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Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« on: December 29, 2010, 08:32:17 pm »
Just wondering what's out there, where's best to find them, etc.   

I'd quite like to put OSM on for instance plus anythign else useful that may exist.

Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2010, 08:34:40 pm »
Rmaps is good, logs rides & you can export them as gpx files.

Appbrain is a good way of managing apps

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2010, 11:43:45 pm »
Dunno about Rmaps, I use Google maps and then some sort of converter webpage which lets me import them to Bikely.
Would defo recommend Appbrain though, you can browse for apps on a proper pooter and send them to your phone, without having to use the ghastly Google market interface.
Not only that, but you can sex your phone up with nice downloadable wallpapers. In fact you can upload your own too.
Thx to appbrain I got some lovely B&W photo Pingu tweaked as a wallpaper, got rid of the awful HTC clock/weather app and got a much more delish clock. (See ADW launcher and white ADW theme) Plus you can use appbrain to share what you got, like so:
http://www.appbrain.com/user/pinniped/apps-on-the-phone

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2010, 11:48:24 pm »
I really like Lothian Buses bus tracker, but I accept it might not have much relevance for you.
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2010, 11:53:42 pm »
I also downloaded Mapdroyd, and another OSM map app that I don't think I have any more (can't remember the name). I got these apps in the hope that I could use them as a navigational aid when we were on holiday in Belgium, but they just weren't good enough in the rural areas for cycling purposes. So we made do with paper maps, and if we were really really stuck we took a short hit on the data costs for a very quick look at Google Maps.

Sometimes I also have a snoop about here, to see what they've come up with. But I'm still trying in vain to find a good solution to the 'led only flashes for 5 mins on receipt of text' problem. xda-developers

I've found the HIIT interval trainer quite useful as a personal trainer type device for the treadmill at the gym too.

Oh, and Silent Boot is a must if you can't stand that godawful tune belting out when you turn your phone on, louder than anything else you have installed.....
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2010, 06:44:54 am »
Mine is (*click* aww, still on the lorry) coming.  I was going to start with Osmand for the droid / OSM apps, and then play with Vespucci for an editor.  Bike Hub uses OSM for bike-route routing. 

Google Maps is a no-brainer.  OS Atlas Free is a UK Ordnance Survey map eye - no routing, nice for a ramble?

Dude Where's My Droid looks useful (any alternatives?).  Mails you back with a GPS fix.

Google Goggles, Wikitude, Google Sky, Word Lens for the augmented-reality wow-factor...  8)

What weather apps do people like?  The Weather Channel looks best of the bunch, but only until the Met Office one gets ported from iOS.

AppBrain has a "people in the UK like" filter: Get the Popular Android apps in the United Kingdom on AppBrain (and other filters too, yay dropdown)

I'm gonna be hammering the ether with this thing. ;D 
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2010, 11:10:32 am »
Is there one that lets you just "save  my current lat long" ?
geotagging, i think you might call it in technospeak

Quite simple, i just want to be able to refer back to the point i was at, don't need reverse geocoding.

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2010, 11:21:59 am »
Is there one that lets you just "save  my current lat long" ?
geotagging, i think you might call it in technospeak

Quite simple, i just want to be able to refer back to the point i was at, don't need reverse geocoding.


I believe Google Latitude might well do that...
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2010, 11:23:49 am »
No, that just broadcasts it to everyone BUT me...

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2010, 11:29:10 am »
Then we can ring you and tell you where you are.
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Euan Uzami

Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2010, 11:33:57 am »
Oh great. So can you ring me please and tell me where I WAS at 8:45am this morning please, thx.  ;) ::-)

Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2010, 11:34:23 am »
Angry Birds  :thumbsup:

Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2010, 11:36:26 am »
Oh, and Silent Boot is a must if you can't stand that godawful tune belting out when you turn your phone on, louder than anything else you have installed.....

I like the way it writes "Quietly Brilliant" on the screen as it drills tiny holes through your ear drums with that tone...  ;D

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2010, 11:44:01 am »
This simple GPS has it: Gps - Android app on AppBrain

(so do almost all the fancy ones)

There's also one for OS grid refs: Grid Reference - Android app on AppBrain which should keep the papermap fans fannish.

Ooh! A lensatic (look-through type, aka 'military') compass! Reality+Compass - Android app on AppBrain
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2010, 11:50:22 am »
Google voice search, for the "oooh that's cool" factor. May be installed by default by now?
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2010, 02:00:42 pm »
Live-action lightcycles? Coca-Cola Zero LiveCycle -- currently one-player (running around in the park like you're on double-strength wizz  ;D ) but a multiplayer update is promised OMGSQUEEBBQ!
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2010, 07:08:05 am »
Runkeeper Pro is free through January, a decent GPS  tracking and training app for Android that has audio cues for interval training and music player integration.

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2010, 12:06:00 pm »
Duly added  :thumbsup:

Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Best Android Apps has some good stuff.  Has anyone tried Tasker?  I like the idea of making a one-button widget to kill SMS, turn on GPS, launch Navigate and start playing some choons all at once.
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2010, 01:09:14 pm »
Live-action lightcycles? Coca-Cola Zero LiveCycle -- currently one-player (running around in the park like you're on double-strength wizz  ;D ) but a multiplayer update is promised OMGSQUEEBBQ!

Where did you get that from? I canna find it in the Market cap'an
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2010, 01:13:58 pm »
It's there.

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2010, 02:31:40 pm »
Livecycle, no spaces, not light or lite.   :thumbsup:

Also: OMG Kittens! - Android app on AppBrain
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2010, 02:52:35 pm »
Live-action lightcycles? Coca-Cola Zero LiveCycle -- currently one-player (running around in the park like you're on double-strength wizz  ;D ) but a multiplayer update is promised OMGSQUEEBBQ!

Where did you get that from? I canna find it in the Market cap'an

LiveCycle (Android) - Download

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2011, 03:08:55 pm »
This one

SMS Backup - Android app on AppBrain

Backed up all my text to my gmail :)
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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2011, 02:33:50 pm »
Does anyone have recommendations for engineering or maths type apps?

There are some good ones for Apple iOS devices, but I'll be buying an android phone soon so want to find alternatives for that.

Will definitely want a good RPN calculator with stack type function (HP Stylee).

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Re: Good Android Apps - free or otherwise - recommendations please
« Reply #24 on: January 03, 2011, 01:24:34 am »
No, but Zombie, Run! looks fun and Drop is beautifully simple.  Also Friction Mobile.  It's games night ...
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