5 Time-Killing Google Android Apps for the Moderately Bored

Angela Randall 01-04-2011

Smartphones are really great for those idle moments when you’re stuck waiting for short periods without the aid of a book. While many of us would turn directly to phone games for entertainment, others are more keen to read popular news stories and see the latest strange pictures the Internet has cooked up. If you ever find yourself in the latter category, you’ll love the free Android applications in the following list.


Most of the following applications have tie-ins with social bookmarking sites and can therefore also be used to share your favourite items with your friends. If you do, your friends who are bored at work will love the way you spent your 20 minute wait at the doctor’s office.

Reddit Is Fun

If you love Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit Read More , you’ll love the Reddit Is Fun application. It’s a simple interface, allowing you to read posts or comments, then vote on submissions and comments.

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You can even reply to any comment — just click on the comment and you’ll be given the option.

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Just as the Stumbleupon web app and browser extensions can induce hours of entertaining idleness, the Android Stumbleupon application is a sure-fire way to kill time pleasantly. The application has been well designed so that you can either stumble through your favourite topics or stumble through the best types of media for smartphones, such as photos or video.

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XKCD Viewer

You have to admit, one of the best things about having a smartphone is having access to comics in idle moments, and what better comic than XKCD? Open the XKCD Viewer app and it’ll show the most recent comic. To use, swipe the screen to see the rest of the picture and see the menu to read the hover text. Move back through the most recent comics one by one or click the dice for a random entry.

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MakeUseOf Application

If you’re a fan of our blog, you’ll love the MakeUseOf Android application. It’s the best way to stay on top of our latest news, applications, cool tips and tricks.

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Reddit Pics

You might think an application like Reddit Pics would be redundant if you already use Reddit Is Fun, but you’d be wrong. Reddit Pics takes pictures from the /r/pics Subreddit, filters it for NSFW entries and shows you the pictures in your Android app. Basically, all you do is swipe to move back through the archive and see all the best pictures Reddit has offered lately. Or if you prefer, you can choose your own Subreddit to browse. The point is that it’s such a simple way to browse the pictures that have been submitted. You’ll love it.

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More Ways To Kill Time

If you’re still looking for time-killing Android apps, here’s a few more articles you’ll love:

What’s your favourite time-killing Android application? How do you waste your time in waiting rooms? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    April 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Most of this i would put in the "discover cool stuff" graph, since like stumbleupon let's say it provided me with info that otherwise i would have never discovered.