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10 Android App Flops

Among Android apps, you'll find some jewels--and many stinkers. Here's our top 10 list of Android apps to skip, including a few names you might not expect.
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When it comes to mobile devices, operating systems tend to grab most of the headlines. But it is the apps that can make or break the device--and that tend to be the most helpful to users. As our recent list of 10 Epic Android Apps shows, great apps can help you be more productive, assist in travel and communications, and provide fun and diverting entertainment.

But for every great app, there are several apps that fail to make the grade. Bad apps can cause frustration, lead to delays in getting things done, and just waste space on your device.

What makes for a bad app? Well, apps can fail in a number of ways.

They can be apps that you use every day, but also curse constantly, because they make tasks that should be simple tougher than they need to be. A bad app can also be one that causes system instability, uses bandwidth unnecessarily, or is just generally buggy. And an app can fail by being completely useless.

In this list of the 10 worst Android apps, we've included some that come pre-installed on every single Android device. These are apps that you often have to use--but probably wish that you didn't. Also included are some apps whose very reason to exist is questionable at best. And in one case, we've included an app that proved to be buggy, unable to deliver on its promise, and unable to withstand the forward movement of technology.

Of course, with more than 250,000 apps on the Android Market, and given the fact that Google lets pretty much any developer create apps for the Android, you've probably seen a large number of bad apps available for Android devices. This is our list of the 10 Worst Android Apps. Using our comments section, let us know which bad apps would make your top 10 stinkers list.

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Lucas
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Lucas,
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11/30/2011 | 9:07:32 PM
re: 10 Android App Flops
Are you kidding? Saying Gmail and Android Market are in a list of 10 worst apps? What's your problem? It was not even funny, it's just crap. A brief for what everybody wants you to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

If you want to talk about flop [2], talk about a site that needs me to sign up just to let me do a single comment and doesn't even have a Facebook or Google login button.
jrapoza
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jrapoza,
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11/22/2011 | 7:49:32 PM
re: 10 Android App Flops
I'm a little confused by comments that seem to be saying that because we pointed out some bad apps available on Android that we are attacking the whole platform and trying to push people to Apple. This slideshow was put together by an Android user.
A couple of weeks ago we did a slideshow of ten great apps for Android. We're we attacking iOS by doing that?
All platforms have good apps and bad apps.

Jim Rapoza is an InformationWeek Contributing Editor
Rob
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Rob,
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11/21/2011 | 7:30:54 PM
re: 10 Android App Flops
How about, instead of obviously trying to push people away from android, you look at app availability between android and apple. there's usually at least 2 or more apps for anything you want to do. a few of these i agree with, but others.... i really hope that you were paid well for this article, because you lost all credibility to me
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11/21/2011 | 2:14:53 PM
re: 10 Android App Flops
Lol so I had to double and triple check to make sure I wasn't losing my mind, I really thought this might have been an old article. But sure enough, its only a few days old. Awesome how the screenshots are at least several months old. The only way this makes sense is if crApple is paying you to "bash" Google and make an idiot of yourself at the same time.
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Sunny1978,
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11/19/2011 | 4:29:07 AM
re: 10 Android App Flops
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the editor of information week,
please remove such idiot writers if you really want to maintain quality.

i had iphone, iphone3g & iphone3gs. except for polished interface and few better games there's apple can offer better than androids. the level of freedom and choices you can have in androids is so immense that you can easily give up some smoothness.
if you can stay with nexus series of the highest end handsets (like HTC Sensation, Galaxy S2) then you will get smoothness too.
on the other hand androids have so many diversified apps (due to its flexibility in hardware and open source nature) that iPhone users will not realize what they are actually missing. technology is always evolving. there's nothing called perfect interface, its always different for different people and that is where android is superior.

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Sunny1978,
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11/19/2011 | 4:19:36 AM
re: 10 Android App Flops
some time i just wonder how much apple is actually paying for junk writers?

how on earth some one can be so stupid?
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11/18/2011 | 8:52:33 PM
re: 10 Android App Flops
Wow what planet are you from and what criteria did you use to reach these conclusions? I will agree on a few of them, but how can you say Gmail on Android is a flop? It's widely touted as one of the best integrated email apps of any mobile OS, not to mention you aren't even showing a current version. You also do the same thing with the Android Market. It hasn't looked like that in a long time and even though the facebook app has some issues, the shear number of users would say you are wrong. Just because you don't like it doesn't make it a flop.
If you want to talk about a flop, it took me almost 15 minutes to get your site to let me login.
Leo Regulus
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Leo Regulus,
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11/18/2011 | 8:45:40 PM
re: 10 Android App Flops
What Were YOU Thinking? Slide Shows are donuts for Airhead Coffee Breaks. Please don't insult the rest of us.
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