8 Android Apps I Want From Google

If anybody knows Android, it’s the Google team. And if anyone is capable of putting out an app that takes advantage of the platform, it’s the Mountain View guys. After recently releasing a pair of great applications in Scoreboard and Picasa, I started to think about some other Google properties that I’d like to see show up on Android. Here are 8 that I came up with. These are by no means, the only apps I’d want. I’m quite sure you guys can think of some of your own too.

Some of these applications could work as standalone widgets or could be enhanced with one. Keep in mind, I’m not a developer, nor do I know what it takes to bring one of these to light. For all I know, some of these might already be in the works. Most of these could run automatically based on your Google username and password, so information should be readily available without logging into a webpage.

I’d like to see a widget for AdSense if for nothing else, to see live earnings. It’s not like I am getting rich off of it, but it would a lot easier for me to look at a widget than to pull up the internet and head to a bookmarked page. Until T-Mobile gets 3G in the Cleveland market, logging into AdSense is a pain. It would also be convenient to see how certain adds were performing and see what kind of clicks I’m getting.

Like most sites today, we offer RSS feeds to AndroidGuys. It’s nice to be able to gauge growth and interest in our work so Feedburner is a tool that I use. It would be convenient to get daily stats for things like popular articles, subscribers, and other usage. I’m hoping that if/when Adobe flash gets Android support, we see some great AIR stuff. I’ve played with an Adobe AIR app for Analytics on my desktop and absolutely love it. I’m crossing my fingers for a Feedburner app along the same lines.

There’s not a lot to say here as I already touched on it above, but there are some handy stats that I’d like to have closer to me at all times. What web admin doesn’t want to know how certain articles are performing or where the inbound links are coming from? I can’t imagine this working too well as a widget due to the abundance of information available, but a nice clean native app would be welcome in my book.

Google Talk
Of course, I already know about the IM app that comes loaded with Android and that Google Talk is in there. What I’m talking about is a more fuller realized app that offers things like file transfer and video chat. Naturally, video chat has to wait for devices with front side cameras, but they shouldn’t be too far off. After seeing some of the things coming from CES last week, I’m optimistic that at some point this year, we’ll see something that offers one.

Our site started out hosted as a free Blogger page, so the service always holds a special place in my heart. In fact, I still use a Blogger page for our podcasts. It offers a no-hassle set up and updates with new features all the time. I really like the WordPress for iPhone app and hope to see it translate to Android at some point. Google has to be working on something similar to this for Android as well. A native app that allows for quick posts, picture uploads, and links would be ideal.

Google Reader
This is probably one of the apps I’d like to see first. As part of my duties here at AndroidGuys, I have to scour RSS feeds all day. Sometimes I am at my desktop, but most of my day is away. I’d to to be able to log in and check my feeds and skip past the stuff I’ve seen. With most RSS readers, I’m forced to look at the same articles, marked as new, each time I access them at different locations. An Android Reader app would be an immense help to me, I’m sure, a lot of you.

Throughout my day, I stumble across little things I’d like to read later or share with you guys. It could be a picture, an article, or some video I found. Notebook would be incredibly useful to me in this regard. If I find something in my RSS feeds that I’d like to go back to once I get to the office, I could pull up the notebook I keep. It would the virtual equivolent of having a pad and paper.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could quickly access all of your voice mails and recorded conversations directly from your phone? You already use it to make and receive those calls anyhow. Why do we have to go to a PC with Flash to access the messages and/or insert them into websites? Yes, I know I can listen to them over the phone, but there’s no benefit visually.  Nobody wants to go through their archived stuff blindly.  A nice app that has quick buttons and options would be a great tool for those who use GrandCentral.

Like I said above, I’m not a developer.  I don’t know what goes into the making of some of these apps.  I’ve seen some recent stuff show up in the market from other developers that gives me hope.  I know that the Google Mobile team is not the same group of people who work on Android so they have to treat it like any other OS.

  • Andy

    There is a non official Google reader app in the market called greed that work pretty well. You can select the folder and read only those items or you can read them all at once

  • GReader on the web interface isn’t bad.

    I want access to create and edit docs and spreadsheets.

  • There are simple 3rd party apps for GrandCentral and Adsense earnings stats. Both work pretty well. Although I would like to see more official stuff from Google. Especially Google Reader and Blogger. And integration into Google Documents.

  • John

    The Google Reader they have no is mostly acceptable. It just lacks keyboard shortcuts, adding/editing tags, and I wish it showed the total message count at the top (between the feeds button, and the other button that’s right there). I can stand not being able to add/remove subscriptions on the phone … I can wait to do that until I get to a desktop. But, the shortcuts would make navigating a lot easier, and editing tags is a major sorely missed feature (I often have to mark articles to be unread so that I can properly tag them when I get home, so I end up with 30-80 messages still unfinished when I’m done with Reader on my phone).

    That’s one of my two big “apps taht Google needs to fix” issus.

    The other is that Gmail doesn’t allow me to send as my other registered email addresses. Nor does it allow me to create new filters or labels. So, again, like Reader, I often have to leave messages unprocessed until I get back to my desktop.

    I’d also like to see full read/write for Google Docs, and a fully featured IM client (more protocols, and the ability to have more than one Google Talk account, just like you can with the other protocols.. as well as supporting non-Google Jabber servers… last, the ability to be connected to multiple accounts within the same protocol (I think you can only have 1 active AIM account, for example, the others have to be off-line).

  • troymccluresf

    I’m reading this on Google Reader’s mobile site right now on my G1 with no problems, and it remembers what I’ve read, plus I can share just like normal. Do you just want the mobile web interface as a standalone app?

  • I’m reading this on Greed with no problems. You should check it out. Of course, I’m the guy who wrote it, so I would say that…

  • James


    Google. reader….. go to https://google.com/reader/i and use the iphone version works really nice.

    Grand Central.. Ummmm it’s already there. (it’s in the market I use it all the time.)

    Blogger …. Check the market released already. (WordPress version too if you are interested.)

    Analytics ….. Another Market check is needed….

    Notebook. Yeah not there but… you could use one of the Twitter clients now that this site is “on” twitter.

    Google talk.. works for me … two forms the default and Maverick. I’d rather see a multi client that can do regular jabber etc.

  • As far as Google Reader goes, I’m happy with “greed”

  • justAPhoneUser

    One BIG vote for a comprehensive GrandCentral app!

  • Kirk

    I vote for Google Docs full support. Edit all your google docs right on the phone.
    Also, they need a task list program that would sync with a google version on the web and allow other people to subscribe/add tasks. Yes, I know RTM can do this, but Google can do it better.

  • Scott! you forgot Exchange !

  • Those are some quite usefull apps you mention there… Would indeed be great if they were available with full support for android (and the iPhone 😉 )

  • Steve

    for google reader i use gReader. by far the best google reader clien on android