Barcode Scanner is barcode reader that also supports the newer QR codes. Besides reading, this app can also save and send codes via email or text message. If a QR code contains data pointing to something on Google Play, Barcode Scanner will open the applicable product page.
What we like: Efficient code reading and the direct link to Google Play.
The AppBrain app lets you navigate Google Play more efficiently, while the complementary AppBrain website lets you download apps from a familiar PC Web browser. Installing and uninstalling are accomplished via AppBrain Market Sync.
What we like: The ability to rank apps according to popularity.
AndFTP (your FTP client)
AndFTP is an FTP, FTPS, and SFTP client with functionality you'd expect from an FTP manager. It can upload and download files, update permissions, create and delete files, and manage custom commands.
What we like: Remembers your favorite FTP servers, along with user names and passwords.
Thanks to Samba Filesharing, it’s now possible to access the contents of your Android device from your PC, wirelessly! This app allows you to copy or even move files from your Android device to your PC via a network sharing folder.
What we like: Easy configuration, and one less cable to trip over.
MPC&VLC Remote lets you control Media Player Classic or VLC on your PC from your Android device over a Wi-Fi connection.
What we like: If you're using an Android smartphone, this app automatically pauses playback when you receive a call.
AirDroid lets you to take control of your phone or tablet via a Web browser. Using this app, you can copy, paste, delete, rename, or move files between your Android device and PC.
AirDroid can even access the SMS menu of an Android smartphone in order to read, delete, write, and send messages. This app also gives you complete control over your apps (install/uninstall), pictures, contacts, and music, all of which you can view, edit, read, or export to your PC.
What we like: User-friendly simplicity at every stage of use.
Who among us has never lost a smartphone? Have you had one stolen? How about spending an hour looking for your phone around the house while it's in silent mode? Enter AndroidLost. This app lets you control your Android-based smartphone from a computer or other Android device. You can send and receive SMS messages, lock your phone, locate it via GPS or the mobile broadband network, delete all the data on the SD card, and much, much more.
What we like: Being able to quickly uncover our phones hiding in their natural habitat: between couch cushions.
Skifta lets you remotely view and control the multimedia content on your Android device. You're able to view pictures, watch video, or listen to music via the Web, or even send media to a TV, PS3, or stereo using Wi-Fi connectivity.
What we like: DNLA certification and UPnP simplicity.
DiskUsage offers an original approach to visualizing the files and directories in your Android device’s internal memory or attached SD card. This app gives you a size-proportional graphical display of the directory tree, with the ability to preview or delete files.
What we like: Integration with the popular Astro and OI file manager apps.