Category: ANDROID OS

Best Android Market

The fact that Android is now the fastest selling OS in smartphone is not hidden. However the apps available in the Android marketplace are far less as compared to that of the IPhone is also a fact known to all. But Android has one ace in its pocket : open source which it can throw all the time. Meaning ? While you can install an app on an iPhone only via the AppStore(or get ur iPhone jailbroken ) Android platform allows you to install apps from virtually anywhere be it your system (simple copy paste play ) or share via Bluetooth or from the appstores. Which definitely brings us to the fact that because of its open nature, android has lots of stores that offer variety of apps for download. Next comes the question which appstore to prefer ? Here is where we come into the picture and give you reviews about the various markets and the best of them all …

Android Marketplace

The official market from Google which comes pre-installed on almost all Android phones is undoubtedly the best place to search for apps. The market was re-generated in an entirely new format a couple of months ago that changed its UI. Now it has 3 categories in which you can browse the apps, namely Featured which gives the best of all categories, Top paid which gives the top selling in the corresponding sub category and Top Free which give you the top free games in the sub category. The sub categories include : applications, games and my apps. The my apps category OS quiet useful since it allows one to view his apps installed on the phone and also allows to update if there is one. Some facts:
Launch : 22 Oct 2008
Total apps : 200,000+(as of Feb 2011)
Total downloaded : 2,500,000,000+(as of Feb 2011)
Percentage of free apps : 57% approx

Why we like it?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Well the largest collection of apps at one place and more than 50% of it is free.Do you need a better reason? User interface is easy to use, updates are handled properly and moreover most of the other apps simply redirect to this market for installation.:D A study has revealed that Android market is growing at the rate of around 127% and is expected to surpass the Apple AppStore by mid 2012. So all hail Android.


AppBrain is not exactly a Market but another application that allows you to search for apps but in a totally different way as compared to the default Android Market. The home UI has tje following categories : Manage & sync, recommended apps, Browse apps and Explore users. The manage and sync option allows you to back up your apps, recommended apps section advises various apps based on your currently installed apps. Explore user section allows you to search another androider and share with him the app of your choice.
The advantages are:
1. Apps can be filtered and viewed as hottest app of the day, hottest app of the week, hottest app in your country, hottest apps all time. Also you can filter the apps according to various price categories.
2. The procedure of searching and installing the app is faster than the default Market. After you have searched the app as soon as you click install it takes you to the installation page of market for the same app. Browsing through the market for the same app will take longer time than browsing through this.
3. AppBrain Sync is another add on that allows a user to search the app on his PC and then later he can install straight away on his phone without browsing for the app again. All user needs to give is his gmail I’d .

However there are several disadvantages too :
1. AppBrain doesn’t have a database market of its own. It’s simply another way of browsing the apps on market. So a person who uses market very often might not find much options in it.
2. There is no new stuff. Whatever apps are banned by the market are also banned in here.
Why we like it?
Ability to install apps searched on the PC directly and also to backup the apps installed.


App aware is again not a market but an app that helps you discover the apps in a different manner. It populates the apps that are being installed or uninstalled in real time by the other Android users around the world. It allows the user to see the top apps of the day, top apps in the hour, top apps of the week all populated by the number of installation within the corresponding time frame. Real time here means real-time this app gets updated every 30 to 40 seconds and you can just refresh to obtain the latest apps being installed. Apart from this, the app also allows you to view recent comment on the particular app and using the GPS it will also show the apps being installed near you. It allows you to link your app to Twitter account and then whatever you install or uninstall will be automatically posted to your account. After selecting your app it will take you to its corresponding Market page to install it.
Why we liked it ?
Most of the markets for Android just provide a better search experience and UI meaning they don’t offer anything new in terms of apps. It is here that AppAware beats all. It can be labeled as one of the best ways of discovering new apps because it gives you the name of an app being installed be it present in the market or not. Hence if a user is installing an app which is not in the market one can get to know and search for the same online copy it and install as easy as that.

Getjar market

Well let’s face it Android market bans various apps daily if it finds them fishy. But we as users love em and definitely don’t want them out of the market. A recent example is the BBC player app which was banned. But still that app is available. Where? Well in markets like Getjar 😀 Getjar is the single largest market for apps for iPhone Android blackberry and many more mobile platforms. What’s more is the fact that it doesn’t always link you to the Android market, instead it has its own market where in you can search and download apps. Hence it is able to provide apps that have been banned and lots of apps that are not even there in the market.
Why we liked it ?
Well lots of options and varieties in choosing apps not available in any other market. It has over 82 percent of apps free. And recently Getjar managed to raise 25 million $ in funding for improving the Android market further so there’s definitely something to look for over here.

What has future on store for us?

Amazon is releasing its own Android market very soon which may well prove to be the righteous contender to the Android Market. So far none of the above markets have been able to challenge Tue Android market share, but amazon with its special features might just be able to bite off a chunk from Google’s share. It allows the user to purchase apps even before buying an Android phone, it will also have its trademark ‘people who bought this also purchased this ‘ section and will be fully integrated to the online site.

Apart from this is also Tegra Zone a market for high end games running on NVIDIA’s Tegra processor for tablets which will raise lots of interest in gaming on Android which has been quite calm so far.
So 2011 has lots in store for Android and definitely enough to challenger IPhone and the Nokia-Microsoft alliance.


Even though the Android platform is around for quiet some time, its game are still far behind in terms of graphics and gameplay as compared to I phones or Symbian phones. But still there are some games out there which deserve credit.

1.Air Control

The objective of the game is fairly simple, you have to land planes and helicopters in their respective positions at the same time avoiding mid-air collisions.However a particular type of plane only goes to a particular type of landing strip which makes the game a bit challenging. The speed of simulation can be increased or decreased with the help of a button provided at the bottom left corner.Although it sounds quiet simple at later stages in the game the quantity of planes becomes so large that it is almost impossible to avoid collisions and this makes it very addictive.It also allows you to upload your high scores on the global scorecard.

The only negative of the game is that it does’nt offer any background music, a bit of low funky tone would have done the trick.Also it offers only two scenarios which might make the game a bit boring.

Air control is available in two versions one free to download which has only one standard scenario and a paid full version that offers an added desert scenario.

The game can be downloaded from this link.

We give it 4/5.

2.Paper Toss/Toss It

Paper toss is one more simple but addictive game.The objective is fairly simple you have a crumpled ball of paper and a bin at some distance.The aim is to simply put the crumpled ball into the bin by the swype of your fingers.Sounds easy right? well heres the challenging part, there’s a tiny old fashioned fan on one of the sides. So every time the user swypes the finger he/she has to adjust the angle of the throw of the paper. The length is always adjusted so the user has to only adjust the angle.  The game has a rather annoying sound of a fan running in background which can be switched off in the menu itself.

There are two versions of this game -Paper Toss by Backflip Studios and Toss It by Boolba Labs. Both offer almost the same  gameplay, however Toss It offers to versions one free, ad version and the other paid ad-free version along with some extra scenarios. Toss It offers around 8 scenarios but somehow I would go for Paper Toss which offers 3 scenarios(Airport, basement and restroom) and 3 level of difficulties which essentially changes the distance of the bin from the table which makes it all the more challenging. Like most of the android games even this game allows you to upload your scores online 🙂

Paper Toss can be downloaded from this link.

We give it 4/5.

3.Tank Hero

Tank Hero was released as a Beta version and hence is free.It as a very fast paced action game. The aim is to take out all opponent tanks in each level to progress to the next level.The tank can be moved by the default phone D-pad or by the cool on-screen replacement offered by the game.The  game provides two different types of opponents which makes it interesting.As the game progress the number of opponents keeps on increasing and  it becomes tougher and tougher.You can fire simply by tapping on the screen.What’s cooler is the shos fired reflect from the walls of the scenario forcing you to be careful.I offers you two types of camera view- moving in which camera moves along the tank and full field is not visible and a fixed view which gives you a hawk-eye view of the Battlefield making it easier to move around:)The game offers 31 levels, however at higher levels there are just too many opponents and it becomes boring to die again and again:(

The game can be downloaded here.

We give it a 3.5/5.

4.Angry Birds

I am quite sure lots of readers were waiting for this one. After making a huge hoolala on I OS and Web OS  Angry Birds has arrived for android platform too.The aim is to rescue all the eggs that were snatched away by some pigs.How is it done? You get a few birds at each level whom you have to slingshot to break the fort kill the pigs thereby getting their eggs back. Therefore the shooting angle is the key.A sub aim of the game is to attain a star rating by destroying the whole of the fort.At the initial stages we only have one type of bird which does nothing except go and crash into the fort, but as the game progress we get 6 different types of birds which can multiply, explode, accelerate, boomerang and give extra strength. The graphics are very cute and it looks fabulous on big screen phones as compared to pixelated look on the I Phone.

However the lack of music is a thumbs down.Honestly speaking I am not such a fan of cute games and hence go with a 3.5/5

It can be downloaded here.


5.Other Honourable Mentions

Games like Live Holdem Poker Pro, World and Solitare are online multiplayer games which are quite fun and are available for free from market.Apart from that there is Slice It in which the objective is two slice the given figure into exactly half…sounds boring but is a lot of fun once you start playing.Then there is Labyrinth Lite which is the same as Teeter provided by HTC where in the objective is to roll your ball to the correct target hole at the same time avoiding the other holes.


Watch this space for the Best Paid Games for Android 🙂









Shazam-Your music guide

What is it ?

Shazam is a music identification service which allows a user to simply hold your phone to a song playing in the background and the service will return you the name of the song ,artist,a link to buy the song and its YouTube video and a lot more!!!!

Does it really work?

When I first heard that there is an application that can tell you the music that is playing in background I was like maybe it can tell it once or twice or let’s way thrice but all the time! And guess what it works all the time. It is so accurate that if you don’t get a song on first try you end up thinking that maybe I was blocking the microphone and you try again and bang!!! Shazam gets it right this time.I tried identifying 3 songs in s pub and since the music was very loud I didn’t have to even hold the phone close to the speakers and it identified them accurately.I even tried this application in a McDonald’s outlet and it even worked there. The point is that it even works in places which have lots of other background noise. The songs that I have tested ate listed below –
*No love by Simple Plan
*Killing in the name by Rage Against The Machine
*Shoot to Thrill by ACDC
*Yeah by Usher

Alright agreed maybe these are the easiest songs to identify,but go ahead and knock yourself out their database is quiet large and you will find it works most of the times.

How does it work?

Curious ? Wanna know how it works ?
The process of identifying a song is known as tagging so just press the get tag button and watch the magic.
What happens is that as soon as it listens a song it create its acoustic fingerprint. It then matches this fingerprint with its database and then returns the result. A detailed description on how these fingerprints are matched can be found in this link.


Apart from just knowing the name of the song,Shazam allows you to-

*Buy the song from amazon
*Get the tour dates of the artist
*Watch the video on YouTube
*Get the lyrics of the song
*Share your new find on Facebook or Twitter
*Sms to your friends
*Or mail them if you want to
*Get the biography of the artist
*Even list out the discography of the artist with all album arts.
*Displays top songs currently in a chart.
*Also has an option to see their blogs about songs.
*Lastly it also lists the sings that have a similar fingerptint.

Shazam currently comes in two versions a free one and a paid one. The free version allows you to enjoy all the premium features for 7 days after which you can continue to tag 5 songs a month for free. The premium version also known as Shazam Encore on the other hand allows you to tag unlimited songs and full access to all the features.

Shazam service is not only available for android phones but also for I phones, Blackberry’s ,PC and even as a telephone service in which you dial their number and they listen the song and its charged only if it is able to tell the correct song 🙂

Final words

Shazam is a very good application and totally worth buying the full version which costs about rs 208 and is available on Android market. It is a must have for people who love music and want to explore the ever growing music world.

We give it a 4 out of 5 solely because its not free. There’s a an app called Soundhound which provides the same service free of cost.

Shazam can be downloaded from this link.

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