Since their introduction into the market, Android tablets have become a multibillion dollar industry. Apps for Android tablets have also become an important and lucrative market. Thanks to the efforts of numerous developers, consumers have a wide variety of apps to choose from.
Apple uses a ‘walled garden’ ecosystem for all apps to be tested and reviewed to meet Apple’s specifications. Google on the other hand has a hands-off policy to providing apps for Android tablets.
This has its pros and cons. The advantage is that apps for an Android tablet can be easily and more quickly accessed.
The disadvantage is that this approach allows for substandard and cheap apps in the market. Apps for the Android tablet submitted on Google do get scanned through Bouncer to prevent malware, but this does nothing to guarantee the overall usefulness and quality of the app.
Apps for android tablets are therefore available in large quantity, but it takes a bit more effort to find the real gems. From the thousands of available apps for Android tablets, here are a few popular ones:
Amazon Kindle: is a must have for all those avid readers who love variety. This app allows for the browsing, reading and purchasing of eBooks, novels and magazines. And it can be downloaded for free!
HD Widgets: Apps for Android tablets can be included in the form of widgets. One such good one is the HD Widgets that allows for display of time, weather, weekly forecast and the current weather outside. It costs $1.99 and is developed by cloud.tv.
Grand Theft Auto III: is a high maturity game that allows free roaming around the world on different missions. The special effects and graphics are high quality and worth the price. It is highly recommended for those who have been a fan of GTA III on the gaming console. It is developed by Rockstar games and costs $4.65.
Chrome Beta: is the app for Android tablet based on Google Chrome the popular desktop browser. It therefore allows for a good web browsing experience ( though it does not support Adobe Flash Player). This is a free download with updates constantly available.
Dropbox: allows for the storage of 2 GB of data. This allows for backed up services off site and access to it later. A large variety of files, documents, etc. may be stored for later use – a perfect fit for on-the-go tablet use. This app is available free of cost.
Facedroid: for those addicted to Facebook and being connected to the world and friends through this networking site, Facedroid is the solution. It works on Android 3.2 and above, unlike some other popular Facebook apps. Developed by Platinum Apps, this handy app allows for the same convenience and access to features as the regular web browser version of Facebook.
Google Earth: It is a free app for Android tablets that is a great asset both on the desktop computer and tablet. Detailed satellite images of any corner of the world, villages, cities and countries can be seen from the security of your house. Zooming into major capitals will also give 3D images of buildings.