1. Seesmic
There are many Twitter apps on Android – and
Twitter itself shook up the scene with the
launch of its own-brand app – but we’re
sticking with Seesmic . Offering support for
multiple accounts, a home page widget
showing latest tweets and an incredibly slick
and professional design, it’s one of the finest
examples of app development out there today.
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2. Facebook for Android
Facebook for Android is lacking in features
compared to Facebook itself, but a recent
update added Inbox support to the Android
app, finally allowing its users to communicate
in almost real time. The app’s fast and stable,
with a simplicity that reminds you of the old
days when using Facebook used to be
3. National Rail Enquiries
After the original free, third-party National
Rail apps went paid-for, National Rail has
finally brought out its own free app. National
Rail Enquiries enables you to check live train
times, plan your journeys, and get
notifications of delays. On first use, the app
prompts you to enter a home and work train
station, and then you can use the ‘Get me
home’ button to see the next available trains.
4. UK Jobs
Hey, times are hard and you’ve got to pay for
your oppressive monthly mobile phone
contract somehow. Offering a fully searchable
database of current UK job vacancies, UK Jobs,
which pulls in its data from independent
employment site is, a slightly
cumbersome but useful and non-governmental
5. Outlook
Microsoft has teamed up with developer
SEVEN to offer an official Hotmail app for
Android, which gives users a simple, clean
interface, push notification support and even
lets you manage multiple Hotmail accounts
from within the app. If your email needs
haven’t yet been assimilated by Google, it’s a
useful option. It’s since been rebranded as the
Outlook app , in keeping with Microsoft’s
changes to its mail site.
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6. Google Sky Map
A stunning app that renders Patrick Moore
obsolete, by using your phone’s orientation
tools to give you an accurate representation of
the stars and planets on your screen. Point
your phone at the sky, then learn what
constellations are visible and if that’s a UFO
or just Venus. Google Sky Map even works
indoors, if you’re not keen on getting cold.
7. Layar
The stunning augmented reality app Layar has
recently gone commercial, adding an online
shop that allows users to buy AR content such
as travel guides, local house price apps and
much more. But you’re still able to use the
numerous free Layers to pop data up over
real-world locations, delivering a satisfying
futuristic experience.
8. Foursquare
The social media darling Foursquare is
represented in fine form on Android, with the
Google app offering easy one-click check-ins,
integrated Google Maps for a seamless Google-
branded experience and home page shortcut
options to all your favourite places.
9. WordPress for Android
WordPress for Android started out as
independent creation wpToGo, before
WordPress decided it liked it so much it
bought it up – hiring the maker to develop it
in-house. It’s very feature-packed, with the
latest version offering full integration with
other apps, letting you spin content and send
it directly to the app for easy updating. It
could do with more image insertion tools,
10. Google Goggles
A bit of a novelty, in that Google Goggles lets
you take photos and have Google analyse them
and come back with a search results page for
what it thinks you’re looking at. However, the
app’s main use is as a QR code reader, which
lets you scan barcodes for quick access to
apps and whatever data people choose to
embed in the odd little data squares.