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I seem to be continually frustrated by the third party app experience on the D3 - everything from availability, to functionally, to loading process. And let's face it, the apps and the potential they represent are really the only reason to pay the extra cost and put up with the bugginess and lack of gapless playback of the D3 vs. simply opting for the J3. I really doubt if non-Flash enabled web browsing or email access is that much of a priority for most people on their device.
So, to try to diminish my frustration levels and take a more positive approach to the issue, I'd like to hear what third party apps you have found to work well on the D3 (and what they do, e.g. streaming, games, etc., if it's not obvious).
My list is rather brief, especially since I’m not much of a gamer:
TuneIn Radio (and other similar services) which allow for streaming of internet stations. Don't think I've ever had it fail on me, although most streams top out at 128kbps.
Amazon Cloud Player. Allows for streaming of your own cloud-based music, thereby potentially expanding the music you have available via your device beyond 64GB. Again, unlike other streaming apps that I’ve tried that flat out don’t work for streaming (Google Music, Netflix) on the D3, or are so buggy that they currently are not worth the trouble (AudioGalaxy, TV.Com), I’ve found the Amazon Cloud Player to consistently work on the D3.
Looking forward to learning from other users’ experiences.
Johnsons bubble level- when calibrated is a pretty accurate bubble level, the D3s' straight edges help.
Kitchen timer- up to 3 simultaneous timers
Fast Dilbert Reader- read Dilbert comics over WiFi
ToDo list widget- a to do list on the home screen
Opera Mobile 11- a far faster and smoother running browser, plus tabs. Can't have more than about 5 tabs on the D3 because of low memory.
2 player reactor- a 2 player reaction game
amazon shopping app
BobClockD3- A clock like the D3 clock, but without "happytime"
doodle jump- a jumping game using the accelerometer
labyrinth- get a ball through a labyrinth using the accelerometer. Not Atilt labyrinth, that one crashes.
package tracking- track UPS, USPS, and FEDEX packages
seismo- see the output from the accelerometer. Useless but neat.
SliceIt- slice shapes into other shapes as equally as possible
SpeedX 3d- dodge obstacles while hurtling through a 3d tunnel
Swype- version 1.60 of the swype keyboard works great on the D3. Newer versions might too if you want to fight with licensing but I installed 1.60 and it worked.
I really could never go back to a PMP without android. These apps have just made it so easy to waste my life away.
Swype - 10X better than the standard android board. Typing is just faster and easier.
WinAmp - Great free music player that functions well and has a great interface (incompatible with flac)
PlayerPro - Better music player with the best features of any out there. Awesome and worth the price of admision. (incompatible with flac)
Doggcatcher - Amazing podcast app and meets all my podcast needs. Its really expensive though.
WpClock Livewallpaper - Super sexy and makes my D3 look insane.
Opera Mini 6 - Much Faster than Opera mobile 11 but doesn`t have flash capabilities.
Launcher Pro - Better than Cowon UI period.
Widgetsoid - Great for making elegant looking shorcuts and widgets
TaskKiller - Standard task killer with a great widget. Much less bulky and cumbersome than the stock killer.
WaveLauncher - Must try. Really easy way to access frequently used apps, music, favorites, ect, at any time.
Having recently had to reflash my firmware and reinstall apps, this time I used the following ABI thread for reference and downloaded via wifi using Android Market Alternatives rather than getting apks online and transferring it onto my D3:
Please note that you should download the latest APK for each Android Market Alternative directly from the relevant website since like all things Android, they are probably updated very often and I'm sure the OP of that thread on ABI has got better things to do than update the apks every few days.
Since I've just reinstalled I'm still experimenting with apps to see which I'll keep and which are unnecessary.
I definitely use:
AVG's Antivirus program,
Rockbox from http://rasher.dk/rockbox/android.
Rockbox with an enhanced UI/features:
Please note that if you want to use the following theme (which is pretty great) you can only go up to rockbox build/revision r30196 whilst the current build on my first rockbox link is revision number: r30292-110814
You can grab rockbox build r30196 from elsewhere online and then just install the theme which is provided as a zip file in the above thread at the rockbox forums.
I found the following app on 1mobilemarket (called Apps Organizer on there) to be great for organizing your apps into categories, acting as a launcher etc:
Currently experimenting with every free chess program I could find. Some are pretty great and even include being able to watch many classic matches involving grandmasters. All can be found on the android market alternatives.
Fans of the classic strategy game Civilization can try a free version (called FreeCiv) from here:
Thread on Freeciv forums:
I haven't managed to get it working on the D3 yet and would be interested to hear if anyone else does. Otherwise, I'll assume it due to it being a pre-alpha and will wait for a more stable build to be released.
Alternatively there is a paid version called Revival 2 (Civilization) however I'd check the reviews and try the trial first (and the free alternative version).
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