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Top 10 Android apps of July 2010

Top 10 Android apps of July 2010

Every month filters through the reams of hot, new apps to hit the Android Market in the last 30 days. Here, in time-honoured top tenular form, are the very best from July.

1 Dolphin 3.0 Browser

The Dolphin browser for Android is one of the best third-party browsers available for the platform. Not to be outdone by the recent release of the Opera Mini 5.1 for Android, Dolphin 3.0 has come out swinging with all-new features including multi-touch support, tabbed browsing, RSS subscription, synchronisation with Google Bookmarks and more.

It also boasts an improved UI, gesture upgrades and new themes, too. If you're searching for a great alternative to the stock browser for Android or even Opera Mini, give Dolphin a try.

2 Alarm Master

alarm master

Alarm Master, as you might have guessed, is an alarm application for your Android smartie. Despite its simple function, this title has a number of useful features that should help it become your default app for all your day-to-day reminder needs.

Alarms can be set at the tap of a button, with recurring alarm options available. Sounds, icons and playback options are fully customisable. And there’s a nifty widget that you can add to your homescreen to make sure you're not late for that hot date. Plus if you have to wipe or change your device for some reason, there’s an import/export option here too.

3 Micdroid


Wish you could be the next Britney Spears? Neither do I. But Micdroid gives you the chance to try anyway. While it's essentially a simple voice recording app, it can auto tune even the most hideous voice with a variety of pitch correction settings at your disposal. So there might be hope left yet for the amateur bathroom singers amongst you. Download it now and let the comedy caterwauling begin!

4 IMDb


IMDb, short of Internet Movie Database, is the largest movie/TV/celebrity database on the Internet. Thanks to this excellent app, you can now search for over 1.5-million movies and TV shows, get show times and TV listings, browse photos, track DVD/Blu-ray releases, explore popular charts, such as the top 250 films of all time, view celebrity information and much more. This is the number-one destination for movie-lovers and stalkers alike.

5 Skeptical Science

skeptical science

Skeptical Science is a site created to upbraid climate change deniers over their head-in-the-sand attitudes. With the Climategate incident still fresh in memory, Skeptical Science aims to present a scientifically sound counter-argument to each sceptic argument, which you can now view directly from your Android device with this neat app.

It has a simple interface. Tapping on a category brings up a list of sceptic arguments; tapping on an argument to see what cold hard science has to say in response. You can view a list of top ten arguments or search for them manually. All content is updated regularly and automatically. Regardless of whether you believe in global warming or not, it's an interesting app for folks on both sides of the fence.

6 Fast Web Installer

app brain

Fast Web Installer has a simple purpose: to let users download apps to their Android devices directly from, which is a popular web-based Android apps repository. We know how mundane browsing for apps on the Android Market can get and thanks to the baffling absence of any iTunes-like software for Google's platform, the experience becomes even more frustrating.

At least with the Fast Web Installer for Appbrain, you can still download all the hottest apps to your Android smartphone directly from the site. Plus, it works with all current versions of Android so your old G1 shouldn't feel left out.

7 psx4droid

psx droid

Ever wondered, how cool it would be to be able to play your favourite PlayStation titles on your Android smartphone? Well, put on your nostalgia hat, pal. A new PSX emulator is out on there letting you revisit those classics.

It’s not perfect. In fact, it can be pretty laggy depending on the handset you're using. But at least it's a start. The emulator uses several formats, such as BIN, ISO, IMG, PBP, Z, ZNX, and Eboot. Virtual memory card slots are supported so you can save your progress. It even works with the Wii remote, though we're not sure why you'd even use one.

A friendly word of advice: emulators generally require users to obtain ROMs, which tend to cross a fine line of legality. Use at your own risk!

8 Mario Live Wallpaper

mario live wallpaper

Ok, you could argue that this is a wallpaper rather than a standalone app, but we feel it's still worth sharing anyway. I mean c'mon, it'sa Mario! Who doesn't love that adorable Italian plumber, right? Well now you can have the moustachioed hero adorn your beautiful homescreen for good, thanks to this very cute, retro-tastic Live wallpaper. Watch as Mario jumps and hops across the mushroom kingdom in his unending quest to rescue Princess Peach. We love it.

9 Official XBMC Remote

xmbc remote

The Official XMBC Remote is the official remote client for the award-winning open-source media centre software for the original Xbox. It's developed by Team XBMC so you know it's the real deal. The interface is highly intuitive, providing users with direct control of their XBMC libraries and it works like a charm. If you have an Android smartphone and use XBMC, this download is a no-brainer really.

10 What Happened Last Night?

what happened last night

There was a time, between the ‘70s and ‘90s, when text adventures roamed the earth. What Happened Last Night? is something of a reboot of those creaky titles; though this time you're not fighting monsters in a mystical land. Instead you're placed in the middle of a murder mystery with a bad hangover and no recollection of what happened the night before. You're given a scenario and multiple choices, which can dictate how the story unfolds. Despite its grim setting the game is punctuated with humour and is a great way to kill the boredom

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