I know you already have the basics, those apps that are a must have for almost every Android user/device owner. The likes of Poweramp, Player Pro, Whatsapp, Bluetooth File Transfer, Chrome browser, Opera et al. So obviously I won’t be recommending those. Here are some apps that many may know and still others may not that I find handy in my day-to-day usage of my Android devices.
1. Screen Filter
If your device is running Android 4.0 and up then that brightness setting toggle bar/strip at the top of your notifications dropdown has been a permanent feature for a while. While it is kind of handy (sorry HTC users on various versions of Sense, you may or may not be having this, take heart and wait for an update 🙂 ), it may not be what you want. Even disabling the automatic brightness setting and manually lowering the brightness setting may not achieve the results you really desire.
That is where Screen Filter comes in. Install, launch it and set your desired brightness level and anytime you need to have some “me time” with your eBooks without seeking the help of your stock Settings app or others like Smart Stay, this should be your companion. I have used it for the last 3 years and can authoritatively recommend it. Plus, it’s a lightweight app, you won’t even need to put it on your sd card.
2. AIDE [AIDE – Android IDE – Java, C++]
Not to be confused with Advanced Intrusion Detection Environment, AIDE is Android Integrated Development Environment. Just like Screen Filter, I have been using this app for the last three years. It may not be as full an IDE as Eclipse or Netbeans on your PC but it is close. For my friends out there who love coding on the go, you understand why Android is our platform of choice. Because of little joys like this.
Simply install AIDE and all those xml files you were working with on your PC won’t be forgotten, you can still continue coding from the portability of your palm either from local storage (SD card or internal memory) or the cloud (the app integrates very well with Dropbox).
Have an Android Studio project? No stress, it can open those too.
I just ended a busy semester a few hours ago and if there’s one app that was a life saver then it is this one. It saved my ass several times as I revised for my Data Structures and Algorithms paper. You know what I’m implying? C++ guys, this one is for you too not just the JAVA folks. Did I even mention that you can publish your app directly from AIDE?
This app was banned from the Apple App Store some days back. I guess the iSheep love buying apps all the time and Cupertino didn’t want that to change. AppGratis is for us who love freebies. It lists a single premium app everyday that is available through it for free download on the Play Store.
Just install the app and it will notify you every day of the available deal. I got quite a good app off AppGratis, edjing for Android, my favourite Android virtual DJ clone.
For us PC owners and users, we know CPU-Z very well don’t we? It is that app that will scour your laptop or desktop computer and correctly list all its specifications since the days when seeing the Intel Inside sticker on your machine was all there was to device specs to these days of octa-cores. That same functionality has been on Android for the last 4 weeks or so that CPU-Z has been available on Play Store. While I was a big fan of other apps with similar functionality like Android System Info and Android System Pro, CPU-Z is easily the simplest to use to get all the info you need. While it may not be as detailed as the other two apps, it remains my favourite thanks to its clean and simple UI and, well, being CPU-Z, the app I’ve known right from my fiddling with Windows XP in yesteryears.
5. Drippler [Android Updates, Tips & Apps]
A sucker for news like yours truly? Obviously we’re together in mourning the departure of Google Reader last month but after accepting and moving on there is… Drippler!
Drippler is handy for anyone with an Android device of note (see what I did there?). I have been using it since late last year in my days with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and it has become a must have app.
Drippler will curate the entire news specific to your Android device and bring them to you from multiple sources in the form of “drips”. From Android Central, the forums on Android Community to the constant barrage of email responses from The Droid Guy to his noob readers.
While you can opt to install the main Drippler app like I have done (so that I don’t miss any Android news while still monitoring all news about my Galaxy S4), you can decide to install the many Drippler apps available specifically for various Android devices. Just head to the Play Store search bar and find Ultimate “Insert Device Name Here” e.g Ultimate Galaxy S4 App and install it. You won’t regret it.