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  • Must Have Apps?

    Posted on September 10th, 2008 Pabel No comments

    Ok, so the Android phone doesn’t get much love here on the 3G, but I did run across this article at ComputerWorld.  Google has announced the top 10 apps for the Android platforms, which is a big deal because they were handing out a huge chunk of cash to the winners.

    Anyway, as I was looking through the list of apps, a few really caught me eye.

    Here’s the list.  Are there any you’re gonna want a version of on your smartphone?  Personally, I want numbers 2, 8, and 10.

    1. Cab4me – Using Android’s Google Maps application, cab4me lets a user call a cab to her location with a single click. By using GPS capabilities to locate not only the user’s current location, but also the location of the nearest cab company, the application can initiate a call to the cab company with a mere click on the map. The application was developed by Konrad Huebner and Henning Boerger.

    2. Locale – Ever get embarrassed at a company meeting when your cell phone unexpectedly goes off? With Locale, you can make sure your device knows to switch to vibrate mode the minute you step into your office. With Android’s GPS capabilities, Locale adjusts your phone’s settings to wherever you are. Thus, your phone will forward calls to different numbers based on whether you’re at work or home, or it will send out a status message on Twitter letting people know where you’re located. This application was developed by Carter Jernigan, Clare Bayley, Jasper Lin and Christina Wright, with additional contributions from Jennifer Shu.

    3. PicSay – Essentially a drop-and-drag picture editor for your mobile phone, PicSay lets users spruce up their pictures with color correction, highlighting, word bubbles and distortion effects. It also can be used to create event invitations or holiday greeting cards that can be sent out to friends, family and associates. This application was developed by Eric Wijngaard.

    4. Softrace – This application actually lets you set up real, live races with your friends and track their progress in real time while the race is going on. Whether the racers are on foot, bicycles or skis, Softrace uses Google Maps’ location application programming interface to track each user’s progress, and it can store statistics of the race on Android’s SQLite database. This application was developed by Staffan Kjellberg and Thomas Kjellberg.

    5. TuneWiki – An open-source music-based social network, TuneWiki lets users share what they’re listening to with one another. They can also use Google Maps to find what users around the world are listening to. TuneWiki also plays audio and video for songs while scrolling synchronized lyrics as they play. The application creates a virtual library of songs that connects to the Internet and suggests similar-sounding songs or artists. This application was developed by TuneWiki, with additional help from Rani Cohen, Chad Kouse, Zach Jobbs, Jared Fleener and Amnon Sarig.

    6. Wertago – Billing itself as “the mobile application nightlifers have been waiting for,” Wertago is a social networking application that lets users coordinate social events with their friends, rate current hot spots and create personalized social networking profiles for users to share their favorite locations. Like many other Android applications, Wertago uses Google Maps’ API to map out clubs, restaurants and theaters. This application was developed by Kelvin Cheung, Teresa Ko, Peter Ree, Robert Sarvis and Douglas Yeung.

    7. Life360 – This is a neighborhood-centric social networking application that keeps users up to date with their families and local communities. Life360 users can send or receive neighborhood emergency alerts. Whether you’re holding a backyard barbecue or looking for help to find a lost pet, Life360 gives you quick access to your neighbors and your family. This application was developed by Chris Hulls Dilpreet Singh, Luis Carvalho, Phuong Nguyen and Steve Potell.

    8. GoCart – The goal of GoCart is to help shoppers gather as much information as they need to make smart, informed decisions. Using GPS and Android’s built-in camera to scan bar codes, the application will search both the Web and local stores to compare prices of any product. The application also lets users read other users’ reviews of products and can set up price alerts whenever prices go down. This application was designed by Rylan Barnes, with contributions from Noah Labhart and ZXing Developers.

    9. Ecorio – An application destined to warm Al Gore’s heart, Ecorio uses Android’s GPS capabilities to track a user’s carbon footprint while driving. It also gives suggestions for carpooling and public transportation, and it lets users invest in carbon-reduction projects and purchase carbon credits over their phones. This application was developed by Jeff Kao, Gary Pong, Robert Lam and Taneem Talukdar, with additional contributions from Jason Wong

    10. Compare Everywhere – This application is very similar to GoCart because it uses Android’s built-in camera to scan bar codes and compare prices for products at different retail outlets. It also lets customers rate products and create shopping lists like those on Amazon.com. This application was created by Jeffrey Sharkey.

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