Since you asked, Gruber, here are my Android “killer apps”
John Gruber wants to know where the Android killer apps are. I won’t presume to speak for all Android users, but here are a few that I’m quite fond of (ignoring, as Gruber does, the superb built-in first-party apps like turn-by-turn navigation and Gmail).
- 8pen: An innovative and beautiful complete redesign of touch-based text input.
- Cubed (3): A music player with a unique spinning cube interface.
- Youtube Remote: From Google, but not preinstalled or built in: easily control Youtube on your computer from across the room, using your phone.
- LauncherPro: A fork of the stock Android home screen, heavily improved by a 3rd party developer.
- Tasker: Automatically do anything in response to anything. (In case you think I’m exaggerating, look at it.)
- Astrid: Best todo list app I’ve ever used.
- Labelert: Get specific, custom notifications for different Gmail labels, even changing the notification LED color if your phone supports it.
- Craigslist Notification: Enter Craigslist search terms, and get notified when new posts appear.
- Parcels: Easily track packages, and get notifications whenever any of their statuses change.
There’s mine. What third-party Android apps do you like?
Update: People are telling me in comments that Parcels is apparently a ripoff of a similar iOS app. Perhaps, but does the iOS app give you system-wide notifications that stack up for later viewing in the top bar?