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A non-trivial list of the 100+ must-have Android apps in 2017

0. phoneArena 20 Mar 2017, 10:35 posted on

This selection of essential Android apps aims to help you discover the very best of the platform without the tiresome trial-and-error…

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posted on 15 Feb 2015, 08:33 6

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 5238; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I did have MX player, but I dumped it for VLC player. I also got rid of Timely because I found that it was unreliable. There were occasions (Though admittedly few and far between) where the alarm would fail to sound. And when you rely on it to wake you up at 3:30 in the morning to get to work on time, that is unacceptable.

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 10:43

8. sharks (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


That essential apps list is missing the truly essential ones: ES File Explorer, Google Chrome, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Youtube!

As for the best Android media player, MX Player's reign was over since a long time now! The best ones are totally free and works much better with all kinds of video formats: VLC player and Dice player.

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 11:31 1

9. Scott93274 (Posts: 5238; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


hmm... never heard of Dice player. Also in regards to the first part of your post, I think they excluded Google first party apps and focused on second and third party developed apps.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 01:31 3

13. Victor.H (Posts: 737; Member since: 27 May 2011)


VLC Player is a great choice, but I'd still wait until it exits the perpetual beta phase until feeling safe to recommend it. Nonetheless, all these apps you mention are great (I have not included the few Google ones since they come pre-loaded on most devices anyway).

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 07:30 1

15. Scott93274 (Posts: 5238; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You're right, I forgot that VLC is still in Beta. It works like a champ though.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 08:34 2

18. josephnero (Posts: 585; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Sony stock alarm FTW

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 14:15

29. roscuthiii (Posts: 2231; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Why worry about the "beta" moniker? There are plenty of apps out of beta that are either buggy, in need of UI refinements, or are just poorly conceived/implemented.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 21:28

34. sandysingh252 (Posts: 27; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Check again buddy, VLC has been out of beta since months. They have been following same policy as google (google Chrome) by making final and beta versions of VLC in play store.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 02:17

35. Scott93274 (Posts: 5238; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Yeah well that comment was made back in February, it was only in beta then, though now I'm still shocked to see VLC excluded from the list.

posted on 06 Jul 2015, 03:37

39. Jon.b (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jul 2014)


also a Calculator

posted on 08 Jul 2016, 10:03

47. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13608; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


ES File Explorer is in the list.

posted on 09 Jul 2016, 09:30

56. deviceguy2016 (banned) (Posts: 826; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)


I'll have to try the VLC but I do use the MX player

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 12:24

62. amasog (Posts: 421; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


In the playstore, there are 2 vlc. One is in beta, the other is the stable version.

I have been using the stable version for months now. So please check first before saying that vlc is in beta.

Its just like firefox and opera, they have both the stable and beta versions in the play store.

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 09:46 4

2. Dee79 (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Here maps took me the wrong way, got me going round the block when all I needed to do is do a left. Then it took me to a one way street about to go down it and realised it's oncoming one way. Deleted the app straight after and went back to google maps

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 10:42 6

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 5238; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Yeah, well no map app is perfect, I've had my share of issues with Google Maps as well .Only thing is when I requested a change to Google Maps, it actually got fixed.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 09:34 3

22. viper7916 (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


I like here maps because you can download the maps. I live in Canada and travel to the states often. Use here maps and not get charged roaming data like i would if using google maps.

posted on 05 Jul 2015, 21:54 1

38. Scott93274 (Posts: 5238; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


I have not tried Here Maps yet. I Switch regularly between Google Maps and Waze these days. I have had no reason to try Here yet, and I never go anywhere near going over my data limit so I can't say that the offline mode has been intensive for me. Maybe that'll change when my work starts sending me places like Canada, and if I'm especially lucky, Europe.

posted on 15 Jul 2015, 09:22 1

44. epdm2be (Posts: 607; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


HERE maps was the best when it was still Nokia Maps (& Drive) and ran on Symbian Belle devices. All other versions are poor compared to the Symbian versions. Although the latest Android version has improved on 2 vital parts (integration with address-book and calender).

I must admit I didn't expect any reply when I contacted the HERE team. But they perfectly replied to my query and replied back when the problem that I mentioned was solved.

So I must say that the HERE team gets my thumbs up for a correct behaving company with regards for their end-users.

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 09:46

3. bigmaster (Posts: 198; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


Anyone knows if live wallpapers got an impact on battery life/performance and the GPU/CPU efficiency?

Thanks...!

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 10:22 2

4. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Yes, but not enough to make a difference.

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 11:50 2

10. antmiu2 (Posts: 355; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


yes they do.. better use a static wallpaper

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 17:57

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6468; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Yes! 3% to 8% more base on my note 3 ocean hd live wallpaper. Its very pleasing to watch fishes swimming deep in the ocean.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 08:36 1

19. josephnero (Posts: 585; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


depends.Optimized one don't use battery at all and are smooth.like minima or sony stock live wallpaper but bad ones lag to hell

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 10:22 2

5. Mfa901 (Posts: 291; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


very complete list using or used almost all of them

posted on 15 Feb 2015, 10:33 4

6. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


As pretty as the Yahoo Weather app is, it's useless. What good is an app whose notification icon fails to update unless the app is open? What good is a weather app that fails to notify about severe weather? It checks a lot of boxes and it looks very good, but it's functionality is severely broken.

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 01:32 1

14. Victor.H (Posts: 737; Member since: 27 May 2011)


It seems a bit overblown to judge an app just by a single feature. What weather app do you use anyway?

posted on 16 Feb 2015, 14:09 1

16. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I pointed out two features that don't work. But I commend it for providing the option to select how much mobile data it's allowed to use per day.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 14:17

30. roscuthiii (Posts: 2231; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's not really overblown when the feature in question about a weather app is actually informing the user about the weather.

posted on 04 Jul 2015, 15:43

32. shahrooz (Posts: 784; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


try amber weather, customization is very nice in it.

posted on 06 Jul 2015, 14:10

43. mrmessma (Posts: 223; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


It updates fine for me. Cyanogenmod nightly 12.1 (5.1) 6-30

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