I have been meaning to write up my list of Andriod apps that I currently have installed on my G1, and then, I found these lists:
- Google Operating System: What Are Your Favorite Android Apps
- Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO: 39 Android Apps that I love
I had hopes to linking to the Market, but I couldn’t find a good link to it. This is the best I could find:
So, I thought I should finally get around to doing it. So, here are my installed programs:
I definitely use this all the time. It came with the phone, but I installed it from the market to get the new features. The biggest new feature is the Navigation, which works very well, and I really like it.
The best place I could find for info on updates was their blog.
This is a great Bible application. I use it a lot during church, and it is nice to have access to the Bible wherever I go. It looks nice and is easy to read. I can quickly browse to passages, and I can search for words. I don’t think it has a commentary or else I haven’t used it.
NewsRob (Google Reader)
I have been using Google Reader to keep up with various RSS feeds. This program gives me an interface to the reader on my phone. My biggest complaint has been that I only want to view certain feeds on my phone. Some of the feeds I had subscribed to were too hard to read on the phone. I haven’t looked to see if Google has changed their API but last I looked Google didn’t provide a way to pick and choose feeds.
All in all, I have really liked this program.
Facebook for Android
This is what I have used to post and view Facebook. I remember seeing comments about the iPhone application being so much better, but I haven’t had the chance to compare. I have noticed that it has improved since I first installed it.
The Weather Channel
According to this article, this application won the developer challenge. I have bounced back and forth between this application and the Weather Bug. With the more recent update from The Weather Channel, I have liked this one better.
This is a great application for viewing the weather. One of the features that I do like is the temperature in the notifications bar.
This is a great application for times when you need to turn your phone to vibrate. It turns all of the volumes down to vibrate only. You can choose a time frame, and it will turn it back on after the time frame. You can also choose a distance where it turn it back on after you go that distance. I haven’t used that because I haven’t wanted to spend the battery required to leave the GPS on for that.
I use Timeriffic for planned times that I need my phone on silent. I use this for meetings and such that are not on a schedule.
I started using Locale, but they made it a paid App and disabled the old version. This program allows me to set the phone to silent automatically. I have it set for during church times. That way my phone shouldn’t ring in the middle of church.
One cool thing I just learned about this program is that it is open source. It is hosted on Google Code and I could make changes to it and contribute!
SSI gTasks ToDo
This is the first app I came across that would let me sync and use the Google Tasks in GMail on my phone. I don’t use it a lot, but it gets the job done.
This program seemed to save battery at first. I don’t really open it now, but I think it runs in the background. I haven’t done any comparison to see if it really does.
I oringally downloaded this when it was free. It was great to have in Church while I was playing my guitar and couldn’t remember how to play a chord. I could look it up quickly before the song started.
This is the one game that I have probably played the most on my phone. It is addicting, and it has many levels to work through. The graphics are great which I think has a big impact on the appeal. The game play is simple: you tap the screen to shoot a ball and try to eliminate the balls in the line by getting three or more in a row of the same color. Now that I am through all of the levels, I haven’t played it in a while, but it is still fun.
This was a great application for my son. He has kind of outgrown it, but I think my second son might grow into it soon. The cool part about it is that you don’t have to worry about him clicking something wrong and getting into another program or placing a call. You do still have to watch to make sure he isn’t throwing it across the room or dropping it in the toilet.
This is a nice little way to play freecell while you are waiting for something.
This was one of the first games that I put on my phone. The reason it caught my eye was that it illustrated the phone’s accelerometer. Playing the game was very fun, but it didn’t take long to beat the 10 levels. It looks like it also works on the iPhone.
T-Mobile My Account
This program is handy to check the account details such as the minutes that I had used. It also provides a quick way to check things like how much battery is left.
I had used this program for a while, but then they made it something that you have to pay for.
PapiCatch & PapiJump
These are fun, simple little games. Sunflat has a bunch of different little games like this: PapiJump, PapiOrange, ActionPotato, SFCave, PapiMissle, PapiRiver, PapiCatch, PapiPole. I started with PapiJump because it was a game that demostrated the accelerometer. I also tried PapiRiver. The graphics aren’t much on the ones that I tried, but they were entertaining for a little bit.
I originally downloaded this program to try to create my own rings. I never got around to doing that, but I have used it to record some notes while I was in the car and couldn’t type. It is very easy to use and worked great.
This program started a great idea for me. I haven’t traveled enough to give it a far chance, but if I traveled more, it would be a necessity! The great part is that it allows you to take a picture of your receipts while you are traveling. You can key in some information such as the price and type of expense. At the end of the trip, you can download the images and info to your computer.
I also found that on the homepage, there is a link to the source repository.
While I haven’t used the program that much, I love the concept. I have started my own little program that will take pictures of receipts and sync up with my money management software.
I have a Google Voice account, but I haven’t used it that much. I had trouble with latency, and it wasn’t good enough to use on a regular basis. It has been a while since I tried, so I will have to try again. The program allows you to make calls from your phone using Google Voice. It doesn’t save anything on minutes, and the program didn’t let you change the settings and such.
This is kind of a cool application, but I never really understood what the advantage of this program was over the regular Google Maps. I think I noticed that maybe now it is combined with the Google Maps application.
I haven’t used this application very often. I can’t really even remember why I installed it!
I downloaded this program to be able to blog from my phone. The problem is that I usually wanted to just save it as a draft and finalize it on my computer. Then, I would actually publish from my computer. I couldn’t make that happen with this app for some reason. I will probably try the official application next.
Wapedia: Mobile Wikis
I haven’t used this much, but I do look at Wikipedia a lot. I am not sure how many advantages this gives over just using the regular browser.
Nimbuzz IM & Voice
I tried this is an option to use Skype with my phone. It never did work exactly the way that I wanted it to, so I haven’t stuck with it.
This is a Super Nintendo Emulator that I install but have never used. I keep meaning to download a ROM and try it out, but I haven’t ever done it.