The Top 5 Android Apps

Everyone is always after the 5 Top Android Apps. There are vexed birds, hi-tech video players and even an air guitar app to make you think that people think that you’re cool. Well, you’re not! Instead of wasting time trying to learn stairway to heaven on a smartphone or downloading a video game that puts you in the driver’s seat of a zombie hunter, why don’t you fill some of that valuable memory space on some Android apps that will actually do some good!

Here are the Top 5 Android Apps to make everyone’s life a little easier to deal with.

1. Pandora Internet Radio: Yes, I’m going with this one first-don’t be shocked. Limited commercials, fully-customizable channels by artist and genre, and never ending rocking tunes! This simple app can save you frayed nerves in long car rides and long dentist office waits. Not to mention that you can hook your phone up to humongous speakers and rock out around the house as well!

2. Fooducate: Ths app has over 250,000 stored UPCs in its database. Here’s how it works: You walk through a grocery store trying to find something healthy to feed the family. The nutritional panel on the back is full of ancient, Sumerian writing and is more confusing than a codex from the Davinci Code. What do you do? You scan the UPC and Fooducate tells you precise, easy to understand nutritional information.

3. Shazam: You can be the cool guy or girl who can always tell you what song your hearing but can never quite remember the name of. Shazam will recognize the song and even give you an opportunity to purchase the song through Amazon MP3. Hey, and tag the song where you heard for nostalgia!

4. Yahoo! Mail: Again, keeping it simple. Do you have multiple email accounts or just one important one? Having Yahoo! mail at your fingertips is more convenient than you know. Get all of your important messages from friends, family and customers right away! This is a huge plus for freelancers of all types!

5. Google Maps: Never get lost again. Use Google Maps to get you out of any bad neighborhood or to help you find some local Italian food. This is a staple of all smartphones. It’s why we have them in the first place; necessary knowledge and reference within immediate reach.

As you can see, there’s no reason to get out of the ordinary with your Android app selections. Of course, we’ll all have our preferences but having these basic apps will make your life a lot easier.


Cool Android “Apps” – Applications Driving Massive Numbers of Smart-Phone Sales

I’ve been watching the space for nearly 30 years now, and it is clear that it really is finally starting to happen and at a much faster rate too – and the space I am talking about is the convergence of technology market place. Convergence means “coming together” and the technologies that are coming together at ever faster rates of change are computing, telephone and television. It was decades ago that the comic-book hero Dick Tracey had his little television built into his wrist-watch – and in 2010 you can have that as a real product with GPS also as part of the feature set. And in the last 2 years, it has been the advent of the smart-phone doing the rapid build-up in of what can be done and the three market heavy-weights are Blackberry, iPhone from Apple and Android from Google. Well, I guess there’s also another major group of independent makers under the general heading of Chinese clones which tend to copy the feature set of the major brands.

The market leader at the moment in terms of sale’s volume is the Android smart-phone operating system from Google and it is the front-runner in sales volume because of price, and what is generally referred to as “cool Android apps”, meaning that the massive number of both free and paid for applications that you can download, install and run on the phone is massive with a capital-M. Humans being an emotionally driven creature will always find the money for what they want, and so Apple has done well with their iPhone’s market penetration despite the very high price tag. But at a small fraction of the price, and with the phenomenon of “cool android apps” driving sales, the Android looks like being the clear market-share winner and without question the wide variety of games is a big component of these applications that are driving market acceptance. Check my resource box for one such website that has great information on the android applications, many of which are free.


Best Free Android Apps to Help With Your Finances

This article focuses on the very best free Android finance apps. What can finance apps do and how will they help? Basically, for a short, all-encompassing answer: all these Android apps concentrate on money and if they are used, they will help you save some cash!

The debate of whether to pay for Android apps will continue forever. That’s a decision that needs to be made by you, the individual, and whether you think the paid version is worth $X.XX to you. Will it give you that amount of enjoyment or will it save you more money than you paid for it? These are good questions to ask yourself before you jump in and pay for an Android app.

Since we’re talking about finance apps that can save you money, it would be pretty ironic if I were pushing paid apps. Sure there are some amazing Android finance apps that cost money (many of which I would heavily endorse- but that’s for another day), but if the goal of downloading them is to save money, there’s no better way than to start off with nothing invested! Here they are: some of the best free Android apps that will help you with your finances!

Quote Pro

Get the latest stock quotes and news while being able to get very detailed information on the stocks you’re interested in (or the ones you own). This helpful free Android app also allows you to create and track your portfolio(s). While this app isn’t going to blow anyone away by the dozens of additional features that you may or may not want, its core functionality works extremely well.

Tip Calculator by TradeFields

This is another Android app that simply isn’t going to go beyond what it’s good at. This works perfectly as a tip calculator for anyone who wants (or needs) one. There are literally 100s of these tip calculator apps available and this one is the best. Why? For me, it has the best UI and is really foolproof. If you can dial a phone number, you can calculate everyone’s share of the 17.5% tip for the $127.56 dinner bill!

PayPal

This is a very useful free Android app for all of the 10s of millions of PayPal users worldwide. With this app, you can do all the same things you normally do on PayPal. But now, by paying for an item as soon as it’s allowable, you can help expedite the shipping process. You never know, this may not impact you at all for dozens of transactions and then the next time, you’ll get that amazing skin cream on Friday instead of having to wait till Monday! Trust me, after you’ve had this app for a while, it’s just nice to have access to PayPal 24/7.

Currency Converter

If you’re travelling abroad and want to have some peace of mind about the money conversion, you should download a free currency app. Why download just a random currency app when you can download the best of the best- for free?!? This Android app, developed by Pocketools, can provide you an extremely simple currency calculator in a very basic user interface. However, if you desire more currency information, this app can do that too: you can view currency trends over a 5 year period, graph any currency against any other, convert any currency to another (all currencies of the world are available on this app) or do just about any other thing you can think of if it involves any of the world’s currencies.

Mileage

This isn’t what you would typically think of as a finance app, right? It’s not, but it is. Most importantly, it can help you save money if you choose to dig deep into the information it provides you. It will track your vehicle’s gas consumption in a number of different ways that can be helpful if you’re trying to cut costs and your fuel usage. This app’s UI is very sleek and the data is very easy to read and interpret. It’s eerily fun and potentially a money-saving Android app!

Finance

This generic name represents the power of the developer of this Android app. It’s Google and this app provides real-time stock quotes. The UI is very solid; like most things Google, it isn’t flashy, but gets the job done nicely. If you’re a Google Finance user and you’ve loaded up a portfolio, this app will be a “game changer” as it’s fully synchronized and gives you access to everything as if you were on your home computer.

Personal Finance by PageOnce

This is a great Android app if you have many banking/credit card accounts and crave the ability to be able to stay on top of them from one easy-to-use source. This finance app is really well built and the UI is very pleasing to the eye. This is one of those apps that just keeps going. What do I mean? Well, the more you use it, the more features you’ll find and the more ideas you’ll have to utilize it! IMO, it’s a must have.

Financisto

This is another personal finance manager app. Like the other apps of this type, there are functions galore! It allows you to add many different types of accounts (checking, credit, savings- and multiple ones of each kind) into the manager, schedule and monitor recurring payments, create a budget (short term, long term or even set up a “project” which would be great for vacations) and filter what types of information you want to view during normal viewing or when checking out one of the many reports available. Amazingly, there is much more that this free Android app is capable of!

I’m leaving out some great Android apps, right? What about the huge banks’ and insurance companies’ Android apps?

*Of course, every major bank, credit card company and insurance company out there today have created their own Android app. What do they do? Well, essentially they’re all the same: these Android apps make it easier for their customers to manage their accounts and learn the latest about the company and its offerings. What’s the best thing? There’s a tie: they’ll make your life easier and they’re all free to download!

To list all these would really be beyond pointless as they’re all very similar and are only worthwhile to download if you’re a customer of the company. However, this doesn’t mean I don’t make use of them and you shouldn’t use them! I would suggest that you download and take advantage of as many of these Android apps that make sense for you. Having an up-to-the-minute balance for your checking account may just prevent you from those dreaded, expensive overdraft fees. Not a terribly bad thing for a $0 investment!