If you love your Android phone, a number of quality applications now made available for it will make you love it even more. (And if you don't love your phone, maybe with these apps, you will finally grow to appreciate it!)
So which Android applications should you get? Here is the list of the best Android apps you should not be missing out on.
- Qik allows you to upload live video footage from your phone to the Web (or another phone) so that you can broadcast your kid's big game to his grandparents or your baby's birth to her soldier-on-duty dad, all in real-time! What is more, you can automatically save your videos wirelessly in an archive, as well as automatically upload them to Facebook, YouTube, and all your other social networks (if that is what you told Qik to do in its settings). Video sharing has never been easier!
- Remote Web Desktop allows you to use your computer to type into your phone, set your phone's wallpaper, send text messages, and transfer files between your computer and phone, all through a USB or Wi-Fi connection (and your computer's large touch-type keyboard). No more pressing on tiny little buttons!
- Seek Droid. If you are paranoid about losing your phone, you will want to install Seek Droid right now. This nifty little app lets you locate your phone, lock it up, wipe its memory clean, and check for recent calls - all from a remote location, using your Web browser! It won't completely keep your phone from getting lost, but it will keep your greatest worries at bay when that sad thing happens
- Awesome Drop. If you would like to transfer files from your computer to your phone but do not want to use a USB cable, use Awesome Drop! Just install the app on your phone and start dragging your files from your computer to dropbox. The files will automatically sync to your phone! No wires, no email, and no account sign-up!
- CamCard Lite is a good app if you frequently come home with a pocket full of business cards you need to transcribe. With CamCard, you can say good-bye to that tedious task, just take a picture of the card with your phone's camera, and - voila! - CamCard enters the names and numbers into your phones address book
- Astrid, also known as Android's Simple Task Recording Dashboard, makes it simple to keep running to-do lists and organize your life within the phone. Not only does this application make it easy to list out tasks, but it also makes it simple to tick them off, search for specific tasks, mark them according to priority, arrange them according to different criteria (alphabetically, last modified, by the due date, by importance), and set alarms and reminders
- Weather Channel gives accurate reports of current weather conditions, including temperature, wind chill factor, UV index, and visibility. If you want hourly, 36-hour, or even 10-day forecasts, this app can give that to you too. It's not just like having your own weatherman at home - it's better!
- Flight Control is an entertaining game that starts out very simply: all you have to do is use your finger to draw a flight path for incoming planes to land on the correct landing strip. However, as the game progresses, the difficulty level increases as more planes come in all at the same time. This app may not sound very useful, but we found it great for killing time
- Endomondo Sports Tracker allows you to track your running or cycling times and distances using GPS. The especially great part about this app is that it is also linked to the Endomondo Web site, where you can compare your times against others. This is a great app to have if you are the type of person who likes to have healthy competition to keep motivated when working out
- Moon Maps is interesting if not a very useful app. Similar to Google Earth, except for the venue, Moon Maps lets you fly, pan, and zoom all around the lunar landscape, giving you an up-close-and-personal tour of the Apollo landing sites, lunar crates, and the dark side of the moon