50 Essential Android Apps

Posted: jul 30, 2011 in Uncategorized
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As the Android market grows it gets harder and harder to separate the golden apps from the dross. Here’s a list of 50 Android apps that you don’t want to pass by.

1) The Weather Channel Keep up with everything you need to know about the weather with this app. It features hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecasts and live video from the TV channel. Free.

2) iTriage Mobile Health Use this app to help take better care of yourself. It was designed by two emergency room physicians to help users identify their systems and find a healthcare provider. Free.

3) Google Goggles Google Goggles is a visual search app. Take a picture of the object, landmark, logo, etc. you want information about and Google Goggles will return relevant search results. It will even provide information about businesses by displaying their names directly in the camera preview. Free.

4) Flixster Use this app to keep up with everything about the movies. In addition to movie reviews and show times, you can watch trailers and clips from just about any movie. Free.

5) Kayak Flight and Hotel Search This travel app lets you search multiple airline and deal Web sites for the best price on a flight. You can use it to book your travel, hotel and car rentals, and even to check the status of your flight. Free.

6) Mint.com Personal Finance Manage your money and keep track of your budget while on the move using Mint. It gives you up-to-date information on your accounts and lets you edit transaction info right on your phone. And it’s password protected to make sure your information stays safe. Free.

7) Amazon Kindle for Android Want to read an electronic book, newspaper or magazine but don’t have your Kindle with you? Or don’t have a Kindle at all? It’s not a problem with this app, which allows you to read any of 900,000 Kindle-formatted books with your Android device. And Amazon’s Whispersync that your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights will sync across your various devices. Free.

8) Google+ If you’re already an avid desktop Google+ user, this app is for you. It lets you seamlessly take Google’s new social sharing platform mobile. Free.

9) Slacker Radio Want to create favorite radio stations and take them with you wherever you go? This app has you covered. While other apps—notably Pandora and Last.fm—also allow you to create your own radio stations, Slacker Radio has the added capability of caching music on your device for whenever you have a data signal so that you still have access to your music when you’re offline, like on the subway or a long flight. Paid: $4.99 a month.

10) Google Body This app from Google allows you to search and navigate an interactive 3D model of the human body. It gives you the ability to view different anatomical layers, zoom in and navigate straight to parts that interest you. Free.

11) TouchDown for Tablets Optimized specifically for Android tablets, this productivity software taps into your corporate Exchange server to give you your e-mail, contacts, calendar and tasks all in a single tabbed view. Free.

12) Catch Notes This app, formerly known as 3banana Notes, lets you capture thoughts and ideas in text, voice, images and locations. You can then synch and back it up for free to Catch.com. You can passcode protect your activity stream, set reminders, share content and even organize it with hashtags. Free.

13) Skifta This app turns your Android device into a global remote control. Certified by the Digital Network Living Alliance (DNLA), Skifta allows your Android device to stream onboard media to any DNLA-enabled device, include TVs, stereos, PCs and the Sony PlayStation 3. Free.

14) Easytether Pro Looking for a solution to turn your Android phone into a mobile modem? Easytether Pro lets you tether your phone to Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360 devices with no tether fees and without requiring root. An easy-to-use wizard guides you through the tethering process. Paid: $9.99.

15) Kongregate Arcade for Android Want to stay up on the newest and hottest Flash games around? This app gives you free access to more than 300 games from the Kongregate community and fully integrates with your existing Kongregate Web account. Free.

16) Beautiful Widgets Not content with the widgets, themes and skins that came with your Android device? This app is what you need. It features hundreds of downloadable skins. Paid: $2.82.

17) WolframAlpha Access WolframAlpha’s computational knowledge engine from your phone with this app. Also available for free via the WolframAlpha Web site, the app calculates the answers to complex mathematic and scientific problems in an instant. The app version adds a keyboard with all manner of mathematic and scientific symbols to make entering queries a snap. Paid: $1.99.

18) Anti-Virus Pro Concerned about malware, viruses and SMS spam? Anti-Virus Pro is a comprehensive security suite for Android that can scan apps, files, settings and media in real time. Paid: $9.99.

19) ASTRO File Manager This app might just be essential. It’s a full-featured file manager that lets you view and manage the files on your Droid without having to plug it into your computer. You can even use it to backup your Android apps to your SD card. Free and paid. The free version features ads. The paid version goes for $2.99 and removes the ads.

20) Dropbox This client for the Dropbox cloud-sharing file storage service makes it easy to get files onto your phone without explicit synching. You can shovel files into it from any of your computers and then access them from any other computer or phone. Free.

21) Layar Turn your phone into an Augmented Reality device with Layar. It uses your phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify your location and field of view, retrieves data based on those geographical coordinates and then layers that data over the camera view. Free.

22) ESPN ScoreCenter Get comprehensive ESPN sports coverage on your Android phone with this app. It provides near-real-time scores and schedules. Free.

23) Yelp Yelp for Android determines your current location and then lets you search for nearby businesses, read reviews and so on. It also lets users filter by „Price,“ „Open Now,“ „Special Offers“ and „Hot on Yelp.“ Free.

24) Lookout Want to protect your phone? Lookout does just about everything. It provides security against mobile viruses, malware and hackers, backs up your data and even locates your lost or stolen device on a map from the Web. And if you can’t find it, you can use Lookout to make your phone „scream“ or simply wipe out all the data on it. Free.

25) Nimbuzz This communication app allows you to connect to all your online friends, whether they use Skype, Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, AIM, ICQ, MySpace, or StudiVZ Hyves. Free.

26) GDocs for Android This editor/viewer for Google Documents allows you to create, edit, view, import, export, send documents and sync them with your Google Docs account. Free.

27) EStrongs File Explorer File Explorer is a local and network file manager that provides a file explorer for both the local phone and your remote computer. You can view files on your phone and in your computer’s shared folder and transfer files between them. You can even play audio and video, browse images and view text. Free.

28) Google Voice Streamline and consolidate your phones with this app. It gives you a single phone number that rings all your phones. In addition it saves all your voicemail online and even transcribes your voicemail into text. It offers a host of other features too. Free.

29) Astrid Task Todo List Get yourself organized with this todo list app. It features tagging, timers, reminders, smart task sorting and even tracks partial progress. You can sync your todo list with Remember the Milk, which can sync with Gmail. Free.

30) Thinking Space Thinking Space is a mind mapping application that allows you to visualize, structure and classify ideas. You can create nodes, add notes to them and arrange them, all with a UI that makes it a snap to work with. The maps you create with this app are also compatible with PC-based Xmind and Freemind. Free.

31) SwitchPro Widget This cool little app gives you the ability to control 17 of your Android phone’s functions directly from one of your homescreens. You can turn 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on and off, adjust your screen’s brightness, even reload your SD card after transferring files. Free.

32) Twitter for Android Twitter’s branded client is among the best of the Twitter clients available for Android. It hasn’t closed the gap with Twitter for iPhone yet, but it’s getting there. Free.

33) Facebook The Android Facebook app has its challenges, but it enables account syncing between your Facebook friends and the contacts on your phone. Free.

34) Dolphin Browser HD Don’t like the stock browser that came with your Android phone? The Dolphin Browser HD adds a boatload of features, including multiple tab viewing, full multitouch gestures, a thumbnail „flick“ menu, gesture-based search and URLs, a YouTube downloader and browser extensions. Free.

35) Opera Mini web browser Looking for more robust browser support? The Opera Mini web browser is super fast and adds features like tabbed browsing, multiple home page tiled Web sites, sync bookmarks between your desktop and phone and more. Free.

36) Evernote This app allows you to log, index and search all manner of information, from notes to audio to photos. For instance, you can take a photo of a white board and Evernote will recognize the text in the photo, index it and then allow you to find it later by entering a search term from the information on the white board. It even synchs with the Web. Free.

37) ActionComplete ActionComplete is a robust task manager. It is built around projects you create, which are made up of individual actions that serve as milestones in the project. The app is based on the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology created by David Allen in his book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. Free.

38) handyCalc Calculator The app adds just about every calculator function you can think of to your Android phone, allowing you to put your scientific calculator in the drawer forever. Free.

39) Seesmic This Twitter client integrates streams from Twitter, Facebook and even Salesforce.com Chatter into a single client, allowing you to stay on top of all your messages from various sources. Unlike many clients, it supports multiple accounts, giving you the ability when composing a message to send it out via one of your accounts or all of them at once. You can also customize a large number of features. Free.

40) Wikidroid Use Wikipedia often? Wikidroid formats Wikipedia articles for your device with a sleek interface. It even includes voice search and bookmarks. Free.

41) Listen This podcast client from Google allows you to listen to all your favorite podcasts, as well as search for new podcasts and download them. Free.

42) Locale Locale lets you manage your phone’s settings based on predefined criteria. For instance, you can set situations like „at school“ or „in court“ and set the phone to change its volume setting to vibrate when in those situations. You can set automated controls based on battery, location, contact, orientation and time. The phone settings you can alter based on these situations include: Bluetooth, brightness, ring tone, screen timeout, volume, wallpaper or Wi-Fi. Paid: $9.99.

43) Memory Booster – RAM Optimizer Keep your Android phone running at its fastest with this app. Memory Booster optimizes our phone’s memory by recovering memory leaks, flushing temporary libraries and defragmenting your phone’s memory. Free.

44) Free Dictionary Org This simple, no-nonsense English dictionary provides definitions, synonyms, pronunciation and spelling. Free.

45) Yellowbook.com Mobile Search Need to find a phone number or business address? This app puts the phone book at your fingertips and includes voice recognition. Free.

46) RepliGo Reader A PDF reader that can be used to view Gmail PDF attachments, online PDF documents or PDF files saved to your media card. It features a reading view that reformats pages into a single column, and offers support for embedded fonts, PDF bookmarks and text search. Paid: $4.95.

47) NewsRob This is an excellent, plain but functional Google Reader client with built-in syncing for off-line reading.

48) Gasbuddy – Find Cheap Gas This app provides comprehensive, real-time gas prices in your area (US and Canada) with maps. Users who pitch in by reporting gas prices in their area can win free gas.

49) US Traffic US Traffic provides traffic reports about your neighborhood and works anywhere in the US. It supplies detailed traffic incident information.

50) Handcent SMS Handcent SMS supercharges your texting with full support for SMS and MMS, group sending options and backup and restore features for SMS and MMS. Other features include the ability to customize your look with themes and SPAM filtering options. Free.

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