Top Android apps for summer

Top Android apps for summer

Summary: Summertime is a good time to play with your Android device. These 10 apps are a good way to make your phone or tablet better.


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  • Poweramp

    Android has great support for audio, and Poweramp is a fantastic way to listen to anything on your Android device. The app is a great graphic equalizer that happens to have a great music player wrapped around it. 

    Poweramp handles a wide range of audio formats and should handle anything you throw at it.

    Poweramp — $3.99 (15-day free trial)


    • Plays mp3, mp4/m4a (incl. alac), ogg, wma*, flac, wav, ape, wv, tta, mpc, aiff (* some wma pro files may require NEON support)
    • 10 band optimized graphical equalizer for all supported formats, presets and custom presets
    • Separate powerful Bass and Treble adjustment
    • Stereo eXpansion, mono mixing and balance
    • Crossfade
    • Gapless
    • Replay gain
    • Plays songs from folders and from own library
    • Dynamic queue
    • Lyrics support, including lyrics search via musiXmatch plugin
    • Embed and standalone .cue files support
    • Support for m3u, m3u8, pls and wpl playlists
    • OpenGL-based cover art animation
    • Downloads missing album art
    • 4 widget types with many selectable styles, advanced customization and Android 4.2 lock screen widgets
    • Configurable lock screen
    • Headset support, automatic Resume on headset and/or BT connection (can be disabled in settings)
    • Scrobbling
    • Tag editor
    • Visual themes, including support for external/3rd party skins
    • Fast library scan
    • High level of customization via settings
  • Sidebar Pro

    This simple app puts a sidebar on the screen that gives easy access to your most-used apps. It also functions as a good task manager for those who like to keep on top of that.

    It is fully customizable to make a system that best fits any work style.

    Sidebar Pro — $1.99 (free, limited version available)


    • Pin as many apps & toggles to the Sidebar as you want
    • Live running apps and running indicators
    • Task management allows killing running apps (swipe running apps out to kill them)
    • Customized colors, opacity, sizes and positions
    • Starts on boot
    • Minimal RAM fingerprint and affect on battery life
    • Ongoing notification can be disabled (4.1+) / made invisible
    • Many widgets to choose from (Home, App Drawer, Wi-Fi, Mobile Data, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound, Rotation, Brightness, Torch and Play/Pause/Skip music)
  • NASA

    The NASA app is a fantastic way to keep up with everything going on in space. With stunning graphics, detailed explanation of ongoing space missions, and general coolness, you'll find yourself getting lost in space every time you run this app.

    NASA — free


    • Over 157,000 images and growing
    • Latest On Demand NASA Videos from around the agency
    • Current NASA Mission Information
    • Launch Information & Countdown clocks
    • Current Visible Passes for the International Space Station (ISS) and notifications
    • ISS and Earth Orbiting Satellite Tracker
    • NASA Twitter Feeds from around the agency
    • Current News and Features stories
    • Facebook® Connect and Integrated Twitter™ client for easy sharing
    • Live Streaming of NASA TV
    • NASA TV and What's On Your TV schedules
    • Map and links to all of the NASA centers
    • Featured content section
    • Third Rock Radio (alternative rock radio station)

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Reviews, Smartphones, Tablets

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  • Couldn't read it

    Got to picture 2 and gave up because of all the flashing and re-loading.
    Little Old Man
    • same for me

      Even with adp it was too much for me.
    • Ah yes

      The dreaded gallery we are constantly subjected to! But hey the pinball recommendation is cool.
    • Android Application Development Company

      Nice list of summer apps - I guess people like most of the app which has customization facility by their mood so they change and update accordingly.
  • another bloody gallery

    didn't go past the first page. Compare:
  • Agreed...

    ZDNet needs to do away with the gallery crap. Forcing us to reload the page 10+ times just to read the review on a couple of apps is very inefficient. Jason's "The first ten Android apps a professional should download" article is EXACTLY the way articles like this should be published.

    Personally, I went straight to the comment section when I saw it was a gallery. No way I'm going thru all that crap. Just give us the description/review, the link, and maybe a picture when needed. If we want to see more pictures, I'm sure they'll have plenty in the apps' page on the Play store.
    • I also agree

      I like the idea of these posts but having to reload the page puts me off. I barely read them (if ever). Put the reviews on one page or have a gallery that loads each picture on the same page.
  • Article Format

    As you are critically aware, 'Slide Shows' are a grossly unacceptable media format. Yet you continue to antagonize and intimidate your clients with this terrible torture. READ MY LIPS: REAL TECHS (YOUR PRIMARY CLIENTS) DO NOT 'DO' SLIDE SHOWS.

    Essentially, this also means that they never see your advertisers messages.

    HEY; WAKE UP !!!
    Leo Regulus
  • Re:

    Guys I have found one cool android apps for my cell phone by the name of instant heart attack rate, to download it you can click on the following link:

    I won't even open the second picture. I need an article I can print as a pdf or paste into a Word doc and reference. What a pain. I expect there is something useful lurking in the article.
  • There is a reason for the slideshow

    Every new page load = new ads on your screen ;)
    Tomas M.
  • I will not read a gallery article

    Hopefully Zdnet (and others) figure out soon that these gallery style articles are losing business for them. I didn't read this one and I will not read any others.

    I must agree with the vein of the comments posted here. The Gallery format is frustrating. Get this stuff on one page and we will scroll as needed. I realize you are paid by the ads and this is a way you can charge your advertisers more. However, if you continue to lose eyeballs it's going to hurt your ad revenue even more. That's the business perspective. Geek perspective: Gallery sucks!
  • Attention everyone good news

    Hi just want to share with everyone a very cool app—Easy Taxi. You can book secure and metered taxis by a simple click on your phone. You can also track taxi drivers real-time on a map. Download Easy Taxi now and try it out!
  • HHMMM...I could read it

    and appreciated the information.