My favorite Android apps (Nov 2013 edition)
November 24, 2013
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Many of these apps I paid for. In every case, it was well worth the cost.
My current phone is a LG Nexus 5. My previous phone was a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. All these apps worked on both.
In no particular order:
- Twitter client: Plume for Twitter – I evaluated a lot of clients, and I hated them all for one reason or another. This one has made twitter bearable for me, mainly because I can mute certain types of posts to make my stream smaller and more manageable.
- podcast player/manager: DoggCatcher – very nice for podcasts, both for playing and downloading. It’s a set it and forget it type of thing.
- music player: DSub and Google Play Music – I prefer to use DSub, but it’s been giving me problems lately so I’ve switched to Google Play Music. I uploaded my entire music collection to Google’s cloud and I can stream it to my phone from anywhere. DSub is a client for Subsonic, which is a server that runs on my machine at home (where I keep my music).
- anti-theft: Cerberus anti theft – for when I lose or get my phone stolen… peace of mind.
- Light Flow – LED&Notifications – allows for the control the notification LED on my phone. I love it, but I’ve had trouble since I updated to 4.4 (Kit Kat).
- Setting Profile Full – allows for changing settings of the phone based on location. I mainly use it to turn on Wi-Fi when at home or work.
- Timeriffic – allows for changing ringing characteristics of the phone based on time. I mainly use it to mute my phone at night and during scheduled meetings.
- games: Solitaire MegaPack – for my fix of various card games.
- keyboard: SwiftKey Keyboard – a good standard keyboard replacement. I don’t know if it’s the best, but I like it.
- exercise companion: My Tracks – allows me to record walks and gives me stats (elevation changes, distance, speed, etc).
- launcher: Nova Launcher – I love this replacement launcher/home screen manager. Lots of cool features.
- productivity: Remember The Milk – todo list manager that I can access from a browser. Full featured. Easy to use.
- backup: rsync backup for Android – allows an rsync backup of my sdcard to a remote machine. Indispensable in case my phone gets lots or I accidentally wipe it (yes, this happened). The setup of this app is complex and not for the non-techie.
- banking: USAA Mobile, Capital One® Mobile – The USAA app is much better than the Capital One® app. Capital One bought Ing Direct. I fully expect some day I will need to close my Capital One® account because they’ll screw up everything that was good about the old Ing Direct. At least I have USAA to fall back on. I originally got the USAA account/app to be able to deposit checks via my phone (by taking a picture of the front and back of the check). Now, many banks allow this. USAA is still the best, mainly because the interface is easier. Also, the daily limit is $10,000 instead of $3,000 for Capital One®. This isn’t an issue very often, but it’s come up twice. One problem with USAA, you need a connection to the military to get an account. I used the fact that my father had served in the Army.
Once it gets fixed for Kit Kat, I’ll add this back:
- utility: MoreQuicklyPanel – allows access to a bunch of features from the notification area. Currently broken on Kit Kat.