Favorite Android Apps

For half a year my job has been getting me in “touch” 🙂 with Apple devices: an iPad 3G+WLAN and a new iPod touch. Most of the time we use these devices for testing our mobile websites and to find out how the rest of the mobile world does it. As I’m not that in favour of spending so much money for an Apple phone I ordered a startup Android 2.1 phone some time ago. The actual Huawei-manufactured Vodafone 845 comes with a pretty small resistive 320×240 pixel display – but: hey, it came only 100€!

After trying many many apps the following list is an overview of my favorite ones. I might add a list pretty useful iOS apps in another article together with Benjamin in the next days.


Games

123 Maze Lite

Maze game which get’s quite tricky in the later levels.

http://market.android.com/details?id=maze.game

Scumm VM (alpha)

The scumm VM is a virtual machine for the best adventure games ever – created some years ago by Lucas Arts. Till now I could only find a very early ported version for android but following the instructions in the website at: http://sites.google.com/site/scummvmandroid/ I got the manually installed apk running. You’ll need some files from the scumm VM project (datafiles) – just stick to their FAQ and it should work.

You can get some of the old games from abandonware games website on the web or just copy the data from your 3.5″ floopy disks :-). I successfully played Monkey Island 1 + 2, Zak McKraken, Sam & Max and Day Of the Tentacle (though the sound is sometimes cracking).

X Construction Lite

Like the bridge builder and Pontifex games in X Construction you have to compose stable bridges for a train using metal segments.

http://market.android.com/details?id=de.hms.xconstruction

Traffic Jam Free

Rushhour is a puzzle game where you have to move cars out of the way so a yellow can drive to the exit. Thousands of levels and you can set the difficulty in various steps.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.jiuzhangtech.rushhour

Labyrinth Lite

The kids just love it, though the lite version does not come with many levels.

http://market.android.com/details?id=se.illusionlabs.labyrinth.lite

Andoku

Yet another Sudoku game with many variations and thousands of levels.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.googlecode.andoku

Android Invasion

Space invaders clone.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.invadersgame

Chess for Android

You can set the CPU strength which gives even my bad chess skills a chance to win.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.chess

Droid Balance Lite

Fun with the position sensor of the phone. By turning the phone left and right you have to get rid of red shapes while preventing the blue ones from falling down.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.DroidBalanceLite

Gensoid Lite

Gensoid is an emulator for good old SEGA games, such as Sonic the Hedgehog or Street Figther.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidemu.genslite

Math Attack & Math Workout

Two “brain-train” math games.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.chilisapps.android.mathAttack

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.akbur.mathsworkout

National Flags Quiz

Either you have to chose the correct country name according to a shown flag or the other way around. I knew suprisingly few of them …

http://market.android.com/details?id=net.fractalgate.android.nationalflags

Save Newton Lite

Using arrows shot by a bow you have to save Newton from apples falling from the tree.

http://market.android.com/details?id=ml.game.android.SaveNewton.lite

Sea Fight

Classic sea fight game. Just place your ships wise and try to nuke the CPU one’s.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.ztech.seafight


Tools & spare time

c:geo

All-you-need for geocaching. Just connected my geocaching.com account and turned on GPS and it worked like a charm. Comes with Google maps overlay, GPS compass, detailed cache information with riddles, coordinates and user hints. You can store geocache information for later use – e.g. if there’s no network in the woods.

http://market.android.com/details?id=carnero.cgeo

IMDb

Accesses movie information from the internet movie database. Very handy for quicky looking up a movie or what actor did which movie and such.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.imdb.mobile

Google Sky Map

Ever looked to the night sky and wondered: what’s the name of that bright star? Google sky map can tell you, just point your phone into the direction of the target.Can also guide you to find a specific galaxy or star.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid

DailyStrip

Displays comic strips which you can chose from a large list. I’m much in favour of XKCD, Dilbert and Peanuts.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.fusetree.android.dailyStrip

fring

Instant message client for Gtalk, msn, icq or yahoo. Can also do video calls. I’ve been using it for ICQ chatting sometimes.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.fring

barcoo

Given a scanned barcode of a grocery item you can look up it’s caloric values or where to get it with best price.

http://market.android.com/details?id=de.barcoo.android

Mileage

Small app for tracking fuel consumption and gas station prices.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.evancharlton.mileage


By the way: I used the QR Code generator by Jason Delport of Paxmodept to create the QR codes. You can get market links and package names of android apps using androlib.com and – as of today, I believe – you can visit the market links using any browser as google opened the market for the web.

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