With the number of Android apps becoming too many to count, it can be difficult to decide which ones to download and grant a space in your Android smartphone or tablet. You may have all the basics, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but do you have the other apps that matter in the Android world?
Due to the sheer number of Android apps, it’s easy to overlook some that are absolute must-haves.
So here’s a list that will acquaint you with the top 10 must-have Android apps that you don’t know about
Go Launcher EX
Bored with the non-customizable home screen of your Android smartphone or tablet? Do more with your backgrounds, themes, and icons with the Go Launcher EX app created by the Go Launcher Dev Team.
This Android application allows you to change the look of your home screen and comes with a wider selection of themes than the basic Android thoroughfare. Although the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich already provides more customization options, the Go Launcher EX is a must-have for non-4.0 Android users.
The way of the world is the digital age, and in the digital age, information can be encrypted into smaller, more mobile forms. And that’s where your barcode scanner will come in. More and more people are now using barcodes to exchange information. Barcodes are now used to store contact information, links to websites, links to blog posts, and so on.
Now, you don’t have to remember those long and pesky URLs; all you have to do is scan a barcode and you will be able to save any information or access any website that the bar code leads to. It’s certainly a must-have for anyone who wants to be in on the digital revolution.
Ever wish you could save websites and read them when you’re free? Well, EverPaper does exactly that for you. This new free Android application allows you to access any webpage that you save while you are browsing.
All the pages are downloaded so you can access them even without data service. It also includes a night mode which makes the pages easy to read at night, the time when people usually catch up on their reading.
One of the few remaining reasons why some people can’t switch from the iPhone to an Android smartphone is that their playlist is all tied up with iTunes. Saving into a new Android device would mean having to transfer all your music files manually.
But now that DoubleTwist is here, Apple users as well as Android users who wish they could sync iTunes with their Android tablets can now do exactly that thanks to DoubleTwist. This Android app is the ultimate iPod killer indeed.
Spending more than you should? There is an Android app that can remind you to stay within your budget, and it’s called Mint. Mint can keep track of how much money you have and how much you are spending. It helps you monitor your financial status quickly and in the simplest way possible.
And to make sure all your financial information doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, the app has a built-in password protection system. Although it won’t allow you to move your money, it can be a very useful app especially for those who find themselves overspending often.
Lookout Security and Anti-Virus
Lookout is a two-in-one app that can keep your Android gadget secure, not only from viruses but also in terms of physical location. Your Android app is not virus-immune, so you do also need an anti-virus.
But what makes this Android app unique is the fact that it can also tell you where your Android device is in case you misplace or lose it. If you can’t seem to find your Android phone, all you have to do is go to the Lookout website and locate it. If you are near it, the app will trigger an alarm so you can find it, even if it is in silent mode. This two-in-one security app is certainly a must-have.
Envious of those Apple folks who take screenshots with their iPhones? Don’t be bummed that Android doesn’t come with the same built-in feature, especially since ShootMe is now here. Here’s an app that can take screenshots of your Android gadget, and it even makes the whole process easy.
All you have to do is to shake the phone, cover the light sensor, or simply yell at it – all of which can trigger the screenshot feature. You can even choose which of these triggers to use. Now that’s taking screenshots to a whole new level.
Sick of those annoying ads on your free Android apps? Well, since you’re getting them for free, you can’t exactly complain. But here’s an app that turns the tables: Adfree can block ads for everything on your phone.
It does so by modifying the Hosts file in your phone. It’s pretty effective, and it doesn’t slow down your device while doing its magic. It doesn’t let you access paid services on your Android apps, but it at least makes the app usage experience better.
You do have to root your phone first before you can use it, but once you get it going, this app will surely be one of the Android apps on your phone that you use most often.
Been using your Android device as your virtual PC while you’re away? Well, now your Android gadget can really substitute for your PC. TeamViewer allows you to access and control your computer using your Android smartphone, wherever you may be.
The best part is, you won’t just be able to view your files; you can open your folders, run software, edit files, and many others. This is a really cool app that will come in handy for those who are usually on the field.