April 28, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Bumpshares contact info, photos, and files by tapping two compatible phones. When the phones touch, phone numbers or attachments transfer from one to the other. It also lets users recommend apps to download. Both phones must have Bump installed; cross-platform support for Android/iPhone is available.
BuzzDeck has cards that pull data from websites and news feeds. See articles from Androinica, ESPN, or Google Reader, or even see status updates posted to Facebook and Twitter. Buzz Deck can auto-refresh in the background and provide notifications when a card is updated.
eBuddy is the mega-chat app for people who wish to instant message on their phone. The app supports multiple conversations and several networks, including AOL IM, Facebook. Google Talk, ICQ, MSN, MySpace, and Yahoo.
Fring provides free Skype to Skype calls and can work with SIP services like Gizmo5. It also taps into Google Talk, MSN, and several other communication protocols. Wi-Fi will be your best friend with this app.
Google Gesture Search works as a shortcut for locating contacts, bookmarks, or apps by performing gestures. For people who have a long list of contacts or apps, it provides a quick shortcut to those entries. [YouTube]
Google Voice is a great virtual phone number service, and the app is equally impressive. Use this official app to call or text from your GV number, listen to or read voicemail messages, and receive notifications.
Handcent is a supercharged texting app that has popup notifications, reminders for unread messages, pre-typed quick messages, batch deleting, and a much better interface for communicating than the default texting app. It’s a must-have app.
Seesmic is an Android Twitter app with broad appeal. It has a great balance of looks, features, speed, and navigation. It supports multiple accounts, widgets, and a comfortable experience that makes this a winner. Note: See our full Android Twitter app comparison.
Twidroid has long been the leading Android app thanks to a solid interface and bevy of features. It has multiple accounts, themes, a built-in browser, widgets, and much more. If you’re looking for the bells and whistles, consider this app. Note: See our full Android Twitter app comparison.