A few months ago, I upgraded from an HTC Incredible to a new (restocked) Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The Nexus has a much bigger screen than my Incredible. As such, playing chess on the Incredible was a bit more difficult than playing on the Nexus.
So now that I had a bit bigger screen, I started really looking for a good chess app to play - especially one that would allow me to connect to FICS.
With that said, here's a list of the chess apps I have either used before or I have now and regularly use.
Chess Free - by AI Factory Limited
Chess Free is the first app that pops up on a search at Google play. This was the app I had on my Incredible. It is a good computer app - good graphics; lets you export games to a .pgn file. I imagine most people marginally interested in chess would download this app; and rightfully so.
Chess for Android by Aart Bik
Chess for Android is average. If you just want a chess computer app, just go for Chess Free above. Chess for Android is fairly popular, but once I found Chess Free, I stopped using Chess for Android. I did not install this on my Nexus.
Mobialia Chess allows you to log on to FICS. I remember having issues logging onto FICS when I installed this on my Incredible. I just installed this app on my Nexus and tried logging into FICS again ... same issue - it just sits there trying to authenticate me - not impressed.
Chess Lite by Odesys
Chess Lite is another FICS-connectable app. If I recall, it seems to work, but the graphics weren't all that great.
Yafi Internet Chess
Yafi is also a good client. I use this chess app the most - especially when I have time to kill and want to play a quick 5 0 game. It appears the developer is continuing to work on this app and I think this app has the best potential of all the FICS-related apps.
Tactic Trainer by Core Games
I love to do tactics. I normally get my tactics fix on ChessTempo. I can do tactics on CT from my Nexus, but since there is no app for CT, I have to use the browser interface ... I then have to zoom in and I usually can't get the zoom quite right, causes fat-fingering moves/mistakes ... anyway, I did find an app dedicated exclusively to chess tactics. Tactic Trainer has 20,000 problems! By comparison, CT has just over 54,000 problems - obviously not as many, but at 20K, that's still quite a lot. It will track your rating progress and the interface is really good. I wish Richard at CT would hook up with the developer of this app and collaborate on a ChessTempo app.
I just ordered a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) this week with a small bonus I received at work. The Tab 2 should arrive on Thursday. I'm sure I'll find lots of different and neat uses for the Tab 2, but the biggest reason I wanted it was so that I could play chess anywhere - only on a bigger screen than my Nexus. I'm looking forward to doing a lot more tactics at CT on the Tab 2. I'll also be able to use all the above apps and play chess on a bigger mobile display. I'm sure I'll start playing more 5 0 games at ChessCube than on Yafi.
If you're an Android / Google user, what are your favorite chess-related apps?