Updated (2/1/2011) with more android market alternative.
Thanks #Maxis10 reviewers programme, giving me HTC Desire Z to review for 2 weeks, and its my first time using Android OS.
Android OS is fun. There are (almost) endless possibilities while you can have many apps in your phone.
While Android Market is (almost) full of rubbish, let me point out something really great that you can get for your phone.
Note that in Malaysia we can’t really buy apps here due to restriction of Android Market, this doesn’t stop me from getting access to Paid Apps on my phone. Maybe its a bit in the grey area here, but i will happily pay for the app if I can do that in Malaysia, but in fact, I still can’t do that. Sorry.
Android Market Alternative
DISCLAIMER: Section below may contain ways that you can get access to content without paying, which is consider stealing. The reason im showing this is for testing, educating and demonstration purpose. Again, its illegal. I do NOT endorse and recommend any of the ways of getting your apps to your phone mentioned below.
If you want to use the method below, use at your own risk and I will NOT be responsible for anything including your phone might have the risk of exploding into million pieces and you will die.
There are some apps for dont know what reasons i cannot find in the Google Android Market on my phone, although i know its out there. (eg, Google Reader, and YouTube app)
I hate when this happened and i got no other way to search for the latest apk to install. But its still a pain in the ass.
There is one website i found is super useful. It provide you with the latest apk to download and you can even use the QR code to straight away download it to your phone.
♥ Android Freeware
Although the repo is not very complete. But its good enough for me as a replacement.
There are several ways you can get access to paid apps without actually paying. Well, if you want to do so, you can give one hundred reasons to do so right!
I found one alternative apps store which is quite useful. Applanet. Its like the alternative android market but with more rubbish and cracked apps. Everything is quite simple, you just install just like you would do in Android Market. But the thing is not all apps are updated, and sometimes the server is so slow or simply don’t work.
The other method is getting it from some forum out there. It’s quite random but i found Black Droid is quite useful. Maybe you can get what you want there!
Sometimes, things just don’t want to show up in Android Market. One of the really good example is Google Reader (by Google Inc) — free apps. I have no idea why i cant find it in my Android Market although i know its out there. I’m forced to get from other app repo out there. The good thing is there are plenty of those android app repo out there. Just did some Google Search and you will get it.
I got no favorite android app repo till now, but will update this post if i happened to found one.
Sometimes you just don’t know what android apps are the best for you, and Android Market doesn’t suggest you with good stuff. Try AppBrain Android Market. Its super useful but the thing is, it still link back you to Android Market to get the download. If you see the page when you click install, there is a Fast Web Install feature. But mind you that doesn’t work anymore on the new Android Market which is installed on HTC Desire Z when i got it. So… alternative repo, or Applanet. That’s the use for it.
Some Apps that you MUST TRY!
If you are not satisfied with the default browser, why don’t try Dolphin Browser HD?
Barcode Scanner is the app that EVERY ANDROID PHONE MUST HAVE!!!
Android Power Widget is useful, but it will be even better if you can customize your own power widget. Use Widgetsoid to do so.
WhatsApp Messenger, forget about SMS, use WhatsApp
Share More – I use this to save url to Instapaper, which is a read later service.
PicPlz, Android alternative for Instagram! Cool!
TweetDeck for Android, my solution to Twitter + Facebook
WordPress for Android, whats so cool about this app is the comment notification system. Perfect if you are using WordPress as your blogging platform. Composing new post on that app is as simple as ABC!
SwiftKey Keyboard, learn what you type and predict what you want to type. Save your time. Work super well with HTC Desire Z physical keyboard.
Dropbox for Android, i just throw anything into my dropbox, and i can get it on my phone! Magical! 😀
3G Watchdog keep your 3G data usage all monitored, notify you when your monthly quota is full.
Evernote, write note anywhere and access it anywhere. (My new favorite cloud based app)
Cool apps to check out
I don’t really use it everyday, but it just simply fun and cool to have in your phone!
Bump, anyone using bump? Bump me when you see me 🙂
Google Goggles, what more can i say, simply amazing and magical.
SoundHound, listen to your music and tell you the name of it (and more details)
Even my brother sing also can 😀
gStrings (Guitar tuner), but who need that when you have a perfect pitch brother?
Wolfram Alpha, a paid app that simply will blown you away.
For Christian, two bibles app i would recommend.
And not to forget my favourite tech site, Engadget
You can read my post: Maxis10: A day in the life of the HTC Desire Z to learn more about what apps are useful and I didn’t cover it here.
What application you find it useful, please share in the comment!
And recommendation of Games will come right after this post!