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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Stop recommending Astro
by 3rdalbum on Thu 13th Oct 2011 05:59 UTC
3rdalbum
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2008-05-26

People, please stop recommending Astro File Manager. Some of its features are broken on Android 2.3.

Instead, I started using File Expert. It's free with no ads and I think it's got all the features of Astro. The interface is a little odd, but then I guess Astro's is too.

And you can actually use SMB on Android 2.3, which is important to me.

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Other than File Expert, I use Opera Mini to cut down on the amount of data I have to download when web surfing. I also use AK Notepad for quick notes, and Dialer2 as my dialler because you can use T9 predictive text to search for contacts.

I don't really have much else on my phone. I have Tunes Access which gives me a cloud-playback solution for my phone; I can listen to all my music without it having to actually be on the phone.

I also have Google Goggles for the 'wow' factor. The only use I've actually found for it is to take a picture of the back of a French novel and translate its text into English, so I can see what it's about and whether my French-speaking girlfriend would like it. There are other cool tricks you can do with Goggles, but this one is actually useful.

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