Another list of 10 NEW highly recommended and totally FREE Android Apps that you totally need.
Following up on my previous post, 10 Great Android Apps - Shit You Totally Need, we have a whole NEW list of another 10 Android Apps - MORE Shit You Totally Need!
As another belated Christmas gift to yourself, I offer you even MORE shit you totally need. All FREE! This isn't some NYTimes best apps of 2010 puff piece. This article, and my last one, are actually full of QUALITY FREE APPS. I swear to god I see another new article peddling the same crappy pay apps (that they most likely get paid to promote), I'm going to send the author and the editor a rage comic on the subject.
Oh, and if you're really hard up from Christmas, because all you got was a fruitcake and an ugly sweater, I suggest you also browse my list of Top 10 Android FREE Live Wallpapers!
The stock SMS/MMS for Android 2.2 is "meh". Handcent is "aww yeah baby". New styles, additional themes, customization, font packs, colors - more settings than you shake a stick at. Hell, it can even make your SMS look like the iPhone with "the bubbles". Some girl I met at a bar described the messaging that way when she saw it, "Oh that has the iPhone bubbles". LOL. Seriously though, it's a killer app and a definite improvement over the stock version. Free.
Liquor Run Mobile
This little app comes in handy more often than you would think! It lists all the liquor stores near you (or anywhere in general). Plus it has cocktail mixing directions and tons of other features. The mascot is perhaps the coolest part though, it's a bottle of booze running. Who couldn't love that mascot? I want a t-shirt with him on it. Free.
AppBrain App Market
Although similar to the Android Marketplace, this is definitely superior to Google's stock offering. There are more ways to sort, search, and filter. You'll find a lot more cool apps through this market than you will in the stock marketplace - guaranteed. Install it. Free.
The original badass MP3 player is available on Android. And yes, IT REALLY WHIPS THE LLAMA'S ASS! This is probably the best free player out there. Plus it will sync with your desktop version of Winamp (if you so choose). All in all a really great player and big improvement on the stock media player. Free.
Since Android isn't gay, like some of it's competitors...it allows you to install Apps to your microSD card. This is really nice and ultimately allows you to install tons and tons of apps. However, it's tough to know which apps support this feature of running on SD (not all do). Furthermore, you have to do it by hand - individually. SUCKS. But this little app solves all that. It searches your phone apps, finds which ones can be moved to SD, and helps you move them more efficiently. Free.
GTunes is kind of like Google, for music. Search, and download. It's that easy. It will let you preview before you download too. The app also has charts for billboard, specific genres, and countries around the world. So if you're just looking for some 'Pop', hit up the chart, and start searching. Downloads MP3's right to the phone. Somehow I don't think the walled garden is down with that...so jump that wall, sucka! Free.
I did an earlier article, awhile back, on a head to head comparison of PageOnce Travel and TripIt. Both apps rock, and both apps make this list. PageOnce is still slightly ahead because it offers free flight status updates. In addition to this handy feature it auto-creates your trips from your accounts. Very nice to have for anyone who travels, even if it isn't that frequent. Free.
TripIt is still a badass app, and it sure as hell ain't no slouch when it comes to travel organization. Now that it can auto-create trips from confirmations sent to your Gmail account, it's taking big steps forward. It also handles things like dinner reservations, special events, etc. etc. I run both PageOnce Travel and TripIt, and you should too. Don't get caught at the airport or the hotel without your confirmation number. You're holding up the damn line! Free.
Ok, so first off, if you don't have XBMC...you should. God knows you have a ton of media on your computer(s). Music, Pictures, Video, Movies, TV Shows - I know you have it. Install XBMC, get a media library, and watch your content like a pro. Impress your friends. Find a nerdy girl and get her on your couch. Then, pull out your phone and use it as the remote. Aw yeah, baby...that's right. My full review is here. Free
This is the beginings of full customization of your Android phone (minus a custom rom, of course). ADW, and it's array of themes + customization give you complete control over the look and feel of the phone. Change the drawer, change the icons, change the status displays, change it all. There really isn't a limit once you get ADW Launcher going. Which is very easy. Download, install, find a theme, and use it. Then hit your home button. Done. Free. (maybe in the future I'll do a full howto on this...)
So there you go. 10 Great Android Apps - MORE Shit You Totally Need. Combined with my last list, that's 20 FREE and HIGH QUALITY Apps for Android. The best part is, I didn't have to sell out to write these lists, nor did I have to study Journalism in college and suckup to some loser in a turtle neck. New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal - I'm looking at you fools. Your app lists suck. Mine do not. Stoneycase - 2, MSM - 0.