Let’s see what Android apps are worth installing on our devices from the last week. Today’s list includes some very well designed apps as well as highly functional.
The app was designed to replace the Google Now shortcut when pressing the home button in Jelly Bean and assign an app or list of apps for fast access. You can customize the pop-up window’s background transparency and the colour of the text to your liking. The free version allows for adding a maximum of two apps. You can use in-app purchases to upgrade to the complete version.
From Developer: Use Swipe Launcher as a supplement to your existing Launcher. Swipe Launcher replaces the up swipe from home gesture on Android 4.1 JellyBean and lets you customize which app launches with that gesture.
Extend Android and add multiple applications to your swipe up action. Easily access multiple applications including Google Now/Search.
Circle Alarm offers a beautiful interface, integrating the latest Android 4.1 design elements. It’s very fast and highly functional Alarm Clock for Android, something to keep in handy. The app allows for the setting of the alarm ringtone either from your music library or your notification sounds. There are gesture based features, for snoozing the alarm you just have to flip the phone upside down and you are informed by voice of the next alarm, in minutes and hours.
From Developer: Circle Alarm is the most intuitive alarm clock for Android. It is simple, fast and highly functional.
In addition to all the basic functionality of an alarm clock (multiple alarms, snooze, recurring alarms, vibration …)
Quickdroid is a very fast search engine for your Android device. You can use it for fast search, launch apps, music, contacts, bookmarks and about everything you can think of. It’s very fast and allows for multiple input methods. You can either type, use gestures or voice input to find what you’re looking for. It is also able to give favorite items a high-ranking within the search results.
From Developer: Quickdroid Search
Quickly search, find and launch apps, contacts, bookmarks, artists, albums and songs on your phone – just like Quicksilver, GNOME Do or Launchy do on your computer.
- Quickly search, find and launch apps, contacts, bookmarks, artists, albums and songs
- Learning aptitude: Give the user’s favorite items a high-ranking within the search results
- As fast as Google’s search app while providing better search results
- Search history for quick access to the most recently used items
- Search widget support
This app can be very useful with some apps. Use it to lock your screen to either Portrait or Landscape. It includes a Tasker/Locale plugin so you can automate the rotation switch based on different profiles and you get the ability to launch the app from any window in Android by long pressing on the search key. (Only for devices that have a physical search button).
From Developer: Bothered by having your phone flip to portrait or landscape while laying down? Too lazy to look around Android settings to enable/disable autorotate? This app is the solution.
Lock your screen’s rotation in Landscape, Portrait or Auto. When you launch the app, you’re faced with these three options.
Aldiko Book Reader
Alidiko is one very complete solution for reading ebooks on your Android smartphone. You are able to download thousands of ebooks straight to your device and the app supports multiple formats, like EPUB, PDF as well as Adobe DRM encrypted ebooks. The UI is very well designed and you can import your own EPUB and PDF files into the app to read them on the go.
From Developer: Read and download thousands of eBooks right on your Android phone or tablet.
Download one of the best Android eBook Readers now!
- ★The leading eBook application for the Android platform
- ★Pre-installed in 20+ different Smartphones and Tablets
- ★7+ million users from over 200 countries
This solution dedicated solely to block ads. Is not the only application of its kind, there are others, all require root. AdAway is by far the most popular, effective and costless. It constantly updates its database and is very easy to use. Just install it, tune and activate root rights. You will need to restart the phone after the first application and every time you update the database. You can tell if you need to update, depending on what you recently installed running ads.
From Developer: AdAway is the open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.
Attention: DEVICE MUST BE ROOTED FOR THIS APPLICATION
AdAway is an open source ad blocker for Android using the hosts file.
To all users with Galaxy Note Android 4 stock rom:
The stock rom ships with a broken toolbox, which makes AdAway not working. Install Busybox and AdAway will use that instead!
Watchdog Task Manager Lite
Watchdog is a different type of task manager. Instead of using an app to kill all background processes and have them restart automatically and drain your battery, you can use this app to monitor which apps are using your CPU most and kill only those. Watchdog also provides a widget for monitoring apps and CPU usage. It’s a highly useful solution.
From Developer: You don’t need a task killer. But you do need a way to make sure a background app doesn’t lose control and eat up all your CPU. Watchdog monitors your apps and alerts when one loses control, allowing you to kill just that single app. Killing apps blindly can cause them to stop working as designed, and most app developers won’t even take a bug report from you if you are using a task killer!
PicSpeed HD Wallpapers
Static wallpapers are the way to go for increased battery performance. While many apps on the Store claim to provide HD wallpapers, PicSpeed is by far the most complete solution with over 300.000 HD wallpapers of all different genres. New wallpapers are added each day. Once you find one you like, you can downloaded, add it to your favorites or set it as wallpaper. You can also crop it and the app will inform you if it’s scrollable.
From Developer: Simple and easy to use wallpaper application. Free backgrounds hd wallpapers.
** The BIGGEST collection of TOP QUALITY wallpapers, images and pictures for any taste. Every image is FREE and AMAZING! **
Fastest wallpaper app with over 170,000+ (300.000) images. All backgrounds are high quality, high-definition images.
Solid Explorer Beta2
Solid Explorer has been in development for some time but it’s still characterized by all those who tried it as the best file manager out there. You get two independent panels for browsing and you can drag and drop inside and between panels. Features include FTP, SFTP and SMB/CIFS clients, file sharing via FTP, support for ZIP, TAR.GZ, TAR.BZ2 and RAR archives, Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive, Bookmarks and Root access.
From Developer: Solid Explorer is a file manager with two independent panels which brings to you a new file browsing experience. This is the most attractive, eye catching and intuitive file manager for the Android. The application is still in development state and may be UNSTABLE so please treat it with understanding.
It is really recommended to send crash reports with detailed information about the problem. This will help me to solve eventual issues faster.
DataSync taps into your files and transfers your app data to any other Android device using different types of connections. For this reason the app requires root access. It lets you share your game saves or app setting in a most convenient way without too much effort. There are no log-ins or unnecessary steps and the app also works with local Wi-Fi connections, FTP and online storage services like Dropbox for example. After choosing your sync method, you swipe to get to your list of installed apps. Tap one to add it to the queue, and then swipe over to the ‘locations’ screen to upload the data.
From Developer: DataSync lets you share application data with other Android devices That means that you can play a game on your phone, sync using DataSync, and continue playing on your tablet right where you left off.
DataSync primarily works over a local WiFi network, but supports Dropbox and Box as well to sync your apps when your WiFi network is out of range. DataSync+ even lets you sync using Bluetooth and NFC to further decrease the gap between your devices.