Searching for Android applications that will enhance your daily life can be a bit of a difficult task, because sometimes if you don't know it exists, you won't know to search for it. Part of our goal here is to bring our favorite readers some of our favorite applications each week, so let's take a look at some of our favorites from this past week.
Jerry Hildenbrand - SMS Backup and Restore
Flash ROMs a lot? End up wiping all your data more often than you would like? Yeah, me, too. I regularly use Titanium Backup, but make it a habit not to backup and restore system data of any sort between ROMs. I'm also too forgetful to back up the databases by hand :) SMS Backup and Restore and it's scheduled automatic backups to the rescue. I use Google Voice for calls and most of my texting, but for family we always use our carrier number for texts. Since those are the messages most likely to have something worth saving SMS Backup and Restore works out really great for me. It's free in the Market for phones running 1.5 and up. [Market Link]
Sean Brunett- TWiT
If you’re not familiar with Leo Laporte, he has built an extremely successful net-cast network called TWiT. The initials stand for his flagship show, "This Week in Tech," which features a round table discussion of the week’s technology news by the leading professionals. The network is independent, and produces loads of quality content each week. You can find shows ranging from general technology news to more focused shows such as MacBreak Weekly or This Week in Google. The Android app allows users to watch and listen to his net-casts directly on their mobile device. You can play the episodes live or download them for later viewing. If you’re a TWiT and Leo Laporte fan, make sure to get this app. Favorite shows of mine on the network include This Week in Google, Tech News Today and Framerate. There is even an Android show that is currently in Beta and is hosted by @RayGun01 and @Eileentv. [Market Link]
Chris Parsons - Smart Bench
We all know of the many benchmarking apps out there be it Neocore, LinPack or Quadrant. One that may not be as familiar sounding in SmartBench 2011. Personally, I find Smartbench 2011 to be a more accurate representation of benchmark results but that may just be me. In any event, Smartbench 2011 is available for free of course in the Android Market and surprisingly enough, supports dual-core devices already again, giving reason to why it's better for benchmarking as it supports newer devices in ways some other apps cannot. [Market Link]
Jared DiPane - Shush! Ringer Restorer
Ever go into a meeting and set your phone to silent, and then leave the meeting and forget to return the volume back to an audible level, and miss an important phone call? Well, you are not alone on this, and luckily for us developer Public Object has developed an amazing application that allows you to determine a length of how long you wish to keep the device on silent, before it will auto revert back to your previous sound settings. So, say goodbye to those missed calls because you forgot to change the sound settings, and install this great, free application. [Market Link]
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