If you are considering getting a Google Android phone in the future - be it the only one available, the T-Mobile G1, or cell phones running the Android OS from other companies that have announced that they will support the platform - you might like to look at the Android application store to check out applications that are made available in it. One of the main reasons for the popularity of the Android operating system is the application store which lists applications that can be installed on the cell phone.
The Android application store got some great feedback last year when the application competition ended which produced more than 1000 different applications for use with Android phones. It is usually not possible to see what the Android application store has to offer unless you already have an Android phone. Not very practicable for evaluation.
That's why the guys over at Cyrket have created a mirror the Android application store on their website.
The Android store mirror divides all Google Android applications into categories. The main page is divided into games, applications and newest contents. A click on games or applications will load a new directory level displaying subcategories. For Android applications those are Communication, Finance or Travel among others. A click on any subcategory will display a file browser (like in the image above) that will list ten Android applications per page. Applications can be sorted by popularity or date. The ratings, names, developers and versions of the Android applications are displayed in each line.
A click on a line will open a detailed view that contains a short description of the application, user comments and additional information about the selected Android application.
Impatient users can use the search on top to see if the Android application store contains an application or game with the functionality that they need. The Cyrket website provides a great overview over all Android applications for non-Android users.
Update: The Cyrket website is no longer available and the core reason for that is that Google has launched Google Play, a store front for all things Android that lets you browse all apps available for the operating system.
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