Top 5 Must-have Android Applications

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Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes and operating system, middleware and key applications. It is one of the most popular OS in the market and is also a good platform for getting things done. There are a lot of Android apps, many designed to help users be more productive, but finding them can often be a burden.

Overall, there are more than 150,000 Android apps. We conducted a survey in our office and found the following 5 applications to be the most used among Android users. Let's take a detailed look at them.

 

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1. ES File Explorer

  • Description:

    ES File Explorer has everything you would expect from a file explorer – you can copy, paste, rename and delete files. You can select multiple files at a time just as you would on your PC or MAC. You can also compress files to zip or gz. One of the best features of ES file explorer is the ability to connect to network shares – this means you can connect to a shared folder on your LAN and transfer files to and from your Android device. Its user interface is very simple, quick and easy to use.

  • Screenshots:

    Top 5: Android Applications

  • Features:

    • Multiselect and Operate files (Copy, Paste, Cut/Move, Create, Delete and Rename, Share/Send) in the phone and computers
    • Application manager -- Manage apps(Install, Uninstall, Backup, Shortcuts, Category)
    • View Different file formats, photos, docs, videos anywhere, support third party applications such as Document To Go to open document files
    • Text viewers and editors
    • Bluetooth file transfer tool
    • Access your Home PC, via WIFI with SMB
    • Compress and Decompress ZIP files, Unpack RAR files, Create encrypted (AES 256 bit) ZIP files
    • Manage the files on the FTP server as the ones on the sd card
  • Link:

    This application is available for download at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop

 

 

2. Go Sms Pro

  • Description:

    GO SMS Pro is the ultimate messaging application for Android devices. There is a nice setting that launches a pop-up for incoming messages. Users can then respond or delete directly within the window. The app supports batch actions for deleting, marking all, or backing up. It is highly customizable; everything from the text color, to the color of the background, SMS ringtones for specific contacts, and themes for the SMS application can be customized. Another interesting feature that you can take advantage of is the multiple plug-ins that are available as free download in the market. The Facebook chat plug-in makes it possible to receive and send Facebook chat messages and since these messages are sent through the Facebook network it does not affect your SMS messages at all.

  • Screenshots:

    Top 5: Android Applications

  • Features:

    • GO-MMS service (FREE), you may send picture/music to your friend(ever they are no GO SMS) through one SMS with 2G/3G/4G or WIFI
    • Many cool themes; also support DIY theme, and Wallpaper Maker plug-in; Fully customizable look; Supports chat style and list style; Font changeable
    • SMS backup and restore by all or by conversations, supports XML format, send backup file by email
    • Support schedule SMS; Group texting
    • Settings backup and restore
    • Notification with privacy mode and reminder notification
    • Security lock, support lock by thread; Blacklist
  • Link:

    This application is available for download at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.jb.gosms

 

 

3. Dolphin HD browser

  • Description:

    Dolphin Browser HD is a professional mobile browser presented by Mobotap Inc. Dolphin Browser HD is the most advanced and customizable web browser. You can browse the Web with the greatest speed and efficiency by using Dolphin browser HD. The main browsing screen is clean and uncluttered. Other than the Home and Refresh buttons that flank the address bar, Dolphin HD doesn't clutter the main interface with other quick-access buttons. In addition to tabbed browsing, bookmarking (that syncs to Google bookmarks), and multitouch zooming, it can also flag sites to read later as well as a tie-in to Delicious. You can search content within a page, subscribe to RSS feeds through Google Reader, and share links with social networks. Another great feature of this app is the capability to download YouTube videos.

  • Screenshots:

    Top 5: Android Applications

  • Features:

    • Manage Bookmarks
    • Multi Touch pinch zoom
    • Unlimited Tabs
    • Colorful theme pack
    • Gestures as shortcuts for common commands
    • You can save web pages to read them offline with all images preserved
  • Link:

    This application is available for download at: https://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser

 

 

4. Winamp

  • Description:

    The one big advantage that Winamp has over other playback apps is that it can sync tracks wirelessly to the device over your home network, so you don’t have to fuss with a USB cable, making it easier to manage your music. You can set Winamp to sync automatically, every time you connect your Android phone to Winamp, which makes it incredibly easy to send new playlists, purchases and downloads to your portable player, sans USB. The interface is probably the most notable upgrade over the stock player. The playback controls remain on-screen pretty much wherever you are in the app – a small touch, but one that vastly improves the functionality of Winamp. Being able to control playback from any point is more useful than you might expect.

  • Screenshots:

    Top 5: Android Applications

  • Features:

    • iTunes library & playlist import
    • Wireless & wired sync with the desktop Winamp Media Player
    • Over 45k+ SHOUTcast Internet radio stations
    • Integrated Android Search & “Listen to” voice actions
    • Play queue management
    • Playlists and playlist shortcuts
    • Extras Menu – Now Playing data interacts with other installed apps
  • Link:

    This application is available for download at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.nullsoft.winamp

 

 

5. Advanced Task Killer

  • Description:

    One click to kill applications running in the background. Advanced Task Killer is pretty simple and easy to use. It allows you to see what applications are currently running and offers the ability to terminate them quickly and easily, thus freeing up valuable memory for other processes. It also remembers your selections, so the next time you launch it, the previously spared apps remain unchecked and the previously selected ones are checked and are ready to be shut down. You can choose to have Advanced Task Killer start at launch and there’s even the option to have it appear in your notifications bar for swift access.

  • Screenshots:

    Top 5: Android Applications

  • Features:

    • Kill multiple apps with one tap
    • Adjust the security levels
    • It comes with a notification bar icon
    • You can kill apps automatically by selecting one of auto-kill level: Safe, Aggressive or Crazy
  • Link:

    This application is available for download at: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.rechild.advancedtaskkiller

 

Summary

In this article we discussed the Top 5 must-have applications for your android phone.


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