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What … or Where… Are The Great Android Apps?

By - January 01, 2011

Because I want to know. Google, really, really, really. It’s time to pivot your business and make this happen.

More later. Just posting this as a thought after a long talk with my 14 year old son, who wants to write apps. And funny, so do I.


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19 thoughts on “What … or Where… Are The Great Android Apps?

  1. Louis Gray says:

    John, I’m biased, but I know the my6sense app for Android is a great one. We’ve been working very hard on it, and it’s got a fantastic interface on top of smart AI. So if you have an Android phone, check it out and see if you can start ranking all your RSS and social streams for you, not just chronology.

    Keeping in the theme of this blog, it’s essentially persistent implicit search, not single explicit search. Would love to talk about it with you sometime.

  2. Nick says:

    The app I use most is Newsrob – it downloads all your Google Reader feeds for offline use. Great for reading this blog, and many others, while commuting on the Tube. Actually, I guess the app I use most is Facebook (obviously).
    There are a few other apps I use regularly, but none that are great. There are a few nice apps for kids that my 3 year old daughter plays with occasionally. Apps for kids could be a growth area in the future as Android devices get cheaper.

  3. Mickey says:

    For better or worse, the best exclusive apps are the ones Google made. In particular:

    Google Voice — Available on iPhone, but weak. It’s pretty awesome on Android.

    Navigation — Nothing on any other device compares.

    Gmail — This was the main reason I switched to Android. It’s not shiny, but it’s darn useful. Conversations, starring, tags, priority inbox; it’s all there.

    You could argue for Tweetdeck as well, as their iPhone app is currently lagging far behind the Android one.

    Other than those, the best Android apps (Evernote, Pandora, Angry Birds, Kindle, etc) are all equal or better on iPhone.

  4. Ted Howard says:

    Games are the killer app, right? How are their Game Developer Advocate’s efforts? Mark DeLoura lasted what … 3 months at Google? What did the Angry Birds devs say last week about Android and the many marketplaces for Android apps?

    Also you’ll have the exact same question for Chrome OS, right? I’m sure they know that, so that’s probably where your answer will come from. (And Chrome Store seems to me exactly like Yahoo’s directory service from the 90’s combined with the concept of bookmarks, with some non-standard way to create compiled plugins thrown in to make websites feel more like apps.)

  5. Other than those, the best Android apps (Evernote, Pandora, Angry Birds, Kindle, etc) are all equal or better on iPhone.

  6. I think the market for Android Apps is about to grow, let’s give him time! once the Android OS will be really spread, developers and entrepreneurs will automatically move or expand to it.

  7. John:

    Not sure that there are yet any truly great Android apps. They are mostly good enough, but not great. For example I might not be looking in the right place, but there is nothing that compares with say “Instapaper” on my iPad. I like the Nexus1 as a phone and it works great as WiFi hotspot for the iPad. But killer apps on it, not sure they are here yet.

  8. Payam says:

    There are tons of great Android apps in the market. It really depends on to what extend you want to use your phone for.

    I recently wrote about my top 5 most used Android apps in 2010. Have a read if you feel like it:

    http://payam.im/top-5-android-apps-of-the-year

  9. terndo says:

    the most I used android app is pandhora and appkik and I like them so much…

  10. George says:

    SlideIT, by far the single best development to hit mobility since the iPhone itself. It has vastly accelerated my productivity and typing speed. It is absolutely amazing….not available on the iPhone

  11. mrg says:

    oddly, i interpreted the link bait a bit different. I just got a Droid X and am looking at this ‘marketplace’ and thinking, ‘what a garbage dump’…

    The turd that GOOG laid is just as stinky as the AAPL itunes ‘store’ which is bad enough to keep me from drinking their high-priced pruno.

    Granted, i’m thinking of findability and not known-item searching; aka facet search. These are really just canned searches with sort by X,Y, or Z. ex. apps just by bigCO; apps released in the last week; apps tagged genetics; german only; etc.

    But, alas, GOOG has this problem on so many parts of their empire. My recent bigCO switched to Google Apps for business and corporate content is black hole’d in terms of findability in this same manner. It’s insanity to not have the findability tools at your disposal whether at a personal or business level.

  12. Frank Bissel says:

    Try Calorie Counter and you’ll see what an Android considered app should operate like.

  13. Frank Bissel says:

    Try Calorie Counter and you’ll see what an Android considered app should operate like.

  14. matt mcknight says:

    I was shocked when I saw that iPhone doesn’t have a Gmail app. The new Gmail app with priority inbox is amazing. I don’t even have to here a blip from my phone when a non-priority email arrives.

    Google Voice is really great on android as well. I can’t even remember the last time I

    Angry birds works great on Android as well, cute little game.

    I like Double Twist better than the iPhone music app.

  15. Michael says:

    Your son might enjoy downloading some of the free high quality development tools that Microsoft provides and using the best phone app development environment to create some Windows Phone 7 apps or XNA game apps for the phone.

  16. John says:

    Thanks all. I am downloading many of these. Frank, any chance you can tell me which of the three calorie counters you meant?

  17. apdigi says:

    I love angrybirds and kindle so much, so do with my both children.

  18. Mark says:

    Four months, Ted. :-)

    I find myself using my Nexus One a lot like Buzz Bruggeman. It makes a great phone, and as a mobile hotspot for my iPad, it is awesome.

    Most of the “standard apps” for Android work just as well as their iOS counterparts: Twitter, Facebook, Fandango, Kayak, Kindle, Pandora, Dropbox, Zillow, Yelp, Foursquare, OpenTable… they are all great. There are only a few other apps that I find myself going back to: Touchdown for Exchange email, WeatherBug, Adobe Reader and Flash/AIR. Google’s gesture search is incredibly handy, as is the ability to have default actions for downloading PDFs, web pages, maps, etc.

    As for games… well, I play Angry Birds a lot. :-/

  19. I believe there’s a miss link from your “how i did predictions for 2010″ to this post

    Tks for sharing your predictions, its really insightful

    PA: