2011 is heralded to be the year Android finally catches up with the superior apple app store. With this in mind - here are five free android apps, that will hopefully instil a slight amount of fear into any apple user.
So it's the new year, you've spent the last few weeks eating adburys selection boxes, a kilogram of turkey and the only exercise you've done is reaching for the TV remote. Maybe it's time to take a little run! Runstar uses your android phones GPS to map out any run you take. It shows your time and average speed, plays your own music library in the background so you've got something to listen to as well as setting you personal goals. A new update is supposed to be out within the next week adding many additional features! So c'mon you lazy beggar, go take a run!
2) What The Doodle
This is literally the most addictive game I have ever played (bar angry birds of course, which is also free on the droid marketplace). You connect to the internet and play versus five other people in a Pictionary style game, but the pictures are doodled on android touch screens. It's really fun (although some players do seem to have a certain penchant for drawing downstairs parts). There is a paid option, but the freebie one works just as well.
3) Google Goggles
This app is also available for iPhone users. Google Goggles can recognise landmarks, logos and even translate foreign text into English. In my tests, it managed to understand a packet of Maltesers, some Nivea deodorant, and my local newspaper. Snazzy.
4) Talk To Me
This is AMAZING. Basically a free speech to speech translator consisting of more than twenty languages. On the most part it works pretty well, and if you're one of those people with a thick Scottish accent - don't fret, because there's also a text input so you can write it down. Half of my family is from Serbia, so this will get some proper use this new year. Finally I can say something to my Nan other than hello and how are you.
5) Google Star Map
One for any Patrick Moore wannabes (let's face it, any man with a Monocle that size and those xylophone skills is definitely a babe magnet), Google star maps uses your android phone to show you exactly what star is what, by simply pointing your phone skywards. It's a really neat little app that probably won't get much use unless you're a keen outdoorsman, but I certainly enjoyed it.
So do you agree with my list? If not, what are your top five android apps - and why?
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