Finally! You are holding your brand-new Android on your palm. What now? Switch it on and follow the steps until the system tells your device is ready to use.
Cool! Your Android is all shiny newness. And yet, it’s empty! Well, that’s something we shall have to fix, isn’t it?
In the end, apps are solutions to users’ needs. AppsZoom’s identified the 10 basic needs a user might have fresh after unboxing and turned them into a straightforward list of indispensable apps.
No matter if you are a rookie or a pro: the following is a list for everyone who wants to make the most of their Android devices. Let’s zoom in!
News and social networks: FLIPBOARD
Flipboard is probably the most well-known news reader app for both Android and iOS platforms. It has won users’ hearts due to an outstandingly well-designed interface and smooth performance. It features a magazine look that makes for an unbeatable reading experience: clean, fast, and focused.
You can set a custom news feed by choosing from a huge list of sources, add RSS subscriptions, and also connect your social accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn). This killer feature turns Flipboard into a comprehensive news hub from which you can read news from preset Flipboard sources, RSS subscriptions, and your own social timelines.
Whatsapp is the star player in the biggest and most strategic market operation involving mobile apps so far. It’s also the most-known and most-used instant messaging (IM) app worldwide. That’s not a coincidence: it’s true that it was one of the first to arrive to both Android and iOS platforms, but, in addition, it’s a simple and well-crafted messaging app.
Whatsapp allows you to send text messages, contacts, current location, and multimedia files to individual contacts and groups of friends. Soon you’ll even able to make free calls. Cross-platform, push notifications, seamless design and smooth performance are the keys of its success, as yet unspoiled by privacy accusations.
Whatsapp is a free, instant, easy way to keep in touch with your loved ones. It’s one of the main reasons some people get a smartphone in the first place.
Have you ever “noted” that you always need a note? Sometimes when we have to jot something down, we do weird things like send ourselves a message or email. A simple app able to keep track of all those brief texts, verses, and fleeting ideas is essential.
Due to its simplicity, accessibility (sync desktop and mobile devices), and amount of features, Evernote‘s today’s best notetaking app. It’s a handy way to create shopping and to-do lists, recipes, juggling tricks, or whatever else you like by adding text notes, voice clips, photos and other files.
We are in the Media Age, when image matters more than ever. The most popular social networks are photo-based, and sharing our moments has become a need for most users. Indeed, sharing well-edited, beautiful photos that surprise our contacts and followers is the actual need. Am I right?
Autodesk’s Pixlr Express is an all-in-one photo edition app. It offers full-pack of edition tools: color splash, sharpen, denoise, red eye, touch up, focal blur, crop, rotate, contrast… and many others. Likewise, you can apply effects: there are lots of them, divided in a few categories: vintage, creative, soft, subtle, unicolor. Finally, you can apply preset overlays and set frames (there are only 10 different frame options, though).
Pixlr Express has found the balance between ease of use and professional edition tools. You can just apply a filter and have your photo enhanced in a few seconds or take your time to edit it in detail. Believe me, you’ll get your photo exactly as you imagined with the amount of resources Autodesk Inc. has included in this app.
Netflix‘s official app allows you to watch popular TV shows and movies from its huge catalog. If you are in one of the countries where this service is available, sign up from the website or right from the app to gain access to streaming media content (remember there’s a $7.99 monthly subscription).
Netflix app interface’s is similar to the browser, desktop, and set-top box versions. You can search for a specific movie or TV show, navigate through categories, or choose one from the recommendations on your home screen based on what you’ve watched previously. Check movies’ details: rating, cast, episodes and subtitles/alternate audio availability.
Despite needing enhancements regarding smoothness and video quality options, Netflix features what is hands-down one of the best media content catalogs. Its Android app makes it handy and simple.
The official Android app of the most well-known online streaming music services doesn’t require a Premium subscription anymore. You can access it with your free Spotify account.
That’s good news for those who enjoy this fantastic service on via its desktop version already. All the playlists, recommendations, favorites, and followers are automatically synced between desktop and mobile, so you can enjoy it to the fullest on the go. You can perform most of what you already do on desktop thanks to its ease of use, neat and polished UI and good sound quality.
Search and play any song/album/artist, create and add songs to playlists, queue, subscribe to contact’s playlist, follow artists… and much more! The only catch: free subscribers can only shuffle playlists and albums in the smartphone version.
Everyone agrees: backing up is a good thing. And yet, only a few of us end up actually doing it, the majority just regretting if-onlys once disaster strikes. No more excuses. Santa Software’s Santa Backup provides you with an extremely intuitive interface to perform backups on a daily basis.
Straightforward: Santa Backup‘s home is a list of the data, media and apps you can backup. Select those categories you want to backup just by ticking the checkboxes: contacts, messages, calls, settings, photo, music, videos and applications. You can select to backup to your device storage or Dropbox and set up daily/weekly backups. No additives or extra features that end up confusing users, just what’s strictly necessary.
Santa Backup is set in a minimalist yet intuitive interface. Simple enough to kill off the slothful impulse that always seems to accompany the word “backup.”
Believe me: 9GAG can totally make your day when you are stressed or even sad. Just open it and start scrolling down. Take a look at those memes, smile with some, rofl with the rest. If you feel the inclination, sign up to upload your own creations. You’ll soon start receiving “likes” “dislikes” (points) and comments. Download your favorite pics to your device and share them easily with your friends. Fun is better when it’s shared.
You are going to love this app and its crowdsourced compilation of GIFs, rage comics, memes, fails… and, of course, cats. Categories such as “Hot”, “Trending”, “Fresh”, “Cute”, “Geeky” and “GIF” will help you find topic-related content. Those pics and GIFs with the highest score will hit the Trending category.
Wallpapers, ringtones, notification sounds… You name it. If you want to customize your Android to make it look unique, Zedge is definitely the app you need. It features a huge catalog and a straightforward interface to seamlessly browse and search customization resources.
If you’re especially interested in personalizing your new ‘droid, try one of the most beautiful launchers. But if you prefer to change your device’s appearance separately, in a modular way, Zedge provides the best resources to do it. Browse by categories, check featured, recent and popular feeds for any of the available resources. You can also see details, download, rate and share them. The pace of updates is frenetic.
What? Did you think we wouldn’t dare to include our own app? Of course, we would! We strongly believe it’s an indispensible resource for anyone with a smartphone. Welcome to our very own baby, folks.
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