The Google Android platform has only been out for a short time, but the Android Market has already produced some pretty cool applications for our new favorite smartphone. The variety isn’t quite as incredible as the iPhone just yet, but it’s getting there, slowly but surely.
John Mahoney of Gizmodo has compiled what he believes to be the ten best Android apps of 2008. It’ll be interesting to see what reveals itself in 2009. In the meantime, here’s the Coles Notes version of Mahoney’s Android list.
- Anycut: Creates a desktop shortcut for anything
- Compare Everywhere: Scan a barcode, get comparable pricing
- Shazam: A song identification tool, just like the one for iPhone
- TuneWiki: Dynamically grabs song lyrics from the ‘net
- Video Player: Self-explanatory
- Power Manager: Control the things that suck away your battery life
- WikiTude: Overlays geotagged Wikpedia articles with camera’s live view image
- PhoneFusion Visual Voicemail: See your voicemail rather than hear it
- Chomp SMS: Replacement SMS app that mimics the iPhone, adding haptic feedback
- Locale: Framework for all sorts of GPS-based functions, like location-based ringtones