The Android Market has hit 10 billion downloads and to celebrate Google is making apps available for a dime. The Market’s editors have chosen 10 apps to put on sale for $0.10 and several of them have graced ReadWriteWeb’s mobile apps of the month columns in 2011.
There is something appealing about a discounted app made available for cheap or for free. Amazon does it every day in its Appstore and downloads of paid apps available for free tend to skyrocket more than a if the app was available for free anyway. Everybody loves a deal. Check out the list of 10-cent apps below.
SoundHound – Most people have heard of Shazam. Well, SoundHound is like Shazam, but better. This app can recognize a song if you are singing or humming it yourself. It can do live lyrics of songs, has music videos and preview songs. It is accurate enough that it is almost creepy.
Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD — You know those cool racing games you always see in TV commercials for smartphones? This is one of them. Cool cars, local multiplayer, Aston Martins. Not a bad choice for a dime.
Minecraft Pocket Edition — The popular series comes to Android. Minecraft is kind of like building blocks for the Millenial Generation. It was available for $7, a price that many found to be too much for a mobile version of a PC game that is nowhere near the same experience. Yet, Minecraft for less than a dollar seems pretty intriguing.
SwiftKey X Keyboard — This app barely missed being one of our top mobile products of 2011. SwiftKey X knows what you are trying to type, even if your sausages for fingers cannot get it right on your little mobile keyboard. It predicts words you are trying to type with great accuracy and auto-corrects what you may have gotten wrong.
Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro — Everybody knows about RunKeeper, but not many know of Endomondo. The sports tracker operates in much the same way as RunKeeper with real-time tracking and timing of your exercise, be it jogging or riding a bike. Keep track of calories burnt and set goals for yourself.
Great Little War Game — GLWG reminds me of playing Final Fantasy Tactics mixed with Army Men … on Android. The title is perfect too and perhaps the biggest stroke of genius for this app. It really is a great little war game. Isn’t it great when things are aptly named?
SktechBook Mobile — To be honest, this was the only app on this list that had been downloaded to my Android devices before the 10 billion promotion sale. More or less, SketchBook is the most powerful and useful photo editor available on Android.
Fieldrunners HD — Tower defense games are all the rage on mobile devices these days and Fieldrunners rates high on degree of difficulty. It compares well to other tower defense games for Android, including Tower Raiders and Dungeon Defender, which is also available in the Amazon Appstore. Fieldrunners HD distinguishes itself with top of the line graphics and a wide variety of weapons to choose from.
Color & Draw For Kids — With a couple of war-like games included in Google’s list, it is refreshing to see and educational technology app added to the list. Color & Draw is like a coloring book in your pocket. Standing in line with the kids at the bank. Let them doing a little drawing on your Android device while you wait.
Paper Camera — Imagine you are an Android developer with the heart of a six-year old and you wanted a cool camera app. That is what Paper Camera is like, an innovative camera app that has the type of user interface only a child (or those young at heart) can love.