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App of the Week: App Brain App Market

Let’s be honest, we all are aware that the Android Market can be a little lacking in some areas One of those areas is a major need for organization and ways to discover new applications. With its serious need for some organization the market can leave people looking for another way to find the newest and hottest apps. App Brain App Market is that alternative. I use App Brain’s Market every single day. I love apps. They are one of the main reasons myself, and many others choose Android. Therefore, getting new ones that are simply amazing and make your life better are is a great thing. App Brain seamlessly allows this to happen.

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When the app opens there are four options to click on: Manage and Sync, Browse Apps, Recommended Apps, and Explore Users. The first one I will go over is Manage and Sync. Manage and Sync allows you to—can you guess—manage and sync your apps. This feature is very helpful and may seem unnecessary to some who just update their apps through the market. I find this feature helpful because it first allows you to use this app without ever having to go back to the market for some things, and second it gives the information needed to support another feature of the app which I will cover later on. In this options menu, you sign into your Google account and it will sync all of your installed applications. If updates are needed the app will also notify you of that and give you the option to update them. This feature is really great and helps it become a full market experience.

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The next feature is Browse Apps. This is the feature that really brings it home for me. Browsing apps with App Brain is unlike browsing apps with any other market replacement. There are so many ways to find apps. You can search the top apps for that day, that week, or even all time. You can go through all of the different categories, even newly added ones such as “Adobe Air”.  You can sort between games or productivity apps or whatever you would like. Being able to find the top apps downloaded or new apps that have just arrived is great. If an app is good and getting a lot of downloads you will not miss out on the action if you are using App Brain.

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Another huge feature that is exclusive from App Brain is app recommendations. This feature is really cool. It analyzes the apps that you have installed on your phone and recommends other apps like it. This means if you have a lot of Twitter clients downloaded it will recommend you a plug-in for the app or other clients that you may like. I have found numerous apps using this feature and go back to it very frequently when I install new applications.

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The last main feature of App Brain is another cool idea. This feature is Explore Users. Now, I will admit there are some ways they could improve this to make it way better, but it is still a great feature none the less. It is sort of a social network for apps but not really a full social network experience. Basically, it gives everyone a profile displaying the apps they have installed. This is cool because you can follow people who have good choices in apps as another way of discovering apps. Sure, this feature could use some more depth, but it is still great to have and really has no critical flaws.

In conclusion, App Brain App Market is a great market replacement, and even if you aren’t looking for one, it is a great way to discover new apps. I use this every single day and truly could not live without it. It has many great features and isn’t lacking much, and that is why I have chosen App Brain App Market as this week’s App of the Week.

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about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 15 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email [email protected]