Looking for a new android app?
Android apps fall into a number of different categories including entertainment, work and organizing, security and utilities, travel and maps, health, social and more. Trying to put together the 10 best pulling from all these categories is pretty much a hopeless task, but nevertheless, here you will find ten that just might have gone unnoticed by many people yet could prove useful for the majority of users. They are not listed in any particular order.
1. Zeebox – My TV World
Zeebox is an ultimate personal TV guide including a smart 7-day guide and personal planner. It gives you reminders when your favorite shows are about to start. It also allows you to join in while you watch with TV games, quizzes, polls and tweets. It can also be used as a remote control for your Comcast Xfinity box. It goes beyond just being a TV guide because it lets you follow shows and celebrities to get your daily fix of news, gossip and updates. Chat with other users in thousands of chat rooms and make friends with others that enjoy the same shows you do. The app has been downloaded over 7 million times and is carrying a 4.2 star rating in the Google store.
2. Flipboard; Your News Magazine
Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is a place to discover, collect and share the news you care about. You can add your favorite social networks, publications and blogs to stay connected to the topics that interest you. You can explore recommended reading in the Content Guide which includes major publications and award-winning blogs. The best thing is the ability to personalize it with relevant categories you desire. Another unique feature is that Flipboard users from all over the world have made their own unique magazines and you can subscribe to your favorites. It is very easy to create an account – just log in with Google. Over 400,000 users have contributed to this app having an average 4.5 star rating. Their website includes a tutorial section to help with getting started and operating the app. The app is also available for Apple, Windows and BlackBerry devices.
3. ESPN SportsCenter
This is an absolute must for any sports enthusiast as it is packed with live scores, breaking news, video highlights, in-depth analysis, personalized alerts and a lot more. Features include instant scores and updates for all your favorite teams, breaking news powered by ESPN’s authoritative newsroom, dozens of notification options, the ability to add, edit and remove favorite teams quickly and easily, and even deep Twitter integration for a social perspective on news and gossip. Over 330,000 users have ranked this app, with an average rating of 4.2 stars. This app is a supercharged update to their popular ScoreCenter. ESPN also has other apps for specific sports, such as their ESPN College Football app.
4. Mint.com Personal Finance by Intuit Inc.
Mint is a very popular way to manage your money – it pulls all your personal finance accounts into one place so you can manage your money from anywhere. Use Mint to track your spending, create a budget, create graphs and charts, receive bill alerts and reminders and more. Your info automatically syncs with Mint.com so you always have access to your account from your mobile device, table and the Internet. At this time, it only works with US and Canadian financial institutions. Nearly 80,000 users have given this app an average 4.4 star rating on the Google store. The app is passcode protected and you have the ability to log-on to your Mint.com account to deactivate a device should you misplace or lose it. The app is free. Intuit is the same company that operates the Quicken line of software. They also offer apps for iPhone and iPad.
5. Any.do To-do List & Task List
Any.do is a great app for helping you manage life in a simple, clever and fun way. The app offers a seamless cloud sync so it is always there when you need it. You can type in your reminders or tap the microphone icon and simply say what you want to do. You can even share lists with others. This can be a great tool for having a shared grocery list with your family, or keep on top of an event with other people in the planning committee. You can easily customize folders and organize tasks to best suit your needs. With tons of in-app actions, this may be the only time management tool you will ever need. View tasks between date view and folder view. Over 125,000 users have given this app a 4.5 average star rating. This app is available for Apple devices as well. They also have a calendar app available and are working on a mail and memo app.
6. First Aid – American Red Cross
This app could easily be the most important app of your life should you ever need it. The American Red Cross First Aid app is completely free and is ad-free and spam free. It does require an SD card with 40 MB of free space but that is well worth it to have step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. It is also fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS directly from the app at any time. Use the app regularly to have videos and animations help you learn first aid before you actually need it. Because it is preloaded content, you will have instant access to all safety information at all times, even without reception or an Internet connection. The app makes learning fun through interactive quizzes and the ability to earn badges that you can share with your friends Learn first aid for things such as bleeding, broken bones, burns and more. Learn how to prepare for various types of emergencies. Locate the closest hospital and other medical centers. . Customers have given this app a solid 4.7 star rating.
7. Workout Trainer by Skimble, Inc.
Workout Trainer is a tool for getting in the best shape of your life through thousands of free workouts as well as premium workout programs that help you achieve your fitness goals. With this app you can follow along to workouts with audio instructions and progress cues. You can see instructional photos and videos that explain each workout in complete detail. The app also includes a free virtual fitness consultation wizard. Use the app to play your favorite music while working out. You can also share your workouts via email and social media. There is also the ability to enjoy their community of exercisers and get new and recommended workouts from them. The regular app is free, but they also offer a Premium PRO+ app that is an ‘all-you-can-exercise’ subscription. It costs $6.99/month or $20.97 for 3 months or $41.94 for six months. The free app has been rated by more than 50,000 users and holds a 4.3 average star rating.
ShopAdvisor is a tool for helping you save money on upcoming purchases. You input products you are interested in, and the app notifies you when the deal is right. It operates by crawling through more than 16,000 online and local retailers. It constantly searches for updates on over 200 million products so you can always get the best price possible. It also holds a6-12 month price history so you can see how it may have fluctuated in price. Besides seeing pricing, the app will also show the item’s ProductWiki review. Not yet a well-known app, but it is earning a 4.3 star rating thus far.
9. Mojostreet – Friends & Places
Mojostreet is a global app for discovering nearby friends and amazing places. You can use the app to locate the nearest and best restaurants, coffee shops, spas, beauty salons, shopping centers, recreational places, tourist locations, theaters, gas stations and much more. Connect with Mojostreet friends and Facebook friends and see what they are up to real time (assuming they want you to!) This can be a lot of fun for those that enjoy discussing with each other all the cool places they are visiting. You can even communicate with your Facebook friends directly from the app. The newest update added some very useful features including the ability to book hotel rooms across the globe and find menus for restaurants. You can also try the app for a while before you register it. The app is also available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Windows phones. Users of the app have given it a 4.4 average star rating.
10. IMDb Movies & TV
IMDb is a useful tool for those that love movies and television. You can search the world’s largest collection of movies, TV titles, celebrities, directors and more. You can view trailers and read user and critic reviews. Use the app to locate movie show times and obtain TV listings for your local time zone. If you missed a TV show, you can read a recap of the previous night’s shows. Setting up notifications is a great way to be alerted to titles and names you are interested in. Explore all the popular charts including their own Top 250 top rated movies of all time. Find out US box office results and celebrity birthdays. There are even more tools than this, making it a popular app that over 215,000 users have given a 4.4 average star rating.
So, there you have a list of ten apps to get started with on your Android device. All have pretty good customer ratings, so you should be pretty happy with them. Each category represented has other options, of course, but these rated high in their category. Since most are free, or have a free trial, give them a try. You’ve got nothing to lose, but many benefits to gain.