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Sometimes it is easy to forget that your favorite Android device is truly made to function as a phone, and all the other fun stuff you can do with it is just extras. Well, in that fun is the market, which is full of applications and can be quite a task to navigate. Whether short for time, looking for something new, or just seeing what other people are using, we bring you our weekly selection of applications that fill our devices.

Jared DiPane - System Info Widget

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When I realized one of my favorite ex-BlackBerry themers changed over to Android system-info-widgetdevelopment I was nearly immediately intrigued, and had to give the application a test run. System Info Widget is a very nicely laid out widget that gives you an easy glance at some of your critical information, such as battery percentage, uptime, free memory, processor temperature, signal strength and more. Clicking on any of these stats will launch you directly into the corresponding section within your OS to see even more information about it. There are a few skins to chose from to keep the look of this widget in line with your others, and you are able to define an update interval so you can always keep informed of your latest device statistics. You can also define what information you'd like to see on the widget, as well as have battery status information in your status bar. The widget itself is available in three sizes, 1x1, 3x1, and 4x1. Of all the applications I have purchased, this could be one of the most useful applications since it gives me the need to know of the device at one quick glance. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Kyle Gibb - TubeMate

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Do you have Youtube videos that you watch over and over and over again? I know I do, tubematesuch as the comedy gold that is known as the "Monty Python Penguin sketch." Sometimes, that WiFi or 3G/4G connection just isn't working for you. For these times, TubeMate is a lifesaver. Simply put, it lets you search YouTube for videos, and then download them directly to your phone's SD card. HD videos can even be saved in HD. And, if Monty Python isn't your thing, there is always Pirate Gordon Freeman. It is super easy to use and to browse and watch videos you have downloaded. If you live on YouTube this is a must download. Oh, and to John Cleese and company: I own pretty much every Monty Python DVD ever, please don't sic the lawyers on me. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Ali Fazel - Kanye West Soundboard and Ringtones

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kanye westIf you're ever in the mood for some humble-sounding quotes from a truly humble person, you will probably want to check out the Kanye West soundboard. In this app you can hear about how Kanye will be in the next printing of the Bible as well as how great Beyonce's music videos are. Personally I like to bust it out whenever people are trying to have a serious discussion, just to lend a little bit of credence to neither side of the argument. You can also set any of the sound clips as a ringtone to show that you're an important person. Because you cannot offend a robot. Get it free from the market! [Market Link | AppBrain]

Sean Brunett - Fake Google Chrome Browser

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fake-googleAre you a fan of Google Chrome? Do you want to pretend like you have it running on Android OS? Try out the Fake Google Chrome Browser for Android to make the standard browser’s icon the colorful one of Chrome. It looks like Chrome, but it’s really just the browser that comes standard on your device (you don’t have to tell your friends that though). It’s a very simple, nifty app that allows a more visually appealing icon for some. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Jerry Hildenbrand - Battery Droid

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battery-droidBattery Droid is a widget that shows your battery status while idle, and gives you a whole mess of battery info when pressed. It's a great size (1x1) that fits easily onto any homescreen, no matter how packed full of other widgets and shortcuts it may be. The best part? If you like the look and function of Battery Droid, head over to VADER's AppBrain page and see the rest of the 1x1 Droid series widgets. Battery Droid is available on the Market for free, and a premium version can be bought through the application from the developer. [Market Link | AppBrain]

Dallin Hampton - DiskUsage

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If you’re a Windows user and ever used the utility WinDirStat, this app will seem diskusagesecond nature to you. DiskUsage is a directory visualization tool for your devices internal storage as well as your SD card. DiskUsage scans your internal storage or SD card and displays a hierarchy tree of directories and how your space is being used going from top level all the way down to the sub-most of sub folders, causing some to cringe at the sight of the space that is being consumed while at the same time, enabling you to find ways to effectively free up space if needs be. The app runs almost too smooth with a super simple interface that comes naturally. If folder cleanliness and space management are two of your concerns, this app is a must-try. [Market Link | AppBrain]

 

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Android Central Editors' app picks for Sept. 17, 2010

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Disk usage is great! One of my favorites! Not only can you manage and view your system storage, you can DELETE from this app. So great for FREE!!!!

-Skbgiants
rooted Evo 4g.

EStrongs' File Explorer has a similar function as Disk Usage built in... I just switched over to it from Astro, mostly because it was pre-installed on the ROM I'm using, and I'm really liking it. The network browsing feature seems to work better than Astro's without needing to configure anything extra our enter any IPs.

I really enjoy this weekly feature; it sometimes exposes me to apps I would have never been aware of otherwise.

As shown, aside from the fact that the battery exists, and the battery temperature in Fahrenheit, Battery Droid presents the same information as dialing *#*#4636#*#* and selecting Battery Information. I'm not suggesting that people create a contact with that number, add a Direct Dial shortcut to the their home screen, then press it and select Battery Information instead. But if you're using LauncherPro you can create a shortcut on your home screen that will bring you right to the Battery Information screen.

To create the shortcut on your LauncherPro home screen, long-press on a blank area of the home screen, then select Shortcuts > Activities > Settings > Battery Info.

i also have the dinc, i prefer mixzing or 3 aka cubed, both are very nice music apps. 3 is free mixzing is also free but has an upgrade version for $7. no ads and a lock screen widget which is very cool. hope this helps.

I'm new to android and found this website help me found many useful apps. The only things I don't understand why most of android apps looks very standard interface/ugly? Why not make it looks as good as iphone or better than iphone? Is it the limitation in android development so the developers can't make/design their apps looks good?