Hi, guys!! As we all know Android has captured the tech-world with their cheap and very intuitive phones. I am enlisting some must-have apps and their alternatives because well everybody has a different taste. I have enlisted some paid apps too, if you are a newbie then just download ‘Blackmart Alpha’ or search ‘name of the app + apk’ on google. Some apps need to have a rooted phone to work, if you don’t know what root is then google is your friend! :)
When trying any app give it some time, go through settings and then only come to any conclusion. Sometimes I may have given the name of the free version of the app, but mostly the pro version has better features and no ads so try not to install the free version. I can’t add Play Store link to every app so, sorry for that. If you have any suggestion or query just tweet me @ajinkya4793 or comment below. Cheers!
Chrome BETA (It can sync with desktop chrome browser), Opera Mobile, Maxthon Android Web Browser, UC Browser (best for people with 2G network), Opera Mini (best for people with 2G network), Boat Browser, Dolphin HD, Firefox Browser for Android, Skyfire Web Browser 4.0
To send a link from the desktop browser to phone – Google Chrome to Phone, Pushbullet (also install the respective extensions in the desktop browser.)
Camera & Photography
Camera – Camera Zoom FX, Camera360 Ultimate, Vignette, Little Photo, ProCapture – camera + panorama, HDR Camera+ (There’s really no need to use a Camera app)
Photography – Snapseed, Photo Editor by Aviary, CameraAce (by far best in no. of features),PicsArt, Pixlr-o-matic, PicSay Pro, Paper Camera, AfterFocus Pro, BeFunky Photo Editor, Photo Grid – Collage Maker (best collage maker), Photoshop Express
Health & Fitness
Endomondo Sports Tracker PRO, runtastic PRO, Recipe Search, RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk, Instant Heart Rate – Pro, Daily Ab Workout, Just 6 Weeks, Period Tracker Deluxe, iTriage Health, MyFitnessPal apps, Libra. There are way too many apps! :P
Swype (for the people who like gesture based keyboard), SwiftKey 4 (next word prediction based keyboard supports gesturing too), A.I.type Keyboard, SlideIT Keyboard , Thumb Keyboard, Smart Keyboard PRO, GO Keyboard, TouchPal Keyboard, Minuum Keyboard
2D – 2.2+ –> ADWLauncher EX, LauncherPro, GO Launcher EX, Smart Launcher (least consuption of RAM), Holo Launcher, Zeam Launcher, Launcher 7 (for WP7 look), Launcher 8
4.0+ –> Nova Launcher Prime, Apex Launcher Pro, Holo Launcher HD, Buzz Launcher
3D – Next Launcher 3D, TSF Shell, SPB Shell 3D, Regina 3D Launcher
Deskmigrate (for migrating your current structure of apps and folders to another launcher.)
Music & Video
Music Player – Poweramp, GoneMAD Music Player, PlayerPro Music Player (install PlayerPro DSP pack too), TTPod, Neutron Music Player (the audio output is simply unbelievable), n7player Music Player (unique GUI), ZPlayer (zune like beautiful UI), 3 (Cubed), Audiogalaxy Music (for music streaming)
Video Player – First of all not all devices can manage to play all the videos, you need to have the hardware support for that, especially for HD or fullHD videos.
BS Player, MX Player (install the appropriate Codecs), Mobo Video Player Pro (again install the Codecs), RealPlayer®, DicePlayer
Other – Saavn (best internet radio service for Indian music lovers), Hindi Songs & Bollywood Music (for Dhingana lovers), Spotify, Shazam Encore (to identify the song), Soundcloud (to identify the song), Ultimate Guitar Tabs, TuneIn Radio Pro, tTorrent Lite – Torrent Client, Ringdroid (Ringtone editor), Simple Last.fm Scrobbler, Cover Art Downloader, TubeMate/TubeX (YouTube Downloader), MP3dit – Music Tag Editor (tag editor)
Navigation and other
Google Maps, Sygic & MapmyIndia: GPS (offline maps), Foursquare, m-Indicator, TripAdvisor, Zomato (to discover restaurants around you)
News & RSS feeds reader
Press (Beautiful UI), gReader Pro , Feedly, Taptu – DJ Your News, Flipboard: Your News Magazine, Pulse News (used to be great but Taptu has overtaken it), Pocket, Tapatalk HD (for forums)
Widgets – Beautiful Widgets, HD Widgets, Eye in Sky Weather, Android Pro Widgets, Minimalistic Text, UCCW, Make Your Clock Widget Pro, Zooper Widget Pro, Clock Now (Google Now styled widgets)
Locker – WidgetLocker Lockscreen, DashClock Widget (phenomenal; only for 4.2+) GO Locker, 10000 Lock Screens
Social & Communication
Facebook – Friendcaster Pro, Facebook for Android, Scope, Tweetdeck, Seesmic (frankly don’t use any app, use mobile browser)
Messenger – Facebook Messenger
Chat – Go!Chat for Facebook, myChatDroid for Facebook Chat, SimpleChat Pro for Facebook
Contact Sync – HaxSync – 4.x Facebook Sync, Sync.ME -Facebook Contact Sync, Contact Sync for Facebook
For Photos – photup for Facebook, MyAlbum for Facebook Pro
Other – Friends Checker (checks who has removed you and stuff), MB Notifications (for push notifications)
Twitter – Falcon Pro (banned from play store), Tweetcaster Pro, Carbon for Twitter, Twitter, Tweet Lanes, Janetter Pro for Twitter, Plume, Tweetdeck, Twicca
Reddit – reddit sync, Reddit is fun, BaconReader Premium for Reddit
For all other Social sites use their official app e.g. Goodreads, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress, Skype, Path, Instagram, Quora
Cricket – Cricbuzz Cricket Scores & News, Yahoo! Cricket
Football – Soccer Scores Pro – FotMob (brilliant), Live Score Addicts, Soccer / Football Live Scores, LiveScore, ScoreMobile FC (Football Ctr))
Other – ScoreCenter for Android, theScore: Sports & Scores
Dropbox, Box, Google Drive
Text & Messaging
Messaging – Google Voice, Whatsapp, Viber (voice call), Tango (voice & video call), Facebook Messenger, Free SMS India, Nimbuzz Messenger, Avocado (to stay connected with your special person ;))
Texting – There’s no need to use any text messaging app if you still like to, then –> GO SMS Pro, Handcent SMS, chomp SMS, Messaging 7 (WP7 look a like; absolutely beautiful), Sliding Messaging Pro (unstable), Shady SMS 3.0 (haven’t tried it yet)
Tools & Productivity
Alarm Clock – Gentle Alarm, Alarm Clock Xtreme, Alarm Clock Plus
Anti-Virus – avast! Mobile Security, Dr.Web Anti-virus Light (free), Kaspersky Mobile Security, Lookout Security & Antivirus, AntiVirus FREE, Norton Security & Antivirus
Anti-Theft – Android Lost, Anti Theft Droid Free, Cerberus anti theft, Plan B (after losing the phone install this app from desktop)
Backup – My Backup Pro, App Backup & Restore, Carbon – App Sync and Backup, Super Backup : SMS & Contacts
Calendar – aCalendar+, Business Calendar, MyCalendar, Jorte Calendar, Zime (BETA) [different UI, may wanna try it out]
Comic Reader – Perfect Viewer, ComiCat
Cyanogenmod themes – Mianogen, FlatronBlue, ThyrusHolo Black (Black theme), HoloGlass Theme (Transparent theme), Chromium-Theme (Chromium inspired theme), XTHEME Deus Ex Android, Black Exodus
Dictionary – Dictionary – WordWeb (offline), Google Translate, Fora Dictionary, English Dictionary – Offline, Dictionary – Merriam-Webster, Arcus Dictionary
Dialer – exDialer (the best; try some plugins too), DW Contacts & Phone & Dialer, Dialer One
eBook reader – Moon+ reader, Cool Reader, FBReader, Aldiko Book Reader
File Explorer – Solid Explorer, ES File Explorer, Astro File Manager, X-plore File Manager, File Manager
Gallery – Quickpic (finest), JustPictures!
Icon packs – flatro, Minimal UI, Nox, Stark
Notes – Evernote, Google Keep, Catch Notes, ColorNote Notepad Notes To Do, Note Everything, Springpad
Office – Kingsoft Office 5.3.2 (Free), OfficeSuite Pro 6 + (PDF & HD), Quickoffice Pro (Office & PDF), Documents To Go 3.0 Main App
Personal Finance for Android – Financisto, Expense Manager, Personal Finance
Tasks/To-Do list – DGT GTD & To-do List, Astrid Tasks & To-do, Tasks, GTasks: To Do List & Task List (install the premium key too), Any.DO To-do List & Task List, Remember the Milk (if you can pay for it)
Wallpapers App – cool wallpapers, Pattern Beta, PicSeed Wallpapers, Wallpapers HD, Zedge
TV & Multimedia
IMDb, BookMyShow (great to see movie timings and booking tickets; India only), WhatsOnIndia (TV time table; India only), Movie Roll (gives you Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb rating at one place amongst other)
Airdroid – manage your phone from the PC
AppGratis – Tells which paid app is free today
CamScanner -Phone PDF Creator – Take a picture and convert it into PDF file
clipper+ – Clipboard Manager
CPU-Z – gives detailed information about your device
DiskUsage – to see a graph of folders/files sorted by size and instantly delete them
Easy Downloader Pro – Download manager for your android
Easy Voice Recorder – voice recorder
GSam Battery Monitor Pro – to see battery stats
HI App lock – Lock certain apps
Hide It Pro – To hide certain pictures, videos
LEDBlinker Notifications & Light Flow – Control your LED notifications
One Power Guard – A battery saving app controlling the kernel settings instead of saving juice by disabling data/GPS/Radio
Play Board App Reviews & Fetch – Apps You’ll Love – Apps which give you app recommendations
RealCalc – Scientific calculator
RepliGo Reader – PDF Reader
RoundR – hate those flat corners? Round them!
Screen Filter & Lux Auto Brightness – brightness control specially if you are nocturnal
Settle Up – Ever fought with friends about who spent more money while on a picnic or hangout? Well this app is for you. You can manage the money spent by your friends and track who is spending more or less.
Sidebar Pro – A sidebar for quickly launching your fav app
SuperBeam – Share files between 2 Androids instantly
SwipePad: Hyperspace Launcher – a gestured based launcher
Tasker – automates settings
TasteKid – Instantly get music, movies, shows, books recommendations by typing your fav
TeamViewer – Manage your PC from the phone.
Time Table – yasp! Class Schedule, Simple Time Table
Unified Remote – Android-PC remote
Apps specifically for rooted phones
Adaway – Not in play store. Blocks almost all ads; better than AdBlock Plus.
AFWall+ – restricts which applications are permitted to access your data networks (2G/3G and/or Wi-Fi and while in roaming.
CPU Spy – shows the amount of time spent on a specific frequency.
Font Changer – Not in Play Store. Can change font.
GMD GestureControl – You can use gestures to control any activity from the launching app or killing an app.
Gravity Screen Pro – On / Off – turns automatically your screen off when you put your phone into your pocket or onto a table and turn the screen on when you take it out or up.
Greenify – It prohibits the selected apps to run in background. Saves hell lotta battery. Hibernate Maps and Facebook if you’re using this.
Hide my Root – hides that you have root pivileges.
Link2SD – moves apps to memory card.
Market Fixer – removes links of specific apps from Play Store.
Market Helper – helps users to change/fake their rooted devices to any other devices. You can download the apps which are not available to your contry.
Push Notifications Fixer – Have a problem with push notification? Use this app.
ROM Toolbox Pro – This application brings all the best rooted application into one monster app.
Root Explorer – You can browse root files and change permissions.
SCR Screen Recorder Pro – Record great quality screencasts directly from your phone.
SD Maid Pro – Apps you uninstall leaves garbage data behind, it helps to clean it out. I think Android 4.3 has this inbuilt.
Seeder – makes your mobile fast by using entropy seeding.
Titanium Backup – I don’t think this app needs a caption, MUST-HAVE.
Trickster MOD – Everything you wanna customize about kernels.
Wakelock Detector – detects if a certain app is having unusual wakelocks.
WiFi Key Recovery – helps to recover the password of a wireless network you have connected to with your device in the past.