Android Apps 2012 are better than 2011 by ambujch


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									As the new year beckons, resolution time is upon the masses once more. For those who are wishing that
they can keep themselves more productive in 2012, we have put together a list of apps for all those
Android users (who some readers have suggested we have been neglecting) to help them keep their
resolutions going all year long. We took to the reviews and looked around at the various suggestions
offered around the web to find a range of apps that we hope can help cover all of your bases for staying
on track.


Dropbox is fantastic because of the desktop software that accompanies it - without that automatic and
seamless sync, Dropbox would just be another storage locker.9

So, it's surprising that its Android client doesn't have an automatic sync option. Clearly, people want
one, as there are countless Dropbox sync apps available in the Market. I reviewed one such back in June
2011: Titanium Media Sync. Well, times - and my needs - have changed, and I've found a better app.

Dropsync differs from Titanium Media Sync, in that it offers proper two-way sync to Dropbox. The most
obvious advantage here is that you can now update a synced file on your PC (e.g. edit a photo), and have
it appear back on your handset. My favourite usage however, is the ability to keep a folder, say, my
camera folder, in-sync between my many Android devices.


here are many Twitter apps on Android - and Twitter itself shook up the scene with the launch of its
own-brand app recently - but we're sticking with Seesmic. Offering support for multiple accounts, a
home page widget showing latest tweets and an incredibly slick and professional design.

ChuChu Rocket!

ChuChu Rocket! first appeared on the Sega Dreamcast way back in 1999. Its was a big hit on that
platform, but unfortunately very few people actually bought the underrated consoles, and the game's
popularity never spread beyond its core following of Dreamcast users.


OnTheFly scours the web for the cheapest flight to a specified destination and then gives you all the
information you need to book it, without giving away precious dollars to a middle man with a fake tan.
You can choose flexible dates, and it will even suggest other nearby airports, in case they offer a cheaper

When you find the flight you want, it gives you the contact details for the airline along with the
appropriate booking codes to give the operator.

Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android is lacking in features compared to Facebook itself, but a recent update added
Inbox support to the Android app, finally allowing its users to communicate in almost real time. The
app's fast and stable, with a simplicity that reminds you of the old days when using Facebook used to be


Many of Fring's features are similar to Skype, and it also allows 4-user group video chat. Video quality is,
however, mediocre at best and Fring is currently only supported on mobile devices.

London Tube Status

Reduce the misery of being told you've just missed a train and it's a 14-minute wait until the next one
with London Tube Status, which combines travel status updates and live departure times. It also
includes a home screen widget that shows your favourite (or at least your most used) platform
departures, making it easy to check how much you've just missed the next one by while tearing down
the escalators.

Voxer Walkie-Talkie

Have you ever wanted to skip dialing phone numbers and waiting on hold? If your looking to turn your
phone into a "push to talk" live walkie-talkie, then Voxer is the app for you.

Voxer gives your Android 2.2+ device the ability to instantly talk with your friends and family over WiFi,
3G, 4G, EDGE, etc. In addition, if you can't talk, the voice, text, photo and location options are all
seamlessly integrated into one conversation.

The app works like a real walkie-talkie. When the other person speaks, you hear it almost instantly. And
if you're not by your phone, every voice and chat message is saved for later playback. Voxer also boasts
0 advertisements and group chats. Everything is completely free and is cross-platform between iPhone
and Android. Over 5 million people have downloaded the app already on Android alone. When you
download Voxer, you can sync with your Facebook account to see if your friends use Voxer, and also to
let them know that you now have the app.

Advanced Task Killer

While not necessarily needed for newer versions of the Android OS, some users still like having a quick
and easy task manager for managing their apps and battery life. Advanced Task Killer is the one many
users turn to for this added management and peace of mind.

ASTRO File Manager

ASTRO is nothing more than a Windows-style file explorer, but if you're into tinkering and directly
installing Android APK files yourself, it's essential to stick something like this on your phone. It makes
your phone feel like a computer, and makes you feel like you're in charge of it.

A Tegra-exclusive (see here for how to run it on your non-Tegra device), Sprinkle is a physics-based
puzzler that lets every one of us fulfil our dreams of becoming a fire-fighter, albeit one that looks
exclusively after blue proto-blobs.

You have to extinguish the fires before they reach the huts, using only your wits and whatever tools lay
strewn across the country side. With cute sounds and graphics, it's a good casual puzzler for a
reasonable price.

Google Reader

Google has brought its RSS feed tool into the app era, launching its Google Reader for Android. It's got
some great functionality built in, with support for multiple Google accounts and plenty of thread
customisation options. You're also able to use the volume rocker to page up and down between
messages, which is handy for extra-lazy news assimilation.

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