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Okay so i think many of us have android based phones here on ivg , so thought of creating this thread

Cool Apps:

File Manager
Astro File Manager
ES File Explorer
File Expert

SMS
Handcent SMS
Go SMS

SmsPoke

Calender Widget
Android Agenda

Settings Shortcut
MySettings
Quick settings

Browser (Alternates to the the stock browser)
Dolphin Browser HD
Opera Mini

Augmented Reality
Layar

Data/System Backup
Titanium Backup
MyBackup Pro

Weather/Clock
Weather widgets

SMS Backup
SMS Backup & Restore - Backs up SMS to an XML file, stored on the SD card.
SMS Backup - Backs - Backs up to your Gmail account.

Anti-theft
WaveSecure Mobile Security

Benchmarking tool
Quadrant
Neocore [3D graphics]

Installing Apps wia Web
AppBrain Market Sync (also it's app is better than the Market itself)

Task Manager
Advanced Task Manager

Zipping Files
AndroZip

Audo Managerment
AudioManager

Bluetooth
Bluetooth File Transfer
Astro Bluetooth Module (for use with Astro File Manager mentioned earlier)

Book Reader
Aldiko, Laputa

Notes
ColorNote
Thinking Space (TS mostly for ideas) (along with many others)

Controlling PC via WiFi
Gmote

GPS
GPS Test (test your phone's GPS performance)
Brutmaps (alternative to Google

Picture Editor
PicSay

Ringtone Editor
Ringdroid

WiFi
WiFi Manager
Hoccer (Transfer data over WiFi to anywhere in the world)

Customization
No Lock (For those who don't care for a lock screen)

Music Player
3Cubed (Sexiest looking Music Player)

Video Player
Rockplayer


Android News Sites

http://www.androidcentral.com/
http://androidandme.com/

Rithvik's App List

Sports:
BBC Sport - Covers a wide array of sports.
GOAL.com - for the most unreliable soccer news.
F1 Timing App - best at what it does.A premium app :(
Cricinfo Mobicast - Everything cricket.
Tennis Math - Tennis scores and stats.
ESPN Scorecenter - Aggregates all sports scores.It's slow and unoptimized.
Live Tour 2010 - TDF is almost over but lovely,clean UI
NBA news
Manchester United - for United fans

Games:
Bonsai Blast
Shoot U Lite - physics based game
Zenonia Lite - Best RPG on Android
NFS Shift Demo
Asphalt 5 - best looking game I've come across for Android
Air Control Lite

Gaming:
Eurogamer
Steam Friends - Latest info regarding Steam deals.You can log in to your account too.
Points - MS points to currency converter
Battle.net Mobile - official Blizzard app

Cool Apps:
Blindtype - to be released.Swype challenger.
Screebl - A must for anyone looking to get some serious reading done,it bypasses the screen timeout based on orientation.
Speed Test
Wifi Analyzer - you can use it to find the channel with least activity
Listen - podcast app
Stitcher Radio - stream podcasts instead of syncing them
ANDchat - good IRC client
Engadget
Places Directory - a ton of info about places near your location
Awesome Drop - Sync files to your phone using your browser.This app is awesome.
K9/Seven push email - alternative to the email client provided
Y5 battery - Location based WIFI manger
Sipdroid - Sip client.Very useful when combined with Google Voice.
Voice - free SMS FTW
Harcopy - instapaper client
Wapedia - Fast access to wikipedia and other wikias
Ustream Viewer - To view online streams sans flash
1password - password manager
Smooth Calendar - Nice clean calendar widget
Shortyz - Crosswords from all the popular newspapers
Picasa tool - alternate app to sync with Picasa
Biowallet Signature - Biometric encryption
Spare Parts - Access to hidden settings
Newspapers - Access to online editions of journals and newspapers from around the world
AG Indian newspaper - same functionality for Indian newspapers
Fandango - trailers,movie reviews and news
Movies by flixster -do-
IMDB
VLC remote - control VLC on your desktop using your phone
TV shows lite - keeps track of episode info for all TV shows you follow
Torrent fu - Mange your torrents from your mobile
XmarkSync - sync bookmarks with your desktop browser
Beejive IM - buggy right now,supports almost all clients
SeePU - resource monitor
Comic News - list of comics hitting the newsstand
Tiny comics - -do-
Katawa - all the famous webcomics in one place
Manga Browser - does the same thing for manga
xkcd viewer - you can view hover text.WIN
colordict - offline dictionary and thesaurus
Camcard lite - scan a visitng card directly to your contacts app
APN backup
Wolfadroid - Search using wolfram alpha
gUnit lite - units converter
acurrency - currency converter
antennas - info on signal strength etc. :P
autorun killer
surveyor - determines distance,height using the camera
3G watchdog - useful for those on limited data plans
gmote - control presentations,stream music to desktop and ability to use phone as mobile keyboard/touchpad
Feedsquares - best RSS client
GPS car park - to avoid Uromysitisis
quick sync settings - app from our very own Shantz,makes it easy to change sync settings
Grooveshark
Google Finance
Google goggles - visual search app
Wikitude - AR app similar to Layar
Foxy Ring - adjusts the speaker volume based on ambient noise
QIK - video streaming and basic editing
Google Shopper - Scans the barcode/cover art and pulls up reviews of the product
Bump - Bump phones to share contacts/photos/apps
Folder Organizer Lite - to organize apps into folders iphone style
Handy Calc - best calculator app,allows for graphing also
Voice Search - amazing voice recognition algorithm
Share your Board - document scanner.Decent OCR.
SMS filter lite
Easy filter - call filter
Dropbox

GPS
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my tracks - live statistics for speed,elevation etc.
GPS status

Better camera apps:
vignette demo
camera 360
shutter speed
depth of field
picsay - photo editor
image shrink - shrink images b4 uploading


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I own a htc hero.

I am a noob when it comes to android and currently know very little flashing and roms etc. i have googled a lot , and i am confused right now.

So anyone who knows how to install custom ROMS please help.
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though?.... thought :O


And Android and Iphones :happydance: I will stick to my Nokia 1100 for eterninty
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troll :happydance:
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If i'm a troll then you are an ogre :happydance:
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Iphone os sadbye :happydance:

it ain goin anywhere yet :O

Btw, gr8 thead!..
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I was thinking of starting an android thread for long but never did.. thanks parth :happydance:

To start with, here is a great new app I found today "Quick Settings" -> http://androidandme....-from-anywhere/

QR code to download:
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@DS i switched to android from iphone so the title :O
i liked the iphone os , but this seems better. :happydance:

Edited by pARTH, 22 April 2010 - 02:25 PM.

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How to download from this barcode ? :happydance:

sorry i am a complete noob :O
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Wow, what is the image?
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You dont know the QRcode?

QR code is 2d barcode that can encode many kinds of data. Google uses it extensively in their apps..including links and apps..

Parth, just download the barcode scanner app. Whenever you want to download an app which is reviewed on web and this kind of image is given, just scan the image and it will automatically take you to the app page in android market
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Ah cool.

Will try that.

Also do you have any knowledge about flashing and rooting and roms :happydance:
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..

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Saale parth, since when u own this hero, and u still didnt know about this QR code :happydance: :O Internet kis ke liye hai :O

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Saale parth, since when u own this hero, and u still didnt know about this QR code :chair: :ack: Internet kis ke liye hai :P


I play too much games :fear: :P

Have it like since 6 months

Also , first i need to solve this wifi problem :rant: My phone doesnt seem to detect my router

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wifi problem solved :fear: :chair: Just changed the encryption type in my router :rant:

Downloaded barcode scanner .

And this QR thing is amazing :ack: , it takes only a second to detect and a second more to launch the link in the browser .

Downloaded the app within a minute .

Nice app shantz.

Now i want to flash a custom android 2.1 rom

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not much idea about rooting and flashing custom roms right now as I am happy with the stock rom on nexus... you can check out xda-developers.com btw for full guides.

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Legend/Desire/Droid. And why? :chair:

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Desire, coz its better than the 3 specs wise.

But it hasn't been launched here, so if u care about warranty at all, get the Droid.

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All 3 are very good.. If you can spend more, buy a desire. If you want to buy something under 30k, then go for legend or milestone (GSM droid)..desire has the additional benefit of a faster CPU and a bigger screen.. but legend has a great and durable body...

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Legend/Desire/Droid. And why? :(

/confused


You can ditch HTC Desire. It has the same problem of multi-touch as Nexus One, will be a bad investment.

Go with Droid

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You can ditch HTC Desire. It has the same problem of multi-touch as Nexus One, will be a bad investment.

Go with Droid

Multitouch is flaky only in games and that too not much.. otherwise in normal use multitouch works just fine (infact, multitouch is too much hyped.. Normal one handed use is much better done with a UI that does not assume multitouch)
There are some other touchscreen issues that the phone loses calibration info sometimes, but is fixed by a quick tap to the power button and anyways, it will be fixed with an update as confirmed by google (this issue is with nexus, not sure if it is already fixed in desire builds. Some ppl who flashed desire builds on nexus say that they dont see this issue anymore)

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Well I'll be using the phone for a good 2 years atleast, so I need something doesn't turn obsolete in a year.
That is why I'm considering the Desire.
And the Droid for the hard keyboard.
@LA, how is the touch sensitivity/response on the Droid?
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if you want to use the phone for long, go for an HTC/google solution because then you will be assured of the updates...
btw, abt hard kbd, get an android phone and install swype.. you wont look back (except again, for games)

Edited by Shantz, 22 April 2010 - 03:52 PM.


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My only problem with the milestone is the camera, the 5mp cam in not that great, the photos appear blurry and out of focus most of the times and not just after taking the pics but Even When using it as a viewfinder. There are also some other minor issues, esp while playing music, if you stop it/pause it it keeps on resuming randomly. Also, make sure that you have some way of downloading data from the net/app store (GPRS, Wifi) if you plan on getting an android based phone.

@daedalus get the droid, totally worth it.
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My only problem with the milestone is the camera, the 5mp cam in not that great, the photos appear blurry and out of focus most of the times and not just after taking the pics but Even When using it as a viewfinder. There are also some other minor issues, esp while playing music, if you stop it/pause it it keeps on resuming randomly. Also, make sure that you have some way of downloading data from the net/app store (GPRS, Wifi) if you plan on getting an android based phone.

@daedalus get the droid, totally worth it.

yeah, its good to have it but even otherwise, if you can find an apk online (which you can, most of the times) then you can put it onto your sd card and install from there.. or can even install from PC by using adb..

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Proud Samsung Spica owner here. Enjoying Android awesomeness for a while now. Feels good to have enjoyed it at such an awesome price too. :(
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Some useful apps I've been using.

Quick settings (get this ASAP)

Xscope browser: you'll never use the stock browser. EVER.

Voice caller ID: says the callers name, the stock OS doesn't have this.

Fake call me: very useful app

3: music player, better than the stock one.

Astro: file manager. Essential stuff get it ASAP

Task manger: to kill apps because some apps keep running in the BG even if u quit them

Music junk: download any music

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3: music player, better than the stock one.

Astro: file manager. Essential stuff get it ASAP


3 is beautiful!

Also, I've been using EStrong's File Explorer and Task Manager. They're pretty good too. I like the font choice and the UI in general.

@ Shantz

Yeah, Swype is the best thing that happened to touch phones. I don't think I can live without it.
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^^Totally +1 to all app recos from KC.. (Already posted quick settings QR code on page 1)...
and xscope has this nice pin-zoom feature that i like very much.. hate using two fingers for pinch-zoom




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