Having recently posted an article on the iPad apps i use, i thought i’d follow up with the Android Apps i use the most..
The App title is also a link to the Google Android Market.
Well lets start with the Launcher.. I’ve ditched the standard Launcher…
This for me is the delux launcher for the Android platform, and its not free, its £10 well spent however as this takes your standard interface and adds a touch of magic.
The Whole interface is based on a rather beautiful carousel system and provides some stunning widgets most of which provide a popout 3D example of them. The interface is still in beta however has improved in stability over the months i’ve been using it, and once you’ve used it, its hard going back.
A new social media platform and unlike Facebook, Google are right on the button (or is that circle?) with this app, simple interface and good integration on a social media platform which will no doubt grow.
The Evening Standard went free and handed out by annoying people infront of the Underground stations. The phone app offers very fast access to th headlines found on the free tree-based version. With the addition of hyperlinks.
As a smugmug user, this is an obvious choice, there are a whole suite of apps available for this great photo service, what the Mobile app specifically does is as well as allowing you to upload photos to the site, it also has bolt in shared service, so when you press share on other apps, you can share photos up to SmugMug.
I was going to put the spotify app up here, however having installed this yesterday and because i have such a large music collection this blows spotify out of the water allowing me to stream my audio content to my phone over wifi OR 3G..
As a Twit Lister and watcher, this is a must, there are many apps which let you listen to twit, this is one of the few at the time of writing which allows the streaming of the live channel. However to use it you MUST have flash installed. Great for train journeys..
I use this as my RSS Aggregator on Chrome on my mac and the Android app is equally as good at providing great access to both my Google Reader feeds and additional content. Using the screen very well the slick simple interface is well designed.
Ok, so i have a PHONE, so why the need for a VoIP App? Well I use the Truphone number for my actual number, and that means changing my phone number doesn’t mean having to redistribute my new number, i just redirect the Truphone number. The truApp kicks in when you are in a Wifi zone which you have access to, and allows you to put calls via the dialer to international numbers potentially cheaper..
I’ve tried them all, from the stock browser to the Opera one (which is quick, but stores data on their site). This is stable solid well supported web browser, has multiple plugins themes and addons.
One of a handful of apps which i use EVERY DAY, this app takes photos, puts themes over them, and uploads them to the PicPlz soical site as well as Tumblr, LinkedIN, to Dropbox and Twitter/Facebook.
Taking the photos you have taken using your phone, this app turns that photo into a greyscale photo, then rubbing your finger over the photo brings out the colour under your finger. You can then save these photos to the phone (and maybe upload the photos to Smugmug or PicPlz)
This app is equal to the iPhones new HDR feature. Taking three photos in succession and doing HDR properly NOT taking a single photo and hoping to simulate HDR.
So you can get this.. (Feel free to click on the photo to see the larger version)
This for me, is what the Android Camera App should be, offering a basic camera at its heart, however adding filters every month to enhance in realtim your camera shots. Providing HDR (single shot ) filters and many other in photo/app settings for Exposure, picture size, trim photos, cropping etc. All of this under a VERY simple configurable interface.
This for me is the best Twitter app on the Android platform, offering again, a simple interface providing access to all the Twitter stuff you expect. Also notifications in the android toolbar when tweets come through.
And last, but no means least is the Tumblelog Beta, this is the best of the Tumblr Apps i have used, with a well thought out interface with nice sized buttons. Linking into the Android shard system which allows the user to post from other apps which support share to their Tumblr Log.
Ignore the beta tag, this app is stable..
* Post to Tumblr. Send a Text, Photo, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio or Video post.
* View your dashboard, posts and drafts.
* View your liked posts.
* Following list;
* Blogs cache. You can view blogs when you’re offline.
* Edit or delete your own posts.
* Supports multiple blogs.
* Quick Reblog and Like.
* Follow or unfollow.
* View notes.
* Animated GIFs.
* Save images to SD card.
And as a final world..
Google have done something quite magical with their android Market site.. not only is it a pleasant site to use. Once logged in and you have a phone attached something excellent happens. You can install an App from the market place webpage directly onto your phone without touching your phone.. Stroke of pure genius..