Much has been written about the ‘app economy’ and the apps available for iPhone. Today I want to look at apps available to Android smartphone owners.

What some people don’t know is that Android provides a massive range of ‘apps’ (or mini computer programs that do ‘stuff’) that people can download from the Android Market (Android’s app store).

Google has really thrown open the digital blueprint for its operating system making it possible to build some really cool apps that tap into different elements of a mobile device.

Here are my top 5 favourite Android apps at the moment:

#5 It’s probably because I am English and like to gloat to my friends and family, but I’m a big fan of The Weather Channel. This app allows widgets on the homescreen of your favourite locations and also shows videos of the weather in selected regions. Awesome.

#4 What’s a top 5 list without an addictive game that helps you pass the time? Solitaire is perfect for train journeys or while your other half is watching the 7pm Project,. Addictive and does what it says on the tin, plus more card games too.

#3 Seesmic. I love it. Mrs. Bevins does not. This has app on many occasions has nearly been the cause for divorce. Seesmic is my link into Twitter. It has a beautiful UI. It even notifies you when tweets, messages or mentions occur. You can choose refresh periods to help save on battery power.

#2 With Android’s ability to multi-task, managing the battery becomes an important task if you’re going to be a while in between charges. That’s why I’m a big fan of Advanced Task Killer.

This app allows me to cancel down any running apps and saves my battery. It stores the apps that I like to remain open for next use too. Genius.

#1 At the number one position – FX CAMERA. I photograph everything on the move and this app allows me to add effects, controlled or at random to my pics. LOVE IT.

So that’s my top five Android apps. What are yours? What have you discovered?