Top 10 Android Apps

Have an Android phone but don’t know what apps are worth downloading or purchasing? Android phones are excellent for those who love apps on a daily basis and want an easy way to play games, store information, and do other simple tasks with every unique app. Here are the top ten apps for any Android phone user ranging from games, entertainment to tools and devices:

1. Paper Camera:

Everyone loves to take pictures with their Android phone, but often times the un-original camera filter apps become old after a while. Paper camera is only a 2 dollar app that lets you point the camera at what you’re shooting and it automatically applies the filter you have chosen while you’re taking your pictures. There’s a total of 12 unique effects and you can simply press the next button to see all of them while your camera is on. This exciting app also features sharing options.

2. Speaktoit assistant:

The Speaktoit assistant app is similar to the iPhone’s Siri and is handy in many situations. To use this free app, simply ask a question or place a request and the assistant will direct you to Google searches, near-by locations or even tools in your Android phone. You can also change the voice of the speaker to make it fun!

3. Google Music:

One of the hottest apps in a while is the Google Music app, which lets you upload over 20k of from a Mac or PC directly to Cloud. It’s an easy way to listen to music on the go and only cost you as little as 49 cents per song.

4. Speed Forge 3D:

The best racing game for all Android phones! This game is set in the future and involves insane vehicles and driving styles. There’s even weapons that can be added – even better, this game is in 3D and free for all.

5. Bonsai Blast:

Bonsai Blast is a free and perfect game when you’re bored and need something to do that will pack in tons of fun. It’s great for anyone who loves puzzle games and wants a new twist on them.

6. Any.DO: To Do List:

Tired of forgetting important tasks? This app is provided by a Google Executive and is made especially for android loves who need to stay organized and have their events and tasks listed out to be remembered.

7. Fooducate Shopping Scanner:

Be aware of what you eat with this popular app for Android phones. It lets you see nutritional info on thousands of foods and lets you scan items to see better and healthier alternatives.

8. Path:

This new app is an excellent choice for social networking. Easily share photos, listen to music, and tell the world what you’re up too for free.

9. World of Goo:

Android users love this physics based puzzle game that challenges you to connect goo balls together and build structures with creativity. Perfect for all ages!

10. TweetDeck:

With this app, you can have all your favorite social networking sites in one spot and social feed. No need for multiple Facebook and twitter apps!

These are just an example of the best apps you can find on the Android Market. With thousands of available apps, there are plenty of other applications that will help you maximize the benefits of having such a powerful device.

How To Install Applications On Android Phones and Tablets

Being free and open source, Android has a lot of application developers. In fact, anyone with programming skills and curiosity can begin to develop applications. This makes thousands of applications available for android, and every day they are increasing.

What types of applications are available in Android Market?

Here you will find games and applications of two types: free and paid. Although the payment options are usually quite affordable.

How do we download applications?

We have to do it from our end. You only have to click on the icon of Android Market application on the screen of your phone or tablet.

Once we enter the Market, we can use the search engine or browse the different categories to find the application or type the name of application you want.

Google does not monitor people who upload applications. As a lot of applications are uploaded daily so you may find a few applications which are of low quality or has bugs. To filter out such applications from the market Google has adopted a grading system, where if an application has more stars the better it is. In addition, users can leave comments on the application.

The price:

As we said, not all applications are free. Price is usually displayed in the currency of the supplier. Before paying, you will see an approximate conversion to your local currency.

After selecting the application, just press the Install button or Buy now and pay accordingly. It’s that simple.

When you start Android Market, you will find the section My Downloads. From here we can manage installed applications, and if one does not meet our expectations, uninstall it with a “click”.

Android Developer:

As mentioned, anyone with minimal knowledge can develop applications for this operating system.

To program the applications, we need knowledge of Java and object-oriented programming.

From the site Android Developers can download the necessary tools to start. Basically we need the Android SDK with all necessary libraries and the emulator.

The development environment is integrated into the free platform Eclipse.

And when we have our application, we can upload it to Android Market.

According to recent survey 60% app developers on android don’t recover their invested money. So, if you are planning to outsource development of android app then make sure that it is worth investment. Also if your application is not at par with standards of Android market then it may get rejected during the approval process.

Best Android Apps for Families

The Good, The Bad and The Irrelevant

We see the good and the bad, and everything in-between. Sorting through the Android Marketplace of over 300,000 apps is no small task, but we’ve been steadily working towards finding the best stuff for your family, and giving you a breakdown of the cool and the drool (our version of the good & bad) on all types of apps, not just games.

All of the apps that we review have to pass a precursory inspection before we will even consider them for our review process. This means that we only review apps that have some relevance to families, aren’t malicious, and generally meet a certain level of quality.

The Best of the Best

But even though all of the apps that we review meet these initial criteria, there is still a huge difference between an acceptable app and a truly enjoyable app that surpasses our expectations.
It’s always a treat to stumble upon an app that is really well made, entertaining, engaging and has some sort of depth to the interaction that it provides. You can always tell when there has been an extra bit of effort and love built into an app, and (coming from people who use and review a bunch of different apps) it’s definitely appreciated.

These are the apps that stand apart from the others, they are some of Famigo’s favorites, and we think that your family will absolutely love them too:

Top Paid Apps

Cut the Rope – $0.99

A beautiful game with adorable characters and a gorgeous user interface. It plays off of really interesting and intricate physics puzzles. If Pixar had made a blockbuster app, this would be it. Although this app has been popular on Apple’s app store for a while, it is new to the Android Market.

Drawing Pad – $1.99

There are a lot of drawing apps out there, and a bunch that are supposedly designed especially for kids. From what we’ve seen, they’re mainly lackluster. (Meaning they look like bad rip-offs of Paint, with design queues taken from the 1980s, not that we don’t love the 80’s, but these apps aren’t even trying to be retro!) This drawing app, however, is fantastic. It’s clean, easy to use, and has a ton of choices for different colors and materials

X Construction – $1.43

We like this one so much that we keep on playing it, practically everyday, even though we’ve already reviewed it. It’s challenging, sometimes frustratingly so, but that’s what keeps us coming back to it over and over again. There’s something about being responsible for a train completing its journey that’s oddly satisfying.

Nano Panda – $0.97

There’s one word that describes this app: adorable. It’s another physics-based puzzle game, but it manages to be delightful through its game play, user interface, and excessive use of pandas. In our eyes there’s no such thing as too many pandas, so this app gets the Famigo seal of approval.

Top Free Apps

Peggle

This is a brightly colored, easy to play app that is fun for everyone. It has the capability of being multi-user, which we love. (It’s always more fun to play together!) There’s an especially nice touch built into the game, win a level and you’ll see what we’re talking about.

Angry Birds

This one really goes without saying. When an app has its own line of kid’s toys and a movie in the works, you
know there’s got to be something to it. What is that something? Probably the great graphics, cute characters, challenging game play and wide audience appeal. We’d happily pay for a version without ads, but that isn’t an option yet.

Shift Lite Puzzle Game

A really challenging puzzle game with a deceptively simple black and white look. Each level provides new (and progressively frustrating) challenges that can all be solved with four simple actions, figuring out which of the four and in what combination is the problem.