Essential Android Apps

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Essential Android Apps

Essential Android Apps

Although there are numerous flavors and variants of operating systems in “Smart phones”, my personal favorite is “ANDROID”. Essential Android Apps 

 

The main reason is the growing number of apps , flexibility to code, open source, vast app-store(Now called as Google Play store) and amazing flavours!!

However, There is a probability of apps being present in other Smart Phone markets like i-store, Ovi store.. etc… .

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Disclaimer: This article is not for any advertisement purposes. I am not linked with any of the creators of these apps and will not be responsible for any queries or issues. Also, there are many more apps in market which can better suit your personal needs hence please don’t consider this article as a reference material.

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Android Market/Google Play store already has a categorised design. This article makes an attempt to bring awareness among the readers about some amazing apps which will ease a lot of activities.

All the apps chosen for review are FREE and available in Google Play Store. I will not touch upon most common and usual apps.

I have chosen 3 to 5 apps in each category which I have personally used and liked and think that they are most essential android apps.

  1. File Manger / Explorer apps
  2. Productivity apps.
  3. Fitness related apps.
  4. Performance/ Tweaking apps.
  5. Other interesting Apps!

 

File Manager / explorer:

Most of the Android phones doesn’t have a built-in facility to browse the files (apart from Gallery) in your phone or sd card.

This makes File managers to be one of the most essential android apps. Even if a built-in browser is provided, it won’t be robust and will have only basic functionality. No worries, we have plenty of file explorers in market… both free and paid.

Here are some of my personal favourites.

1) ES-Explorer:

This one is my personal favourite because its lite, simple and has all the fucntionailties that I need! .

Es File explorer

Key Features:

  • Simple to use,
  • Free
  • Top rated.
  • Has multiple functionalities other than File exploring.
  • Has built in File manager, Application manager, Task killer, Cloud storage client,FTP client, and Samba client.
  • Does not bulk up the RAM.
  • Currently supports 31 languages.
  • Built-in ZIP and RAR support allows you to compress and decompress ZIP files, unpack RAR files, and create encrypted (AES 256 bit) ZIP files
  • Built-in viewers and players for various file types, including photos, music, and videos; supports third-party applications, such as Documents To Go, for opening others.Has text viewer and editor.
  • Supports root exploer. (Only on rooted phones).

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- ES File Explorer File Manager.

 

2) Astro File manager:

Another good file manager that I have used. Comes in handy for lot of day to day activities.

Key Features:

  • Free app and it has user friendly interface.
  • Organize your pictures, music, videos or documents on your phone.
  • Has built in picture gallery.
  • Image Viewer enhancements including rotate picture
  • SkyDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox support
  • Supports zip and tar files.
  • Good looking, elegent, with folder view and thumbnails etc..
  • NEW: Facebook Photo support
  • It’s picture view works better than standard galleries and ASTRO is in dozens of Top Ten Android App lists!
  • Root explorer for rooted devices.

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Astro File manager/Browser.

 

3) File Manger:

This is another simple, fully functional, awesome app for file management. Its very lite, less spacious and faster!

Key Features:

  • Simple, fast and Free!!
  • Multiple resolution support
  • Support 19 languages
  • Compress and decompress support
  • Multiple selection and sorting support
  • Support both local and remote(LAN/SMB) file systems
  • Root Explorer for rooted devices
  • Built-in text editor, image gallery and swf player..

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- File Manger for android.

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Productivity Apps:

1) Kingsoft Office (Free):

For those of you who work on MS-Office documents, Spreadsheets, Excel sheets, PPTs,PDFs etc…. This is an ideal application.

The “Best Part” is that it lets you both View and Edit the office files!! The “Very Best” part is that its FREE!!!! This makes it one the most essential android apps.

Key Features:

  • Rich editing features.
  • Small Size, Stable Operation, and Special interface!
  • Support 23 kinds of files, including DOC/DOCX/TXT/XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF etc..
  • Built-in file manager that can automatically organize your office document.
  • Support cloud storages such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Box.net and other services with WebDAV protocol.
  • Save document as PDF,Spell Check,Print feature ..
  • Rich formatting features including bold, italics, underline, font color, alignment, tables, alignment, header, footer, word count, find & replace, full-screen, etc.

 

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Kingsoft Office (Free)

 

2) Paytm:

If you use a pre-paid mobile, recharging it is a real pain in the ass sometimes!! Trust me this app has saved a lot of my time and energy..

Paytm is a one-stop shop for your mobile, DTH & data card recharges and postpaid bill payments.

paytm

Key Features:

  • All payment options – credit card, debit card and net banking.
  • All operators supported for prepaid.
  • Data Card Payment available on ALL operators.
  • DTH Payment on ALL service providers.
  • Landline and Electricity payment option on selected service providers.
  • Free and exciting discount coupons with each recharge!

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Paytm- Recharge mobile and DTH.

3) NewsHunt: – India News | Jobs.

Though there are number of Android apps for reading daily news, NewHunt stole my heart because of the page layout, rendering capacity, number of local languages and list of news papers.

Another useful feature is JOB-SEARCH. Its so easy to search, apply, save jobs arranged in different categories.

Reading news is so easy and fast with this app. Its a “Must-try” for everyone using android and must-use app if you like it!

news hunt

Key Features:

  • Read News from 75 national & regional Newspapers, Websites & other News sources
  • Read News in English & 10 Indian languages, even if your phone doesn’t support the language & font. Available in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi & Oriya
  • Get Local News from over 600 Indian districts & towns, plus Cricket scores, weather, horoscopes, stock updates & classifieds
  • Get Alerts & Notifications of Breaking News even when you’re not using the app
  • Partners: Hindustan Times, The Indian Express, Mid-Day, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Malayala Manorama, Dinakaran, Dinamalar, Eenadu, Sakshi, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Deccan Herald, Sakaal, Divya Bhaskar, Jagbani, India Today, BBC (Hindi), IBNLive.com & more.
  • Share News over SMS, Email & Facebook.
  • Search for Jobs by keywords, location & industry type or browse by category.
  • Find Jobs and read detailed Job descriptions without leaving the app.
  • Create your profile & let the app search for matching Jobs, even when you’re not using the app.

 

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- News Hunt – India News | Jobs.
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Fitness Related Apps:

There are plenty of apps for android which will help you stay fit and healthy. I have chosen some apps that are Exercise or ‘Workout’ oriented and can be performed at home without the help of any equipment or machines. The are many essential android apps in this section.

I prefer the exercises that use our own body weight to tone our body and mind. Since there is no cost involved, can be performed to become slim as well as built and no side-effects!!

1) Daily Yoga  (All in One):

This is the app which will falsify the myth “Apps for fitness are not of much use. They are just dummy and  just to show off”.. It has illustration from flash videos which are so neat and explanatory.

I have been using this from a long time and I just LOVE THIS APP!!  It has lot of FREE and Paid plugins for each customised exercises. Its a ‘must try’ for fitness freaks… (Like me!!)..

daily yoga

Key Features:

  • No.1 Health/Fitness App on 101BestAndroidApps.Com
  • No.1 Downloading Yoga Coaching App on Google Play
  • Customised exercises for Beginners, for Back, Abs, Chest, Butt, Toning…. and much much more!
  • Seated routines and standing routines.
  •  Recoring of time and user can increase the intensity.
  • Compatible with all android phones and tabs.
  • More Yoga Sessions added continuously
  • Various durations (5/10/15/20/30/45 min) for your choic
  • HD Videos for Landscape & Full Screen view + Live voice instructions + BGM
  • 36 yoga sessions, 300+ poses in library, 6 free background music
  • Provides a solid foundation in yoga theories.

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Daily Yoga (All in One).

 

2) Daily Workout Apps:

This is for those who intend to spend some more time on working out. Its a collection of apps. Each individual major muscle group has a different app.

daily workout

Key Features:

  • Apps are designed for particular muscle groups.
  • Each app is just 5 to 10 mins daily workout but very effective.
  • Has video illustrations which makes it easy to follow.
  • Exercises for Ab, Butt, Arm, Cardio, Leg etc….
  • FREE!!!

The collection of these apps can be seen here… You can select which one you need and install selectively.

 

3) Yoga For All :

This is for those who have basic understanding of yoga and are looking for a ‘Wikipedia’ of Yoga. One of my personal favourite. Has a list of all exercises along with the benifits of it and targeted area. Simple and does not have any video.

yoga for all

Key Features:

  • Full featured freeware!
  •  Explore Asanas
  • Workouts & Training
  • Yoga asana and pranayamas to be done to cure common ailments are listed here.
  • If the user wishes to strengthen his specific body part then user can choose the body part and view the asanas.

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Yoga For All

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Performance / Tweaking Apps:

There are many essential android apps in Google play store which helps to monitor your phone and tweak the performance, battery life and speed of your smart device. Though many of the apps are free and have instructions, I would like to say that using these apps require atleast basic level of knowledge of android, electronics and mobile functionality. So, try them out only when you are sure.

#NOTE:  Please do not install more than one battery saver/ task manager since there may be a glitch and dispute between apps and may lead to crash your device. Install only one among the kind whcih you feel is the best.

 

 1)Juice Defender – Battery Saver:

This is one among the top rated apps in google playstore. I have used it and have noticed an increase in battery life and sustainability.

juice

 

Key Features:

  • 5 Preset Profiles (from default mode to full customization).
  • Easy and Intuitive User Interface.
  • Home screen Battery Widgets.
  • Mobile Data toggle automation.
  • 2G/3G toggle automation.
  • WiFi toggle automation + Auto-Disabling option.
  • Location-aware WiFi Control (e.g. enable WiFi only at home/work, disable it otherwise)
  • Battery Consumption Optimization
  •  CPU scaling when phone is idle
  • Smart Brightness control
  • Full Activity Log
  • ITS FREE!!!!

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Juice Defender -Battery Saver

 

 2) Go Power Master:

GO Power Master is a professional tool to help you save the power of the battery.GO Power Master is a professional management tool represented by GO Dev team to help you monitor and save the power of your battery.

go go

 

Key Features:

  •  Functional module management.
  • Running applications monitoring.
  • Smart power saving.
  •  Time statistics.
  • One-Touch Optimization helps you to lighten the load of your battery easily.
  • The GO Power Master widgets provide you the way to handle the power quickly without opening the application.
  • Best suited if the launcher used is “Go Launcher EX”.

 

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:-  Go Power Master.

3) Advanced Task Manager:

This is one of the best Task Managers which I have used and found very effective. There are always apps running in the background making your device slower and sometimes even to crawl!! So, a task manager comes to your rescue when such situations are more often.

advanced task

Key Features:

  • Kill selected tasks.
  • Android optimizer & booster
  • Ignore apps when kill tasks.
  • Auto kill tasks on every screen off.
  • Regular kill.
  • One click task kill widget.
  • Show battery life.
  • Support android 1.5/1.6/2.2/2.3/3.x/4.x.

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:-  Advanced Task Manager.

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Other Interesting Apps:

 

These are the apps which you may not be aware of but has interesting features and will be useful for everyone at some point of time. I prefer keeping all of these apps cuz you never know when they can come in handy.

1) True Caller – Global Directory:

Do you get lot of calls from Unknown numbers and want to know who is the person calling you? Do you have a phone number and want to find who owns that number?

True Caller is an app in which you enter any phone number and it finds the name of the owner’s name and adress!

#NOTE: Although it works the way it has to be but for few numbers, there may not be an updated database hence, only place of call will be returned as a result.

true caller

 

Key Features:

  • Enjoy the most accurate name and phone number lookup service with Caller ID.
  • Truecaller also shows you who the caller is instantly, blocks unwanted calls and so much more.
  • Lookup mobile and landline numbers from all over the world.
  • Call Blocker – Block calls from your personal blacklist and block common spam callers thanks to the community blacklist.
  • Update Phonebook – Keep your phonebook up-to-date with your friends latest address info, pictures and much more.
  • New countries, new white pages, yellow pages and phone numbers are added continuously to Truecaller at no extra cost.

 

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- True Caller- Global Directory.

 

2) SMS Scheduler:

As the name explains, its a simple tool for scheduling SMS with chosen time. The additional feature is that you can even automate the sending of SMS at regular frequency.

Do you forget to wish “Happy Birthday” to someone ? Do you want to send regular SMS like “Good Morning, Good Night, Take care, Love you….. etc etc…   ?? This app is for you.. .:-)

sms schedule

Key Features:

  • Recipients can be typed in directly or selected from contacts.
  • Multiple recipients can be chosen.
  • Flexible scheduling system – you can send sms once, every 5 minutes, 15 minutes, every hour …
  • Sent sms messages are added to the proper conversation threads
  • Status bar notifications are triggered for sent messages and delivery reports
  • History of sent and delivered messages is available
  • FREE FREE FREE!!!!!

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- SMS Scheduler.

 

3) Hide it Pro/  Audio Manager! :

There are always some confidential data that we always wish to hide from others. May it  be pictures, videos, apps, multimedia files or any kind of file.

Also, we always have someone around who is curious to know whats in our phone!!!  Well….

The AWKWARD situation when the other person asks for your phone to have a look and you feel a pinch in your ass cuz you have so much of pics/videos that you don’t want to disclose to that person!!!

At the same time, you can’t say NO and hurt their feeliings too!!!!

Aha…. Don’t worry…. You never have to worry about such situations anymore if you install this app !!

This not only hides your stuffs plus, it disguises like a Audio manager which works like a audio controller too!!!  All your SECRET STUFFS are now password protected and will remain SECRET till you wish.. 🙂

The instructions of using it have been given in the playstore page. Its a FREE app and one of my favs!!! CHEEERS…..

hide

Key Features:

  • App disguised behind a fully functional Audio Manager
  • Categorize media into folders of your choice
  • Batch(Multi-Select) support for hiding and unhiding pictures
  • Delete/Share/Unhide/Move pictures between albums
  • Gallery features Pinch to Zoom , Double tap to zoom , One finger hold and move zoom
  • Special optimization for low end phones.
  • Disappears from recent apps list
  • Two lock screen options viz Pin and Password
  •  Plugins for features like Private Messaging / Calls , Private Browsing , Locking Apps. etc etc….

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:- Hide it Pro / Audio Manager

 

4) iWallet:

For those of you who are looking to keep track of your “MONEY” and want to control your spendings and increase savings, monitor and know how much you spend on different commodities, this is an IDEAL APP….

Trust me… I have tried number of apps but this app makes perfect sense. The reason being, we can categories our spending, enter our expenditure date wise or daily wise… At any point of time, we can view the chart and % of expenditure on each of what we spend like Food, Petrol, Entertainment etc etc… and its customisable.. plus the great news is that its FREE!!!

iwallet

I recommend this app as a “Must Try” for all those who are concerned about financial management.

Key Features:

  • Record your expenses with a few taps.
  • Categorize your spendings.
  • Record your mode of payment.
  •  Analyze your spending across diffrent time frames.
  • Your dashboard alerts you about your spendings against budget.
  • Create your budget for different time cycles (yearly, monthly, weekly and daily)
  •  Analyse your spendings between different budgets.
  • Create your own mode of payment and vendors.
  • Backup your data.
  • Move your data to another mobile with backup/restore utility.

“Warren Bufet” one of the best inspiror has rightly said…

“If you buy things you do not need, soon you will have to Sell things you need.”

To Know more, visit the android market aka Google Playstore!

Play Store Link: Click Here:-  iWallet

 

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Well….That siad, its time to Conclude and  Do you want to suggest any other apps that is missing here and you think is one of the essential android apps?? Please feel free to comment in the section below.

Lets keep our Smart Phone, More Smarter…… :-O     What do you Say???   😉

 

 -Shivanandana Hegde .                 
“Curious to learn and generous to share”  

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