Apps. They make the world go round. OK, well maybe not quite, but they are an enjoyable part of the Android platform and finding new ones can be a bit difficult at times. With so many apps in the market it can be hard to find the right one for you, so let's hit the break and take a look at some of our favorites.
Richard Devine - Alf For LOVEFiLM ($1.61)
While you lucky Americans are fulfilled with Netflix, in the UK we have the LOVEFiLM service. Similar idea to Netflix, but missing an all important android app. Alf for LOVEFiLM is the best alternative. While sadly not able to stream movies, it does give full control over your disc rental lists, and full access to the catalogue to select from. It also offers an inbuilt Barcode Scanner for you to scan the discs in the shops that you're not going to buy. I always have a rental at home from LOVEFiLM and use this app daily, its so much nicer than using the website. Oh and some of the movies shown in my list, are really for my wife! [Market Link]
Anndrew Vacca - Gin Rummy (Free)
One of the first card games I learned how to play is Gin Rummy, and to this day it's still one of my favorites. More straightforward than poker yet still engaging and challenging, Rummy is probably the game you remember playing with your grandmother. Developer Tessereract Mobile has brought the game to Android in a simple, clean, and highly addictive app that you won't be able to walk away from. Play against your choice of five computer players, ranging in difficulty and strategy, in single games or in tournament-style play. There aren't a ton of game options and you're not going to find a ton of bells and whistles. But the game is fun and the app runs like a charm, so good enough for me. [Market Link]
Menno -Bouncy Mouse (Free)
I found out about Bouncy Mouse because one of Google's Android Dev's mentioned it on his Google+ profile, so I decided to give it a try. On the surface, you might confuse it with just another "Angry Birds" clone, since you're flinging a mouse at a cat who stole his cheese, but the game play is very different. For one thing, the mouse flings himself at his goal by using his tail, and much like bumbles in Rudolph, This mouse bounces. He'll bounce around your screen until he either hits the cat or he passes close enough to a post on the wall that he can wrap his tail around it. Located between posts are small pieces of cheese that you pick up by passing through them. Collect all the pieces of cheese to get a 100% completion rate on the game. The game starts out simple enough, with most posts in a straight line from one another, but soon you'll find yourself trying to bounce the mouse off of a wall or around an obstacle to get at the dastardly feline who stole your cheese.The game has colorful graphics, unique music, and just enough strategy to keep me pulling it up to play. [Market Link]
Jerry Hildenbrand - QuickSSHd ($1.49)
QuickSSHd is an SSH (Secure SHell) daemon for Android. Based on the lightweight Dropbear server, QuickSSHd allows you to set up and run a secure shell with a really easy user interface. Combine it with programs for secure ftp or a Unix terminal for Windows, or the standard terminal for Linux and Mac, and you have an easy way to administer the system on your phone and copy files back and forth, with no wires attached. QuickSSHd is also root enabled, meaning you can use command that require root while remotely connected. Because of this, you'll want to make sure your methods used to connect are secure, and QuickSSHd walks you through this, forcing a password and setting up key pairs without editing any text files. For some people, setting up an SSH server isn't anything new, but for most it's nice to see an easy to use and secure option. Simply put, a program like WinSCP (for Windows) and QuickSSHd is hands down the easiest way to transfer files between your Android device and computer. You can find it in the Market for $1.49, and it runs on Android 1.5 and up. [Market Link]
Chris Parsons - Screen shot ER 2
A basic app but for some -- quite essential. Screenshot ER 2 only has one real main purpose and that is simply enable you to take screenshots. The developer boasts the fact that it will work when most others fail and while I've not tested that out, I can say it works on all the rooted devices I have. Probably more importantly it works on Android tablets and offers plenty of options. Shake, delay, shortcut, long press or notification icon methods, start on boot, extended sharing options such as dropbox, picasa and more. Only gripe I have with it, is that it isn't free but that's fine as long as it continues to work as expected. [Market Link]
Alex Dobie - SC2Casts (Free / $4.30)
StarCraft II isn't just a video game, it's one of the world's biggest e-sports, with hundreds of skilled professional players earning a living playing competitively. The game has a huge following in South Korea, where matches between top players are regularly televised, and professional StarCraft has a growing audience in the West too. As such, YouTube is filled with broadcasts of matches featuring pro and amateur players, but sifting through them all to find the best content isn't always easy. This is where the SC2Casts app aims to help, assisting users find fresh new videos featuring their favorite players and casters. SC2Casts pulls videos from a variety of YouTube channels, and arranges them in an easily digestible format. You can view recent casts, top-rated casts for today, this week, or this month, or browse or search for casts. The latter two features are really useful if you want to track down games from a particular tournament, or see more games cast by a particular commentator. There's even a "favorites" area, enabling you to mark videos to watch later. SC2Casts is available as a free, ad-supported app, or a paid Pro version, which costs £2.61 (around $4.30). If you support the developer by purchasing the Pro version, you'll also get extra games in the "top" tab, and the ability to rate series of games. Both versions are available from the Android Market for devices running Android 1.6 and above. [Market Link]
Sean Brunett - Google TV Remote (Free)
With Logitech dropping the price of the Revue to $99, it’s gaining a lot more customers than it had before. If you happen to pick up a Revue unit or own another Google TV product, the Google TV Remote app is a must. One of the biggest complaints about the Google TV line of products has been the remotes. They’re either too confusing or clunky. With this app that problem is resolved and the experience is actually really great. You need to ensure that Google TV and your Android device are connected to the same WiFi network. Once it is, just fire up the remote and start controlling it with your phone or tablet. The app even has a voice button that allows users to control their TV with their voice, which is a really neat feature. I highly recommend the Google TV Remote app if you own a Google TV because it makes the experience significantly better. [Market Link]
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