When Google's mobile operating system, Android, was first introduced into the market it was seen as the first challenging contender that had some effect on the dominance of Apple. Moreover, its introduction marked a great step for the open-source movement. Today this operating system for smart phones and tablets is exactly that and so much more. With its unique features, strong framework and open -source nature applications that can compete with any other platform on any criteria you can think of.
Since application selection is one of the most important criteria when it comes to phone selection for many people, it is natural that Android-powered handsets have become on of the fastest growing segments in the market. Hence, we have put together a list of some of the most impressive Android applications out there and divided them into basic categories so that it will be easy for you to access exactly what you're looking for. If you are a long time Android user, some of these apps may look familiar. For others, browsing through the entire list once will be a good idea. Most of the applications on the list are free and easily downloadable although you might have to pay a small fee for others.
Here Is The List:
DOLPHIN BROWSER HD
Dolphin Browser HD is successor to the popular Dolphin Browser. It gives you all that you might expect from a web browser, and is packed with features that give you the best possible web experience. It allows you to swipe through Tabs, supports multi-touch Pinch Zoom, has full screen browsing with many options tucked in menus, and even comes with Gesture Shortcuts for bookmarks, browser controls, Add-ons on a lot more. Visually, it can be enhanced with different skins and themes. You can download Add-ons from third party services with which you can make the browser your own. However, this browser can be run only on Android 2.0+ phones so you might need to upgrade you phone.
GOOGLE MAPS 6.0
Google Maps' earlier version have already made the streets and highways of the world easily accessible. Its latest version takes the experience even further with great navigation innovation as it even attempts to chart through indoor spaces-the malls we shop in, the office buildings we work at, or the airports we transit through. However, these newly added indoor maps are still a long way from inch by inch description. Another noteworthy feature of this version is that it enables you to map your position not just in two dimensions but with an additional orientation that marks your height. A nifty feature called ' Automatic Floor Detection' keeps track of your progress as you move about from escalator to escalator. Google is also endeavoring to extend its indoor reach, and will open up its maping inventory with a self-service tool that will soon allow business owners to upload floor plans directly to Maps. For now, this remarkable new technology is limited to the US, Japan and other major countries and it may be while till it gets into our buildings.
WIKIDROID FOR WIKIPEDIA
This is simply an app that acts as your gateway to the word's most popular encyclopedia, whenever you may be. With this free app on your Android phone you can harness the full potential of Wikipedia as you get full access to its content including live links and graphics. The Wikidroid app is essentially a front-end to Wikipedia on the Web. Enter a search, and the app gets hold of the relevant information from Wikipedia, formats its so it displays nicely on your Android phone, and then delivers it to you. While searching, Wikidroid even suggests potential matches, shortening your searching time. You can even do voice searches through it. When you tap the search option, a small icon of a microphone appears next to the search box (very much in the same way it does when you search Google on your Android phone). Tap the button, speak your search, and it goes to work. The voice search uses the same engine and technology as Android's other voice-searching applications so it works pretty much in the same way. You can also create bookmarks and share them, and manipulate pages on Wikipedia, or share the page with others via e-mail, SMS text messaging, Bluetooth and other social networking apps such as Facebook. This is a must-have if you plan on using Wikipedia often.
WHERE'S MY DROID
Ever misplaced your phone, called your number to hear the ringtone and hopefully locate it and then remembered it's on silent mode? Now, when you just can't remember where you've put your phone (and it's on silent mode), you can use any phone to text your secret attention word or phrase to your phone and the app will deactivate the silent mode off, turn the ringer volume up and voila, your phone starts ringing. A separate attention word will give you the GPS coordinates of the phone, but GPS must already be on for this to work. Paid version give you additional option of choosing a separate ringtone specially for the app as well as the ability of sending an e-mail to your phone to turn its volume on.