At times it almost feels as though there should be a reward for finding just the perfect application in the market. With more than 100,000 apps, and more being added every day, it can be a bit of a challenge. But that's where we come in. Let's take a look at what some of us run as our favorite applications for this week, and just maybe you will find some of them useful!

Sean Brunett- Todo.txt Touch


Gina Trapani of, Lifehacker and TWiG fame has released her first Android app. It’s an app that integrates with Dropbox and manages your todo.txt file that lists and syncs todo.txtyour to do list. You can add, update and prioritize lists as well as label them with various tags. Gina acknowledges that there are plenty of task managers out there, but she was motivated to write this app because the todo.txt file can be viewed and opened by every editor imaginable, it would allow users to choose their own. While the service is currently integrated with Dropbox, there are more cloud services on the way. The app is priced at $2 for a couple reasons. For one, it’s a good app, so it’s worth the couple bucks. Secondly, Gina is experimenting to see how many Android users are willing to pay for apps, so let’s show her that we are very willing, particularly for quality apps. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Andrew Melnizek - Solipskier


solipskierFor those of you that love skiing, heavy metal music, and rainbows, I’ve got just the game for you. Mikengreg has brought Solipskier to Android, a fast paced game that requires you to draw out a ski slope for the stick-figured character on-screen. As you trace out the trail, you’ll want to mix it up bit and have your skier hit high jumps for high scores. Solipskier boasts a heavy metal soundtrack that, oddly enough, works. Oh yeah, and the higher the score, the more of a rainbow trail you leave in your dust. The game is available for $2.99. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Chris Kerrigan - Glow Hockey


I've been searching for a long time for a decent air-hockey app for Android, and Glow Hockey glow-hockeyhas finally filled that void for me. It's a fairly simple game; use your finger to move your paddle around, and the first to score seven goals wins. Glow Hockey is unique in its graphics. The puck, paddles, and walls are a vibrant glow of various colors, which you can customize. There are some very neat particle affects when the puck bounces off something, or when a goal is scored. There are four difficulty levels; Easy, Medium, Hard and Insane. Let me be the first to tell you that Insane lives up to its name, and I am yet to beat the computer on this setting. The AI is relatively intelligent, and is incredibly fast on the harder difficulties. Unfortunately, there is no multiplayer support yet, but the developer has said it's a feature that will be included in the near future. So, if you're a air-hockey lover like myself, I strongly recommend Glow Hockey. You can find it in the Android Market for the very low price of FREE. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Will Shankln - Swype


What seemed like the world's longest closed beta recently opened its doors to new registrations (and is being packaged as OEM on additional phones). So, while it still isn't available in the Market, MOST of us can now get the latest version of Swype onto our Android devices. You're probably well aware of the trace keyboard concept by now, typing by zipping one finger into a variety of shapes and patterns that Timothy Leary would envy. Once I got used to it, I found it very hard to go back to a tap-only keyboard. Speed, speed, speed--that's what you get with Swype. I also find it to be plenty accurate with word recognition, with a slick UI to boot. The much-improved clone SlideIt has shown itself to be a worthy rival, but like Transformers vs. Go-bots or Garfield vs. Heathcliffe, my take is that you still get a more polished overall experience with Swype. Extra perks--like easy contractions, quick access to arrow keys, swype to capitalize, a bigger overall vocabulary, and more reliable accuracy--keep me coming back to the OG trace keyboard. [Sign up for the beta]

Jared DiPane - HeyWire


heywireDo you live outside of the USA and wish there was a cool option for you like Google Voice where you could have a secondary number which you were able to send and receive free SMS? Well, HeyWire is just that, and has many of the same features as Google Voice, except it is available world wide. You can use the Android application, or the website to send SMS to your friends in over 146 countries, and it even works between Android and iOS devices. What are you waiting for, pick up the free application and test it for yourself! [Market Link | AppBrain]


Reader comments

Android Central Editors' app picks for Jan. 29, 2011


qr didnt work for me either. Just searched for it in market. pretty fun. should give me a little entertainment when im bored.

Glow hocky works great for captivate. A lot of fun. I've been looking for this since I got rid of my iphone (i can't believe that word just came out of my mouth). Thanks for this one

Played glow hockey twice...once on easy, once on insane, beat both. Super easy. Just move your finger back and forth really fast right in front of your goal.

HeyWire sucks big time. I installed it and it is stuck on the main screen... and nothing happens. What gives?

Why does it not surprise me this came from somewhere else. The content on this site has really went stale by some of the staff. The ones who do good work thanks, the

You misunderstand. The article originated here under Jared DiPane's byline and was scraped by that other site. You can tell because Android Central's feedproxy link is at the bottom of their post.

i had glow hocky on my pre and it was great! if it's the exact same one here (and the name and desciption suggest that it is), then it's a really cool game. it can be really hard though, so stay on easy unless you like being frustrated.

Glow Hockey works well on the Evo, cool free game. Haven't tried HeyWire but am using HeyTell with my son who's doing a semester abroad in the UK which is basically free "push to talk" over 3G/4G/Wifi. I'm on an Android Evo and he's on an iPhone 3GS, works flawlessly.

Glow Hockey is great fun! I'd heard from the owner that Glow Hockey II(Free and a Paid version) is coming out shortly with some upgrades like a two player option. Htc/Evo/4g. PS/FYI: The app Inkpad is great for simple notes and lists (e.g. Groceries, to-dos's etc..). I love simplicity.

How about we try not paying for apps so they see that people arent willing to pay for them so they start making all apps free