Published on February 22, 2011
1. Opera Mini
It’s proven and fast mobile browser across all mobile platforms. Mobile version allows for non-proxy based browsing with direct socket connections. The Latest version, opera Mini 5.1, features the similar Speed Dial home which you can pin frequented website.
2. Winmap for Android
One of the newest music player to hit the Android market, Winmap edged out previous favourites like Cube and PowerAMP. It’s got tons of features, including syncing library over WiFi and web radio.
3. K-9 Mail
The default email app leaves a lot to be desired. K-9, is a full featured email app that works especially well when dealing with large volumes of mail. You can search and integrate multiple email addresses.
4. AK Notepad
This is a quick and easy note taking application for Android. For it’s simplicity, it has a surprisingly large number of features.
Swype is a quick and fun way to type on touch screen devices. All you have to do is touch all the alphabets in the word you are typing in one continuous swiping action. There is a bit of learning curve here but once you get used to it there’s no going back.
6. Tweet Deck
TweetDeck though lacking in few areas, still remains one of the best overall apps for social networking on the android platform. It retains most of the functionality found on its desktop version such as creating custom columns for following specific friends and search terms. It connects with Twitter, Facebook, foursquare and Google Buzz. There’s also URL shortening, Simultaneous posting and a quick click-and-upload photos features.
Pulse is perhaps the most visually appealing and easy to use newsreader apps out of there. It has an awesome repertoire of default sources from where it will pull in news feeds for categories such as technology, sports, business and many more.
What VLC is to the PC, Vplayers is to Android. It plays pretty much every video format that Android doesn’t support by default. Support includes DivX/Xvid, Flv, Rmvb, Avi, Mkv, Wmv, Mp4 and a more. A great way to avoid transcoding content.
A file manager for phones is something power users have always craved for, right since the rudimentary Smartphone era. Astro is one of the most awesome file manager out there and enhances your Android experience by adding a multitude of features including folder view, downloading files from browser, extracting ZIP/TGZ files, shortcuts, sending files as attachments, multiselect etc.
10. Titanium backup
A powerful backup utility that saves all your downloaded apps so you don’t have to install them all over again. Loads of customization options for choosing what apps/serves to backup. This is an app for those who fiddle with their phone a lot – rooting, installing modded roms, and other such things.
An all-in-one messenger app is a must have on any Android device. Imo.im supports some of the most popular chat services such as Gtalk, MSN, Yahoo!, Skype text chat and Facebook. No better way to stay “always on”.
We all are “downloading enthusiast” right? If you’re thinking about the stuff that is currently downloading at home, you need this app. Transdroid is a mobile torrent controllers for your desktop. You can check your downloads remotely as well as scan RSS feeds for auto downloads.
There couldn’t be anything more bland than the default SMS app on Android. ChompSMS adds a bit of fun and functionality to the everyday activity of texting. It lets you SMS in a chat bubble style conversation format and more.
14. Launcher Pro
A free home screen shell replacement and application launching tool. It adds a bit of glamour to the default Android launcher by adding features such as smooth scrolling, seven home screens, transition effects and a dock.
15. Advanced Task Killer
If you have s slightly older version of Android, this app can prove to be extremely useful. ATK allows you to free up much needed memory and save battery life by closing background applications in a quick and easy manner.
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