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Useful Android apps

As a newcomer to Android, does anyone have recommendations for cool/useful apps to check out?

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Dec. 11, 2013 at 22:20

Astro File Manager - pretty decent file manager with some cloud integration
Bacon Reader - Reddit app
Drive/QuickOffice - Google's cloud storage account / Document Editor
Duolingo - Learn a foreign language
Google Now - Totally awesome personal assistant type app
Google Sky Maps - Find out what's in the night sky
GPS Status - Has some useful tools to calibrate compass, update AGPS data for a faster lock
MacroDroid - Create rules for automating your phone eg (turn of GPS when connected to home wifi)
MX PLayer - Good video player
Play Music - Keep your music collection in the cloud (upto 20,000 tracks)
Tweedle - Pretty nice clean looking Twitter client.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2013 at 18:17

Nope :p

But I promoted your question to the frontpage, so you'll get some help.

spruceyb  Dec. 11, 2013 at 22:20

Astro File Manager - pretty decent file manager with some cloud integration
Bacon Reader - Reddit app
Drive/QuickOffice - Google's cloud storage account / Document Editor
Duolingo - Learn a foreign language
Google Now - Totally awesome personal assistant type app
Google Sky Maps - Find out what's in the night sky
GPS Status - Has some useful tools to calibrate compass, update AGPS data for a faster lock
MacroDroid - Create rules for automating your phone eg (turn of GPS when connected to home wifi)
MX PLayer - Good video player
Play Music - Keep your music collection in the cloud (upto 20,000 tracks)
Tweedle - Pretty nice clean looking Twitter client.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 11, 2013 at 23:06

Ah, yes - MX Player is pretty good, as is Astro. Good for backing up apps, also. You can save them on SD to then transer to a new device...

idokayat123  Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:09

SwiftKey is a great keyboard app. Definitely worth checking out.

krogothnx  Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:26

if you have a notification LED on your device, Lite Flow is essential. It lets you set custom vibration duration / vibration pulses / light pulses / light color / light duration etc for different notifications. I used to have a light blue 3 second pulse with no vibration for email on one account, purple 3 second pulse with 2 short vibration pulses for email on another account, green long light with 2 long vibration pulses for an SMS, a red quick flashing light with 3 long vibration pulses for if i got an sms from the missus, orange flashing for low battery, orange solid light for charging, etc etc. Basically means if you ever get a notification, you can customise the hell out of it and know exactly what kind of notification it is without even touching your phone. There's a free version that does the basics (sms, gmail, small handfull of supported apps) and a paid one that does a massive list of supported apps. Kind of nerdy I know, but incredibly powerful and something you can't really do on any other platform.

Tasker can do a similar kind of thing for all sorts of things on your phone too - plug in headphones and it launches your music app and sets it to a lower volume, for example. Though i've not played with tasker myself.

Opera mini is a good one to have (not mobile!) because it does some excellent compression before the data reaches your device, which can be really useful if you've got pants signal but need to google something.

Zarchiver lets you do stuff with rars/zips etc - something i don't think most file managers can do.

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