With the number of device announcements we have seen recently, it remains quite obvious that Android isn't playing around, and neither are the developers behind the scenes making some of our favorite applications. We continue to see ports to Android of our applications from other platforms, as well as tons of new applications that make life significantly easier. Not everyone has hours to spend sifting through the market, so here we bring to you some of our own personal suggestions. Take a look after the jump for some great new application ideas for your device.
Phil Nickinson - Replica Island
Little green robot, mysterious island full of enemies and an old man who look a lot like the professor from "Futurama." How could I resist? This is a side-scroller whose controls take a little getting used to -- on the Nexus One you use the trackball to change direction. Or, you could use the D-pad on the Droid, or the accelerometer if that's all that's available. But once you get the hang of it, it's mindless fun steering the little robot dude around. Free. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Jerry Hildenbrand - Battery Graph
Android smartphones have moved beyond being a phone and turned into true pocket computers. With everything that goes on under the hood, it sometimes takes a while to get things setup in a way that doesn't just kill your battery. Battery Graph can help! You run the app, and it collects data about your battery level every 5 minutes and displays the output in a handy line graph. you can look through the graph and see just how things you've done or changed affect the battery level of your Android phone. In my example, it's easy to see just how the three phone calls I made affected things. Anytime I install a new app that pulls data, or make some changes to the system on my phone, I fire up Battery Graph and see just what's happening to my battery life. Battery Graph is free on the Android Market. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Jared DiPane - Drink-O-Meter
Well, let's be honest, those of us over 21 like to go out and have a good time at the bars, but sometimes when we wake up we wonder "what exactly did I drink last night?" Well, keeping track of that drink by drink was a bit o a pain, but with Drink-O-Meter all you have to do is launch the application, select the drink type (beer, whiskey, rum, or any other user defined category) and click the button indicating you are drinking it. The application offers the ability to sync with your Google calendar, so you can monitor your habits rather easily, and it also offers charts comparing your percentages of each drink category for the month and then for the year. While this application is rather basic, and not meant for everyone, I bet there are at least a few (who will admit) that they would use this application on the weekends. [Market Link | AppBrain]
Adam Sawyer - Garage Sale Rover
I'm always looking for a bargain, so you can be sure to see me at the local garage and yard sales in my neighborhood. So it might have been fate that intertwined me with this gem of an app I found that lists all the sales around your location in google maps. Garage Sale Rover even let's you pick different days which enables you to plan ahead, and even get you there early so you can pick through all the good stuff. It's a relatively simple app to navigate, and shows different color icons for different kinds of sales. Clicking on the icon will take you to directly to a street view of the residence the sale is being held at. There's a free version with ads, or you can pay $2.99 for the premium which includes navigation, search, and double the radius for sales. [Market Link | AppBrain]
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