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Friday Poll: Must Have Android Apps of the Last Month are?

Every six weeks or so we like to poll the readers of Droid Life to see which apps they have discovered and can no longer live without.  Quality apps seem to be coming at us in waves these days, making it difficult for everyone to keep up with what’s garbage and what is “must have.”  So as usual, we want you to drop as many of your favorite new apps in the comments.

The three we seem to be using the most are DeskSMS (Koush’s new baby) which allows you to send and receive texts through either Gmail or Gtalk.  We’ve also come to realize that we are more-than addicted to Fieldrunners HD and haven’t been able to put it down.  And of course Pool Party, now that we have some friends who have moved out of 1999 and into the world of tech.

You guys?

  • Laura Tepperman


  • I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • Zachmo99

     ROMs and Droid Interface:
    – Rom Manager
    – Titanium Backup
    – Root Explorer
    – Dolphin HD
    – Set CPU
    – Go Launcher EX ( Tried a few and this one I have stuck with for a bit)
    – Google Music(Beta) * love this app!
    – Dropbox

    – X Construction
    – Angry Birds
    – N.O.V.A 2 ( just got it and its a lot of fun)
    – Galaxy on fire ( I got this on my Xoom, its great!)
    – I too am stuck with WWF cause of friends with iphones… they need to see the light…

  • Anson Kerr

    is pool party still closed to invites?

  • Anonymous

    Mango I find is my top app (Along with netflix), It is a damn good manga reader. https://market.android.com/details?id=net.leetsoft.mango&feature=search_result

  • bamasteve


  • Anonymous

    phuck droid i want an iPhone

    • Poorfoolpops

      must be a woman…

  • Anonymous

    WunderList…….attractive but simple UI, cloud sync has been flawless across 5 devices, dev is responsive & updates freq…..can’t really think of any missing features/bugs……can’t understand how it’s FREE, but I would pay AT LEAST $5 for it….fits my needs 4 a note/task app to a T & I’ve gone through ALOT b4 finally went with it, HIGHLY RECOM.

  • Curtisthefox

    I have a love-hate relationship with my favorite app… LauncherPro Plus. I’m glad I bought it, best investment ever. But, and I know some of you will hate on me for this, the re-write has been a long time coming and I’m starting to wonder if it will ever come. Re-write or not though, it’s still my favorite launcher. I’ve tried GO and ADW, and still prefer it.  However, I’ve had to go back to Sense with my Incredible 2 because it just doesn’t run as smoothly on Gingerbread as I would like.  

    • Anonymous

      I share your pain bro, Ive been playing that tune for months with my dinc, sense is just buttery though i always go back that flip clock makes me jiz

  • Root Explorer.

    Edit: It’s Understood That I Would Rooted Already. 😉

  • meth feld

    kaiten mail….little things like being able to NOT include senders email when replying make this the best email app out there

  • Mike Robertson

    Fieldrunner HD

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  • RunPEE!!!!!

  • Reduxd

    PowerAmp and DSPManager

    Yes, you read that right…

  • Anonymous


  • SwipePad is a game changer for me. With it, I now only have widgets on my home screens, and three pads for SwipePad with my apps and contacts.

    Terminal. It’s an oldie, but a goodie, and I use it more and more these days.

    Awesome Drop. I use it a lot, and I’m not sure if a lot of people know about it.

    I guess I don’t really have any new ones though, from the past six weeks.

  • i suck at fieldrunners. must just be me

  • Not 100% these are only from the last month, but they should all be relatively new.

    Grand Pri Story
    GraveDefense HD

    Dolphin for Pad browser
    Google+ app

  • vernon

    SAMSUNG GALAXY S2.. oh wait.

  • Anonymous


  • Davros

    PDA NET. A storm took out my internet for a day so I’m gonna have to go with the only tethering app that would work on my DX.

  • Mike Mosher

    Hulu+ definitely.   I canceled cable and use Hulu+ for TV, Amazon VoD for movies.  I’m set for so much cheaper…

    PS — anyone wanna hook me up with a poolparty invite?  

    • Kevinthorn

      im doing what you did..but what about sports?

  • Forest Dukes

    Read It Later Pro

  • Unifed Remote – a great app to control anything on my computer from my phone with bluetooth or wifi.

  • Utsav Shrestha

    I’d love to get a PP invite. Have the app but no invite. anyone please?? btw, simi folder’s topclass. Also lane splitter is fun to play.

  • Firelight

    Top Apps of the last month for me:

    CallTrack :  logs your phone activity to your Google Calendar http://goo.gl/d2zv4 
    RunPee : lets you know when you can “go” during these summer blockbusters http://goo.gl/CoIVG
    Google+ & Huddle of course.

  • Anonymous

    Fun: HexDefense
    Work: Citrix Receiver
    Tool/Productive: Tasker, it makes any phone better, period.

  • Stephen D


  • Cut The Rope. Defiantly worth the 99 cents.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex have you ever not “liked” one of your posts?

  • Anonymous

    plants vs. zombies, age of zombies, angry birds, LTE OnOff

    • Festoon666

      Then you should try Stupid Zombies. That’s the game that I keep going back to.

  • Got to vote for Gas Buddy. It’s great. I also really enjoy the Map/Dashboard (and Tracks -> view on map w/ dashboard) features of GPS Essentials. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mictale.gpsessentials&feature=search_result 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been addicted to order & chaos online, mmorpg.

  • Simmeltron

    GasBuddy – https://market.android.com/details?id=gbis.gbandroid
    Easy Scorecard – https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mydroidsoft.myscorecard

  • Anonymous

    Not sure if it was the past month, or just slightly longer, but the new and improved Evernote, to me, made it worth having again.

  • j2d2

    Netflix, Peggle and Alex Jones Streamer

  • Yeah

    My Porn Hub shortcut..

  • MXHOME, trying this on my G2X I just received.

  • Bob Specht

    Zaarly is one of the best looking apps released recently (identical to it’s iOS counterpart)…and it’s a pretty cool concept!

    • Assuming they fixed their security holes I would agree that it is a cool app with a lot of potential. However, if people in your area aren’t using it then there is a lot of nothing.

  • bkrampe

    Bloo Kid

  • SugaShane

    Audiogalaxy is still my music app of choice, and probably my most used app.

  • Anonymous

    Go SMS with go launcher. Spb runs smooth but uses alot of memory even for Droid x.

  • Rob

    oldie but goodie: Tweetdeck, Launchpro Plus, Plex, Netflix, G+

    Cut the Rope, Fieldrunners… the list just goes on.

  • Marc

    Dungeon Defenders!! Kill the Beast!!

  • Anonymous

    It’d probably have to be Wave Launcher, which really grew on me.

    It’s very handy, can use it on ANY app, extremely smooth, no lag, isn’t glitched like most other apps, etc.

  • ricardo bonilla


  • Anonymous


    the last two is all i do on my phone, play chess and read droid life on pulse. Challenge me to a game, send an invite to the same username am using here.

  • Anonymous

    Myth Defense Light Forces 

    I play this at least 3 to 4 hours a day. Love it!

  • Stelv81

    Go Launcher Ex

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I gotta agree. I’m just got into Go Launcher and Go SMS. Really nice stuff… Coming from a LPP and Handcent. Although I cannot say I had any big issue with those the Go stuff just seems faster and a bit of a breath of fresh air.

      Oh and love me some Cut the rope too!!!

      • Magic_man83

        There are literally the same feelings I have.

  • Anonymous


    • Adam Elghor


    • Anonymous

      I just paid $ 22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 675 which only cost me $ 62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://to.ly/aRsU

  • Anonymous

    ReadIt later!!!

  • Lose It!   Best iPhone calorie tracker finally comes to Android.  

  • Mike Mike

    May not be a “new” app, but it’s new to me…Pocket Casts! With the NFL season upcoming and my fantasy teams about to take over my life for the next 5 months this app is going to come in extremely handy

  • visidon applock is my pick

  • Mmmboba

    boot manager

  • virtualhuman


  • Alex Lock

    poolparty invite ?

  • Alex Lock

    poolparty invite ?

  • Woohoo854

    I’ll bring the cheese for my whine and promise to not take off my shirt…can I Please get invite to pool party?

    • Matthew Harmon

      Why do you need Pool Party if you have +Google?

  • Lakerzz

    Endomondo Sports Tracker. Mainly because I was told that the *pple app store doesn’t have it!! Haha!!!

    • Ozzzy3z

      It does. An *pple friend uses it all the time.

  • Briandstone

    Boot Manager for the Droid Inc is awesome. Running one aosp rom and one Gingersense ROM.

  • Anonymous

    Dolphin Browser HD

  • Earleepa

    I wouldn’t know. My phone is fried. I haven’t been able to download apps or access the ones I had downloaded for the past month which is why I need the Samsung galaxy/fascinate S2 immediately if not sooner

  • Jeremy Gentry

    for some reason i found this game hella fun


    • Anonymous

      That actually looks pretty cool; I’m digging the cell shaded look.

      • Jeremy Gentry

        yah it just came out not too long ago definitely one of the most polished plat-formers Ive seen on android and yes the graphics are amazing! 🙂

        • Adam Elghor

          wow how have i not heard of this

    • Manny

      I can now tell that you’re from California because you used the word “hella”. Californian slang ftw.

      • Anonymous

        Northern California

        • Henry Evetts

          I have family in Vegas and they say hella

        • Oregon and Washington too.

          • Anonymous

            OR & WA are a bunch of copy-cats…hella stupid

      • Anonymous

        No one in Southern California uses that term. But, since Southern California sucks, maybe the term “hella” is awesome.

  • Peter Bartholomul

    SPB Shell 3d. Throughout my time with android phones I’ve used almost every home replacement. I used the stock launcher for a week then switched to GDE for a little it. then i switched to launcher pro when i found out about it since it had more features. eventually i bought launcher pro plus to add more features. then i switched to ADW since launcher pro started having problems and freezing and eventually bought ADW EX. Then I decided to keep ADW EX as my permanent launcher and also download go launcher to try it out. it was good but nothing special. so then i downloaded netlife. The circular scrolling of apps is good but it was way too laggy and alot of bugs so i deleted it. then when i was pretty much done with trying them all i found SPB Shell 3d in the market which i first saw the preview of the launcher on here. it cost $15 and at first i wasnt sure if i should uy it. it actually took me an hour before i decided to go for it and purchase the launcher. I immediately loved it with no regrets. it runs more smoothly then every other launcher without a single bug or lag. it has the least amount of features but its also the fastest launcher. its so smooth and fast that it doesn’t even work on older phones. SPB Shell 3d is the only launcher worth keeping for me.

    • Jason Purp

      Maybe it’s fast, but how’s the 3D? That’s the primary reason for the price tag.

      • Peter Bartholomul

        the 3d is perfect. so perfect that google should add that as a new feature in some newer android phones. When i first bought the launcher i thought $15 was alot but after trying it i realized that its a good price because of how it looks. so its fast with perfect 3d effects

        • What phone are you using, and can you apply custom icons and custom wallpapers?

          • Peter Bartholomul

            HTC Thunderbolt. and no you can’t apply custom icons but you can apply custom wallpapers including live wallpapers. it even has 17 of its own widgets. 10 widgets worth using and 7 that are nothing special. if you want a homescreen launcher that you can change every aspect of it including icon images and sizes and everything else then SPB isn’t for you since it has very little customization. but if you want a homescreen launcher without a single bug and no lag and updates every month or 2 then SPB Shell 3d would be perfect for you. I sound like an employee of theirs advertising the app. lol. but im just answering your question and explaining why this is a must have app of mine.

          • Adam Elghor

            are they paying you to say this?

          • Peter Bartholomul

            no lol. it started as a simple response to the question “what is your most used app” and it turned into a debate over the quality and price of the app. since other people asked questions about the app and other cheap people complained about the price of the $15 app on their $300 phone

          • Adam Elghor

            to each their own

    • No app is worth $15, none.

      • Peter Bartholomul

        i agree. but SPB Shell 3d is more of a compltely different OS for android. Its the same setup but the app drawer is changed to a 3d image of all the pages you have. and the original app draw is in a different spot. if you ever tryed SPB shell 3d you would see why its worth $15. I’m not cheap so I can afford a $15 app. and if you own a smartphone which cost over $200 you should be able to afford a $15 app. i hope so.

        • tanknspank

          Yeah, I tried it.

          Definitely not worth $15. Hardly any app is.

      • RemoteDesktop from Xtralogic is. No question.

  • Anonymous

    Beiber Fever and Twilight: New Moo-

    Um . . . what? I didn’t say anything.

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, but lamest joke of a comment EVER!

      ‘Cause I just don’t just hate the first thing you said and I don’t just hate the second thing you said, but I hate both things equally! No discrimination here people!

      (Also, just kidding about the “lamest comment” comment, damn!)

      • Guest

        …that was actually the lamest comment ever…

        • Anonymous


  • Jason Purp

    Nothing in my opinion. There doesn’t seem to be many groundbreaking or exciting apps right now.

  • shr1k3r

    mighty text… its like desk sms, but uses a desktop notification system instead of gmail/gtalk.  

    and the marbians and lightbox of course… Thanks Kellex!

  • DBK

    Words with Friends, Cut the Rope, The Marbians

  • Anonymous

    HexDefense – Like playing PewPew as a tower defense.
    EverNote – Because it now has rich text editing.
    Google+ – Because it rules.

    • Adam Elghor

      EVERNOTE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      lol why am i so excited about a note app?

      • Anonymous

        Because you’re old. Things like this become far more exciting than the newest FPS game with The Dark Crystal theming.

        Wait, that sounds awesome.

      • Anonymous

        How does evernote stack up against springpad?

  • Walt Bennett

    Timeriffic, NOVA2 HD, Lookout Mobile Security

  • Anonymous

    Bouncy mouse!

  • SnaPanda, augmented reality dictionary  www.snapanda.com

  • Gasbuddy

  • Aliens [game] – http://bit.ly/r4gO9E

    • Anonymous

      Yes! So fun. Stayed up way to late just mindlessly murdering alines.

  • Theupsides8

    Any pool party invites?

  • Wakesk8er

    Droidzee! Best yahtzee game on the market!

  • drop7 – MoonChaser – cut the rope

  • Jarod Sigmund

    scrabble..wwf sucks

    • WordFeud is better

      • Anonymous

        Was just about to say that.  It is really nice.

      • Wordfeud FTW

        • Jac


    • Anonymous

      Honestly, it doesn’t matter which app works better- my friends/family will not switch. Therefore, wwf is my only word game.