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Hi All,

I discovered a good little app called the Decision Decider Lite that our lass uses because she can never make up her mind and the best thing is its free

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Not to worry, found it :)

App I was looking for is called Newspaper, but is not in the main market.

Edited by Jay3gsm, 23 November 2009 - 10:14 PM.

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Hi to all members.
This is my first post, so please can somebody send me, or tell me where I can download "AndroZip" aplication. It is free but is missing from the market, and I think is very essential software for any android phone.
Thanks


Hi,

you can't download AndroZip from the market version where Macedonian users access (have no idea what version of market is that)
You can download UnZip app. Works fine for me

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Personally I love the free Titanium Backup app, because it can backup and restore all other apps and their data...
But it's unfair, as I am also its developer ;)

Edited by Keramidas, 25 January 2010 - 12:01 PM.

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Wow, I found a whole new forum section I was not even aware of and it's a good one too!

I'll add some of the cool android apps I've found so far:

TaskPanel (2 taps and you can kill lots of background processes/tasks)
Task Switcher (which allows you to configure camera button as a dedicated task switcher akin to alt+tab on Windows)
Task Manager 1.11.1 (gives you direct access to all individual running processes/tasks & installed packages (allows you to uninstall)
Brightness Level (widget for controlling um, brightness level)
FlashLight (there are many torch type apps but this one is small and works very well - has adjustable brightness too)
Ring Toggle (quickly choose between Ring & Vibrate, Ring Only, Vibrate Only, Silent),
Battery Widget (rapid access to WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth on/off switches and Display settings all within a battery level indicator - helps keep installed widgets down, memory usage lower)
AudioManager (like Volume properties in Windows, it allows you to configure individual volume levels in one place - alarm, music, alerts, ringer, system & voicecall).
Retro Clock/Calendar (nice flip clock thing for the desktop)
Airplane Mode Wi-Fi (so you can disable all wireless/network devices except wifi)
Aldiko (e-book reader), Analog Compass, antivirus (do u really need this??)
Apps Installer (for installing apps directly from microSD cards)
Bubble Level (awesome graphical bubble level)
Chess (computer thrashes me easily & mercilessly, only 2D though)
CompassNav (GPS functionality, very swish)
Depth of Field Calculator (for photography geeks like me), DGT Compass (plain & simple)
Dice (if you're going to get a dice app get this one)
Elements (Periodic table)
Ethereal Dialpad (really nice to look at - touchscreen demo thing with sound)
FartDroid (with 27 different kinds to set on timer and amuse yourself with)
G-Tuner + Guitar Tuner
GPS Status (powerful satellite finder app - shows u position of all visible satellites and lots of other geeky stuff)
Hypnotic Spiral (like Jamie & His Magic Torch - if only you could jump on your phone and be transported to some weird cartoon world)
London Tube Status
MagicMarker (neon paint demo thing)
Meridian (Video/Photo/Music display app)
Mind Map Memo
MiniKeyboard (music keyboard)
National Railer (not so great but it's only one I could find for displaying train times)
Ringdroid/Tone Picker for choosing specific ringtones/notifications etc
RockOut (3 chord guitar toy thing)
Shutter Speed (technical photo app)
Steamy Window (use your finger to wipe away steam)
Strobe Light (for blinding people with)
Surveyor (should be able to use the camera to measure distances - eg, height of roof)
Synthesizer (cool sounds)
To Do List
Toggle Screen Timeout (prevent the phone's screen from turning off or easily switch back to originally set timeout period)
Ultrachron lite (talking stopwatch with lap function)
WaveSecure Beta (in case someone nicks your phone - allows you to remotely wipe it/lock it etc).

All these apps are free and have been chosen on the basis that they're economical with running memory and installation space requirements. Some of them are just toys for demonstrating handset features which will likely get taken off pretty quickly. They are good examples from what's out there though.

There used to be an application called UK National Rail Train Departure or somesuch which was really good but it's no longer visible in the Android App Marketplace thing. I was wondering if there was anything else that people used?

Also, which Sat Nav software was good? I'm thinking of going for Co-Pilot but would only use it on-foot (and offline/no data download). Cheers. ;)

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1. I do not have an app killer on my phone. It's a total waste of time, as the memory allocation system on a Linux machine is totally different to that of a windows machine. Stop thinking Windows, people.

2. My list of essential apps:

Astro - alternative file manager that allows you to back up your applications to SD card as full programs in a special folder on your SD card.
Spare Parts - puts all the settings menu items that Huawei have left off the Pulse / U8220 into a nice utility.
SuperBoot / Quick Boot / RA-pulse-v1.5.2 - see stickied threads on this board for details.
Dolphin Browser - better than the bog standard browser and can just about handle Google Wave.
eBuddy - Simple multi-IM client.
dxTop: Home Alternative - best desktop alternative program I have found so far. I have added the Rusty Metal theme and the Steampunk icon set.
Barcode Scanner - For scanning items in shops and comparing prices. Also handles QR Codes for web sites and Android Market applications.
Listen - Podcast Aggregating in one neat application.
Aldiko - eReader app with quite a comprehensive library of titles to download, from free books (inc modern titles released under the CC license) to paid for titles.
GDocs Notepad - Note pad application that saves all your notes to a special folder on your Google Docs account.
Google Sky Map - nice live stellarium application with GPS location and the works. Unlike KStars for Linux / KDE, you cannot (yet) run a robot telescope off it.
QuickDic (DE) - German-English / English-German dictionary.
Beautiful Widgets - Nice set of widgets for your desktop, including clock/weather widgets, and all those little buttons to toggle on/off things like Blue Tooth, Wifi, etc.
aRing - Application that gives you more control over ringtones, notification tones, and the such like.
Colorful Life - Application to sync photos from your phone's camera / SD card to your PicasaWeb account at Google. Like GDocs it puts them in a specially made album.
ShootMe - Screenshot application that works in the background. Just shake and bake for a screenshot...
FreeDictionaryOrg - Free Dictionary. Does what it says on the tin...

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Could anyone give a hint where to find an application for Recording a Calls? I've found couple in US Market, but cant buy it because I live in Russia and market doesn't accept my credit card info.

Edited by Barracuda81, 18 January 2010 - 03:19 AM.

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10x for ShootMe!

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Just wanted to add another useful tool. In case you would like to sync you Android and Mac you can install SyncMate. The software is reliable and functional. The free edition allows to perform usually the most necessary operations, so you don't have to spend money. I was using SyncMate for Mac synchronization and now it appeared helpful with Android too.

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I've been trying FoxyRing over the weekend - it monitors the ambient noise level and sets the ringtone volume accordingly. Seems to work very well so far.

All I need is a tool which enables/disables wifi based on location (I found one a while back, but can't seem to find it again) and I can remove Locale (which I refuse to upgrade to the paid version because it's far to highly-priced and also chews through the phone's resources - not to mention the annoying constant notification).

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All I need is a tool which enables/disables wifi based on location (I found one a while back, but can't seem to find it again) and I can remove Locale (which I refuse to upgrade to the paid version because it's far to highly-priced and also chews through the phone's resources - not to mention the annoying constant notification).

Try Y5 Battery Saver, it's simple, works great and consumes no additional battery.

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Try Y5 Battery Saver, it's simple, works great and consumes no additional battery.


Awesome. That's exactly the one I was looking for. Excellent, thanks.

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Hi guys, i'm looking for the best app to make free skype calls to other skype users over wi-fi or data...

In other words I don't want it to cost me a penny in either call charges or skype credit.

I have checked out Fring and Nimbuzz but the former doesn't seem to allow this and the latter seems a bit hit and miss from the reviews.

Anyone got any suggestions?

Thanks

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Just found a new app called Setting Profiles which shows very good promise. It's a Locale-style app, which gives location-based profiles and settings, but also adds time-based, call-based and other device state conditions. Looks like it does everything I used to do with PhoneAlarm on my Windows mobile phone. It also makes a far better fist of this functionality than Locale does, but at around a third of the price.

I'm testing at the moment, but if it works it looks like I'll be able to ditch FoxyRing, Y5 and maybe even Power Manager.

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Couple more useful ones:

APKatcher - allows you to install APKs that have been emailed to you. Normally the native Android Gmail client messes up the attachment, but APKatcher fixes this.

MortPlayer - good music player for people who (like me) prefer their music organised by folder rather than tag. I particularly like the fact that it ignores the .nomedia files, so I can still play my music, but my album art doesn't appear in the CoolIris Gallery. Always liked MortPlayer on Windows Mobile, and this looks to be an excellent Android version.

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Can anyone suggest an app (maybe more than one will be needed, but preferably not) to achieve the following?

I want a flexible method to configure custom notifications for sms/mms, email & calls; also if possible, calendar events. It must cover the first three & at the very least, let me specify a unique tone as a function of the source of the data (ie caller, txter, email sender etc); preferably it should allow volume & tone/vibrate to be controlled also. If possible, the rules should further be able to be a function of the event time. Also, it would be cool if rules can be set for whole contact groups rather than just individual contacts. Hmm, reminder notification for any missed events should also be configurable.

If this doesn't currently exist, do you think there'd be much call for such an app? I plan on getting into android app development. I have plenty of experience of programming in C but only a passing grasp of Java & OO in general. My familiarity with Android so far only extends back as far as February this year, when I got my shiny new Hero. Does the above project sound like it might be doable by someone with such a background or is it maybe too ambitious?

Initially I don't care too much about the UI - a simple text file of hierarchical rules would do (or maybe I'd use sqlite) - so the bulk of the initial work would be on monitoring notification related events & replacing them. A UI can be tagged on later to manage the rule set/s.

A simple use case would be to ensure emails from mailing lists, say, are ignored at night & result in a brief low priority tone during the day, while critical emails always result in a prominent tone followed by repeating reminder until acknowledged. Ideally it should integrate support for any possible source of incoming data which could usefully give rise to some form of notification.

So, how much of this is already covered by existing apps? Sorry if this post seems a bit lacking in direction. It kinda just soaked up my thoughts as they oozed out.

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BuzzOff - a small app which can turn your phone to silent/vibrate and restore ringer back after a while, or when you move for a certain distance (change location).
You'll find it useful if (like me) you put your phone to silent-mode when entering a meeting and forget to restore it's ringer when the meeting is over, thus missing many calls/sms.
For example, if you don't want to be disturbed for a while (e.g. a quick afternoon nap), or if you don't want to disturb somebody else (e.g. when entering a theater or cinema hall), you'll find this app very nice.
One of the shortcuts I never removed from my Home Screen since the beginning of using an android device :P

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BuzzOff - a small app which can turn your phone to silent/vibrate and restore ringer back after a while, or when you move for a certain distance (change location).


Setting Profiles does that too, but much more comprehensively.

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@Webreaper
I remember I installed once the "Profiles" app from the Market, but I couldn't find a feature to automatically trigger a profile based on a specific condition: location change or time interval.
Maybe the developers changed that in a more recent version, but I doubt it.
On the other hand, "Location" is a good software that does what you said (and is more comprehensive, too); maybe you made a confusion.
Anyway, I prefer BuzzOff because it's simple and does exactly what it says, with no config. hassle and no other complications.


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Other "must have" software: Turn-by-turn navigation.
I think there are a lot of discussions about this subject.
imo, there's no good free app you can use as a car-navigator.
The paid apps I use are iGo (good maps, but sluggish on my Hero, especially with an eclair-based rom) and CoPilot Live (faster, but inferior maps imho).

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Thanks both for the suggestions, I'll take a look.

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