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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

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 - 19 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

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