Apps Every Android User Should Have
Over 6 billion people on the planet use a cellular phone, and over half of those use the android operating system. With the popularity of smart phones increasing every day, so does the popularity of apps. Mobile apps are essentially applications designed for phones that can do everything from booking reservations at your favorite restaurant to finding directions to paying your bills. With over 300,000 apps available, and considering 1 in 4 apps that are downloaded are only used once, it becomes nearly impossible to figure out which apps are essential and which ones will just bog down your phone. Here is a list of the top 10 essential free apps available on the android operating system.
Advanced Task Killer
One of the issues with the android system, is there no program shut down. After using an app, exiting out or returning to the home screen does not close the program. Often many apps continue to run and continue to eat away at battery life and use up unnecessary ram. The advanced task killer continually assesses all apps being run, sometimes even without the users knowledge and will shut them down. This app is essential, especially if you will be using multiple apps on your phone.
Yellowbook Yellow Pages
With 411 mobile phone services costing $1.00 and up for every use, this convenient app will help you find any phone number and address you are searching for at absolutely no charge. It will also list hours for businesses, has a add to contacts feature, and works with google maps to help you find directions.
The Official Facebook App for Android
Be careful of many apps claiming to be facebook, there is only one official facebook app and it is the best way to interact with all of your friends. This app allows you to do everything on facebook that you could do on your computer, except on your phone. You can post photos of where you are, who you are with, and link up google places to determine your location. Facebook can also sync up with all of your google contacts and import even more contacts from facebook also.
Official Twitter for Android App
Stay up to date on all of your twitter feeds and tweet status updates wherever you are with this easy to use and free app for android. Similar to facebook, twitter has many unofficial apps so be careful only to download the official twitter app.
This is a GPS bases social networking app that allows you to connect with your facebook and twitter friends. Users can 'check-in' to various places and receive discounts at these places for frequent visitations. It lists all the venues and places nearby such as restaurants, bars, clubs, salons, etc. It also lists reviews by other foursquare users.
This far superior "to-do list" app, will help you stay organized and on top of all the things in your life that need to get done. This app works with the website "dontforgethemilk.com" so you can sync up your to-do lists from your computer with your phone. This program offers simple organization or a more complex filing system which will help designate tasks to certain categories like family, work, etc.
Mint for Android
This app is perfect for organizing all of your finances. You can sync up your bank accounts and credit cards and help track all of your spending. This app will also help you budget your money more efficiently by creating alerts and financial advice. Paired with the mint.com website, this free app is essential for anyone fiscally conscious.
Adobe Photoshop Express for Android
This free app is perfect for editing photos on your phone. This app is quite different than the full computer version, but has all of the photo editing essentials such as exposure, brightness/saturation and tint. It also has some other artistic filters and effects which make photo sharing even more fun. This app works with facebook, so you can upload your photos directly from this app.
Pandora Radio for Android
Possibly the best free radio app out there, Pandora uses artificial intelligence to determine exactly what music the user would like based on certain songs and bands. You can create multiple stations with different genres depending on your mood or you can listen to other user created stations or even Pandora created stations.
Google Maps for Android
This app comes standard on all Google Android phones, but is essential for every single android user. Google Maps uses GPS technology to determine your location and give you directions whether you are walking or driving. You can link up your facebook and twitter with google maps to let your friends know where you are. The user has several options to view the directions, the app will 'speak' them to you, you can look at them visually on a map or read them in list style.