A lot goes into choosing a mobile phone that is right for you. Some users prefer a certain look and feel, while others are more loyal to a brand they have used for years and are familiar with. But the biggest factor is the operating system. Tap or click here for five things only your Android phone can do (and an iPhone can’t).
Choosing between Apple’s iOS and Android can be tough, especially if you don’t have a favorite. With that said, not all apps are developed for every operating system.
Some will only work with iOS, and others are only available on Android. If you’re an Android user, you’re in luck. Read on for details of eight great apps built just for you.
1. Nova Launcher
Ever wished that you could replace your home screen with something else? Well, that is what Nova Launcher is for. A fully customizable home screen will breathe new life into your Android phone, as you can change things like the colors, the app drawer, and app shortcut positioning.
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The app is available for free here, but you must pay a fee for premium features. This includes gestures, app drawer groups and hiding specific app shortcuts.
2. Expense IQ Money Manager
Need to take control of your spending? Then you will love the features of Expense IQ Money Manager. The app allows you to keep track of where your money goes and shows handy charts of your spending. You can also update your daily transactions by uploading receipts into the app.
The money manager helps you stay out of debt with budget planning and timely bill reminders. At the end of each month, you can see a total breakdown of how well you manage your finances. Get the app for Android here.
If you think life could be made easier by automatic everyday actions, you are absolutely right! Tasker is an easy-to-use app that you can program to take care of repetitive actions like do not disturb mode, switching on lights or muting your device at a specific time.
In fact, there are over 350 actions that you can automate with the app. Tasker does cost $3.49, and you can download it here for Android.
4. WiFi Analyzer
Getting a full Wi-Fi signal in your house can be a daunting task. Many factors influence signal strength and things that you might not even have thought about. That is why you need an app like WiFi Analyzer.
The application will tell you where to place your router for the best overall coverage, how to optimize your network and increase connection speed and stability. The app is free to download. Get for Android here.
5. Solid Explorer File Manager
Finding the right document can be tough if you are not familiar with how Android organizes and indexes files. Solid Explorer File Manager aims to make that task easier by helping you manage files and protect them from prying eyes.
Taking on the look of “old school file commander applications,” the app shows you exactly where everything is stored. It is available as a free download for Android here but features ads and in-app purchases.
Messages is a Google-developed app that allows you to send texts. You can also chat with friends and family while sharing photos, emojis and videos. The app is also available for your desktop computer, and all you must do is sync the two devices.
Get the Messages app for Android here. Then, open it and go to the Messages for web option in the menu. On a PC, go to https://messages.android.com and scan the QR code with your phone.
7. Popup Widget 3
Want to give your home screen a bit of personality while saving valuable screen space? That is exactly what Popup Widget 3 is all about. You can create widgets for different apps on your phone through the app, which will appear with custom animations.
It features over 20 different widget backgrounds that you can choose from, and you can create a shortcut to one or multiple widgets. It is also compatible with the Tasker app we mentioned above. Get the app for Android here.
8. Poweramp Music Player
Excellent music players are often hard to come by. Poweramp Music Player aims to solve that problem by giving you the third version of its powerful player. The latest iteration has a new audio engine and supports a host of different audio file formats.
It has a 10-band graphical equalizer, separate bass and treble adjustment, and clean and simple navigation. The app’s trial version is free, but there is a cost to unlock the full version. Get the app for Android here.