Smartphones and tablets have become the gadget of choice by anyone who wants to be connected and informed. Present day Smartphones are being very powerful and versatile that can do things a normal computer can do. For many Android devices, many of these devices have already come with loads of pre-installed apps. The apps range from the very useful an practical app to very crappy ones. But still, there are many useful and practical apps that anyone can download and install on any Android device for added functionality, versatility and utility. Google Play offers thousands of apps and it can be a challenge to be updated for all of them. We have to accept the fact that this is the nature of platform as big and dynamic as Android. As of this time, we have a list of some of the best Android apps that you can download and use. Some of them were already classics and some new one. And hopefully in the next few months, there will be more new gems for you to discover, download and use. Let’s start.
- iOnRoad Augmented Driving ($4.99). This app assists drivers on the road by providing alerts, collision warning and other driving data. The application’s “Visual Radar” uses the device’s sensors and camera in tracking the speed and the distance of the cars in front of you. It will then provide visual and audio collision warnings, speeding alerts and lane departure even when there are other apps running in the background. The application has the ability to record your drive, taking geotagged snapshots, driving analytics and other useful data. A good mount is a must for the device you will be using and to keep the forward camera clear.
- Google Voice (free). This app integrates seamlessly with any Android phone giving the user one number that can ring through as many devices available. You can use the spam and blocking filters in protecting your privacy and you can also use the app to make cheap international phone calls. It can also send and receive free text messages from any device including your PC. Very nice.
- Viber (free). Viber has been around for some time, but it’s still one of the best apps around. It also distinguishes itself from other apps by adding your computer as a communication device. You can transfer your Viber phone call to the Viber PC app and pick up the conversation in progress. This app is in a good position that makes testing and calling easier and cheaper.
- Valet. This is a car locator app that helps you remember where you parked your car. It uses Maps and Google’s location API, alarms and timers to avoid parking fines. You just have to tap on “Park My Car” and the app drops a map pin on your present location. This will also provide a turn by turn navigation back to your car. This app can also be automated by pairing it with your car dock or Bluetooth audio system.
- TextSecure (free). If you are worried that someone may try to hack or snoop your phone, then TextSecure is a good app for you. SMS sent to other TextSecure users are encrypted over the air. The also has the ability to encrypt all of the text messages when they are at rest on the user’s phone to keep them safe and secure from nosy individuals.
- MobileDay. This track takes out the guessing out of staying connected on the road by keeping track of the conference call schedule and the dial-in numbers using a one-touch interface. Keeping track of any pending conference call is a hassle, thus this app can make it easier for you to track calls. The app also syncs with the calendar and are compatible with many services like Skype, GoToMeeting, Google+ hangouts and WebEx. It can route your call through local numbers based on your current location and can automatically adhere to your company’s conference and international dialing orders.
- My Measure & Dimensions ($4.99). A very useful household app that makes the job easier. When you need something to annotate dimensions and diagrams for a home improvement project or a DIY job, this app can do it for you. The application is used in capturing photos and anointing them with angles, measurements, text boxes and other useful information. The annotated photos can be saved in the device and stored in folders. Really handy app.
- Red Phone (free). If you’re feeling like a spy or James Bond, RedPhone is best application for you. This app is a good companion to TextSecure. This app lets make encrypted phone call over Red Phones secure VoIP network to other RedPhone users. It also works with your existing dialer and phone number which alerts you of an incoming RedPhone call.
- CloudMagic (free). This app is one of the most capable and innovative email tools for Android. It is compatible with Yahoo, Gmail, Exchange and any other IMPA email server. It also offers multiple mailboxes in a single and a clean interface.
- Bubble Level (free). If you don’t have your traditional bubble level handy, then this app can solve your leveling problems. This app takes advantage of the Smartphones built in accelerometer. If laid flat, the phone will show a circular spirit level with the option to display the displacement suing x-y coordinate degrees. If laid to the side, the app will show a horizontal level.
- Avast! Mobile Security (free). This free app packs a lot of security punch like remote wipe, remote lock, safe web browsing, battery manager and app management. This antivirus software also received top points from independent testing labs making it one of the best AV software for Android.
- Cisco Jabber. For business applications and users not tied with a google account, Jabber is a messaging app that takes advantage of one of the most widely used office platforms. The app is free, but you need to run Cisco’s Jabber server on the back end. The app features instant messaging, video calls and office alias to keep your personal information private. Although one of the best business mobile applications, it is compatible with only a few Xperia, Nexus and galaxy devises.
- LastPass Password Manager Premium. This is a major overhaul of the previous version. Using LastPass can give you access to your saved passwords, secure notes and filled forms from your Android device. This new version will meld the password manager with a built-in browser that will put the application’s auto log in features at the helm.
- Runtastic Pro. For pro and amateur runners, this app can do more than just keep track of your preferred running routes. It keeps track of useful data and can give data-rich maps for planning your future runs. You can also use this when hitting the trail on your mountain bike, hiking, walking or any outdoor activities. It also has an integrated music player that can help you push more on your activity.
- Google Maps. This is classic. Google maps is really a fantastic app. With only a few taps, this application will tell you exactly to get to your intended destination. It even has support for, biking, walking, bicycle and mass transportation directions, although these features are not always dependable. Still, it’s one hell of an app. I was never lost because of this one.
These are just some of the top applications that you can. Discover and know what apps that will fit your lifestyle and requirements.