25 must-have Android apps, according to Jason Hiner

25 must-have Android apps, according to Jason Hiner

Summary: Android now has over 70,000 apps to choose from. TechRepublic's Jason Hiner shows you the best of the best.

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  • This is a fun app that is a little but ahead of its time. It does visual searches. You can take pictures of things and then the app tries to tell you what they are. It's limited in its scope but it is pretty cool, and it's definitely a peek into the future. One of the coolest features is the ability to take pictures of text in a foreign language and let that app translate for you. In a foreign country, this can help you read street signs and avoid going into the wrong bathroom. :-)

    See all 25 apps in a single list in the companion blog post.
  • Ever look up at the night sky and try to tell your kids the name of that constellation you're pointing at, or try to remember which planet that is in the southern sky? Google SkyMap lets you point your smartphone at it and get the information. This is part of a new breed of apps called "Augmented Reality" apps that layer digital information on top of real world experiences.

    See all 25 apps in a single list in the companion blog post.
  • A lot of geeks I know like to say that our smartphones are becoming more and more like the Tricorders on Star Trek. Well, here's a fun app that turns your Android device into a virtual Tricorder. It even offers some useful environmental information, including GPS data, wireless data, and ambient sound measurements.

    See all 25 apps in a single list in the companion blog post.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Apps, Google, Mobility

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  • 70000 apps

    Can you tell me where I can find some of these 70,000 apps?
    Thanks
    carmanhere
    • RE: 25 must-have Android apps, according to Jason Hiner

      @carmanhere Umm...Android Market. Just search for the app name.
      ExploreMN
    • RE: 25 must-have Android apps, according to Jason Hiner

      @carmanhere
      You find them in your Market on your Android device..LOL
      Nemesis2All
  • apps

    Does that have 70000 apps. any place else that I might be able to ge some?
    Thanks
    carmanhere
    • RE: 25 must-have Android apps, according to Jason Hiner

      all 70,000+ apps are in the android market. There are actually more than that but I wouldn't recommend installing apps that are not on the market since they could be malicious.
      chazz422
  • RE: 25 must-have Android apps, according to Jason Hiner

    Item 14. Gist .. could have done a better job removing those email addresses. Those are still pretty visible if you ask me.
    TxM2xTx
  • One important app is missing

    I do not see B-Folders. I use it every day on my phone and my computers and it is a real life-saver. Please consider adding it.
    olafohman