15) Scanner Radio
Gordon Edwards: You can quickly find the action with this app, which includes a list of the 50 most active police and fire scanners updated every 5 minutes. You can also set alerts to let you know when a scanner is getting a lot of attention, indicating that something big is going on. If you are more worried about the home front, you can build a list of Favorites or find scanners close to your current location.
Ookla: This app promises a one-tap check on your network connection within 30 seconds. Real-time reporting also tracks the consistency of your connection. It can't actually fix a problem, but at least you’ll be armed with data for your next fight with your carrier.
SoundHound Inc.: Not only can you use Soundhound in a bar to discover the title and artist of a song that's caught your attention, you can actually sing to it later on the way home and get the same info. It also displays lyrics in synch with music to help you determine if that's actually the song you want to find. And of course you can share your discoveries with the world on Facebook and Twitter.
Notification: Finding a job or deals on Craigslist is often a matter of being among the first to see a posting. In addition to an easy browsing interface, this app lets you set up notifications for new postings and create templates to let you quickly and easily respond to listings.
19) Slacker Radio
Slacker Inc.: This free music library offers the ability to build your own custom "stations" (libraries) or pick from more than 100 "expert-programmed" stations. More advanced personalization features are available in the paid version, but the freebie is still a good option is you prefer a personal touch as opposed to the science, albeit amazing science, of Pandora.
Foodspotting:A mediocre Italian restaurant can still have a tasty tiramisu. This presence-aware app embraces that concept, suggesting dishes – not just restaurants – near your current location. The interface is highly visual, including snapshots of the destination dishes to give you a better idea of what you can expect once you order.
21) Titanium Backup
Titanium Track: This powerful tool supports encryption and restoration from CMW and TWRP backups, among other features. You can freeze or defrost app updates with a single click, manage multiple backup per app, and even backup an app without closing it. There's a ton of additional features, including cool-sounding stuff like "destroy all market links" that help you keep your device in a steady, healthy state.
22) Sketch n Draw
BLAZE MOBILE: This app describes itself as a "procedural drawing tool / sketch pad" – it's designed to do a lot more than just pencil in a mustache on your pal's birthday photo. It offers multiple built-in canvas sizes, 14 brushes plus an eraser, and a "shake to erase canvas" feature. It's a port of the Harmony web-based sketch pad.
23) QR Droid
Droid - LA: Not only can you use your phone's camera to scan QR codes from magazines, you can use this app to create a QR and assign it to contact or bookmark. QR codes can also work as shortcuts to your favorite apps and content. You can write data to external drives and limit some functionality to when you are using Wi-Fi, due to performance constraints.
Fingersoft: In addition to managing your flash settings for the best snapshot results in low-light settings, this tool also lets you mange lighting to create some fairly night-like effects. It also supports the front camera in Android 2.3 +.
Bump Technologies, Inc.: This is one of the most useful local data-sharing apps. Just get two devices close enough together (you don't actually have to "bump" phones), and you can quickly share contacts, apps and photos. You can also find mutual friends and synch data, in case you are "bumping" two of your own devices.
FoxFi Software: Turn your device into a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth hotspot without a carrier plan. The WiFi access point is secured with WPA2; some phone models work better with Bluetooth. NOTE: This hotspot app is tested for non-rooted phones.
27) ROM Manager
ClockworkMod: If you are root user, you should definitely check out this management app. It supports ROM installs from your SD card and ClockWorld recovery features. The main value, though, is the intuitive UI for managing all those ROMs.
28) Radar Now!
USNaviguide LLC: If you want to get geeky with your weather news ASAP, this is the app for you. Radar Now downloads the latest National Weather Service images from the station nearest your current location (in the U.S. only), and gets you right to it with no additional content or frills. And free users can actually opt-out of seeing advertising banners.
29) Music Volume EQ
K&K Design: This simulated five-band equalizer promises to improve the sound quality on your Android device, or at least customize it to your preference. You can boost the base and set controls specific to media type. A visualizer lets you see how your media is sounding, and nine presets let you easily tailor your sound experience if you don't want to manually tweak out the treble for your entire collection.
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