Favourite Android Apps

Here are some of the android apps I use for productivity, gaming and system optimization. Note that I only use the essentials as the more apps you have installed and are running, the less CPU and memory resources you have available. I also keep the number of widgets and apps on my home screen to a minimum and don’t use bells and whistles such as live wallpapers and animations.

Android Assistant

Android Assistant has a whole array of OS tweaks. The ones I use the most include the process killer, system and cache cleaner, App 2 SD as well as startup manager. Probably the best all-in-one android optimization package available with a quick boost button that kills non-essential processes and frees up memory with a single click.

Android homescreen

Another great app to speed things up is LauncherPro. It enables you to reduce the number of homescreens to a minimum of three. I have also removed transition effects when moving between homescreens and have reduced the number of columns and rows on each screen so that shortcuts are spread evenly across.

kingsoftoffice

It’s hard to miss Kingsoft Office when it comes to productivity suites. This app allows you to open, edit and create file types including DOC/DOCX/TXT/XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF. It supports cloud storage, is compact and includes all the basic office functions. A must have.

If you just want to take really quick notes then, as the name suggests, Fast notepad is the app for you.

Accuweather

Accuweather provides you a whole array of weather information including severe weather warnings, forecasts for specific health concerns and outdoor activities, current weather conditions updated every 15 minutes with the very latest humidity and precipitation percentages, dew point, visibility, UV index, wind speed gusts and direction, times for sunrise and sunset, and RealFeel® – AccuWeather’s exclusive weather forecasting system that analyzes multiple weather factors to determine how the local temperature actually feels. Weather forecasts can be viewed on a daily or hourly basis.

One thing thing most android devices lacks is a DVD player. One way around this is to decrypt and rip DVDs to a USB stick or SD Card. I use MakeMKV to do this. The MKV file can be played using VLC Player. MKV files however are large at 5-6 GB per movie. So I use DVDVideoSoft Fee Studio to convert the MKV file to mp4 (with Samsung Nexus 7 settings).

quickbible

Olive Tree Bible has what you need for personal bible studies including offline translations, bible commentaries, maps and dictionaries. If you just want a bible that’s no-frills, quick and easy to use then I would suggest the Quick Bible (screenshot above). It includes by default the red letter KJV and enables you to highlight text, make bookmarks and take notes.

Everyone knows about AVG Antivirus and Avast mobile security. If you don’t already have an antivirus app then these work great and are free.

There are a plethora of free gaming apps out there. But the most graphically impressive ones made for android that I’ve come across are Beach Buggy Blitz, Temple Run 2 and Subway Surfers. Knock yourself out.

Viber allows you to call, text, and send photos worldwide for free to over 175 million users. And it’s 100% ad-free.

operamini

For browsing I’d have to go with Opera Mini. Having tried several other browsers, Opera Mini trumps them all in terms of sheer speed (the fastest android browser on Earth) and stability. The buttons are nice and large for smaller screens and I like the readily available speed dial and google search bar.

Instead of having to go to the USB drive to transfer files across your home network to your android system, you can simply use WiFi Transfer to do the job wirelessly. Very easy to use and there is password protection available.

As for the screenshots you see in this post, I used the nifty Screenshot UX Trial app.

What are your favourite android apps?

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  1. Cool android applications here! I have tried using some of those and they works pretty good to me. Thanks for the nice share!

  2. and for a convenient keyboard I’d recommend “SwiftKey Keyboard” Its a paid application but worth the money.

  3. Swiftkey is a great recommendation. I got it free with an Amazon apps offer and makes typing on a small screen that much easier. Thanks!

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