It’s been well over a year now since I received my first Android phone (HTC Desire if you were wondering) and I’ve been mightily impressed by the Google operating system. Although I don’t download many Apps, there are a select few which I could not live without.
Here are my top 10 Google Android Apps of the past year, in no particular order.
10 – YouTube
This Google developed app is a miniature version of the world’s most popular video site. I believe it comes preloaded on all Android phones and is just perfect for browsing videos with ease. All the functions from the original YouTube site are available, from adding favourites to giving thumbs-up. You can also share videos through your device’s other installed applications like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, and so on.
A cracking app to complement the mighty YouTube – if you have not played with this yet, do it now.
9 – Seesmic
Seesmic is a complete all in one social media management tool for your phone. It allows Twitter, Facebook, Salesforce Chatter and Google Buzz integration. Personally I use it for multiple twitter accounts.
The interface is simple and intuitive. Sharing updates is a doddle and allows you to quickly add photos and videos using a range of well know services like TwitPic.
A real alternative to Tweetdeck – I actually prefer it.
8 – WordPress
The WordPress app is a real simple but power piece of kit, giving you the ability to manage your blog while on the go. There are four neat tabs positioned at the top of the screen; comments, posts, pages and stats – from these, it is possible to write new posts and pages, edit existing content and mange all your comments.
If you use WordPress, make sure you have this app.
7 – WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a free* cross-format mobile messaging app which uses the power of the internet to send messages, rather than sending an SMS. As well as sending plain text, it is possible to attach images, videos, voice recordings and your current location. The messages themselves are virtually instant and even informs you when the other person is ‘currently typing’ – spooky. There are other features too, such as group chat and status updates. The only downside to WhatsApp is the need for the recipient to own it too, in order to send messages.
Want free media messaging? Look no further than WhatsApp.
* Two dollars a year after the first year
6 – Cardio Trainer
Cardio Trainer is my favourite App. It basically records all of your fitness activity using GPS. From what I have found, it is extremely accurate and offers a wealth of functionality, including…many fitness activities to choose from, heart rate setup, a history of previous workouts, bolt on apps, music integration, world high scores and more…
I’m running a half-marathon in September and Cardio Trainer is my trusted friend to help get me into shape.
5 – Dropbox
Dropbox is a free service that lets you store your files online and sync them with any computer you choose. The Dropbox app allows you to access your online files from your phone. It is also possible to upload files from your phone to the online storage area. You are allowed up to 2GB free, which can increase to 4GB if you complete a number of ‘dropbox’ tasks, such as recommending a friend. Beyond this, you have to pay for extra storage – but prices are reasonable.
Dropbox is a great app for accessing online files on the move.
4 – TV Guide (UK)
TV Guide shows you a list, with descriptions, of all the programs for all the popular TV channels in the UK. It is possible to sort by what’s currently on, or by movies and sports. There is a good search functionality built in and you can even set reminders for your favourite programs.
TV Guide is all you need, to know what’s on the box.
3 – Flixster Movies
Flixster Movies allows you to watch trailers, get show times for nearby cinemas, share movie ratings with friends, and much more – all from your Android. I find it useful when renting a film to see if it has great ratings, or, just seeing what’s currently on at the flicks.
Like movies…love Flixster.
2 – Spotify
Ok, so it’s not exactly free, but if you spend a lot of time listening to music it’s certainly worth the investment.
Spotify is a gateway to millions of tracks online, both for your desktop and mobile device. To stream music to your Android, there is a subscription fee of £9.99. For this you have access to uninterrupted music from anywhere. Offline mode allows you to listen to your music without an internet connection.
Spotify is the latest music revolution. Let’s hope is doesn’t collapse like Napster did.
1 –BBC iPlayer
The BBC iPlayer allows you to watch and listen to BBC TV and Radio from the past seven days. You can also watch or listen to a program live. The home screen is uncluttered and gives a list of currently ‘Featured’ programs.
Not near a TV but want to watch it? Get the BBC iPlayer for Android to satisfy your need.
So there is my list, ten keepers for your Android. All are searchable through the Android Marketplace.
Have I missed any essential apps? I’d love to know your favourites.