Have you ever felt overwhelmed by having to keep up with multiple social networks? Seesmic Ping brings a much needed sigh of relief by allowing you to post to multiple Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts with just one update, effectively making your online social life much easier to handle.
In addition to being able to post to all of your accounts with one single tap, this app will also let you schedule your posts or status updates for future times and dates. Not only is an app like this extremely useful for socialites, it can also be used by people that promote via social networks. My only complaint is that there isn't a wider array of sites to choose from. Where's Google+?
App Timer Mini
If you're like me, you spend way too much time on your phone. I'm definitely not the most organized individual, but I have recently started trying harder to organize and manage my time properly. Procrastination can be a real motivator in the end, but I have been kicked in the pants for missing deadlines too many times. When we came across App Timer Mini earlier this month I went on a stint of total time management.
Basically, this nifty little app places a tiny timer in a predetermined location on preselected applications. It then keeps track of how long you've been using the apps you choose to monitor. It may seem like a silly idea to some, but it's really handy those that really like to keep track of time. I've since started using it less as I slowly slipped back into my old ways, but I use it often when I study. I tend to give myself small breaks to prevent a burnout, and App Timer Mini works perfectly for that. It costs a measly $0.99, but you can also check out a trial version if you'd like to try before you buy.
Powow: Text Messaging
Right around mid-February, Handmark, the company behind One Louder Apps released an extremely well made text messaging app. I've never honestly been able to dedicate myself to any third-party messaging apps before, simply because every single one I've ever tried had some crippling issue that made it unable to compete with the stock app. Most ended up being too slow, clumsy, or bug ridden. After trying a few, I ultimately decided that there wasn't an alternative good enough. Powow: Text Messaging almost instantly made me change my mind.
Not only is this app fast and free from bugs, but it has some crazy useful features as well. If you've ever had to deal with an annoying friend or creeper sending you text after text, then you'll appreciate the Zip It features. They allow you to block, silence, and blacklist anyone directly from the app. One major complaint I have about the app is the color scheme. It's horrible. Handmark didn't provide users with a way to change it, either. Because of that I've been switching back and forth between Powow and the stock messaging app. If I can change the colors, I'd probably stick with it full time.
Let's start out by saying that Nova Launcher is for Android 4.0 devices only. This is simply because this custom launcher is TeslaCoil Software's (the developers behind WidgetLocker Lockscreen) answer to the ICS stock launcher. Yes, the stock launcher in ICS is phenomenal and it does provide many of the features pre-Android 4.0 users turn to custom launchers for, but there is always room for improvement.
That being said, Nova Launcher doesn't completely change the stock 4.0 launcher, it just builds off of it and enhances it quite a bit. So instead of giving up anything you've grown accustomed to, you'll be given improvements and advanced features. With Nova Launcher, you get resizable widgets, backup and restore options, advanced folder customization, and much much more. You can also upgrade to "Prime" and get gesture-based features and the ability to hide apps you seldom use.
Chrome For Android Beta
Yes, this is a Beta app, but it's just so good that we felt it needed to be included in this roundup. Unfortunately, Chrome For Android only currently works on devices running Android 4.0, but we're hoping that limitation is lifted once the app leaves Beta stage. Up until my Transformer finally received the ICS update, I was unable to take this alternative browser for a spin and had to rely on what my friends thought. I must say that after finally being able to use it, I'm simply blown away at how well it works for an app that's in Beta.
This is Google we're talking about, though, so I shouldn't be surprised. This browser is fast and full of awesome features that make mobile browsing simply fantastic. I highly recommend trying it out if you can, and if you can't, I sincerely hope Google decides to make it available to those still waiting patiently for ICS.
There we have it - the 5 best apps from February. If you've come across another that you believe to be worthy, drop a line in the comments below and we'll check it out.