Android Apps Your Phone Should Have

September 5, 2011
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    There are a total of more than 150,000 Android apps out on the market now. The overwhelmingly huge amount of application choices can be mind-boggling to a new Android phone user. Here is an attempt to make the decision a little easier. Presented below are some apps that by their features and popularity can be labeled as ‘must-haves’. They cover most of the common uses and aspects of an Android phone from basic operation to entertainment and security.

    Customization Apps

    1. Free Advanced Task Manager

    As the name says, this program enables you to accomplish the basic routines quickly without eating up your phone’s resources. These tasks include viewing system information, monitoring battery power and memory usage, and closing and uninstalling programs.

    2. Linda Manager

    This app can be called the Android version of Windows Explorer as it provides similar file management functions. The phone will feel like a PC as you copy, paste or rename files and folders, change folder views, and navigate through directories.

    See Also: Best file manager Android Apps

    3. PhoneWeaver

    Profiles allow you to centralize control of your phones basic features such as those for volume, ringtone, and connectivity. With this app you can set up various profiles and manually or automatically shift to any them. Automatic profile changes can be triggered by time, battery life and even location.

    4. Backgrounds

    Most task manager types of apps provide a way to change the wallpaper but rarely do any of them provide a stock of excellent high-definition images. Consider this app if you’re the kind of Android user who values personalization tweaks on his phone.

    Communication Apps

    5. Opera Mini

    If you want to save some money on your data subscription then you’ll need a fast loading web browser on your phone. Opera’s browser for mobile platforms does the job quickly because it uses their servers to compress web pages.

    6. Google +

     

    This is actually a packaged set of apps for sending instant messages, sharing videos and photos, and updating designated social groups via Circles. It’s Google’s official mobile social media platform.

    7. WhatsApp Messenger

    This is another communication tool geared towards social networking that allows you to sidestep SMS and MMS limitations, particularly the hidden and international charges.

    Camera Apps

    8. Camera360

     

    Imagine combining the visual effects and the color and resolution modifying features of an image editor with your phone’s camera and this app is the impressive result. Photos you take with this app won’t look like they come from a phone’s camera.

    9. Barcode Scanner 

    Some retailers use barcodes that don’t just give the price but also tell you where to find product-related online resources as well. You can use this app with your Android phone to get both types of information by scanning barcodes and QR codes. The program is a two-way street as it also allows you to share files through QR codes.

    10. CamScanner

    You can basically turn your Android phone into a pocket-sized scanner with this app. Aside from digitizing photographed documents, the app enables you to turn the file into PDFs and then upload to a cloud account like Dropbox.

    Entertainment Apps and Games

    11. PowerAMP

    This app has all the features you would expect of a media player. It supports a wide range of audio file formats, comes with an equalizer, arrange playlists, set specific audio as ringtones, and even download album art. Just like typical PC media players, you can also re-skin this app to add a customized look.

    12. Ant Smasher

    You press on the touchscreen to squash the ants. Most addictive games usually have surprisingly simple mechanics but engaging gameplay. This is one notable example as the game has currently garnered around 10 million downloads. The developer has even added a social media element by allowing you to squash shared pictures from your friends.

    13. Army Sniper

    First person shooters are always a popular choice. The phone tilting controls sets this apart from the usual sniper-themed games.

    14. Talking Ben The Dog

    Virtual pets are another type of interactive entertainment that has its own popular niche in the mobile game industry. As a retired chemistry professor (who happens to be a dog) Ben is not so much a pet as a companion.

    Security Apps

    15. Anti-Virus Free

    This is AVG’s mobile security offering for Android phones. Like its PC counterpart, it’s a free security program that comes with relatively robust scanning and cleaning features.

    16. History Eraser

    Keeping your phone and browser history clean is one of the standard methods for avoiding malicious intrusions and security threats. This app can keep your Android phone spotless of any trace from logged calls to search histories.

    17. Where’s My Android

    Losing or misplacing your phone is not an uncommon accident. The typical attempt of calling it from another phone usually works unless the lost phone’s in silent mode. This app can bypass that setting and simultaneously turn the ring volume to maximum. It also allows you to locate your missing phone via GPS.

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    Comments

    • Sangon

      poweramp it’s not free, just a trial

    • Elducko

      Phone Weaver is not FREE it costs $3.99

    • http://memokitchen.com Glenn Santos

      Thanks for the heads up guys, fixed the article. I knew something was off.

    • Drem

      Sorry, but 9/10 of those apps are utter crap. What are you thinking for?

    • ScreeblFan

      How did Screebl Lite not make that list?

    • e8hffff call

      * ES File Explorer is the best file manager.
      * XiiaLive also makes a great audio streamer for listening to Internet radio stations.

    • Andrew Borntrager

      A talking dog a “must have”? I agree, most of these are not that good of “must haves”. Looks more like someone’s strange personal list. Your choice of apps leads me to believe we have little in common in how we use our phones. Dev’s have proven time and time again that “killing” tasks in android is more likely to cause problems than improve performance. And antivirus for your phone is another performance waste imo. Mostly it just protects you from spreading a virus to your computer. Just don’t download shady apps, save the space. The file manager seems a strange pick for best file manager. Astro, ES File Explorer… there are many others that are better with more features. ES File explorer lets you browse your local network, a nice feature.

      There are some good ones on here though, some I hadn’t heard of. I like the camscanner app, I will likely give that a try. Thanks for putting this together.

    • http://greenfridge.blogspot.com/ VP

      Good list. Do check out a list I’ve made of top 10 must-have apps for android [with screenshots]on my blog: http://goo.gl/aDx8W

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