Need to know what were the best Android apps from October? Then you’ve come to the right place. We pick ten from a deluge of apps released last month.
TweetDeck is a social media client that allows you to manage your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz accounts all from one place.
The Android app comes with a reworked interface that blends and amalgamates multiple social network streams neatly in the Home column, with colour-coded updates to make it easy to identify services. Updates that are specific to you on the other hand, such as Twitter mentions and Facebook notifications, are displayed in the Me column.
All the traditional features of each service are there (retweets, replies, etc) and are smartly integrated, making TweetDeck one of the best social networking apps you can get on the platform.
2. ThinkFree Office Mobile Viewer
ThinkFree Office Mobile Viewer allows you to view Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files stored locally on your Android device and on the ThinkFree Online servers. Or if you’re a Google Docs user, there’s seamless integration with that, too.
The interface is clean and clutter-free and it works without a hitch even when viewing large files.
So if you regularly receive MS Office files as email attachments and need a reliable, no-nonsense way to view them, ThinkFree.
3. Android Manager WiFi
Android Manager WiFi is a free-to-download sync tool that enables you to easily and wirelessly transfer important data on your Android handset, such as contacts, messages, calendar events, applications, photos, music and videos, to a PC.
To get started, simply pair the devices using the app’s built-in wireless connection utility by following the on-screen instructions and you’re good to go.
Skype is a hugely popular Voice-over IP (VOIP) service used by millions to make voice calls over the Internet at rates cheaper than those typically offered by carriers. Now, at long last, Android users can join the party.
The Skype app for Androids allows users to make free calls to other Skype enabled devices over Wi-Fi and 3G, plus low-cost calls to regular numbers.
It also offers free instant messaging with multiple friends at once and the ability to synchronize Skype contacts with your existing contacts on the device.
More than a few out there feel that the stock music player for Android simply doesn’t cut it when compared to the iPod app on the iPhone. So how convenient it is that one of the best music players on the desktop is now available on Android for all your music listening pleasure?
But there’s more this hot app can do than just play back songs. It can sync your music library on the desktop over both USB and Wi-Fi just as you can with iTunes, which means you no longer have to manually drag and drop songs.
You can also queue songs in the player and quickly save them as playlists for listening later. And a widget is onboard so you easily control the player directly from your home screen.
Don’t worry if not all your songs are ‘legitimately’ procured. It will automatically download album information and art from Amazon so everything still looks nice and pretty. And for fans of Last.fm, there’s built-in scrobbling support, too.
Better yet, it’s free. So don’t leave home without it.
6. Bubble Blast 2
Bubble Blast 2 is an awesome puzzle game that presents you with a grid of bubbles that you have to burst. ‘Cos that’s what you do, right?
What makes this different is that tapping on a bubble causes it to burst into smaller bubbles and scatter across the screen. If these hit surrounding bubbles, they will also burst and continue to do so until they disappear off the screen.
Your goal is to clear the screen of all bubbles using the minimum number of touches, which means there is a small amount of strategy involved. But at its core this is a really just a pick-up-and-play title that anyone can enjoy.
It’s also free, so you’ll be mental to pass it up.
7. Angry Birds
Angry Birds, in case you’ve been living under a rock, is a ridiculously addictive puzzler that’s taken the mobile gaming scene by storm. After aeons of looking on covetously at iPhone gamers, the release of the full version of Rovio's title for Android last month means that fandroids can finally also get in on the action too.
The basic premise of the title is that a gang of conniving pigs has stolen these birds’ eggs. Naturally the birds are angry. Very angry. It’s up to you to help the furious finches dish out maximum aerial revenge on the evil swine by catapulting them into the pigs’ protective fortresses.
Controlling the birds is simply a matter of dragging them on a sling, adjusting the trajectory and letting go. But eliminating the pigs in all 150 levels in the game, each more challenging than the last, is a tall order even for the most enthusiastic gamers. Just watching the pigs laugh at your failure is enough to make your blood boil and engenders an insatiable desire to slaughter them all.
Still not convinced? It's free to download on the Android Market.
What, do you want fries with that too?
8. Pinched Notes HD
Need reminding of stuff to do but don’t want to be shackled by the limitations of a calendar or To-Do list? Then Pinched Notes HD is what you need.
It’s a note-taking app that comes with an alarm function that will play a sound any time you need reminding of a grocery shopping or virtually anything that springs to mind.
Notes can be imported from text messages and pinned to the Android notification bar, too. Plus, there’s text-to-speech support which means it will read out notes for you for those times you just can’t be bothered to read.
9. Itching Thumbs
Let’s face it people, multitasking on Android is far from elegant. The Itching Thumb launcher add-on takes care of that somewhat by borrowing a page out of Palm’s webOS to bring fandroids a similar ‘card’ style view of running applications.
To summon it, you need simply double-tap the Home button, which will display apps running in the background in a horizontal stack of cards. Tap on any to open that application. Tap and hold and you’ll have the options to activate (launch), kill or uninstall the app, or take a snapshot of preview mode.
What sets this apart from other task switchers though is that you can assign gesture-based shortcuts that allow you to ‘draw’ a letter or symbol on the screen to launch your favourite apps, which can be come very handy if you have hundreds of apps installed on your phone.
It’s a great example of a system that works really well and it’s free. So pick this up without a delay.
WTFSIMFD, which stands for What the F-bomb Should I Make for Dinner? is certainly not the most tasteful title for an app. Due to the colourful language in the app, we can’t post a screenshot for it either. But don’t let that lead to you to overlook the very essential function it provides, which is really to help you decide what to make for dinner, by suggesting recipes grabbed from cookstr.com.
So if you lead an indecisive lifestyle and need to know WTFSHYMFD, you know exactly where to look.