Did you merely get a new Android phone? Maybe a new HTC Incredible or Droid Evo? You’ve gotten the screens looking good, the font options just how you want them…but now you will need a few Android apps to make it better still? And free apps are always much better than ones you have 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 onto your phone when you do anything else. Without further ado…
1. Bar Code Scanner – This app includes 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 can be just starting to pop-up everywhere, and the free app does the remainder! I simply scanned a container of CVS water and the app connected me to the UPC Database and accurately found the amount for me.
2. An E-Reader App – What type (or those!) you download is really a matter of personal taste. For me personally, I love to get the most effective deal, so I downloaded most of the majors one: Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Amazon’s Kindle, and the Google Books app. This way I could read any format, get the max quantity of free ebooks, and even shop to find 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 must get functionality add up 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 an audio, and watch for 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 – In the event that 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 might recharge it once after lunch if I had been listening to music all morning.
5. Angry Birds / Angry Birds Seasons – What set of Android Apps would be complete without mentioning Rovio’s Angry Birds? In accordance with an article 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 would recommend it to EVERYONE who own a good phone, whether it’s Android- or Apple-based.