Updated 16th November 2012: Some useful applications to get started creating, broadcasting, storing and sharing content from an Android smartphone for journalists (I have experience of the Sony Xperia Neo (don’t laugh) and the HTC One S), many have Apple iOS counterparts: any comments, corrections, suggestions appreciated – @richardkendall
- Firstly, depending on your device, I recommend installing the Ice Cream Sandwich Keyboard, does a nice job remembering words and works pretty efficiently
- Dropbox – for storing, sending and sharing files securely. Particularly photos galleries.
- or Google Drive – (used to be Google Docs) open/write/share documents using a Google account
- Alternatively for viewing office docs: OfficeSuite Viewer 6 and Adobe PDF Reader
- Google Translate
- Google Mail – is a relatively pleasant experience on the HTC/Xperia
- Tasks/to-dos: Astrid Task/to-do lists -, can sync with Google Tasks, recently updated, still fairly intuitive or Wunderlist, for task organising, (thanks @chrismccormack1)
- Evernote – is an impressive note taking/storing tool, with addons for taking audio notes and drawings, and like Dropbox you can sync your files across devices.
- Power Note – for saving and syncing bookmarks with your diigo.com account.
- For articles saved, or for saving on the move, Pocket -formerly Read It Later does a good job of dispalying articles efficiently and syncs across devices
- The Met Office Weather Application is pretty good for latest forecast and warnings, you can store multiple locations
- WiFi Finder for scanning for nearby Wi-Fi hotspots and public Wi-Fi
Travel and maps
- Google Maps – you can now save portions of maps for offline viewing, potentially a huge advantage – and Google Maps StreetView
- TripAdvisor Hotels and Flights
- Travel: the National Rail Enquiries app is very neat, and stores favourite stations/journeys.
- For the big smoke: London Underground Free and London Transport Live (includes bus travel)
- Flashlight for when, it’s erm, dark, (thanks @chrismccormack1).
- Opera Mini is the best browser I’ve used, it’s pretty quick, enable sending/sharing links etc.
- Big names Firefox and Chrome have their own decent Android versions now, and the Dolphin Browser is a strong alternative. All would do a decent job, but I’ve found Opera the most assured.
- Twitter‘s own native app is not the worst option, but limited for advanced users.
- Then there’s the official Twitter alternative, Tweetdeck where you can add multiple streams as columns
- Hootsuite (which has recently acquired Seesmic) works pretty well as an unofficial alternative and includes Facebook, plus you can schedule tweets as with the desktop/browser version – unlike the Tweetdeck app
- I’ve also tried TweetCaster which has plenty of options for sharing/managing found links and information
- Banjo – taps into the most popular social networks (includes Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram) around your location (via @markwoodward)
- Also an additional accessory is Buffer for timing future tweets* (*although this should be used sparingly and wisely)
- For an improved feature set camera, try Camera ICS (panoramic option works well) and Flickr or Instagram if you’re using those services
- I’d recommend Pixlr Express – for both photo simple and advanced editing or Quick Pic
- Photoaf Panorama – very nice, quick (in my experience), simple and good quality way to create 360º panoramic views
- Record My Call for recording interviews, Skype for phone and video calls (thanks @chrismccormack1)
- For video recording an streaming, try Bambuser or Qik
- TuneIn Radio
And most importantly, for a break or time-killer, the addictive Pocket Soccer
By no means an exhaustive list, I don’t claim to have used every app in depth, but they all have high ratings and/or are backed by reputable developers/brands.
- Ten fantastic apps, tips and tools for recording audio – Journalism.co.uk
- Mobile Media Toolkit
- Online Journalism Blog – category/mobile-phone-news/ including: What does a mobile journalist need? from October 2009, but still some good points worth noting.
- Just Got Your First Android Device? Here Are Simple Answers To Your Everyday Questions – MakeUseOf.com
- Journalism.co.uk – blogs/mobile
- Guardian / Technology / Apps
Originally published 31 August, 2011