Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Oct 2011 18:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless So, today I finally joined the ranks of millions and millions of Android users, meaning I now have access to three of the major mobile platforms (Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7). I am, however, a complete Android noob, and I'm suspecting there will be many more Android noobs in the years to come - among OSNews readers as well. Hence, I figured this might be as good a time as any for an OSNews Asks item: Android all the things! Okay, technically that's not a question, but these are: what are the best Android applications? The most useful widgets? The most beautiful themes? Should you root your Android device? Is there any reason to add the Amazon App Store? Are there any tweaks to improve the Android experience? And so on.
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A long time Android User
by JacksonATL on Wed 12th Oct 2011 19:50 UTC
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I've been using Android since the first dev Phone came out. LauncherPro is worth purchasing, as mentioned, for the widgets and speed. Rooting is probably worth it, particularly if you plan on trying out other ROMs and Titanium Backup is a lifesaver. Root will also allow you to use AdFree and DroidWall. Other apps of note are B&N's Nook app which is a great reader; Chrome to Phone lets you send links from Firefox to your phone; the DuckDuckGo app can replace the nice google search widget; GrooveIP sometimes works to make VoIP calls via Google Voice; Meridian will play most video files; MoonPhase is a nice widget; MPDroid for controlling your MPD server; RemoteDroid is old but does work as a mouse/keyboard for your desktop; Scoreboard is the best app for sports fans; VLC DirectPro will let you stream video from your PC to your phone (sometimes); VuDroid will let you read dejavu files; WeatherBug shows the temp in the status bar but does need some configuring to make it sane (turn off location and alert notifications and turn on battery monitoring); and lastly XDA Premium is nicer than their website for following development.

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