Welcome to the second (late) edition of Friday Favs where we list our favorite Android apps and games. This week we take a look at several applications that will help you discover new Android apps to download. The official Android Market has some tools to help you find the most downloaded apps, but the discovery apps we will talk about today take it to the next level. Our top five picks are after the jump.
Out of all the apps installed on my phone, AppAware is by far the most used one. AppAware is the only app to offer real-time stats which makes it like the unofficial stock ticker for the Android Market. The new Version 2.0 also added friends lists so you can watch what others are installing in real time. If AppAware continues to add more features to the friends list and make it easier to find popular users, it could become the Twitter of Apps.
AppBrain was started by two ex-Googlers and has more users than any other discovery service. I enjoy using AppBrain’s desktop site since they offer 1-click installs that send apps to your phone. These guys are adding new features at an amazing pace and it wouldn’t surprise me if they become a hot acquisition target soon.
Appsfire is huge on iPhone and just released their Android version. They offer some unique features like VIP users and App Mixes, which are a collection of apps from popular websites. Appsfire also has some cool tools like the ability to move all your eligible apps to the SD card or uninstall them in a single click. Make sure to visit their website for an idea of what features are coming next to Android.
Big App Show offers hand picked apps by Adam Curry, the “world’s first AppJay”. Each day Adam post a new video that explores an app and then offers the ability to easily download it. If any of the other apps on this favs list look too confusing, then Big App Show is for you. Adam is a pretty funny guy and uploads one new video every day, so check out his show and give him your feedback.
StumbleUpon has offered an Android app for awhile that helps you find news, pictures, and video but the new version also does apps. It is light on features right now, but StumbleUpon has a strong discovery engine that might be pretty useful after they tweak it out. Sometimes the app suggestions are completely random, but that’s why I like it. If the other apps on this list bore you, then Stumble some apps and see what pops up.
What are you favorite apps to discover new Android apps? Did we leave any big ones off our list? If you have any suggestions for future Friday Favs, please leave a comment.