Most Popular Android Apps For April 2010

In Wiki4Android we did a research on the top 5 latest, fastest growing apps of the past month March – April 2010. Unsurprisingly, all of these applications are free.

Out of the 5 applications, 3 are games, with Paper Toss gaining the most downloads in the shortest period of time (about 23k downloads per day).

2 of the top 5 games are MMO (massively multiplayer online game). (Hint hint, game developers) World War is currently the second fastest growing application in terms of rate of downloads.

Below are the top 6 fastest growing application in the Android Market, ranked by users rate of download.

Paper Toss (Action Game, 23k downloads/day)

The most popular game of March – April is the simple yet addictive Paper Toss by Backflip studios. This game is great because it’s so simple that even kids know how to play. Easy touch controls, great sound effects, and nice graphics are the features of this game. Originally a game developed for iPhone.

World War (MMO RPG, 20k downloads/day)

World War (by Storm8) was on iPhone for quite some time, and now that it comes to Android, it became an instant hit due to the already huge number of players / fans. This game has pretty sophisticated game play. It has multiple upgrades and unlocks based on your level. Apart from that, there is a social element that lets you form alliances with players from all over the world.

Opera Mini 5 (Utility – browser, 17k downloads/day)

This is a really fast browser. The main features that are advertised by Opera are tabbed browsing, the speed dial feature, password management system etc. Pages also display faster with Opera because of its powerful server side compression.

Engadget (Utility – news, 10k downloads/day)

Many of us Android users are also tech-savvy people. Engadget app by AOL Inc. keeps you up to date with the latest development in electronics, gadgets, and Android news. If you don’t like reading (like me), you might still be interested in watching “the Engadget Show” available for streaming online if you download this application.

Pocket Empires (MMO strategy, 3k downloads/day)

This game reminds us of Travian. You build your city, perform researches, harvest resources and train army. There are tons of upgrades, items, and different kinds of enemies that makes this game worth playing for a long time without ever getting bored. Other than that, this game has nice graphics and features a global top 100 player board.

Top 5 Free Android Apps to Download

Did you just get a new Android phone? Maybe a new HTC Incredible or Droid Evo? You’ve gotten the screens looking good, the font options just the way you want them…but now you need a few Android apps to make it even better? And free apps are always better than ones you have to pay for, right?

I’ve compiled a list here of my Top 5 Android Apps (from the free apps category) that you’ll NEED to download onto your phone before you do anything else. Without further ado…

1. Bar Code Scanner – This app has a deceptively simple name, huh? It’s soooo powerful, though. You start the app and point at it ANY type of bar code, whether it’s the bar code on the back of your Mountain Dew 20oz or one of those funny looking new QR Codes that are starting to pop up everywhere, and the free app does the rest! I just scanned a bottle of CVS water and the app connected me to the UPC Database and accurately found the number for me.

2. An E-Reader App – Which one (or which ones!) you download is a matter of personal taste. For me, I like to get the best deal, so I downloaded all of the majors one: Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Amazon’s Kindle, and the Google Books app. This way I can read any format, get the max number of free ebooks, and even shop for the best price before I buy any.

3. V-Cast Song ID or Shazam – If you’re a Verizon customer, your phone may come pre-installed with the V-Cast Song ID app. I’ve been using it for years on non-Android phones and it has never failed me. If you’re not on Big Red, though, look for Shazam and you should get functionality equal to, if not better, than V-Cast Song ID. With either app, all that you have to do is to switch the app on, hold it close to a speaker, and wait for 10-20 seconds while it IDs the song and even links you to a download source or stores the title for later so you can get it from Amazon or iTunes.

4. Advanced Task Killer – If you don’t get this app, you’ll be recharging your phone 3-4 times per day. Period. It active kills any processes (like your camera or maps apps) that you’ve accidentally left running in the background so that you can maximize your battery life. Before I downloaded this app, I was literally recharging my Droid Incredible the aforementioned 3-4 times per day. Now I might recharge it once after lunch if I had been listening to music all morning.

5. Angry Birds / Angry Birds Seasons – What list of Android Apps would be complete without mentioning Rovio’s Angry Birds? According to an article that Newsweek published on January 30, 2011, Rovio is taking aim at Nintendo’s Mario’s iconic status with their ticked off avians. This game is really more of a crack-like addiction than anything I’ve ever experienced, and I recommend it to EVERYONE who own a smart phone, whether it’s Android- or Apple-based.

Top 10 Free Android Apps for the Year 2010

Although the Apple iPhone and its much-loaded iOS platform have changed the face of mobile phones and its uses, Google Android’s open-source platform is quickly catching up and gaining its own loyal followers. With the huge number of applications (or apps) available for download in the android app store, a lot of android phone users can now make the most out of their mobile devices-be it for business, fun, recreation or games. But, while there are hundreds and hundreds of free android apps available, keep in mind that there can be a lot of apps that aren’t so great. We’ll help you find the best ones from the android app store by giving you ten of the top free android apps this year.

1. Free Android Advanced Task Killer Application. This free android app can help you maximize the speed and efficiency of your android phone. Remember, although android phones can multitask (something that pre-iPhone 4 users can’t enjoy), this can hog up valuable memory and drain your battery. Use the Advanced Task Killer to quit tasks and apps that can slow down your phone.

2. Astrid. Science and research states that we can only store about 4 to 7 things in our short-term memory. It’s a good thing you’ve got Astrid and your android phone to the rescue! This nifty free android app can lets you track reminders, tasks and errands and even group them according to priority or due date. A tiny and cute cartoon octopus (“Astrid”) even acts as your own personal assistant and reminds you of upcoming events.

3. Dolphin Browser. iPhones may have the proprietary Safari but androids have Dolphin Browser. This free android app makes mobile browsing easier and much more fun, with pinch-zoom, gesture commands, tabbed browsing, bookmarks sorting and more.

4. Foursquare. Instead of just letting your friends know where you went for dinner, show them exactly where you’ve been with Foursquare. Using Google Maps, friends can check where you are and you can also see where they’ve been. You can even explore restaurants, cafes and stores nearby through your phone. Remember to include Foursquare when you download android apps!

5. Google Sky Map. Have the heavens in your hands-literally by downloading this from android app stores. Google Sky Map lets you to see the constellations and the planets and even helps you put names on stars. GPS navigation also allows you to see the exact position of stars and planets according to your location.

6. Mint. This app, which is available in android app stores, can help you keep track of your personal finances on the go. Input your daily expenses and transactions so that you know where your money’s going. You can even keep a monthly budget and inspect your overall cash flow with this free android application.

7. Replica Island. Relive the fun days of Mari Brothers and MegaMan on your android phone with this exciting and cute game. Replica Island lets you navigate a cute, green robot through 40 different levels, each with varying degrees of difficulty.

8. Talk to Me. Communicate with people from all over the world, no matter what race or nationality with this handy and free android app. Simply type in any text and Talk to Me will translate it into any of the 40 different languages available. You can also talk to it, and the app will talk back to you in Chinese, German, Spanish, French… the list goes on and on!

9. Bubble Beats. Have you ever wondered how it would be like to see music? Well, Bubble Beats provides the answer to that question with its unique and innovative interface. Free from android app stores, Bubble Beat is a jukebox of sorts that lets you assign colored bubbles or dots to certain tracks. You can then create playlists by grouping bubbles together. Never has listening to music been this fun!

10. Ringdroid. Are you tired of the same old boring ringtones and message alerts? Then download this free android app. Ringdroid allows you to record and edit sounds, as well as create ringtones. It’s like your own little music studio inside your mobile phone!

Make the most out of Google’s open-source platform and your nifty android phone! The handy, fun and innovative free android apps listed above prove that often, the best things in life are the ones that you don’t have to pay for. So, head on to your favorite android app store and start downloading these apps now!

How To Develop Android Apps: Getting Started

In this article, I will give an introduction on how to develop Android apps. I will not get into many technical details but rather give an overview of the approaches you should consider before you get started.

Smartphones are taking the World by storm. In may 2012 a news item appeared which stated that in Europe, more than 50% of all new mobile phones sold were smartphones. In 2011 the worldwide sales figures of Android phones exceeded those of the iPhone, the phone that started the “smartphone revolution”.

With the growing number of Android phones, the number of available apps (small programs designed to work on these devices) has also grown explosively. In addition to mobile phones, other devices such as tablet computers that run on the Android operating system are also gaining popularity. The consequence of all this is that there is a growing need for Android apps.

The Google Play Store (formerly Android Market) is growing at an enormous rate: there are now over 500,000 apps available. These are very diverse: utility apps such as text messengers, task managers and email clients but also a host of games. The most popular apps are being downloaded millions of times. Other interesting categories are apps that enhance businesses. Examples of these are apps that enable customers to purchase products right from their mobile phone or apps that provide the location of a company branch in the vicinity of the user.

The increasing popularity of mobile apps gives rise to many interesting business opportunities. This trend is unlikely to change any time soon and established business around the world are acknowledging this fact. Not only have many businesses produced mobile apps to grow their revenue or enhance their image. The rise of mobile apps appears to be changing the way businesses and consumers think about software. A telling example comes from Microsoft: the new Windows 8 operating system has a “mobile look and feel” and the software programs in the system are now referred to as “apps”.

So, if you want to learn how to develop Android apps where should you start? It depends on your previous experience (if any) and the amount of time and money you are willing to spend.

The most obvious route is doing all the programming yourself. To do this you need knowledge of the Java programming language and the Android Software Development Kit. If you have never programmed before, you will have to learn a lot about subjects such as object oriented programming and working with the necessary developer tools. This is the long, hard road to becoming an app developer… however, if you succeed at making your first few apps, it can be extremely satisfying and you will have gained a lot of useful knowledge!

If you do not know how to program and don’t want to learn how to write Android apps then, fortunately, there are other options. Several software products exist which make the app for you. Most of these are online applications that use “wizards” and templates. A limitation of this approach is that you will not have as much control over the result as you would when doing all the programming yourself. Some of these app makers are free, others offer a subscription service or a one time payment.

If app creation software doesn’t suit your needs, a third way is to hire a freelancer or a company to do the developing. If you are an individual hobbyist or running a small business, this may seem intimidating and expensive. However, using a resource such as oDesk we now have access to many cheap freelancers living outside of North America and Europe. Many are very capable at their job, so developing your app this way does not have to cost much at all.

Personally, I started out trying to do all the programming myself. I couldn’t find an online app maker that suited my needs and I did not want to spend a lot of money. However, although I had a little coding experience, I am not a software developer by profession. So when a relatively simple programming problem reared its head, I got stuck.

After some hesitation, I decided to let a freelancer solve the problem and this sped up the development of my app enormously! It did not cost me a lot of money (around $100) and I was able to get the app to the market much faster than if I had done everything myself. This allowed me to start testing the responses of customers sooner to see if it was a viable business idea.

This “hybrid” approach worked for me but you will have to find out for yourself what works best for you. Which method you choose doesn’t matter as long as you reach your goal: making the idea you have right now for your app a reality. Something that people can use and enjoy, and perhaps will make you some money or help your existing business!

In conclusion, there are several ways to get started developing Android apps. With so much information and services at your disposal, you have the opportunity to make your “dream app” a reality!

Android Apps Alert

Google had recently announced the number of Android related applications that has been downloaded from the android market. The number is a whooping 3 billion applications. This shows just how many Android users there is in the world and how the application makers are corresponding to their demands of innovative and creative application for their Android phone. The number would definitely move up to a higher level however with the increase of Android users and their seemingly never-ending demand on new applications.

There are sites like Androinica.com that reviews new and updated applications each week in the Android Market. The theme for the review is different every week because there is simply too many applications to review in the Android Market. There are some really great application that is being reviewed this week about mobile banking and file syncing along with printing from your phone. These extended features of your Android phone are some really great application to take closer look at.

A new game app in android called Geocaching is going to rock your world. In this game you can leave hidden treasures in places you want and let other people with the same application installed to try to find it. You are required to leave clues and GPS coordinates to help people finding your hidden treasure. The game’s popularity is increasing rapidly among many people who like adventure. You can get a group of friends or club together and play this game inside the city or even in the wilderness. The environment difficulty level is entirely up to you as you can set your own stage and clue difficulty levels. This game is brought to your Android phone by Garmin OpenCaching. The company designed the game to display a map with some points as clues as to where the cache is hidden. You can tap a map point to open another page that will inform you of the clues needed to discover the hidden treasure. It is a really great application for those of you who like outdoor activity and adventure.

Another new application for your Android phone as an alternative for Google’s CloudPrint, Hewlett Packard had joined the competition with its new HP ePrint service. By using this service you can take pictures or select some from a gallery or any other image data container you Android phone or other data source can come up with and remotely print them on your house or office printer or even to any other public printer nearby. With this service, you can go to just about anyone who would be willing to let you print on their printer and print away.

While the Bank of America is the only bank that offers an official application for the Android back in 2008, the rapid growth of Android phone for the last couple of years had made many other banks to have official application service to your Android. The BB&T had also join the game now with their new official application service for Android that offers you with services like balance viewer, bills payment, between accounts money transfer, and a very handy feature to locate the nearest BB&T ATMs or banks.

With all the new applications on the Android Market, SugarSync updated their application product this week with new AutoSync feature that will allow constant auto tune service for your mobile phone and cloud locker. The SugarSync itself is an application that allows you to upload files to the cloud and allowing access to them for other people via a wireless device. With this application, you can set your app to upload new photos taken or any file that is saved to your SugarSync acc automatically.

Beginner Android Apps Info

Do you want to find out more about android apps, which ones are the best, where to download them and how they can improve your experience with the android platform? If so, keep reading this article to find out the most important things you have to know about android apps.

Android apps are in a way similar to iPhone apps, meaning that they are custom developed programs, applications, games and generally software for the android platform. This means that the apps can be installed on any phone or mobile device which uses the android platform. The main way you can divide the apps is into free and paid. Unlike iPhone, Android apps are not always available only for pay. There are plenty of great apps for Android that you can download online free of charge.

Apart from mobile games, there are plenty of useful apps available for everyday use. For example, Google itself releases new Android apps from time to time. One of the latest ones is Google reader, which allows the user to browse and read RSS feeds and news items from the different sites that are subscribed to using Google Reader from the web.

Some notable android games are emerging mobile MMO’s. Indeed, it is possible to play a World of Warcraft like game in a mobile environment. One of the noteworthy games is Pocket Legends. Providing you have an internet connection to your android phone, you can play this 3D MMO, wherever you are and wherever you go. The best part is that it is free of charge and you can download this Android app on http://www.pocketlegends.com.

For security purposes on your phone, you might be interested in WaveSecure app, which is a complete mobile security service that lets users protect mobile data, ensures privacy in the event of theft and enhances the possibility of recovering the phone. A must have, if the safety of your gadget is important to you! This app also has a free trial available.

That’s it for now. Check out the websites and the apps and see if you can find new ways to enhance and improve your Android device.

How To Install Applications On Android Phones and Tablets

Being free and open source, Android has a lot of application developers. In fact, anyone with programming skills and curiosity can begin to develop applications. This makes thousands of applications available for android, and every day they are increasing.

What types of applications are available in Android Market?

Here you will find games and applications of two types: free and paid. Although the payment options are usually quite affordable.

How do we download applications?

We have to do it from our end. You only have to click on the icon of Android Market application on the screen of your phone or tablet.

Once we enter the Market, we can use the search engine or browse the different categories to find the application or type the name of application you want.

Google does not monitor people who upload applications. As a lot of applications are uploaded daily so you may find a few applications which are of low quality or has bugs. To filter out such applications from the market Google has adopted a grading system, where if an application has more stars the better it is. In addition, users can leave comments on the application.

The price:

As we said, not all applications are free. Price is usually displayed in the currency of the supplier. Before paying, you will see an approximate conversion to your local currency.

After selecting the application, just press the Install button or Buy now and pay accordingly. It’s that simple.

When you start Android Market, you will find the section My Downloads. From here we can manage installed applications, and if one does not meet our expectations, uninstall it with a “click”.

Android Developer:

As mentioned, anyone with minimal knowledge can develop applications for this operating system.

To program the applications, we need knowledge of Java and object-oriented programming.

From the site Android Developers can download the necessary tools to start. Basically we need the Android SDK with all necessary libraries and the emulator.

The development environment is integrated into the free platform Eclipse.

And when we have our application, we can upload it to Android Market.

According to recent survey 60% app developers on android don’t recover their invested money. So, if you are planning to outsource development of android app then make sure that it is worth investment. Also if your application is not at par with standards of Android market then it may get rejected during the approval process.

Top 10 Android Apps

Have an Android phone but don’t know what apps are worth downloading or purchasing? Android phones are excellent for those who love apps on a daily basis and want an easy way to play games, store information, and do other simple tasks with every unique app. Here are the top ten apps for any Android phone user ranging from games, entertainment to tools and devices:

1. Paper Camera:

Everyone loves to take pictures with their Android phone, but often times the un-original camera filter apps become old after a while. Paper camera is only a 2 dollar app that lets you point the camera at what you’re shooting and it automatically applies the filter you have chosen while you’re taking your pictures. There’s a total of 12 unique effects and you can simply press the next button to see all of them while your camera is on. This exciting app also features sharing options.

2. Speaktoit assistant:

The Speaktoit assistant app is similar to the iPhone’s Siri and is handy in many situations. To use this free app, simply ask a question or place a request and the assistant will direct you to Google searches, near-by locations or even tools in your Android phone. You can also change the voice of the speaker to make it fun!

3. Google Music:

One of the hottest apps in a while is the Google Music app, which lets you upload over 20k of from a Mac or PC directly to Cloud. It’s an easy way to listen to music on the go and only cost you as little as 49 cents per song.

4. Speed Forge 3D:

The best racing game for all Android phones! This game is set in the future and involves insane vehicles and driving styles. There’s even weapons that can be added – even better, this game is in 3D and free for all.

5. Bonsai Blast:

Bonsai Blast is a free and perfect game when you’re bored and need something to do that will pack in tons of fun. It’s great for anyone who loves puzzle games and wants a new twist on them.

6. Any.DO: To Do List:

Tired of forgetting important tasks? This app is provided by a Google Executive and is made especially for android loves who need to stay organized and have their events and tasks listed out to be remembered.

7. Fooducate Shopping Scanner:

Be aware of what you eat with this popular app for Android phones. It lets you see nutritional info on thousands of foods and lets you scan items to see better and healthier alternatives.

8. Path:

This new app is an excellent choice for social networking. Easily share photos, listen to music, and tell the world what you’re up too for free.

9. World of Goo:

Android users love this physics based puzzle game that challenges you to connect goo balls together and build structures with creativity. Perfect for all ages!

10. TweetDeck:

With this app, you can have all your favorite social networking sites in one spot and social feed. No need for multiple Facebook and twitter apps!

These are just an example of the best apps you can find on the Android Market. With thousands of available apps, there are plenty of other applications that will help you maximize the benefits of having such a powerful device.

Top Android Apps

With so many apps available, it’s hard to find which apps are the best. We’ve done our best to make a list of some the coolest and most useful that you’ll find for free. Some of these apps have paid options as well which adds more features or benefits. So let’s take a look at some of these apps.

1. Advanced Task Killer Free

Chances are that if your already an Android user, you already have ATK. If not, we recommend you pick it up as soon as possible. You may notice that your Android phone loses battery life faster than you would like. This app allows you to quickly kill a lot of the apps that your aren’t using at the time. These apps are all using memory and cpu. Advanced Task Killer Free is the perfect app to kill these process and save on your battery life.

2. AP Mobile

This app is basically everything you will ever need in a news app. Some great things about this app is that it will grab news stories for and cache them for offline reading, it can tailor your local news stories by zip code, customizable homepage, constant updates, multiple categories and videos as well.

3. Astrid

Astrid is a to-do list application which allows you to create simple and complex to-do lists. You can start with a basic list of tasks and more levels of complexity as needed. For example, you can add tags to your to-do list items such as family, or work. You can set varying levels of reminders for each item as well.

4. Astro File Manager

We really cannot stress enough how much we recommend this app. See the cool thing is that there are so many apps out there but what happens when we run out of space on our smartphones? Astro File Manager allows you to view your Android phones complete file system. You can store apps on your SD card but you cannot launch the app from there. You can however choose which apps you want to use and swap them in an instant. Very cool app!

5. Bonsai Blast

We really couldn’t create this list without including at least one great Android game. Bonsai Blast is a classic game. The user shoots colorful bubbles and strings holding other colorful bubbles. The graphics are great and its very addictive. Check it out.

For a more complete list of awesome free Android apps check out Top Android Apps.

The Top 5 Android Apps

Everyone is always after the 5 Top Android Apps. There are vexed birds, hi-tech video players and even an air guitar app to make you think that people think that you’re cool. Well, you’re not! Instead of wasting time trying to learn stairway to heaven on a smartphone or downloading a video game that puts you in the driver’s seat of a zombie hunter, why don’t you fill some of that valuable memory space on some Android apps that will actually do some good!

Here are the Top 5 Android Apps to make everyone’s life a little easier to deal with.

1. Pandora Internet Radio: Yes, I’m going with this one first-don’t be shocked. Limited commercials, fully-customizable channels by artist and genre, and never ending rocking tunes! This simple app can save you frayed nerves in long car rides and long dentist office waits. Not to mention that you can hook your phone up to humongous speakers and rock out around the house as well!

2. Fooducate: Ths app has over 250,000 stored UPCs in its database. Here’s how it works: You walk through a grocery store trying to find something healthy to feed the family. The nutritional panel on the back is full of ancient, Sumerian writing and is more confusing than a codex from the Davinci Code. What do you do? You scan the UPC and Fooducate tells you precise, easy to understand nutritional information.

3. Shazam: You can be the cool guy or girl who can always tell you what song your hearing but can never quite remember the name of. Shazam will recognize the song and even give you an opportunity to purchase the song through Amazon MP3. Hey, and tag the song where you heard for nostalgia!

4. Yahoo! Mail: Again, keeping it simple. Do you have multiple email accounts or just one important one? Having Yahoo! mail at your fingertips is more convenient than you know. Get all of your important messages from friends, family and customers right away! This is a huge plus for freelancers of all types!

5. Google Maps: Never get lost again. Use Google Maps to get you out of any bad neighborhood or to help you find some local Italian food. This is a staple of all smartphones. It’s why we have them in the first place; necessary knowledge and reference within immediate reach.

As you can see, there’s no reason to get out of the ordinary with your Android app selections. Of course, we’ll all have our preferences but having these basic apps will make your life a lot easier.