The Android market is a fun place, full of plenty of different applications and many other things. Finding something that is fitting for yourself can be a difficult task, as it contains so many applications, but this is where we come to save the day (as always) and bring you some of our favorite choices from our very own devices.
Jared DiPane - Light Grid Live Wallpaper
I'll admit it; many people find them to be stupid, but I love them, live wallpapers that is. I always search the market, looking for a new live wallpaper to keep my interest and this time I think I have struck gold. Light Grid is an amazing live wallpaper that is very customizable, so every time I feel that I am getting bored with the current wallpaper I can change it to make it look new all over again. From the colors, to the size to the speed of movement, nearly every aspect can be customized. Oh, and one of the best parts? This is free, that would be $0.00 for those looking for a price tag, so give it a shot, it's well worth it! [Market Link | AppBrain]
Dallin Hampton - Startup Cleaner 2.0
Although the thought of using a task manager hardly ever crosses the mind of a seasoned Android user, it plagues newcomers as well as users starting to grasp what their Android device is capable of. In most cases, the costs of using a task manager, seems to outweigh the benefits as most of them tend to stay running in the background. Task managers end processes that eventually resume resulting in battery drain made worse due to the constant “on/off” but with Startup Cleaner 2.0, it's a wonderful compromise. Startup Cleaner 2.0 launches at startup (as the name implies) and automatically ends the user-defined processes then quietly ends itself once the task is complete. The list of apps the user can chose isn't limited only to Market applications but system apps as well so Epic users can goodbye to that pesky DRM battery-sapper right at startup or any other process on any other device for that matter. Startup Cleaner 2.0 is so quiet and quick that you'll only notice it as it slips out the door after doing it's job. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Sean Brunett - Best Buy
Best Buy’s official app is really well done and has a very simple interface. For anyone that likes Best Buy or wants to browse electronics products from their mobile device, this app is for you. Within the app, you can locate a store near you, search, browse and compare products. It also gives you the option to buy products right from your phone (delivery or in-store pickup); securely of course. I’m a huge Best Buy and electronics fan, so this app was a no-brainer for me. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Kyle Gibbs - Minecraft Canary
Minecraft Canary is a great app if you are addicted to Minecraft like I am. Rather than try to explain the game, just watch this fan-made trailer from YouTube. Yes, this game is awesome. Moving onto the actual app, Minecraft Canary puts all the information you would ever need about the game right at your fingertips. A timer for the day/night cycle, lists of all the recipes in the game, links to useful forums and websites dedicated to the game, and even detailed stats for the hardcore players. If you ever have found yourself desperately trying to remember exactly what the recipe is for a bow, this app will be invaluable as you continue your never-ending journey of mining and crafting. There is a paid and free version, the paid one will remove the ads. Now, let me get back to hunting down more iron ore and diamonds... the huge minecart transport systems I have planned out aren't going to build themselves, you know. And where is that moaning coming from?!? And is that water I hear? [Market Link | AppBrain]
Jerry Hildenbrand - Target
Everyone loves Target. You can find just about anything you would ever need to decorate your house, get the hardware you need to hang a picture, or even pick up a few groceries for your bunker in preparation for the zombie apocalypse. Heck, you can even buy Android phones there now! In the past, I would cruise through the sporting goods and electronics, then settle down in front of the giant televisions and enjoy whatever programming Target wanted to beam into my brain until the wife was finished doing whatever wives do at Target, but not now. Now I have the Target app, and I can run around behind my wife scanning barcodes and pestering her by looking up the items she has in her hands, or read the weekly circular to see if there's anything on sale or clearance that we should seek out.
The wife tells me the application is handy for the right reasons, too. She can check out the weekly sales ad, check prices with the barcode scanner, and even check store hours to make sure the lady at the door doesn't scowl when you slip in five minutes before closing time. Maybe it's not as fun as running around on a pretend Target treasure hunt, but it does sound pretty handy. The good news is you can do both, right from your Android phone! The Target app is free and you can get it in the Market. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Ali Fazel - MSL Reader
If you've ever tried to do anything with your radio on a CDMA device, you'll know that many options require you to input your MSL (Master Subsidy Lock) as a password. Many times to get the MSL all you have to do is ask customer service and they will give it to you. Every once in a while, however, you'll get a rep that wants to know why you want it and what you intend to do with it. Even if you have great luck and people skills, and are able to get the MSL out of the rep, it's still a hassle to have to call. MSL Reader is here to help. It's a very simple app with a very useful function. Simply install it from the market, press "Read MSL," and Bob's yer uncle. It's a free app, but if it's useful to you throw the dev a bone and hit the donate button. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Phil Nickinson - Brightness Rocker
It would be nice to have more control of the screen brightness in various different surroundings, and sometimes just the stock controls are not enough. Bouncing from inside to outside to the car and planes many different lighting environments are experienced in daily travels and not all of them are best handled by the defaults. Brightness Rocker allows you to use the volume controls of the device to handle the brightness of the screen, allowing complete control with a simple press of a button. In addition to the volume rocker there is a widget and the application can sit in the notification bar for quick access as well. There is a free (ad-supported) version, as well as a paid version for $1.99. [Market Link | AppBrain]