Jan 04 AT 3:07 PM Anthony Domanico 35 Comments

Five applications that would make my life easier in 2011

Happy 2011, Android and Me readers!  With every new year comes the opportunity to make your life better. Every year around this time, millions of people resolve to lose weight, get more organized, or buy something that will make them happy. With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you the applications I’d like to see hit the Android platform in 2011 that would enhance my Android experience.

Please note, these are my personal choices for the top 5 applications that I would like to see in 2011, and my list will likely not match your list. That being said, I encourage each and every one of you who reads this article to think about what applications would make your life easier or better, and share that with us in the comments below.

Without any further ado, what follows are the five applications that I want to see on my Android phone in 2011.

Netflix

The one killer application that would make my Android experience complete is Netflix. Netflix is by far my most used internet service, and I’m a little miffed that both iOS and Windows Phone 7 have had a native Netflix application for months, and the Android app is still nowhere to be found. In fact, the lack of Netflix on Google’s CR-48 notebook is the only reason I have not used this laptop exclusively in the past few weeks.

We know that Netflix is already in the works, and my #1 wish for 2011 is that a release actually sees the light of day.

Hulu

Hulu is another service mysteriously missing from Android, though one that cannot be found on any mobile platform today. The introduction of Flash 10 onto Android was supposed to have paved the way for Hulu to bring streaming video to Android, but that has yet to come. Also missing are details of a possible Hulu launch, namely whether a Hulu Plus subscription will be a requirement.


Google Docs

Yes, yes, I know that Android users can now access and edit their Google Documents at any time using the Android browser, but as someone who uses Google Docs on a regular basis, having a dedicated, standalone application for Docs with a better user interface and more features would really enhance the Android experience.


Rage HD

With the development of Tegra 2 phones, 2011 will certainly bring awesome games to the Android platform. One of the games I am personally excited about is Rage HD, a first person shooter game from the fine folks at id software who were behind the Doom and Quake games. Rage HD is based on the Quake engine that is being ported over to Android and should be available sometime in 2011. As a gamer at heart, having a full-featured, awesome-looking FPS on my phone would be a dream come true.


A Fully-Featured LinkedIn Application

It’s no secret that many people from my generation (Gen-Y, baby!) are always looking for the next greatest job out there. LinkedIn is a great networking tool for job-seekers that can be what actually lands you your next job (or at least get you an interview). Though a beta application was leaked a few weeks ago, it left much to be desired and is clearly not ready for everyday use. As someone who uses LinkedIn on a fairly regular basis, having a fully-featured LinkedIn application would be ideal for any current and future career search endeavors.

Conclusion

Love it or hate it, these are the five applications that would make my life either easier or better (or both) in 2011. As I stated at the opening of the article, this is one opinion on the matter, and we would LOVE to hear what applications are on your must-have list. Please share with us and our readers in the comments below.

Anthony loves all things technology, from hardware to apps and games. You can connect with him via Google+ or Twitter by clicking one of the fancy doo-dads above.

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  • http://Website Eric

    About Rage HD. It’s a tech demo, little more. It’s somewhat fun, but nowhere near even the top 50%. It was kind of disappointing.

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      If your looking for a good FPS shooter, you can’t get any better than NOVA as far as I’m concerned and it’s a real FPS and not a rail shooter.

  • http://Website Jeremy

    Documents to go has google docs integrated…

    • http://skeltonmedia.com Dave

      WOW…I haven’t used Documents to go in months and it looks like they have really stepped up the quality and features. Google Docs is certainly worth buying this app for. Android development has really picked up in the past year. Glad to be on the bandwagon. iPhone is so 2006.

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    I’m shocked there isn’t a viable Netflix option on Android yet.

    • http://Website Westy

      I really feel that this was a deal that was made behind close doors to delay a release of an Android app by competitors. Definitely wouldnt be surprised if Microsoft did it since they are known for doing that for the their console. I just couldnt imagine the development work for this for a Multi-Million dollar company being a major issue.

      • SGB101

        netflix blame android and say its not as secure as iphone and WP7, hence no netflix for us.

        well you as in in the uk and wouldn’t get it anyway :(

    • http://Website Jason

      DRM is the reason to blame according to Netflix.

      • http://Website marc

        Netflix has a blog entry on this issue precisely. I really don’t think it will be resolved until Google gets serious about competing with Apple.

        http://blog.netflix.com/2010/11/netflix-on-android.html

        It is a sad thing to see Google drag its feet on so many little, cummulatively large, things. I guess it doesn’t matter if you have all kinds of theoretically smart people if they can’t complete a project and get good looking and working complete solutions out to market.

        • http://codethief.eu codethief

          Do you seriously want to see DRM-like mechanisms on Android?
          I don’t. It’s the reason why I decided against the iPhone.

    • http://Website sixcoronas

      I can’t wait to buy a new tablet to replace my ipad, but, I will not buy one until Netflix is available.

  • http://Website Christian

    I would say Netflix, Hulu, native Google Docs app, better gaming in general, and a really, really, really nice planner app. Lol.

    • http://www.droidweb.com Droidweb

      Have you tried Jorte? Its pretty much a software rendition of the old school day-planners with support for Google Calendar and the works.

  • http://Website Tim

    The Netflix app on the iPhone sucks. If they can make a better one where you can you know manage your queue than ok. But if it’s the same thing I’ll stick with Phone Flicks.

  • http://Website Sabio

    What extra options are available on the Win7 and iPhone Netflix apps?
    Because I find it quite simple to manage my queue using the Movies app…

    • http://Website Joel

      Instant streaming. Queue management is available to everyone since the API is open, but I think the OP is referring to the ability to watch instant streaming content on Android.

  • http://Website Jason

    I would like to have a WEP cracking app, just for those times when you really need WiFi.

  • http://linkedin Antonio

    there is a linked in application available (made by linkedin) and more than that HTC Sense has a widget that connects the linkedin account with the contacts.
    check it out !

    LinkedIn for Android http://m.linkedin.com/android

  • http://Website Daniel

    Leaked LinkedIn app? I haven’t heard of that, but they did release an official beta a few weeks ago. A new beta with contact sync is expected for this month, I believe.

  • http://Website Angela

    I wish Zipcar would develop an Android app already. Zipcar, ya hear me?

  • http://Website Adam
  • MitchRapp81

    I bookmarked Google Docs … 1 swype to bring up my bookmarks, 1 click to hit “google docs”, and I’m there. Signed in and ready.

  • http://Website xallies

    i have to agree with those top five

  • http://mikeriosiawhore.com Mike

    Anthony, I feel you on the Netflix and Google Docs tip… Throw in Skype with VIDEO CHAT and Plants vs Zombies and I’m all set.

  • http://Website Brendan

    The Android app I want most of all is for a screenwriting/pre-production program called Celtx, which has an iApp but as of yet nothing for Android.

  • http://Website I Heart Android

    After just watching the AT&T “don’t text and drive” video, I have to say: an app with a home screen widget which can be turned on and off with one touch, which would automatically hold all incoming text and/or emails in a queue until turned off would really help parents sleep at night. The ability to have the app auto-respond to incoming texts with an “I’m driving; will text later” message would be slick too.
    Kind of on a soapbox… but that video made me ill.
    Would also like an app for better Outlook Task integration.

    • http://Website Ben 1.0

      That’s a really good idea, particularly the automatic “I’m driving, will reply later” response.

  • http://Website Mik

    Hulu and Netflix are irrelevant as long as they don’t recognize EU countries.

    • http://Website Ryan McKay

      Maybe to you ;)

  • http://www.mobilefootie.com Christer Nordvik

    My guess is that all the video apps are missing because Android doesn’t support adaptive streaming over HTTP. I have made an app that does streaming from Premier League and it really isn’t anywhere near as smooth as the iPhone version which does adaptive streaming…

  • http://Website Kvanje

    An Android version of EpicWin (or a knockoff) is number one on my wishlist.

    http://www.rexbox.co.uk/epicwin/

    • http://Website TimmeeCitherix

      I just clicked the link and watched the video.

      huhmuhnahuhmuhnahumuhnah

      Do want.

  • http://Website Greg

    I didn’t think people still used LinkedIn…

    • http://www.frugaldater.com Joey Fudd

      The main people on linked in seem to be headhunters / recruiters who just want to pimp you out and not share any contacts.

  • http://Website Whap

    I am surprised that google music service is not on this list! I am so ready to drop I tunes……

  1. EricGuest 4 years ago

    About Rage HD. It’s a tech demo, little more. It’s somewhat fun, but nowhere near even the top 50%. It was kind of disappointing.

    • daveloftGuest 4 years ago

      If your looking for a good FPS shooter, you can’t get any better than NOVA as far as I’m concerned and it’s a real FPS and not a rail shooter.

  2. JeremyGuest 4 years ago

    Documents to go has google docs integrated…

    • DaveGuest 4 years ago

      WOW…I haven’t used Documents to go in months and it looks like they have really stepped up the quality and features. Google Docs is certainly worth buying this app for. Android development has really picked up in the past year. Glad to be on the bandwagon. iPhone is so 2006.

  3. I’m shocked there isn’t a viable Netflix option on Android yet.

    • WestyGuest 4 years ago

      I really feel that this was a deal that was made behind close doors to delay a release of an Android app by competitors. Definitely wouldnt be surprised if Microsoft did it since they are known for doing that for the their console. I just couldnt imagine the development work for this for a Multi-Million dollar company being a major issue.

      • netflix blame android and say its not as secure as iphone and WP7, hence no netflix for us.

        well you as in in the uk and wouldn’t get it anyway :(

    • JasonGuest 4 years ago

      DRM is the reason to blame according to Netflix.

      • marcGuest 4 years ago

        Netflix has a blog entry on this issue precisely. I really don’t think it will be resolved until Google gets serious about competing with Apple.

        http://blog.netflix.com/2010/11/netflix-on-android.html

        It is a sad thing to see Google drag its feet on so many little, cummulatively large, things. I guess it doesn’t matter if you have all kinds of theoretically smart people if they can’t complete a project and get good looking and working complete solutions out to market.

        • Do you seriously want to see DRM-like mechanisms on Android?
          I don’t. It’s the reason why I decided against the iPhone.

    • sixcoronasGuest 4 years ago

      I can’t wait to buy a new tablet to replace my ipad, but, I will not buy one until Netflix is available.

  4. ChristianGuest 4 years ago

    I would say Netflix, Hulu, native Google Docs app, better gaming in general, and a really, really, really nice planner app. Lol.

    • DroidwebGuest 4 years ago

      Have you tried Jorte? Its pretty much a software rendition of the old school day-planners with support for Google Calendar and the works.

  5. TimGuest 4 years ago

    The Netflix app on the iPhone sucks. If they can make a better one where you can you know manage your queue than ok. But if it’s the same thing I’ll stick with Phone Flicks.

  6. SabioGuest 4 years ago

    What extra options are available on the Win7 and iPhone Netflix apps?
    Because I find it quite simple to manage my queue using the Movies app…

    • JoelGuest 4 years ago

      Instant streaming. Queue management is available to everyone since the API is open, but I think the OP is referring to the ability to watch instant streaming content on Android.

  7. JasonGuest 4 years ago

    I would like to have a WEP cracking app, just for those times when you really need WiFi.

  8. AntonioGuest 4 years ago

    there is a linked in application available (made by linkedin) and more than that HTC Sense has a widget that connects the linkedin account with the contacts.
    check it out !

    LinkedIn for Android http://m.linkedin.com/android

  9. DanielGuest 4 years ago

    Leaked LinkedIn app? I haven’t heard of that, but they did release an official beta a few weeks ago. A new beta with contact sync is expected for this month, I believe.

  10. AngelaGuest 4 years ago

    I wish Zipcar would develop an Android app already. Zipcar, ya hear me?

  11. AdamGuest 4 years ago
  12. I bookmarked Google Docs … 1 swype to bring up my bookmarks, 1 click to hit “google docs”, and I’m there. Signed in and ready.

  13. xalliesGuest 4 years ago

    i have to agree with those top five

  14. MikeGuest 4 years ago

    Anthony, I feel you on the Netflix and Google Docs tip… Throw in Skype with VIDEO CHAT and Plants vs Zombies and I’m all set.

  15. BrendanGuest 4 years ago

    The Android app I want most of all is for a screenwriting/pre-production program called Celtx, which has an iApp but as of yet nothing for Android.

  16. I Heart AndroidGuest 4 years ago

    After just watching the AT&T “don’t text and drive” video, I have to say: an app with a home screen widget which can be turned on and off with one touch, which would automatically hold all incoming text and/or emails in a queue until turned off would really help parents sleep at night. The ability to have the app auto-respond to incoming texts with an “I’m driving; will text later” message would be slick too.
    Kind of on a soapbox… but that video made me ill.
    Would also like an app for better Outlook Task integration.

    • Ben 1.0Guest 4 years ago

      That’s a really good idea, particularly the automatic “I’m driving, will reply later” response.

  17. MikGuest 4 years ago

    Hulu and Netflix are irrelevant as long as they don’t recognize EU countries.

  18. Christer NordvikGuest 4 years ago

    My guess is that all the video apps are missing because Android doesn’t support adaptive streaming over HTTP. I have made an app that does streaming from Premier League and it really isn’t anywhere near as smooth as the iPhone version which does adaptive streaming…

  19. KvanjeGuest 4 years ago

    An Android version of EpicWin (or a knockoff) is number one on my wishlist.

    http://www.rexbox.co.uk/epicwin/

    • TimmeeCitherixGuest 4 years ago

      I just clicked the link and watched the video.

      huhmuhnahuhmuhnahumuhnah

      Do want.

  20. GregGuest 4 years ago

    I didn’t think people still used LinkedIn…

    • Joey FuddGuest 4 years ago

      The main people on linked in seem to be headhunters / recruiters who just want to pimp you out and not share any contacts.

  21. WhapGuest 4 years ago

    I am surprised that google music service is not on this list! I am so ready to drop I tunes……