The Official Android Thread

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#1
This thread is intended to provide a pool of info for all the android users out there

I shall attempt to highlight the best apps and games and link to these files when I can

Share your knowledge people and we can get the best out of our awesome phones

Please DO NOT use this thread to say my iphone is better than your android blah blah blah as there is the mobile phone thread for that already in place

Let us know what works for you and what doesn't and as a collective we can try and solve the problem

 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#2
Android can multi task up to 32 apps at one time and this can have a dramatic effect on your battery life

Your first port of call for apps should be a task killer which you can stop processes automatically or manually

Personally I have programmed mine to auto kill every 15mins

You can also exclude any program you want to keep running

Advanced Task Manager v5.3

Requirements: Android

Overview: Use Advanced Task Manager to end applications, speed up phone, and save battery!

[IMG=http://i.imgur.com/APR1N.jpg]

[IMG=http://i.imgur.com/aUwDi.jpg]

1) Terminate Apps via App Detail Page
2) Shows Battery, Memory, & device Info
3) Shortcuts to useful tools
4) SD Card Management (Move apps between phone and sd card. Requires you to be on Android 2.2 at least).
5) Bulk Uninstall
6) Press-to-End Shortcut (instead of widget).

The press-to-end shortcut (accessible by long pressing home screen and choosing shortcut) replaces the widget.

The new interface requires Android 2.2.

Recent changes:
1) Supports Android 2.3
2) Added new Phone and SD card tab to move apps quickly. (Requires Android 2.2)
3) Bug fixes

If you get an error during install you will have to remove your older version.

More Info:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/advanced-task-manager/com.arron.taskManager

Download Instructions:
Download Here

 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#3
For those that don't have unlimited data plans you may find this useful

3G Watchdog Pro v1.1.0
Requirements: Android
Overview: Pro version of 3G Watchdog mobile data counter / monitoring app
[img=http://i.imgur.com/g26kG.jpg]

featuring:

* Advanced data usage prediction
* Billing rules (counts in blocks, ignores uploads)
* Usage history with graph & CSV export
* Usage by application (Android 2.2+)
* 5 widget styles
* Backup/restore
* Redesigned UI
* Account/SIM with auto switch
* Import settings & data from 3GW free (don't uninstall 3GW free before importing!)
* ... and more!

Recent changes:
* Fix: Airplane mode: Keep showing data for current SIM instead of showing data = 0; no annoying SIM switch notifications.
* New option to disable ALL SIM card switch notifs.
* Fix: notif icon "always visible" actually not visible on boot when no connection.
* Faster start-ups (after initial one, please wait!), especially on Galaxy S.

More Info:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/3g-watchdog-pro/net.rgruet.android.g3watchdogpro


Download Here
 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#4
In my opinion the best web browser is dolphin and here it is in all it's glory ad free

Dolphin Browser™ Mini v1.2 (AD FREE)

Requirements: ANDROID:1.6 and up

Overview: Something fast, something simple, something new! It is Dolphin Browser Mini. Dolphin Browser Mini aims at providing a friendly user experience for all of you.



[img=http://i.imgur.com/9ECE8l.jpg]

Highlights:
*High speed responsibility
*Speed Dial Homepage
*Innovative Menu design
*Infinite tabs browsing
*Intelligent back & forward button
*Powerful Copy Text (Select Text)

Features:
*Gesture
*Multi-tab browsing
*Multi-touch pinch zoom
*Tool Box
*RSS Detection
*Bookmarks sync
*Bookmarks/History/Most Visited
*Flash Support for Froyo

WHAT'S NEW in this version:
Updated Features:
+online PDF viewer
+update select text UI
+download directory
+file uploading on 2.2 and up
+open pages in overview

Fixed bugs:
-Clear history upon exit doesn’t work
-Password cannot display completely
-copy text bug on HTC devices
-Force close bugs

More Info:

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.dolphin.browser

Download Here
 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#5
Upto date sports scores for pretty much everything

SportsTap v3.1


Overview: SportsTap is the ultimate mobile sports portal. Access all the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA American Football & Basketball, NASCAR, Golf, Tennis, Futbol scores and stats from anywhere, or follow local teams wherever you are on LocalTap.

This is an American app so it mainly concentrates on their sports but still good for football

[img=http://i1141.photobucket.com/albums/n597/divergent192/DXScreens/0e52753c.jpg]


More info:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/sportstap/mobi.sportstap.android.sportstap

Download Here

 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#6
Manage files and perform backups on your Android device

INFO

Looking for a free file manager for Android? Look no further than Astro File Manager, a free application for organizing documents, files and folders, managing tasks and processes, and performing backups.


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Working with Astro File Manager is a joy thanks to the program's clear, customizable user interface. It allows you to perform a wide variety of tasks via a sliding toolbar at the top of the screen. The main window shows you all of the folders on your system and perusing the files in these folders is made easy by the inclusion of Up, Back and Next buttons to navigate through the directories.

Astro File Manager lets you choose to view files and folders either in traditional list format, or as icons, which feels a lot more like the Windows Explorer. Files and folders can be sorted by name, date, size or type. Astro File Manager also includes a reliable search tool for quickly finding a specific file.

Among Astro File Manager's other features are its ability to open ZIP and TAR compressed files, although the app doesn't currently support RAR files, which is a bit of a shame.

Manage your apps

Astro File Manager comes with a very handy application manager and backup tool. Here you can view a list of all your installed apps, then choose to uninstall them or back them up to your SD card at the tap of a button. There's also a process manager, where you can view currently-running apps, services and process, and kill them instantly if you wish.

Astro File Manager is arguably the best file management app for Android, and it gives you a lot more control over your device.

Pros
Very easy to navigate files
Task and process manager
Perform application backups
Handles ZIP and TAR files

Download Here
 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#7
Ever thought about rooting your phone but have no idea where to start or any real programming knowledge and are scared of bricking it??

Then this site is for you

http://www.unrevoked.com/#phones

Doing this will invalidate your phones warranty however you could always reflash with the original rom and pretend nothing ever happened [img=http://themixingbowl.org/static/img/smilies/whistle.gif]

 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#8
Gmote 2.0 v2.0.8

Requirements: All Android versions

Overview: Turns your phone into a remote control for your computer, allowing you to start and control movies and music at a distance. Great for iTunes

New 2.0
Stream music from your computer to phone!
Linux support
Control PowerPoint, image slide shows
Navigate and launch websites from phone
Acts as a WiFi touchpad/keyboard (improved!)
Bug fixes

More info:

http://www.appbrain.com/app/gmote-2-0/org.gmote.client.android


Download Here
 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#10
Star Chart v1.7

Requirements: (for Android version 2.1 and higher)
Overview: Now you can have a virtual star chart in your pocket! Look through the eyes of your Android device* to see a virtual window into the whole visible universe. Much better than google sky

[img=http://i.imgur.com/fTHI9.jpg] [img=http://i.imgur.com/TIua1.jpg]

All you have to do is point your Android device* at the sky and Star Chart will tell you exactly what you are looking at.

Using state of the art GPS technology, an accurate 3D universe, and all of the latest high tech functionality, Star Chart calculates – in real time - the current location of every star and planet visible from Earth and shows you precisely where they are; even in broad daylight!

Want to know what that bright star is called? Point your device at it – you might just find out it’s a planet!

Want to know what the night sky looks like to people on the other side of the earth? Well just point your device down!

Want to know where your star sign is in the sky? Star Chart will tell you all this and more.


Star Charts features include:
- Just point and view. No need to scroll around the screen to find out what you are looking at*.

- Alternatively, look around the sky using finger gestures – perfect for armchair astronomers!

- Supports dynamic device orientation viewing. Allows you to view the night sky whilst holding your Android device at any angle.

- Accurately depicts all the visible stars of the northern and southern hemispheres - a total of over 5000 stars!

- Displays all the planets of the solar system, plus the sun and the moon.

- Displays all 88 constellations, with constellation imagery based on the beautiful artwork by 15th century astronomer Johannes Hevelius.

- Includes entire Messier catalogue of exotic deep sky objects.

- Tap on anything in the sky and get the facts on what you are looking at, including distance and brightness.

- Very powerful zoom function, lets you view the sky in extra detail, using intuitive finger gestures.

- Fully configurable. Star Chart displays only the sky objects that you are interested in.

- Allows you to view the sky underneath the horizon (unlike other more expensive applications). So now you can see where the sun is, even at night!

- Manually set your location to find out what the sky looks like from anywhere in the world.

- Full search feature

- Installable on an SD card

So point your Android device at the sky and see what's out there!




What's in this version:
Finger scrolling is now much more responsive.
Options menu now rotates with orientation of device.
Options menu respects Night Vision mode.


More Info:
http://www.appbrain.com/app/star-chart/com.escapistgames.starchart

Download Here
 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#11
I strongly suggest you install Flash available from the market to allow you to stream any TV or video's from any of your favourite websites

 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#12
Pingchat

http://www.pingchat.com/

Allows you to chat for free to any iPhone or blackberry

My pingchat ID is tonysafe so no more excuses for not sending me your jokes
 

TuBBz

Vital Football Hero
#13
Angry Birds is probably the greatest mobile game ever created and this version is Ad Free

[IMG=http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/264/angrybirdst.jpg]

Recent changes:
Fixed SMS Permissions.

- A new Wild West themed episode: Ham ‘Em High!
- 30 new levels
- Graphics toggle for lower end devices


INFO!
99% sure!
If you use the previous version ad-free you can update to this version without losing game progress!
If you use Angry Birds from the market you cannot update to this version(you must do a clean install= losing game progress)!

Download Here

 

The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#16
TuBBz - 14/2/2011 06:41

I strongly suggest you install Flash available from the market to allow you to stream any TV or video's from any of your favourite websites
would this help the playing of youtube or is that just signal strength?

ie last night got youtube up and was playing a video but it was so stop and start it was not worth it!

Think that is down to signal strength though.
 

tails7

Vital Squad Member
#17
I would imagine that is signal strenghth fear.
I have installed no extra app such as flash and my u tube works great.
I can also watch video's from our mate Justin and others which is great when the villa are away !! It drives her indoors mad !!

and tubbz i agree angry birds is awesome !!
 

The Fear

A Wise Man (once sat next to him)
#18
agreed tails. hope I'm not going to be disappointed with 3 signal strength on this phone, was always good on the nokia, expected it to be even better on this.