Top Android Apps & Tips
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 7:14:45 PM
But first some useful tips:
- Holding down the home button pops up a menu of the last 6 apps you had open in the state they were in.
- If the QWERTY keyboard is too cramped for you, I find the T9 (phonepad) keyboard is quicker and easier to type on. But when you turn the phone on it's side, you'll get the QWERTY again, so it's like best of both. On the keyboard, click the cog, keyboard types, Phone keypad. (HTC Sense only. Hero, Legend, Desire)
Now some cool apps. (Links open the Android Market)
- Locale: This one is a must have. It changes the phones settings based on locations or time or battery. It can also trigger texts or tweets with plugin's from the market.
Taskiller: one of the main advantages of Android over an iPhone is multitasking, however sometimes it can get a little overwhelmed. So with task killer you can kill all or some of your
apps. You can choose certain apps to ignore e.g. HTC Sense, Messenging, Browser, mail etc. then have a widget on the homescreen so you can kill with one click.
- FxCamera: A replacement for the camera app, it's got loads of cool effects that make them look old. Covers up that phone cameras are crap.
- Bookmark2: Putting a bookmark on the home screen looks kind crap, it's just a file icon, but with bookmark2 you can specify the icon, it's not an app, try to add a shortcut to the homescreen and you'll see it there.
- Opera Mini 5 Beta: just out today Opera Mini is a compressed browser. It works great on slow connections. If you want to make Opera Mini the default browser then you also need Opera Bridge
- SeesMic: For Twitter I used to use Twidroid but then SeesMic won me over. Same thing is happening with the offical Twitter, I want to hate it, but it's just so good.
- Facebook: I know it's boring but I just use the offical client, haven't tried any others, just use the m.facebook.com site, it's more uptodate than touch.facebook.com
- Layar: It's cool. It's an augmented reality app. Basically it overlays cool info on your screen.
- GPS Status: It shows your cool info about where you are, height, speed, etc.
- Tunewiki: The default music app is kinda slow and klungy, tunewiki is faster, and it's got a built in web radio client and can overlay lyrics too. You can totally replace the built in player.
- Handcent: I use it instead of the build in messenging app. It pops up texts on the screen and is customisable.
- Marine Compass: really cool compass that shows off the accelerometer and compass really well.
- TellyZap: TV Guide
- Barcode Scanner: It reads barcodes. You can scan the barcodes on anything and it'll return a google seach. Also it'll scan QR codes, i made a bookmarklet so if I'm looking at a webpage I want to view on my phone I can hit it, then scan the barcode that pops up with barcode scanner and it'll open on my phone. QR2Droid
- Shopper: It recognises book and DVD covers then searches for shop results.
- Google Sky Map: Really cool, you can identify stars and planets.
- PicSay: Cool photo editor, much better than Photoshop for Android
- Steamy Window: Cool trick to play on people.
- Listen: if you're into podcasts, this is great.
- ConnectBot: SSH Client, plus it lets you tunnel to aisling.cs.dit.ie
- A Online Radio: Online Radio player
- AndFTP: FTP Client
- AndroZip: Complete Zip utility
- Linda: File Manager, lets you expore the SD card etc
- Eircom WEP: For cracking weak Eircom routers. Still works a treat.
- Gensoid/Snesoid: Megadrive and SNES emulators, You'll have to download the ROMs seperatly. Turn off sound for better performance.
- Google Goggles: Really cool visual search tools. Identifies logos and objects.
- JAertel: Aertel
- Network Discovery: Simple PortScanner
- ShareByQRCode: For sharing urls with each other.
- Shazam: Recognises music
- TheFuelApp: show cheap petrol and diesel in Ireland
- Battery Widget: Really useful widget for showing the battery state on the homescreen, plus it has options to turn on and off power draining services.
- WiFi Analyzer: Some cool charts to help pick which channel to put your WiFI on and show the strength of other networks too.
- Hoccer: Is a great app for sharing files with people near you on iPhone or Android. Kinda like BUMP
- Aldiko: Excellent eBook reader with lots of options. It has a built in library of free books, but it will also pick up any ePub format eBooks on your SD card too.
- Flight DirectorFlight Director: Hours of fun landing planes.
- Toss ItToss It: Lots of fun flicking paper into a virtual paperbasket.
- Glympse: This app shares your location for short periods of time. E.g you can send your boss a link so he can see that you are stuck in traffic, but the link is only live for 15 mins.
- NetCounter: Really handy app for keeping track of your data useage, broken up by WiFi and 3G. Useful if you have a limit on your data.
- SipDroid: Excellent VoIP dialer that slots itself in replacing the default dialing backend once it's logged in so that your outgoing calls get routed over the internet with your internet phone provider for cheap calls. (a.k.a. Blueface.ie)
If there are some other great apps that I've missed out on, leave them below in the comments.