Apr 5, 2012

Top 10 Android Apps

As a web company, some bwired staff are known to be a bit....geeky. Myself included! We’ve got a good mix of gadgets in the office, including iPads, the latest iPhones and my personal favourite – Android phones (I refuse to go to the dark side!)

For those Android fans out there, here is a list of some top Android apps for your phone or tablet – and please suggest some others in the comments section! Some are basic apps that many users will already have, but whether you’re a new Android user or looking for a fun new app, check out our top 10 popular Android apps, from bwired.

Fun and Entertainment
1. 8Tracks: Remember mix tapes? Even if you’re too young to know what I’m talking about, you can now make your own playlists without having to record your favourite songs off the radio. Touted as the “social, curated alternative to Pandora”, 8tracks features over 450,000+ user mixes and lets you listen to them for free.

2. SoundHound: SoundHound is a music-recognition app with no limit to the number of songs you can discover. And unlike Shazam, SoundHound also features a singing and humming recognition feature.

3. Draw Something: This popular game app is a cross between Words with Friends and Pictionary and has reached the #1 app spot in over 80 countries. Both free and ad-free paid versions are available.

Some Basic Tools
4. 1Weather: An app that is so much more than just weather, it’s also a beautiful application. Weather never looked so good...

5. Barcode Scanner: Simple. Scan barcodes and look up prices and reviews. And whether you love them or hate them, you can scan QR codes too.

6. Toddler Lock: Maybe this should go under Productivity (for parents), but Toddler Lock is a simple idea: Hand over your phone to your toddler and let them play with shapes and colours and listen to soothing sounds on a locked screen. It can be a battery drainer, so beware.

7. LinkedIn: A favourite social network for professionals, the Android LinkedIn app lets you use almost all the features of your account, plus you sync your contacts with your LinkedIn account.

Productivity Tools
8. Adobe Touch apps: A series of apps from Adobe are now on the Android market, including Adobe Proto, Adobe Ideas, Adobe Debut and Adobe Photoshop Touch. These intensive apps are more suited for tablets and at more than $10 each they won’t be for everyone. But if you’re a creative type looking for real productivity tools, consider the Adobe Touch family of apps.

9. Any.DO: Any. DO is a top task manager/to-do list that featured in many ‘top app’ lists in 2011. It’s simple, minimalist design and sharing features makes it easy to track and plan your life, and, of course, it’s fully compatible with Google tools.

10. Seesmic: We have many options to choose from when it comes to Twitter apps, but while Seesmic may not have the most features it is a simple design that will be more than enough for most Twitter users, plus it interfaces with your Facebook account. It’s a free app, though an ad-free Seesmic Pro is also available for under $3.

I could go on and on - but what are your suggestions? Let me know in the comments below or you can tweet at @samsaltis.

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