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Trying to track my runs in the most minimal, future-proof way possible

There are tons of apps to use an Android phone to track runs. But most of them are subscription-based, bloated with features that I don't care about or want, and lacking in features I do want (simplicity, future-proof-ness; I want my data to remain usable indefinitely). [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Sep 3, 2015 - 9 answers

How to get an unlocked 64gb Galaxy Note 5 that works in Canada?

I want to get a new 64gb Galaxy Note 5. However, the Canadian carriers are charging $960 after tax for the 32gb version and aren't offering the larger-capacity model. I can import a 64gb version from Taiwan for $40 more. That version also has dual sim. But will it work on Wind, my Canadian carrier? Alternatively, are there any sites in the USA that sell the unlocked 64gb version? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Sep 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me pick a new phablet to upgrade to, because I don't like Note5

I have used the Galaxy Note2,3,4, and I loved them. I specifically love the removable battery, and the external sd card slot, along with the huge screen and really long battery life. Help me pick my next smart phone (as the note 5 has no removable battery/ micro sd card) [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Aug 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Any reason not to give away the apk file for an app?

I have an app on Google Play. It's sort of a niche app. Someone has contacted me and asked if I could send them the apk file because they plan to use the app on an emulator and thus cannot download it from Google Play. Is there any risk in doing this?I' [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Mobile app design for beginners

Are there any basic online tips for how to approach mobile app design (for print designers who have a formal training)? Resources for how to design for different screen sizes (there are so many of them), latest trends in UI/UX, and most helpful critique/help forums for beginners would be a great help.
posted by omar.a on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Safe SMS-to-Email App [Android]?

Is there a safe Android app that will somehow forward SMS texts to email? [more inside]
posted by Nevin on Aug 24, 2015 - 11 answers

Tablet recommendations

I'm looking to replace my old busted laptop with a tablet (since all I used the laptop for nowadays was browsing the internet in bed) but I'm out of touch with the vast array of tablets out there and I don't know where to start. More details below the cut. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Aug 22, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there an android jail?

So the dustup over Spotify's new privacy policy got me looking for a way to control what data their app has access to. Is there some type of per-app jail that provides mock locations and presents a cutdown filesystem to android apps? I've got a Nexus 6 running Andoid Lollipop.
posted by rdr on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

How to get my wife to hear when I call her on her phone?

Mrs Maninsuit is hard to reach on her phone. She sometimes turns the volume down and forgets to turn the volume back up. She sometimes has it in her purse or her pocket and doesn't hear/notice its ringing. I want to be able to reach her! And she wants me to be able to reach her (or at least so she says, bless her heart). Are there good solutions? She has a Samsung Galaxy S4. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Aug 20, 2015 - 26 answers

How to add multiple books to Aldiko Books in an Android Lollipop tablet

I want to add multiple books at once to Aldiko Bookreader on my Samsung Tablet. My current method is I upload books to Dropbox, and then essentially click on them on a time, and tell Aldiko to open them. Is there a way just to drag files somewhere, so they will batch add to Aldiko Bookreader?
posted by cascando on Aug 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Help recover a "lost" app - Android

Last night I tried to apply an update to the app "7 Little Words" and something went wrong. Now I don't have the app, and am having issues reinstalling it. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Aug 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Best Android paid phone apps for $2.50 or less

What apps have you purchased for your Android phone that left you delighted while costing $2.50 or less? [more inside]
posted by Flexagon on Aug 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Best Android Games 2015 edition

I am looking for Android games, especially Tower Defense and FPS games, but with some limitations. [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Aug 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Blogs or other resources for Android security news?

Where do you go to find the most up-to-date news on Android security issues--especially the current Stagefright problems? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Aug 2, 2015 - 3 answers

I'm losing control of my (battery) life!

What is going on with the battery of my Samsung Galaxy S Tab and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jul 25, 2015 - 12 answers

What is the least-sucky Android phone with a physical keyboard?

My current phone, a Samsung Galaxy S5, is all sorts of smashed and dying. I would like a replacement that runs a recent build of Android, works on my carrier (Verizon), and has a physical keyboard. Halp? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by brennen on Jul 23, 2015 - 16 answers

Actually educational toddler / preschool apps

There are so many terrible educational apps which seem to be a combination of flash cards / slot machine with in-app purchases or hard to avoid ads. What are your favorite tablet apps which actually have taught your toddler something other than randomly swiping around the screen? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Jul 21, 2015 - 21 answers

Archived emails read on Android still showing up as unread

This is a small issue but it's been bugging me. I use AOSP Email for Android (Motorola Moto X, Android 4.4.4). I like to go through and read and archive emails on my phone. But when I look through my archives on my desktop email program (Thunderbird), the messages I archived using my phone are there, but they are still marked as unread. [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Jul 21, 2015 - 3 answers

Mobile app research

I am researching mobile apps similar to Airbnb and Trip Advisor--essentially popular apps that allow you to (a) search and (b) book. Any resource that critiques or breaks down how these apps work is extremely important as well. [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

To-do list application / task management software

I need a good task manager. I thought Todoist was it, but I hate their Android client (plus typing out the due date/time every time gets old quite fast). So what's the current state of the market? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Jul 6, 2015 - 7 answers

Do "instant mixes" still exist in Google play music?

I can't find how to have Google create a playlist using only my music on my phone. Does it still exist? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jul 5, 2015 - 7 answers

What is Google Now great for? How can I use it best?

I've found that using Google Now can be waaaaay more efficient than typing things by hand: "OK Google, call restaurant." is much faster than searching for restaurantand then clicking on the linked number. However, I haven't any sense of the range of commands and integrations it supports. What are some of the best things for which to use Google Now? What should I install to get more out of it? How can I best turn my phone into the Star Trek computer?
posted by Going To Maine on Jun 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Looking to replace a Nexus 4, overwhelmed by choices.

My Nexus 4 is getting a bit long in the tooth, looking for something similar but with updated specs. I've gone through the G1, G2, and Nexus 4, and would just hop right on up to the Nexus 5, but I get the feeling that options have opened up in the current + last gen of devices. My list of prioritized features inside. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Jun 24, 2015 - 25 answers

Most engaging Android smartphone games?

I love Plants vs. Zombies 2. LOVE. But I've finished it, and I need a new game to play on my Android smartphone. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by purpleclover on Jun 23, 2015 - 20 answers

Microtransaction-free mobile games on Android

Good microtransaction-free games for Android phones with endless modes or just large numbers of levels. Don't need to be free so long as they're not moneypits. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Jun 12, 2015 - 22 answers

How do you tube? On Android?

I want to make some simple videos for YouTube, but I can't find the right app(s) to edit them in the way I would like to. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jun 5, 2015 - 2 answers

How can I get texts from my iPhone-using co-workers?

I used to have an iPhone. Now I have an Amazon Fire phone. I really like it...the problem is, I'm not getting texts from my co-workers' iPhones. [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp on May 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Super-lightweight android apps?

I am about to try and put a jellybean rom on a 2010 cellphone presently running android 1.6. An updated version of android isn't going to change the hardware though, so I need the lightest apps available. Or perhaps it's even better to not upgrade and there are markets with old versions of software or new software for old OS verisons? Join me inside please. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on May 19, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I make my Galaxy S5 distraction-free?

I recently got my first smartphone - the Galaxy S5 - and having the web and email on my phone is way too distracting. I want to make my phone distraction-free (inspired by the distraction-free iPhone). Basically I want to stop myself from constantly checking my email and surfing the on my phone, but retain the ability to use email and the web if I really need them when I'm out. Any ideas on how to make my Galaxy S5 distraction free? [more inside]
posted by catquas on May 14, 2015 - 6 answers

Firefox mobile - stop tabs auto-reloading

If I'm reading a webpage in Firefox on my phone, and then go to another tab or another app, when I return to the original tab, the page automatically reloads. How can I prevent this from happening? I would prefer to control when pages reload, as on a regular PC. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on May 5, 2015 - 10 answers

Are hacked and cracked Android apps a thing?

I am familiar with the dark underside of PC software. Finding cracked and hacked versions of whatever you want is a trivial exercise. Is it like that in the Android app ecosystem too? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on May 4, 2015 - 14 answers

My Android phone has deleted Google Play Services. How can I fix it?

I have a Moto G running Android 4.4.4 that has a bad habit of occasionally deleting an app without provocation. This is a small bother normally (I just re-download the app), but this time, it has deleted Google Play Services, which is necessary for all kinds of things. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Tinder: "there was a problem getting your code"

Every time I try to log in to Tinder I get asked to enter my phone number for a verification code. And every single time after I enter my number I get the same error: "there was a problem getting your code. Please try again". I have looked through Google and tried various "fixes" for this problem but none have worked for me. I'm hoping the super-geniuses in the Hive Mind can help me. My phone is a QUE 5.0 running Android 4.4.2. My service is through Net10 (which uses AT&T towers).
posted by MattMangels on Apr 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Unlock my Samsung Galaxy S3

A friend of mine has given me their old Samsung Galaxy S3. Yay! It is locked and the carrier won't unlock it without forcing a fee to be paid. Boo! [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Apr 29, 2015 - 6 answers

Hiring an Android Developer

I'm interested in hiring a developer to build a native Android app. Before anyone gets nervous, I am a fairly experienced in dealing with technical people and I already built the iPhone version of this app myself. Because of time constraints I am choosing not to build the Android myself, there would be too much of a learning curve because I have never done it before. I would be able to provide the developer a designed comp of every single screen. [more inside]
posted by solmyjuice on Apr 27, 2015 - 5 answers

Is there an app for this? Personal dental record/tracking

Is there some kind of personal dental record / tooth history app, or even a way of marking comments on tooth diagrams, for either major tablet OS? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 21, 2015 - 0 answers

Wake me up!

I saw an android alarm clock that disables the phone's ability to be turned off. What was it? [more inside]
posted by tweedle on Apr 20, 2015 - 3 answers

does an android app exist that'll hold certain notifications til later?

can you help me find an app to temporarily mute notifications for some apps while letting others come through? preferably one that will hold muted notifications and deliver them later? [more inside]
posted by isaacq on Apr 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Improving battery life for a Droid 3: energy management or rooting

I have a new-old Droid 3 (bought new, only started using it recently) and it's not holding a charge very long, even when I'm not actively doing anything with it (it can drop from 100% to 70% over night). I looked at its battery usage, and the bundled apps that I didn't want or use were using a lot of battery (YouTube was the worst, at 27%). Should I try some cellphone management apps (examples), get a new battery, root it to uninstall bundled apps I don't want or need, or root it to run a custom OS? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 12, 2015 - 8 answers

Podcast management

1) What is your podcast management strategy? I need a system that works better than what I'm doing now. 2) Is there an app that will let me organize/subscribe to podcasts or create playlists on my Mac and then sync that with my Android? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Android games and apps that make swiping and dragging fun?

I love swiping around on my Android phone; the chance to swipe around on my keyboard to write an email or text makes me surprisingly glad. What are some good games (and other apps?) that make the act of swiping and dragging a pleasure? Some examples: Alcazar and LYNE have been great games for me because they supported smooth, convoluted drags, and Threes has been too because of its smooth swipes. In contrast, the clunkyness of the dragging in Trainyard has been a turn-off. While a good challenge is important, fluidity is key.
posted by Going To Maine on Mar 28, 2015 - 11 answers

Live-updating Android photo frame?

Is there an Android app or web app that will show the latest image from a Flickr album or Dropbox folder? [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on Mar 27, 2015 - 0 answers

Street Navigation App for Android Tablet: Italy edition

We spend a few months in Italy each year, and duplicate our lives from Australia over there. Last year we purchased a second-hand car, and find it really useful to use a GPS for navigation. Our TelCo also gave us two Samsung Note 3 Android Tablets. We have smartphones and iPads, and are hoping to use the android tablet in the vehicle for navigation when required. Would Google Maps be the best? There is the provision for SIM cards in the Samsung, however I would probably prefer to link it to a portable hotspot if needed. PREFERABLY a navigation app for Italy which works well off-line. Any suggestions? TIA
posted by Flashduck on Mar 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Rollercoaster game (for Android) that's closest to Disney's Coaster?

Back in '93, Disney had a game for DOS called Coaster. You get a track editor, build and ride it in 3D, then it gets rated by some riders. Is there anything close to something like this in terms of game play for Android that's available now? Nicer graphics would be a plus.
posted by querty on Mar 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Queen Me through the interweb!

What's the best cross-compatible online chess app/site/program? [more inside]
posted by Meagan on Mar 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Flagship Android phones: which ones to consider? (Early 2015 edition)

I want a new Android phone. I need to have it in my hands on June 5, 2015. I will be buying it out-of-pocket (no contract or subsidy) and using it on T-Mobile. My only requirements are 1) faster / more responsive than my Nexus 5 and 2) better battery life than my Nexus 5. I'm overwhelmed by the options. Which phones should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Mar 9, 2015 - 17 answers

When the user wants an "App" but they need a webapp ?

I would like to understand more about giving a webapp a Play Store/App Store "App" . [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Mar 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Best way to play audio wirelessly from Android to home theater system?

I use an Android phone as my main audio player (both music and podcasts). I'd like to use it to play audio wirelessly over my home theater system. The Bluetooth receiver I got for this isn't cutting it. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Mar 6, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I find a link to a YouTube Ad?

I opened this (NSFW) YouTube video yesterday and before it played there was an ad made by Android that goes on for about 7 minutes basically imploring you to hit 'Skip Ad', it's hilarious and I would love to find the actual link to the video. [more inside]
posted by doublenelson on Mar 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Your Favorite Roguelike for IOS?

And why is it your favorite? [more inside]
posted by notyou on Feb 22, 2015 - 7 answers

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