There are already more than 25,000 apps available for devices equipped with the Android OS. Despite the quick growth in the number of apps, there are still many features that are absent from my Android phone. This is my list of the top five apps most needed for the Android.
5) [Working] Flash for Android
The newest version of the Android OS (Android 2.2 or “Froyo”) includes primitive Flash accessibility. In theory, this allows Android users to access Flash-based websites and movies. In practice, the Flash-integration is so bad that your phone slows to a crawl with even basic Flash-websites proving impossible to use. Flash is used by nearly every major website so a working app that integrates Flash into my Android web browser would be greatly appreciated.
4) Kindle for the Android
Amazon’s Kindle appears to have gained dominance in the EBook market, but it is still too large for everyday use. There are times when I’m standing in line at the post office or waiting in a drive through that I would like to read a few more pages of my current book. A Kindle for the Android would allow for productive use of those wasted minutes and still let me use the Kindle for heavy reading.
3) Android Media Player
My IPhone friends like to show off their nicely-organized libraries of audio and video files. They can move seamlessly from browsing vacation pictures to embarrassing videos. My Android phones are clunky when it comes to organizing and playing media files. Windows Media Player may be annoying with its extreme focus on Digital Rights Management, but at least it allows for smooth connectivity with file folders and music libraries. Can we get a similar functionality on an Android App?
2) Android Finance
There are dozens of financial apps from banks and investment companies, but there isn’t a single app which integrates real-time balance information from my various financial accounts. I use Mint for Android now, but data is updated only once per day (and less frequently for certain accounts). I don’t care about daily updates on the estimated market value of my home and I would gladly trade those features for real-time balance information on my checking account and main credit cards.
1) Android TV
Smart phones and wireless networks are clearly capable of live streaming and I can use my Android browser to connect to youtube now. But if Sprint has the NFL Mobile App, why can’t my Android have a generic TV app? Netflix on Android or Hulu on Android would be ideal, but I would settle for any app that allows for watching TV directly from my Android phone.