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Android Apps Alert 20: The “In Case You Missed It” Edition

April 11, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

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Android Apps Alert 20: The “In Case You Missed It” Edition

When I first started suggesting that Android users adopt the #androidapps tag on Twitter, I thought it would be a good way to find the few good apps in the market. Fast forward several months later and the number of good apps has risen, as has the need to be more vigilant in finding them among the 30,000+ storm.

Androinica plans to continue using Twitter to find new apps, but we’ve also got great tools like AppAware and AppBrain to help. Below are a few apps we recommend this week, as well as a few highlights of the previous 19 volumes of Android Apps Alert.

FTPServer

Connecting to your computer via FTP is a useful workaround for transferring files to your phone wirelessly. FTPServer uses FTP to quickly transfer files between phone and desktop. No need to use that USB cord any more.

iMobsters

I’m not really into massive multiplayer role player games, a previous story on m:Mafia is one of our most visited posts ever. iMobsters is a similar game that has players join others online to go on missions, fight others, and join up with other criminals looking to “start as a petty thief and rise to the Mafia Don.” There are more than a million people involved in this cross-platform game according to the app’s developer.

RemoteSMS (Free Lite, €1.49 Full)

One of my favorite features of Google voice is the ability to send and read text messages from my desktop. Of course, Google Voice is only available to Americans, so it’s beneficial for others to use RemoteSMS. Users don’t need to reach for their phone with this app that can read and write SMS messages on the computer. There is a simple free version and a more feature-rich version that can send bulk messages, support long SMS, show conversations, and customize the look.

Where

Check-in apps like Foursquare and Gowalla are cool, but some people may prefer having more information in points-of-interest app Where. Already including reviews and directions of nearby POI’s, Where has added support for check-ins and a Placebook feature to keep track of the places you have visited.

PREVIOUSLY COVERED APPS

AutoConference

Do you often use the speaker mode on your phone? Of course, you do. AutoConference is a simple way to turn the feature on or off. The phone uses standard mode when held upright, and turn on the speaker phone when placed on a flat surface.

Hoccer

Sharing data is easy with Hoccer, an app that exchanges information between two phones wirelessly. As one phone throws data (literally done with a toss motion), it’s caught by another. Contacts, bookmarks, photos, and  notes are easily shared with Hoccer.

Opera Mobile

Opera Mini 5 is a beta app that renders pages much faster than the default browser. It also has a great interface with home tiles, browsers, and multiple windows. The only complaint I have is that the app cannot be set as the default browser at the moment.

Radiant (£1.50)

I love this game. That should be enough for you to buy it, but if you need more convincing, Radiant is Android’s version of Space Invaders meets Asteroid. Shoot down invading spaceships and giant asteroids. Lot’s of fun.

SlideScreen (Free Lite, $6.99 Full)

This is the homescreen or quick launch app for grown-ups. No icons or widgets, just the information you crave being display at a glance. Quickly see your missed calls, SMS messages, emails, and calendar appointments on one screen in an instant. Slide Screen also sneaks in a stock reader for Google Finance, RSS feeds in Google Reader, and Twitter.

SnapIt ($1.99 USD)

Ever wanted to scan an image and have it converted to editable text? Well, SnapIt fits the bill. It can also translate the text online or share the text via SMS or email.

Tube Downloader

Download YouTube videos to your phone. As if that premise wasn’t simple enough, Tube Downloader also previews, downloads MP4 videos, and converts to MP3 if requested, content posted to DailyMotion, Google Video, and YouTube.

TV.com (US only)

CBS-owned video content is readily available in this app that houses video clips for CBS television shows, CNET shows, and assorted news clips.

ShapeWriter

Swype is the hot item on Android but anyone unable to get in on the closed beta ought to try Shapewriter. This keyboard replacement enters text by swaying the finger from letter-to-letter as an algorithm predicts the word you’re attempting to type.

Wixel

Word nerds, rejoice! This great game places letters on tiles and gives points to users who can form words using connecting letters. Wixel supports timed games and multiplayer modes for remote gaming.

What the Doodle

Pictionary on Android. It doesn’t get simpler than this multiplayer game that requires users to earn points for successfully illustrating or guessing clues without using words.