I’m sure that you Android users were a little put-off by my iPhone apps post, so I wanted to make sure to appease another chunk of the smartphone-owning population.
I realize that not all content creators use iPhones and that you’re just as busy as those of us dedicated to iOS. So without further ado, 10 of the best apps for Android users that need to create content while they’re not at home or in the office.
If you want to take pictures…
Photoshop Express. Straight from Adobe is Photoshop Express. This free app puts the basics of photo editing right at your fingertips. From cropping photos to adding effects, the app rarely produces a boring picture. Once done, the pictures can easily be uploaded to Facebook, TwitPic, or your Photoshop.com account.
Vignette Demo. There’s a premium version of this free app, but I can’t imagine why you would ever need it. The free version of Vignette has 84 effects and 59 frames to customize your pictures to your heart’s content. If you take a series of similar pictures, you can even turn them into a retro photo booth strip.
PicSay. It might be a little bit sillier than the other picture apps, but PicSay is great for adding a touch of joviality to your pictures. For $4.09, the premium version lets you add stickers, word balloons, text, and effects. My favorite feature is pulling color splashes out of black-and-white photos.
Reduce Photo Size. If you need to crop or resize any of your photos, Reduce Photo Size will be your next best friend. This free app has multiple size presets and will even remember your preferred reducing size. Messy pictures will soon be trimmed down with the effortless crop tool.
If you want to shoot video…
UStream. Sharing video with your social networks will be a cinch with UStream. Take your podcasts or live chats to the next level by broadcasting with this free app. UStream will even move over to your SD card to free up space on your phone or tablet.
If you want to update a status…
TweetCaster. This free app (with optional $4.99 upgrade) is the #1 app for Twitter on the Android market. You can manage multiple Twitter accounts, post to your Facebook, create lists for easier following, and color code tweets. TweetCaster has a tie in with Twitlonger for when 140 characters just won’t cut it. You can even support breast cancer by purchasing the pink version.
HootSuite. Not only can you manage personal and professional Twitter accounts, but HootSuite also provides data about individual tweets. Need to manage your Facebook page or check in on Foursquare? HootSuite lets you do that, too.
If you want to record audio…
Rehearsal Assistant. Even though this free app is designed more for directors or choreographers; I picked Rehearsal Assistant because it reportedly has the best sound quality. When you’re done recording you can e-mail yourself the file. Like most Android audio, you’ll have to convert it to .mp3 to edit the files, but there are free programs to assist you.
If you want to edit some text…
Documents to Go. The free version of Documents to Go allows you to view Word and Excel files, but not much else. If you spring for the full version (on sale for $14.99, normally $29.99), you can create and edit Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files in addition to having full Google Docs integration and support. Editing e-mail blasts have never been easier! Note: Even if you plan to upgrade to the full version, you still have to download the free app first.
If you want to post a quick blog…
Tumblr, WordPress, or Blogger. I emphasize “quick” because these free apps can’t even do a fraction of their website companions. Yet, out of all three, the Tumblr app is definitely the easiest to use. Since Tumblr is a microblogging community, this app will let you post those quick photos or blog. If you need to add a post to your WordPress or Blogger-hosted blog and don’t mind having minimum formatting, their apps will get the job done.
Android users, rejoice. Your blogging apps have much better reviews and scores than their iPhone counterparts. And even while the asking price for Documents to Go is more than the iTunes app store, the integration with Google Docs should make all iOS users jealous. I know that I am.
This assortment of apps will set you back about $25, but it’s a reasonable sum to create and share exciting content whenever you’d like. After all, you never know when creativity will hit and people can always tell when videos are restaged. Keep it new, keep it exciting, and keep it shared with these Android apps.
Do you use any of these Android apps for business or personal use? Did we miss any must-haves?