A Sneak Peak At The Android App Market

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When I was man-handling the Android phone at the T-Mobile press conference earlier today, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the icons was for the App Market—Android’s answer to the App Store on iTunes. The app market launches on October 22, when the T-Mobile G1 goes on sale, so I was curious to see what apps are already loaded on it.

I took the fuzzy picture at left with my iPhone (natch), and wrote down the names of the apps and what they do. I got a peak at the following apps, which were all listed as free:

AnyCut—Basically lets you program shortcuts using the keys on the phone. Shouldn’t this be part of the phone’s settings?

BreadCrumbz—lets you make a route on a map using pictures of landmarks to enhance the directions.

Cocktail—Tell it what ingredients you have at hand, it will come up with cocktails you can make. Yum.

Compass—What it sounds like. Great for hiking.

Contacts De-Duper—Don’t you hate it when you have the same contact listed more than once on your phone? This de-dupes them for you.

EcoRio—These guys were featured onstage. They help you reduce your carbon footprint. Looked like a ride share app to me.

Krystle II—A touchy, feely Tomigochi. This app turns your phone into a pet that you need to take care of and stroke, using the touch screen, of course. Gross.

Mandelbrot Map—Uses chaos theory to create maps with an “infinite view.” I should have downloaded this one.

Panoramio—Shows you photos on a map near wheer you are. Already integrated into Google Maps.

Photostream—A Flickr photo browser.

Pocket Seismograph—Was that an earthquake? Now, you can check for yourself.

Quicklist—A to-do list. Everyone needs one of those.

Radar—Shows where you are on a radar-like screen. Meh.

Ringroid—Create a ringtone from any song in your music library. Love it.

ShopSavvy—Also featured onstage. Uses the camera as a bar-code scanner to let you compare prices while shopping in a store.

Text-to-Speech Library—What it sounds like. Turns text into speech through the phone’s speaker.

Video Player—Seems like that should come with the phone too

Translate—Uses Google Translate to turn foreign words into your own language.

See our previous coverage of the Android platform and its applications here:

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