Top 3 Free Android Apps for Communication

The Android market is flooded with applications, and it can really get confusing for people to choose an app, that is perfect for them. There are a lot of articles out there, which have listed the best Android must-have apps. But, not a lot of them talk about applications that are specifically designed to solve your communication woes. I am going to list down some apps that are just amazing. And anyone, who has ever used these apps, has only good things to say about them.

# Handcent SMS

This free app can really spice up your phone, when it comes to texting people. Handcent SMS is one of the best applications out there, and the recent update has made it even fancier. The added features include…

  • The ability to backup your sms’.
  • You can schedule a sms.
  • You can send e-cards and greetings to your friends using the application.
  • Downloadable themes, fonts and smileys.

And if that doesn’t sound tempting enough, there are tons of other features, which make this killer app a must-have for any communication fanatic. Just give this application a try, and you will never go back to your default boring android texting application ever again.

# TiKL- Touch to Talk

If you often find yourself dialing numbers to call up your friend or girlfriend, you will find this application to be an absolute relief. It will literally turn your Android into a Walkie Talkie, and all you need to do is push a button and you can directly talk to your friends, who have the application installed on their phones as well.

The application is available free of cost on Google play, and has pretty good reviews from users all across the world. And the best part is that, the application only makes use of your data plan, and therefore, you are not charged for any calls. Great isn’t it?

# Opera Mobile

The Opera Mobile is undoubtedly, one of the best browsers for your android. It has many advanced features such as…

  • The ability to synchronize bookmarks, Speed Dial and more between your computer and your mobile phone.
  • Built-in support for Facebook and twitter, which makes, sharing web content much easier.
  • You can download games and applications from the Opera Mobile Store, directly from the Speed Dial itself.

Opera has a very strong reputation, and has been around since many years. And now, you can experience the power of this browser, on your phone as well.

The android marketplace is growing bigger and better with every passing day. But these 3 applications, in my opinion, are simply mind-blowing. I do agree though, that everyone has their favorites. And currently, there are applications that are slowly catching up with the apps that we just discussed. Just take a peek, and you might come across an app, that is worthy of being number 4 or better… on this list.


Top 10 Free Android Apps for the Year 2010

Although the Apple iPhone and its much-loaded iOS platform have changed the face of mobile phones and its uses, Google Android’s open-source platform is quickly catching up and gaining its own loyal followers. With the huge number of applications (or apps) available for download in the android app store, a lot of android phone users can now make the most out of their mobile devices-be it for business, fun, recreation or games. But, while there are hundreds and hundreds of free android apps available, keep in mind that there can be a lot of apps that aren’t so great. We’ll help you find the best ones from the android app store by giving you ten of the top free android apps this year.

1. Free Android Advanced Task Killer Application. This free android app can help you maximize the speed and efficiency of your android phone. Remember, although android phones can multitask (something that pre-iPhone 4 users can’t enjoy), this can hog up valuable memory and drain your battery. Use the Advanced Task Killer to quit tasks and apps that can slow down your phone.

2. Astrid. Science and research states that we can only store about 4 to 7 things in our short-term memory. It’s a good thing you’ve got Astrid and your android phone to the rescue! This nifty free android app can lets you track reminders, tasks and errands and even group them according to priority or due date. A tiny and cute cartoon octopus (“Astrid”) even acts as your own personal assistant and reminds you of upcoming events.

3. Dolphin Browser. iPhones may have the proprietary Safari but androids have Dolphin Browser. This free android app makes mobile browsing easier and much more fun, with pinch-zoom, gesture commands, tabbed browsing, bookmarks sorting and more.

4. Foursquare. Instead of just letting your friends know where you went for dinner, show them exactly where you’ve been with Foursquare. Using Google Maps, friends can check where you are and you can also see where they’ve been. You can even explore restaurants, cafes and stores nearby through your phone. Remember to include Foursquare when you download android apps!

5. Google Sky Map. Have the heavens in your hands-literally by downloading this from android app stores. Google Sky Map lets you to see the constellations and the planets and even helps you put names on stars. GPS navigation also allows you to see the exact position of stars and planets according to your location.

6. Mint. This app, which is available in android app stores, can help you keep track of your personal finances on the go. Input your daily expenses and transactions so that you know where your money’s going. You can even keep a monthly budget and inspect your overall cash flow with this free android application.

7. Replica Island. Relive the fun days of Mari Brothers and MegaMan on your android phone with this exciting and cute game. Replica Island lets you navigate a cute, green robot through 40 different levels, each with varying degrees of difficulty.

8. Talk to Me. Communicate with people from all over the world, no matter what race or nationality with this handy and free android app. Simply type in any text and Talk to Me will translate it into any of the 40 different languages available. You can also talk to it, and the app will talk back to you in Chinese, German, Spanish, French… the list goes on and on!

9. Bubble Beats. Have you ever wondered how it would be like to see music? Well, Bubble Beats provides the answer to that question with its unique and innovative interface. Free from android app stores, Bubble Beat is a jukebox of sorts that lets you assign colored bubbles or dots to certain tracks. You can then create playlists by grouping bubbles together. Never has listening to music been this fun!

10. Ringdroid. Are you tired of the same old boring ringtones and message alerts? Then download this free android app. Ringdroid allows you to record and edit sounds, as well as create ringtones. It’s like your own little music studio inside your mobile phone!

Make the most out of Google’s open-source platform and your nifty android phone! The handy, fun and innovative free android apps listed above prove that often, the best things in life are the ones that you don’t have to pay for. So, head on to your favorite android app store and start downloading these apps now!


Android Wars

With the the latest news out that Apple have won a patent battle (all be it a small one!) over HTC and the Android OS My Computer Warehouse take a closer look at the two rivals.

Ever since the launch of the iPhone and Apple’s accompanying iOS in 2007 every other smartphone manufacturer and software developer has been playing catch up! Apple have enjoyed superior design, technology and reliability than any of it’s rivals could achieve and this has ensured the dynamite success of the iPhone.

One of the biggest differences and debates that arises between iOS and Android smartphones is that of Adobe Flash support. Apple made a very bold decision early on not to support Flash web plug-ins on the iOS whereas the Android went the opposite way. Until recently this has been debated as possibly the iPhone’s, and anything else using Apple’s iOS, only downfall. Until in another recent Apple victory it was announced the Adobe was giving up on a Flash server platform for iOS and was going to instead concentrate on other platforms like Android – I know it seems like an empty victory but Steve Jobs never wanted Flash support for the iPhone! Now major media corporations (see BBC) are choosing the iOS platform for web streaming media rather than the Flash equivalent since Apple’s market share with numerous devises is so strong – If you want to reach the masses, you have to use the same platform as them!!

In March 2010 Apple filed a complain stating that HTC had violated 10 of its patents, in the prelim hearing in June a Judge found there only to be 2 violations and in the final hearing that has been now ruled as only one violation on HTC’s part.

This recent legal battle with HTC will only be the start of a war waged on the Android OS, developed by the Open Handset Alliance and led by Google, as Apple seek to defend the technological advantages it has over its rival.

In a bid to compete with the iPhone many Android Smartphone producers look to ensure that they have competitive price advantage over the iPhone which brings in a certain share of the market. Due to the exclusivity and technological advancement of the product the Apple iPhone does tend to command a higher retail price, but could that all change if the other Smartphone manufacturers and the Android system start to claw back some of the technological advantage that Apple has enjoyed over the past few years?!