Android Central App Picks

It's that time again folks, when we share a few of our finds over the past week. So have a look at what some of your favorite Android geeks are using, and hopefully we can narrow the choices down for you just a little bit.

Sean Brunett - Asphalt HD

Asphalt HD

asphaltI have always loved racing games and they’re even cooler when I can bring them in my pocket. Gameloft’s Asphalt HD is a really fun, addicting game that will have you racing for hours. A couple of examples of the kinds of cars you can drive include Lamborghini, Kawasaki, Ford, as well as many others. There are two version of the game since there are Android devices running on different levels. Asphalt 5 is for the Nexus One, the Droid, the Motoroi, Xperia and "other powerful devices."  Asphalt 3 is for lower-end phones. There is a free version available as well as one for $4.99. The price may be a little more than you typically pay for apps, but this one is well worth it. Asphalt is a great game that I recommend to everyone. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jerry Hildenbrand - Mobile Signal Widget

Mobile Signal Widget

I'll admit -- I'm a sucker for small, useful homescreen widgets. Eye candy is always a plus, but mobile-signalfunctionality is the most important part. Because of what we do here at Android Central, troubleshooting signal and battery issues is a pretty regular occurrence, so Mobile Signal Widget is one I use quite a bit. Sure I can look at the status bar to get a relative idea of signal strength, but for real numbers I would have to dig into the settings. Mobile Signal Widget gives me the signal strength in bars, a numerical dBm output of the signal strength, and a visual of the data connection type, whether it's 2G, 3G, WiFi, or even airplane mode. Even if you aren't always swapping ROMs and radios, having quick access to your radio information is a good thing when it's done tastefully and is non-obtrusive. Mobile Signal Widget is accurate (at least it matches the numbers reported by Android), looks nice, and is free. That's my kind of application. Grab it from the Android Market. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Dallin Hampton - Spaghetti Marshmallows

Spaghetti Marshmallows

When I first came across Spaghetti Marshmallows my face went from the sternest look I marshmallowscould muster as I pondered what on earth this app could be about. That changed to a smile accompanied with laughter as I read the description. My first thought – seeing as it was a foreign app – was that this game would be nothing but a broken app that’d give me a quick chuckle. But, being too quick to judge, I found to my surprise Spaghetti Marshmallows to be a very well written app with no flaws in its design as far as my untrained eye could see. There’s a paid version and a lite version and if you like addicting puzzle/challenge games, it’s definitely worth checking out. At the least, it will hold you over with something fun to do until Angry Birds comes out next week. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Kyle Gibb : Tricorder


tricorderTricorder is an app that turns your phone into a Tricorder straight out of Star Trek. You can measure different things, such as GPS location, movement (via your internal gyroscope), and even sound waves and strength (pictured). This app is a must have for any Trekkie, and is just all around awesome for any tech geek. It pairs the TNG LCARS UI with sound bits from TOS (and if you know what I am talking about, congrats!) which is pretty awesome. The app is really only useful for establishing geek cred, but you pretty much win once you whip it out. If nothing else, you could just say "He's dead, Jim" based on your readings. Free. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Phil Nickinson - Fruit Ninja

Fruit Ninja

My wife plays fruit Ninja. My 4-year-old daughter plays Fruit Ninja. And I play Fruit Ninja. And thanks to the Open Feint cross-platform leaderboard, I can show them just how much more ninja I am than them bow down and wonder how I once again was beat by two girls on an iPhone. It's a sad, sad life, I tell you. 99 cents. [Market Link | App Brain]


Reader comments

Android Central Editors' app picks for Oct. 8, 2010


it plays fine on my n1, im using cyanogen6.0stable release(not nightly) with pershoots latest kernel

it blipped once when it was showing the loading screen on the demo

I have Fruit Ninja and I love it. I just downloaded Asphalt HD and it's pretty fun too.

What is the first notification icon with the TK bubble on the screen shot for the mobile signal widget? Any ideas anyone?

I think its more fun figure out jerrys home screen stuff is. I don't thank tk is taptalk or at least I don't have it. I do like the set up for weather widget

I love racing games as well. I have Asphalt 5, but if you love racing games you have to have Need for Speed Shift. Blows Asphalt away! To bad it isn't on the market, nice that it came preloaded.

Asphalt 5 runs great on my Nexus One. I will take my Nexus One over 10 of those thrown together plastic bricks that are called galaxy. I sent mine back after using it one day. Absolute junk. The Nexus is by far the best Android device. There is a very good reason why it is called a developer's phone.

Your in denial the nexus one does not even come close to the Epic 4g. I get almost 3x times the fps of your nexus one and I have a bigger and better screen and a stronger processor which is why games look and run better on the Galaxy S lines. Look at pc worlds top 10 phones the nexus one is no where in site!

All that is very, the screen in particular (and the touch sensor even) was always one of the Nexus' weaker points imo... Just not very sharp for reading, nor very viewable outside. The Nexus does seem to have better build quality tho, one of the best of any android phone, not to mention a fully working GPS. : P

Does the EPIC have Android 2.2? Will it be one of the first phones to get 3.0. No it will not. The EPIC is sweet but no matter how good it is, it does not get the support that the Nexus gets.

And you can talk about how good your screen is but the Droid, Droid 2 and Droid X all still have the best screens. IPS and closest to real world colors that any phone out today has.

been using the tricorder for several months now. its pretty geeky but absolutly love it. along with the sonic screwdriver and lightsaber apps im a well rounded sci-fi geek. now will someone please make a star wars gun camera app like sniper shot.

The Galaxy S line plays Asphalt HD and any other 3d game better than any other device the are just that much more superior! Lets golf really shows the quality of gaming on the Epic 4g the colors and smoothness make it one of my tabs even 2d games like angry birds look better then they do on the iphone 4 runs smooth 2. To the Guy with the nexus One your in denial you phone is so inferior to the Galaxy S line its not even funny your FPS are terrible and your games run glichy and freeze and studder badly no competion for the Epic 4g

I think Tricorder was the first app I dl'd from the Market (talk about geeky, huh?) and the dev has just kept on improving it. He's been getting it to do more actual stuff. (The WiFi ping is pretty fun...)