We love apps. We love them so much that we talk about them here all the time. After all, apps are what make the Android experience awesome. Apps connect us to amazing services, day in and day out. Personalization apps, photography tools, social and communication apps, we have got everything. There’s an app for every situation. Since there so many apps in the Google play store, it’s quite difficult to choose a favorite, but we’ll try. These are our personal picks, the one we have been using throughout the year and genuinely like.
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Rakesh – Drupe
Drupe is easily one of the best communication apps in the Google play store. It’s different than any other phonebook app on the store as it brings contacts and apps together, on one screen. It’s a simple and efficient way of contacting people.
Drupe constantly floats on your screen in the form of a semi-transparent trigger which activates the dialer or contacts on one swipe. When needed, just tap the trigger, select your contact, and drag it on one of the many apps available on the screen.
Recent updates have brought some new awesome features like a call recorder and a call tracker. This has only made the already cool app more awesome. It’s definitely one of the best apps you can have on your device in order to communicate faster and save a bit of your time, given that you get used to it first.
Naveen – Substratum
If you’ve rooted your device and are into theming and stuff, you must be aware of this awesome app Substratum. It is a better version of the already awesome Layer Managers app.
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Substratum is a theming engine app that utilizes Sony’s Overlay Manager Service (OMS) to let you customize various areas of your device just like Layers Manager used to do. But Substratum has certain advantages over Layers Manager as it does not need to soft reboot after applying themes and fonts, apply system sounds, etc. It is under active and constant development and is getting better over time.
Kamlesh – Newsfold
Newsfold is a super sleek, material designed news app that pulls content from your Feedly and Inoreader accounts. It has a simple UI and 4 different themes, and everything is laid out in a minimalistic and eye pleasing manner. Upon launching the app, you are greeted with Unread, All, and Starred categories. Below these three categories are all of your collections, news grouped together by categories, and all your individual subscriptions all in alphabetical order. Each article can be marked read or unread by simply swiping that one article from the right. Swiping the screen from anywhere on the left will get you back to your previous screen, while long pressing an article gives you the choices to share, star, and mark articles read/unread as well. It’s easily one of the best RSS reader for Android.
Raj – Swipe for Facebook
It’s a commonly known fact that the official Facebook app is less than perfect. In fact, a huge number of people have called it worst. That’s why we have a number of third-party clients for Facebook. Swipe happens to be one of them and it is probably the best.
Swipe is the smoothest, slickest Facebook wrapper app out there, integrating the light Facebook mobile website into a familiar user interface that is much like the original Facebook app. And the result is a lightweight, highly customizable, and battery friendly Facebook alternative app that emphasizes on user interface and user experience as much as functionality and design.
If you are on Facebook a lot then you should go for the pro version as you get many extra and awesome features like notification filtering, quite hours, power saving mode, etc. after spending a few bucks.
George – SaveMyTime
SaveMyTime, as the name suggests, is a time tracker that keeps a record of how much time you spend on your phone. SaveMyTime, once installed, replaces your existing lock screen with a question – what have you been doing since you last checked your phone? This is followed by a few options like office work, studies, movies, etc. These options are totally customizable and you can remove or add new activities.
Once it gathers all the data it requires, it analyses it and provides you with useful insights about how you spend your time.
This is so simple and elegant; you just log in what you are doing every time you unlock your screen, which, BTW, counts to 120 times a day, as per the devs.
Kamlesh – LastPass
If you’ve got multiple accounts on multiple websites or services and are serious about your online security, then you already know that using the same password everywhere is not a good idea. If one of your accounts is compromised, all your accounts get compromised. But creating and remembering lots of passwords is a tedious task. That’s where LastPass proves useful.
LastPass is a password manager and password generator that locks your passwords and personal information in a secure vault. LastPass auto fills web browser and app logins for you and generates new, secure passwords instantly.
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With LastPass, you do not have to remember different passwords for all your accounts, but just one password. All you have to remember is one password, Also Known As a master password, for LastPass.
All your information is available across devices as LastPass is available as an extension to many web browsers, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Opera.
Sushil – Google Keep
All right, it’s my turn now! For me, the best app is Google Keep. Google Keep is the ultimate note-taking app that I have been using for years. It supports voice notes, image notes, drawing, collaboration, and easy sharing of created notes. It is cross-platform so it is available everywhere including the web, so all your notes are properly synchronized and accessible from anywhere. If you have not tried it yet and have been ignoring Keep just because it seems too simple to have useful functionalities, then you could not be more wrong. It’s one of the finest apps by Google and most probably the best note-taking app on Android.