Android App Spotlight: AppBrain

Google has a site for Android Market which list all the apps available in the Market. But it is not a very user friendly site to navigate and find apps. I does not even have a search feature! Whats Google’s main claim to fame again? Anyway once you stumble on an interesting app there is no way to get the app. You will have to go to Market on your phone and search for the app from there. Clumsy! The other shot comings are: no rating, no comments, no sorting on popularity etc.

Here is where AppBrain steps in and shows Google how it should be. AppBrain has three key components:

  1. AppBrain – The site.
  2. AppBrain App Market – The App
  3. Fast Web Installer – Another App

The site makes up for all the things lacking in the official site. It has search, ratings, sorting, comments (from the market and its own comments). It also has the ability to add apps to your device(s). There are two ways to do this. First add it to your phone’s app list and then sync with the first AppBrain App Market. Second it to use the Fast Web Installer and send the app to your phone instantly. I use this a lot.

AppBrain also has a slew of social features. You can share the apps in your phone or just create a list of apps to share. I have created a list of all the apps I have talked about in this blog. It is available in here and in the side column in the blog. You can follow users and find the apps they are using.

It also provides a lot of useful statistics for developers about the OS versions and demographics of the users.

Try it out. Read more about it at Lifehacker.

Vasanth Dharmaraj is a Java Architect currently working for Western Union living in the Bay Area. He is interested in programming, gadgets, formula one... You can follow him on Twitter.

Posted in Android, Java, Smartphone, Software
6 comments on “Android App Spotlight: AppBrain
  1. Mohanraj CP says:

    The market application on my X10 mini pro has search features and it even has comments and rating. And it’s the same Google Android app.

  2. Mohanraj CP says:

    BTW this blog post looks so disoriented in Chrome.

  3. Mohanraj CP says:

    Cool. It looks better now.

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