Happy Thanksgiving Android and Me readers. We hope you all are taking some time with family eating lots of good food, playing games, and watching a little football. While giving thanks for all the good things in your life, be sure to be mindful of those Android apps that you enjoy or that make your lives easier in some way.
On this day of thanks, I wanted to share with you five applications that I’m thankful for. But it’s not all about me, we want to hear from all of you as well. Be sure to leave a comment on this story with those applications that you’re thankful for this holiday season.
I’ve tried several of the office-suite applications out there, but I keep coming back to QuickOffice on both my Android phone and tablet. I haven’t found anything out there that matches both the beauty and functionality of QuickOffice. We tweeted out a little bit ago when Amazon was offering this software for free, so hopefully all of you managed to download it then. If not, the suite will set you back $7.99 for the phone version, and $11.99 for the tablet version.
Wind Up Knight
Wind up knight came out of nowhere to become perhaps my favorite casual game on Android. Basically, you control a wind-up toy esque knight as you jump and slash your way through several levels, collecting coins and keys along the way. You can unlock new swords and other things to help you on your journey.
Whether I’m going for a run, hanging out at home, or driving to work, I like having music going to distract me. I’ve tried out several of the streaming-based music services out there, and while the likes of Google Music and Amazon MP3 store are good for listening to your music that you already own, and purchasing music you don’t already own, there’s something to be said for listening to music from a massive collection. When it comes to these types of music apps, I’ve always come back to Pandora, and have even sprung for a Pandora One membership. It is the best, in my opinion (remember, it’s an opinion, you probably have a different one, but this is my list!).
Yes, this one may show a bit of bias; the Photobooth application was put together by Android and Me founder Clark Wimberly and resident Android Programmer Justin Shapcott. Still, since it was released, it has become the standard way I share my photos with others. Photobooth allows you to either take existing pictures or snap new ones and put them together into a traditional photobooth-like picture. You can easily share with the likes of Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, or basically any other service you can imagine.
Skitch is a drawing application that allows you to use your Android smartphone or tablet to free-draw or take quick notes that can be saved or shared with others. I actually do this pretty frequently on my Android tablet, whether I’m coming up with a quick idea for a post image, or drawing out some concept I’m having trouble explaining with words.
I’ve shown you mine, now show me yours! Leave a comment below with the applications that you’re thankful for and why you’re thankful for them. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!