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List of “Must Have” Android Apps! (Part 3)

The header “Must Have” Apps should be changed to “Awesome Apps” or something like that. But hey, if they are awesome, they are “Must Have” Apps.  So after quite sometime I have a few more Apps to add to the “Must Have” list.

  • Go Launcher EX

Most Android users are aware that there is no better home screen/launcher app better than HTC Sense. Me being a HTC Desire S user, recommend you to try this Launcher. It is simple to use, Very light weight and feature rich. It has some pre-loaded transition effects (3D) for every action that you do, and yes, in-spite of all these effects it manages to use your battery power to the minimal. Loads of customization’s possible, loads of themes available and most of them for Free. It supports widgets for every app I have come across, only some in-built HTC Sense widgets didn’t work.

Download Here –> Go Launcher EX

     

  • PlayerPro Music Player

I would say there is a thin line between the two Music Players, the one mentioned earlier, “PowerAmp” and this one “PlayerPro”. PowerAmp comes with inbuilt Equalizer, while here we have to add a free DSP Plug-in to it. But I somehow feel its a little more powerful than the in-built one of PowerAmp. Also, PlayerPro does a better job when it comes to searching for Album Art and lyrics of a song. The Lock Screen widget of the player is also a little better as it supports Swipe input to change tracks. Try the 7-Day Trial and then buy it.

Download Here –> PlayerPro Music Player Trial

     

  • Astrid Task/Todo List

I have done a lot of trials on many  Todo Apps, some paid one’s too. But this is the best one so far. It is simple, light weight and effective. inspite of being so simple, it yet looks elegant. Feature wise, it has almost everything you want. syncs with Astrid.com, Producteev.com, and Gtasks too. The way this App gives reminders is something very different and what I love. It makes completing your tasks, even creating them fun. Reminders are given by asking you “Are You Free? You have so and so task lined up for you”. It brings a smile on your face. Supports repetitive tasks, creating Lists with just a few clicks. It supports plug-ins to enhance a few features. All of it is Free, except for some plug-ins.

Download Here –> Astrid Task/Todo List

     

  • Camera ZOOM FX

This is a Camera replacement and a photo enhancer all in one. It is a Must Have in-spite of it being a paid one because it’s worth every penny. Gives you the ability to add some photo effects to your picture while clicking itself. Let’s you have control over your Autofocus(if your phone has the ability to). Add’s features like Time Lapse(similar to self timer), Stable Shot(which clicks only when it can get a stable shot), Night Mode, Burst Mode, control over your Flash. Voice based shoot is one feature I loved. Say Click or shoot to click a picture. Nice. Isn’t it? You can add more hundreds of frames and effects to your full size pics, i.e. in full camera resolution. All of these composites, props, frames can be downloaded as plug-ins for Free. It is a Camera Replacement and a Must Have.

Download Here –> Camera ZOOM FX

     

  • AppBrain App Market

I would recommend this app only for the recommendation this app gives. It syncs with your phone, saves your list of installed apps and based on your present list, recommends you to new apps to download. Works well and I have found some decent apps from with the help of AppBrain. you can manage your apps from this one app itself, i.e. send them to SD Card, Uninstalling them, Update them all at once. You can also browse through various apps (some that are not available on Google Android Market) with well managed categories. It’s Free.

Download Here –>  AppBrain App Market

     

  • Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake

This is a game. And if you loved the age old Snake that started with Nokia’s, you are bound to fall in love with this game. You control the snake using the accelerometer of your phone, eat up the apples and grow, let your head be away from those horny creatures and use them to cut your tail. Make high scores and share them on Twitter/Facebook. Try and climb up the leaderboard. Ok. Enough said. Try this game and see for yourself.

Download Here –> Doodle Grub – Twisted Snake

List of “Must Have” Android Apps! (Part 2)

The list continues… here in my Part 2 of “Must Have” Android Apps. Won’t really write too much and move straight to the list. Here we go :

  • Simi Clock Widget

HTC Sense is known for its awesome Weather Widgets, and not with the new line up of HTC phones, they even have awesome clocks in-built. But, me being a HTC user preferred this one. It’s a clock, weather & battery widget all in one, with one click to any app(s) you want. You can customize every single thing on this widget, works like a charm. It looks beautiful, if you customize it well and choose the right wallpaper with it. It’s an absolute must have for me. Its Free!

Download Here –> Simi Clock Widget

 

  • Pulse Reader

If you are a RSS fan, or a Google Reader Fan, This is a the best News Reader for Android I have yet seen. Manages your data usage very well. Looks fantastic. Integrates with Google Reader. Set priorities to your RSS feeds. Notifications. It has everything you would want in a News Reader. Its Free.

Download Here –> Pulse Reader

 

  • ES File Explorer

You have an Android Phone, you are bound to do a lot of file transfers from you PC to Phone and vice-versa. Many-a-times it would be within the phone itself, from one directory to another. Transfers from phone to phone, the traditional Bluetooth Transfers. And now it even has DropBox support, access your files on DropBox right from your phone via the app. The interface is very simple. A couple of easy steps to connect your PC to Phone using FTP via Wi-Fi Connection. It’s a must have for me. I have never used a USB cable since the time I have been using this app. Its Free!

Download Here –> ES File Explorer

 

  • SkyFire

If its an Android Phone you are bound to do a lot of Internet Surfing on your phone. I must agree, the stock Android Browser itself is amazing too. Somehow, something somewhere is missing. And this Browser just delivers the right experience to me for browsing. It’s quick, powerful, feature-rich and Free. Love the way it integrates Social Networking into your browser and is always just one tap away anytime you want to access it. Try this one out yourself.

Download Here –> Sky Fire

 

  • imo Instant Messenger

We have GTalk installed on every Android Phone. So if you only use Google Chat, then no need to go anywhere else, that is the best one. But if you want to have Facebook Chat, Yahoo Messenger, Skype, MSN (eh!) support too, obviously with Google Chat, then this is the alternative. It’s as simple to use as is the GTalk Messenger. All you need to do is sign-in into all of the desired services and it remembers them for the next time you login. There are a number of apps that do the same, but this is very light weight, hence extremely good on memory and data usage too.

Download Here –> imo Instant Messenger

I still have a couple of apps to share about and there’s always new one’s coming up. So watch this space for more.

List of “Must Have” Android Apps! (Part 1)

It’s been a month or two since I bought my first Android – HTC Desire S

Its a lovely phone. I am absolutely enjoying the Android Experience, especially since I have been waiting for it since a long time. So here it is, after playing around with plenty of apps since the day I bought it, I have come down to a list of apps, that I believe everyone should install on their Android Phones to make it more useful, more enjoyable. These are my personal favorites. As of now I’ll just add a very short description for each app. Explore it on your own, you wont regret.

  • FriendCaster

This one is a purely Facebook app. Looks pretty much similar to the Official Facebook App, but supports a lot more features. The most noticeable features to me include Notifications for each and every like, comment, etc. Ability to ‘like’ comments. Faster retrieving of News Feed. The thing it misses is Facebook Chat Support, but its in their line of future changes, so expect that soon. It has a free version(with Ads) and a Paid Version. The features for both remain the same, except for the paid version being Ad-Free.

Download Here –> FriendCaster Free


  • Twicca

A Twitter App for Android. I had to go through atleast three to four Twitter Apps for Android before I finalized on this one. The noticeable features Plug-In support, which enables you to do more with your App, eg. Upload via twitpic/yfrog, Add “nowplaying” tracks as your Twitter update with one click via PowerAMP Music Player, Draft Updates & more. This is a completely free app, no ads. But do Donate if you can and if you like their work.

Download Here –> Twicca


  • PowerAMP Music Player

Almost every Blog today you read for suggestions for a Music Player for Android, and you will hear this app there too. It has everything in it, gets Album Art, very easy to use, pretty neat and clean interface and not to forget a great Equalizer support. The only catch being, only Trial Version(15 days) is available for free. Then you need to buy it. The trick to not buy it is simple too. Just uninstall, restart your phone and re-install, trial period starts again.

Download Here –> PowerAMP Music Player (Trial)


  • VPlayer Pro

Most Android Phones do not support built-in DivX codec support for Video Playback, and the ones that do, also usually have a limited support. Hence the need for a Video Player that does the job in the best possible way, VPlayer Pro. Its completely free, and supports almost every codec. I haven’t come across a file that it could not play yet. Best part, does not lag while playing, pretty good in using the memory and battery during video playback.

Download Here –> VPayer Pro


  • Whatsapp Messenger

This is the BBM for Android, thats what most people say. I would go ahead and say its much more than that and simply because of its Cross-Platform support. Supports BlackBerry, Android, IPhone and some Nokia’s too. Some of its wonderful features include Push Notifications, Group Chat, Easy Sharing of content, integration with your PhoneBook. It does all of this very smoothly, using very little memory in the background. Its free for a year and later $1.99/year.

Download Here –> Whatsapp Messenger


  • Google Plus

This is the Official app for the new upcoming Social Network by Google – Google+. Since this is pretty new, and only a few have a Google Plus account yet, I would definitely recomennd it only for Google Plus users. The best feature is the Push Notifications feature to me, and yes, it does almost everything that the web part of Google+ does easily and efficiently. This is completely free too.

Download Here –> Google+

That’s it for now. Will come up with a few more apps soon. Hope you liked them.

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