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    Your Smartphone is more than a phone and gaming device

    Title: Your Smartphone is more than a phone and gaming device

    Subtitle: The Smartphone is the proverbial “Swiss Army” knife of electronics.

    Date: 7/28/2013

     

    Hello.  Hope all is well.  You know they say the best ideas come to you when you are in the shower.  Well yep! that’s where this one came from.  I was wondering what I was going to post next on Myriad Of Ideas, as I’ve been sorta slacking at posting lately.

    As I was listening to my Smartphone’s TuneIn Radio application, it dawned on me that a post talking about how I basically use my Android Smartphone would be interesting.  I use it for everything from managing this website, to driving directions, to managing my shopping list, to buying books, watching television, and yes playing games.

    All the hyperlinks on this post will bring you to Google Play where you can install the app on your phone.  Sorry Apple users, you’ll have to go to your Apple Store and search.  The good thing is, is that many of the Apps that I reference here are also there!

    There a really cool app (-lication)  called “Share Apps” that allows you to share all your apps with others.  What novel name!  That is how I was able to share here (at end of post).  The following apps are on my “home” screen, where I use them all the time.  I have them grouped.  The Smartphone is the proverbial “Swiss Army” knife of electronics.

     

    First line of apps on my “home screen”

    Advanced Task Killer free, allows me to kill off apps that are slowing down my phone.  Nothing irks me more than waiting for the phone to respond.  Makes me want to skip it like a stone.  I have it set to kill unused apps every 30 mins.

    The next app is the shopping list app called Grocery IQ.  This app is awesome!  Sign up is free, and you get to sync between mobile devices and your desktop (via the “Cloud”).  My Wife and I use this all the time to get our shopping done.  Note that is is not just grocery shopping!  I have a BJs, hardware store, pharmacy, and Target/Walmart lists, too.

    The next app is a Google Keep.  Yes I am getting old and forgetful!  This is a post-it note like app that allows you to record your notes, voice clip, or picture.  It syncs to your Google Drive too!  We’ll talk about Google Drive later.

    The last app is a bunch of Angry Birds grouped into an icon.  This is where Candy Crush resided before I quit that addictive habit.  No explanation necessary for Angry Birds and Crush.

    Second line of apps on my “home screen”

    Adam Carolla’s app to his podcast.  I highly recommend listening to Adam Carolla podcasting app.  Adam and Dr. Drew starred on Love Line for years.  There are more than one series of podcasts under this app.

    Next up are my general (not often used) social media apps.  These include Tublr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and StumblUpon.  I have them here for quick access, but like I said I don’t frequent them.

    Next is the great game WWF (Words with Friends).  If you haven’t played this game, you should!  It’s basically Scrabble with your Facebook friends.

    The last app of this line of apps are my browswers.  I have the default one that came with my phone, FireFox, and Chrome.  No real explanation needed here.

     

    The third, and last line of apps of my “home screen”

    The following apps are my most used.  You may wonder why they are on the bottom of the screen.  Well that’s where my thumbs get to them the easiest!   No pointing with my index finger!  Sorry I had to put that link in there… ha ha.

    The first group of apps are my “radio” or audio apps.  I have Google’s Play Music, TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Google Reader, and WGR Radio.  The Play Music apps is great!  Basically you can sync your entire mp3 collection (aka cd collection) to the “cloud” and listen anywhere!  This acts as a backup too!

    The next two groups of apps deal with Marketing Sachet and Myriad Of Ideas.

    I have the following apps:

    • Google Analytics– to follow my web metrics
    • WordPress – to post to my websites
    • MailChimp – to track my Email campaigns
    • Collaboration
      • Google Drive – to collaborate and store my documents. This is where the Google Keep saves to.
      • SharePlus Lite – I use this to collaborate and store with SharePoint
    • Instant Messaging
    • Social Media
      • Twitter
      • Google+
      • Facebook Pages Manager – this is highly recommended if you have a Facebook page for your business or cause!  I wasn’t aware of it until recently.

    And last, but not least the Facebook application.  We all have that app, right?

     

    Other apps I have on my Smartphone, but have not listed on my “home” screen are:

    • Amazon
    • Ebay
    • Flashlight
    • FlightAware
    • Google Earth
    • Google MyTracks
    • Google Sky
    • SlingPlayer – So I can watch my hockey games, or other TV when I’m traveling.
    • S.O.S. by the American Red Cross – medical and first aid info
    • WeatherBug

     

    So all in all, you can turn your Smartphone into an all encompassing device.  Have a question you can’t figure out, go Google it.  Wonder where you are, bring up Google Maps.  Wonder what the weather report is, go to WeatherBug.  Bored with somebody’s conference call, bring up Words With Friends (just kidding)!  The Smartphone is the proverbial “Swiss Army” knife of electronics.

    I know there is a ton here to download, but it’s 2013 and the technology is here (95% of it’s free).  If you have questions, then please feel to reach out to me.  We can do a WebEx or join.me for free!

    Thanks!

    Darren

     

     

     

    Below is a copy paste from my ShareApps app, all 97 apps on my Android Smartphone.

    Adam Carolla – Official App http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mediafly.android.video.adamcarolla

    Adobe AIR http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.air

    Adobe Flash Player 11.1 http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.flashplayer

    Adobe Reader http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.reader

    Advanced Task Killer Free http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rechild.advancedtaskkiller

    Amazon http://market.android.com/details?id=com.amazon.mShop.android

    Amazon Kindle http://market.android.com/details?id=com.amazon.kindle

    Analytics http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.giant

    Angry Birds http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirds

    Angry Birds http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsfriends

    Angry Birds http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsrio

    Angry Birds http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsseasons

    Angry Birds http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirdsstarwars.ads.iap

    ASTRO File Manager http://market.android.com/details?id=com.metago.astro

    Baby Flash Cards http://market.android.com/details?id=com.eFlashEnglish

    Betty Crocker® Cookbook http://market.android.com/details?id=com.generalmills.cookbook

    Blogger http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.blogger

    Blubrry http://market.android.com/details?id=com.blubrry

    Candy Crush Saga http://market.android.com/details?id=com.king.candycrushsaga

    Certify Wallet http://market.android.com/details?id=com.certify.android.v2

    Chrome http://market.android.com/details?id=com.android.chrome

    Chrome to Phone http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chrometophone

    Color http://market.android.com/details?id=com.color.android.socialcam

    ColorNote http://market.android.com/details?id=com.socialnmobile.dictapps.notepad.color.note

    Countdown Timer http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mta.countdown

    Documents To Go http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dataviz.docstogo

    Drive http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs

    Earth http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.earth

    eBay http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ebay.mobile

    Facebook http://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana

    FiOS Remote http://market.android.com/details?id=com.verizon.android.wifios

    FiOS Voice http://market.android.com/details?id=com.verizon.fios.voice

    Firefox http://market.android.com/details?id=org.mozilla.firefox

    FlightAware http://market.android.com/details?id=com.flightaware.android.liveFlightTracker

    Gmail http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.gm

    Go Daddy Mobile http://market.android.com/details?id=com.godaddy.mobile.android

    Google Play Books http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books

    Google Play Magazines http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.magazines

    Google Play Movies & TV http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.videos

    Google Play Music http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.music

    Google Play services http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.gms

    Google Play Store http://market.android.com/details?id=com.android.vending

    Google Reader http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.reader

    Google Search http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox

    Google Sky Map http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid

    Google+ http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus

    Grocery iQ http://market.android.com/details?id=com.coupons.GroceryIQ

    Hangouts http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.talk

    Hi-Q MP3 Rec (Free) http://market.android.com/details?id=yuku.mp3recorder.lite

    iHeartRadio http://market.android.com/details?id=com.clearchannel.iheartradio.controller

    iPP Podcast Player http://market.android.com/details?id=com.itunestoppodcastplayer.app

    Keep http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.keep

    Koi Free http://market.android.com/details?id=fishnoodle.koipond_free

    LinkedIn http://market.android.com/details?id=com.linkedin.android

    Lync 2013 http://market.android.com/details?id=com.microsoft.office.lync15

    Madden NFL 12 http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ea.game.madden12

    MailChimp http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mailchimp

    Maps http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.maps

    Media Manager http://market.android.com/details?id=com.verizon.ams.tesla

    Messenger http://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.orca

    MOTOACTV http://market.android.com/details?id=com.motorola.notification

    My Account http://market.android.com/details?id=com.verizon.myverizon.activity

    My Tracks http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.maps.mytracks

    My Verizon Mobile http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vzw.hss.myverizon

    Netflix http://market.android.com/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

    NFL Mobile http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mobitv.client.nfl2010

    Office Talk Free http://market.android.com/details?id=ocs.android

    OneNote http://market.android.com/details?id=com.microsoft.office.onenote

    Pages Manager http://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.pages.app

    Pinterest http://market.android.com/details?id=com.pinterest

    S.O.S. http://market.android.com/details?id=com.sharecare.sos

    Samsung Remote http://market.android.com/details?id=com.samsung.remoteTV

    Share Apps http://market.android.com/details?id=com.theronrogers.shareapps

    SharePlusLite http://market.android.com/details?id=com.southlabs.android.SharePlusLite

    SkyDrive http://market.android.com/details?id=com.microsoft.skydrive

    Skype http://market.android.com/details?id=com.skype.raider

    Slacker http://market.android.com/details?id=com.slacker.radio

    SlingPlayer http://market.android.com/details?id=com.slingmedia.slingPlayer

    StumbleUpon http://market.android.com/details?id=com.stumbleupon.android.app

    TalkBack http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.marvin.talkback

    Tumblr http://market.android.com/details?id=com.tumblr

    TuneIn Radio http://market.android.com/details?id=tunein.player

    Twitter http://market.android.com/details?id=com.twitter.android

    Verizon FiOS http://market.android.com/details?id=com.verizon.oxygen

    Verizon Tones http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vzw.hs.android.modlite

    Verizon Video http://market.android.com/details?id=com.pv.android.verizon.avod

    Verizon WiFi Auto-On http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vzw.wificonnect

    Voice Commands http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nuance.android.vsuite.vsuiteapp

    WeatherBug http://market.android.com/details?id=com.aws.android

    WGR RADIO http://market.android.com/details?id=com.jacobsmedia.wgr

    WGRZ http://market.android.com/details?id=com.gannett.local.library.news.wgrz

    WordPress http://market.android.com/details?id=org.wordpress.android

    Words Free http://market.android.com/details?id=com.zynga.words

    YouTube http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.youtube

    Zagat http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.zagat

    Flashlight http://market.android.com/details?id=com.surpax.ledflashlight.panel

    Share Apps http://goo.gl/8BGU3

    MOI_ICON

     

     

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