Over the next few posts I’m going to highlight some of the stand-out applications for Google’s Android OS. We’re going to kick things off with AppBrain.
To call AppBrain an alternative Android Market would be kind of missing the point. There is certainly some unnecessary duplication in the form of its own set of user-generated reviews, but that’s its weakest selling point if you ask me. Three additional features make AppBrain truly amazing:
1. A Community for Sharing Apps
Reviews aside, AppBrain lets you easily share your installed apps via a public user page (private if you’d rather), the de rigeur Facebook and Twitter shares, your own RSS feed (!) and/or your choice of available widgets.
Thanks to included QR codes (hidden by default, unfortunately) AppBrain is also where you can send your friends/readers/whomever to download their apps. I’ll include some links at the end of the post.
2. A Back-up App Directory
If, like me, you’re interested in trying out some custom ROMs remember that installing such things will wipe your device clean. But once you reinstall AppBrain everything else is just a few taps away.
3. A Web-based Installer/Uninstaller
With AppBrain’s optional Fast Web Installer you can manage the apps your Android device directly from your desktop web browser. Honestly, it has to be tried to be believed.