The Android apps marketplace has over 20,000 apps listed, and the collection grows bigger each and every day. More and more developers are jumping on the bandwagon and releasing or porting their apps for this great operating system.
As with any other OS, it is pretty difficult to choose which apps to install, and apart from trying them all, there’s not much one can do to find an app that suits his purpose best. Except there is! Thanks to sites like this one, you can now find out which apps are worth installing and paying for and which not.
So, here is a list of the best Android apps you just have to check out (whenever you’re free, of course):
Evernote was recently available for the iPhone only, but the developers have finally released an Android version, and it’s every bit as excellent as its iOS and Mac OS counter parts. The app lets you keep track of anything using written notes, videos and audio recordings. And of course, you can sync everything with your online account or with your Macbook Pro!
FeedR is both an app and a home screen widget that lets you quickly and easily read any RSS feeds that you want. Aside from Google Reader, which needs to be accessed using a browser, this is the best RSS reader for mobile devices yet. You can add your desired RSS feeds, and FeedR will constantly check them for new items from the background and notify you when new ones arrive. It can also perform automatic updates (of the app), so you don’t have to worry about that (not many apps actually do that, even if it’s possible in Android).
This is a great alternative to the default SMS app that comes with Android. IT has more features and also lacks the bugs of the default tool, which is great for your battery (the default SMS app didn’t close properly, preventing the phone from sleeping and eating up all the battery in a matter of hours).
Dolphin is currently the best Web browser for Android on the market. It looks and works a lot like Firefox, and has all the necessary features, excluding Flash support (which is why Opera Mobile will be the best browser ever when it is finally released). It’s definitely better and faster than the default Chrome browser, at least in Android 2.1 and older (2.2 features a new and revamped Chrome, which is much faster and better).
This is a pretty cool android app that literally allows you to download any mp3 song for free, and you can use it to replace torrents completely. The user agreement, which you must agree to before using the service, says you must delete the songs after listening, but I doubt many people do that. The app also supports streaming, which is useful if you want to listen to a song to find out if it’s the one you’re looking for and not download a completely unwanted file.
Barcode Scanner is one of the most popular apps on the marketplace, and for good reason: it allows the user to easily find product reviews and best prices online by simply scanning the bar code on any product using the phone’s integrated camera. If you used to search for that information in a store manually using your phone’s browser, this app will make things much easier for you.
This is a very good tool for system administrators or webmasters who need constant access to their remote web server. It is a SSH client, and it allows you to have multiple connections open and send any kind of commands you need. You can basically control your server from your phone wherever you are, which is great when, for example, your site gets a sudden increase in traffic from Digg and you need to reconfigure the web server software to better handle it, but you’re not in front of your computer.
Another great tool for web masters, AndFTP is a free FTP client, as its name implies. You can use it to manage several FTP servers, and you get the standard two windows view, which allows you to easily transfer files to and from your phone. It’s a great app for anyone who deals with web sites, like web site owners, web developers or even web designers.
If you ever have the chance or the need, be sure to check out the above apps, and if you need something else, you can always find it on the Android Marketplace. Android is a great operating system to work with, and you definitely didn’t go wrong when buying a new phone or tablet running on this OS.