My Favorite Android Phone Apps

I am a freak about apps for my Samsung Galaxy S4! Most of them are useful in the garden, but others are just must haves on your phone. I generally don’t want to pay much (if anything) for the apps I download, but if I find one that is exceptional, I’ll pay.
This wildflower identification app is based on information provided online at Minnesota Wildflowers Info for both native and non-native flowering forbs. Though created with a focus on Minnesota, many, if perhaps most of the species for which it provides field identification characteristics are also common throughout the Upper Midwest and into New England. The information on this app has been been optimized for mobile devices.
The Purdue Tree Doctor app has been developed by experts at Purdue University to help people better identify and manage tree problems caused by a variety of factors, including insects and diseases. Landscape professionals, arborists, and garden center personnel can use this app to improve communication with their customers.
Information in this app is useful in the Midwestern and Eastern United States.
  • Identify tree problems by matching damaged plant parts to over 1000 high-resolution photos.
  • Check diagnoses with detailed descriptions of damage and stages of problem development linked to each photo.
  • Get the latest unbiased recommendations from Purdue University experts on how to manage over 175 tree problems on over 60 kinds of trees.
  • Search information by tree or by pest.
Wildflowers of the Great Plains features in-depth profiles of 500 plants indigenous to the region. Outdoor enthusiasts in the area can now accurately identify and classify local plant species with their mobile devices.

Each entry includes a complete profile for the given plant including the scientific name, family, common name(s), flowering period, height, habitat and more. Users can search by almost any imaginable means, including color, plant category, flower month, family name, habitat, stem, inflorescence and leaf characteristics.


Virginia Tech Tree Identification brings the award winning Virginia Tech digital dendrology material to your Android smart phone. It contains fact sheets for 969 woody plants from all over North America with an in depth description, range map and thousands of color images of leaves, flowers, fruit, twigs, bark and form.
Users can narrow the species list for any location in North America using the phone’s GPS, network signal or any entered address or zip code. Basically the application can become “Woody Plants of Where You Are Standing”. For example, it can become the “Woody Plants of Southwestern Oregon” , the “Woody Plants of Central Park” or the or “The Woody Plants of 37.108 lat., -80.452 long., elevation 2118”.
Users can further narrow the species list by answering a series of very simple tree attribute questions such as where the plant is growing, leaf shape, leaf arrangement, flower color or fruit type.
The species list can also be narrowed by typing a keyword such as oak, Abies, red or palm. For example if oak is typed only oaks found in the defined area will be listed.
A feature also allows you to send any tree related question to “Dr. Dendro”, a tree expert in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. You can send a tree description or pictures of your plant and experts will help with identification.
• 969 woody plants from all over North America
• Over 6,400 color photographs of leaves, flowers, fruit, twig, bark, form, and range map for each species
• In depth description of all plant parts
• Narrows species list based on your location and elevation using the phones GPS, network signal or user entered location
• Search for species by a key word, e.g. maple
• Identify species by answering a series of simple questions. A picture is displayed showing what is being asked.
• Navigate between species with a push of a button.
• Send a tree question to “Dr. Dendro” a tree expert at Virginia Tech
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The photos present in this App are intended to help foresters, urban landscaping employees, or others working with trees recognize some of the common pest insects affecting trees in North America and understand their life cycles and how they damage trees. The information was drawn from book, websites, factsheets, and some original literature. This App is not a guide for specialists. In many groups, such as the bark beetles and aphids, confirmation of species identity requires attention to details not visible in photos with comparisons to other similar species and use of keys. Sources for further information (websites and articles) are given at the bottom of each species’ page.


Tree Surveying and Arboricultural Tool Box. The Software is a client database, a surveying tool for mapping and recording of trees and other asset data. The Forms can be personalised. Can import data from your existing desktop GIS software, and export data as csv and kml files. The app includes CTLA, CAVAT, THREATS, Matheney & Clark, links to tree identification websites and a built in clinometer. Use Google maps or load in your own plans. This is the ultimate forestry and arboriculture tool. Can be used in US & UK!

TURF MANAGEMENT Free / $19.00 per year

Turfgrass Management Lite is a free application that contains pictures and information for identifying weeds, diseases, insects, and turfgrasses. This lite app contains restricted content and does not include the pesticide database, recommendations, management information, research or publications. For full access, please see “Turfgrass Management Subscription”. ($19.99 per year.) Once you ID the issue, search the internet for the solution free!

Smart Tools® is a complete package of 5 app sets. It includes 5 Pro sets for a total of 15 tools. In a word, All-in-One
Set 1: Length, Angle, Slope, Level, Thread – Smart Ruler Pro
Set 2: Distance, Height, Width, Area – Smart Measure Pro
Set 3: Compass, Metal detector, GPS – Smart Compass Pro
Set 4: Sound level meter, Vibrometer – Sound Meter Pro
Set 5: Flashlight, Magnifier, Mirror – Smart Light Pro
For more information, see the manuals of the apps, watch YouTube video and visit the blog:
Your new AccuWeather app is here! We listened to your feedback and created an award winning, free weather app that’s even more information and feature rich, and offers the same Superior Accuracy™ and great experience across all Android smartphones and tablets, including Nexus 10!

Sky Map enables users to identify stars and planets by pointing their devices towards these objects in the sky. Sky Map automatically adjusts to identify on the device’s screen the objects it is facing. Users can zoom in and out, and switch various layers such as constellations, planets, grids, and deep sky objects, on and off, choosing to make these elements visible or not. Users can also determine the locations of planets and stars relative to their own current locations with the search function. Inputting the name of a planet or star will direct users towards this object. A user may also explore the cosmos manually and move through the sky by touching the screen instead of having it adjust automatically.

iTRIAGE Free – Know where to go when your hurt!

SCIENCE QUIZ Free – Got 44.4 seconds free? Play a quick 10 question quiz and keep your brain spry!

ARMY SURVIVAL STUDY GUIDE Free – I’m going to be on “Naked & Afraid!” (Teehee… Hella no.)

TINY FLASHLIGHT Free – Makes hunting for dog toys under things a breeze… +Morse code! Type the word, it flashes it.



19 thoughts on “My Favorite Android Phone Apps

  1. I adore when folks put up “the best of” lists. I find it enormously helpful. And even though I work with an ancient iPhone – I’m pretty sure one of their first discarded prototypes – I’m going to see about a couple apps that might crossover. You’ve listed some fab ones here.
    Thanks a million! 😀


  2. Great post, thanks a bunch for sharing. I’m absolutely going to check out the Virginia Tech one; I’ve more than a couple times gone fishing for my tree ID book. I really like this idea being the nerd I am. This was a useful list too because it’s not one you’re going to find just anywhere.

    I’ll be linking back to this at some point! Thanks again!


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