Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.
Applications have come a long way, and now, a smartphone or tablet would be nothing without apps. As such, we’ve collected 25 of the best Android apps, both free and paid. From essentials to games, these apps will keep you glued to your smartphone and maybe even make your day a little better and easier.
We’ve also created a comprehensive three-part video series so you can see the apps in greater detail. Check out the videos below.Video Review Part 1
Video Review Part 2
Video Review Part 3
Continue reading to know more about some of the best Android apps of 2012.Cut The Rope
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Back in 2008, Google released “Google Chrome” to the public. The web browser features speed, simplicity, security and now its own web market jam packed with games, apps, and extensions. Furthermore, Google Chrome has become so popular that in the past 3 years, it has sped past Safari and Firefox into second place in the web browser market share only second to the quickly failing Internet Explorer. Finally, in late 2010, Google distributed around 60,000 Cr-48’s (Chromebooks) that were run completely in Chrome OS (A modified Google Chrome).
It was only a matter of time before Google Chrome reached the mobile market, and today, February 7, Google [...]
Microsoft has been pushing their Windows Phone 7 operating system for quite a while now. Despite constant advertising schemes, the mobile operating system has completely failed to catch on in the market. In fact, Gartner’s data shows that Microsoft only owns 2.7% of the “Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by Operating System in 3Q11”.
Instead of coming to the conclusion that they cannot compete with Android and iOS, Microsoft has decided to pay their way into higher market shares.
Reports say that Microsoft will pay between $10 and $15 for each handset sold by AT&T staff who recommend Windows Phone handsets over iPhone and Android [...]
A few weeks ago, I received a comment on one of my posts stating that a good way to improve battery life is to change your current background image to a black background. Naturally, I immediately changed my background to a small black image I found on the web. In addition, I made sure I tracked my daily battery life changes through screen shots. Furthermore, I ran these tests using the Galaxy Nexus standard battery and the extended battery.Standard Battery
Normally, the standard Galaxy Nexus battery would get me 11-13 hours of normal daily use. I am, of course, a pretty heavy user. Once I changed my phone background to black, I achieved over 16 hours of the same [...]
Between the Curiosity rover landing on Mars (we hope) and the world supposedly ending, let’s face it, 2012 is going to be a big year. And who could possibly top 2011? After all, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Nexus, and Google Music were all introduced in 2011. Not to mention the web based version of the Android Market. On the other hand, Apple did make a year of 2011 as well with the iPad 2, iOS 5, and the iPhone 4S (their best selling iPhone yet). So if all of this happened last year, is there any way that Android and iOS could top it in 2012? Sure! In fact, here is a few of the things we can definitely look forward to in 2012:Quad-Core [...]
When it comes to cases, Otterbox does a very nice job of keeping your phone safe. In fact, if you’re a Galaxy Nexus user, Otterbox has created 2 cases just for you. The Defender and Commuter cases are $49.95 and $39.95 respectively. Both cases have two layers of protection, and the Defender series case comes with a belt clip and doubles as a stand. As you can probably tell by the name, the Defender case protects more than the Commuter case. However, the Commuter case will be thinner and sleeker and fits into your pocket more easily.
A lot of people have been asking me whether or not the Galaxy Nexus with the extended battery fits in the Otterbox Commuter and [...]
Since I could not take my hands off my new Galaxy Nexus, its battery life has been tanking. In my last article I had explained how calibrating your battery could solve your problems. However, for most Galaxy Nexus users, calibration isn’t the problem. It’s your beautiful 720p 4.65″ display. But why limit your phone right?
Instead, you should head over to Amazon and pick up a Samsung Galaxy Nexus (i515) Extended Battery with Battery Cover for just $36.50 with Free Shipping. As you can probably tell from the picture, I managed to get the extended battery myself.
Normally, my phone gets about 12-14 hours of normal use. Clearly, I am a heavy [...]
With great power comes great responsibility! And in the Android Community, with great power comes great loss of battery life. If you’re like most smart phone addicts, the battery meter is often half empty (or less). And to make matters even worse, over time, your battery life will probably get worse and worse due to the degrading health of the battery itself. Therefore, I have two solutions for you today. One option is less time consuming than the other, but both options have shown great battery life increases for tons of users. So without further adieu, the 2 best options for calibrating your phone’s battery:
Option 1: Battery Calibration (Root [...]
Just because Android created Google voice control features first, that does not necessarily mean that they are the best. In fact, Apple’s Siri has become very popular because it is not based on specific commands and controls like Google’s “Voice Commands” is. In fact, you can say practically anything to Siri and it will spit out some sort of answer. Therefore, as soon as Siri was released, Android application developers went to work. As of right now, numerous alternatives exist in the Android Market. Some are better than others and have their advantages and disadvantages.
Furthermore, “Iris” (Siri spelled backwards), was one of the [...]
If you own a smartphone, you have probably become accustomed to having a wireless internet connection where ever you go. On the other hand, unless you picked up a MiFi (personal hotspot) or have a 3G plan for your tablet, that same internet connection for your tablet or computer is restricted to your house, or in some cases, your neighbors house. But what if all you had to do was push a button on your phone and you could share your smartphone’s data with with your tablet(s)? Well, you can.
With newer versions of Android and iOS, smartphones started to become WiFi hotspot’s and tethering devices. This “How To” could end right here if I told you [...]