Top 10 must-have Android apps
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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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Reader's comments(13)
1: adding to the list Mintm is an app which everyone should have n enjoy the features of helps to plan your shopping, reward you for simply visiting places. mintmapp
Posted by:sonam upadhyay - 03 Aug, 2012
2: there are too many new applications being launched in android market off late. The customers are really spoilt for the choice but who's complaining. More the merrier.But android has opened possibility of a whole new world of mobility and also turned fortune for samsung as a mobile handset manufacturer.
Posted by:radhika Roy - 17 Apr, 2011
3: I found out that eBuddy is the most important application as people can contact other people via any instant messaging by using just this one application.

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Posted by:itechfreak @ Best Android Application - 08 Jan, 2011
4: The Droid is really a phone for programmers who like to customize. The Iphone, I think, is better for people who don't want to spend much time customizing their phone and need something that works out of the box.
Posted by:jaya - 06 Jan, 2011
5: I found Speed Shutter to be a must have. The camera is too slow to get the "perfect picture". Speed Shutter lets me take pictures at 20 per second so I can pick the best shot, and get "action shots" too.

Image Lock lets me keep the pictures being seen by others too (even if you copy them from the SD Card, you cant see them without the PIN number you put in it).
Posted by:Andy - 30 Dec, 2010
6: "Call confirm" is another handy application I would suggest for Touchscreen phones..Helps prevent accidental outgoing calls..
Posted by:Rakesh - 21 Dec, 2010
7: I found "a Wallet" to be a must have application too. It is great for keeping handy your personal notes and info like passport no., cards, bank accounts, etc.
Great app.
Posted by:Saggy - 21 Dec, 2010
8: The best site to get free Kindle eBooks is
Posted by:violent - 21 Dec, 2010
9: google gesture search , evernote , dolphin HD browser , app organizer , go sms are also must have apps for me..
BTW have u used the google voice n google shopper ?
coz as far as i know google voice is not available in India..
Posted by:kdm - 21 Dec, 2010
10: What a poorly written post.
Posted by:Zak - 21 Dec, 2010
11: Add to this list Advanced task killer and battery widget that acts as shortcuts.
Posted by:Sandman - 20 Dec, 2010
12: How talking callerid apps? Personally, I like enhanced SMS & callerid. Reads my gmail, texts and calls.
Posted by:Alex - 20 Dec, 2010
I'm a big namebuzz fan - has a cool silent caller ID, as well as a normal talking one. No Gmail support yet though...
dave Replied to: Alex - 21 Dec, 2010