HAVE you taken the plunge and bought yourself an Android smartphone lately? Here’s our choice of six applications you must have for your new device. All these apps are available on the newly re-branded Google Play application store, which should be on your device’s home-screen. The Google Play store was previously known as the Android Market.
Keep in mind that there are hundreds of great applications out there for your Android smartphone.
These suggestions are just a start and you should look around for more.
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The popular game from the Finnish company Rovio is still a must-have application, no matter what your smartphone platform may be. On Android, the application is free, and you still get all the updates with new levels and new birds. The advertisement on the top right-hand corner can be a bit irritating for those who have a device with a smaller screen.
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We wish Rovio would make an episode with an Indian festival, now that they’ve covered China and Japan. And there is the new Angry Birds Space version out as well, alone with the new Ice Bird!
The best way to read news online, Pulse is a great application developed by two Indian students, Ankit Gupta and Akshay Kothari. The application was born from the frustration they faced when reading news on mobile devices, so it accounts for the old standard glitches. This application comes pre-loaded on several smartphones.
This is the best integrated sports application that keeps you up-to-date with results and news across a whole range of sports. The best part of this application is that you can follow the results of Delhi Daredevils, FC Barcelona and Chicago Bulls all from inside one application that can, if you set it up, give you alerts whenever your favorite teams are playing.
Truly the best sports application out there.
ALSO LOOK AT: The ESPN Cricinfo application, because if you are only interested in one particular sport, this application has ball-byball score updates of matches, player info and access to its amazing statistical database.
Our choice for being one of the better social media applications on Android, it allows you to toggle multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts from inside one application and has a clean and easy- tonavigate layout. Other Twitter applications do offer more features, but Seesmic is a great beginner’s application and relatively resource- light.
ALSO LOOK AT: The official applications by Twitter and Facebook built for Android as well as Tweetdeck, and has a nice swipe-based, multiple-page navigation.
For Twitter addicts, we also recommend Twicca and Plume.
A hidden gem, so hidden in fact that several folks who work for Google do not have this great educational tool. The application finds out the location of your device using GPS, or from information from mobile towers, to showcase the stars in the night sky from the device’s perspective.
ALSO LOOK AT: The NASA application from the US space agency with information about space missions and amazing pictures of the day.
The Internet’s favourite newspaper is now available as an Android application. This is possibly one of the niftiest news applications on Android, even though its focus is primarily the UK.
ALSO LOOK AT: The Business Today application for Android, again not promoting an employer, but this keeps you informed of all the latest business happenings on the go.