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Android Group Tests

In homes and offices around the world, a colossal number of developers are beavering away writing applications (known as "apps") that extend the functionality of the Android platform. These applications are available to download from a central, online software store developed by Google for Android devices. That store, known as Android Market, has collated and sorted over a quarter of a million apps.

Android Market has the highest percent of free applications of any app store. Distimo, a Dutch analytics company, has estimated that more than half of the apps on Android Market are available to download without charge. Obviously no user is ever going to be able to try all of the free apps. To help users in this regard, we have recently taken up the mantle to identify all of our personal favorite free Android apps. This is a colossal undertaking given the sheer number to consider.

We will be adding new Android software group tests on a regular basis, and over time anticipate that this feature will cover all genres of Android software. If you would like to suggest a new group test, identifying your own personal favorites, please contact us by email at android@linuxlinks.com or on skype. We would love to hear from you.

Gaming
There are a truly mind boggling number of free games available for the Android platform. We are currently working on a whole series of articles identifying the best of these free games. Here is the first article we have published.
Chess - One of the most popular competitive games in the world
Home Computer Emulators - Class of personal computer which dominated the market in the 1980s
Retro Console Emulators - Play games written for arcade machines, NES, SNES, and more

Editors
A text editor is software used for editing plain text files. It has many different uses such as modifying system configuration files, writing programming code, jotting down thoughts, or even making a grocery list.
Editors - Identifies the finest Android text editors

Financial
Financial software covers a wide spectrum including personal finance, stock trading, currency tracking, accounting, and shopping.
Finance - Large group test showcasing the best Finance apps

Productivity
Productivity apps for the Android platform are some of the most popular available
Calculators - Compute difficult mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs

Scientific
Science really prospers and advances when individuals share the results of their experiments with others in the scientific community.
Scientific - Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics apps and more
Weather - Keep up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts

Internet & Networking
Internet and networking software is a particularly strong area for the Android platform
Web Browsers - Surf the net in style on your Android device
Email Tools - Email clients and utilities
News Library - Social-network aggregation
News Aggregators - Collates news, weblog posts, and other information from the web
SSH Tools - Network protocol typically used for remote access to machines
Twitter - Popular social networking utility
Reddit - Tools to access this social news website
FTP - Transfer files to and from Android devices

Multimedia
The Android platform offers the ideal environment for listening to audio streams
Audio Players - Music players that offer enhanced functionality
UPnP Clients - Tools to stream media across your network
Internet Radio - Listen to conventional radio stations broadcast over the net, and dedicated internet radio stations
Podcasts - Watch and listen to shows that are available over the internet which are divided into parts or episodes
Commercial Video Players - Watch videos on your Android tablet or smartphone (note this software is not free)

Utilities
A kind of system software designed to help analyze, configure, optimize and maintain the computer
File Managers - Manage the storage on your Android device.
E-book Readers - Read book length publications on Android devices
Launchers - Home replacement apps

Humor
The lighter side of Android
Comic Book Viewers - Utilities for reading comic books

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Last Updated Tuesday, July 31 2012 @ 12:10 PM EDT


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