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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Johnny Cakes, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Johnny Cakes

    Johnny Cakes Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Mostly people know about the mainstream apps which everyone thinks are "must have" and cool (Soundhound, Shazam, Tasker, Swipe, etc.) This is not a thread about those kind of apps.

    This thread is about obscure apps that you found that is very cool or really fills a need, but no one seems to know about it.

    So don't post about apps which have a zillion downloads already -- but if you know of a great app that doesn't seem to be known, tell us about it and what it does.

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  2. Johnny Cakes

    Johnny Cakes Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Wow, great idea for a thread. Yes, I will go first. :)

    PREFIXER: when you press SEND this app intercepts and analyzes the telephone number you dialed. When the number matches rules you set up, the app will take certain actions.

    For example, one rule I have is "when number dialed is seven digits" -- the app will automatically add the area code for my area. Another rule I have is "when number dialed is my home phone number" -- the app will automatically add *82 to disable my Caller-ID block (also great for other apps which have hard coded numbers)

    Many people use it to add calling card info, country codes and the like. I had been looking for an app like this for a long time. This was the first. There are now many imitators, but this is still the best.
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  3. Fishyweb

    Fishyweb Android Enthusiast

    I have lots off good apps. Thing is, I've no idea whetehr you already knew about them or not, so I'd better not post. ;-)

    Oh, OK then. ExitCarMode deserves recognition. It enables you to exit car mode from within Tasker. Hmm, maybe Tasker should have let you do this natively...
  4. lakeside

    lakeside Member

    I'll offer a couple of apps that I use.

    Ultra Keyboard
    First, is an app called Ultra Keyboard. It is similar to Swype but I think is more functional, however it just doesn't seem to get the play that Swype does. This app has an editable user dictionary (an annoyance of Swype), does not automatically store words that are typed from the keyboard (which is another annoyance of Swype), and displays more suggested words than most other "swipe" style typers. That being said, I do use Swype currently since I was invited to be a beta tester, but I still keep Ultra Keyboard available! ;)

    Call Confirm was one of the first apps I installed after coming across it. It does exactly what it says, it confirms that you want to dial the call you are making before sending the call through. Pressing "OK" sends the call, while pressing "Cancel" ends the action and returns to the home screen. This app is a must for typical flat android phones reliant exclusively on the V-keypad. Call Confirm prevents, for example, the accidental calling of numbers that are mapped to widgets.
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  5. nicracine

    nicracine Well-Known Member

    I did not know about Prefixer. I will try it immediately.

    I would like to suggest Gmail Notifier. This little app replaces GMail's notification system, so you get an alarm for each email coming in, even when you already have unread emails in your inbox. Gmail does not do that. You also get the benefit of seeing the sender's name in the notification bar. This is the first app I install in a new Android phone.

    EDIT: Ok, I just realized that Froyo's GMail offer to notify for each new email coming in. However GMail Notifier still offer to display the sender's name in the notification bar. However, It may not be relevant to you.
  6. Pinmac1

    Pinmac1 Android Enthusiast

    I can second Call Confirm. When I got my Desire a month ago I kept accidentally phoning contacts so installing this has been a great help.
  7. wayrad

    wayrad Android Expert

    Another happy CallConfirm user here. :)

    G/mol is an obscure app that's really useful in a chemistry or biology lab. Makes it simple to calculate molecular weights of compounds.
  8. Stylz

    Stylz Newbie

    Oo def like prefixer. Just downloaded it and tried it out. Neat! Thanks!
  9. Stupifier

    Stupifier Android Enthusiast


    Allows me to control literally any action or sequence on my computer with a shortcut. The perfect remote....love it. I probably have like 20 some EvenGhost shortcuts on various homescreens that do all sorts of stuff on my computer remotely.
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  10. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert

    Guitar Reference
  11. jguns112

    jguns112 Well-Known Member

    Not exactly unknown but Music Player Pro is definitely the best music player I've come across, but it definitely gets overshadowed by things like Poweramp.
  12. manderle

    manderle Well-Known Member

    Green Power. Really has extended my battery life.
  13. BookLover

    BookLover Android Expert

    Blik Calendar - an Icon-based calendar. Can tell what appts are on my calendar without having to read anything.
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  14. angldvl81

    angldvl81 Android Expert

    callconfirm has another happy user!! discovered it by accident a few weeks ago. definately a must for chronic pocket dialers!!!!

    not sure how well known it is, but wallpaper rotator is nice. rotates my wallpaper (from whatever folder i select) ever hour (also customizeable)
  15. vaccdroid

    vaccdroid Well-Known Member

    And I thought I was the only one using Call Confirm. Absolutley a killer app. must have for me.
  16. Fishyweb

    Fishyweb Android Enthusiast

    Here's one I forgot from my earlier post: "Secret!" from Linkesoft - http://market.android.com/details?id=com.linkesoft.secret

    It lets you keep passwords, PINs, bank details, or any other info you don't want others to know, securely on your phone using 128-bit encryption. I'd been using it for years on my old PalmOS devices, and was pleased to find that Android version. I was able to import my PalmOS data seamlessly. An excellent app.
  17. reinbeau

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    Yikes - that's expensive! I do recognize it from my Palm days, I know it's a good one. I guess you're paying also for the desktop component?

    I like Poynt. I found it somewhere and hadn't really played with it, but I have used it a few times over the past few days and it's really useful. I used it this morning to find a feed store, so it isn't just for movies, restaurants and entertainment.
  18. Dan-droid

    Dan-droid Member

    Good thread! I just posted to another thread about an app that I never thought to put here, but I'm going to.


    It turns off all notifications when you launch the app at bedtime, but allows a whitelist of numbers to call through. Great if you have elderly parents AND friends who drink and dial. hehehe
  19. drdoom

    drdoom Android Expert

  20. unnamedny

    unnamedny Android Expert

    Backlight off Saves you some battery. Basically it turns off buttons backlight.

    Easy answer button. It's a buggy up but it seems to work 90% of the times on my phone.

    Sundroid. I'm a cyclist and I'd love to know when the sun will go down.
  21. xSithxSaviorx

    xSithxSaviorx Well-Known Member

    Prob already heard of this, widgetsoid, make ur own widgets, up to 5 slots, u can make them vertically or horizontally, I toggle 3g n wifi n gps n flashlight n brightness n there is a reboot n shutdown option as well, may require root, or u can set one up n place other apps in it, I have sync settings app, jus a shortcut to background data, to turn on/off background data and auto sync, save battery, 2 apps for root r adjbrightness which lets u lower brightness below what the phone lets u, n button savior, basically a menu bar on the screen that saves u from havin to use ur buttons n wear them out
  22. 3cutiger

    3cutiger Member

    Others may have figured out how, and may be different on other phones, but on my Fascinate, couldn't sync up my email groups with the ones I had made in my gmail account. Groupy free lets you email and text to user groups you have created in your online gmail.
  23. vosg

    vosg Android Expert

    Great thread! I would like to introduce Unified Remote. It's a small app that comes with a Windows "server". It allows you to control your PC over WiFi. The setup is a breeze and it works great. I use it mainly to control Windows Media Player from my HTC Wildfire. You can also use your phone as a WiFi mouse-touchpad thing, and lots more. Version 2 (beta is available now) will also support Bluetooth. The developers are very open to suggestions.
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