One of the things I really like about Android is the enormous momentum the platform has. New phones come out almost daily, and it’s become completely undoable to keep track of new app releases. I find that my devices are usually full of apps that were the absolute best at the time when I bought the device. Apps that aren’t necessarily the “current champions”. I guess that’s why it important to share app tips. Here are couple of apps that I recently discovered, that are real gems.
This isn’t really a new app, but it took a while for it to become available on Android, and it only very recently gained tablet support. Since then, Flipboard has become my favority news reader. It’s similar to Google Currents and Feedly, in that it aggregates news items and presents them in an easy to read format.
I used to install things like the Engadget app and the The Verge one, but nowadays I just read everything through Flipboard. It’s sleek, easy to operate, and is free.
I’ve had a blog post in draft for years about how great Tweetdeck for Android is. When I moved to Android it was the best Twitter client available on any platform. It had the most elegant user interface design I’d ever seen. But since then, it’s been abandoned (although Tweakdeck is still around), and better options have emerged.
Falcon Pro is my new top favorite. It’s not a free app, but if you’re at all serious about Twitter as a platform, paying a dollar for this is a great investment. Falcon Pro reminds me of Tweetdeck, but with better typography, a better search interface, and most importantly, proper tablet support. Highly recommended.
If you’re looking for a to-do list app that’s beautifully designed, lets you enter things through speech recognition, and integrates with the desktop version of Chrome, this is the app to get. When Any.DO first came out it made headlines because it proved that Android apps could be stunningly beautiful. I’ve tried dozens of to-do list solutions, and so far, this is the only one I’ve found myself actually using.
People often forget that picking the right channel can considerably boost your Wifi’s range. On the desktop, I love an application called “Inssider”, that shows a graph of the channels, so you can see which ones your neighbors are using. Wifi Analyzer does the same thing on your phone, so you can walk around with it, and determine the best channel for every corner of your house.
Fing isn’t actually a new discovery for me. I’ve had it on my phone for a while. But it’s been recently that I found out just how much help it can be when you’re troubleshooting network problems. I was called in when my father-in-law’s computer wouldn’t go online, and Fing was instrumental in determining the cause.
Fing shows you all the clients on the LAN, lets you ping them, run DNS lookups and traceroutes. It’s great for discovering what IP your network printer is using, and whether devices are connected at all. All without even getting your laptop out.
These have been my current favorite Android apps. But with the Play store being the treasure trove that it is, I’m sure I’ve missed many great apps. So please feel free share your favorites in the comments.