Top 10 must-have Android apps

By Kukil Bora, SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 December 2010, 22:33 Hrs   |    13 Comments
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Top 10 must-have Android apps
Bangalore: Ever since its announcement in August 2008, Android Market, the official online app store for Android devices has shown an impressive growth rate in terms of applications available for download. Its open nature is another selling point of Android. Third party app developers can make apps without any kind of governance. Apart from the apps from Android marketplace, users can also install third party apps on their Android handsets. Take a look at ten popular Android apps that are the must-haves in your Android.

Astro File Manager
Astro File Manager allows users to navigate files on either the SD card or accessible internal memory. It allows users to access .zip files from their Android phone itself. The user can copy paste file in different folders and can download any file extension via the browser. The app also has its own built-in task killer, backs up applications, and is capable of sending files as email attachments.

App Protector Pro
App Protector Pro is one of the best Android apps for maintaining and protecting privacy. It provides a solid line of defense against possible privacy infractions. This app allows the user to set passwords protection for virtually any app on your Android phone. Even the user can set passwords to his photo gallery, SMS, Gmail and so on.

Google Voice
Using this app, the user can take control of his handset by creating a new number. He can also route calls to various paths and take advantage interesting features such as voicemail transcription, free texting, cheap international calling, and so on.

Kindle allows users to read Kindle books on an easy-to-use interface. In the Kindle Store users can access to over 7,50,000 books. It also includes popular new releases and New York Times Best Sellers from $9.99. Apart from books, users can also read free ebooks and over 100 newspapers & magazines.

Barcode Scanner
Information regarding any bar code or the related app can be easily got using Barcode Scanner. The app is really is fast and scan the bar codes of most of the apps. It allows you to scan most product bar codes in 1D and 2D formats to search Google for product results. Users can also scan Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc.

In most of the cases, the stock virtual keyboard on Android doesn't predict words correctly. This is the reason; phone makers like HTC are opting for having their own QWERTY keyboard. But for those people buying phones with the default Android keyboard, SwiftKey can be a better option. The best part of SwiftKey is its word prediction. It learns from the way the user types. It also goes through users' messages and stores words that he'd commonly use.

Google shopper
Want to know better price for a particular product? Google shopper can be the ideal app you want in this situation. It takes a picture of the object from your phone's camera and then searches for the latest prices on the Internet. The app recognizes products by cover art, barcode scanning, voice and text search. Google shopper finds local and online prices, reviews, specs, and more.

Google map
Google map offers navigation through every turn. The latest features of Goggle map in Android 2.0+ devices includes 3D buildings, 3D tilting & rotation plus better map caching. Users can change the views of Google maps, obtain the latitude and longitude of locations and add markers to Google maps.

eBuddy Messenger
eBuddy Messenger allows users to chat with friends on MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, GTalk, MySpace and Facebook accounts. This powerful instant messenger is free. Another key feature of this app is that the user can be online with multiple accounts at the same time.

Where is MyDroid
What if you lost your Android phone one day? This app called Where is MyDroid can a helpful app then. Though it cannot find the stolen mobile, it can be very useful for you to find your phone if somebody hides it or you have misplaced it by yourself. It can even ring when the mobile is in silent.

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