Android Apps October 1stS


beejiveIM: Beejive, the best instant messaging app on those other smartphone platforms, has finally made its way to Android and though it costs 10 bucks, it's as nice and feature packed as IM clients go (it has a conversation drawer!). Beejive supports AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk and other clients while allowing file transfers between users as well. There are other free options available for Android so you may not want to drop $10, but Beejive is definitely worth thinking about, at least.

Android Apps October 1stS


Bloomberg: If you geek out on financial news and stock prices, you'll be thankful to know that Bloomberg has finally released an official Android application. It's been on the iPhone and Blackberry for a while now, but this version comes complete with two home screen widgets. I'm no business type myself, but it seems like Bloomberg hits all the black numbers and bidness coverage that the suits love.

Android Apps October 1stS


Foursquare: Foursquare just got a 2.0 update and it's a major one. 2.0 is bringing a prettier version of Foursquare that's much smoother to use and more similar to the iPhone version (in this case, that's a good thing). There's new 'To-Do' and 'Tips' tabs which make the experience of checking in to places that much more accomplishing.

Android Apps October 1stS


Car Home: Google just put out Car Home in the Android Market and the updated app finally brings some customization to the driving friendly app. Meaning you can re-arrange the shortcuts, remove shortcuts, change the wallpaper, and add new application shortcuts. It's nice that Google releases their apps in Android Market so anyone can download them, it just sucks that most their new apps require Android 2.2, since carriers are slow to push out.

Android Apps October 1stS


SayMyName Dessert: It's a basic app that simply reads the name of the person who just called, texted, or e-mailed you out loud. Not only that, SayMyName Dessert can read out email subjects and read entire text messages.

Android Apps October 1stS


Tawkon: Tawkon is an app that promises to monitor your phone's radiation levels. I'm not sure how accurate it can be, but here's what they do, according to scared-of-radiation-'ol-me:

Tawkon analyzes how your phone's antennas (strength, direction, angle) deal with various issues with your network coverage (distance, weather, terrain) and spits out whether it's at a safe level to talk. I'm sure there's much more analysis that goes into accurately reading radiation levels than what Tawkon is doing but giving a loose-ish estimation is better than being left in the dark. I think.

It's a rather swell idea to try to give us the deets on radiation (in your phones), since no one else seems to care!

Android Apps October 1stS


IP Webcam: I'm not exactly sure how useful this is on a day to day basis but I dig the idea. IP Webcam turns your Android phone into a wireless camera that can stream video to your computer. Jason from Lifehacker says the setup is easy:

Install the app, tweak the settings (login/pass, resolution, image quality), and then simply load up the URL it gives you in a web browser (I used Chrome for testing) or a client that accepts streaming video (I used VLC).

Android Apps October 1stS


Voice Plus: It basically an extension of Google Voice settings for Android. The idea is that you can choose whether to call with your carrier's number or your GV number based on the person (or group of persons) you're calling. You can set criteria like area codes and other snazzy features. If you use Google Voice for some contacts and your other private number for friends, it's a pretty decent feature, if only to lessen the confusion amongst them.