Android is the first open source (Linux) and comprehensive platform for mobile devices. It is currently developed by Google, but can be used by anyone and is available on many devices from many manufacturers: Samsung, Motorola, Sony, LG, etc.
According to recent statistics, Google Play has a greater number of apps than the iOS App Store. So, without any further ado, let's dive into the best Android applications (or apps for short).
- Instant messaging: WhatsApp Messenger "is a smart-phone messenger available for Android and other smartphones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages." Hangouts is a solid alternative from Google.
- File sharing and storage solution: Dropbox "is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go." An alternative is Google Drive.
- Multimedia player, Radio, Podcasts: VLC for Android beta "is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most multimedia files as well as discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. It plays both audio and video". Stitcher Radio for Podcasts "Listen on demand to your favourite news, comedy, sports and talk radio shows on your Android phone or tablet. Discover interesting episodes and amazing listening from over 25,000 shows".
- Multipurpose note-taking: Evernote "Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device. Collect web articles, handwritten notes, and photos to keep all the details in one place. Find your work quickly with Evernote’s powerful search."
- Security: avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus "with free antivirus for Android secures against unwanted phishing, malware, spyware, and malicious viruses such as trojans and even against loss or theft". Other options: Lookout and Bitdefender Antivirus Free.
- Online social networking: Facebook, Twitter, Tuenti, and Instagram.
- RSS news reader/aggregator: Feedly is one of the best Android application to organise, read, and share the content of your favourite sites. In other words, the best overall Google Reader (Rest in peace) replacement.
- eBook Reader: Google Play Books, FBReader, and Kindle for Android.
- Google goodies: Google Goggles "Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information." Google Translate is one of the most popular computer-aided translation services. Google Earth "enables you to explore the globe with a swipe of your finger". Google Maps will tell you how to find the best spots in town and the information you need to get there.
- Games: Dots: A Game About Connecting, Crossy Road, Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft, Pudding Monsters, Angry Birds Star Wars II Free, Clash of Clans, 250+ Solitaire Collection, 2048 and Trivia Crack
- Others: Vine "is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see." Calorie Counter aims to help you lose weight, it's the world’s most popular health and fitness app! "With the largest food database by far, our amazingly fast and easy to use calorie counter help you take those extra pounds off!" Pushbullet makes your devices work better together by allowing you to move things (text messages, phone calls, links, pictures, etc.) between them easily. Flickr enables you to upload, access your photos from anywhere, and backup all your photos on Flickr with 1000 GB of free storage. Autodesk Pixlr, a photo editor.
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