50 fun android apps gaming and entertainment


Android phones aren’t just for work. They’re great for play too. Here are 50 apps for your Android phone that will entertain and enthrall you.

1) Nesoid Lite This Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator allows you to play every NES game ever made right on your Android phone. You’ll have to take responsibility for the legality of your ROMs. Free.

2) Kongregate Arcade for Android Want to stay up on the newest and hottest Flash games around? This app gives you free access to more than 300 games from the Kongregate community and fully integrates with your existing Kongregate Web account. Free.

3) Angry Birds It’s one of the most popular mobile games around for a reason. Use physics to help the Angry Birds destroy the piggies that have stolen their eggs. Free.

4) Cut the Rope If you like Angry Birds, you may just love Cut the Rope. In this game, you use your finger to slash ropes at the correct time and in the correct order to feed the Om Nom candy. It’s more challenging than it looks! Paid: $1.01.

5) Plants vs. Zombies It’s been one of the most highly anticipated Android games, and it’s finally here. In this game, you have to defend your home from 26 different types of zombies using an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants. Paid: $0.99.

6) Robo Defense Can’t get enough tower defense games? You can put this one in your pocket. It features five maps and unlimited upgrades and difficulty levels. Paid: $2.99.

7) Bonsai Blast This casual game, reminiscent of the classic game Zuma, has you firing colored marbles into a winding trail of colored marbles in an effort to make color matches and clear the path. Fun and addictive! Free.

8) Words with Friends Free Enjoying playing Scrabble? Take it to you phone with this game. Best of all, you can play your friends whether they’re using an Android phone or an iPhone. Free.

9) TriviaRoad Do trivia games get you going? This fun little trivia game offers up general culture questions on football, cinema, countries, special places, inventors, inventions, literature, music and more. Free.

10) NeuralNet In this speed-based maze game, you take the role of a nanobot injected into a human brain to restore it by reconnecting its neurons. It will give both your brain and your index finger a workout. Paid: $1.99.

11) Google Sky Map Hold your phone up to the sky, and this app uses the location service and tilt sensor to figure out where you are looking and overlays constellations and astronomical object information. It’s a fun tool for exploring the stars! Free.

12) Fandango This is a solid client for using Fandango’s services to check movie times and purchase tickets. Free.

13) Flixster Use this app to keep up with everything about the movies. In addition to movie reviews and show times, you can watch trailers and clips from just about any movie. Free.

14) Android Comic Viewer (ACV) This is a solid, no-frills CBR/CBZ viewer. Use it to read all those comic archives that you…found lying around. Free.

16) Tricorder A Trekker geek toy, this app turns your phone into a tricorder. The coolest thing about it is that it actually uses real data from your phone’s sensors. It can display acceleration, the local magnetic field, an analysis of the local acoustic environment, your location from various providers, the availability and strength of cellular and Wi-Fi signals and the current state of the sun and solar wind. Free.

17) FxCamera Have some fun taking photos on your Android phone by adding filters, including the fisheye and the Warhol effects. Free.

18) ESPN ScoreCenter Get comprehensive ESPN sports coverage on your Android phone with this app. It provides near-real-time scores and schedules. Free.

19) Doodledroid This sophisticated little drawing app gives you 21 different brushes and speed-sensitive opacity to let you unleash the artist within. Paid: $0.99.

20) Sketchbook Mobile Keep a sketchbook with you wherever you go with this full-featured app from CAD specialist Autodesk. Sketchbook Pro is a professional-grade paint and drawing application with a whole host of tools. It’s great for graphic designers on the go. Paid: $0.99.

21) Bord Turn your Android device into a chalkboard simulator. You can use it to do anything you can do with multicolored chalk on a real chalkboard. The only difference is there’s no chalk dust! Free.

22) SPB TV Get TV in the palm of your hand with this app. It’s an IP-TV solution optimized for mobile devices that offers more than 100 subscription-free TV channels, including the major networks. Paid: $9.95.

23) TV.com This app from CBS Interactive turns your Android phone into a television. Use it to watch video, including full episodes, from CBS, The CW, CNET, ET, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Sports and more. Free.

24) Qik Stream live video from your Android phone to the Internet with this app. You can give your friends and family a personal URL with which to view your show when you broadcast and then keep the video archived for later viewing. You can also share your video via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The app is free but the service is not.

25)Pandora Start listening to free, personalized Internet radio on your Android. This app brings Pandora off your computer and puts it on your phone. It’s fully integrated with Pandora on the Web. You can listen to all your existing stations and create new ones on your phone too. Free.

26) Slacker Radio Want to create favorite radio stations and take them with you wherever you go? This app has you covered. While other apps—notably Pandora and Last.fm—also allow you to create your own radio stations, Slacker Radio has the added capability of caching music on your device for whenever you have a data signal so that you still have access to your music when you’re offline, like on the subway or a long flight. Free and Paid. The free version gives you access to music streaming, while the paid version gives access to off-line caching for $4.99 a month.

27) TuneWiki A replacement for your Android’s default audio player, TuneWiki is a social music player that provides timed, subtitled lyrics to your music in more than 40 languages. It also includes charts and real-time maps of what people are listening to around the world. Free.

28) Shazam With this app, you can discover and buy music, find tour dates, browse videos and share your discoveries on Facebook and Twitter. You can even identify music by letting your phone “listen” to it. Free.

29) iSyncr for PC With this app you can sync your iTunes music and playlists with your Android phone. It also allows you to create smart playlists on your phone, include album art with your music, sync your ratings and playcounts between iTunes and your phone, sync your MP3 downloads on your phone back to your iTunes library, and even wirelessly sync your music to your phone with the optional iSyncr Wifi Add-on. While this app only works with a PC, a separate iSyncr for Mac app is available. Paid: $2.99.

30) Tuner – gStrings Never be without an instrument tuner again. This chromatic tuner app measures sound pitch and intensity, allowing you to tune all manner of musical instruments. Free.

31) TED Mobile Since 1984, the world’s best and brightest have gathered at the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences to spend no more than 18 minutes talking about the thing that fascinates them most. It’s always illuminating, and with this app you can search and watch more than 700 TED Talks right from your phone. Free.

32) Hello Vino Feeling a lack of confidence while shopping in the wine aisle? Hello Vino puts a digitized sommelier in your pocket. It can suggest an appropriate wine to accompany a particular meal, occasion, flavor preference or regional preference. You can even enter a wine you’ve already chosen and receive food pairing recommendations. Free.

33) Pickup Sports Looking to get in quick game of hoops or a little football? Pickup Sports, the grand prize winner in the Snaptic Move Your App! Developer Challenge, helps you find nearby pickup games of basketball, football, soccer, tennis and other sports. You can even find pickup running partners and workout buddies. The developer plans to add badminton, racquetball and yoga to the next update. Free.

34) Wertago for Nightlife Need help keeping track of the hottest nightclubs and parties? Wertago helps you find the best places to party and coordinate with your friends. Free.

35) Skifta This app turns your Android device into a global remote control. Certified by the Digital Network Living Alliance (DNLA), Skifta allows your Android device to stream onboard media to any DNLA-enabled device, include TVs, stereos, PCs and the Sony PlayStation 3. Free.

36) Amazon Kindle for Android Want to read an electronic book, newspaper or magazine but don’t have your Kindle with you? Or don’t have a Kindle at all? It’s not a problem with this app, which allows you to read any of 900,000 Kindle-formatted books with your Android device. And Amazon’s Whispersync that your last page read, bookmarks, notes and highlights will sync across your various devices. Free.

37) Google Body This app from Google allows you to search and navigate an interactive 3D model of the human body. It gives you the ability to view different anatomical layers, zoom in and navigate straight to parts that interest you. Free.

38) Facebook The Android Facebook app has its challenges, but it enables account syncing between your Facebook friends and the contacts on your phone. Free.

39) Twitter for Android Twitter’s branded client is among the best of the Twitter clients available for Android. It hasn’t closed the gap with Twitter for iPhone yet, but it’s getting there. Free.

40) Twicca Still hunting for a Twitter client for your Android phone? Twicca offers a massive number of features with a slick, minimalist UI. Users can add a series of plug-ins to customize Twicca to their own needs. Free.

41) Google+ If you’re already an avid desktop Google+ user, this app is for you. It lets you seamlessly take Google’s new social sharing platform mobile. Free.

42) Listen This podcast client from Google allows you to listen to all your favorite podcasts, as well as search for new podcasts and download them. Free.

43) Layar Turn your phone into an Augmented Reality device with Layar. It uses your phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify your location and field of view, retrieves data based on those geographical coordinates and then layers that data over the camera view. Free.

44) Beautiful Widgets Not content with the widgets, themes and skins that came with your Android device? This app is what you need. It features hundreds of downloadable skins. Paid: $2.82.

45) Tapatalk Spend a lot of time using online forums on your phone? This app provides a streamlined interface for accessing Tapatalk-enabled forums from your phone, and gives you easy access to features like private messages, thread subscriptions, photo uploads, etc. The app can be enabled on forums using vBulletin, phpBB, IPB and SMF. Paid: $2.96.

46) Trip Journal Document your travel experiences with this app. It automatically tracks your itinerary in real time, keeping stats on distance, time and geography traveled. It integrates with Google Earth and allows friends and family to keep tabs on your journey. Paid: $1.99

47) FeedR News Reader This RSS reader lets you stay on top of news, sports, weather, blogs and even podcasts and other content as well. It supports RSS, Atom and Pod. There are no ads, and it makes searching for RSS feeds a snap. You can even backup/restore your feed list to your SD card. Paid: $0.99.

48) RepliGo Reader A PDF reader that can be used to view Gmail PDF attachments, online PDF documents or PDF files saved to your media card. It features a reading view that reformats pages into a single column, and offers support for embedded fonts, PDF bookmarks and text search. Paid: $4.95.

49) Nimbuzz This communication app allows you to connect to all your online friends, whether they use Skype, Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, GoogleTalk, AIM, ICQ, MySpace, or StudiVZ Hyves. Free.

50) Ringdroid Don’t like the default ring tones that come with your Android phone? Ringdroid allows you to record and edit sounds and create ring tones from any song you like. Free.

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