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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 650116 3-Jul-2012 16:22 Send private message

The following two apps need root access to your phone and will not work on a standard user access only phone.
These applications do require a basic knowledge of file sharing structures.


Application:
Samba Filesharing

Restrictions: Device MUST be rooted*.

Price: Free

Store Link: Samba Filesharing available on Google Play

Description: Samba Filesharing allows you to access your Android SDcard on the network.  On a Windows PC this is seen as a computer network share with access to the folders and files on it. The Android device hosting the Samba Filesharing app effectively becomes a file server. This means other network devices can connect and watch videos, listen to music or view OpenOffice/Doc documents and etc. One can use Samba FileSharing and WiFi tethering as a file server for other Android devices like the Sony XPERIA U (4GB) which don't have the storage, but one can still stream and watch a movie or just share files.

Comments: AirDroid gives many of the file access features of Samba Filesharing within a web browser, but Samba Filesharing allows full access to all file media types if the remote host application support them. For example mkv, vob and OpenOffice documents and etc can be opened without file downloads to your device to view them(where supported).


Application: CifsManager

Restrictions: Device MUST be rooted*.

Price: Free

Store Link: CifsManager available on Google Play

Description: Allows remote NAS/File server shares to be mounted locally on your Android device and seen as local files/folders.

Comments: This is the next step up in file sharing as this allows your Android device to access remote files as if they were local to that Android device. This has many benefits for example if one has an OpenOffice document, it can be opened on both the Android device or any other device with access to the NAS/file server on which it resides.  Documents and files which would otherwise have to be downloaded to be accessed, can be access by the Android device from the source device without copies being created.
This application is not for the faint hearted as it may require a supporting cifs.ko module for the application to work and this may not be readily available for your Android device/OS version.

* A rooted device is an Android device with full access to read and write to all system files and not just user files.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 650121 3-Jul-2012 16:36 Send private message

FPse - $4.83 - PSX Emulator
Sixaxis Controller - $2.00 - Let's you pair your PS3 bluetooth controller to your phone

And bought a MHL to HDMI adapter to output to TV ($20 on trademe). Got yourself an instant gaming console.


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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 654273 12-Jul-2012 05:35 Send private message



Application: XiiaLive™ - Online Radio

Price: Free / $6.49

Store Link: XiiaLive™ - Online Radio is available on Google Play

Description: Hundreds of online radio stations in the palm of your hand.
                  The paid version removes the ads and also includes a few more features.

Supported:

     Formats: [aac, aac+, m3u, pls, mp3, mp4, m4a, mpeg, asf, wma, ogg]
     Playlists: [m3u, pls, asx]
     Protocols: [http, mms, mmsh]

Comments: I had a look around for something else, but keep coming back to this app. You're also able to add your own URLs if you find a good one. The favourites allows for good organisation and structure/backup. It all works, and with Sennheiser headphones or a set of ear buds you're in your own little world. It's an enjoyable way to try and make a dent in the broadband data quota. Laughing

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 654438 12-Jul-2012 11:49 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.

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.


I've been using Kies air and works nicely.

BTW any idea how this is different/better from kies air ?

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  Reply # 654440 12-Jul-2012 11:53 Send private message

Kies is Samsung software so it is limited to Samsung devices.




Nexus 5, Galaxy Tab S, HP Ultrabook, Mysky HDi, 2talk, Pebble Steel

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 656896 17-Jul-2012 10:02 Send private message

Here's a great APP I just discovered.  "Fast Burst Camera"  Totally Awesome.  Does 30 pics per second in full colour and if you get the paid version  ($4.95), perfectly focused. Great zoom as well


http://androidadvices.com/capture-upto-30-photos-android-phone-fast-burst-app/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AndroidAdvices+%28Android+Advices%29




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Master Geek
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  Reply # 656918 17-Jul-2012 10:46 Send private message

Swype Keyboard. Hands down the best and fastest keyboard (although it has a bit of a learning curve).

Price: Free

Description: You can get this through the Swype website for most phones (not the Google Play market).
Some handsets have it pre-installed. My version of MIUI came with it.

You basically just slide from letter to letter to make up the word (you only have to be marginally accurate). You lift off, then start the next word. It is far faster than any keyboard I've tried - even the newest version of SwiftKey. It does take a bit of getting used to but it is amazingly accurate once you have it sorted.

Tip: Watch the instructional videos when prompted, there are a lot of little tricks that make Swype even better. If you cannot get Swype for your handset, you can try SlideIT - although this is not free.





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Master Geek
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  Reply # 658524 19-Jul-2012 15:38

Just a heads up to the folk that purchased the Metservice app. There's an update available on Google Play that now includes widgets.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 658565 19-Jul-2012 16:29 Send private message

App: Solid Explorer
Cost: Free
The best file explorer that I have used, copy files to google drive / Drop box. Uses split screen etc just like in the old days. Looks good too.
Google play link

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  Reply # 658573 19-Jul-2012 16:37 Send private message

YadaMe: App: Solid Explorer
Cost: Free
The best file explorer that I have used, copy files to google drive / Drop box. Uses split screen etc just like in the old days. Looks good too.
Google play link


Nice!

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 658761 19-Jul-2012 23:15 Send private message

YadaMe: App: Solid Explorer
Cost: Free
The best file explorer that I have used, copy files to google drive / Drop box. Uses split screen etc just like in the old days. Looks good too.
Google play link


I'd even be so bold to say, 'Very nice'. 
Doesn't have any remote site(NAS) video streaming yet, but see it's on the to do list.
Split screen drag and drop is a nice touch.

wakaridnnz: Just a heads up to the folk that purchased the Metservice app. There's an update available on Google Play that now includes widgets.


Nice. :-)

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  Reply # 658794 20-Jul-2012 00:00 Send private message

Thanks for the apps recommendation, very happy with AirDroid and Solid Explorer.

The radio app seems to buffer a lot and I can't exit it!

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 659209 20-Jul-2012 16:23 Send private message

networkn: The radio app seems to buffer a lot and I can't exit it!




If it's regarding XiiaLive, try enabling the 'Internal stream engine' in the advanced users settings.

There is also a beta version which has a 'new/modified' streaming engine which may also improve the load/buffering time of a given Internet radio stream., BUT it is BETA!.

By tapping on the stop 'icon' in the play section, one should be able to 'disable' any continued attempt to stream a given channel which is causing problems.

Sometimes this has a bit to do with the 'station' you're listening to and their network capacity.

The developer does seems to be very proactive in attempting to address 'all' problems and refining his application.
For information/support one can address issues on his forum.  XiiaLive Support Forum

I use XiiaLive on a FV-1 Android TV over Ethernet (12Mbit ADSL2 access) plugged into a 7.1 ONKYO receiver or via TV speakers.. nice... 192KB radio stations..very nice.

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 659512 21-Jul-2012 12:38 Send private message

sqlpro: BTW any idea how this is different/better from kies air ?


I find AirDroid is 10 times better than Kies Air. It is far more user friendly, and you can quick login via a QR code! Absolutely love it!

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  Reply # 659579 21-Jul-2012 15:44 Send private message



Application: MyPhoneExplorer Client

Price: Free

Store Link: MyPhoneExplorer Client is available on Google Play

Description: Started life primarily as a Sony Ericsson PC suite to extend the functionality of the phone and PC environment beyond that provided by Sony Ericsson. This has been extended to Android phones. Software has to be installed on the PC as the PC 'server' runs it's own application. The server application can be found at www.fjsoft.at 
Watch out for 'spamware' in the PC install. Just decline and the install continues.

Comments: This provides much the same functionality and maybe a bit more in some areas as the Android AirDroid app, however MyPhoneExplorer server has it's own PC server application instead of using a web browser.
AirDroid will have the advanage over this app in the area of mobility, where AirDroid can be accessed from any PC without software downloads being required.
With MyPhoneExplorer, one can connect via WiFi, Bluetooth, USB or Infared, with support for older non-Android Sony Ericsson phones too.
A good cross-over app for those with Android and non-Android Sony Ericsson phones.




AirDroid Update: AirDroid maintains an active service even when the app is closed and thus continues to use memory. The AirDroid service is difficult to stop and in many cases, just returns as an active service when not in use. The AirDroid devs are looking at this with changes in the future. All good.

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