I’m not so interested in game apps, so don’t expect angrybirds 🙂 Here are the Android Apps that I currently love. It’s not a complete list, but it’s a pretty good start.
Music and Video apps :
- Rock Player : video player that can play almost all format video codecs.
- Rockon : not really my major needs for musics player since I also had an ipodtouch, but I love it.
- Subsonic : stream music from your home computer to your phone.
- Voice Recorder : Record audio and mail it to yourself
- Amarok2 Remote : remote controlling all my musics collection on my notebook at office.
- PRemotedroid : A remote control device (like GMote) for your computer over Wifi and Bluetooth ! Very useful for remote controlling apps on my notebook and for presentation using libreoffice impress.
- XBMC Remote : Official xbmc controller. Remote control apps for all my xbmc machine on bedroom, livingroom and my notebook. The interface is ugly compare to xbmc for iphone, but this is the only one apps on market for xbmc based HTPC.
Travelling apps :
- NDrive : An offline maps so it save alot of data traffic compare to google maps.
- My Tracks : records where you go using GPS and lets you upload a “track” to Google Maps.
- Compass : also handy when you’re traveling.
- Google Translate: translate tons of languages into tons of other languages. You can also do voice-recognition-to-text for English, then translate. This app will even do text-to-speech (voice synthesis) in many languages.
- Car Locator : many times I forgot where I park my own car especially on mall parking lot. This apps was really helpful 🙂 It also take advantage the car head unit bluetooth function, so I will never forgot to pinpoint the car location when step away from the car.
Social apps :
- Twitter : official Twitter app for Android. This app can take empty/missing pictures in your contacts and populate your contacts’ pictures with their Twitter profile pictures, which is nice. Before using Twitter I use Twidroyd and I found it’s nice apps too.
- Google Buzz widget : an easy way to post to Buzz from your phone.
- WordPress : writing /editing tools for this blog and many others. I like the statistics features.
- ebuddy : I like the simplicity, just what I need from IM.
Cool apps :
- Metal Detector: an app that detects metal. I still don’t know how it works (maybe it uses the magnetometer sensor that allows the compass), but it actually does work on many types of metal including the huge one … my car :))
- Tricorder: shows all the different sensor readings of your phone. Includes accelerometer and tilt sensors, GPS and lat/lon, wifi, cell phone strength, compass, acoustic data, even solar activity. I imagine becoming Data on my own starship and always wonder if Picard using Nexus S for his tricorder 🙂
- LED Scroller : enter a message and your phone turns into a faux LED scrolling sign. Kinda low-tech, but impresses people more than I expected.
Networking apps :
- Wakeonlan : Remote wake up to power on all pc on my home network.
- Connectbot : ssh to all my linux machine. I can’t live without this core apps.
- rsyncdroid : incremental backup was come very handy transferiing large file while on the go.
- andftp : sftp and ftp to all my servers and workstations.
- Quicksshd : ssh server so I can logon and do a command line stuff.
- Barnacle WiFi Tether : Tethering phone internet via WiFi using adhoc connection. Very useful in no internet hostspot and cannot delay the work. It drains the battery really fast, so make sure you bring the usb cable … and then … the confusing begin, why not use usb tethering instead? 🙂
- Wifi Analyzer : walk around and see a dynamic graph of wifi signal strength. Great for picking the right place to sit in an airport or cafe to get the best wifi signal.
- RF Signal Tracker : another app to measure cell phone tower signal strength.
Misc apps :
- acar : tracking all my cars fuel consumption and maintenance expenses.
- Wheres My Droid: If you lose your phone and it’s in silent mode, this app will help you find your phone. I’ve tried Mobile Defense and that’s also very nice.
- Alkitab : a Bible in Indonesian language. A must have for daily morning devotion before go to work. It also have the devotion features from Sabdaweb
- detik : Indonesian newspaper while on the go.
- BBC News: see the latest in world news, this time in English.
- On Air : A WiFi Disk. Great apps for transfering files with all my linux box supporting sftp protocol so this is a perfect match with dolphin on KDE4.
- Dropbox : a share container for data sharing across all platform, my android, my mac, and klixs.
- Catch : text notepad, voice, images and locations all with free sync & backups to Catch
- Evernote : Pretty same as Catch above but I use this to sync with my Awesome Note on my iPhone
- Astro : A must have file manager for android.
- Barcode Scanner: scan barcodes and QR codes. Very handy to install applications and visit urls.
of course Google also offers a lot of mobile apps, but I just wanted to highlight my favorite applications.