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Android Apps on the eDGe?
#1  fibrou 03-06-2010, 11:49 AM
According to enTourage, we should be able to download and install Android Apps from various developers. I have been able to download a couple, but when I go to run them, they always indicate that something is "missing," e.g. source file missing, or application missing, or something like that. What am I doing wrong when installing android apps from non-Market sources and trying to run them on the eDGe? I am new to Android OS, so I am sure there is something simple I am missing. Any direction is greatly appreciated.
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#2  sarah11918 03-06-2010, 08:10 PM
I found this article helpful http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-find-android-apps

I'm loving dolphin browser and swift twit!
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#3  fibrou 03-07-2010, 08:37 AM
Thanks for the link. Very helpful.
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#4  mgm1979 03-08-2010, 12:02 AM
I've gotten all of my apps from AndAppStore.com - not a HUGE selection, but enough to keep ya busy for a while. My next step is to try installing apps directly from my fiance's Eris, which connects to the Android Marketplace...I'll post back with my results as soon as I do that.
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#5  sarah11918 03-08-2010, 12:41 AM
I was able to download a "market app" from both AndAppStore and SlideME for ease of browsing/installing apps from the respective sites. They have both worked fine in terms of downloading/installing apps.

I've only tried a few free apps so far (again, cannot recommend Dolphin Browser highly enough!! and if you tweet, Swift Twit) but some of them don't resize to fill the eDGe's screen. As the device becomes more popular, hopefully app creators will either think about resizing or at least mention whether their app scales to the eDGe's screen.
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#6  lsoverdrive 03-08-2010, 12:48 AM
has anyone found a good organiser/calendar application? ultimately i'd love to see something like the courier, but at the moment something that would sync with google calendar and have offline use would be great.
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#7  PhishStyx 03-08-2010, 02:39 AM
Quote sarah11918
I found this article helpful http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-find-android-apps

I'm loving dolphin browser and swift twit!
Hm, I tried dolphin on my Droid phone and didn't like it much. What are you finding good about it?
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#8  sarah11918 03-08-2010, 11:15 AM
Quote PhishStyx
Hm, I tried dolphin on my Droid phone and didn't like it much. What are you finding good about it?
Maybe it has to do with the screen size of the eDGe being larger, but what I like so far:

1. Tabbed browsing. (I can see why maybe a phone would be too small to take advantage of this.) This is a huge deal for me.
2. Great scrolling. Scrolls well, plus has a convenient zoom option (make sure it's checked as a preference) and a funky magnified rectangle zoom.
3. Gestures are convenient, once I found out how they worked. I did spend the first little while thinking, "How is there no back button on this browser?" But, you do have to press in a corner, then perform your gesture, and I've found that the larger the gesture the better. So again, maybe on a smaller screen like a phone, it's more difficult to gesture recognizably.
4. Integration with google. The "Home" page is a big list of choices (with subchoices) including one for Google Services (mail, reader, picasa, search etc.). I find that really convenient since those are a lot of pages I visit, since of course typing on a virtual keyboard is less than convenient. But, if I were on a larger screen and had to scroll (I can see most of the choices without any scroll on the eDGe), I might find that more annoying.

It just really feels like a full browser.

What didn't you like about it? Could the smaller screen size be part of it? Which Android browser do you use/like?
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#9  kevindorsey 03-08-2010, 01:55 PM
They are still mostly in development. Should be good to go soon.
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#10  Warp3 06-03-2011, 12:04 PM
Quote mgm1979
I've gotten all of my apps from AndAppStore.com - not a HUGE selection, but enough to keep ya busy for a while. My next step is to try installing apps directly from my fiance's Eris, which connects to the Android Marketplace...I'll post back with my results as soon as I do that.
Thank you for that link!

Thanks to that site, I *finally* have a Korean keyboard on my PocketEdge. I had tried exporting various Korean IMEs and keyboard apps to SD from my Droid X (like I've done with other apps) to side load them on the PE, but apparently keyboard applications don't show up in the "Backup Application" list the way normal apps do. AndAppStore is the first site I've seen that both offers APK download links *and* has keyboard apps listed.
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