Whether just joining the Android world, or just looking for a new application, the hunt can be tiring. Each day applications are just flooding into the market, and at times it's difficult to know which ones to try out. We aim to please, so we here we bring you some suggestions of what you may want to try out. Check them out after the jump.

 Jerry Hildenbrand - QuickDesk BETA

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Multitasking at its finest. QuickDesk is a home replacement, but with a twist. It works in tandem with your launcher and home (stock, or stock-like replacements like ADW or LauncherPro -- doesn't seem to work well with Sense UI) and is a single screen that can hold shortcuts or widgets. What makes QuickDesk great is that a double tap of the home button brings up the panel, no matter what you might be doing, or which app you're doing it in. I like to put all my utility style apps and widgets in the QuickDesk panel, that way turning on bluetooth, or adjusting the system volume is only a tap-tap away. Check it out, it's free on the market! [Market Link | AppBrain]

Dallin Hampton - Vignette

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Vignette is a must have for anyone who loves manipulating photos but isn’t always near a computer. Vignette allows you to import pictures you’ve already taken or take fresh ones straight from the app and apply your choice of 62 filters/effects and 21 frames. The Toy Camera filter is my personal favorite while the app also has it all from soft lighting, to vintage, high saturation and more along with the “custom” mode to provide for endless possibilities. The app lets you choose to take pictures starting at 0.3-megapixels (for fastest image processing) all the way up to your phones highest resolution and includes every option that your phones default camera app does (white balance, self timer, geotaging, crop, flash, etc.) The thing we can all appreciate the most is even with all these frames and filters, the app still manages to squeeze into 100kb and only cost £2.99 ($4.51 approx.) [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jared DiPane - Epic Fail

Honestly, who doesn't love a great fail picture to put a little cheer in their day? Sometimes I randomly stumble across these images and find them to be rather hysterical, and now, there is a whole application full of them. Overall the application is very basic, just breaks down the images into a recent, popular and random category. Often times I find myself with some time to kill, or in need of a good laugh, and now all I need to do is open this application, which is free, and get a good laugh. [Market LinkApp Brain]

Phil Nickinson - Pure Calendar Widget

Pure Calendar Widget

I could post a picture of Android 5.0, and the question still would come up -- "What's that calendar widget?!?!?" Well, that calendar widget is the aptly named Pure Calendar Widget. It's customizable out the wazoo, ties into just about every account connected to your phone, has a bazillion UI options, and basically is the first thing I add to a new phone's home screen. And it gets better, as the developer is adding support for scrolling, if you use ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro. This is a must-have for anyone who wants a customizable -- yet simple -- way to keep track of what's coming up next. ~ $1.82 [Market linkApp BrainSideloading]

Ali Fazel - USA Hot Jobs

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With the economy and unemployment like it is these days, many people find themselves looking for work. For those of us with Android phones, the job search just went on the road with us. As the name says, this app ties into the popular Hot Jobs service by Yahoo! to search the job listings. For those positions that you can apply for directly from the HotJobs site, you can do the same with the app. However, if the job takes you to an external web site for application, you may have some trouble with that part of it. Fortunately, the app allows you to email the job to yourself (or to a friend if the job is more suitable to him or her). Free. [Market linkApp Brain]

 

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Android Central Editors' app picks for June 30, 2010

23 Comments

Hey, Phil... what's that Calendar Widget? :p

I kid, of course... anyway, I use Android Agenda Widget, which works similarly and is free. Lacks scrolling, though. And these all sound interesting.

Does anyone know of a #android #app that changes your home screen, notifications, ringtone determine by your location? Or anything close to that?

smooth calendar is nice and small as well. Although I'm not happy with the resolution on my EVO. I don't think it has been updated for the screen size.

I can't wait to get my Droid X (I currently have a BB Tour) and hit up the marketplace and get decent apps!!!!

personaly I prefer audio locker it prevents you from turning the volume down on anythink from sms to media (customizable) without confirming your choice in the notification bar I found this a much more effective way of controling my audio levels via my rocker key.

Does anyone know of two apps/widgets. one to shut down phone. the other brings screen to life when screen is touched.

these would be greatly appreciated.

WCM

Does anyone know of a macro recorder/player type app for android? I would think this would go over big with a lot of people.

Pure Calendar needs to allow you to go into landscape mode with the scrollable widgets selected. It currently doesn't work. I had hoped they would have fixed that before releasing the update.

best app ever written :)

androidcentral.com/quick-app-pixel-zombies-live-wallpaper

wont let me post a link.

I would also like to mention onoff widget which are skinable on off buttons for gps/sync/bluetooth/screentime/brightness/silentmode/lockscreen/silentmode/autorotate/airplane/apn by curvfish the widget pack is approx $2 but the individual buttons are free but not skinable.

I would also like to mention mini info which is a free widget that displays battery % & status total & available internal storage & external memory (sd card) by Dynotes. check em out ;D

Question about quickdesk. You said you had to double tap the home screen as a shortcut, can you change that option? I thought in FroYo doing that double tap brings up voice commands

Could not get QuickDesk to work on my N1/Froyo. At first, double-clicking the home button just returned me to the home screen. I tried re-booting the phone, and the behavior changed, but for the worse. Double-clicking the home button briefly displayed the slide-lock screen then returned to current app. Worse - pressing the home button while in an app did nothing at all! I think it may not play nice with the No Lock app, but I need No Lock more than this. Uninstalled, which required rebooting the phone.

Hey mrsethprice your are right you can't wait. I was the owner of the two Storm 2s and prior a Tour. My wife had a Tour until three weeks ago. I first bought the Moto Droid and then the Incredible (still have both until X comes out then going to replace Moto Droid with the X). BB does not compare. You will love it and all these fine apps. Good luck I wouldn't go back and no longer have interest in an Iphone even if it does come to Verizon. By the was wife got the Ally and she loves it because of the apps.

Hey mrsethprice your are right you can't wait. I was the owner of the two Storm 2s and prior a Tour. My wife had a Tour until three weeks ago. I first bought the Moto Droid and then the Incredible (still have both until X comes out then going to replace Moto Droid with the X). BB does not compare. You will love it and all these fine apps. Good luck I wouldn't go back and no longer have interest in an Iphone even if it does come to Verizon. By the was wife got the Ally and she loves it because of the apps.