20 Essential Apps For Your Android Phone

The ever-growing Android Market is flooded with apps that never cease to push the boundaries for better user experience. These apps number by the hundreds of thousands, well past the halfway mark towards a million by now, but not all of them are crowd favorites.

For every category there are hundreds of choices to pick. Well, I’ve done some filtering and have gathered a list of 20 must-have Android Apps an Android user should get. I’ve broken it down to a few categories, namely security, backup, communication, browsers, tools, launcher and entertainment so you can just look at the categories you’d want recommendations for.

If you have other Android apps you would like to recommend, you can share your opinion at the comments section. Without further ado, the 20 Android apps you simply must have on your Android device.

AVG Antivirus

AVG Antivirus is a free antivirus app for Android. It is free and gives you many features to secure your Android phone from viruses, malwares and threats.

By enabling the Find/Locate Option, you can easily secure your Phone from theft. It connects to Google Maps and shares the location of the phone. Other features includes killing running tasks to free up memory, lock and wipe data to protect privacy, and scheduled scans.

Facebook

Facebook for Android is the official Facebook App which allows you to communicate with your friends, family and clients right from your Phone. With the Facebook Android App, you can send messages to anybody on your friends’ list anytime, and you can do real-time chat too.

The app also gives you the option to update your status and photos. It also syncs your Phone contacts with Facebook friends and shows Facebook data in your Contact.

Twitter

Tweet right from your Android Phone and update your status instantly. You can follow your friends to see what’s going on with them.

Other features of this app include Tweets, Retweets, the Follow option, photo and link sharing, and direct messages to your Followers.

Viber

Viber is another free Android application which lets you send free messages and make free calls from your Android phone to other people who are also using Viber on their phone.

As long as both phones are Viber-enabled and have a data or Wi-Fi connection, then you can make free calls and send messages for free. You can also share photos and videos to your Viber Contacts for free.

Opera Mini

Opera Mini is one of the fastest, widely used browsers for Android phones. It has got a simple-to-use Interface which gives you the option to see either Phone View or Desktop View.

It also helps you to save your data bandwidth using Unique Compression Technology. Like Firefox and Chrome, it has the tab functionality to open multiple tabs at the same time.

UC Browser

UC Browser is another fast browser. Additionally, it supports multi-touch and also can recognize and navigate through voice commands. You need to Install Google Voice to make Voice Control work.

UC Browser uses Cloud Acceleration technique to load webpages immediately. You can download files through UC Browser at high speeds.

Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD is a rich full-feature browser for Android. It gives you most advanced features and plugin integration that no other Android browser gives. Its range of features include Voice Navigation, Gesture Control, Add-Ons, Speed Dial, Tabbed Browsing and Sidebars.

ROM Toolbox

ROM Toolbox is a must-have Android App for rooted users, it gives you many options to tweak your phone. In Personalization, you can change your system font, download boot animations, and download ThemeChooser themes. In Performance Pane, you can tweak your system’s CPU sliders, edit and tweak build.prop, boost your SD card browsing and get memory management.

There are also options like downloading and installing ROMs, make ROM’s backup and wipe Dtat / Cache / Dalvik Cache Partition directly from the ROM Toolbox Interface. You can also Manage Apps using App Manager and browse for System files using Root Browser in ROM Toolbox.

Olive Office Premium

Olive Office Premium is a free Android App that lets you view and edit documents like Word, PPT, XLS files and you can also read PDF files on it. Most other apps of this category are premium apps even though they offer generally the same features.

Launchers

Go Launcher

Go Launcher is the most advanced launcher for Android giving you in-depth options to customize your phone. There are thousands of paid as well as free themes, plugins and widgets available for Go Launcher.

Zedge

Zedge is a popular site to download Phone stuff like Wallpapers, Ringtones, Notification sounds, Live Wallpapers etc for your android phone. There are 7.5 million free downloadable item to be downloaded in the app and you can preview wallpapers or listen to audio materials first before downloading.

If you are an app maker yourself, you can also sign in and upload your app right from the Zedge App.

Instagram

Instagram is available on Android! This app lets you apply a variety of photo filters and effects after capturing photos within the app before you share it with other Instagram users.

The most popular feature is the app which gives you the ability to create photos with the Tilt-Shift effect.

Editor’s note: This post is written by Rishi for Hongkiat.com. Rishi is a web designer and developer from India who is currently running design blog, DesignSkew.com where he focuses on web, graphic design articles and inspirational stuff.

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