5 Android Apps You Must Check Out

by djsharpe on May 3, 2011

The great thing about the smart phone is there is never a shortage of apps available. I for one have become a huge Droid fan. Since the Android platform is open source it gives way to a whole lot of creative freedom to develop amazing apps as well as trying out new customized ROM’s. I’m going to list five apps that I use on a daily basis that I feel will significantly enhance your Android experience.

1. Seesmic is the best way to manage your social networks in one powerful and yet simple app. You can see and update your Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and Salesforce Chatter accounts all at the same time, search and get notifications for new messages! You can share photos, videos and location using the service of your choice like Plixi, yFrog, TwitPic and even YouTube. It also includes a widget so you won’t ever miss a single update from any service.

2. Applanet’s massive database contains more than 14,000 Android applications. You have access to the latest version of both free and paid applications found in the Android Market and even some you can’t find and will not need to pay for anything! Applanet is your one-stop alternative app market. *Note* Your phone must be rooted with Superuser privileges to access this app.

3. ClockworkMod – also known as Clockwork and CWM – is a custom recovery for Android phones and tablets that allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations on your Android device that aren’t possible with the stock recovery.

4. Meet Pulse, a beautiful application that makes browsing news from websites and social networks fun and engaging. Pulse takes your favorite websites (including Facebook) and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic. Tap on an article, and you will see a clean and elegant view of the story. Sharing a story via Facebook, Twitter or email is as easy as two taps. Pulse has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Techcrunch and more. Experience Pulse today – you will never look at news the same way again.

5. The XDA app allows you to view forums, start new threads, reply to topics, check your PMs and more. Currently, the software is at version 1.1, so expect some great new features to come!

The XDA app is experienced best over a WiFi or high speed cellular network.

Premium App

The Premium version of the official XDA-Developers app lets you access the world-famous XDA forums, plus reply to threads, add new ones, manage your PMs and more!

What makes the Premium app different than the original XDA app?
+ No annoying ads
+ Ability to collapse top bar to maximize screen real estate
+ Access to Legacy forums
+ Ability to add forum shortcuts to your Android homescreen for super quick access to your favorites
+ Custom XDA color scheme (changeable to default through Settings)
+ Choose whether to land on first post, last post, or first unread post within a given thread
+ Bug fixes
Which apps have you tried? What additional must have Android apps are you currently using?

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