Did you only get a fresh Android phone? Why not a new HTC Incredible or Droid Evo? You’ve gotten the screens looking good, the font options just the manner in which you want them…but now you’ll need a few Android apps to make it better yet? And free apps are always much better than ones you’ve to pay for, right?
I’ve compiled an inventory here of my Top 5 Android Apps (from the free apps category) that you’ll NEED to download on your phone when you do anything else. Without further ado…
1. Bar Code Scanner – This app has a deceptively simple name, huh? It’s soooo powerful, though. You start the app and point at it ANY type of bar code app codere, whether it’s the bar code on the rear of your Mountain Dew 20oz or one of those funny looking new QR Codes which are needs to appear everywhere, and the free app does the others! I recently scanned a package of CVS water and the app connected me to the UPC Database and accurately found the quantity for me.
2. An E-Reader App – Which one (or which ones!) you download is just a matter of personal taste. For me, I love to have the most effective deal, so I downloaded every one of the majors one: Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Amazon’s Kindle, and the Google Books app. In this manner I could read any format, obtain the max quantity of free ebooks, and even shop for the best price before I buy any.
3. V-Cast Song ID or Shazam – If you’re a Verizon customer, your phone can come pre-installed with the V-Cast Song ID app. I’ve been deploying it for years on non-Android phones and it hasn’t failed me. If you’re not on Big Red, though, search for Shazam and you should get functionality corresponding to, or even better, than V-Cast Song ID. With either app, all that you need to do is to modify the app on, hold it close to a speaker, and await 10-20 seconds while it IDs the song and even links one to a download source or stores the title for later so you will get it from Amazon or iTunes.
4. Advanced Task Killer – If you don’t understand this app, you’ll be recharging your phone 3-4 times per day. Period. It active kills any processes (like your camera or maps apps) that you’ve accidentally left running in the back ground so you can maximize your battery life. Before I downloaded this app, I was literally recharging my Droid Incredible the aforementioned 3-4 times per day. Now I would recharge it once after lunch if I have been listening to music all morning.
5. Angry Birds / Angry Birds Seasons – What list of Android Apps will be complete without mentioning Rovio’s Angry Birds? According to articles that Newsweek published on January 30, 2011, Rovio is taking aim at Nintendo’s Mario’s iconic status making use of their ticked off avians. This game is actually more of a crack-like addiction than anything I’ve ever experienced, and I suggest it to EVERYONE who own an intelligent phone, whether it’s Android- or Apple-based.