With the newly launched web-based Android App Market, you can now download apps on your Android phone via your computer (which is a heck of a lot easier than doing so from your phone). The site has only been up since Wednesday, but I’ve already spent over an hour in combined time scouring the site for cool stuff that I may have missed. On December 31st, 2010, the Android Market reached 200,000 apps, so there’s a lot to wade through.

In honor of Android hitting the 200k milestone, launching their web store, and my starting at MEGATechNews, here are five Android apps that I use everyday.


While I’m far from a social butterfly, working as a freelance writer with multiple clients means that I’m forced to talk to many people, and often. And since my clients are located all over the place, I do my talking online using a variety of instant messengers. I’ve always been a fan of Meebo‘s browser-based all-in-one chat client, so when I got my Droid Incredible, it wasn’t long before I found their Android application. It’s not exactly bursting with features, but the only feature I care about is conversing with people, which it handles well.


Being a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, I’m obsessive with my notes. Before I had a cellphone, which wasn’t that long ago, I would carry around those teeny composition notebooks and jot down every thought I had. With Evernote, every note I type in and save is automatically uploaded to my free account, where I can easily access it from my computer. This is especially helpful when I’m out late and end up writing a good portion of an article from my phone. I can just come home, open the Evernote website, and copy what I’ve done to a notepad file and continue to work on it.


Notes aren’t the only thing I’m obsessive about. My love for To-Do lists goes beyond simple productivity and into unhealthy territory. As with Meebo, I’ve been using Google’s own bare bones task application for a while, so I was excited to hear that I could download the mobile app and sync my lists across my devices. Now I have a GTasks widget on my home screen, so when I roll out of bed I can take a quick glance at my phone to see what I need to get done for the day.


While I use Google Reader to manage my RSS feeds on my computer, I’m not a big fan of their mobile app. I recently discovered Pulse, which I now access daily as my reader of choice. It sports a sleek layout that’s rich with pictures, yet still manages to cram a lot of stories onto the screen at once, without anything being too small to see. Outlets are stacked vertically and you can sort through the individual stories with easy finger motions. It makes reading fun!

Reddit is Fun

While I use Pulse primarily for work reasons, Reddit is purely for fun, as the name clearly suggests. For the few who don’t know, Reddit is a social news website with multiple categories. There are a few apps for the website out there, but Reddit is Fun is considered to be the best by a huge margin. It’s very easy to access the various subreddits (as they’re called) and even easier to navigate between the content of a post and its comments.

Those are just five of the many applications I use everyday. The list grows rapidly, so expect a list of five more apps somewhere down the road!

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