Hello, I am Android. How Can I Help You?

The word “Android” entered the vocabulary of the English language many centuries ago. With the original meaning of “human-like robots”, androids were widely popularized by the science fiction writers and television (remember droids from the Star Wars?). It may be an unexpected surprise, but the earliest bibliographic records about androids date back to the 13th century and they are connected with the name of a great scientist and Doctor of Religion Albertus Magnus, who, as some sources claim, created the first androids. Six centuries later, the word “android” appeared in the US patents, referring to the small human-like toy machines. And only three years ago, at the end of 2008, a new association with the word “Android” appeared. Developed by Android Inc (later purchased by Google), today Android is commonly associated with the world’s best-selling mobile operating system.

The latter is the key point of our today’s showcase at Cruzine. Of course, you have already seen how an android looks like in films. Today, we want to show you how Android looks in mobile devices. Actually, here the term Android is used in the broader meaning, covering both an operating system itself and multiple applications for Android-powered mobile devices. From browsers to Facebook applications, from weather forecast to file browsers and to mobile games – there are thousands of Android applications available, and below we will show you the highlights of free apps for Android OS. If you are a happy owner of a device, running on Android, we are sure you’ll find some cool stuff here. If you are not – beware, because this showcase may arouse an overwhelming desire to rush to the store and join the army of happy owners of Android gadgets…

Opera Mini Web Browser

Get the fastest mobile browser with Opera Mini. By compressing pages with Opera’s servers, Opera Mini not only loads webpages faster, but it saves on data charges since it uses about a tenth of the data of normal browsers.

Facebook for Android

Share and stay connected with your friends with the Facebook for Android app. Facebook for Android makes it easy to stay connected and share with friends. Share status updates from your home screen, chat with your friends, check out your News Feed, review your upcoming Events, look at your friends’ walls and user info, check in to Places to get Deals, upload Photos, share links, check your Messages, and watch videos.

Endomondo Sports Tracker

Track your sport in real time and challenge your friends using the built-in GPS!
Your trainer for running, cycling, walking etc.

Engadget

Engadget brings you obsessive daily coverage on gadgets & consumer electronics.

eBuddy Messenger

Chat on multiple MSN, Facebook, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, GTalk, MySpace & Hyves accounts

LauncherPro

Alternative Android Launcher App.
– Super-smooth scrolling
– Animated screen previews (like Exposé or HTC Sense)
– Up to 7 home screens
– App drawer (2D and 3D!) with a fly-in effect and smooth scrolling
– Scrollable shortcut dock

ES File Explorer

Featured File manager & App manager which can explore the phones & computers.

AppRemover

Easy to use and extremely fast uninstall app.

K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail is an open-source e-mail client with search, IMAP push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, filing, signatures, bcc-self, PGP, mail on SD & more! K-9 supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 (with WebDAV).

Advanced Task Killer

Advanced Task Killer is often used to kill apps, switch between running apps and clean memory.

Barcode Scanner

Scan barcodes on products then look up prices and reviews. You can also scan Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc.

GO Contacts

GO Contact is an ideal replacement of stock Contacts and Dialer.

GO SMS Pro

GO SMS PRO brings you cool UI, fast and convenient SMS/MMS experience.

QQPlayer

Mobile QQ player is one of the best video player application running on Android smartphones that supports all the popular formats of videos on the market, including AVI, FLV, MP4, 3GP, MKV, MOV and etc. In addition, QQ Player also supports SRT, SMI plug-in subtitle and MKV embedded subtitle, as well as multiple audio tracks switching. Its smart core technology auto detects video formats and makes it much easier for you to enjoy smoother, better quality videos with limited resources and smaller screen.

Unit Converter – ConvertPad

Powerful and fully featured Unit converter, Currency Converter and Calculator

The Weather Channel

Download the power of The Weather Channel to your phone.

Twitter

The official Twitter client for Android phones!

Zedge Ringtones & Wallpapers

Personalize your Android phone with the #1 wallpaper & ringtone app.

c:geo ~ geocaching for Android

Simple and always ready-to-go client for Geocaching.com (unofficial). Search for caches by different criteria, search for them on Live Map, save them in your device. Find them. Enjoy geocaching!

Kindle

Kindle books on your phone including thousands of free books. No Kindle required

Winamp

Winamp for Android offers a complete music management solution (2.1 OS & above) featuring wireless desktop sync (Winamp 5.6 required), iTunes library import, & access to thousands of internet radio stations with SHOUTcast.

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With 30 years of life experience behind my shoulders, today I find myself focused mainly around two core values: my family (I am a happy husband and a proud father) and IT in its broadest meaning, including but not limited to hardware and software techniques and innovations. My special interest and true passion is photography. Here I am ready to put my signature under each word, once said by Dorothea Lange: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Being a part of Cruzine team, I enjoy instant process of learning as well as sharing my own experience in photography and IT with the readers of this digital magazine.