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Once you’ve prised your Nexus 7 out of the box, watched your free copy of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (surely "binned it immediately" - Ed) and spent a few hours playing Dead Trigger the time is ripe to start thinking about the first third-party apps that will help you really get the most from your shiny new piece of Google …

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Happy

Good selection but there's another- N7 player

My preferred music player - browse by cover art.

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10 useful apps BUT

Only if you have a wifi connection, because it doesn't have 3G.

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No mention of XBMC? It is still in beta, but does a great job of playing just about any video or audio files you can throw at the N7

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XBMC is not on the Android Market and doesn't even have an official APK yet. It's premature to mention it.

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AI keyboard. Has a numeric bar and good prediction (and you can toggle arrow keys). I don't understand anyone who uses a keyboard without the numbers at the top.

MX Player. Plays everything I can throw at it.

Kingsoft Office. The best (to me) free Office app around.

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+1 for MX Player

I also use BubbleUPnP for network streaming, but Skifta does look like it's improved since I last tried it.

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Another +1 for MXPlayer. During the Olympics I would tell the default web browser to pretend to be an iPad, then go to TVCatchup and use their HTML5 video streaming. MXPlayer handled it perfectly (I believe it pretended to be an iTunes playlist).

And for me, another would be the Opera Web Browser. The new Chrome is okay but still crashes quite a bit for me and is lacking options. Opera (with Turbo cache switched on) is lightening fast and just seems to handle eveything without getting in the way

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Re: What about...

Do any of these have F1-12? I've been wanting to give lemmings a bash under dosbox but can't manage to start the bloody game because the keyboards tend to omit these.

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> Do any of these have F1-12?

Try Hacker's Keyboard. You have to press the Fn key to bring up the F keys, but if you only want them to start playing, that shouldn't be too inconvenient. It also includes a row of numbers above the letters and non-modal (multi-touch) shift/alt/ctrl keys making it ideal for using with a terminal emulator.

Thanks for pointing out that dosbox is available. I've got stacks of old shareware games archived somewhere. Might be an excuse to dig them up and give them a whirl. I'm surprised that phones and tablets these days have enough grunt to emulate x86. Goes to show how far we've come...

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With you on bubbleUPnP. The UI is basic but very functional. I stream movies and music from my nsa310 NAS every day using it, and it works perfectly.

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This made me wonder ....

" The word prediction is uncannily prescient in part thanks to the app’s ability to peruse your Twitter, Facebook and Gmail scribblings and learn from them."

Am I paranoid or are the alarm bells in my mind reasonable?

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Re: This made me wonder ....

Optional and off by default.

.. but, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't watching you.

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Re: This made me wonder .... are you paranoid enough?

If you are already using an Android tablet you presumably trust Google with all your data.

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After reading this article I tried Apex Launcher, which stayed on my tablet for less than 5 minutes. It seems very flakey on the Nexus 7 with icons being incorrectly positioned and the dock disappearing every time I rotate the tablet.

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Re: Apex

I've never been impressed with Apex. It was noticeably slower than stock on my SGS3 and N7. Nova Launcher is far superior IMO. Just as many options but much faster.

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I added Ultimate Rotation Control to the Nexus7 which works with the standard launcher and does a good job of rotating the home and lock screen, amongst other features.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.fameit.rotate_license

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Wot....No PULSE?

One of the best and most useful free news aggregation apps out there, also Stumblr and bringing up the rear a decent or alternative browser in Dolphin.

tj

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FBReader

Aldiko has a really annoying habit of loading chapters of a book separately which adds really irritating pauses during reading. I don't know if there is a tweak or the pro is better but FBReader has a better out of the box experience IMO and is free of course.

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Tunein Radio file size....

Tunein Radio

Reg Rating 85%

Price £0.61

Size 164MB

Really 164MB ? who coded it? Microsoft!?

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Re: Tunein Radio file size....

Size might be the database.

TuneIn is pretty good though I only use the free version to listen to the stations I know I want to - who gives a fuck about "related" or pictures. The one thing that the premium version has that is worth noting is the ability to record stuff.

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Re: Tunein Radio file size....

Charlie Clark: "Size might be the database."

With 60k stations that's 2.8k per station. But I love it - although, like you, I find the free version perfectly satisfactory

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First App

Surely the First App to install should be Flash since its being axed from the store from Today.

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Re: First App

You'll struggle with that one considering it's not supported on Jelly Bean

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It might not be supported, but it certainly works.

They just have a "not available" filter set for it in the market, sorry play room/store/site.

I just side loaded it from my Gingerbread mobile along with BBC iplayer. Sorted.

So my first app when I got the Nexus was AppSend on my mobile :-)

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Transformers movie

I did watch it, not having experienced the series except in toy shops. It's not a pleasure I feel the need to repeat.

But it made me wonder why the movie player app didn't have a downvote button (or even an upvote). Isn't that sort of thing all the rage now ?

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Not quite...

I enjoyed all 3 films - watch them for what they are, good clean fun for boys, let the inner kid out :-)

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FBReader +1

I tried Aldico, but FBReader is my thing. It has loads of configurable options and while the Aldico bookshelf looks nice I would rather browse my books by title, author etc.

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ES File Explorer is woefully outdated - just look at the Gingerbread style UI!

You guys need to check Solid Explorer - much better looking and more reliable.

Also why would you pay for VPlayer when MXPlayer is just as good if not better and completely free?

All the codecs you need and sweet gesture controls.

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why pay?

To reward those who create these apps - for less than the price of a pint of beer.

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ES File Explorer

This is the best Android app I have found for browsing Samba shares, though the latest updates seem to have made it less stable. Maybe I should try Solid Explorer, though I really don't care whether the UI is outdated or not.

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Re: ES File Explorer

And it has an FTP server built in. (+1)

And it supports SFTP. (+1) (but not keypair authentication (yet) (-1))

And it support Bluetooth-OBEX-FTP server (+1)

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Re: ES File Explorer

While it may have all those features, ES File Explorer is also more than happy to leak your login credentials to 3rd party apps without your consent. Furthermore the developers were informed of this months ago, and despite updating the app during this period, have failed to patch this flaw. Given that it is precisely in the circumstances you list that this file manager can be a threat to your password security, this is an ill advised recommend as a "must have" app.

The developer has once again assured me that a patch is on its way, but given their lack of interest in the issue so far I wont be holding my breath.

P.s. I do use ES File Explorer on my own devices, with caution, with full knowledge of the risk involved, but that does not make it "OK".

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Keep 'em coming!

I got my sweaty mitts on a Nexus 7 the other day and as a complete Android n00b these articles are great.

Thumbs up to the contributors and El Reg.

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Re: Keep 'em coming!

And the comments may be even more useful then the original article for finding things you might have missed.

Most often I look for an app and find about 8 that sound like they might work, 4 turn out to be crap, 2 have promise but turn out to have a major fault or two, and then I spend some time with the last 2 to figure out the one that works best for me.

With an article like this I can skip to the last 2 step most of the time.

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Book reader

Mantano is better than Aldiko.

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Get your daily dose of Dilbert, Andy Capp, Peanuts etc

Plus years of back issues available with Comic reader its free.

I have spent hours reading old issues, Peanuts for example goes back to 1950

My favorite Dilbert at the moment.......

http://dilbert.com/dyn/str_strip/000000000/00000000/0000000/100000/20000/9000/800/129851/129851.strip.gif

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blogspot.applications4android.comicreader&feature=search_result#?t=W10.

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Re: Get your daily dose of Dilbert, Andy Capp, Peanuts etc

I'd not noticed the whole set of Peanuts here. Excellent, thanks. Go Joe Cool!

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And of course, Flash.

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If you root your Nexus

Then get Stickmount, with an OTG cable you can attach flash drives or with a little adaptor plug in your MicroDS cards.

OK not as good as built in SD but at least you can take loads of stuff around with you.

For instructions on rooting etc search XDA forum.

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Re: If you root your Nexus

Even without rooting it you can use a keyboard and mouse (via a hub) with an OTG cable. Quite amusing watching a mouse pointer flying round Jelly Bean... And baffled a few friends when my Draw Something pictures suddenly became a lot better!

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Re: If you root your Nexus

Some other devices don't need to be rooted to support flash drives with OTG USB.

I wonder who we should be asking (Google or Asus) to unlock this feature so we don't have to root our Nexus to access that useful feature?

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Coffee/keyboard

I haven't tried Pulse, but I love the Taptu newsreader and its widgets - anybody else a fan of this?

Also my favourite launcher is GO - has some very nice effects. In fact you could probably do a whole article just on visual customization and eye-candy. The power of the Nexus 7 makes a lot of this quite impressive.

I would have thought it was well worth having iPlayer (and Sky Player as well if you have an account). And TED, of course.

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I have Jango (Music / Artist Discovery) on all my Androids. Absolutely love it.

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and my PC of course.

Now can we have an edit button? Please?

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AFAIK, the existing iPlayer app doesn't work on jellybean just yet, due to the flash issues.

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Taptu

My default news client and an excellent app all around.

It was a toss up between Go EX and Apex for a launcher. I use Go on my phone but picked Apex for the N7 because it gives more of a stock feel.

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Go Launcher is my favourite launcher , and X-Plore for file management. K9 or Kaiten (paid) for email. QuickPic as a gallery app, Mx Player for movies, Poweramp for music, ezPdf Reader for the obvious, DuckDuckGo for searching and Opera Mobile (not Mini) for web. Orbot is super for Tor. ACar for tracking all car/motorcycle stuff. Viewranger/Orux Maps for outdoor maps, Sygic for car nav. Tapatalk for forums and KeepassDroid for passwords. If rooted, Titanium Backup/Droidwall/Lbe Privacy/Autostarts/AdFree are all essential (essential anyway imo).

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DLNA

Do any of these DLNA browsers support loading external subs? I've only tried out Media House, and it doesn't seem to have the option unless I download the files and try to play them locally, which I haven't tried. Are external subs even supported in DLNA, or do I have to mux them into a different container (mkv?). Obviously I'd prefer not to do any transcoding or on the fly conversion...

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Re: DLNA

I was happily using Skifta on my Samsung Galaxy to run stuff on the telly. Not really necessary because the telly has a DNLA client but the Samsung has the better interface.

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