The New York Times is one of many sites reporting on Android shipment estimates, which were made by Canalys. The company said that in the fourth quarter of 2010 manufacturers shipped 33.3 million Android-based phones. That edged out its year-ago quarter, when 4.7 million were shipped.
That being the case, developers have been busy creating Android Market applications. We’ve collected some of the best Android apps that make life easier and generally help you on a day-to-day basis. Some are free, and some require a small fee.
Click through for 15 hot Android productivity apps from the Android Marketplace.
Root Explorer allows root users to access the whole of Android's file system (including the elusive data folder). Features include SQLite database viewer, text editor, create/extract zip files, multi-select, execute scripts, search, remount, permissions, bookmarks, send files (via e-mail, bluetooth, etc.), image thumbnails, and APK binary XML viewer.
ezPDF Reader is a PDF viewer with features that include playing embedded video and audio, text reflow, auto fit zoom, trackball support, active links and password protection.
ASTRO File Manager helps your phone reach its full potential by giving you the tools to manage your phone. You can manage all files on your SD card, back up applications, send file attachments, view thumbnails and images, and browse and create compressed files like zip and tar. The ASTRO File Manager Pro (key) will remove the ads from the free version and costs $3.99.
PrinterShare Mobile Print allows you to print documents including Google Docs, Gmail, photos, contacts, agendas, SMS/MMS, call log and Web pages directly from your phone to a printer via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The PrinterShare Premium Key is available for $9.95.
With JuiceDefender – Battery Saver, you can easily manage your mobile data, Wi-Fi and CPU speed. You can also keep power consumption under control (e.g., disabling connectivity when the battery runs low), schedule regular synchronization events, enable or disable connectivity for specific apps, auto-toggle Wi-Fi depending on your location, and much more. The UltimateJuice! add-on is available for $2.96.
Use Thinking Space to create visual thought maps that help organize and plan your activities and ideas. Mind maps are great for summarizing meeting minutes, planning new business ventures, organizing your study notes, planning holidays, and more. Additional features are available with Thinking Space Pro for $3.20.
CalenGoo is a calendar app that can sync with Android calendar and Google Calendar. It is designed to make it easier and faster to work with your calendar on your phone. Five different calendar views (day, week, month, agenda, landscape day) give you a good overview of your upcoming events. To make rescheduling events easy, calendar items can be moved or copied via drag and drop in the day, week, month and landscape day view.
Advanced Task Killer, also known as ATK, allows you to kill applications that are running.
CamScanner allows you to turn your phone into a document scanner to easily scan and manage your documents, whiteboard discussions and receipts. The smart image cropping and enhancement algorithm ensures the scanned images are clear and recognizable. The full version of CamScanner can be downloaded for $4.99.
Touch Calendar makes viewing your calendar as easy as using Google Maps. No more flipping between different calendar views. Touch Calendar does it all from one zoomable and scrollable view. The app also features calendar search and custom repeating events.
LogMeIn Ignition allows you to access your computer from your Android phone. If it’s on your computer, it’s in the palm of your hand. Directly control your Mac or PC, all your programs and all your files with a simple click.
Checkmark ToDo List Pro is a leading task and to-do list manager in the Android market and a complete solution for your to-do list management, from simple task to complex hierarchical checklist. Checkmark is ideal for packing lists, shopping lists, project management, inventory management and much more.
DroidAnalytics was built to give you a fast and intuitive way to visualize your Google Analytics data. Not only will you be able to see daily, weekly and yearly stats for your pages views, visitors, visits, bounce rate, time, and page per visits, the app also includes graphs to make sense of all this data.
Seal allows you to easily protect any application with a password or a pattern, preventing unauthorized users from opening them.
The Pure Messenger Widget will aggregate your Gmail, e-mail, SMS, Facebook and Twitter messages for you.