Did you just 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 even better? And free apps are usually a lot better than ones you’ve to pay for, right?
I’ve compiled a list 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 features a deceptively simple name, huh? It’s soooo powerful, though. You begin the app and point at it ANY form of bar code codere app, whether it’s the bar code on the trunk of your Mountain Dew 20oz or one particular funny looking new QR Codes which are starting to appear everywhere, and the free app does the remainder! I simply scanned a bottle of CVS water and the app connected me to the UPC Database and accurately found the number for me.
2. An E-Reader App – Which (or those!) you download is a matter of personal taste. For me, I love to obtain the very best 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 can read any format, obtain the max amount of free ebooks, and even shop to discover the best price before I buy any.
3. V-Cast Song ID or Shazam – If you’re a Verizon customer, your phone will come pre-installed with the V-Cast Song ID app. I’ve been deploying it for years on non-Android phones and it has never failed me. If you’re not on Big Red, though, search for Shazam and you need to get functionality add up to, if not better, than V-Cast Song ID. With either app, all that you want to do is to modify the app on, hold it near 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 can get it from Amazon or iTunes.
4. Advanced Task Killer – In the event that you don’t fully grasp 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 background so that 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 will recharge it once after lunch if I had been listening to music all morning.
5. Angry Birds / Angry Birds Seasons – What listing of Android Apps could be complete without mentioning Rovio’s Angry Birds? Based on an article that Newsweek published on January 30, 2011, Rovio is taking aim at Nintendo’s Mario’s iconic status with their ticked off avians. This game is really more of a crack-like addiction than anything I’ve ever experienced, and I would recommend it to EVERYONE who own a smart phone, whether it’s Android- or Apple-based.