Now I’ve had my HTC Desire for a few months, and have the Android 2.2 (Froyo) upgrade, I htought I’d post a list of the apps I use most frequently. It’s not an exhaustive list, but one which lists those apps I’d miss most if I didn’t have them. Read on for details.

This list is in no particular order.

Official Facebook Application

The customised HTC version which shipped on the Desire with the original Android 2.1 install had its flaws, and worse, you couldn’t upgrade it to the ‘Official’ application without things getting a little messy (at least that was my experience). With the Froyo update, it’s now just the official Facebook app for Android and it has been updated which has improved things no end. For Facebook on the move it’s all I need.


Official Twitter Client

I used to use seesmic, but having read it’s onerous licence terms (rights to everything you post going to Seesmic) I switched back to the official Twitter App, and I can’t say I miss Seesmic. The only feature the official client doesn’t have that I’d like is multiple account support, but I can live without that for now.


A file manager program useful for navigating round content on the SD card. I first used this on the TyTN II but found it useful on the Desire as I couldn’t find an easy way to select video files to using the media player. Using Astro you can simply navigate to the folder and click the file, renaming it if required.

Offi Stations

A european public transport directory/interactive map/timetable application. It now covers several countries, but I mostly use it as a really useful accessory to using public transport in Berlin.  Not only does it use GPS or Cell Tower Location to determine the closest public transport stops to where you happen to be, it tells you the times of the next buses or trains, and you can tell it your destination, and it will plot routes and connections to get you there. Much easier to use than the BVGs mobile websites, which itself is quite useful as a fall back plan.


A free eBook reader this allows you to read eBooks save in a couple of the most common formats, including the ePub open standard. It also allows you to download a huge number of free books which are either public domain, or out of copyright. Ideal for those times when you don’t want to take a proper book, but you have a few minutes to kill waiting for the dentist or a bus.

Barcode Scanner

This little app is exactly what it says on the tin – it turns a camera on the device to a barcode reader. I’ve tried it on a couple of things and it’s pretty useful. A neat test is to scan the ISBN bar code on a book, which takes you tothe relevant web page, and from there you could find more by the same author and so on. It’s also great for installing Marketplace applications you come across while surfing the web on your PC. Many now use a 2D barcode, and if you scan that using your phone, it takes you to the app installer in Marketplace, with no messing around.