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My list of 'Must have' Android Apps

I love tech and as a result, change my devices a lot. In the last 12 months I have owned 8 different Android Tablets and Smartphones. These apps are the first I install on them all.

They are in no particular order.

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Dropbox

Dropbox

Description
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.
Read your docs or flip through your albums when you're out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your Android in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.
Features:
• Always have your stuff with you, no matter where you are.
• Save photos and videos to your Dropbox.
• Share your photos and docs with family and friends.
• Save email attachments straight to your Dropbox.
• Easily edit docs in your Dropbox.
Terms of Service: https://www.dropbox.com/terms?mobile=1

9

Google Drive

Google Drive

Description
* With Google Drive, you can store all your files in one place, so you can access them from anywhere and share them with others
* Use the Google Drive Android app to access your photos, documents, videos and other files stored on your Google Drive
* Upload files to Google Drive directly from your Android device
* Share any file with your contacts
* Access files others have shared with you on Google Drive
* Make any file available offline so you can view them even when you don't have an Internet connection
* Manage files on the go
* Create and edit Google documents with support for tables, comments and rich text formatting
* Create and edit Google spreadsheets with support for text formatting, multiple sheets and sorting
* Edits to your Google documents and spreadsheets appear to collaborators in seconds

8

Tweetcaster Pro (Paid)

Tweetcaster Pro (Paid)

I have bought almost every Twitter app there is and tried every free one. I keep returning to Tweetcaster Pro.

Description
TweetCaster has a gorgeous look with an intuitive interface that makes it super easy to use while packing in tons of features. Optimized for both phones and tablets, TweetCaster has been highly praised by users and reviewers.
Features:
* Multiple Twitter Accounts – Manage and easily post to multiple Twitter accounts
* Facebook – Simultaneously post to Twitter and Facebook
* Notifications – Get notified of new tweets, mentions, messages, or by specific user. Notifications are expandable and actionable on Android 4.1+
* Photo Effects – Add cool filters, effects and captions to photos, as you upload them
* Zip It – Zip annoying tweeters or keywords from your timeline without unfollowing
* Widgets – multiple widgets, including one that is scrollable and sizeable (Android 3.0+)!
* Themes – Twelve vibrant, colorful themes

7

Plex / Plex for Plexpass (Paid)

Plex / Plex for Plexpass (Paid)

Simply the best Media streaming service (requires Plex Media Streamer - free) I use this every day, at home, at work, on the road. Simply awesome and worth paying extra for PlexPass

Description
Plex for Plex Pass is a free version of our popular Plex for Android application, but requires a premium Plex Pass subscription.
Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any device. With Plex, you can easily stream your videos, music, photos and home movies to your Android phone or tablet from your home computer running Plex Media Server (available for free at https://plex.tv).
- Plex makes your media beautiful with rich descriptions, artwork, and other metadata.
- Plex automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device.
- Easily share your media with friends and family.
- Browse, fling and control your media on any Plex-enabled device, including the Google Chromecast.

6

ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer

Description
ES, 300 millions global downloads, file manager trend leader on Android!
Rated as one of best resource management tools on Android market.
ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager.
It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, download manager, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One...), FTP client, and LAN Samba client.
It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers.
ES File Explorer allows Android users, no matter where they are, to manage their resources freely. You can access all of your files from your mobile device and share them with others. This app makes it easy to stay connected over 3G, 4G, EDGE, or Wi-Fi to share with friends, upload photos, and watch videos.

5

Opera Beta

Opera Beta

Yes, this one surprised me too! As a lover of all things Google, Chrome was my browser of choice for an age. I tried Opera and love it, faster, more stable, simply epic on a large tablet - offers up the desktop version almost every time (Chrome I guesstimate does so 30% of the time.) The Off road mode saves monsterous amounts of data too. Great browser and the beta releases have been extremely stable.

Description
The free must-have app for your phone! Find friends – discover personalised news – download movies and music – search better. Do more online using less data, with the Opera browser. It’s our best all-in-one app for Android.
- Fast and easy to use: Our fastest browser for Android loads webpages almost instantly, in the right size and format for your phone.

4

Nova Launcher (Free / Paid)

Nova Launcher (Free / Paid)

It seems like Nova has been around almost as long as Android buf it is, in my opinion still the best out there. It even works on my Omate Truesmart watch.
Description
Highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement for Android 4.0+
Accept no substitutes! Nova Launcher is the original and most polished customizable launcher for Android 4.
Features include:
Color Themes
Change the accent color of the launcher, full color picker support
Icon Themes
Apply ADW or Go launcher icon themes to all app icons
Scrollable Dock (for Tablets and Phones)

3

Microsoft Remote Desktop

Microsoft Remote Desktop

Until Google release 'Chromote' this is the best free solution by a mile. It does require Windows 7 /8 Pro or higher and takes a bit of setting up to enable connecting from outside of your home network via remote gateway but it works like a dream. My Note 10.1 2014 is a full Windows 8.1 Pro device on demand.

Description
With the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.
Getting Started
Windows Professional and Windows Server editions are supported. To view the full list of supported Windows versions and successfully connect to a Windows PC, read the FAQ at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn473007.aspx

2

Pushbullet

Pushbullet

I spend my time between a Windows / iOS (Hackintosh) desktop and one of 4 Android devices, Pushbullet is simply awesome for keeping me informed of notifications and for sending files between devices. I genuinely would pay more than almost any app on the market for this and it is Free. Epic
Description
Pushbullet shows you all of your phone's notifications right on your computer so you never miss a notification again!
Pushbullet also lets you send push notifications to yourself and to your friends!
Why send push notifications with Pushbullet? Because it's the easiest and fastest way to send almost anything to your phone or to your friends.
What can you push with Pushbullet? Send links, pictures, files, lists, notes, and more right into your phone's notification tray, to your computer, or to a friend, really fast.!

1

Flipboard

Flipboard

Flipboard vs Feedly it was a close call as they do pretty much the same thing, very well - aggregation of News, Social Media and RSS feeds. From a personal viewpoint, Flipboard wins on aesthetics.

Description
Flipboard brings together world news and social news in a beautiful magazine designed for your Android phone and tablet. Once you pick a few topics, your Flipboard is built and you can instantly start flipping through the pages of news you care about and stories and photos friends are sharing. And with Flipboard 2.0, when you find things that you want to save for later or collect into your own ‘magazine’ on Flipboard, just tap the “plus” + button on any item.