AppAware review

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The Android Market is packed with different applications, games and other utilities and even with all the time in the world you’d never be able to fully explore every single one yourself.

Thankfully AppAware is a program which monitors activity on the Market and allows you to discover which apps are causing a stir and which ones are best left alone.

In its most basic form AppAware is a networking tool which keeps tabs on the downloading habits of other users and creates a fairly accurate picture of what’s hot and what’s not on Google’s mobile shop front.

As soon as you install it the program sits in the background, dutifully watching your activity on the Android Market.

When you choose to install an app, AppAware takes note and your action is shown in an events list which is viewable by all other AppAware users.

While this may seem slightly intrusive, you have the option to keep things entirely anonymous. The main reason for this kind of “Big Brother” functionality is to illustrate which apps are worth taking a look at.

For example, if you see a particular piece of software is being downloaded more regularly than others then there’s an excellent chance that it’s worth considering yourself.

Conversely, if you see that an app is being removed often then it’s a good indicator that it has some issues and should therefore be avoided.

AppAware breaks down these stats even further, showing which apps are most popular for your particular handset and which are being downloaded in your local area.

You can even connect AppAware to your Twitter account and notify your followers about which apps you’re choosing to install or remove.

Those of you that are wary of offering up information about yourself to strangers may find the whole notion a little unsettling but in all honesty AppAware is a instrument for discovering new apps rather than spying on Android users.

In fact AppAware is a gateway to pure download bliss; with the star ratings system on the Android Market open to abuse and often inaccurate, this is a far more intuitive way of finding out what software is truly worth bothering with.

It’s not entirely perfect – the menu system is a little awkward and we found that that it caused some slight slowdown during Android Market purchases (mainly because it has to communicate with the AppAware servers to log your actions) but on the whole these minor negatives are far outweighed by the astonishing usefulness of the program itself.

If the very thought of browsing the increasingly cluttered Android Market fills you with dread then AppAware could be your ticket to downloading salvation.

AppAware info

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Platform: Google Android

Cost: Free

Version: 1.3

Developer: ETH Zurich

Website/Demo: AppAware website

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