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What Android apps you can’t live without?

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What Android apps you can’t live without?
With 1 million Android devices activated each day (that’s 12 each second), Google is continuing its march toward global domination with its mobile platform. We’ve been using Android since the earliest days of the T-Mobile G1, from low-end to high end devices, and it’s clear that Google improved not only the system itself, but also the apps that come with it.

What we refer to as the Google suite of applications pre-installed on most devices make a huge part of what’s Android, but in this post we’re curious to see what are the other apps you virtually can’t live without on your phone - apps so essential you wish they came built in on the device, so you don’t have to download them anew when you switch phones.

It all depends on your lifestyle, of course - for a photographer those might be totally different from those of a teen gamer, right? Nonetheless, let’s try and build some common agreement here - we’ll pool your comments to improve this article over time and we’re kicking the discussion off with a set of apps we ourselves can’t live without on Android.



You might have noticed that all of the apps we mentioned are free - this is just plain coincidence, but we guess there’s no better proof about the best things in life being free, is there? Now, let us hear the apps you can’t bear without - share them below.

*Thumbnaill image courtesy of the Digital Quill.

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posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:35 8

1. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I personally can't live without Airdroid and Skype.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:49 9

4. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Phone.apk

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:45 7

6. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


launcher.apk?

posted on 01 Jul 2012, 05:40

53. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


vending.apk

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:39 1

2. Birds (Posts: 1164; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I can't live without Swiftkey X....

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:41 2

18. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I prefer Smart Keyboard

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 13:56

51. spoonb1 (Posts: 77; Member since: 02 Jan 2010)


i second swiftkey, swiftkey 3 is fantastic

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 07:10

55. bayusuputra (Posts: 963; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


i purchased Smartkeyboard, slideIt, and swiftkey (don't laugh because i sound like a stupid person buying 3 different keyboards, but they were on sale, so i just bought them)

and i can say that nothing has beaten SwiftKey yet.. it is still the best..

and i can't live without PowerAMP..

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 09:41 1

3. Yummy (Posts: 117; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Angry birds? Temple run? Jk lol I have a life. I'd say Skype. I need that on long trips.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:29

5. ningaman999 (Posts: 13; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)


Airdroid, Audio Manager, and YP mobile (the only bloatware I will ever use in the entirety of my life).

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:53 9

7. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Superuser! haha

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 10:54 1

8. Odeira (Posts: 248; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Tumblr.
IMDB.
Flipboard.
Temple Run (Original and TR Brave).
BitTorrent Beta and Pirate Bay Browser. (They're complementary services.)

I came to Android from Windows Phone (in the form of the HTC HD7) because of these apps. Or rather, the lack of such (free) apps in the Windows Phone system by the time I got myself a Samsung Galaxy S II.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:18

12. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iKnow, iHave a Rapidshare account just for 'their complementary services'. lol

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:06

9. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


iCan't live without my Audio Speed Changer Pro, MX Video Player Pro (with full support for mkv and avi just to name a few), Power Amp Player Pro and I'll give you Skype. But, don't forget Fring; no connection fees to any number worldwide (unlike Skype).

Also, fond of Soundhound, Google Maps (with Navigation), Street View in Google Maps and Colloseum. My all-time favorite, though, is the Shooting range app I'm currently working on that has certain farm-like animals, e.g., sheep, as targets.

posted on 30 Jun 2012, 03:03

49. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


sheep as targets? y no apples as targets?

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:09

10. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


Twitter
GoogleShopper
DolphinHD
ScoreCenter
Skype

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 16:23 1

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Another shout out for Dolphin HD. Of all the apps that I have added to my RAZR, that is probably the one I use every day.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:13 5

11. wgaurav (Posts: 22; Member since: 17 Dec 2010)


Google Maps, Evernote, Dropbox/ Drive, Documents to go, whatsapp

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:20

13. soshi (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 Mar 2012)


quickpic because it can exclude folder, evernote, whatsapp

Just uninstall instagram because photo in square is not appealing to me. Photowonder is better for effect n editing. To explore and sharing informatif n high quality photo google+ is better

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:22

14. kunyuk (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


App cache cleaner, ATK, set cpu, and ad free

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:22

15. eDiesel (Posts: 142; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Rom manager. Go launcher.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:37 1

16. shotunz (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


whatsapp

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:41

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


lightflow,swiftkey,nova,android pro widget and many more

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:54 1

19. gmp009 (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


For me
1. Flipboard
2.flash light.
and yeah dolphin browser hd is way better then chrome for android i dont know why pplz all the time talk abt chrome!

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 11:55

20. Bleak3993 (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


QuickPic,

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:08

21. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


Tasker
Audiogalaxy
SMS Backup & Restore
Call Log Backup & Restore
Swiftkey
CallTrack

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:11

22. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 468; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


MAPS, USAA

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:21

23. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


Clipboard, Friendcaster, Evernote, Twitter, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Google Maps w/ Nav, Google Voice, and of course, Gmail.

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:23

24. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


I mean Flipboard not Clipboard

posted on 29 Jun 2012, 12:33

25. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Samsung Media Hub.
...LOLOLOL NOPE
I'd have to say Google Maps, GDrive, Polaris Office, and (once I get my tablet) FoxFi or PDANet.
And who can forget Dolphin Browser?

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