11. Winamp
Yes, the same Winamp from a decade ago. It’s
had an Android app for some time, with
recent updates adding support for iTunes, Mac
syncing, plenty of music streaming options,
new release lists and Shoutcast integration for
radio support. It’s a fine, free media player.
12. Samsung ChatOn
There are plenty of messaging tools on
Android, but Samsung’s beats many of them
by offering multi-platform support – with
clients even available for older Samsung non-
smart feature phones. It could be the ideal
way to keep in touch with an out of touch
relative. More “with it” users will be able to
use its drawing, image sharing and social
networking features.
13. Skyfire 3.0
The USP of the Skyfire browser is that it
supports Flash content, popping up a little
window when it detects an embedded YouTube
video or something similar. The actual Flash
business is handled by Skyfire’s server, which
does all the computery stuff, then sends the
file to your handset. A bit clunky on slower
Android phones, but it works like a dream on
models with faster processors.Despite the
arrival of Flash with Android 2.2, this is still
relevant for those on phones and Android
versions not able to support Adobe’s Flash
14. BBC News
While the BBC’s Android iPlayer app is a bit
on the disappointing side, the corporation’s
BBC News app is much more refined. There’s a
stylish grid-based front page, plus you’re able
to swipe from left to right to switch between
stories in your chosen specialist category. A
recent update also added a couple of Home
screen widgets, too, plus the ability to submit
your own news tips, as if the BBC was a small
blog clamouring for content.
15. RAC Traffic
An official production of the motoring
organisation, RAC Traffic is dead simple – it
guesstimates your location via the mobile
signal, then pops up the current traffic alerts
for your area. It’s much better than having to
listen to the radio for the odd update about
arterial blockages.
16. Swype
The odd line-drawing alternate keyboard
Swype is a love-it or hate-it kind of thing,
with the significant amount of re-learning
required to make the most of it quite off-
putting to some users.
Once you’re familiar with the idea, though, it’s
genius – with advanced prediction options
further speeding your line-typing.
After a long period of availability only through
a beta test or having pre-loaded on your
phone by the maker, Swype’s now available on
Google Play – in both free trial and paid
17. Evernote
After the Android version of Dropbox, the
next best solution for keeping all your
‘business’ in one place is Evernote – which lets
you stash and sync all your text notes, voice
memos and files on your phone and access
them through a desktop computer.
18. Flickr
As well as supporting Flickr uploading, this app
also lets you capture photos from within the
app and comes complete with a set of filters,
so you can hipsterise your life with ease. It
supports sharing with Twitter and Facebook as
well, so your other, non-photo-nerd friends
can enjoy the results of today’s snapping
The subscription-based thrills of open
up a world of music streaming on your
mobile. You have to ‘buy in’ to the odd way of organising things and
suggesting new music, but if you’re easily led
and not restricted by bandwidth it’s a superb
20. Google Maps Navigation
An absolute must-get. As long as you have
Android 1.6 or above, the latest update to
Google Maps introduces turn-by-turn voice
navigation, simultaneously devastating the
satnav industry while boosting the in-car
dashboard dock/charger accessory scene.
Route calculations are done at the outset of
your trip, minimising data transfer en route
and keeping you on target even when the GPS
signal drops. It’s amazing, it works, and it’s