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Android apps on my phone

August 15, 2010

I was the first one at work to get an Android phone. As word got around I have become the guy to go to when it comes to Android. I get asked questions about Android before they buy. I also get questions about Android after they’ve bought their new phone. One thing that people seem to appreciate is when I provide them with a list of apps to get them started.

Without further ado, here is a list of most of the apps I have on my phone. I’ve not included some of the apps as I think they come pre-installed.

ADW.Launcher
Simple home sceen (currently what I’m using)
http://jbthemes.com/anderweb/

aLogcat
Displays Android system log
http://www.appbrain.com/app/org.jtb.alogcat/

Android Terminal Emulator
I don’t use it too often but it can be useful
http://www.appbrain.com/app/jackpal.androidterm/

AndroLib
An alternative to the google market place
http://www.androlib.com/default.aspx/

AppBrain
A nice tool for finding and managing apps – can install/remove from your phone via web
http://www.appbrain.com/

AppBrain Fast Web Installer
one click install directly from appbrain web site
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.appspot.swisscodemonkeys.apppusher/

ASTRO
File manager
http://www.metago.net/astro/fm/

Bar Code Scanner
Scan bar codes, QR codes
http://code.google.com/p/zxing/

Beautiful Widget
Very nice looking widgets (same guy who designed/wrote Touiteur)
http://levelupstudio.com/widgets/weather/

Dolphin Browser
Nicer features than built-in browser
http://browser.mgeek.mobi/

DoubleTwist
iTunes-like app let’s you manage music, etc. on the desktop then sync to phone
http://www.doubletwist.com/dt/Home/Index.dt/

Edwin, Speech-to-Speech
Voice commands (like Star Trek)
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.neureau.edwin/

FoxyRing
Manages ring tones (different ring tone behavior based on time period, location)
http://levelupstudio.com/foxyring/

Google Chrome to Phone
Send links from Chrome browser to your Phone
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.google.android.apps.chrometophone/

Google Sky Map
I think this comes installed but want to mention it cause it’s cool
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.google.android.stardroid/

Handcent SMS
A nicer SMS client than what’s installed
http://www.handcent.com/

Layar Reality Browser
Augmented reality app
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.layar/

Mabilo
Free ring tones
http://mabilo.com/

Market Suggest
Looks at the apps you have and makes suggestions of other apps you might like
http://www.androlib.com/android.application.com-magmamobile-app-androlib-suggest-xpzp.aspx/

Missed Call
Customize LED/Sound/Vibrate notification for missed calls
http://www.appbrain.com/app/de.anno.android.missedCall/

Notes
Simple app to take notes in
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.android.demo.notepad3/

Pandora Radio
Pandora client should come installed but just in case
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.pandora.android/

PicSay
Add captions, word balloons, and other effects to pictures (including color correction)
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.shinycore.picsayfree/

Ringdroid
Edit and create your own ring tones, alarms, notifications
http://code.google.com/p/ringdroid/

Shazam
It listens to a song and then tells you who is singing it (and points you to YouTube videos and Amazon music store)
http://www.shazam.com/

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner
Scan the bar code and it tries to find the product locally and on line for comparison
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.biggu.shopsavvy/

SMS Backup
Backs up your sms messages to your google mail account
http://www.appbrain.com/app/tv.studer.smssync/

Swype
Cool keyboard – you just swipe your finger instead if typing (might have had to get in on it early)
http://www.swypeinc.com/

Touiteur
Very well designed Twitter client, best I’ve found
http://levelupstudio.com/touiteur/

Voice Recorder
Will record sound to a file
http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.tokasiki.android.voicerecorder/

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