September brought many, many more Android apps. Too many to count, in fact. But with no dedicated software filter in the same vein as Apple’s iTunes, it can be a real pain in the rear to find the apps that are actually useful and not complete junk. We have picked ten for you. Enjoy.
1. SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey is a virtual keyboard app that uses intelligent text prediction and error correction to take the pain out of typing on a touchscreen.
It predicts words on the fly and learns from your own typing to predict your next words before you’ve even typed them. And in case you’re too tired to type, it also has voice-to-text support, plus dual language predictions for bilingual users.
2. TuneIn Radio
Miss your favourite radio shows from back home? With TuneIn Radio can tune in to over 40,000 local, International and online radio stations, plus podcasts and sports, music and news channels from dozens of countries around the globe.
It’s completely free. All you need is an Internet connection and you’re good to go.
3. Firefox 4 Beta
Firefox 4 Beta is the first bona-fide version of Firefox for Android, bringing many of the robust features of the desktop browser we all know and love right to your smartie.
These include add-ons, which are extensions that you can download for free to enhance your browsing experience; a personalised start page, giving you access to the last pages you visited. And there’s desktop tabs too, so that you can continue surfing where you left off at home, and a highly polished interface designed for the touchscreen.
4. Kindle for Android
Kindle gives Android users access to the ginormous catalogue of books sold by Amazon. While it’s not as flashy as the iBooks store on the iPhone, it is super-easy to use and boasts one of the largest collection of potboilers anywhere.
Your can adjust the text size, add bookmarks and view annotations you made on a Kindle or any Kindle-compatible device. You can also add, edit and delete notes and highlights, search books for particular words or phrases, lock the screen to either portrait and landscape orientation and look up words on Wikipedia and Dictionary.com.
5. Adobe AIR
Adobe AIR is cross-platform environment that enables Android devices to execute robust Flash based games and applications to run natively on the device, many of which are already pouring into the Android Market with more in development, including an Android version of Apple’s FaceTime.
It’s free to download. However, it requires that your phone is packing at least an ARMv7 processor, with OpenGL ES 2.0 and Android 2.2 installed.
Box.net allows you to easily upload and download files on the cloud storage service Box. You can browse files and folders manually or use the built-in search feature. There is also a preview option for supported files and a share feature to email direct links to your files to others.
If you have a habit of losing your USB stick or leaving it at home, this is an excellent way to remedy that.
7. Quick Settings
Let’s face it, the Android user interface is far from perfect. Even making the most trivial changes on your device can be frustrating at times.
Quick Settings takes care of that by merging all the essential settings on your phone in one place. Simply tap and hold the search button to launch the app and take control of your ‘droid. You’ll be surprised how you’ve lived without it all this time.
8. The Moron Test
Are you a complete numbskull? Think it runs in the family? What about your pals and co-workers? Give the Moron Test a try and find out.
With four testing sections and over 400 steps, even the brightest subject will be put to test by the deceptively simple memory, speed, counting and observation challenges. It may have a demeaning title, but it is super fun, especially watching others embarrass themselves.
9. Dr.Web Anti-virus
Think your phone is acting up lately? You might just be a victim of a Trojan attack. Dr.Web is an anti-virus program that will scan your entire device, including the “hidden” areas, plus all your applications to detect pesky malware and dump them to straight to quarantine.
A real-time monitor system is also there to automatically scans files or applications to keep you safe from infection.
With cyber attacks against smartphones on the rise, it’s always better to stay on the safe side. Dr.Web is a free, hassle-free way to do that.
Wish your non-HTC Android had a custom skin as sexy as HTC’s Sense UI? Then LauncherPro might be what you’re looking for.
It’s a super-smooth launcher skin that comes with animated screen previews similar to Exposé or HTC Sense and up to seven customisable home screens.
There’s also a scrollable shortcuts dock for all your main apps accessible from any menu you’re on.
As long as your phone runs Android 2.1 or above, it’s all yours.