Top 5 Android Apps

As the iPhone continues to play second fiddle to an exploding Android mobile operating system it’s worth looking at the top Android apps. Developers are flocking to Android in droves and porting over apps left and right. To sort through the tens of thousands of apps, let’s start small to make sure you’ve got the basics are covered.

  1. Groupon: Groupon is gaining steam and could become one of the hottest things online since Facebook. The daily deal site has created an app that will let you view your daily deal as well as actually buy it! The app itself provides you the opportunity to kick your printer to the curb and even use your Groupon deals through your device. The Groupon deals will cost some mula but the app itself is free. money
  2. Urbanspoon: This long time iPhone favorite is further cementing itself as the top mobile restaurant guide with its entrance to Android. Your favorite features are all there-the slot machine style view, reviews and the unique Shake feature.
  3. Google Sky Map: Everyone can become an astronomer with Google’s free Sky Map app. Through impressive use of the phone’s accelerometer you can simply point your phone to the sky and get readout of the different planets and constellations up above. Now you can learn to point out more than the Big Dipper!
  4. Angry Birds: This game is genius. Move through levels by utilizing your tool chest of different birds to fling across the screen, knocking down various structures. The simple gameplay and quality graphics made it a long time iPhone hit.
  5. Foursquare: The competition for your location based fun is tight with Gowalla and Foursquare still battling it out. Foursqure may be breaking into the lead with substantially more users though. Download the free app now and rule the roost at your favorite local spot by becoming the Mayor!


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.


Google Play and Apple App Store Games Comparison

Reviewed at the newly launched website called Killer Game Deals, the author of the website has conducted several reviews on iOS and Google Play Store applications. These types of games are generally aimed to provide a standing source of entertainment at the right price. In some instances, the games listed in both stores are free however, it does not guarantee that the game work flawlessly on devices. Below will be some of the games noted on the website which may interest players before deciding to purchase them.

Dragon Flight
This is a game hosted in both stores. The only difference in the Google Play store, the game is free and links to a social messaging app called KakaoTalk. In the App store, the game is free and stands alone. Comparing both games on two different devices, the game works best on the iPad. The controls are smooth allowing easier navigation of your character. The game can be played on the iPhone but it is recommended to play on a bigger screen to spot approaching obstacles. When playing the game on an Android device, the controls are not as smooth thus leading to more failed attempts in the game. This game is highly recommended on iPad devices; bigger screen and a clearer view of the game. Also it must be noted that in the App store, players can unlock 2 additional classes for $0.99 each. In the Google Play store, these same characters can be unlocked by purchasing virtual currency in the form of crystals.

Chrono Trigger
This title is a classic by Square Enix. Right now the game was recently introduced into the store allowing fans to download this classic title. The price is equal in both stores. The only difference are the different game controls on both devices. Comparatively, Chrono Trigger worked well on iPhones and iPads before the iOS 6 update. Since the update, the game continues to experience crashes and freezes which was not evident prior to the update. On Android devices, users experience frustrating controls deeming the controls ‘sloppy’ and ‘unintuitive’. Square Enix has still yet to resolve this issue on both platforms.

Fruit Ninja
Fruit Ninja is an enjoyable title introduced in the App store on April 21, 2010.The game made its debut on Android devices however, the reception was not as solid as it was in the App store. Both were priced at $0.99 and the game had a tendency to crash on Android devices and caused the device to overheat after a short period of time. It is recommended for to play this game on iOS devices due to the constant engagement of updates which lacks in the Google Play store.