The Top 5 Android Apps

Everyone is always after the 5 Top Android Apps. There are vexed birds, hi-tech video players and even an air guitar app to make you think that people think that you’re cool. Well, you’re not! Instead of wasting time trying to learn stairway to heaven on a smartphone or downloading a video game that puts you in the driver’s seat of a zombie hunter, why don’t you fill some of that valuable memory space on some Android apps that will actually do some good!

Here are the Top 5 Android Apps to make everyone’s life a little easier to deal with.

1. Pandora Internet Radio: Yes, I’m going with this one first-don’t be shocked. Limited commercials, fully-customizable channels by artist and genre, and never ending rocking tunes! This simple app can save you frayed nerves in long car rides and long dentist office waits. Not to mention that you can hook your phone up to humongous speakers and rock out around the house as well!

2. Fooducate: Ths app has over 250,000 stored UPCs in its database. Here’s how it works: You walk through a grocery store trying to find something healthy to feed the family. The nutritional panel on the back is full of ancient, Sumerian writing and is more confusing than a codex from the Davinci Code. What do you do? You scan the UPC and Fooducate tells you precise, easy to understand nutritional information.

3. Shazam: You can be the cool guy or girl who can always tell you what song your hearing but can never quite remember the name of. Shazam will recognize the song and even give you an opportunity to purchase the song through Amazon MP3. Hey, and tag the song where you heard for nostalgia!

4. Yahoo! Mail: Again, keeping it simple. Do you have multiple email accounts or just one important one? Having Yahoo! mail at your fingertips is more convenient than you know. Get all of your important messages from friends, family and customers right away! This is a huge plus for freelancers of all types!

5. Google Maps: Never get lost again. Use Google Maps to get you out of any bad neighborhood or to help you find some local Italian food. This is a staple of all smartphones. It’s why we have them in the first place; necessary knowledge and reference within immediate reach.

As you can see, there’s no reason to get out of the ordinary with your Android app selections. Of course, we’ll all have our preferences but having these basic apps will make your life a lot easier.

NHL Time – Android App for Hockey Stats

Do you want to bring NHL to your android phone? If so, NHL Time is suitable for you. It is an android app that specially designed for hockey fans to instantly check the latest schedules, results and RSS news of National Hockey League.

Simply speaking, it is an info-giver that offers hockey fans the newest info, saving you the trouble for searching the useful info by TV, computer or other ways. Its most useful feature is that it provides users with the instant schedules and results of NHL. You can check out the results of the finished matches and preview the schedules of future matches just by your phone, without waiting in front of TV or computer. You can choose schedules by date, you can select any day you like to check. NHL Time not only gives you the info about the participated teams, but also the relevant dates and time, as a result, you can suitably plan the time to watch it in advance.

In addition to the above features, it also gives users a platform to read the RSS news on ice hockey alliance.

Generally speaking, it is a handy and useful tool for hockey fans, but after using it, I think there is still room for improvement. The info it provides is limited, such as, not enough info about the results of matches. As a user, I want to know more besides the scores. If you are just looking for a good app that shows scores and game stats of hockey matches, NHL Time is a nice choice.

Most Popular Android Apps For April 2010

In Wiki4Android we did a research on the top 5 latest, fastest growing apps of the past month March – April 2010. Unsurprisingly, all of these applications are free.

Out of the 5 applications, 3 are games, with Paper Toss gaining the most downloads in the shortest period of time (about 23k downloads per day).

2 of the top 5 games are MMO (massively multiplayer online game). (Hint hint, game developers) World War is currently the second fastest growing application in terms of rate of downloads.

Below are the top 6 fastest growing application in the Android Market, ranked by users rate of download.

Paper Toss (Action Game, 23k downloads/day)

The most popular game of March – April is the simple yet addictive Paper Toss by Backflip studios. This game is great because it’s so simple that even kids know how to play. Easy touch controls, great sound effects, and nice graphics are the features of this game. Originally a game developed for iPhone.

World War (MMO RPG, 20k downloads/day)

World War (by Storm8) was on iPhone for quite some time, and now that it comes to Android, it became an instant hit due to the already huge number of players / fans. This game has pretty sophisticated game play. It has multiple upgrades and unlocks based on your level. Apart from that, there is a social element that lets you form alliances with players from all over the world.

Opera Mini 5 (Utility – browser, 17k downloads/day)

This is a really fast browser. The main features that are advertised by Opera are tabbed browsing, the speed dial feature, password management system etc. Pages also display faster with Opera because of its powerful server side compression.

Engadget (Utility – news, 10k downloads/day)

Many of us Android users are also tech-savvy people. Engadget app by AOL Inc. keeps you up to date with the latest development in electronics, gadgets, and Android news. If you don’t like reading (like me), you might still be interested in watching “the Engadget Show” available for streaming online if you download this application.

Pocket Empires (MMO strategy, 3k downloads/day)

This game reminds us of Travian. You build your city, perform researches, harvest resources and train army. There are tons of upgrades, items, and different kinds of enemies that makes this game worth playing for a long time without ever getting bored. Other than that, this game has nice graphics and features a global top 100 player board.