All life processes are made easier with machines or apps. An incredible advantage of apps is the fact that, depending on the task you want them to perform, they have the ability to increase productivity and lessen your efforts. With the right app, you don’t need to fuss much; just put in a little input, sit back and watch your app do the rest.
The smartphone application market, due to its extremely liberal and “free-entry-and-exit” nature, has become greatly populated over the past few years. On your phone’s app store, you can find a plethora of apps that can all do the same things. While this has the advantage of freedom of choice (in that you can easily switch from one app to another if you feel the one you’re currently using isn’t performing up to your expectations), a disadvantage of this is that you have a maze of apps and choosing the right one can be something of a headache. It also doesn’t help that there are a lot of apps out there that aren’t useful in any way; some are viruses, others are filled with nauseatingly annoying ads, others just don’t work. Downloading apps like those will definitely waste your time, energy and data. Below are a few apps that are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest in their fields of speciality. These apps stand out from the hoi polloi of apps out there today and investing your money in them should prove more than advantageous.
1. Mobile Security and Antivirus
With the realization that you can be robbed of your identity anytime by a crook who simply knows his way around a computer, it has become increasingly essential to ensure the safety of your files and data. Mobile security and antivirus provides the opportunity to do just that. The app comes from Avast, the worldwide leading manufacturer of antivirus software and file protection programs. With its top-of-the-line virus detection software which can search through every nook and cranny of your mobile phone, it easily keeps you safe from malware. It also employs anti-theft features which work without you even being in possession of your phone.
2. Internet Browser
Internet surfing is one of the main reasons Android-operated devices are as popular as they are today. The speed and sophistication that these devices bring to internet browsing is second to none. This net surfing, though, can’t be done without the help of specific apps. Internet apps have abounded recently, with some being more nifty and economical than others. However, if you’re looking for an app that lets you surf the internet without breaking a single sweat, then look no further than Google’s very own Chrome Browser. There are a lot of reasons why this app takes the top spot for me. Firstly, it’s not just free (which is more than I can say for a lot of useless browsers out there), it actually comes pre-installed on most high-end Android devices. This means that as an Android user, you don’t necessarily have to spend additional time and data downloading another browser as you already have a great option on a platter of gold. Chrome Beta also features a sync feature that allows you to share things like files, links and documents with your desktop, provided the desktop has Chrome installed on it too. Other major selling points are unlimited tabs for browsing, firmly rooted Android integration, an awesome design and user interface, making it extremely easy to operate, and many more.
3. Downloading Music
This has to be the most competitive category. The majority of apps on the Google Play Store are either music downloaders or have a connection to music and streaming services. A lot of them have striking similarities, and as such, it’s quite difficult to see any one of them with a distinct advantage or stand out point over the others. Nevertheless, here are a few useful music downloading clients:
- Spotify: This app has been around for quite a while but unlike most apps that were developed in its time, Spotify has continued to reinvent itself, becoming better with each passing period. Spotify now has streaming features and with it, you can also do other stuff like search your music library for your favorite songs, search the web for old songs you’d love to listen to again, create a radio station, etc.
- Napster: Remember this app? Napster’s stock (and popularity) took a big hit due to the shenanigans of its then-CEO Shawn Parker. However, the company took a new look a few years back and picked itself up, returning to the forefront of the music service market. Napster has over 40 million songs, which it gives its clients ad-free access to. Songs are easily downloadable and the quality is top notch.
- SoundCloud: SoundCloud has virtually everything; music files, audio books, eBooks, podcasts and more. The app is an all-rounder and you sure won’t regret having it. It’s also useful for aspiring musicians as you can share your song and make it visible to other users.
The list of nifty music downloading apps is almost endless. However, I have shortened it to a few that I believe are the best among the many. Here is a full list of free music downloader apps.
4. File Exploration
This category will mean a lot to people whose phone memories are almost exhausted. Personally, I hate looking for things. As such, I’ve found file managers very useful. With them, you can easily search the hidden parts of your phone, manage your device, move stuff to and fro and keep your device generally organized. Among these explorers, however, I’ve found ES File Explorer Pro to be the best.This app comes as an upgrade to the original ES File Explorer which, after a few managerial struggles, became dormant and frankly annoying. The pro version eradicates the massive bloatware that reduced the capabilities of the original version, leaving you with an amazing user experience. It’s so easy to use and offers you a range of device management strategies. The only downside to this app is the fact that it’s not free. It’s not expensive, either. For the simple price of $2.99, it can be yours and I guarantee you’ll love it.