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Best Android Apps for Children Ages 3-7?

Looking for fun and possibly educational Android (not IOS) apps for kids ages 3 to 7. I just bought my almost 7-year-old an Android tablet and gave my 3-year-old my old Android phone, but I don't have any apps for them besides Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. There were some tips in this previous question, but it's already a little dated. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of apps are only for the iPhone/iPad platform. My whole family is about to leave on a long overseas trip, so I need some great apps to occupy their time. Thanks for the ideas!
posted by Bushmiller on Jul 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Podcasting & Podcatching for Android phones

A friend has a radio documentary about climate change that she has made into a series of podcasts that people can access via iTunes, Soundcloud, or direct download of the mp3. She's discovering that podcatching for iPhones via iTunes is simple, but she has some questions about how best to make the podcasts available for Android users. [more inside]
posted by jasper411 on Jul 1, 2013 - 7 answers

A phone smart enough to cross the Atlantic?

I am in the U.S. and in need of a new smartphone. Catch is that I am temporarily relocating to Europe in a few months, for 9-18 months. Do I sign a contract? Buy a phone and switch to a European provider when I get there? What kind of phone do I get? [more inside]
posted by ista on Jun 29, 2013 - 8 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

Oh that was TODAY

Looking for an Android to-do app that manages a single to-do list (and/or calendar events) between two folks' phones. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Jun 22, 2013 - 10 answers

looking for recommendations of point and click games

I've always hated playing point-and-click games because of the lack of logic to the puzzles, but I recently loved playing Yesterday on my tablet. The story pulled me in and the puzzles (mostly) made sense. Now I need more... Can anyone recommend something similar, either on android or windows?
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Jun 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Android tablet apps for my grandfather?

My 80-year-old grandfather has a Nexus tablet, and he wants me to find apps for him. I have no idea what to get him, and I don't think he does, either: he just wants neat things to do with it, though he's not at all tech-savvy. What might I download for him? This may be a tall order: I'm looking for apps that are preferably free, intuitive to use, and that aren't too complex or intricate. Most games are probably right out (though he likes card games, and may like similarly simple ones). Even the act of entering a search in YouTube is tricky for him. Any ideas of what I could find for him to download?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jun 19, 2013 - 18 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

Tasker Noob seeks USEFUL tutorials

I have Tasker for my Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4 G (Samsung's Touchwiz'ed Jellybean 4.1.2, rooted), but I have never used it before. I would like to use it to play custom notification sounds for certain Google Hangouts, but I'm finding trouble finding tutorials that actually teach the basics I need to learn. [more inside]
posted by radwolf76 on Jun 14, 2013 - 1 answer

iOS to Android guy - Questions!

Everywhere on the web there is discussion of B&N's great deal on the Nook HD+ for Father's Day. I took the bite and picked up the 16GB (comes w/micro sd port). So far, so good. My questions are: 1) Is there full tablet AES encryption for these? 2) Since B&N finally opened up the Nook and it's now compatible with Google Play's App Store, is there really a reason to root it? And a question about iMessage alternatives. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jun 14, 2013 - 7 answers

SOFTWARE UPDATE FAIL

I grew frustrated of my adventures in installing CyanogenMod, turned off my Samsung Galaxy S when it was in "Downloading, do not turn off target!" mode, and now all my phone says is "Software update fail." What do I do? Can I do something? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Jun 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Android to PC sync (cloud-free)

Would like to be able to edit files on my android device and PC and sync folder/files so they are up to date on both. Without any involvement from the stupid cloud. Just a good old fashioned, iphone-style sync. [more inside]
posted by inkypinky on Jun 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Android Tablet circa 2013

Best Android tablet out there circa 2013? "Best" is subjective, so take a look [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Jun 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Google Nexus 4 late impressions?

Google Nexus 4 owners: how satisfied are you with your device? Any major issues? I'm especially interested in battery life and call quality.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jun 2, 2013 - 25 answers

IS there an app for that?

Help me find an app like this for Android! [more inside]
posted by mittenbex on May 20, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me find a decent, cheap Android tablet for my kids.

I can never use my tablet because the kids are always on it. Where can I buy a budget Android tablet that my kids can use for games and videos. [more inside]
posted by Crotalus on May 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Having a tedious time with the current generation of mobile devices.

I've been a late adopter of mobile computing stuff, but since February I've been giving a tablet (Nexus 10, Android 4.2.2) and a smartphone (a Nexus 4) a chance. I can't stand them. Why isn't the experience "clicking" for me? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 18, 2013 - 26 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

Is this a real game? Or is it just fantasy?

While shopping for a case for my new Android tablet I came across this photo. I like the cutesy look of the game on screen - can anyone identify it (if it's not just a mockup for marketing purposes)? Thanks!
posted by Skybly on May 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Google Reader replacement?

Google Reader is going away soon. What should I replace it with? Specific requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by grouse on May 12, 2013 - 38 answers

How can I get my phone to cache web pages?

So I just got this phone fairly recently, it's an android HTC 1x+ and while I love it a lot, I've been running into 2 issues which really bring the whole experience down for me. How can I stop my phone from reloading each page every time I switch tabs and how can I keep my place when it switches from portrait mode to landscape and back? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on May 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Digital Magazines in the Great White North

Am I (a Canadian in Canada) able to access the digital editions of magazines to which I subscribe? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt on Apr 29, 2013 - 8 answers

No italics in Dolphin browser (android)

I use Dolphin as my default browser on my Samsung Galaxy S3. I've just noticed that italics don't show up in Dolphin. (Screenshot.) They do show up in the stock browser. (Screenshot.) I can't find a setting anywhere that indicates why the <em> tag isn't showing. Help? Here's the about screen for my phone, and for Dolphin, if those are helpful.
posted by mudpuppie on Apr 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Speedy, no-frills notes to email from Android?

Is there a free or cheap android app that will let me touch an icon, type in text, and touch another icon to have the text automatically sent via email to myself, preferably with a predetermined subject line? [more inside]
posted by moira on Apr 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Android games for 5 year old (Autism, pragmatic language impairment)

Looking for android games (Motorola Xoom 1st Gen) for a 5 year old with special needs (pragmatic language impairment) [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Apr 16, 2013 - 2 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

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

Where Can I Learn About Mobile Software Development?

I'm back in the web software development world after about 7 years selling already developed software. Mobile software development barely existed the last time I talked to a client about development projects. I understand the web side of things just fine still. Mobile I'm clueless on. Is there a good book or maybe website(s) that will help get me up to speed, and stay there? I'm running sales, so I'm not going to be writing any code. [more inside]
posted by COD on Apr 9, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me learn to love Flipboard

I'm trying to find my way around Flipboard on my Android phone. I like it so far, except that I kind of really hate Cover Stories. It takes up 2/3 of the screen and it mainly includes stories that people in my Facebook and Twitter feeds have shared. This isn't stuff that I usually think of as the most important or interesting news of the day, and if I just want to see what people are saying on Facebook, I'll go to Facebook. Is there any way to hide or move the Cover Stories board so it's not the main feature of the first page, or at least customize it so that it shows, maybe, aggregated news from the newspapers and magazines I subscribe to and not so many pictures of my friends' kids? Or are there any aggregator apps for Android that still pull in a variety of sources but offer more customization?
posted by payoto on Apr 9, 2013 - 6 answers

The paperless life, on Linux

Is there an integrated system that will let me digitize scraps of paper very quickly? The intended use case would be removing the paper clutter from a busy person's desk. Household uses Linux, Android phones, an iPad and a Mac. [more inside]
posted by themel on Apr 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Android apps for a six-year-old?

I bought my son a low-end Android tablet and now I want to load it up with quality applications. I'm looking for equal parts entertainment, education, and beautiful UI. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Apr 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking for 2-player android games that reproduce the board-game feeling

A favourite evening activity for my wife and I is playing board games. I've been thinking for a while now that a lot of the things that are fun about board games ought to translate very well to tablet games. So I'm looking for suggestions for Android games that fit a few criteria: [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Apr 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Foolproof app for video chat between a Samsung Galaxy Tab and an iPad?

After a demonstration with Facetime, my dad would like to regularly video chat with his grandson. Grandson owns an iPad 2. I've tried to talk Dad into buying an iPad too but he's attracted to the lower price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Mar 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Best combination food/exercise log app?

iPhone user; I've experimented with exercise logging apps such as MapMyRide+, Cyclemeter and Fitocracy (most of my exercise is cycling-oriented, but I'm also looking at Kinect exercise games and, potentially, weightlifting). Is there a good combo app that logs both exercise and food intake? Or one site that could possibly accept input/imports from both? [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Looking for an Android app.

Best Android app/s that will help remind me to eat regularly? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Mar 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Visual (Dollars and Coins) Time and Money Tracking App

There used to be a time tracking app for Android or iPhone which tracked time visually by displaying amount spent/earned in the form of US dollars and coins on the screen. What app was that? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Mar 18, 2013 - 1 answer

user-scalable=wrong

On Android, is there a way in any of the available browsers to turn off honoring <meta name = "viewport" content = "initial-scale = x.x, user-scalable = no">? I'm sick of designers that don't want me to zoom in on their preciously designed mobile site.
posted by benzenedream on Mar 13, 2013 - 4 answers

For the love of god, help me root my (not-so) Incredible

I'm failing miserable at rooting my Incredible. I'm very, very new to the whole rooting concept, but the low storage space detailed here is unacceptable, and I can't afford a bigger SD card or new phone. Help? [more inside]
posted by csox on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I downgrade Android 4.1.1 to 4.1 on a Motorola Razr M w/o Rooting?

So Verizon finally updated my Razr M to 4.1.1 and, for some reason, the battery life has become absolutely horrid and wifi tethering has basically stopped working. [more inside]
posted by NYC-BB on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Something light and cheap that works like a laptop

I'm sick of carrying around a heavy full-size laptop. I could replace it with a new shiny ultrabook or something, but I don't want to spend that much. Is a Nexus 7 + a bluetooth keyboard a bad solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Mar 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Recipe & shopping list app for Android

I'm looking for a convenient app for Android that will build a shopping list from a list of ingredients. [more inside]
posted by zixyer on Mar 6, 2013 - 6 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

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

How much do Android updates matter?

People keep emphasizing that a major advantage of Nexus mobile phones is that Google will update them to the latest version of Android. But does it really make a huge difference going from a .x to .x+1 Android release when you have so many apps that can modify every aspect of your phone, not to mention what you can do with alternative firmware like CyanogenMod?
posted by Foci for Analysis on Mar 1, 2013 - 11 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

Need help restoring bricked Verizon Galaxy Nexus

My rooted verizon galaxy nexus won't boot and I need help recovering it (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mattholomew on Feb 24, 2013 - 3 answers

How to effectively search Android apps?

Is there a way to search for Android apps that have "appropriate" permission requests? [more inside]
posted by unlaced on Feb 23, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I deny an android app permissions it claims to require?

Android apps seem to grab permissions that I have no desire to give them. My understanding is that the permissions per app are all bundled together: it's all or nothing. At least officially. Is there another way? Also, is there a privacy watchdog site that will help me find apps that actually respect my privacy and support/purchase them over those that do not? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Feb 19, 2013 - 4 answers

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