10 Android apps for geeks, nerds, and dorks
Every self-respecting geek should know how to code. And what better platform to learn how to make apps for than Android itself? With AIDE, you can develop Android software right there on your own Android device and then test them to see whether they run as expected.
EveryCircuit is a circuit simulator app that both beginner and skilled electronics engineers might find useful. It allows one to check whether a cirucit will work as intended without actually building it. At $10, it isn't among the cheapest of apps, but a free version is also available for anyone who is interested to check out.
"If you can't fix it, you don't own it!" How do you fix it? Well, here is an app to guide you through the process of opening your misbehaving camera, cell phone, portable media player, or whatever piece of gadgetry you can think of, courtesy of iFixit.
4. Sky Map
This is an app you should definitely try, if you haven't done so already. Just run Sky Map, point your smartphone upwards and go for a trip across the constellations. Your smartphone will automatically position the stars in their right places using its compass and gyroscope.
In case your trusty TI-83 isn't nearby, just grab this handy app for all your complex calculations and graphing needs. Note: active internet connection is required for it to work.
A true Android geek need to have total control over their smartphone, and Tasker is an app very suitable for that purpose. It can perform actions automatically when an event is triggered or at a given time of the day. In case $6.49 seems like too steep of a price, a trial version is available as well.
(Thanks to darac for suggesting this app!)
With TeamViewer one can access and control their PC remotely, be it over Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Note that the PC client needs to be installed and set up too in order for the app to work.
In case you haven't heard of geocaching, think of it as a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online. And c:geo is a free Android client you can search for thearure with. Let the fun begin!
As the name suggests, the How Stuff Works app explains how every-day things tick - things like batteries, vaccines, internal combustion engines, volcanoes, microwave ovens, and a whole lot more.
Okay, who wants to remember the days when the Atari 2600 was the best video game console in existence? No, there is no need to dig that dinosaur out of the basement. Instead, just check out this neat Atari 2600 emulator for Android ($2.99). You will have to supply your own ROMs (games), however.
11. Bonus app: TED
In case you've never heard of TED, just get the app and prepare to have your mind blown by the inspiring lectures its video database contains. We've been hooked on this app ever since we learned about it.