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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 - 23 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 - 9 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

How to turn off Google Photos

I don't think there's any way to uninstall the Google Photo bloatware on my unrooted Android phone, which is super-annoying. I've turned off "upload to Google+" but am angsty that one day, after an update or whatever, it might re-default to upload. I don't want Google saving copies of my stuff, and I am not reassured by their help materials, which talk about me "not seeing" the images anymore if I delete them. That's not the same as Google not having them, which is what I'm trying to avoid. Without rooting my phone, is there a way I can delete the app, or stop it from storing my stuff? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Feb 14, 2015 - 5 answers

What am I supposed to do with a manically depressed tablet?

I recently bought a new Alcatel One Touch 7 Tab, running Jelly Bean. It has a lot of problems, often it takes several seconds to respond, apps freeze, it has graphical issues with some games that aren't necessarily new, some apps don't even run, and it hangs when going from one app to another. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Feb 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me find an android notification manager?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 and I do not want to root it. Requirements: Change the notification sound, LED notification light colour, and (optionally) vibration for notifications coming from each app. [more inside]
posted by sarae on Feb 7, 2015 - 3 answers

I want apps.

I've had a Huawei u8651s for a few months now. It won't let me download or install apps. With the unlimited data plan I have as of today, this is now vexing me. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me analyse this game

I've been playing a computer game called Puzzle & Dragons where you "fight" monsters by moving jewels around on a grid to create rows of three or more. I want to know if there's any way to work out a good series of moves other than by brute force. Details below: [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 1, 2015 - 1 answer

Where's my music? - Samsung Galaxy 3s not finding music on SD card

I have a Galaxy 3s. I've been using the Google Play music app to listen to music but using the Windows Media Player to rip CDs and sync to my phone. I've been storing music on my SD card. The music is there on my phone but the app doesn't seem to find it when I search for the name. I am sad because those vital tunes are not available while i'm on the go! [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Jan 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Separate notifications for my Gmail accounts- Android

Need work Gmail notifications on during week days and personal Gmail notifications all the time. More below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ashworth on Jan 16, 2015 - 4 answers

I think my charger is trying to hack my phone

Sometimes when I put my phone on my wireless charger, numbers and characters constantly appear in the "Enter pin:" field. [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jan 14, 2015 - 7 answers

iPhone 6 or Samsung galaxy?

I've had an iPhone for as long as I've had a smart phone but I don't like certain things about it (The inability to replace the battery yourself and not being able to add on storage size) which is why I'm considering switching to a Samsung android phone. I'm just concerned that I won't like it because I'm so used to the iPhone. I currently own all things Apple (MacBook, iPad, iPod) and am used to iTunes. Is it worth it to switch to a Samsung android phone or should I just buy the new iPhone 6? How's the learning curve on switching to an android phone when you've always used an iPhone?
posted by CheeseAndRice on Jan 8, 2015 - 40 answers

What Are Some Android Apps Worth Paying for?

I've been using android phones for the past three years. I haven't bought a single app from Google Play store. I'm interested in knowing if there are any paid android apps that would make my life easier.
posted by Carius on Jan 3, 2015 - 20 answers

What is currently the best ebook app for Android?

Are there any ebook reading apps for Android that approach the level of polish that iBooks on iOS has? Ideally ones that have a continuous-scroll mode and which allow easy font customization? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Dec 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Best reading & writing applications on Android and Linux?

Hi everyone! For my job, I'm transitioning from Mac to Linux (trying Ubuntu) on my laptop and using an Android phone (CyanogenMod). I'm a little new to all this. For work and for play I read and write just an insane amount of text. I write papers and nonfiction research pieces and novels and thousands of notes. I read epubs and mobis and piles o' PDFs and many many online articles. What are your favorite apps and programs for reading, writing, editing, saving, and searching/storing text on these platforms? [more inside]
posted by deathmarch to epistemic closure on Dec 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Which prepaid smartphone should I get for international travel?

I'm planning my first (and hopefully not last) international vacation and I'd like to get a smartphone for traveling that can be used on a prepaid basis for both voice and data. When not traveling it will not be used as a phone, although I'd still like it to perform double duty as a mp3/move player at home. Home is the united states and travel will be to Iceland (and beyond). [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Android tablet is hung up on a system update

I've got a refurb ASUS ME173x tablet here, that I bought to give my one of my kids for Christmas. It's actually one of four identical tablets that we bought for our four (non-identical) kids. I've updated three of them to Android 4.2.2, per the notification that popped up on each. This last one, though, seems to be hung up on the actual installation. [more inside]
posted by Shohn on Dec 22, 2014 - 1 answer

Android phone being picky with video files

I'm trying to e-mail a couple of .mp4 videos to my girlfriend's LG G3 Android phone. The first one worked fine, but both of my attempts of the second video are apparently an "unsupported file type." I encoded the videos myself from QuickTime .mov source videos using Avidemux, and I'm at a loss as to why one works but the others don't. (technical info inside) [more inside]
posted by clorox on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Best cross-platform free messaging option for 9-year-olds?

My 9-year-old daughter has an old wifi-only iPhone. Her 9-year-old friend has an old wifi-only android phone (i.e., neither is on a contract). They want to be able to message each other for free. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Dec 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Apple tech geek needs to expand Android horizons

My loyalties are firmly in the Apple camp. I've owned many iPhones, iPads and various Macs. However, I know nothing about Android devices... and it's about time I learn. I'm a self proclaimed tech geek for pity's sake, but yet I am woefully ignorant about all things Android. I want to change this! [more inside]
posted by cgg on Dec 19, 2014 - 12 answers

What do I call the spring loaded metal bit that holds watch bands in?

I have been gifted a Samsung Gear Live, and in the process of struggling to put a backpack on over a heavy winter jacket, I ripped off one of the watch bands. The band itself is fine, but the metal post or whatever that attaches it to the watch face is bent. Can I buy just the post somewhere? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 19, 2014 - 5 answers

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