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.
Android apps we can’t live without
Android apps we can’t live without
This tiny little app is the perfect tool for transferring photos, videos and music on and off your device completely wirelessly and absolutely independent of your platform - it all works from the browser! The interface is intuitive and you can control your phone from your main computer to send sms messages and so on. We are installing this on every single Android device we get, and we get a lot.
If we had to pick one reason why you need Ice Cream Sandwich on your phone, it’d be Chrome. Google released Chrome out of beta just days ago so we’re still not used to thinking of it as the stock Android browser. The interface is mind-blowing, sync works flawlessly across all your devices, and the only reason you’d ever want to switch to another browser would be Flash - Chrome doesn’t support it.
The problem with beautiful things is you get used to them so quickly. And that’s exactly what’s the “problem” with this here app. If you’ve seen Flipboard, you probably won’t want to go back to reading any other way. We hope every website out there gets optimized for Flipboard because we certainly feel like reading every website in Flipboard.
Sorry, Facebook, but your mobile application sucks. Well, it doesn’t suck, but it doesn’t smell pretty either. While we are waiting for something beautiful and smooth as the mobile Google Plus app, we’ll be happily using Friendcaster for Facebook.
If you have someone you love or want to get in touch with far away, and you really want to be able to talk to them without thinking about the bill, Skype should be your first stop. It comes with video so you can enjoy a full face to face conversation.
We know many would beg to differ with us on this one, but hey some photos really only start looking good after a little Instagram vintage filter magic. We guess we don’t always want to see the crude reality as it’s painted by our cameras, don’t you think?
If there was something we wish we used less, that’s Twitter. Famous for its secret time-draining powers, you can get lost in tweets for a long time. Unlike the Facebook app, we actually like Twitter’s official application on Android smartphones.
Hey, and what’s a smartphone without a flashlight? This here app is great because it has a one-tap widget you can place right on your home screen for very quick access.
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.