What Android apps you can’t live without?

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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55 Comments

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

I personally can't live without Airdroid and Skype.

4. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Phone.apk

6. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

launcher.apk?

53. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

vending.apk

2. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

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

18. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I prefer Smart Keyboard

51. spoonb1

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 02, 2010

i second swiftkey, swiftkey 3 is fantastic

55. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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..

3. Yummy

Posts: 117; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

5. ningaman999

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

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

7. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Superuser! haha

8. Odeira

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

12. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

49. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

sheep as targets? y no apples as targets?

10. nb2six

Posts: 298; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Twitter GoogleShopper DolphinHD ScoreCenter Skype

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

11. wgaurav

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

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

13. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 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

14. kunyuk

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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

15. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Rom manager. Go launcher.

16. shotunz

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

whatsapp

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

19. gmp009

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 27, 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!

20. Bleak3993

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

QuickPic,

21. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

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

22. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

MAPS, USAA

23. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

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

24. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

I mean Flipboard not Clipboard

25. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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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