Android Apps you would recommend?

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  1. bonedriven

    bonedriven Registered Member

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    I'm surprised that there isn't a thread called "must have apps on Android"!

    I wouldn't name the ones that everyone already has, like google maps, voice search etc. Here's my list of apps that I strongly recommend:

    (With no specific order)

    TuneInRadio

    Advanced Task Killer

    Gesture Search

    Caynax Alarm Clock (Best alarm clock?)

    FidMe (Store all your bar code cards digitally)

    Gismeteo (Weather widget)

    handyCalc

    Springpad (Take notes and sync with google calendar)

    EMD PTE (Period Table of Elements)

    Looking forward to your lists!
     
  2. brainrb1

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    I wold like to know that too since i am getting a kindle fire from a friend in US for Xmas(gift):) and i have never used android.
    File manager
    office apps
    uninstaller
    security tools
    other must have tools.
     
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  3. roady

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    AVG
    AdAway
    Call Confirm
    Droid Of The Day
    DroidWall
    FlashClockworkMod
    GoSmsPro
    MyBackupRoot
    New APK Manager
    Polaris Office
    SuperUser
     
  4. acr1965

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    I like some of the getjar apps where they are free on their site but pay apps in the Market and on Amazon, like BeWeather and Fake Me Out of Here. Also like duckduckgo, memopad, avast, ad detector, addons detector, ad network, call confirm, evernote, free task killer (nsp!), kingsoft office, hacker's keyboard, moboplayer, swiftkey x (only paid app I have purchased), opera mobile, square (payment taker), safesync (trend micro), maxthon browser and raindar.
     
  5. InfinityAz

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    Here's a list of some of the apps I use (some paid, some free). I left out apps that you would get based on your usage (i.e., if you use dropbox, evernote, 1password, then you may want to download these also). The app list was generated from the app ShareMyApps.

    Antennas: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.technolatry.antennas
    App 2 SD Pro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.a0soft.gphone.amazon.app2sd.pro
    Authenticator: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.authenticator
    BeWeather Pro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.bellshare.beweather
    Business Calendar: http://market.android.com/details?id=mikado.bizcalpro
    Changelog Droid: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.cypressworks.changelogviewer
    Clipper+: http://market.android.com/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper
    Default App Manager: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.appiator.defaultappmanager
    Documents To Go: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dataviz.docstogo
    Dolphin Browser HD: http://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser
    Dragon Go!: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nuance.dragon
    DU Meter: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.hageltech.dumeter
    Extended Controls: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.extendedcontrols
    Folder Organizer: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.abcOrganizer
    GPS Test: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.chartcross.gpstest
    Handy Scanner: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.halfmobile.scannerpro
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Premium: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.merriamwebster.premium
    Network Info II: http://market.android.com/details?id=aws.apps.networkInfoIi
    Quick Settings: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.bwx.bequick
    RealCalc: http://market.android.com/details?id=uk.co.nickfines.RealCalc
    Root Explorer: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.speedsoftware.rootexplorer
    S2 Permission Checker: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.byte256.permissionchecker
    ShareMyApps: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mattlary.shareMyApps
    Smartr: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.xobni.contacts
    SMS Popup: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.everythingandroid.smspopup
    Speed Test: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.zwanoo.android.speedtest
    SwipePad: http://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.conduction.swipepad.android
    Swype: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.swype.android.inputmethod
    SystemPanel: http://market.android.com/details?id=nextapp.systempanel.r1
    Uninstaller: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rhythm.hexise.uninst
    Unlock With WiFi: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.benhirashima.unlockwithwifi
    Wi-Fi Analytics: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.pinapps.amped
    Wifi Analyzer: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer
    WiFi File Explorer PRO: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dooblou.WiFiFileExplorerPRO
     
  6. Victek

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    IMHO the most valuable download for a touchscreen device is the Swype keyboard; enter text by drawing a line through the letters - mind blowing. The best free security app (AV + Anti-theft) is Avast. The Anti-theft component is a version of TheftAware.
     
  7. Narxis

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    I not recommend task killers only if your android system version is under 2.2.

    If you really want something similar then try Autokiller Memory Optimizer. This is not a traditional task killer, you can customize the systems memory managment. It's like customizing the Windows "Prefetch".
     
  8. whitedragon551

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    First point of business task killers are useless.

    Secondly here is my list of must have apps for MIUI:

    AdFree
    Antek App Manager
    Amazon App Store
    Beautiful Widgets
    Flex T9 Text Input
    Flixster
    Gas Buddy
    Google+
    Google+ Messenger
    Facebook Messenger
    Jorte Calendar
    Miren Browser
    mClock
    Missed IT
    MIUI Control Panel
    Netflix
    News360
    Pandora
    PlayerPro
    QuickOffice Pro
    Root Explorer
    Subsonic
    SoundHound Infinity
    Tapatalk
    Google Voice
    Widget Locker
    Wifi File Explorer Pro
     
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  9. acr1965

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    I wish we could have a special thread or mention of No Special Permission (NSP) apps. I hate it when I want to download and install an app, for instance a task manager, and see in the permissions it needs to know my gps location, etc. The NSP apps are hard to find and I have not found any way to search the Market for them specifically.
     
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    Thats a moot point in a number of ways. First you can turn off GPS. Secondly doesnt matter if you allow permissions or not they can still be pushed through automatic updates.
     
  11. Less

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    how to use it? Don't understand the program.

    why is task killer not useful?
     
  12. Less

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    for blocking GPS and reading phone ID etc, i use the LBE Security from Market.
    it has other functions as well.

    i also use

    droidwall
    boat browser - very light.
     
  13. Victek

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    Some people say that improved memory management in the latest versions of Android makes task killers unnecessary. My experience is the phone gets sluggish if I leave all the default processes running. I use Advanced Task Killer and set it to auto kill tasks every two hours. I also built an exclusion list so important programs will not be terminated. The tasks that are killed are mainly the bloatware programs that cannot be removed. Some will eventually re-spawn, but not all of them and not right away. Used carefully I feel it helps performance.
     
  14. Luxeon

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    Well, I like:

    Opera mini. Faster than the stock Android Browser.

    Our Groceries. Really neat for shopping. Syncs with my wife's list in real-time.

    Radar Now. Just a cool way to get a quick glance at local radar in motion.

    Flashlight.

    Weatherbug. Pretty stable, nice simple widget.

    Astrid. Nice little reminder program. widget occasionally unresponsive for some reason.

    ToDo Task Manager. A little different from Astrid...serves as a backup for the occasionally glitchy Astrid widget.

    Business Calendar. Nice widgets, syncs beautifully w/Google Calendar.

    Springpad: nifty way to just gather stuff.

    Keepassdroid + Dropbox. Nice way to access my passwords if needed. I made the Keepass password INCREDIBLY strong, so I have no concern about security.

    OI File Manager. Small, light, no bells or whistles...just lets me easily look at everything on the phone and card.

    Tuneinradio. Pretty neat, don't use it too much..but generally works well.

    Packing List. Neat! But, I haven't figured out how to edit the list on the computer.

    Spiritlevel Plus. Kinda silly, but was able to straighten some crooked pictures!

    Google Navigation. Works surprisingly well in GPS mode.

    Zedge Ringtones. Just wanted a few loud ringtones.
     
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    Mixture of paid and free. I pay for many of my apps to support the developers and also get rid of the ads.

    Ultimate To-Do List - works with Toodle-do
    Contact View - much easier on the eyes
    Tiny Compass
    Lookout Security
    SwiftKey X Keyboard - awesome awesome awesome!!!!
    Contact Lookup Pro - can search anyway you want thru your contacts
    Screen Off and Lock - much faster off switch than the mechanical power button
    MobiCalc Pro - very useful calculator with a digital "tape" for reviewing entries
    Contact Editor Pro - much easier to use than the default
    WiFi Analyzer - shows useful wifi info
    Astro File Manager
    CalenGoo - best google syncing calendar I've used. Very configurable.
    JuiceDefender - helps preserve battery. not a lot but helps
    Handcent SMS
    PicSay Pro - in phone photo editing and runs stable
    Advanced English & Thesaurus
    Adv. Password Generator
    Txt Msg Away
    Ringdroid
    Barcode Scanner - works with reg bar codes & QR codes
    Bubble
    ColorNote - best standalone note & list app I've found
    ConvertPad
    Dice
    LastPass - couldn't live without it
    Magic 8-Ball
    Quick Settings
     
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    Because the purpose of killing tasks is to save battery life. However your running an additional program to kill programs you dont want running. Its ironic.

    Thats what programs like Bloat Freezer and Antek App Manager are for. They can freeze programs from running without a running app in the background. ;)
     
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    i see. However, i noticed that there are apps running in the background, e.g. google maps, media player, email etc... i don't run these apps.

    but these apps will pop right back after it has been terminated by task killer. thus also no use.
     
  18. Victek

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    Saving battery is one reason, freeing memory and cpu cycles is another. Used in moderation a TK seems to help - that's anecdotal of course.


    Yes, and I would love to use one of these, however the phone needs to be rooted. That's not easy to do and not always possible depending on the version of Android.
     
  19. bonedriven

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    Hey guys. I've just added a new app, which is very special: Tasker.

    This program can do tons of things, as long as you know how to program it. But the learning curve is a bit harsh, and the wiki support site is not good enough at all.

    Actually, I wonder why other OS like windows don't have a similar program for this.
     
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    Thats why you root and use a bloat freezing program or uninstall those apps all together.
     
  22. tobacco

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    For you Hold'em players, it's nice to see "Pokerstars" developing a mobile app which i couldn't find on the market but is available from their site - http://www.pokerstarsmobile.com/apps/pmpc/

    Downloaded and installed the apk with no issues except upon signing in telling me it's "not" available in Canada yet - only for UK residents at the moment :(

    No problem though ;) as i just fired up a VPN selecting a UK server and Bingo - Deal Me In! :cool:

    The app ran flawless the 30 minutes i played on WiFi (wifi or 3G/4G) with most if not all of the desktop features like avatars, table chat and multiple table play (up to 4 tables simultaneously)
     
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  23. roger_m

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    I will have a look at these. I have used task killers in the past, but these seem like a much better option. Certainly even with 512MB RAM in my phone sometimes I would find it running slowly when there is high RAM usage.


    Here's a short list of apps I recommend:

    NQ Mobile Security
    This is much more than just an internet security program. It has some really useful features such as a network monitor which shows how much data you have used in your current billing period. You just tell it your monthly data allowance and what date the billion period starts and it's keeps track of how much data you have used (it shows it it at the top of the notification bar) so you can tell when you are going to exceed your allowance.

    Also another neat feature is the ROM App Manager which lets you uninstall preinstalled apps - something which can't be done from Android itself or traditional uninstallers. It lets you know if it is unsure if the app is safe to uninstall for extra safety.


    Titanium Backup Pro
    This backs up my apps nightly on rooted phone, and has proven to be invaluable for restoring apps after I had to wipe my phone. It restores any data used by the apps too, so for example all my progress in Angry Birds was saved.


    Battery Repair (Doctor Boost)
    You let this run while you charge your phone. It not only claims to give longer battery life, but it does seem to actually work.


    SwiftKey X
    A nice app for speeding you texting by predicting what you will type.


    I can't think of anything else at the moment.
     
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