What fun is an Android device when it isn't loaded up with some of the most amazing applications that exist? Granted, finding them can be a daunting task to some, but here at Android Central we love to make your live easy. Hit the break to check out what some of your trusted staff recommends to you this week.
Jerry Hildenbrand - Tapatalk Forum App (Pro)
Spend time on Internet forums while using your Android device? I do, and I was really glad when the braintrust in charge of the Android Central forums decided to add the Tapatalk forum module, so I could browse with this app. While on most Android phones the desktop version looks just fine, and the mobile version works great too, I really like the convenience and layout of Tapatalk. The tabs give quick access to the forums list, your PM inbox, and even your user settings. As you can see, the app even uses forum permissions and allows access to protected areas (trust me the blurred out portions would bore the heck out of you) if you're supposed to see them. You can also save favorite forums, and set quick access via a homescreen widget to keep from digging through the app drawer 300 times a day. Use the 24 hour return period the Android Market gives us and check this one out! Tapatalk Forum App (Pro) is available on the Market for $2.99. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Kyle Gibb - Portal SoundBoard
The Enrichment Center once again reminds you that Android Hell is a real place where you will be sent at the first sign of defiance. This, and many other amazing sound clips from Portal (aka best game ever made) can be on your phone right now for the attractive price of FREE. A great feature is that you can set any of the clips as your ringtone, notification sound, or alarm clock sound. It even comes with the full version of "Still Alive" from the ending credits for the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead. Really, you have no excuse for not having this app, it even comes with cake (ok, maybe not exactly)! It is the perfect way to spend the time until Portal 2 hits next year. Thank you for helping me help you help us all! [Market Link | AppBrain]
Phil Nickinson - Google Translate
Every so often I find myself in a faraway land that doesn't speak the same language I do. Spain, Germany, California -- those types of places. And now I'll never be left wondering how to ask for something, thanks to Google Translate. It has a bunch of languages available for translation, from Afrikaans to Yiddish. And for a number of the languages, the app will speak the translation as well, so you can attempt the pronunciation yourself. It's a little hit and miss on that end, but it's better than nothing, which is what my mono-lingual self would otherwise be left with. Free. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Sean Brunett - Icon Pack (Mario)
I have always been a Nintendo fan, particularly NES, SNES and N64. Some of my favorite games growing up were always from the Mario series. One of the great aspects of Android is customization, in this case changing icons. If you’re like me and want some of your folders or apps to remind you of the old days playing games like Super Mario World, download the Icon Pack-Mario, from Better Android. It gives you a large selection of icons from a slew of Mario games. The easiest way of changing icons is to download an app like Folder Organizer. Enjoy! [Market Link | AppBrain]
Andrew Melnizek - E! Online
Celebrity gossip and news. Whether you're a dude or chick, you can't deny you like seeing dirt on your favorite celebs. If you're Android Central writer Jerry Hildenbrand, you definitely can't live without it (sorry Jerry). So where are you gonna turn to get all the latest shots of Kim Kardashian's tush on the go? Why, the E! Online app off the Android Market of course! The E! Online app from Comcast Entertainment Group, is a great app that gathers up all the celebrity news and gossip that will keep you ahead of the tabloids. You might even impress your friends with useless information. It even runs clips of all your favorite E! network television shows including my favorite, The Soup. "Seacrest out!" Wait no, that's not right. "Melnizek out!" [Market Link | AppBrain]
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