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Android Widget that displays Google Spreadsheet data?

Is there an Android Widget that will allow me to display a subset of data from Google Spreadsheets? I keep track of my budget in a spreadsheet, and I would like to display the balances in a quick way on my phone without actually having to open the Google Sheets application. [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Can I make phone calls from my android phone using a google voice app?

I used to use talkatone to make calls from any android device for free, through google voice. Google voice shut down support for that through talkatone back in may 2014. Now I found a similar App but it makes you watch advertisements to get tokens to make "free" calls. Does anyone know an app that actually works, for free, on android? Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow on Sep 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Android tablet with best battery life?

My cheapo Android tablet finally gave up the ghost. I'm in the market for a new, nicer one and thought about getting the Nexus 7*. But searching around, it seems to have a lot of problems with battery life, even when on stand-by. I don't play games or watch videos or even listen to music much on a tablet. My main use case is reading and annotating pdf articles and books, especially when traveling (long flights) when battery life is kinda important. Are these battery life concerns for the Nexus 7 founded? Is there another Android** tablet that does better? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

How to make Maps cache ALL available zoom levels on Android?

I'm running Kitkat and Google Maps 7.7. Using the cache feature, I can save a certain area of a map. However, not all of the zoom levels are saved - if I zoom out far enough to encompass the area I want, the more granular zoomed in levels don't get saved properly. I've found this, but it seems that the functionality is no longer available in current versions (and I'd like to avoid sketchy options if possible). At the moment, I'm manually zooming in and caching lots of sections of the map to ensure that all levels are saved, but it's fiddly to do and there's no easy way to ensure that I've covered every section.
posted by Solomon on May 5, 2014 - 7 answers

How much more secure are older low tech phones than the more modern ones

Are older phones or phones designed for poorer countries any less susceptible to spying than the latest Apple, Google or Android models? I've read about CEO's looking for the very old brick phones because since they don't have the sophisticated technology of the modern phones, they're harder to monitor or track. I understand the phones w/o apps are clearly more secure regarding third parties because they aren't sending personal data to companies. But what the government and everything else; voice, location via cell towers, SMS; the very basics.
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Use 'terms' on hardware?

Are terms and conditions, disclosed after sale, legitimate? What if the associated item is a gift? [more inside]
posted by Goofyy on Dec 30, 2013 - 24 answers

In which I attempt to mitigate the anticipated disaster.

I have an iphone. Today I will be getting a MotoX. I don't really know a lot about smartphones in general or Android in general (or hell, even ios really) except that I assume there are going to be a few hiccups in the transition. Help me avoid those hiccups! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Text Messaging is Overrated...?

I can't find a text messaging app that does everything I want, so I use multiple apps and confuse my friends with multiple phone numbers. Is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by emoemu on Jun 28, 2013 - 12 answers

How to get a map from Google maps to an Android phone?

The situation: I'm running Android 2.3.5 on my phone, using the Google Maps app version 6.14.4. Via the desktop, I've created a map with custom directions from Point A to Point B.

The problem: I can't find a way to get the map with the edited directions to my phone. I can save the map with the directions to a Google account, which normally would mean that I could log into that Google account on my phone and download it that way. However, I don't have the necessary software on my phone that will enable me to log into a Google account. "Account and Sync settings" is missing. I can't seem to edit directions from within the Google Maps app on my phone, either. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jun 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Jumping ship to Android (Google's S4) and need a Mailbox equivalent

I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4 at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Should my tablet match my phone or my laptop ecosystem?

I am getting a Tablet for work, either a Nexus 10 or an iPad. I'm pretty well versed on the features and drawbacks for both, and I feel like if my other devices were either all Apple or all Google/Windows I'd make the choice based on matching my current device operating system ecosystem. BUT right now, each device I use has a different OS, so is there a better device to match my tablet operating system with? [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Apr 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Google Play music alternative?

Can I access my music in the Google Play Music cloud with something other than the Google Play Music app? [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Mar 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Where can you find reliable Android reviews?

Where are there reliable Android reviews for both applications and games? Metacritic does not yet have an aggregator for Android and Play Store ratings are of little use. So what is recommended? [more inside]
posted by sien on Jan 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me create the perfect Contacts Manager

After years of being an Android user, I finally bought my first iPhone. I'm having trouble and getting thoroughly confused with merging and syncing all my contacts. Please help me start over and create the Ultimate Contacts Manager solution that doesn't require me to become a sync wizard. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jan 17, 2013 - 2 answers

But how did you see me there? I was invisible!

Is there any way to 1) have an Android phone that is always on and connected with your gmail account and 2) be invisible in gchat at the same time? [more inside]
posted by segfault on Dec 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Hope a hopeless new Android user

[I am old/paranoid/a special snowflake filter] I am a Mac person. I have mostly avoided google products in my life, and am not eager for google to know everything about me. I just got a Nexus S (because it was the free option). How can I use my phone most effectively for email and calendars/reminders? [Lots of tedious old person details inside] [more inside]
posted by latkes on Dec 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Can you help me Talk?

How can I open Google Talk on my Samsung Galaxy S3? [more inside]
posted by alynnk on Dec 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Where Can I Find Free and Legal Downloadable Videos for Android?

Mrs. COD gifted me yesterday with a shiny new Nexus 7 for my birthday. Where can I find free or cheap video programming to entertain myself on 1 my one hour each way daily commute? [more inside]
posted by COD on Nov 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Time for a new Droid?

Android question: Despite the fact that it is now owned by the Google itself, Motorola has decided that my Android (Atrix 4G) will not be upgraded to the Ice Cream Sandwich OS (which isn't even the most recent OS). Is it time to change phones? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Nexus 7 wifi connectivity problem

I got them ol' wifi blues: I took the plunge and bought a Nexus 7, primarily to use for reading textbooks. While it works great on my home wifi, at school, it is unable to connect (apparently Jelly Bean and enterprise wifi don't play nice). Can you help me identify what's causing the problem and fix it? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Reading textbooks on an Android tablet

If I get a Google Nexus 7, will I be able to use it to reliably read textbooks? My college primarily uses Pearson textbooks for the courses I'm taking. Does anyone have experience with those textbooks on an Android tablet? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Big Brother Google, leave me alone!

I would like to purchase an App for my Android Samsung Tablet, but am concerned about my privacy and GoogleWallet. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on Jun 28, 2012 - 3 answers

Using Google Talk Android App through Web Browser on PC

Is there a way to use the Google Talk Android App via a web browser on my PC? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on May 22, 2012 - 3 answers

WHo owns an app?

If I make an app using an app builder like Apple Developer, Buzztouch, Mit App Inventor or Andromo, for example, who owns the app? [more inside]
posted by cda on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

My needs are not their needs, i'm beginning to see.

Google+, the Android App. Can you associate multiple accounts with it without your OS suddenly thinking you're trying to synch them? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Feb 2, 2012 - 2 answers

How to upload contacts to an Android phone?

How can I copy my phone book from my old Blackberry to my new Galaxy Nexus without uploading the data to Google, Facebook, or any other service? I have a Mac and a USB cable; this ought to be possible, right? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Dec 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Looking for details on Microsoft's Android patents

What patents does Microsoft own related to Android and where did those patents originate? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Sep 29, 2011 - 12 answers

My Pretty Places

GoogleMaps/AndroidFilter: What's the most efficient way to use the Current Location in Google Maps to help build a customized, editable My Map? For the life of me, I can't figure out an easy way to do this; I assume there's an easy way to do this that I'm overlooking. [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

How can I make calls on my android without using up my minutes, via siproid or google voice?

How can I make calls on my android without using up my minutes, via sipdroid and/or google voice? [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo on Apr 26, 2011 - 6 answers

'OK Computer' wallpaper? Check. 'Blade Runner' ringtone? Check.

Help me take advantage of my Samsung Nexus S Android cleverpants-phone. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Apr 6, 2011 - 21 answers

Writing on android

What options for word processors are there for Android tablets? How well do they work? Would a keyboard attachment make one equivalent to working on a netbook?
posted by Artw on Apr 1, 2011 - 12 answers

Name that song, Google Maps edition

Where is the music in this Google Maps for Android demo video from? It seems really familiar, especially starting at about 0:18. I've already run it through Shazam with no luck. [more inside]
posted by teraflop on Feb 23, 2011 - 2 answers

What is the most effective way for me to end up with the most consumer-friendly result when purchasing an Android phone?

What is the most consumer-friendly Android phone? How does the relationship between Google, phone developers, and carriers work? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Aug 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Help needed in switch from Blackberry to Motorola Droid

My wife is about to switch from Blackberry to Motorola Droid. Couple questions after the jump. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by eebs on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Rec me current Droid apps?

Essential or interesting Droid apps since August 2009? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jan 7, 2010 - 11 answers

Do Androids dream of electric apps?

1) Android phone. 2) Querty keyboard. 3) Before end of year. Does such phone exist? (Other than G1) [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Sep 27, 2009 - 16 answers

Do Androids Dream of Freely Available Apps?

AndroidPhoneFilter: Help me access Android apps from my new HTC that I purchased from ebay. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Sep 14, 2009 - 8 answers

What are your top 5 (Google) Android Apps?

What are your top 5 Android Apps? [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Aug 30, 2009 - 17 answers

Google Apps calendar and gmail.com calendar: can they get along?

How do I work with both my Google Apps Calendar and my Gmail calendar? Bonus points: on a G1/Android phone. [more inside]
posted by zippy on Jul 31, 2009 - 5 answers

Best practices for buying an unlocked HTC Magic

I want an HTC Magic, badly. T-Mobile is sitting on it for probably the rest of the summer in order to prevent cannibalizing G1 sales. But I know they're for sale by Vodafone and Rogers will be shipping them in the next couple of weeks. What are the best practices for buying an unlocked cellphone? [more inside]
posted by Plutor on May 29, 2009 - 8 answers

GooglePhoneFilter: I got Blackberry in my iPhone!

CanadaCellphoneFilter: How can I use a Google G1 Android phone on Canada's Telus network? [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly on Dec 17, 2008 - 6 answers

G1 or iPhone?

Should I keep the G1/Android or get the iPhone? Please help in making my final decision [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 1, 2008 - 35 answers

SouthAmericaAndroidPhoneFilter: How can I get me a Google Android Phone

I want an Android google phone but live in South America where they aren't available yet, and when they do they will be overpriced. [more inside]
posted by lapsang on Oct 26, 2008 - 2 answers

Do G1 Android Dream of a Electic Sheep?

Should I get the T-mobile G1 with Google Android? Is there some cooler second generation Android phone coming out in the next 3-4 months that I should be holding out for? [more inside]
posted by jrishel on Oct 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Will it *really* be impossible to tether the new google phone?

While tethering is officially unsupported on the new Android phone, there is no Apple-style remote-app-killing service. Is there anybody out there familiar with the Android SDK that could tell me if tethering this phone to a laptop to share internet is impossible? Is it something physically unsupported in the SDK, or artificially blocked out by T-Mobile? Or will there be an app out like, 10 minutes after the phone is released?
posted by excitementMD on Sep 23, 2008 - 17 answers

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