DENVER ( TheStreet) -- Going from zero to arguably the leader in smart phones in three years, Google's (GOOG - Get Report) Android software has helped spread app fever to the rest of us who could not or would not buy that other phone.
But even with Android's massive resources, the bundled apps are not always the best available. Mobile Gmail is terrific. Android web browsing? Not so much. Where's the mobile version of Google Chrome?
Enter the Android Market, where independent developers created several alternatives. Make that hundreds of thousands of alternatives and other mobile distractions. I'm always searching for better alternative apps (suggestions anyone?) but for now, here are my picks: