Top 12 And A Bit UK Apps For Android

So – we’re decided that the only thing that makes a gadget worthwhile is the access to great content right? Hopefully – developed by new, young, fresh and funky – rather than a grey monolith from California? Here is my list of best apps for Android. I use HTC Hero – but I think most droid apps will work fine on most droids. 

Top 12 And A Bit  UK Apps For Android…

You can get seriously sucked into the ‘market’  once you get used to it and once you’ve got the habit – there is the danger of going a bit mad and stacking up droid with apps and widgets that can only be described as a bit; well, errr — a bit  ‘Rod Stewart’. i.e. – seem interesting and fun at first, but then after a short while, can become really annoying and take up too much valuable memory space.

Basics? Obviously Google maps and search tools are brilliant on the droid – and its worth loading basic London tube maps, clocks and calendars. Then – you can improve the general setting functionality by adding Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplane mode togs. Simple one touch, very simple. And of course, The Weather Channel is brilliant – but kind of what you expect it to do. The market is not as advanced as iPhone – but the quality is coming with new content being loaded every day.

After that though – what should you get? Based on my trials and errors – here’s my picks for the top 10 UK Apps for Android

12 – Daft Machine. OK – I know this is silly. You do not need this. It will not help your life in anyway. It will not help you find anything or catch the latest piece of smart journalism. But this is a beautiful soundboard of classic Daft Punk robotastic voices. Make it. Do It. Faster. Harder.

11 – Advanced Task Master: Trust me – you really DO need this. Easy way to see what you’ve loaded, what you need to delete and what might be useful, that you’ve forgotten about.

10 – Battery Alert. Trust me – you really DO need this too. Droids and iPhones drain earth’s energy faster than Jeremy Clarkson. This gives you simple graphic and alerts you for when you need to charge.

9 –  Instant Search for Google (on droid). Sort of Google lite. Simple to use and find stuff very, very quickly. Can then go on to full browser if you want.

8 –  London Tube Bubble Map. Shows the ‘real’ distances between stations and updates too. Handy to work out if you really need to change tubes or walk for 2 minutes. Very clever.

7 –  UK National Rail Train Departures. As simple as can be. Shows the departure boards from your stations. Technology and content in harmony.

6 – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplane mode togs. Simple one touch to log out of battery draining things you don’t need. When you’re at home – click on and download loads.

5 –  Spotify. I’m a big fan of Spotify (when its not being Stopify). Sync when you’re on wi-fi and make the commute a little more bearable.

4  – Evernote: Great way to link quick notes on iGoogle or your desktop to your Droid. Secure paswords, opens quickly, brilliant note taking.

3  – Greed: I went from one Google reader to another until I settled on this one. Brings together your favourite blogs, displays quickly and links to the orginal sites. Easy to clear cache. Links brilliantly with Twidroid too.

2. – Telegraph. I’ve tried all the newspapers and news sites and this is by far the most reliable, quickest and coolest. Great navigation, superb content and always up to date.

1 – Twidroid: Elegant. Simple. Infectious. Multiple profiles, links to blogs, simple pasting. A brilliant piece of appology that shows where Twitter can go to.



Author: Andrew Armour

Andrew Armour is a marketing and media professional, a specialist in business partnerships and the Founder of the consulting business - Benchstone Limited. His career spans from the UK music industry to the America's Cup, from winning agency pitches to securing key digital content deals. He is married to Viv, lives in Hampshire and works in London.

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