Best Paid Android Apps

So below I have made a list of 5 of the Best Paid Android Apps. Many Android apps have both paid and free versions, the apps I talk about below are worth purchasing for the extra features. There are many more but these are my five favorite. So we will start off with saying that there are over 300,000 apps available in the Android Marketplace; with an estimated 10 billion downloads.

Top 5 Best Paid Android Apps

Lookout Mobile Security:

  • Lookout Mobile Security lets you also backup and restores your phone, provides Antivirus and phone location features using GPS and also can make your phone scream remotely if you think you lost it in your home. You can remotely wipe your phone if lost which is great to keep your information secure.
  • The basic features are available through a free version but the paid version protects phone with advanced security and privacy detection. It keeps your web browsing safe and also allows you to find a lost or stolen phone quickly.
  • The app is 2.99/month or 29.99/year.
  • Titanium Backup
  • The Titanium Backup will backup and restore all data on your phone, which is critical for today’s mobile users.
  • Titanium Backup comes in both a free and paid version. The paid version gives you some more options. The Pro version allows Drop box sync, App Freezer and multiple backups.
  • The paid version costs $6.58 with a 5 star user rating.

Camera Zoom FX

  • A lot of Android smart phones have weak camera features, with Camera Zoom FX provides you with over 90 different effects.
  • Camera Zoom FX Lets you customize your phone buttons to handle different features.
  • This app costs $4.99.

Angry Birds

  • Angry Birds is an awesome game. It is available for free with ads and a paid version without ads.
  • This game speaks for itself.
  • This app costs $1.99

HD Widgets

  • HD Widgets is a universal app made for tablets and phones. It is considered the next generation of widgets, the app was designed with usability in mind, and everything is swipe able.
  • It has weather widgets and app widgets that were designed for high definition smart phones on the market today.
  • This app costs $1.99

Thanks for taking the time and looking at my review of the best paid android apps. Hope you found some use full information and it at the same time find an app you need!

How To Go About Testing Your Android App

Be it the enterprise market or the consumer market, the one aspect of Android that makes it a hard beast to handle is the fragmentation – device, platform and OS. If developing an Android app is a big enough deal, the fragmentation makes the testing of it an even bigger deal.

What is the first thing to do before you consider submitting your app to the Google play store – TEST… Test… test. A company that has had a Million downloads for their app has tested it in about 400 different devices. Well, the idea of testing your app in 400 different devices definitely creates a high barrier for entry into the Android app market – both in terms of cost and testing time. But the entire testing can be addressed in an intelligent way which makes it viable for an app developer.

Going by the 80-20 Rule for Devices

It is almost impossible for small companies and solo app developers to carry out elaborate testing of their apps across various devices. It is extremely time consuming to test manually and even worse, it simply is not cost effective.

One of the best ways to address this problem is to go by the 80-20 principle. As a general rule, 80% of the market is controlled by 20% of Android devices. What this means for you is that by testing on that 20% alone you have covered most of your market and that is a great start. Once you have seen traction for your app, you can invest more resources into catering to the long tail Android market.

So, what is the best way to go about finding the percentage distribution?

– Android website stats to find the popular OS versions
– Android website stats to find the most popular DPI-Screen size combination
– Devices that cover both the above

One of the points to keep in mind is that it is important to not spend valuable initial resources on testing your app on outdated phones and OS in an attempt to be thorough. If you have enough resources to start with, then it might be a good idea to test your app on the most popular devices across the price range – high, mid and low end.

Using the Android Emulator

The Android SDK ships with a device emulator that runs on your computer. This is an alternative for prototyping and testing your app instead of using an actual device. There are a lot of disadvantages in this option – you cannot make actual phone calls, the difference in terms of results when used on the actual device can be ridiculously bad. The general advice is to test the app at-least once on an actual device or use the other options described here.

Using a Third Party Testing Service

The success of the Android app marketplace has led to a plethora of services that contribute to the app ecosystem. Some of the most useful are the ones that provide offshore testing for Android apps. They offer a variety of testing services – functional, integration, load and usability testing.

Some of the bigger companies find it efficient to have the testing team in-house – especially those in gaming who push constant updates to their apps. But offshore testing can be a decent option for companies just starting out in the Android app market.

Some of the services available in the market are Testology, utest, Test-droid, App Thwack and Ranorex.

Design Tests While App Development Is On

One of the best ways to bring down the total development time is by carrying out test designing simultaneously with app design and development. This method saves time drastically especially if you are pushing a feature to a live app. Once the specifications for a feature are decided on, the specs for the test can be written when the development of the feature happens. These tests can be run right after the feature development is over and the feedback can be funneled into the system back again for refinements.

Android development and testing are not straightforward just because of the multitude of platforms and devices. The above options should help you def-rag your app development and testing process.

Top 5 Android Apps of All-Time

Everyone knows that the Android Market is full of useful (and useless) apps. But sometimes the wide-range and seemingly endless list of apps can leave most wondering which ones are worth downloading. Well, there are experts here to tell you which apps you simply cannot live without. From apps to help you translate a word, to telling your friends what you’re watching. Android has a boatload of great applications that will make that smartphone purchase gratifying every time you pull the phone of your pocket. These are not in any particular order because they are diverse and all quite great. Also, Facebook, Twitter, and most of Google’s apps have been left out because we all know they are great

  1. GetGlue- This is a social app that allows you to check-in to whatever media you are currently consuming. You can share whether you are listening to music, watching TV or a movie, playing video games, or anything else. The cool thing about GetGlue is that instead of earning useless badges and such like a lot of other apps, you earn stickers. GetGlue will actually send you these high quality stickers for free via USPS. GetGlue has made many deals with entertainment providers and quite a few shows and movies have weekly stickers. GetGlue will even re-post your pictures of stuff covered in stickers to their Twitter and Facebook
  2. Google Translate – Google makes great products, we all know that (look at the Android phone in your hand). So, their translation tool being wonderful is no surprise. Whether you are in a foreign country and need to ask how to bail your friend out of jail right away or you just want to impress your lady friend at a French restaurant, this app is really great. The interface is easy to use and understand, while working extremely quickly. This app can be super handy and even fun, if you just want to put random words in to find out how they are spoken in other languages.
  3. Titanium Backup – For many Android users who may be rooted or need to transfer their information a lot, this app is indispensable. Titanium allows you to save not only the apps that you have downloaded, but also their background data. What this means is you will never lose all your levels on Angry Birds again, when transferring your device or flashing a new ROM.
  4. Foursquare – This app has recently seen a redesign that changes the entire dynamic of how this location-based social network operates. The new form of the app allows the company to collect and leverage their data more efficiently. What this means for the end user is better recommendation and social interaction between you and your other friends who use the app. The revamped app allows for tips left by other users to be displayed more prominently and there are more relevant suggestions for similar establishments.
  5. Instagram – The photo sharing giant that was purchased by Facebook is not new to many people. But, Instagram is relatively new to Android. Originally, this app was only made for iOS and it took a long time to make its way over to the little green robot. If you enjoy taking pictures on your phone and showing friends what you are eating, the beer you’re drinking, or the random thing you saw on your way home, then this app is a must have. While the same filters tend to get old after a while, Facebook seems to be in development to continue making the app more robust.

There are thousands of apps that are wonderful and deserve mention but these are the ones that no one should be missing on their Android device. Go search around the Android Market and try to find your own list of apps that no one should live without.