With hundreds of thousands of apps available in the Android Market, there’s bound to be something for everyone, from the practical to the entertaining. In the second installment of Talking Android, we asked our customers about their apps and which ones they can’t live without. Like all things Android, their responses show that each Android experience is unique to its owner.
What’s your favourite Android app and why?
Stephen Lee (SL) - I’m not sure I could pick one app. I have several apps I use over the course of a day, Our Groceries , News Canada, TweetDeck, uDial, uFindMe PRO, Handcent SMS and a custom email client are some of the applications I use frequently. There are so many apps to choose from on the market and normally one size does not have to fit all. :-)
Chris – Android Headlines (CY) – The Android Market! I like to look at all the different applications and am always amazed at the new and creative and innovative applications that you can put on your Android smartphone. It is truly amazing how many applications can make your life easier and more fun.
Bryan Baker (BB) – If I had to select one Android application I love above all, it would be the Dropbox application. Dropbox is an online storage service that allows you to sync across multiple devices. This mobile application allows you to log in to your box, and download files as you need them. With one press on the screen, you can have access to your invoices, schedules, pictures, and any other information that you keep in your private storage. By using the PC application, your documents will be up-to-date, as Dropbox syncs in real time.
Puleen Patel (PP)- My favourite Android app has to be Evernote, because it allows me to take notes on my Android device and any other device (including Tablet and Desktop). It makes it easier for me to jot down ideas, thoughts and concepts on the go without needing to carry around a pen and a paper.
Don Rayner (DR)- With all of the great applications out there and the many that of them that I have installed on my phone here are a few of my favorites.
- Google Translate – Translate by typing or vocal input and have the translation written and/or spoken.
- A Online Radio – Accepts audio streams for other sources as well as ShoutCast stations.
- Shazam – Ever hear a song on the radio and you just want to know who the artist is? This app will listen to the song and then do a search for artist and title.
- WordPress – Blogging on the go.
- Astrid Tasks – Just the best task manager available and it will even sync with Google tasks.
- Stock Android calendar – I’m no good at remembering dates, this takes care of it for me and syncs with Google calendar.
- YouTube – For when you have some time to kill
- Google Map and Navigation – Works with your GPS to enable you to navigate anywhere the road will take you.
- WinAmp – Bringing the great PC based music player to Android.
Greg Carron (GC) – Dropbox – Online cloud storage application that syncs across multiple platforms including your PC and your Android device. So being in a development team we are constantly testing apps on our devices and with Dropbox, our programmer can output an app into a folder on his PC and it will sync online allowing me to view the file on my Android device and I’ll be able to one-click install the mobile app on my device. Also I can use Dropbox to stream music from my Android device. I can have all my music at home, build an .m3u playlist and copy it to my Dropbox then when I’m out I just load it on my device and it will play all my music.
Michael J. Schmidt (MJS) - This is a very tough question, there are so many from which to choose (over 150,000 at last count). Given that an Android device is more like a mini-computer than just a phone, and can be used for so many different things, I’ll give you my top 5 instead (in no particular order).
- Google Maps – I can use this as a GPS device in my car, or to look up restaurants and business via “Places”
- swiFTP – Turns my Android device into an FTP server (File Transfer Protocol) so that I can move files to and from my device from my computer wirelessly. No need for cables!
- Default Android Music player – I use this in the car (with a proper mount for safety) to listen to audio books and podcasts during my long commute.
- Aldiko book reader – I can download and read books anytime, anywhere. Free books from the public domain, or ebooks I have purchased.
- NoteEverything & Docs-2-Go: NoteEverthing is a great & simple note-taking app that can be organized into folders. Docs-2-Go (paid version) allows me to create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents on my device, and sync them to my Google docs account, or to my PC.
- BONUS: Astrid To-Do list app – The best to-do list in the Android Marketplace. I can create alerts and reminders, even alarms. Astrid can automatically add items to my calendar (which syncs with my Google calendar online) and can also sync, for free, with the great Remember-The-Milk online to-do list web site.
Do you have a favourite Android app?
Melanie Masson is a regular contributor of RedBoard