Tips cool android application list for ally noobs

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  1. myfishbear

    myfishbear Well-Known Member
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    Here is a list of cool android applications for ally noobs - hey we were all there once:)
    P= Paid apps
    F= Free apps

    -Rooted apps-
    (you need to use universal androot or an equalivant to run these)
    http://androidforums.com/ally-all-things-root/161744-universal-androot-beta.html -roots your phone to allow certain apps to run
    Titanium Backup -delete stuff with this F
    Astro -manage applications and files with this F
    SetCPU -manage cpu use and is good for overclocking and conserving battery power P
    AdFree Android- Removes most ads in the browser and other apps. F
    GScript- Running/loading shell scripts from within Android using a single touch. F/P
    Switcher PRO - lets you reboot to recovery or bootloader from a widget, it also allows you to put up a whole bunch of other tools.
    Metamorph - Lets you change your theme
    Rom manager - manage you roms... use the amon ra recovery zip with this for the ally

    -Games-

    Angrybirds full F
    Graviturn F
    The Moron Test ?
    Abduction world attack P/F
    Bejeweled P
    Hyperjump P
    Nosecandy F
    Snesoid
    -Super Nintendo P/F
    Gensoid -Sega Genisis P/F
    Gameboid - Gameboy Advanced emulator, needs a gba bios P/F
    GBCoid -Gameboy Color, needs a gbc bios P/F
    Nesoid -Nintendo P/F
    Find the the roms (games) and bios on torrents
    Find most of the apps on the market or on the fourm

    -Normal apps-

    ADW launcher -my favorite application launcher, makes phone run faster and more stable F
    Lookout - a good antivirus F
    Zeam launcher - a fast lightweight application launcher, makes phone run faster and more stable F
    Call Filter - keeps the solicitors away F
    Launcher Pro -another good application launcher, makes phone run faster and more stable F
    Opera mini - a really fast and easy to use web browser for the ally F
    Dolphin HD
    - a secure web browser for the ally, it is theme-able and has tabbed browsing F
    Skyfire - a good web browser for the ally which allows video playback F
    Weather & Toggle widgets -clock with weather it is the best looking one P
    Beautiful widgets -nice looking widget buttons for wifi , bluetooth, ect... P
    Spare parts-configures phone, hepatic feedback, compatibility mode,transition animation F
    Flashlight LED - created by Wily Apps (only one that works with ally) F
    HTC Calibrate -calibrates screen F
    Swipe beta -nice keyboard P/F
    Vignette -Good camera app P
    Advanced Task Manager -helps you close running programs P/F

    (auto task killing can make your phone run slower look at death2all110's post. It can work well if you don't kill all your essential running tasks. task killers can be helpful if a user wants to manual end a locked up programs such as emulator. this can be easily be speed up by excluding system essential tasks from your end all button)

    -Here's my exclude list for my task manager:

    sync feeds - voice search - voice search - Google talk storage - weather & toggle widget - setcpu - superuser - adw.launcher - clock - calendar - beautiful widgets - advanced task manager -

    i have 50mb free mem most of the time. (more than enough)
    This allows me to keep all essential programs within memory and to free up my locked up programs easily, just remember to exclude your launcher.

    Bty heres my setcpu profile also, it saves battery power (600 max for non overclocked users)
    charging full 768max 320min on-demand 50%
    battery<80% 748max 320min on-demand 50%
    battery<65% 600max 245min Conservative 50%
    battery<30% 320max 122min Power Save 50%
    battery<10% 122max 122min Power Save 50%
     

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  2. death2all110

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    Advanced task killer is not recommended for use on android phones, actually any task killer for that matter. because android closes the tasks that arent used as the phone uses memory. when you kill background tasks they generally will start right back up again making the phone slower.

    FAQ: Why You Shouldn&#8217;t Be Using a Task Killer with Android
     
  3. Mitchell4500

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    Launcher Pro should be Added to that list. Most people agree its way better then adw.
     
  4. Math-Uhhh-Saurus

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    Gameboid - GBA emulator :]

    and I agree with death2all...task killers do more bad than good
     
  5. myfishbear

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    your right but it is helpful for ending locked programs... especially for some of the emulators. advanced has fearures which can make it be less invasive than other typical task killers.

    true... ill add it, i just like ADW better personally.

    Also true... but a task killer is nice for stubborn apps which tend to freeze or poorly written programs with memory holes. if you just end every task at once it just causes your memory to thrash due to your phone having to load all of its essential programs. That's why they get a bad reputation.


    yeah i basically configure my task killer so heavily that it is like a manual task kill. if you like the custom shortcut im definitely all for it because it is less invasive than my task kill. on the other hand i still like my way of killing the few straggling apps that run in my background sparing my essential apps. this keeps me from draining my battery. i also use a custom shortcut for the led light. it works well for 30 secs and shuts off. that's why i use the flashlight app. by the way is anycut a rooted app? i want to add it to the list

    will do
     
  6. gutted

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    You should distinguish between those that are free and those that are paid. Just for reference.
     
  7. Math-Uhhh-Saurus

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    what about doing it manually?
    Settings>Applications>Running services
    I have an Anycut shortcut to it that I use :]
     
  8. that mj chick

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    Do we need Open Home for this? And if so is there a free version? I've downloaded some of the clock and weather widgets and it tells me i need open home
     
  9. myfishbear

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    no you don't.... go to the market and download astro. this will allow you to install all of this crap if you download from the internet. you just got to put the apk files on your sd card and allow installation of unknown sources in your phone's settings. you can find most of these apps for free off of torrents or just by google searching.:D
     
  10. gutted

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    x2 Launcher Pro has been THE single greatest app I've downloaded to my Ally. I love being able to hide all the crapware from my app drawer.

    Also, for web browser what about Dolphin HD? I've never used Opera, but Dolphin lets you customize with different themes, has tabbed browsing and will even let you wipe out history each time you close it out. It's the only browser I use.
     
  11. myfishbear

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    yeah i dont think opera has themes but it is easy to use in comparison to the default browser plus i think it runs a bit faster (i love the format for my bookmarks its kinda like google chrome). ill add dolphin hd and x2 Launcher Pro... bty instead of hiding my bloatware i deleted it off my phone with titanium backup it frees up some extra room.
     
  12. Math-Uhhh-Saurus

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    nope, but it isn't in the market either :|
     
  13. dots

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    it is here though Ally Tools

    Scroll down to the very bottom.
     
  14. netizenmt

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    I like Skyfire browser much better than Dolphin. Being able to watch videos that I would otherwise not have access to is a real plus to me.
     
  15. kilbywill

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    What is the Universal Androot Beta? What is rooting your phone? Can someone please explain all of this to me i have no idea what its about I'm new to smartphones.
     
  16. jinwons

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    Is anyone using the battery saving apps like Juice Defender? Is it really useful?
     
  17. myfishbear

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    rooting a phone is like being an administrator account in windows.... it allows you to install any program on your phone and run it... anyway when you use androot you can always revert back

    most power saving apps are good. i save my juice by using a strict profile in setcpu... but to each their own:)
     
  18. jinwons

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    OK, I will try Juice Defender myself shortly.

    BTW, I wonder if anti-virus app is really needed in android phones. I am using "antivirus free" and it seems to be always in the background to monitor any apps being downloaded. But if I'm assured that android is secure enough without it, I will get rid of it to free up more memory and also help battery life.
     
  19. kahmikahze

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    you know, I run the Advanced Task Killer on mine, and it seemed faster when I have it than when i do. Of course, I have an exclude list....but whatever.
     
  20. Oblivious72

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    what do you guys think about handcent sms, or chomp sms? i had some probelems with both of the but i really like the customization of them
     
  21. jinwons

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    I also have Advanced Task Killer on my Ally. But I never used auto kill feature. I use it only to check running apps in background and manually kill the one I don't want. I saw many opinions that ATK does hurt battery life than saving it and it seems to make sense to me.
    I didn't know it's possible to use auto kill with exclude list... Sounds like worth of trying.
     
  22. jinwons

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    I tried Juice Defender free version with default setting for couple of days. But I didn't notice much gain in battery life, maybe about 5~10%. I guess my Ally is already set to minimize wireless data traffic and I don't receive ton of emails, text messages, so it doesn't benefit much from it.
    But the bigger issue is that my Ally became a very slow dog lagging much worse than before. Still usable for phone, emails, but it's bugging me too much. So I decided to do away with it.
     
  23. myfishbear

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    just try setcpu... i saw the biggest increase of battery life with that set so your min cpu is around 100mhz and max to 600mhz on demand
     
  24. jinwons

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    But doesn't setcpu require rooting to use it? Also I read somewhere that modern smart-phone CPUs don't run constantly at their max speeds and only when app needs processing power.
     
  25. myfishbear

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    idk i just used the universal androot program which lets you root and unroot you phone so its not permanent. then installed setcpu and saved lots of juice. idk bout modren cpus and all but you got an old arm6 cpu in there (an old pda cpu i think around 2002) not a flashy new qualcom snapdragon (ie htc droid incredible.. 8 years later) the arm 6 i believe only runs at 600mhz no faster or slower. so using a 1/6 of it sounds like it will save power. in fact set to the lowest settings i can run my phone for over a week(its also slow as hell but you get the point)... for max power savings without it being dead slow id try max 350mhz- min 100mhz approx.
     
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