useful android apps

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7zipper
Price: free
Allows for easy handling of 7z archives.

Play Store Link


A Better Camera
Price: free, $4 for pro version
Advanced camera controls and other cool features like customizable HDR.

Play Store Link


Pro Version


AirDroid
Price: free, prices vary for Premium version
Allows remote control of an Android device from a "real" computer (to a degree).

Play Store Link


Alarm Clock Xtreme
Price: free, $1.99 for ad-free version
The most granular alarm settings I've ever seen.

Play Store Link


Ad-Free Version


Amazon Suite
Price: all free
Pretty self-explanatory.
You'll need to enable Unknown Sources to install these,
so be careful where you download apps.

Get Main App
Get AppStore


Get Kindle
Get Music


Get Instant Video


Android Pay
Price: free
While it has other stuff, its core functionality is NFC payments.
It does this well, and works anywhere that Apple Pay is supported.

Play Store Link


ASTRO File Manager
Price: free, $3.99 for ad-free version
Copy and move files, deal with cloud storage, and more with ease.

Play Store Link


Ad-Free Version


Automatic Call Recorder
Price: free
DISCLAIMER: not all states are one-party states. Check your local laws.
The only app of its kind I've found to work with the Note 4.

Play Store Link


Battery Log
Price: free
Shows detailed text or graph logs of battery level and temperature.

Play Store Link


Boats for Voat
Price: free
Currently the most useful mobile client for Voat,
a censorship-free reddit alternative.

Play Store Link


CamScanner
Price: free
You just might not need a scanner anymore. It's that good.

Play Store Link


Commandr
Price: free
Supercharges Google Now with lots of extra goodies added to voice control.

Play Store Link


DiskUsage
Price: free
The Android equivalent of WinDirStat - shows disk usage visually.

Play Store Link


Firefox
Price: free
Offers some functionality that Chrome doesn't,
and often works when Chrome displays weirdly.

Play Store Link
Beta Version


Goggles
Price: free
Reads barcodes such as QR and UPC, and can OCR certain info for you.

Play Store Link


Keep
Price: free
Simple, functional note-taking with reminders

Play Store Link


Kinemaster
Price: free
The closest thing to iMovie for Android.

Play Store Link


Keepass2Android
Price: free
KeePass-compatible password manager

Play Store Link


MX Player
Price: free, $5.99 for ad-free version
The VLC of Android, before VLC was on Android.
Everything you might want in a media player.

Play Store Link


Ad-Free Version


Omni Swipe
Price: free
An unobtrusive HUD that's only there when you need it
and includes handy shortcuts like a flashlight.

Play Store Link


Pushbullet
Price: free
Notification mirroring and cross-device sharing made easy.
One of those apps you'll use constantly without realizing it's even there.

Play Store Link


reddit is fun
Price: free, $1.99 for golden platinum edition
Currently the most useful mobile client for reddit,
an online news aggregator with social commentary.
reddit may actively censor unpopular opinions.
Consider using Voat instead of or in addition to reddit,
or Boats for Voat on mobile.


Play Store Link


RedPhone
Price: free
End-to-end encrypted voice communications - works great with TextSecure.
Works over a data connection.

Play Store Link


Ruler App
Price: free
Another self-explanatory one; tell it your screen size and it's ready to go.

Play Store Link


Safest Text Auto Reply
Price: free
Reliable auto-responder for texts and phone calls. Useful when driving.

Play Store Link


SoundHound
Price: free, $5.99 for ∞ version
What's that song? Let your phone listen and it'll tell you in a heartbeat.

Play Store Link
∞ version


Speedtest
Price: free
One-step connection speed test. Be careful if you're on a capped data plan.

Play Store Link


Tasker
Price: $2.99
Play Store description nails it: "Total Automation, From Settings to SMS."
tl;dr Makes anything trigger anything.

Play Store Link


TeamViewer
Price: free
Control your computers from your phone wherever there's internet.

Play Store Link


Textra
Price: free
SMS heaven. Popup messages that disappear when replied to is the main draw.
Works great with Pushbullet and Android Wear.

Play Store Link


TextSecure
Price: free
End-to-end encrypted text communications - works great with RedPhone.
Works over a data connection.

Play Store Link


Translate
Price: free
Everyone knows what this is. App has goodies like handwriting and voice.

Play Store Link




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