So you’ve got your new T Mobile G1, set it up and are enjoying the synchronized lifestyle with your Google Account. You’ve also installed all the popular applications from the market like Backgrounds, ShopSavvy, Shazam and Meebo. These are great add-ons, but the Android OS still lacks some basic functionality.
We list 5 applications below that attempt to address that limitation and should be installed on every user’s phone. All the applications are available from the market and can be searched for by their name listed in below.
There is no way to tell if you’ve missed a call on your phone without switching the screen on. As minor of an inconvenience it is, the ability to do so would be useful for a lot of people. Missed Call lets you customize the LED notification light so it will blink in the event of a Missed Call, SMS or even active Bluetooth Connection.
You can choose from a list of 10 colors for the LED, and they can be different for all of the three events mentioned above. In addition, the application will also let you customize the LED blinking interval. Bear in mind, you need to disable SMS notification from the main settings of the phone, but you can activate vibration, sound and icon notification from within this application.
This application will provide a simple interface to select and assign ringtones not only from your phone system, but also from the music stored on your SD Card. This effectively means you can use your mp3s as ringtones which the Android System didn’t let you do earlier.
It can be downloaded and installed from the market, but it doesn’t show up under your list of Applications. That’s because it installs itself in the system and can be accessible wherever you may be picking a ringtone.
So for now go to Settings –> Sound and Display –> Phone Ringtone; this will bring up a dialogue box asking you to pick between Android System and Rings Extended. Go ahead and pick Rings Extended, and while you’re at it, tick the box which says ‘Use by Default for this action.’ Don’t worry you can change that later. Now, Rings Extended will let you pick ringtones from wherever you please.
TooDo is arguably the best task list management software for the Android system. It can be used as a device only list manager in its ‘Lite’ mode or as a two synchronization app with RememberTheMilk or ToodleDo.
The application offers an immense level of customization allowing you to generate ‘Smart Folders’ which are basically intelligently generated to do lists from your existing tasks. The application will also let you create shortcuts to these lists as well as a shortcut icon to create tasks onto the Android home screen, so you can get to them quicker.
This is one application which is so trivial, yet so useful you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. It does exactly what the name says, allows you to toggle between various settings on the phone.
There’s 12 settings including airplane mode, silent mode, Wi-Fi and several others. You can even customize which toggles appear on which page and whether or not they appear at all.
Klaxon (Alarm Clock)
The alarm clock application that comes on the Android serves its basic purpose but lacks some important customizations. Similar in appearance to the Alarm clock, Klaxon lets you select any ringtone (including MP3s) for your alarm as well as the volume level for them.
One of the best features of Klaxon is that it lets you choose a ‘Volume Ramp Up Time’ which essentially fades in the song over a selected time period. Those who love the extra few minutes of sleep in the morning will particularly enjoy the customizable Snooze feature which can be set between 5 and 25 minutes in multiples of 5.
I hope you find these as useful as I do. If you have any more of your own, feel free to mention them in the comments.
(By) Bhavishya tries to be an early adopter, but being a non-earning, full-time student has its constraints. When he’s not on the computer (like that ever happens), he tries to practice a bit of Digital Photography. His personal technology blog can be found at Kanjhan and photoblog at The Funk Eye.