My Top Android Applications

Android has really grown as a mobile OS in the last year. I’ve had a few android devices including a Droid, Droid 2, Droid Charge and the Motorola Xoom. My current 2 devices and the Samsung Droid Charge and the Motorola Xoom. There are a few applications I run that are indispensable. The nice thing about Google’s Android operating system is that the applications I have on one device, easily install on my other device.

Evernote

Evernote is an amazing application for notes and To Do’s! I’ve tried a bunch of applications for To Do’s and note taking, and I haven’t liked any as much as Evernote. With Evernote, it syncs with just about everything including my Mac. It also has browser clipping that will actually take a snapshot of an entire webpage. I’ve replaced(mostly) my Google Bookmarks with Evernote since I can read the whole page in the note, just in case the page goes down or goes away.

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TweetDeck

TweetDeck, which was recently acquired by Twitter, is my Twitter client of choice. Like Evernote, it not only syncs with both my Android devices, but it also syncs with the desktop on my Mac.

LastPass

I’ve used Chrome and Firefox’s internal ability to remember passwords for a long time. For those that know me, I’m an abussive internet user. I normally have at least 10+ Chrome windows open, each with multiple tabs. Throughout the day then, I use different browsers for different tools, or for different Google account sessions. The problem becomes that I then have to have the passwords in both locations, which initially becomes a royal pain. Why I explain that, is because when I’m mobile, I then have ZERO access to those password. That’s where LastPass came in! It saves passwords, fills out forms, similar to that of what Chrome does, but it has cross browser capabilities and its Android ready!

Trillian

I’m not 100% sold on Trillian, but it has been a solid im client for both my Mac and my Android. The cross device sync, again, has been clutch for me being that I’m mobile a bunch and need access to not only my AIM contacts, but Jabber and Google as well.

TouchDown

Android has built in email support for Exchange, but I needed something with a little more features. TouchDown has been really good. The first time I tried it, it seemed buggy, but ever since upgrading the the premium version, I haven’t had any issues.

DropBox

DropBox is a newer tool I’m using but it’s been great! Getting files while on the go is a must, and I had been relying on Google Docs for most of it. DropBox has also come in handy with moving files from my desktop to my server.

Ambient’s Audeo-Taking Thoughts To Speech

Kristen Nicole from Mashable did a piece called “Speak Outloud without Opening Your Mouth”. Wow….What a sweet technology! I checked out Ambient’s website to get some more information on their product the call Audeo. The company is founded by 2 engineers Michael Callahan and Thomas Coleman.

Check this out!

Pretty cool huh? It will be really sweet to see where this technology goes and the different applications that people come up with! Kristen gave some of her speculation like integrating the technology into everything from cell phones to email!

Cognitive Code – SILVIA AI

So Teddy Ruxpin came across my Google RSS feeder this morning…what a blast from the past!

Teddy Ruxpin

CrunchGear has apparently take the article down since then but the article was about Cognitive Code Corp. and their SILVIA artificial intelligence(AI) products. Their products look sweet, I mean, I would love to talk to my PDA or car! One highlight is that “SILVIA is a complete system for the development and deployment of intelligent applications to almost any computing platform or operating system, with a technological core that allows humans to interact with computers in completely natural and intuitive ways.”

Remember Knight Rider’s KITT? This could be KITT brought to life to some extent! They claim their system can be integrated through some development tools and API. I cannot wait until AI starts to integrate with everything from cars to cell phones to search engines to social networking!

Any other cool ways this technology could be integrated??