G1 Apps: Loquacious, Best Multiple Accounts Twitter App

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loquacious

On my quest for a seamless mobile Twitter experience, I stumbled upon Loquacious and started playing around with the free version. In less than 2 minutes, I was sold! Definitely the best alternative to interact with my Twitter streams.

Loquacious is a multi-account Twitter client for Android. I think Tweetie is the iPhone equivalent for this app. It has a very elegant interface, large font, easy sign-in, easy access to search and easy to tweet on the go.

Loquacious also has 3 killer features that makes it really different!

  1. Actions: Long press on an item opens a roll down menu that offers all the actions you need: reply, favorite, go to http, search #, d user or retweet this.
  2. Filters: Filter out all tweets that come from a specific source. For example, get rid of the junk and filter out all tweets coming from Twitterfeed and Tweetbots. That will clean up your stream and allow more interactions to happen. You can also filter out tweeps, a way to clean up the junk even more.

    loquacious sources

  3. Toggle Users: Have more than one Twitter account? Well you’ll finally be able to handle that on the go! Loquacious is the first Twitter app on Android to support multiple accounts. Pioneering is always respectable. It only takes two clicks to switch accounts!

loquacious multiaccount

I am really enthusiast about this app, but if you want a more balanced point of view, you should read this article by Matthew Stevens on the Android And Me blog. Also, for those interested in discovering more multiple account Twitter apps, read this.

G1 Apps: Google Analytics on Android

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android growth

Even on the go, I need to get a detailed overview of my traffic at any time. I am a Getclicky user (with a g analytics account as a backup), but the Clicky site is not really optimized for a mobile experience. I turned to the Android app market to see what was available to explore my traffic, and two free apps (I have that free lunch philosophy) popped up that offer to track your traffic through Google Analytics: Droid Analytics and mAnalytics. I tested how both perform, and here is the result of the battle:

Droid Analytics vs mAnalytics

mAnalytics

mAnalytics has a very simple and intuitive user interface. You start with the list of your site; after selecting one, select your date/date range; see your traffic in terms of visits/pageviews/pages-visit/bounce rate/average-time-on-site/%new-visits.
Unfortunately, that’s about it for mAnalytics. Maybe online marketing beginners will find a benefit to such a simple application, but the app isn’t attractive enough to compete with a browser-based experience.

Droid Analytics

Droid Analytics also starts with the list of your sites. Once inside a site’s analytics, you can press the “view as graph” button to see your page views, visitors, visits, bounce rate, average time on site or page views per visits on a graph. You can see hourly stats, weekly, monthly, yearly, or use the date range selector.
The visual experience that Droid Analytics offers takes the analytics experience up a notch. mAnalytics is already down, but Droid Analytics keeps kicking its opponent with this feature: For each Website tracked, you can also view their top keywords, top countries, top sources of traffic, top search engines, top referring sites, and top browsers. I personally really like the top keywords option. It’s a nice way to remind you how people find your site while you are waiting at the bus stop, and reflecting upon your online marketing strategy.
Droid Analytics also has a paid version (0.99 euro). Eventually, if you like the app, you will have to pay as the free version is only a 24-hour trial. The app has a 5-star average rating, and the comments are all very enthusiastic.

The alternative is Mobile GA for Android, but the app is $2.99, it only has 3 stars, and the comments are not really positive, so I didn’t even bother to try it out.

Top 10 G1 Apps

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android

Back in January, I wrote about the best g1 apps that could be found in the market. Since that date, a lot of new apps came up, and the Cupcakes update also changed a few rules. So what are the essential apps you need on your Android phone to get the most out of it ?

App Manager

The first app you want to install from the market is the App Manager. From this app, you can launch, uninstall, copy to SD or search the app in the market. You can also backup all of your applications to the SD card in a few clicks. Most importantly, you can easily install apps from your SD card, which is the gateway to downloading any app you want online and putting it on your phone.

Scoreboard

The simple app was developed by Google. This app allows you to keep track of all of your favorite sports team through your phone’s notifications system. It takes about half an hour to set it up, but then you don’t have to worry about it ever again, and sports results come to you live automatically.

Babble

Babble is the only Facebook app I know for the g1 that runs smoothly. From Babble, you can easily access your friends’ feeds, and drop comments on your friends’ updates. Uploading photos and videos to your profile are also part of the experience. The developer also added a quick ‘log out/log in as a different user’ button, which is quite smart !

MyTracks

I just love this application. Through your phone’s GPS, MyTracks will record your position while you are on the go. I personally use it to compare how I perform when I rollerblade to work. I think most people use it for their biking or walking hikes. Once you are done recording, MyTracks creates an KML file and a map on your Google’s MyMaps account. You can then easily share this map’s URL or embed it anywhere you want.

Glympse

At first sight, Glympse is very similar to MyTracks (or Latitude, Google geolocation-based social network). Glympse is different because it lets you easily share your location live with the person(s) you want, during the amount of time you want. The persons who receive the Glympse can see your location in real-time on a map, from a computer or on a phone.

Twidroyd

I am not a super active Twitter user, but anytime I want to interact with the Twitter platform only, Twidroyd has been the best app to let me easily tweet and read tweets. From my friends’ feeds page, I can ‘reply’, ‘show profile’, ‘favorite’, ‘retweet’ or ‘send direct message’ to any item displayed. You can also search Twitter for fresh content about a specific subject, see what’s hot on Twitterverse.com and access your favorite items. In the settings (and this is what I like), you can enable notifications for different kinds of events, chose your photo hosting provider, chose your url shortener, and much much more…

Androzip

Androzip is the best and easiest way to bundle documents in a ZIP file (ZIP, GZIP, TAR). From within the app, you can easily select several documents, ZIP’em, and send it to whoever you want. Must-have if you want to manage a lot of documents through your phone.

S3Anywhere

If you have an S3 Amazon account, you will love this app. It lets you easily access any bucket of your account, and provides the upload/download functions to share files between your cloud hard disk and your phone. It becomes interesting when you consider that you can access your documents on S3, ZIP them with Androzip, and send them from your gmail app to anyone you want.

MyAccount

It’s the app from T-Mobile to keep track of your account’s balance. It’s very simple, but I think it is the first time you can access your account balance info from your phone in one click. Must-have!

Metal Detector

The metal detector… detects metal. It acts like a magnet and guides you to the closest source of metal around you. From the settings, you can define the sensitivity of the detector (more sensitive also means more battery used). This is not an essential app to have, but the technology it is built on is pretty interesting. By putting a magnet in a phone, it is the first time that we have a phone that can directly interact with your surrounding environment. It is the cornerstone to a generation of smarter phones (yep, even smarter than what we already have today).

G1 Apps: Do Not Get Rid Of aTrackDog

I am a proud and addicted user of the G1 the same way that iPhone and Blackberry users are addicted to their phones. One recent update the Android team made on the phone was the automatic detection of applications updates, which made the aTrackDog app obsolete… But not quite.

Today, I stumbled upon this post about the aTrackDog app on the Androidandme blog. It explains why you shouldn’t get rid of the app despite the Android update. Read along:

Some of the extra features available to users of the app are:

* Skip tracking of specific apps. I have actually uninstalled other apps because I got annoyed with the alerts I kept receiving from the market. That is no longer a problem with this app.
* Ability to track non-market apps. If you have any 3rd party apps installed on your Android device, you can still track newer versions.
* Uninstall and App Info shortcuts. From inside the app you can easily see how much space an app is taking up and delete it with a single tap. Also available is a link to the Application Info page where you can manage the app settings.
* Scan on demand. There is no way to control when the Android Market updater runs but with aTrackDog you can perform a scan at any time.

That has convinced me to rush to the market and download the app again. And I strongly recommend you do the same 😉

Best G1 Apps So Far

UPDATED: We have refreshed the list below! Click here.

The specificity of the G1 is it merely is an operating system with a few basic features (along with the basic Google products). When I got the phone, I didn’t want to rush in the app market and download like a fool. No, I wanted to figure out what was already on the phone, and then build my library of apps step-by-step.

A lot of apps sound very promising, but a good majority lack stability, which is a no-no for my mobile experience. Hence a short list of ten useful and stable apps for your G1.

– Can’t go anywhere without the Skype Beta. The app is 75% stable, it is more reliable than iskout, but unfortunately there is no notifications in my status bar when someone pings me. We all need Skype on our mobile.

– The Power Manager: this app lets you set different energy-consuming settings according to the battery level. For example, when the battery is low, disable wifi and bluetooth to save some ac juice. A smart app.

– Another smart app is the aTrackDog. This one simply checks new updates for all the applications that sit in your app library. Useful. Lets you download an app you think will have some merit in the future and effectively keep an eye on it.


– The Voice Recorder is quite simple: Use the voice recorder to save a voice message that you can send directly via Gmail. While I don’t think I will use this app very often, it is the only one that has a ‘send via gmail’ feature, something I thought would be more recurrent in the G1 app market.

Locale is a location-based mobile device manager (well kinda). For 5 different condition variables (battery, calendar, contact, location, time), Locale allows you to custom 7 different settings: display, network, notification, ringer volume, ringtone, twitter, wallpaper. A long set up, but obvious benefits.

Bookmarker is ideal to reorder (and add/delete) the bookmarks in the default web browser.

PicPush is an excellent app to post your mobile pics on Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, or send them via gmail. It’s easy to use, except that it will ask for your login credentials too many times.

– The most simple for the end, the AK Notepad: write a note, set a reminding time, and at that time, the phone ill notify you with that not. It’s so dumb but so useful for our every day little things.

Of course there is plenty more apps in the Android market, and probably some that would shoot the ones above dead. I’ve went through install/uninstall so many times that I think it’s time to share what we know online.

What’s your favorite app in the G1?