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View two parts of one PDF at once

I am looking for apps that will let me take handwritten notes in a file/on a PDF and also view two different (arbitrary) parts of those notes/PDFs at the same time. I need this functionality on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a Mac running OSX, and an iPad Pro. [more inside]
posted by nat on Feb 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Have no money, need roboceptionist.

I'm looking for an app (iOS or Android or webapp, no preference) that displays the names (and ideally pictures) of the six people that work in my office, and when a name is tapped, an email is automatically sent alerting the person that they have a visitor. And it needs to be free. Explanations within. [more inside]
posted by soren_lorensen on Jan 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Anyone know of a replacement for Pulse (news app) on Android?

The new version is very different, all the recommendations I've found just don't work the way I like...various RSS readers mostly. Looking for something that has minimal tapping and swiping while being headline and source dense. The old version was a big grid. There was a similar question last year here but it was for iOS.
posted by aerotive on Jan 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Programmable drum machine/metronome

I am looking for a good programmable metronome or drum machine or a sampler/sequencer for Android OS. [more inside]
posted by asok on Jan 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Programming Language for a Product Manager

My career has always been on the peripheral of more technical roles and I've excelled without getting to code-specific knowledge but in my job search everyone seems to want a product manager who can use code, even if it's not part of their job. What language should I learn? [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Dec 19, 2015 - 23 answers

Why do these Android apps ignore my rotation settings?

Certain Android games ignore my OS-level screen rotation settings and will, at the drop of a hat, switch to portrait mode from landscape, often only momentarily before flipping back to landscape. Fallout Shelter and Adventure Capitalist are the worst, and will do this even while the phone is completely motionless and either lying flat or propped up in landscape orientation, while Bloons TD5 will, again without any provocation, flip to portrait and then instantly back to landscape. This occurs regardless of whether screen rotation is enabled and is extremely obnoxious. What gives? Can this be prevented?
posted by Pope Guilty on Dec 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Spatial Self-Mapping for the Scatterbrained

I am designing a project for about 10-20 undergraduate students (mostly traditional students but some non-traditional) where each will be asked to track their movements for a couple of weeks. Is there an easy, secure, mobile app for both Android and iPhone that will provide consistent location data in a reasonable format? Preferences would be for an app that doesn't drain the battery and one that allows you to set the interval for recording points. Nice but not critical would be some kind of reminder to record what they were doing at that time. [more inside]
posted by one_bean on Dec 14, 2015 - 5 answers

I've switched to Android. Help me fix the one (really) annoying glitch.

A friend gave me his Moto X (with Android 5.1) to try out indefinitely. I'm glad I've made the switch (and I'm wondering why it took so long). However, there is one annoying glitch with the screen that keeps happening and is nearly a deal breaker. [more inside]
posted by lenflack on Dec 13, 2015 - 11 answers

I need a new phone, and I need help deciding which Android to get.

I have a DROID Mini that I need to replace. I like the back button on the left and the active display, so I am leaning towards a Motorola phone. I am on Verizon, so that limits my choices. I want a good battery, decent camera, durability and price <$400. I mostly use my phone for email, text, web surfing, photos. I am nervous about buying a used phone since I plan to keep it for 2-3 years. I do not like the huge phones, but that seems to be the only option. I definitely need to be able to use it one-handed. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Dec 12, 2015 - 10 answers

Android game filter: game with blocks and numbers...?

The blocks are pushed up every so often. The blocks are all non-descriptively gray, except some of the ones on top are colorful and have numbers. At the top, it shows what the next block dropped will be, and you can click on the column to drop it on. Then, depending on some unknown (to me) rules, the blocks will disappear, sometimes multiple groups of blocks will disappear in a chain reaction. Sometimes this will cause some previously gray and unnumbered blocks to now be colorful and numbered. [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Make my iPhone use the google ecosystem, esp. google voice

I'm coming from Android. I have a new iPhone (iOS 9). I know the Apple way is different than the infinite customization of Android. That said, without jailbreaking can I ... [more inside]
posted by zippy on Dec 11, 2015 - 5 answers

android music player that won't play podcasts

Seeking a recommendation for an android music player that will only look in certain folders. My current "Music Player" app looks all over my phone, and as a result it shows me a confusing mix of albums and podcasts. Doggcatcher sees only my podcasts; I want a music player that sees only my music folders.
posted by greptile on Dec 10, 2015 - 8 answers

The tagline should be: Yell at the TV and Not at Each Other!

This weekend I played one of the Jackbox family of games. I think my family would love them and I'd like to give/have it available to play while we're all home for Christmas. Looks like I might have some technical issues--I need some guidance, please! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find a calendar app

I need a better calendaring option. Must be as simple as possible or I won't use it. Super long details inside. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 2, 2015 - 7 answers

Will installing Android on a cheap Fire tablet make Youtube work better?

I got one of those $50 FireOS tablets, and it works okay... EXCEPT for Youtube videos. Sometimes it's okay, but most of the time it just hangs without playing a Youtube video. I assume this spotty performance is because it's not using an official Google-YouTube app? Anyone else have this problem? If I try to put Android on it, will YouTube actually work any better? (I don't want to brick this thing if it wouldn't help anyway.)
posted by mhh5 on Nov 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me make my brand new awful job less awful

Basically, I need a step-by-step explanation/tutorial on how to play audio files on my phone (not stream; play from memory). Android. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Nov 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Best rig for high quality Periscope broadcasts?

My organization is doing more and more Periscope broadcasting as part of our outreach. We've found some budget to buy a specific setup with which to do this, rather than relying on staff member's personal devices. What's our best bet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2015 - 0 answers

What's my best upgrade option for a teetering iPhone 4?

My wee, sturdy iPhone 4 is reaching the end of its unnatural lifespan. I plan to get a new phone in January and cannot decide from these options: 5s, 6, and [unknown Android capable of seducing me]. Difficulty level: Canadian; have a decent month-to-month phone plan now and don't want to settle for less; smallish hands. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Nov 19, 2015 - 20 answers

Can anyone suggest a great ear-bud headset for an android phone?

Can anyone suggest a great ear-bud headset for an android phone that has a high quality mic for phone conversations?
posted by tangyraspberry on Nov 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Why does my wife's android phone have a pin lock when it didn't before?

Testing sim cards at a booth in the mall has led to the phone being locked with a pin # password. She has not set up a pin number password at any time in the phone's [~1 month] career. This is not ideal and I am searching for a way to rectify this without a factory reset [Android Device manager is not installed]. [more inside]
posted by Acari on Nov 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Marshmallow ROM for Nexus 5

I would like to install a Marshmallow ROM for my Nexus 5. I quite like the default version of Android, my issue is simply that Marshmallow doesn't install on my device. I don't absolutely need Marshmallow, I would just like it. Specifically, I don't want to install a ROM if it is going to have a significant negative impact on performance or battery life, so if someone has run some benchmarks on the ROM, then that would be great. [more inside]
posted by casebash on Nov 6, 2015 - 5 answers

Best activity and mood tracking apps?

I'm after recommendations for an Android app that will prompt me during the day to ask some combination of what I'm doing and what my mood is. [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Need a FREE multi-social media posting and aggregator app.

I need a free Android app that will allow posting and reading to a number of social media sites. Also, some sites I have several accounts, so I need access to all of those. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Oct 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Gmail sync frequency

I have an Android phone using lollipop. I would ideally like gmail to sync at multiple frequencies -- more often on wifi, less often on data, never overnight. But this isn't an option with the gmail app, which is push (my poor battery) or manual (I forget, then it acts up). What are the best options to have my phone do what it wants? I'm ok paying for an app, changing my mail app, etc.
posted by jeather on Oct 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Moving from Apple to Android

I'm about to make the move from an iPhone to a Nexus 5X running Android. If you've made the iOS to Android switch recently, what was your experience like? What surprised you? What confused you? What did you forget to think about and do that you wish you had?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 16, 2015 - 15 answers

Rooty Tooty, Fresh and Fruity (Android Edition)

Should I root my Samsung Galaxy S5? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Oct 15, 2015 - 4 answers

Android Voice Recorder That Uses Physical Keys to Operate?

I'm trying to find an Android app that can make voice memo's by pressing some physical key on my phone (e.g., volume up or down, or double tapping home key). [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Oct 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Android games for pre-teens learning English

I'm looking for more games to play in my weekly English tuition classes. The class is for working-class children in a multilingual country (Malaysia), so they have some proficiency that is age-appropriate, but they're very used to codeswitching, so I'm trying to get them to be more able to express themselves comfortably in one language as needed. Right now they have played Boggle (which is tabletop) but especially enjoyed Heads Up. Anyone has recommendations for similar party games on Android (that is free or cheap) that would help them in English? [more inside]
posted by cendawanita on Oct 5, 2015 - 2 answers

Which taxi/ride-share app for Santiago & Buenos Aires?

Which taxi or ride-share app to use in Santiago and Buenos Aires: Easy Taxi / Safer Taxi / Uber / other / none? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Sep 29, 2015 - 6 answers

First Gen Nexus 7 is unusable and slow since recent Android updates

I've got a first-gen Nexus 7 tablet that I once loved dearly. But for some months now, since one Android update or another, it has become unusably slow. Even between basic functions, it now has the kind of lag time that allows a person to go the kitchen, brew a cup of coffee, come back and settle into their chair and still find the thing dragging. Surely, it's not gone for good. How can I make it usable again? Specific instructions or links greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 19, 2015 - 9 answers

Android Tablet for Kids

I'm trying to find an affordable tablet for kids to use...details inside. [more inside]
posted by trivia genius on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Which Android keyboard app do I want?

After switching to Google keyboard I realized I'm missing two little features I saw in an otherwise terrible keyboard. Can I have my cake and eat it? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Sep 16, 2015 - 13 answers

switching from Android to iPhone: how does it work?

I am a Windows PC/Android person to the teeth, have never used any Apple hardware or software other than iTunes in my life, and am now suddenly in the position of having to use an iPhone 4S running iOS 8 as my main phone for the indefinite future. Everything about the iPhone is deeply confusing to me. Is there a way for me to recreate the Android (Lollipop) experience? If not, can you help me learn how to adjust? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Sep 16, 2015 - 24 answers

Should I buy a new smartphone? iPhone 6S edition

Should I upgrade my iPhone 5 to the new 6S, or an as-yet-unidentified Android phone? Biggest priority: SMALL size with best specs possible. [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Sep 10, 2015 - 15 answers

the pursuit of appiness

I got an android tablet, which is the first mobile smart device I've ever bought. (I'm still in the dumbphone contingent.) What are the few apps that you've found to be the most useful or just plain neat? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 8, 2015 - 16 answers

Android phone not reconnecting to mobile data

I have a Sony Xperia Z3 Compact running Android 5.1.1 that has developed the annoying habit of not reconnecting to mobile data after going through a dead zone. (So if I go through a tunnel and come out the other end, even though the 4G icon appears next to the signal, the phone will return a "no connection" error.) Switching airplane mode on and off always fixes this, but there's no functional airplane mode widget I can find, so it's a pain. Is there any known fix for this issue?
posted by ndg on Sep 8, 2015 - 4 answers

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 - 14 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 - 4 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

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