Android application development is a topic of vast interest and revenue for many established entrepreneurs and companies across the globe. Each day witnesses the release of new Android applications in the market, making it a tough competition for app developing companies to excel. This makes it all the more reason to explore the top 20 Android applications for 2013 as of yet and try to find the reason behind their popularity. The list below does not rank these applications in any order as each application is unique, with its own features and capabilities. Our main intent is to showcase what is popular and in demand in the market. This should also help you in understanding the consumer mind if you are looking for any ideas about developing an Android app yourself.
We now round up on the top 20 Android Applications for 2013:
If you are an athlete who needs motivation to peddle a bit faster or you have been training for a long bike ride, then consider Strava as your coach. This application keeps track of your performance by using your phone’s GPS. You can find out your location and also your bike riding speed through Strava Cycling. But beware! Long bike rides means your battery going low very quickly. You can also map your route against pre-determined segments ranging anywhere been a half mile to 150 miles. To keep the competition going, a leader board helps you see where you stand amongst other Strava users. The application is available both in premium and free versions; with the former version offering detailed statistics.
Price: $6.13 a month (premium version). Free (Basic version)
Evernote Food application is specifically designed for foodies to help them take notes of recipes that can be easily searched through the software. Most of all, it allows you to keep a watch on the calories you consume. If you have a chef hidden somewhere inside you, then try this app as it allows you to build a cookbook on your tab or phone. Find local restaurants and know what’s really cooking by checking all local listings and ratings. You can also integrate the application with Instagram through the “my meals” function that allows you to take a snap, and tag the location and cuisine.
We all have been a victim of bad weather reports which is why Weather Signal is a Godsend as it uses your phone’s environmental sensors to deliver in-depth weather reports. Cool isn’t it? The main screen has a fun weather graphic with tiles that display temperate, pressure, light levels and even magnetic flux. These sensors continue to increase in number depending on the number of sensors your phone has. Most of all, you can customize the settings according to your preferences.
Temple Run is recently out for Android phones. This has got to be one of the most addictive games for this year. After stealing the cursed idol from the temple, you now have to run for your life to escape from the Evil Demon Monkeys. This game is all about testing your reflexes as you race down the temple walls and sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles and collect coins to buy power ups, unlock new characters and see how far you can really run.
We have all gone through moments in our lives when something in the house is broken or needs to be repaired. If you feel you can be a handyman around the house then Fixya is the app just made for you as it collects home-made videos of all types of household appliances and game consoles. All of these videos are extremely elaborate, with full comments and a voting system to let the best video rank on top. Apart from this, you can also upload your own repair tutorials and gather users to get involved in a list of unsolved problems.
If you have an RGB notification lights system in your device then you might have a taste for Light Flow. You can get notifications for text messages, missed calls, new emails and even calendar reminders. Customize different colors for each alert and also rank notification in order of their importance. This helps in only viewing the important notifications especially if your mobile phone’s battery is running low.
Price: $2.28 (full version). Free (Basic version)
If you are a podcast junkie then DogCatcher is the app for you. DogCatcher comes with a very easy interface with few menus that help you customize the look and feel of the application. You can decide how many episodes of podcasts you want to keep, change when podcasts are downloaded and even store your podcasts in the cloud so that they can be accessed from other devices as well.
Price: $ 5.08
TuneIn Radio Pro
If you like to listen to the radio on the move, then try TuneIn Radio Pro that comes both in free and paid versions. The paid version allows you to pause and record live radio and even create wake-up alarms to the sound of your favorite stations. This application will help you in finding all the stations broadcasting in your area making it a handy way to be introduced to new radio stations and music. On the other hand, you also search for music by genres making it an ideal way to get hooked to music that appeals to you.
Price: $ 5.08 (Full version). Free (Basic version)
Adobe Photoshop Touch for phones
This application by Adobe is one of a kind as it is the most complete mobile photo editing app to hit the market. It consists of a wide range of filters and effects, control levels, curves, layers and even selection tools. So instead of using a laptop to add some cool effects to a picture or a drawing, you can use this app to create an image and upload it instantly into social media. Adobe Photoshop Touch for phones is an ideal application for users who like to treat their pictures and drawings on the go.
Candy Crush Saga
They say that it is the sweetest game ever and they are definitely right about that. Who would have thought that making adding three or more candies together could be so much fun? This game has over a 100 levels with puzzles for crushing candies that can be also mixed together. Each level has a certain requirement that you need to fulfill in a given number of moves. The game also provides several tools or add-ons that are unveiled as you progress in the levels. Although this game is free but for extra lives or moves, you are required to pay.
The most popular peer-to-peer application uTorrent has released its first Android app. It has all the features that exist in the regular program except a main window for switching between downloading and completed torrents. Now you can download videos and audios of your liking on your mobiles and tablet devices. Worth a try!
TweakDeck has been purchased by Twitter that makes it compatible with a host of picture-hosting services. It supports more devices and options and provides improved stability; making it a favorite Android Twitter client.
Nowadays, kids like using a mobile phone or tablet as much as the adults. You want to make sure that they only access the content that they are allowed to whereas the rest of the data and apps that are not appropriate for them should remain hidden. Famigo Sandbox is an app specifically made for Android devices that childproofs the phone. With the app, you can set up a list of approved apps that your child is able to run from within the Sandbox while the rest of the content is hidden automatically.
We all have an artist hidden somewhere inside us. Draw Something is a simple, interactive and friendly app that lets you complete with real-life opponents and guess what is being drawn on the board. The game brings out the talents that you never really knew you had.
Amazon Cloud Player
It is difficult transferring your music into a smart phone which is why Amazon Cloud Player gives you the option of storing your favorite music in a cloud. This way you can listen to your music from anywhere, on any device. This amazing application provides you an unlimited storage for music bought through Amazon’s MP3 store. You can also store 250 of your own songs for free and up to 250,000 for an annual fee of $33.45.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is a direct take at the Amazon Cloud Player. This latest offering by Google is only launched a couple of months ago with all the features that are available in the Amazon’s app. The only difference is that Google is providing all the facilities for free!
If you are the kind of person who likes to multi-task with multiple apps from TV and social networking integrated and running in parallel; then try Zeebox. The app allows you a second screen viewing which may not appeal to everyone. However, the application provides extensive friendly interface and usability that encourages users to give it a try.
Keep your mobile phone or tablet protected even in the event of a theft. Prey runs on a camouflage mode so that it remains hidden from savvy thieves while it quietly works to provide a precise location of your phone through GPS. You can also get a notification when you SIM card is replaced by the thief. If you are carrying around an expensive gadget then installing Prey will provide you the necessary protection for safeguarding the valuable.
Price: Pro accounts $5- $399. Basic: Free
If you are the kind of a person who browses articles or news during office hours but then gets busy in work and doesn’t find time to read the content, then install Instapaper. This app lets you save the article for reading it later on offline mode. The feature list for the app is growing as now it even provides support for all major Twitter clients and social news apps.
This app has been there for quite a while but it makes it into our list because it provides a mix of features including note-taking, reminders, to-do lists and recordings that are all synced across any device and platform for mobile and desktop.
Price: $6.08 (Premium Version) Basic Version: Free