■ For instance, I have extended the list of Internet radio apps listed in my apps selection (some icons here, but no screenshots), mostly with apps that play German radio stations. Consequently, I have reviewed my list of radio streams, accordingly. A few examples of added radio stations: Antenne Niedersachsen (7 different channels), Die Neue 107.7 Stuttgart (3 channels), die neue welle, Radio Arabella Austria (9 channels), Radio Arabella Germany (5 channels), and the German versions of Absolut Radio and Absolut Relax. Nothing can match the 17 channels offered by Antenne Bayern & Rock Antenne, but still… there is life outside Bavaria!
■ I also discovered I like Radio France Podcast. I’ve subscribed to a few podcasts from France Inter, France Info and France Culture.
■ I then managed to get used to Cal – Calendar by Any.do. Not perfect, but elegant.
■ A latest discovery in the weather apps field: Aurélien Hubert’s Nice Weather. Clean and cute, and relatively accurate (I don’t know which is the weather data provider), but no widgets — widgets and multiple locations require a 1.50 €/year subscription.
■ Also, Solo Battery Saver doesn’t seem bad, but I don’t need it. Speaking of Solo, I was tempted by Solo Launcher for Your Theme, for it’s highly customizable, but I’m satisfied with my current launcher.
■ I then pondered over whether dodol File Explorer would be a better choice than what I’m using now — NextApp’s File Explorer and Gira.me’s File Manager –, but too many file managers would be too many. The same guys, under a different name, are also making dodol Launcher and dodol locker. Not tested.
■ I forgot to add that I don’t find Ghisler’s Total Commander practical on Android. Actually, I’m not using it anymore in Windows.
■ Although I’m using RealCalc Plus instead of the stock calculator, I’ve explored a few simpler replacements. For everyday use, I would recommend: Calculator (CyanogenMod), Szymon Mazurczak’s Modern Calculator or Modern Calculator+, and Solo Scientific Calculator. School people might find useful Mathlab Fraction Calculator and Mathlab Graphing Calculator (ads can be removed by purchasing the PRO versions or… with Lucky Patch — which, by the way, is now at version 3.7.7).
■ When I tried to reinstall Mobiata’s FlightTrack Free, I discovered… it doesn’t exist anymore! They’ve recently revamped the app as FlightTrack 5, without any free edition. Not cool. On the other hand, Flightradar24 Pro is not as bad as some people say. It’s not a solution to my problems, but I’m just saying.
■ And now, go figure this: I wanted Bing on Android! And I’ve got it, despite the fact that those shitheads aren’t making the app available in Romania! Indeed, version 184.108.40.20631205 is much better than 220.127.116.1130816 — as an app, not as a search engine.