Best of the Best Apps

Your Android-powered phone is a great tool for getting stuff doneā€”if you select the right apps. Choosing the right app for the task at hand is not always straightforward, especially with so many available that do the same thing. If you're reading this book, you're on the right track, and you're ready to find apps without so much trial and error.

For the past two years Google has run an Android Developer Challenge (ADC), in which large sums of money are awarded to developers who build apps determined to be best of breed in various categories. In the two ADC events held so far, more than 250 apps were selected as winners by Android users and a panel of judges.

In this chapter, we'll look at the top 32 apps for 2009. We'll start with the overall winners first, and then move on to the winners of each of the 10 categories: Education/Reference, Entertainment, Games: Arcade/Action, Games: Casual/Puzzle, Lifestyle, Media, Productivity/Tools, Social Networking, Travel, and Miscellaneous.

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