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20 Best Apps For Android Users That You Should Not Miss

20 Best Apps For Android Users That You Should Not Miss

Many apps are created with one thing in mind, and that is to help make your life a little bit easier. There are thousands of apps out there though, and it can be difficult to figure out which ones you can actually use, and which ones you don’t need to bother with. Here are some of our favorites, and we recommend these apps for all Android users.

Notes & Lists

1. BuyMeaPie – Grocery Shopping List

Download link: Free | Paid

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    This app has more than 5 million downloads and is considered one of the most popular of its kind. It has a smart cloud synchronization that allows users to create and manage lists either on web app or mobile device, and sync them with a number of devices. With this app users can also share their lists with friends and family and collaborate on shopping together. Price: there is a free version and a paid one for $2.98.

    2. Google Keep – Create Custom Notes and Lists

    Download link: Free

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      If you are forgetful and need to take notes for reminders, this is the app for you. Color-code all of your notes, take photos using the app, and even transcribe recorded voice messages. Price: Free.

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      3. Swype – Type Fast, Swype Faster

      Download link: Free | Paid

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        Typing on a small device can be difficult. If you want a better keyboard option for your device, this is it. Once you get used to using it, you will find that you have better speed and accuracy with your typing. Price: Free version and paid for $0.99.

        4. Plague – Spread Information Like A Virus

        Download link:

        You want access to information, and you want it now. That is what you will get from this app. This is a new way to share information with others all over the world. It’s like a virus. Once information is shared, it spreads from user to user. Price: Free.

        5. Link Bubble Browser – Do The Right Mobile Browsing

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        Don’t you just hate how much time you end up wasting browsing online? Change all of that with this app. You can click on a link and the app will load the link in a bubble in the background, so you can keep on browsing while it loads. Price: Free and pro version for $4.04.

        6. tTorrent – Simply The Best Torrent Downloader Client

        Download link: Free | Paid

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          If you download torrents, you need this app. It is a great peer-to-peer app that lets you browse and download torrents quickly and easily. It has all of the same great features as the expensive torrenting programs. Price: Free lite version and paid version for $4.99.

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          7. HoverChat – Never Interrupt What You’re Doing To Answer A Message

          Download link:

          Do you hate having to stop in the middle of something just to send a message? You won’t have to do this any longer when you use HoverChat. You can watch a movie and have a conversation at the same time, and you can customize your messaging windows. Price: $3.99 and a free promo app.
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          8. Mighty Text – SMS From Computer or Tablet

          Download link: Free

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            Never miss a text again with this app. Even if you can’t access your phone (during meetings, classes, etc.) you can still see them on your tablet or computer. It even works with Gmail. Price: Free.

            Security

            9. Cerberus – The Best Protection You Can Get

            Download link: Free

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              This is an awesome anti-theft app that everyone should have. In addition to tracking stolen devices, you can also use the app to control the stolen devices through the website or with a text message. You can wipe all of the information from the device, lock it using a special code, have the alarm go off, and more. Price: Free trial, and a one-time upgrade fee of 2.99€.

              Personalization

              10. Muzei – A Living Museum For Your Android Home Screen

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              If you love art, this app will allow you to be able to look at some of the most famous works of art in the world. Muzei gives you wallpapers for your home screen, and you get a different piece every day. Price: Free.

              11. UCCW – Create Your Own Custom Widget

              Download link: Free

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                If you prefer having custom widgets for homescreens, this app will let you create them. Choose from a variety of skins, and start creating. You can decide what the widgets display, from low battery to missed calls to weather and much more. Price: Free.

                12. Cover – The Right Apps At The Right Time

                Download link: Free

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                  This app will put all of your apps on the lockscreen, so everything is in one convenient location. It can tell when you are working, at home, driving, etc., and gives you the apps you tend to use most often for these and other activities. Price: Free.

                  13. Light Flow – LED & Notifications

                  Download link:

                  You can use this app to get into your smartphone’s LED to get custom notifications, as long as your phone has an LED light that alerts you to notifications. It will give you a special color for texts, emails, phone calls, etc., and it can even let you know when your battery is running down. Price: Free lite version and paid one of $2.49.

                  14. Lux – Improve Your Phone’s Automatic Brightness

                  Download link: Free | Paid

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                    If you hate a screen that is too bright or too dark, you can use this app to change the brightness settings. This comes in pretty handy when you need more or less brightness depending on the light conditions you are in. Price: Free and $3.80.

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                    15. Tasker – Automate Your Android Phone

                    Download link:

                    This is another app that will let you customize your phone based on actions. You can set up customized actions for apps, time, your location, various events, shortcuts, and a whole lot more. You can even use this app to create and sell apps. Price: $2.99.

                    16. Locale – Condition-Based Android Automator

                    Download link: Paid

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                      Do you want to know who is calling just by the way your phone rings? You can do this, and a lot more, with this automation app. You can customize how your phone works based on all kinds of factors, including your location, who is calling, battery life, and more. Price: $9.99.

                      Entertainment

                      17. Google’s Sky Map – Your Portable Planetarium

                      Download link:

                      Astronomy lovers will go crazy for this app from Google. Point it at the sky, and it will tell you what constellation it is pointed at. This is a great tool to help you learn more about the constellations. Price: Free.

                      18. Yahoo Weather – Weather Forecasts

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                      Always be ready for the weather by downloading this popular app. You will be able to find out what the weather is going to be like, which is great so you can know how to dress accordingly. Price: Free.

                      19. Instagram – Capture And Share The World’s Moments

                      Download link:

                      If you don’t already have this app, get it now. You can do a lot with your photos by using the filters, and you can instantly share your photos with friends and family.

                      20. VLC’s Media Player – Multimedia Player

                      Download link:

                      Enjoy videos anywhere, and at any time with this app. You can watch videos in any file format. Cost: Free.

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                      Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                      Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                      Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                      In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                      1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                      A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                      If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                      2. Fix Your Posture

                      If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                      Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                      3. Hold Your Posture

                      It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                      Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                      4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                      The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                      Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                      So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                      5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                      Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                      6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                      Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                      Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                      7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                      The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                      Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                      8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                      Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                      9. Check out Some Online Games

                      There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                      10. Dictation Practice

                      If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                      11. Monitor Your Progress

                      Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                      12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                      There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                      Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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