As you’ve likely heard from one source or another, Android Market is growing at a phenomenal pace. Roughly 5,000 or more new apps are being added each month. It’s a given that there are going to be some cool apps that you missed, and here some that might make your life a little better:
Note: all links point to Android Market
Free. This app syncs friends’ profile data and status updates from Orkut into the Contacts list of your Android 2.0+ devices.
$9.99 Vlingo is the safest & easiest way to use your phone on the go. Simply tap the home screen widget and speak to send text & email messages, update your Twitter status & much more! Vlingo even speaks incoming texts & emails while you drive.
$0.99. Your friends doesn’t have phone with Google Maps? But they for sure have MMS. With this app you can place some markers on map and send it as image through MMS to them, which will help you easily explain how to get to a specific location.
Free. The DCE ChemPad allows you to draw chemical structures and calculate two basic values, the molecular weight and the molecular formula. It shows the capabilities of the Dendro Chemical Editor control for Android to build chemistry-aware mobile applications. Tap and drag to draw, double-tap to change and fling to delete.
Free. Allows users to quickly list achievements for Xbox 360 games. You can mark the achievements as completed or in-progress. Also allows you to quickly find videos, maps, or guides for those achievements. May take 5-6 seconds on slower devices the first time you run it.
Free. Apartments by ForRent.com is a GPS-sensitive apartment listing app featuring approximately 50,000 properties in over 190 markets in the US. Featuring detailed descriptions, floorplans, picture galleries and video tours of listings, Apartments by ForRent.com is the only mobile app you’ll need to find your new digs.
Free. GpsTicker is a program for outdoor orientation with GPS, it is best for hiking and biking. Automatic download of matching maps from OpenStreetMaps. Records GPS tracks. GPS tracks can be stored as KML- or GPX-files. Import routes in Google Earth KML-Format and GPX-Format. Route calculation and Location search.
Free. If you use android Music app (or HTC Hero Music app) you won’t need to get the phone from your pocket to play next! Slap your pocket. Shake it to play next track!
$0.99. Easy Scorecard is designed to replace golf/disc golf scorecard. This is the paid/donate ads-free version of Easy Scorecard.
Free. ActivityTimer is a visual countdown timer. Use this to track any activity that needs to be timed such as your child’s TV time, game time, or even a time out(!). Or your exercise, yoga. To set a timer, use the timer like a dial and press start. Lite version limited to 8 minutes, full version coming soon.
Free. The Public Storage App helps you reserve storage or pay your bill anytime, anywhere. Public Storage has discount storage units, moving trucks and moving supplies. Take advantage of our first month $1 self storage unit deal. Public Storage is the leader in self storage solutions.
€0.78. This live wallpaper shows battery level as a liquid over your wallpaper. Reacts to touch and orientation making liquid very realistic. Lots of options: anti-alias,bubbles on ac,color, transparency, show battery percent, ect.
Free. RealPlayer is the best all-in-one multimedia app for organizing and playing your favorite content on the go. Currently available as a free download from the Android Market, RealPlayer makes it easier than ever to watch a video, listen to music, or even view a slideshow of your favorite photos.
[UPDATE: this app is no longer available. We'll update you when it returns to the market.] Free. Access TD financial services anytime, anywhere. Check your personal or Small Business Banking account balance, pay bills & transfer money. Find the nearest TD branch/ABM, TD Waterhouse Investor Centre and more. Record insurance information in an accident. Get a quote, place a trade or ask a question, with one touch.