5 Must Have Google Android Applications

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 29, 2008
Updated • Apr 11, 2013
Apps, Google Android

The first mobile phone that uses the Google Android operating system is just a few weeks away. One of the major selling points of Android is that it is Open Source and that users will most likely have access to a huge database of software programs created by the Open Source community at their disposal. Developers have published and announced applications that will be available when the first Android phone will be released and this article takes a look at 5 that look really nice and may be must haves for many users.

Users should be aware that the Android Marketplace will host free and commercial applications just like the Apple iPhone App Store. Most of the applications listed below have come into existence as part of the Android Design Challenge.

This Challenge pushed the development of many Android applications and was an important step for the plattform.

Compare Everywhere: Compare Everywhere, formerly known as Android Scan, could be the killer application for Android. It uses the digital camera of the mobile phone to scan the barcodes of products to identify them electronically. It offers options to compare prices online, read product reviews and even sample music or video content. An alternative seems to be GoCart which basically does the same.

Cooking Capsules: The idea behind Cooking Capsules is simple: provide aspiring cooks with everything they need to create a tasty meal. From a cooking video that demonstrates how the dish is prepared over the compilation of a a grocery list to shop locations in the vicinity and step by step instructions to prepare the meal.

My Closet: The dream application for women. Take pictures of your clothing and the application keeps track and suggests outfits based on weather information and items chosen in the past.

Share Your Board: Jigsaw is an Android application to share, process and capture data on a whiteboard.

Wertago: An interesting application for nightlife enthusiasts that makes use of Google Maps to show the hottest locations in town and provides means to coordinate with friends.

Got any other applications not in the list? Let me know about them. I did not include applications that would track friends and family members. This had various reasons, one being that every family member would need an Android phone for this feature to work.


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  1. Bbyka said on December 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

    What about Google Goggles!!! Obviously one of the best android apps out there.
    Just get some internet connectivity, take a pic of an object, and it’ll tell you what it is. AMAZING! And the best part…take a picture of a barcode of any object (books, video games, every day objects) and it’ll tell you what it is and where the best prices are!!!
    How can you compare this to something that just tells you what to wear. I mean really, if you’re cold, get something warm!

    1. Martin said on December 26, 2010 at 11:03 am

      Well Google Goggles did not exist when this article was created.

  2. Skrki said on September 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    What?! I wonder who, and how they composed this list.. These are must-haves??!

    What ever happened to Advanced task killer, noteme, documents to go, steel, K9 email, APNdroid, better terminal, file explorers… you name it!
    This is probably the list of the most useless applications (mostly because they are location dependent, so try working with these outside of the USA, UK, or other “bigger” coutries, you’ll see what I’m talking about)

    Come on ladies, do you really need your phone to tell you what to wear?! ;)

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