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Topic # 102595 17-May-2012 20:45 Send private message

Thought i'd try this over here too, started a thread on GP but i reckon you guys might have more input!



Theres always been heaps of threads where people post a list of their apps, and its boring as we get repeats of the same ones that everyone uses. No descriptions really either.

So i'm more interested in one or two apps per post, with a small comment on it, on what you think of it.

Name:

Price:

Store Link:

Description:

Comments:




Name: Swiftkey 3 Beta

Price: ~$4, Beta is free during testing

Store Link: Direct Download to Beta, older Swiftkey X in store here

Description:
The latest beta update available to swiftkey VIPs. Swiftkey is a keyboard which is very good at prediction and correction, most of you probably know it well. The latest beta adds some nice new themes as well as smartspace predictions.

Comments:
I'm really liking the new themes, holo fits well into ICS (seen below). Smartspace is very useful for when you forget to press space, it figures it out for you. See screenshot, it's pretty impressive!









Name: DiskUsage

Price: Free

Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.diskusage

Description:
Gives a visual breakdown of what's taking up space on your device. Can view apps as well as data on your sd card. View any partition on rooted devices.

Comments:Very smooth and intuitive to use. The zooming and the tapping to expand is nice and fluid. It let me know quickly whats hogging my small internal storage.

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  Reply # 627717 19-May-2012 15:29 Send private message

Oh come on guys, there's got to be something!

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  Reply # 627727 19-May-2012 16:11 Send private message

Widgetsoid

Price: Free

Store Link: Widgetsoid

Description: Switcher widget

Comments: Add multiple switchers for all sorts of stuff such as Wifi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode. All in one 4 x 1 bar.




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  Reply # 627846 20-May-2012 08:35

Thanks for the reminder, I don't even remember purchasing SwiftKey but there it is. It must have been offered cheap at some stage and I'm glad I did because now that I've actually tried it, it's amazing.

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  Reply # 627865 20-May-2012 10:16 Send private message

wakaridnnz: Thanks for the reminder, I don't even remember purchasing SwiftKey but there it is. It must have been offered cheap at some stage and I'm glad I did because now that I've actually tried it, it's amazing.


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  Reply # 633626 31-May-2012 19:09

I stumbled on this Siri sort-of app and so far so good. I've asked for tomorrow's weather, checked Gmail, sent a SMS and opened my browser.

"The Speaktoit Assistant is a virtual buddy for your smartphone that answers questions in natural language, performs tasks, and notifies you about important events. The Assistant saves you time and makes communication with gadgets and web services easier and less stressful"

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.speaktoit.assistant

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Application: MetService

Price: $2.59

Store Link: MetService available on Google Play and iTunes for iOS

Description: Meteorological Service of New Zealand. Features include current conditions, real-time rain radar, latest video updates, 10 day and hourly forecasts, traffic cameras and more.

Comments: Has a good range of features although some people have noted the absence of skiing and marine reports. Although it does have snow reports as part of road conditions and alerts. It has been mooted that a widget will also be available soon. So a good start for an application that'll improve and adapt over time.


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  Reply # 640480 14-Jun-2012 06:24 Send private message

Name:  SMS My car and me

Price: $4.99

Store Link: SMS My Car

Description: Used while driving to read out SMS, emails etc. Heaps of features.

Comments: Great little app, can be set to run when bluetooth or headset etc plugged in, when listening to music for example in my car it mutes the music announces the sender name and reads the message. Can be set to reply automatically to SMS to say I am driving etc

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  Reply # 649838 3-Jul-2012 00:24 Send private message

Application: VLC Beta v0.0.1

Price: Free

Store Link: VLC Beta  available on Google Play

Description:VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols.This is a BETA version of the port to the Android™ platform. It is intended for power users and hackers. This version is NOT stable and is slower than the final version.

It might kill your kitten, destroy your house and start the mayan apocalypse.
Use it at your own risk. Have Fun! :)

Comments:  This current VLC Beta version 0.0.1 needs more than my PowerVR SGX540 GPU to play a 720p movie.

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  Reply # 649843 3-Jul-2012 06:55 Send private message

Name:  VPlayer

Price: Free or $2.99 Pro

Store Link: VPlayer

Description: Best video player I have used on Android

Comments: Above VLC post reminded me about VPlayer, I use VLC at home and will check it out but so far I have not found anything that matches VPlayer.

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  Reply # 649849 3-Jul-2012 08:04 Send private message

App: Airdroid

Price: Free

Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid&hl=en

Description: AirDroid is a fast, free app that lets you wirelessly manage your Android from your favorite browser.

Comments: Pretty amazing app that will let you control a bunch of stuff via a web browser on your PC. I use it for sending / receiving sms.

*Files
Transfer files between Android devices and computers. Now with drag & drop support.
Cut, copy, paste, search, rename or delete files on the SD card.

*SMS
Receive, send, forward or delete SMS messages.

*Apps
Install, uninstall, backup, search apps and do batch processing.

*Photos
Preview, delete, upload, download, set as wallpaper and photos slide show from desktop.

*Clipboard
Share clipboard text between desktop and device.

*Contacts
Group, search, create contacts, check and delete call logs.

*Ringtones
Search, preview, upload, download, delete and customize ringtones for phone calls, notifications and alarms.

*Music
Play, search, upload, download, delete, or set as phone call, notification and alarm ringtones.




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  Reply # 649950 3-Jul-2012 11:28 Send private message


 

Application:
MX Player

Price: Free / $6.82

Store Link: MX Player available on Google Play

Description: MX Player is a video player with multi-core and good breadth of codec support. Can be used with ES File Explorer to play videos from external LAN storage devices like NAS and etc and have the video streamed to your device.  Also degardes gracefully to support low-end Android devices with weak GPU.

Comments:  MX Player is ideal for low performance Graphics Processing Units (GPU) like the Adreno 200 seen in many early Android devices. Normally the Adreno 200 GPU would be useless in displaying anything more than a low res mp4, however with MX Player one can reduce the colour depth from 32bit to 16bit and still have a very watchable 720p mkv movie (Handbrake to Android High) with only the slightest bit of lag. Any other video player on such a low spec'd GPU playing a 720p movie is unwatchable.  And this is one area VPlayer is not at it's best and MX Player is better.

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  Reply # 649976 3-Jul-2012 11:56 Send private message



Application:
BSPlayer

Price: Free

Store Link: BSPlayer available on Google Play

Description:  BSPlayer has it's own built in hardware acceleration and on some devices this makes the difference between a playable movie and a non-playable movie. For those with NAS or external storage devices, this player comes with a bit of a treat, in that it supports LAN file structure browsing, most other movie players rely on file managers to support their external access. BSPlayer supports a wide range of media types including, avi, divx, flv, mkv, mov, mpg, mts, mp4, m4v, rmvb, wmv, 3gp, mp3... and streaming content such as RTMP, RTSP, MMS (tcp, http), HTTP Live stream, HTTP.

Comments: BSPlayer is one of your more obscure video players and if you have a Warehouse Stationary FV-1 Android TV box, then it's the only video player that will support and display 720p movies on this device (SGX540 GPU) and that's a fact. Laughing
However for low end GPU devices (Adreno 200) playing a 720p movie, this video player is a non-performer and will only really work on mid to high end GPU.

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  Reply # 649999 3-Jul-2012 12:50 Send private message

hairy1: App: Airdroid

Price: Free

Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid&hl=en

Description: AirDroid is a fast, free app that lets you wirelessly manage your Android from your favorite browser.



This is amazing! Thanks so much for posting it.




Toys:  Samsung Galaxy S4 (Telecom), iPad 4, Roku, Apple TV, iPod Touch 4, Dell Inspiron 17R SE, Sony 40CX520, TiVo x2, Snap ADSL.

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  Reply # 650004 3-Jul-2012 12:59 Send private message

GeoffisPure:
hairy1: App: Airdroid

Price: Free

Store Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid&hl=en

Description:?AirDroid is a fast, free app that lets you wirelessly manage your Android from your favorite browser.



This is amazing! Thanks so much for posting it.


Yeah. Awesome alright!




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  Reply # 650041 3-Jul-2012 13:30 Send private message

Name: VIBER

Price: free

Store Link: link

Description:Viber - Be Free to Communicate. Call and text anyone, anywhere.

Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. More than 40 million Viber users call, text, send photos and locations with each other worldwide - for free.
Viber is available for Android and iPhone®. We are always introducing new features, platforms and possibilities. 
Viber is completely free with no advertising, and we value your privacy: read our policy athttp://www.viber.com/privacy
Get it, you’ll like it. 
***WHY VIBER?***

* BEST SOUND QUALITY: Viber’s cutting edge technology ensures HD sound quality that is much better than GSM or a regular phone call.
* 100% FREE: Viber and all our features are completely free, with no subscriptions or purchases. Avoid mobile phone “bill shock” - call and text other users, on any network, as much as you want. All you need is a 3G or Wi-Fi Internet connection, and friends who get Viber too!

* SIMPLE TO USE: Viber just works, and lets you connect with your friends whose numbers you already have. It synchs with your mobile phone number and contact list to instantly show who already has Viber. Never again must you seek out your own contacts, create new usernames, or build new lists.

*ALWAYS ON: Viber runs in the background without draining your battery, so you always receive incoming calls and message notification.
* AD FREE: Viber doesn’t accept advertising and promises mobile text and calls will always be free, and ad free. We also value your privacy: read our privacy policy athttp://www.viber.com/privacy
* MUCH MORE COMING: We are hard at work bringing you many more features and platforms. More ringtones (even custom ones), wallpapers and support for more devices are all coming soon.

Comments: viber is a viber :) everyone has to have one!

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