What Android Apps Should I Get?

You did it! Finally! You’ve gotten your brand new Android phone and now you’re ready to…what? What can you do with this amazing piece of hardware you’ve been waiting to get?

You know a few apps to download based on what your best friend told you. You might take a few pictures or download that hot shot of your favorite actor or athlete. Then what do you do?

If you’re anything at all like me, you’ll waste tons of hours and downloads trying to find the perfect apps for you. You’ll download games because they have one cool screen shot posted in the Android Market and then find out they’re garbage after you’ve started playing them. You might download 15 different picture apps to see which one is the best.

All of this time spent downloading apps robs you of the time you spent downloading, not to mention the time you’ll spend recharging your phone every 2-3 hours because downloads use up a lot of battery life. You’ll go through tons of aggravation trying to get some of the apps to uninstall because the developers don’t really like it when you take their app back off of your phone after installing it. (Every phone they’re not on is money they can’t make after all.)

How do you avoid this? It’s actually fairly easy if you listen to the staff of The Android Apps HQ. They’ve compiled a book full of screen shots and descriptions to help you figure which apps you’ll want to get started with. The book lists the top games, photography, music, and shopping apps for you to download, and it even has a QR Code for every single app in the book to make it easier to get the app to your phone!


The Best Free Android Apps For Sports Fans

Just like all the other categories of Android apps, the sports apps available for your Android phone are extremely diverse. In my opinion, this particular category may be the most diverse simply because of all the different sports that are played throughout the world. Of course with every sport comes hundreds of Android apps.

If, for instance, you’re looking for an app that will allow you to keep up with the many European soccer leagues, you need to have at least some help before you start downloading apps. If you go in blind, chances are you will download ten apps that sound like they would do the trick before you find one that does half what you would want it to do! That’s just how it is. I just hope that if you go about finding apps that way, you are doing so with free apps- otherwise you could be out hundreds of dollars pretty darn quick.

One last note: I am going to concentrate on free Android sports apps that are popular now and will be popular in the future. Well that’s obvious, right? Not exactly- a lot of the apps fly to the top of the rankings because it’s a certain time of the year or a huge sporting event is going on (World Cup or the Olympics). I’m also looking into the pure quality of the app and the developer of the app. This way, if you want an awesome Football App (either US Football or regular Football), you should be pretty happy now and in the future with the one I list…

Although there are a lot of Android sports apps that do many more things than providing sports news, I’m concentrating on free Android apps for sports fans on this particular list.

Sporting News Pro Football

If you’re a huge NFL fan, this app should be on your phone. This is a great app to have for game day or if you’re like me and like to look up every stat for every player! The user interface is classy and not too crowded.

CBS Sports Pro Football

I really shouldn’t have two pro football Android apps on my list, but it’s the most popular sport in the US and after thinking about it, why not have three? Maybe I won’t go that far. This is a great football app for everyone, but it’s really geared towards those who play Fantasy Football through CBS Sports. Just login and you will have complete control over your fantasy team!

NBA Game Time Lite 2009-10

This is the official NBA Android app from last season. This coming season’s app will surely be even better! It provides all the player and team stats, real-time scores and even TV information so that you can find out what channel your favorite team is playing on! If you’re an NBA fan and you want a standalone pro basketball app, this is your best option.

F1 LIVE RACING

Are you a Formula 1 fan? I’ll tell you what, honestly, I’m not much of a fan but that doesn’t mean I don’t love this app. This free Android sports app provides more than just live updates for every F1 race around the world. Plain and simple, the graphics and the features are fun. If you download this app, you won’t be disappointed!

FotMob 5.0 – Live Soccer

The best soccer leagues from around the world are followed on this app. Some of them include the Premier League, Serie A, Primera Division and Allsvenskan. I could go on and on, but I really wouldn’t have a clue about what I’m talking about, haha. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest soccer (football) fan, but I’ve looked through this app and it’s a very solid, professionally built app that I would recommend to anyone.

ESPN ScoreCenter

I really shouldn’t have to say much more than this is the official ESPN app. Heck, I’m not going to: ESPN is “The Worldwide Leader In Sports” after all!

SportsTap

This is again more of a sports portal. All of the big sports are covered by this app and it’s obvious why hundreds of thousands of people really like it! It’s tastefully done and you’ll never complain about a lack of stats or information.

If you’re looking for just one free Android sports app to satisfy your sports-fix, you can’t go wrong with either ESPN ScoreCenter or SportsTap!

Major League Baseball News

There is borderline too much (not in a bad way) baseball information crammed into this app! If you can’t get enough of MLB, you need to download this free Android app now. Along with all of the standard stats, standings and results, each team has their own page and you can customize your own RSS feed through this app!

MMA News

All the latest results, upcoming matches and octagon gossip you’d ever want! If you’re into Mixed Martial Arts, this is the app to get. IMO, it blows away any other MMA-related Android app.

Sports Radio Droid

his radio app gives you the capability to listen to just about any sports show in the country! There’s a healthy list of stations that are covered and I literally NEED this app when I go on vacation. Heaven forbid I’d be away from my sports talk show for a few days, haha. It’s also a great app if you’re living far away from your hometown and your favorite team.

Honorable Mention:

BOXING NEWS
Fantasy Guru
Golf Channel Mobile
NHL News Feed
WNBA Center Court


Have Fun With Mobile Bingo Games

Until recently Bingo was considered to be a game played by the elderly women in town halls and churches. It also conjured images of smoky and crowded halls where women had their favourite seats and waited with bated breath for the winning number to be called out. In the last couple of years the game has gone from strength to strength and has re-invented and adapted to the changing times. Today, the word Bingo brings to mind playing it from the comfort of home, lounging in your favourite pyjamas. Many fans of the game have taken to the online version with gusto and have helped make it popular.

The rise of the game continues thanks to the Internet boom and now with mobile bingo it has only added to its popularity. This game is fast becoming a rage and can now be accessed from iPhones, Blackberries, iPads and Android devices. The growth in this sphere has been extraordinary and the already profitable online industry is leveraging the power of mobile bingo. The mobile gaming industry is large and there are millions of players all over the world accessing sites with their mobile devices.

There are several advantages and disadvantages of mobile bingo games. One that springs to mind immediately is that fans of the game can now play it anywhere and any time. Play while waiting for the bus or the tube, in a park bench, the train or any place that you are in. It can put an end to the time lost, and expense incurred, that travelling to and from town halls or church halls. Just think, you can play a game whilst watching your favourite TV show, or whilst going about your daily chores.

Something to be kept in mind is that the technology involved in mobile gaming is that it needs to be up to the job. After all, phones were not built to play online bingo on them; it’s just an additional benefit. One key issue that providers are contemplating is the distractions that come with mobiles! It is possible to take a phone call during a game, but what if the call becomes drawn out and the games ends? Many companies are also troubled about connectivity issues especially how well the software will cope when in weak service areas.

There are some precautions that players must keep in mind while playing mobile games. It is a good idea to try out the free or the demo version especially when you are playing for the first time. It is always good to read reviews of the application prior to investing your money in it. Many sites have come up with innovative awards and ways to review applications. These reviews are based on factors like – ease of application download, offers of free trial or not, ease of the sign-up process, value of money being offered to players, the fun factor, the payment process and the customer services etc. Ensure that the site you choose has a 128 bit SSL digital encryption to protect your personal information.