IT'S GOOD TO SEE GOOGLE pulling the plug on trash apps (see AppBrain chart above). While some readers may argue that it's better to cull at source, I'd rather watch an open Android market bubble up unfettered diversity and trust the wisdom in the crowds to guide my selection of Android applications. AppBrain has been very helpful in this regard--in fact, if I can't find an app positively reviewed by the AppBrain, I won't install it.
For friends who like to chat about what I've got on my Xperia X10 phone, I'd encourage you to join the AppBrain community, get your handset audited by their app, and see what I'm using across the AppBrain ecosystem. Then subscribe to This Week in Google and hear the commentators recommend apps that work for them. It's a lot more efficient than chatting through a scrolling screen. And it's something dozens of readers to my blog should consider because according to AppBrain, none of the people I know on Facebook and nobody in my Gmail address book is using AppBrain. Hmm, that can't be true.
AppBrain -- "What's in a number?" on the AppBrain blog, 20 July 2010.