Get Your Android Shit Together 2010 Kit
creative editing ha-HAAA!
Word on the street is Android mobile OS is battling iPhones at 50/50 market share nowadays. Little snippits like paying $20+ less per month, cheap-ass phones, running on services with actually working internet, and a giant apple not dictating how to use your device may influence you to switch to this brand. Probably more likely is somebody less techie close to you is gonna switch to the bad guys and (re-)introduce themselves to the wonderful world of touching an out-of-the-way icon to make a phone call; behold the new world of apps. The same as the old world of apps.
The problem with these application stores is that both of them suck harder than Microsoft in organizing the goods. In Android’s case, once you get the top 30 or 40 programs you see featured in the Market all the time, discovering new reliable shit becomes crazy difficult after it’s buried. We’re back to the wild west of word of mouth blog to pull users in any direction to get their goods. *pfft* what do I mean “back to”? We’ve been like this for years.
Well sure, I’ll help out. Here’s a mashup list of all the apps I use that you should go on a Market download spree to get a hold of. Like, meow!
I don’t feel like QR coding these things, since all’y’all are probably iPhone users.
Put the Calendar Widget on your Home screen! – You already have this. Long press any empty area and select ‘widgets’. Drop it somewhere you’re always going to see it. Now if you’re smart enough to write something down you got coming up in the future, this box is going to keep showing you what you have going on.
SportsTap – Put the Widget on your Home screen. This thing is sports scores while giving you updates and start/stop/touchdown notifications for whatever teams you want. The app itself gives you ESPN quality news detail.
DoggCatcher – Podcast getter/downloader/manager. Like, $8 but worth it. Tons of customization options. Works with audio, written feeds, and video. There is a learning curve to getting the hang of this, but take the time, and you won’t need to listen to much music on the road provided you keep headphones on you. If you don’t want to pay money, an alternative is Listen, which taps into Google Audio. All I can get on there is Gamers With Jobs though.
Handcent SMS – If your phone (HTC, etc) doesn’t have a custom version of texting already, get this. Texting with a shitload more configuration options and popup notifications.
Where’s My Droid – You’re going to set a specific phrase where anytime somebody texts that to you, your phone auto sets all volumes to maximum and all your alarms and ringers go off for 10 minutes so you can find out where the fuck you lost your phone at in your house.
Shazam – Make this app listen to any song, it will tell you what it’s called.
Last.fm / Slacker / Pandora / iheartradio – Internet radio on a network that rarely disconnects. Last.fm is the best of these four for Android.
Note Everything – Make notes to self. In text, in drawing, in speaking. Mandatory if you’re a creative fool.
Astrid – To do lists. Sortable by many things. You can place a widget too. Great for longer term tasks.
Seesmic – Twitter Client. If you have HTC modded android, you probably got Peep already, but if you got Motorola deal, this is the best free one I know about. If you like a widget and even more advanced shit, Tweetcaster Pro for $5 has what you need.
Aldiko – Book reading client. Connects you to google books. Lets you download a shitload of free public domain or paid stuff. Read full books to your heart’s content.
Happy Hours – Like Yelp, this figures out where you are and displays all the bars around you. BUT it only tells you what happy hour drink specials are going on at that time on that day and when they will end. Then it hooks you up with Google Maps so you can get to that bar. (Gotta have working GPS to use)
NubiNews – Customizable blog (rss) reader. Much quicker navigation than actually going to each website. Preloaded with many great feeds. Super-the-fastest!
Contact Owner – Displays contact owner text on the password screen. I think you need to turn the security code thing on for this to work, but basically what happens is you know when you lose your phone, say somebody finds it, it becomes a pain in the ass for that person to find out how to get the phone back to the owner? This speeds things up.
Timeriffic – You go to work weekdays 8am-5pm or some shit? This lets you set a custom profile so every weekday at 8am your phone ringer sets to silent but at 5pm it sets phone volume back to max. There’s another paid app called Locale that does stuff like this by GPS proximity too, but the cost is high.
My Verizon – If you have Verizon service, pay bills ‘n shit.
DroidLight – Pretty much Motorola Droid only unless your camera has a flash on it. It turns your camera’s flash into a flashlight.
ShopSavvy – Scan a barcode at the store. It finds and compares your scan against the internet and gives you reviews. I used this to buy my mom a laptop. Got $75 off. She spilled coke in the keyboard then shut the laptop and flipped it upside down so all the coke soaked behind the screen. ‘Still works perfectly.
Nesoid / SNesoid / GBCoid / GameBoid / Gensoid – Emulators. The good ones. NES, SNES, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Genesis. All the Lite versions prevent you from are loading save states. These are flat-out essential if you have Motorola Droid with the d-pad and hard buttons. Yes you can flip the screen upside down so the dpad is in the right place. There are touch and trackball options for everything else.
Hungry! – Shopping list. Before you ever go shopping, write in this all the shit you’re ever going to get. Now when you make your shopping list, go back to this and just select the pre-written things you wrote down. Check them off at the store when you actually bought them. Repeat.
You can make Folders! – Non HTC modified Android versions only have 3 home screens. If you like your shortcuts or a lot of widgets, long press empty space, make a goddamn folder, and group all your similar applications in those places.
Motorola S9HD Bluetooth Headphones – Wireless headphones and they work almost flawless, even outside! (on motorola droid) There’s buttons on the ear pieces for volume, next previous song, and take a call. There is a speaker on the headphones so you do everything an ear mullet can do but with cooler looking stereo headphones.
Replica Island – High quality platformer. Have the droid mascot collect shit with NES controls.
Radiant – Slider shmup. Galaga ’90 stage design.
Word Search (Black icon) – If you get the right version, this lets you do custom puzzles and has a great touch interface.
Bust A Move – $5. Taito’s puzzle classic still with the Bubble Bobble guys. Shoot to match colored bubbles.
Abduction! – 2D motion game. Tilt-guide a bouncing cow upward via moving platforms
Pulse Rider – 2D motion game. Tilt-guide a plane into green nodes. Avoid red nodes.
Slimeball – 2D motion game. Tilt-guide a ball downward running shit over katamari style.
Pong Multi Touch – 2 player Pong.
BreakTheBlocks / Meteor – Arkanoid Breakout clones.
Robo Defense / Bubble Defense – Tower Defense. Fieldrunners clones.
Chain React – Boomshine Every Extend ghetto clone. Detonate a ball and see how many other balls detonate with it.
SFCave – Clone of ASCave. Guide something through a tunnel that’s constantly dropping. Press to ascend, release to decend.
LaserReflections – Puzzle game. Use mirrors and prisms to guide a laser beam to an icon.
Nintaii – Roll a block around a 3D puzzle maze thing.
Bubble Popper / Bebbled – Touch linked bubbles of the same color to destroy.
Splat! Bugs II – Light gun game. Touch bugs to kill.
Gem Miner – Miner Dig Deep ‘Sequel’ or ‘Prequel’. Dig for gems. Use gems to buy tools to dig for gems.
Better Keyboard – $3, but you can put skins on your onscreen keyboard. I have a megaman one. It is awesome. There’s tons of menu and style customizations as well that aren’t on the stock keyboard. I use many of them.
Talk To Me – If you’re stuck in a foreign language situation, remember this. You talk into it, your phone will output a translation of whatever you just said into that language.
Dictionary.com – Quickest word lookup I know about. I also use the word of the day widget. Because my English is gone done poor yessir!
Giant Bomb – The main news reviews stuff in mobile quick version. Great way to catch a review when you’re chillin’ in line somewhere.
Toggle Settings – If you’re into turning Bluetooth and wifi on and off and playing with settings a lot, many things you wanna change in Settings are 3-4 screens down. This app turns all your most useful on/off switches into easy to reach toggle app. There is a simplified power management widget already on the phone too.
Yelp – Only useful if you’re somewhere new for the first time, dunno where to go, and you’re probably not gonna be in that area again for a long time. This finds restaraunts, bars, that stuff. Gives reviews too.
Cardex / Key Ring – If you’re a shopping rewards card whore, you can use this to scan all the bar codes into it so you don’t need to hold the cards on you anymore. Or type it in.
Dial Zero – A database of phone numbers at many corporations where you can bypass the phone robot and actually speak to a person who can do something about your product or service problems.
Boondocks / Calvin & Hobbes / XKCDViewer / DailyDilbert – Single strip viewers.
TV.com – You can stream some full show episodes across a couple channels.
Zedge – If you’re too lazy for uber ringtone wallpaper customizations, this app lets you steal and set one of the thousands of theirs.
Mabilo Ringtones / Wallpapers – Same as Zedge. Download whichever and use those customs instead of importing your own.
Engadget – Best way to read Endgadget. Comes in three flavors.
Digg / reddit is fun – The quick app way to look at both these sites.
Express News – The Associated Press and tons of other real world shit. ‘With the quickness.
NPR News – Alternative real world news Express News may or may not cover.
USA Today – That thar newspaper.
BBC News – You know…news from over there. ‘Pretty sure they report on Americans better than Americans report on Americans…so….just putting that out there.
HelixLauncher – If you’re not on HTC modified Android version and you’re sick of dealing with only 3 home screens, this can give you more, along with a bunch of other shit. (Iffy 2.1 support as of April 2010)
10001 Cocktails / Bartender – Booooooze! Make concoctions with whatever.
CarRepair – A first strike app to diagnosing a basic car problem.
Movies (Flixster) – Find a recent movie, with user and rotten tomatoes reviews, and finds showtimes and theaters. ‘Probably preinstalled.
Unit Converter – How many Floobits* are in a Gallon? ‘The fuck knows! Now you can find out. *Nothing can convert a floobit.
ASTRO – A windows style file manager…on your phone.
AndChat – This lets you visit IRC channels. But usability depends on your network. Verizon blocks IRC and 4chan. There are tunneling strategies that work, but getting them running are difficult.
Documents To Go – Microsoft Office and a mobile pdf reader. $10-$30, depending if you buy it at the right time.
KeyPro – If you get a hold of some travel bluetooth keyboard, match this up with Documents to Go, holy shit you now have a big-people-laptop!
Social Wallpaper – This is an Android 2.1 version only Live Wallpaper. Live Wallpapers are the moving ones. This will throw random Facebook and Twitter updates behind your icons in the home screen while leaving your regular wallpaper intact.
Silhouette – This is an Android 2.1 version only Live Wallpaper. Live Wallpapers are the moving ones. Sunset with waving trees. Gentile. Pleasant.
Pop Squares – This is my wallpaper. Tons of customization. This is an Android 2.1 version only Live Wallpaper. Live Wallpapers are the moving ones.
Look, 2.1 users just search “Live Wallpapers” in market and you’ll get them all.