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moonshine and gossamer

I love having a moon phase widget on my android phone. Three days ago I noticed the one I had, had disappeared. I then downloaded a few others to try. Paid apps even! None of them change on the desktop(?) of the phone, indicating where the moon is in its cycle. Is this because I have mobile data turned off to save battery power? Or is there another reason? I also downloaded the app Sun and Moon but is it anywhere to be found on my phone except in My Apps to uninstall? Is it heck. What's going on?
posted by glasseyes on Jul 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Ulocked Android phone with QUERTY keyboard?

Are there any newer phones that use the Android operating system (Jelly bean or later) that also are both available unlocked and that have a physical QUERTY keyboard? Shopping for a blind person who is trying to find easier ways to send text messages, but doesn't want a full-time plan as he is out of the country half the year.
posted by obloquy on Jun 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Android games for a research study

Posting for a friend: "For a research study, I would love suggestions of Android mobile games that: 1) are very engaging and fun 2) you pay for 3) don't have ads and don't push in-app purchases 4) perhaps require both hands or require that you keep your eyes on the screen (this is not necessary but would be an added plus) 5) would be easy for people without a lot of experience playing mobile games to learn and enjoy."
posted by escabeche on May 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Recommend an android music player

I've just made the switch from my old iPhone to a Nexus 5, and the only little thing bothering me is that the default music app doesn't display album or track lenths when you go to choose something to play. Should I install a new music player, and if so, which one? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Apr 14, 2014 - 11 answers

is it possible to recover data from a locked phone?

Some weeks ago, I changed my phone's password while half asleep and haven't been able to remember it since. I've since gotten a new phone, but I really want to get the pictures and videos that were on there. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Mar 16, 2014 - 9 answers

How to turn off vibrations in latest Android?

I recently got a Moto X, running the latest KitKat OS. I set up a few basic apps, turned off the sound and vibration to everything, but still every tweet reply and email I get causes the phone to do a short vibrate jolt on notification. I also get the haptic keyboard vibration feedback when typing on it. I've googled, turned every sound/vibrate option off in Settings and still can't get this phone to be quiet and vibrate-free on both counts. What am I doing wrong here?
posted by mathowie on Mar 9, 2014 - 5 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

Finding the fastest wall charger for my cell phone

What specs do I need to look at to find the fastest cell phone charger? [more inside]
posted by n81acc on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Pranks for nothing: anonymous, international version.

For the last day, my phone has been targeted by the "have two random cellphones call each other simultaneously and see what happens when someone picks up" prank, similar to what is available through websites I won't advertise here. (Google, "have two phones call each other prank." Yes, I looked up the 4 I could find, and registered on all of them to have my number blocked....it's still happening.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Controlling phone usage

An elderly parent is suffering from an illness which impairs lucidity and judgment, and make inappropriate use of the phone (running Android Taking the phone away is a last resort. Do others have experience of managing this? Are there any technological or human hacks we could use to manage this without distressing them? Not US based, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by sockofdreams on Nov 3, 2013 - 21 answers

How to use voice commands to page up and down on Android?

I often cook with a recipe open on my phone. If my hands are messy, I don't want to touch my phone. It seems like there should be an app or a built-in way to use voice control to page up or down. I am happy to use Tasker, Autovoice, or to install a specific app to do this, but I can't figure it out. Any suggestions? My phone is a Nexus 4 running the latest version of stock Android.
posted by lollusc on Oct 4, 2013 - 9 answers

What do you use your phone for?

I wish for my smartphone to have more utility. What do you use yours for? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Sep 28, 2013 - 47 answers

Can I fix this, or do I need to suck it up and get a new phone?

I've had my phone (a Samsung Galaxy S Blaze) for about a year and a half, and it is no longer under warranty. Recently, it has developed two problems relating to aspects of the hardware. I need to determine if I (a person with little to no experience with fixing electronics) can fix these problems inexpensively, or if I should just bite the bullet and buy a new phone. (I'm a student, so buying a new phone after less than two years is not something that makes my wallet happy.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 16, 2013 - 5 answers

How do iPhone trade-in programs work?

I have a relatively-new iPhone 5 that I'm thinking of selling or trading in. It all seems a bit confusing, though, so please explain to me how this works. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Sep 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I buy a Nexus 4 to get phone/data service when I travel abroad?

I'm thinking of getting a Nexus 4 for whenever we travel abroad, and just getting a SIM card in the airport. I'd like to use both voice and data when I'm away. Will this work, or is there a better way? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Sep 5, 2013 - 14 answers

Best Android phone for an alarm clock

I'm looking for a sub-$200 Android phone to act as an alarm clock. The four needs: OLED display, can be horizontally docked, the power and volume buttons are on the "top" of the phone when horizontally docked, and it needs to be able to run Android 4.2.2+ (even if I have to root it). It looks like a used HTC One S will work, but they're still pretty expensive, and I'd like to explore cheaper options. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Aug 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me pick my next phone!

My contract with Verizon Wireless is almost up, which means I can get a new smartphone without spending an arm and a leg on it. I'm looking for recommendations for Android phones that are at least decently powered, have good to great battery life, accept microSD for expansion, and can be hacked into without exploding. My top contenders are a Razr Maxx HD or a Galaxy S3/4, but none seem completely satisfactory so I'm open to other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Jul 30, 2013 - 12 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

Android Update Infrastructure

I'm thinking about replacing my current mobile phone with an Android device and I'm having a hard time understanding how the Android update / security patch infrastructure for the core system is supposed to work. [more inside]
posted by mirage pine on Jun 26, 2013 - 5 answers

How can I update the Android OS on a phone from abroad?

I have an unlocked(?) Samsung Galaxy S2 that was originally purchased in Saudi Arabia. I'm in the US and can't get it to update the Android OS from Jellybean to Ice Cream Sandwich. Please help. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 23, 2013 - 5 answers

T-Mobile: Stay or Go?/iPhone or No?

I have had a reasonably happy relationship with my T-Mobile G2 (aka HTC Desire Z) these past two years, but my contract is up, and I have long coveted the iPhone, mostly based on its picture taking and video chatting capabilities. Should I just get one and take advantage of T-Mobile's new pricing? Or should I jump to a new carrier? An attempt to make this less open-ended is inside. [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Apr 14, 2013 - 16 answers

HTC Not-so-Incredible

Help me figure out what to do about my buggy HTC Incredible, either to fix it or to replace it. [more inside]
posted by jiawen on Mar 3, 2013 - 8 answers

What are the best inexpensive, unlocked Android options?

A friend would like to switch to a cheap, unlocked Android phone and a prepaid plan within the next month. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Best way to record cellphone conversations?

What is the best way to record on an Android phone? Are there applications that can do this? Or is a speakerphone/tape recorder combination better? What about physical addons or accessories? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider on Jan 15, 2013 - 9 answers

Stream music from my pc to my android phone over local wireless.

I want an app that I install on my Droid 3 phone that'll find my computer on my home wireless network and which I can point to my music folder and stream. [more inside]
posted by cthuljew on Jan 11, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to save this moment forever

I'm looking for phone apps that will allow me to easily and simply record sound and simultaneously back up the recording offsite (send it to email, save to a cloud server, etc.). [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 11, 2013 - 7 answers

My New Smartphone Seems Less Smart

On my last smartphone, I could push a button, say "Find pizza" and the phone would bring up a map showing all the local pizzerias. Or "Find 300 Commonwealth Avenue" and it would show me a map with my destination and where I was. Now when I say "Find pizza" my phone instead does an internet search for pizza. If it is a more specific command, often the internet search will lead me to an option to find the selected item using Google Maps instead. But it's still a little annoying that I have to choose things with my finger instead of my voice. [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Dec 20, 2012 - 4 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

merry christmas and happy calling me everyday for help

My mom wants to switch from iPhone to either Android or Windows. What's best for her needs, and which phone should she choose? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Obligatory Phone-Shopping Question

I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Nov 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Playing Alone, Together.

SO has a frequent long, boring train ride. He also has a brand new Android phone, like I do. What are some two-player games that two people could play together over an android phone to help ride out the train monotony?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 7, 2012 - 13 answers

How is it possible that so many smart phone apps are for free?

I am relatively new to the smart phone world. But what I already learned is that incredibly many apps are for free. I wonder how that is possible. During the last month I have spent some time myself developing a financial app for Android - my preferred smart phone. The app of course could be useful not only for me but also for others. So I put it into the Google Play Store. Since I made some effort with bringing the thing to life I am not ready to give it away for free but expect getting a reasonable price paid. What I wonder is are people in general expecting apps to be free anyway? Are there other models how to finance the development of smart phone apps?
posted by matthiasw on Sep 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Phone!

What should I do to my Google Nexus S? Replace, root, or restrain myself? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Sep 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Why is a brand-new smartphone worth the money?

How do you use your smartphone to actually improve your life/work? How would you persuade someone upgrading is worthwhile with real-life examples? [more inside]
posted by likeyoubutme on Aug 31, 2012 - 35 answers

How will Dolphin Browser be ruined in order to make it profitable?

How is Dolphin Browser (formerly Dolphin HD) going to make money? It seems to be a company with no revenue plan. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe on Aug 25, 2012 - 4 answers

UK Android tethering on the cheap?

At the end of this month I'm coming to the end of my mobile 'phone contract with T-Mobile UK and am looking for the cheapest way (presumably SIM only) to run my Android smartphone whilst being able to tether it to my Android tablet - does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for plans/providers/cunning ruses to get a great deal, please?
posted by timpollard on Aug 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me Flash Recovery and / or root my Nexus...

Help rooting and/or flashing Recovery on a Galaxy Nexus (Jelly Bean) on a Mac? I'm stuck. So I followed these instructions / video and all seemed to be going well until I got to Step 7. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

small, cheap, fairly smart phone?

Can you recommend a small, cheap, fairly smart phone? [more inside]
posted by bongo_x on Aug 8, 2012 - 12 answers

Cheapest bulk smart phones for social science research project.

I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jul 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing?

Regarding the Android Market, what apps do people think are missing? I'm teaching myself a little Android programming. I'll try upload eventually a free app or two hopefully that the Marketplace doesn't already have a bunch of.
posted by KHinds10 on Jul 23, 2012 - 18 answers

What's 3G got that wifi doesn't on a phone?

I've had a smart phone (android nexus one) for a few years now, but have always gotten by with wifi access only. I just recently bit the bullet on 3g access. So what new things can I do now with my phone with my newfound wandering internet access?
posted by garlic on Jul 13, 2012 - 10 answers

Are there any good Verizon android phones that are similar in size to the iphone?

Are there any good Verizon android phones that are similar in size to the iphone? [more inside]
posted by Kolath on Jun 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Audio Looping on Smart Phones

Smart phone question: Is it possible to be directed to a website and have a sound play on loop automatically (I suppose through Flash or HTML5). [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jun 4, 2012 - 4 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

Which Android phone do I want?

I have a HTC Wildfire S, which I like a lot and does everything I want except with one big caveat: the inbuilt memory on the phone is pitiful. The inability to move some apps to the SD card is proving to be a pain. I have reached the stage, after only a handful of not-preinstalled apps, of having to constantly uninstall/reinstall apps as I need them. So, can someone suggest to me another phone that might suit me better? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on May 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Fashionably Late Adopter

What is the best Android phone for a cheapskate without a data plan? [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera on May 11, 2012 - 21 answers

Can you help me debug the unreliable internet connectivity on my Android Samsung Galaxy S1?

Can you help me debug the unreliable internet connectivity on my Android Samsung Galaxy S1? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Apr 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Sports Notifications

I'm looking for an Android app to give me notifications for the start of various sports events. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Apr 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Phone to access memory card

Can I connect an external memory stick or memory card to my phone? (with an adapter) [more inside]
posted by Xhris on Mar 29, 2012 - 5 answers

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior?

What is the best phone for an active, mobile senior? My mom is 75 and is on the phone all the time when she is at home. What would be the best cell phone for her so that she can keep in touch with people when she's on the go? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Mar 10, 2012 - 18 answers

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