbit was last synced with my mac, but nothing else.

I don't know about this one. I don't have any experience with a FitBit.

-I'm wondering what the best way to get rid of ATT bloatware is. I've heard a few different things on here, but I was just wondering if anyone has experience with it.

To completely get rid of it, you'd need to root and install a custom ROM (or root and use Titanium Backup to delete it...although you'd want to make a backup of the AT&T apps so you could reinstall them if an update came out...they need to be installed for an update to complete, IIRC). While I do root my phones, I typically will just freeze them (or disable them) with the built in way of doing it in the Applications list. However, I do sometimes use custom ROMs and that rids me of them as well.

-Any way to stream stuff on my S4 to an Apple TV?

I don't have any experience with this as well, so I can't help there.

Thanks!

See my replies above in bolded red.

b166er
May 13, 2013, 11:10 AM
See my replies above in bolded red.

Thanks! I even looked for slice and I didn't see it on the Play Store... I'll look again. Thanks for the tips! I did add a shortcut for a contact but it's not quite as informative as I was hoping for, it just has their picture, no feeds of any sort.

jandas
Nov 1, 2013, 05:59 AM
My must-have Android apps:

Evernote (http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/evernote/) - digital notepad / scrapbook where in which you can take notes, store images, PDFs, audio recordings, etc
Google Drive (http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/google-drive/) - file storage and synchronization service provided by Google
Any.do (http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/anydo/) - intuitive, gesture-based to-do app
Nova Launcher (http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/nova-launcher/) - highly customizable launcher for Android 4.0+
Llama (http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/llama/) - app that can automatically perform actions based on your location
MX Player (http://www.zwodnik.com/app/android/mx-player/)- powerful multi-format video player