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15 must have Android apps for your daily use

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Android has reached 500 million activated devices worldwide, and slowly but surely devices running the operating system are making their way into the Zimbabwe market. There are so many options to download on the Google Play Store, I decided to make a list of apps that any Android user must have. This is a list of the apps I use on a daily basis myself. I live and die by these apps, although some of them maybe be a bit geeky they still remain very useful.

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1. AirDroid – Free

AirDroid is an app that lets you control your Android device from any web browser. It works with your own personal Wi-Fi network, as long as the phone and the PC are connected on the same Wi-Fi you can launch the app on your Android device, go to the web interface on your computer, put in the passkey and you can access your files on the browser.

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List of things you can do with the app:

  • Wirelessly transfer files between your computer and phone
  • Sending SMS on your phone from the web browser.
  • Organise things like music, photos, messages and call logs.
  • Install apps from your computer onto your Android device
  • Save apps from your phone on your pc.

 

2. Avast! Mobile Security – Free

avast-androidThis is undoubtedly the best android security app that I have used so far. It offers a multitude of services:

  • Virus Protection – It scans apps and files for viruses
  • Privacy Advisor – It looks into each app, letting you know which have access to potentially dangerous permissions. It organizes them by permission categories.
  • Application Management – You can see all the applications installed in the device, force close them and read their system resources (size, CPU usage, Services, threads etc)
  • Shield control – It protects your device from web phishing when you are online. It searches every site you access for potential threats beforehand.
  • SMS & Call Filter –  You can block incoming text messages and calls, as well as outgoing calls to/from specific phone numbers. So you can block those pesky marketing texts.  Many uses for this feature come to mind, if your child has an android phone, you can set which numbers  they can access during school hours. Same applies for corporate phones.
  • Firewall – requires ROOT access, firewall allows you to block certain apps from running. You can choose whether you want them to be blocked while in WiFi reach or 3G.
  • Network Meter – measures your data usage on wifi or 3g.
  • Anti-Theft (some features require root access) – This is the best feature of the application and it could be a standalone application. It has many function such as remote wipe, lock, siren, locate, SIM card change notifications and a wide array of text commands that you can send. You can set 2 special numbers, which will be used if the device is lost/stolen to send commands.
    If installed with root access, the application will stay on the machine even after a hard reset, and the user can remotely switch on GPS, or data connection. you can check out more from the website.
    The anti-theft is installed as a separate app, and you can choose any name you want to give it.

 

3. Pocket – formerly Read it Later Free

I read a lot of articles on the web everyday and this app comes in handy when you want to save something for later reading.  It has a beautiful, clean and minimalistic user interface. It’s easy to organise your articles, files, videos. It can  also sync files across multiple devices, and you can install browser bookmarklets for easy saving. Sometimes you get links and you can’t open them immediately; simply pocket them.

 

 

4. WhatsApp – Free

WhatsApp needs no introduction. Its uptake even in Zimbabwe has been rapid. It’s a messaging app that uses your 3G  (or WiFi when available) to provide a cheaper alternative to SMS and MMS.

 

 

5. Viber – Free

Tired of paying your mobile operator dearly for voice calls? So are we and so are a 100 million other Viber users out there! Mobile operators charge an arm and a leg per minute for calls and they somehow find ways to justify the madness as fair business. In the past, there were only few ways to pay less and talk more. Viber is that!

The app provides Freecalls, texts and picture messages. It routes the calls over Wi-Fi or a 3G connection saving you money since you won’t use regular voice calling. It’s way cheaper essentially because it uses your data extremely efficiently. Viber has been very popular worldwide, recently expanding messaging services to S40, Symbian and Samsung Bada.

 

6. Evernote – Free

Evernote lets you take notes and you can also store, images, audio/video clips. It synchronizes these notes to the cloud and you can access them from the web browser, Windows client or iOs client. It keeps your notes well organised, it is very essential for people who take down a lot of notes and memos.

 

7. Google Drive – Free

It is the best cloud storage for creating, storing and files and documents. If you had already been using Google Docs then Drive will be the best choice for you. It works perfectly with the other Google apps, since it was made by Google.

 

 

8. Instagram – Free

The famous app that was acquired by Facebook for a cool billion dollars. This is the best Photo-sharing app out there, it has beautiful filters that make it a joy to use. The filters basically enable you to turn your simple amateur photography into great professional pieces. You can also apply the filters to make your photos look old in a cozy way. So good is Instagram at doing this that professional photographers have expressed disdain for it.

In addition to creating some amazing pieces of art for you, Instagram allows you to geotag your photos (that is make the photo tell where it was taken) and seamlessly post to Facebook, Twitter and a number of other social sites. Your friends can follow you and comment on your picture posts right from Instagram.

 

9. Livescore – Free

LivescoreBeing a soccer fanatic, i need to keep up to date with all the latest live football scores, this app does it better than any other. It has all the major leagues and also shows red and yellow cards, as well as results of other popular sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. MoneyWise – Free

If you are like me and sometimes you cannot keep track of how you spend on certain things, such as kombi fares, booze, airtime, etc. This is the go to app for daily expenses management. It also displays pie charts and graphs of your monthly expenditure laying it bare what you need to cut back on or if you need to move from that expensive apartment inn the avenues. You can categorize your expenses and filter expenses according to the set categories.

 

 

 

 

 

11. Shazam – Free

Shazam lets you tag any song that is playing and retrieve its Title, Artist and other track details. Sometimes you hear a song and you love it, but don’t know it’s name or the artist, it can find it for you. A recent update claims that app can now tag any tv show as well, although i haven’t been able to tag any shows the few times i have tried. It works perfectly well with songs though.

 

12. Flipboard – Free

Flipboard acts like a magazine, but instead of scrolling from left-to-right, you flip each page vertically making the experience quite intuitively enjoyable and very cool too. It aggregates your social and rss feeds, and displays them in the magazine format. It’s great tool for discovering content

 

 

 

 

 

13. Feedly – Free

Feedly is another rss reader, after a recent UI overhaul it now competes visually with Flipboard. I now prefer it over Flipboard, because it doesn’t have large images, has a clean UI and it is deeply integrated with Pocket. You can also link it with your Google Reader profile and categorise your choices. It is available across all platforms; iOs, Android and browsers.

 

 

 

 

14. Android-vnc-viewer – Free

If you use VNC on your PC, then you definitely need this viewer, its the open source viewer for the popular Remote Pc Access software. With the app you can see and control your computer’s desktop from your phone or tablet. I mainly use it to control my home PC if i’m in bed and too lazy to stand up and switch of the PC.

 

15. Slices – Free

This app is for Twitter power users, it’s a twitter client on steroids. It lets you browse a Twitter directory by category, easily follow live events, slice your timeline into manageable streams, bookmark favorite accounts, and synchronize with a web experience


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17 thoughts on “15 must have Android apps for your daily use

  1. MX player for playing videos, it plays most formats and you can control brightness and volume and other stuff by swiping on screen. Also APN switch widget for switching data on and off from home screen. Most people like to save on econet data costs by totally switching off data.

  2. CamScanner – If you dont have a scanner and need to scan a document, this has in built filters and other editing tools to enhance the document (Much much better than just taking a photo)

  3. true!MX player also has the option to use n resync subtitles which happens to be a pretty cool option most video players tend to not have in their box of tricks.

  4. Really fascinating. Are they sorted in any order of preference? As for viber, it looks like u can accomplish what viber does with Skype and still enjoy the benefit of having many friends on Skype!

  5. A bot dissapointed by this list, and here is some Apps that r REALLY useful and must be on your Droid.

    1. Angry Birds – Good stress reliver. (We all live in a stressed world)
    2. BibleReader
    3. CoPilot Live or NDrive – great GPS application
    4. Dropbox
    5. Flashlight – great torch app
    6. FNB/Nedbank App – if you are in SA that is.
    7. Lookout Mobile – the best Antivirus for android.
    8. Facebook Messenger
    9. MapMyRun – if you love jogging like me! Great app!
    10. PaneCal – very hand scientific calculator.
    11. Prey – revocer your stolen Droid
    12. News24 – if you are in SA
    13. Scoreboard – see all Sporting results in the world
    14. Sex Positions – like the name says!
    15. Skype
    16. SPC – block thoz unwanted calls and SMSs
    17. SPB Wallet – store your account numbers, credit card numbers and profile numbers
    18. TripAdvisor – if you travel frequently, you need this!
    19. UnitConverter – all the conversion you need, including Currencies, miles-km, etc.
    20. Winamp
    21. Dolphin Browser – forget about Opera Mobile/Mini
    22. vRecorder – for recording the Cops or some conversation that might need to be recorded, you can even record your phone calls.
    23. Whatsapp – mentioned above
    24. Shazam – mentioned above
    25. Fuel Log – if you want to see how much you spend on fuel per month….great app!

    1. Thanks for your contribution. I tried to cover the apps that i use everyday.
      Please take a close look at Avast Mobile Security, it can replace Lookout, Prey and SPC, Viber has low bandwidth usage and it can replace Skype,MoneyWise can replace Fuel Log. LiveScore – ScoreBoard. News24 – Feedly, Flipboard. FB messenger – until Facebook upgrades their android apps i cant recommend their apps. Sex Positions – will check it out. lol. Will also check out the rest, thanks.

      1. Yeah, always good to keep them at a minimum and on a need basis. One of each type. Issues of battery, bandwidth consumption and security come to mind.

  6. Great apps already had 8 of the above mentioned installed on my phone. i think these are other great app worthy mentioning
    1. Juice defender pro (battery saver & task sheduler)
    2. handy scanner (scanning documents and photos )
    3. imo instant messenger pro ( intergrates fb chat , google talk, skype and literally all other social network -very low data usage – push notifications a must try for everyone)
    4. atorrent (for torrent downloads)
    5. moron test (great game)
    6. Poweramp ( media player)

  7. guys i am using a samsung galaxy ace hey its chewing money for data service like hell. is ths what every galaxy does or my fone has a problen

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