If you thought Android exploded in 2010, then wait until you see this year’s graph of Android’s growth. The open-source mobile OS from Google has been going places, blowing people’s mind from what all its capable of doing, changing fortunes of companies and what not.
However, Android has always been criticized by iOS fanatics that the UI of the OS is barely usable, and that there are hardly any quality’ apps on the Android Market. While the first statement is very much true, Google solved it a couple of months ago by releasing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The second statement though, is completely baseless. In the last 1 year or so, I have seen some extremely polished, useful and feature-rich app being available in the Android Market.
Below is a list of what I think are the Top 10 must have Android Apps present in the Market right now :
10) Google Goggles – There is a 99% probability that if you own an Android phone, you must have Google Goggles installed on your handset. Users can wow their friends by using Goggles to recognize popular landmarks, solving Sudoku puzzles, and Translating by taking a picture of a foreign language text and much more. Google Goggles is available for free on the Android Market.
9) Swiftkey X Swiftkey X is one of the best and the most popular third party keyboard available in the Android Market. The app learns your typing style with time, and users can also grant Swiftkey X access to their Twitter timeline, emails and Facebook status update for greater personalization and accuracy of suggesting words. If you have not tried Swiftkey X keyboard on your Android phone, I’d strongly recommend you to do so now. Swiftkey X Keyboard is available for $1.99 on the Android Market.
7) Facebook – The official Facebook app for Android is totally un-usable. Chances are you must have already uninstalled the app from your phone, or hardly use it on your phone. Well, if that’s the case its time to update or re-install the official Facebook client for Android. The Facebook team released a new version of the Android app recently with some major changes, which finally makes the app usable. Not only is the app faster now, it is also much more polished and has a usable UI.
The UI has also been tweaked keeping in mind the extra ‘space’ offered by the 720p HD display found in recent Android phones. The Facebook app for Android can be downloaded from here.
6) Avast! Avast is a pretty well known free anti-virus solution for Windows based PCs. The company recently also released an official Avast! anti-virus app in the Android Market. The app is still in beta, but is packed to the brim and has no major bugs or issues. Beside being an anti-virus, the app also has a world-class anti-theft and firewall feature. For the unknown, IT Ware Agents the developers of Theft Aware a popular Anti-Theft solution for Android handsets, were picked up by Avast and their app was integrated into the Avast! anti-virus app. There is also a web version of the app in progress, which will allow users to control their phone right from their PC. Avast! can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.
5) ROM Manager ROM Manager is THE best app to use if you constantly switch between ROMs on your rooted Android handset. The app allows users to update their custom recovery version, download a new ROM, install a new ROM, backup their current ROM, restore an existing ROM backup and much more. No wonder ROM Manager is one of the most popular app among Android handset users who have a rooted phone. ROM Manager is available in both free and paid versions in the Android Market.
4) Titanium Backup Titanium Backup is another popular Android app among rooted Android handsets user. The app allows users to backup their existing apps before they flash a new custom ROM or re-install their existing one. Titanium Backup saves users from the hassle of re-installing all their apps and games, whenever they switch to a new custom ROM. Titanium Backup is also available in free and paid version in the Android Market.
2) Any.Do Any.Do is one of the best looking Android apps out there. Any.Do is a simple task list app, which a drop-dead gorgeous UI. The whole UI of the app feels inspired from Microsoft’s WP7 OS, but it still is simple and elegant. In fact, I never really use any to-do app but I started using Any.Do only because of its beautiful UI. On the HD screen used in recent Android handsets, the app looks simply gorgeous. In my opinion, Any.Do is possibly the best looking app in the Android Market! Even though Any.Do is a feature rich and polished app, it can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.
There are thousands of other quality apps in the Android Market like Google Maps, PowerAMP, UberMusic, Paper camera, SoundHound and much more. However, I would love to hear from our readers as to what is the best Android app according to them, both feature wise and UI wise. So, drop in a comment and let us know the best Android app you have ever used!