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30 of the Best Android Apps You Should Have in 2013

30 of the Best Android Apps You Should Have in 2013

Over the course of the past year, a lot of new Android apps came out. A LOT OF APPS! The problem is, how do you know which are good and which aren’t? In this 2012 year-end roundup, we’ll show you different categories of Android apps and some of the best or most popular apps to try in 2013.

Utility

SwiftKey 3 Keyboard

SwiftKey 3 Keyboard

    SwiftKey 3 is one of the most intuitive keyboards you can download for your Android devices. The predictive text is phenomenal, and there’s even a tablet version which offers a split keyboard for landscape mode.

    JuiceDefender Ultimate

    JuiceDefender Ultimate

      JuiceDefender is a must-have app for anyone who wants to get better battery life from their Android device. There are three different versions—one free and two paid—to give you the right amount of adjustments to fit your needs.

      Business Calendarl

      Business Calendar

        Business Calendar is the most feature laden calendar you can get. Between the widgets and easy change from month to week day view and drag-and-drop appointment changing, there isn’t much Business Calendar can’t do.

        Splashtop Remote Desktop HD

        Splashtop-Remote-Desktop-HD

          Sometimes there’s a need to access your computer after you’ve already left the office. Splashtop lets you access your computer from everywhere you can get an internet connection, and it’s the only application out there that shows the entire computer screen vs. a shrunk-down or partial version.

          Personalizing

          Paperland Pro Live Wallpaper

          Paperland Pro Live Wallpaper

            An extremely customizable live wallpaper that looks like a diorama come to life. Choose the settings for the scene, weather and  time. Each of these tabs have multiple options to change to make a really unique background.

            HD Widgets

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            HD Widgets

              HD Widgets gives you  A LOT of widget choices. Everything on the widget is customizable, from the fonts and colors to what is displayed. There’s even a huge 6×2 widget that works with larger screens like tablets.

              Nova Launcher Prime

              Screen Shot 2013-01-02 at 11.58.28 AM

                One of the newer home screen launchers out there, Nova Launcher Prime, integrates gestures and has some pretty cool plug-ins available. Another cool feature that Nova has is the ability to hide application icons for apps you don’t use.

                ZEDGE

                ZEDGE™

                  ZEDGE  is a phenomenal application for finding backgrounds, ringtones, and notifications. Recently, games and live wallpapers were added to the items available to be downloaded.

                  Music

                  Spotify

                  Spotify

                    Spotify lets you listen to just about every song you could ever want to hear. Use the radio to play similar artists to what’s on your playlist,s or similar to a specific song or artist. Free and paid versions are available.

                    Poweramp

                    Poweramp Full Version Unlocker

                      Poweramp is the ultimate music player application for Android: the 10 band EQ and support for most popular music file formats and gap-less playback set Poweramp apart from the others.

                      iHeartRadio

                      iHeartRadio

                        iHeartRadio was recently redesigned and came out as a spectacular customizable radio app. Not only does it play local live radio stations, you can create customized radio stations based on your musical tastes.

                        Soundhound

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                        SoundHound ∞

                          When you hear a song playing and like it, use Soundhound to figure out who the artist is and the name of the song. When Soundhound figures out what song this, you can bookmark it for later and even see the lyrics as you’re listening to as the song plays.

                          News and Social

                          Pinterest

                          Pinterest

                            One of the most anticipated social media apps of all time, the official Pinterest app lets you upload your own Pins as well as view your Boards, Like and Repin items. This has great integration with Android devices.

                            Flipboard

                            Flipboard: Your News Magazine

                              A really great way to get your news, Flipboard pulls in information from your Facebook, Twitter and other social feeds to bring you news you will actually be interested in. News is also shown from feeds like BBC and USA Today.

                              Tango

                              Tango Text, Voice, Video Calls

                                A great video and audio calling app with a messaging option, Tango is a great alternative to apps like Skype, and communication between Tango users is free.

                                Pocket

                                Pocket

                                  This is a great app for curating your favorite articles on the web. Save pages in your Pocket account and view videos or webpages from any of your devices, including your computer.

                                  Lifestyle

                                  Ancestry

                                  Ancestry

                                    Tracking down members of your family isn’t always an easy task, especially when they’re spread out over different continents and time periods. The Ancestry app links to your Ancestry.com account and lets you create new additions to your family tree.

                                    Trulia – Real Estate & Homes

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                                    Trulia - Real Estate & Homes

                                      Looking for a house to buy or apartment to rent is a lot of work—Trulia is a big help in showing you what is available in the area you are thinking of moving to. Set your criteria, and see what’s out there.

                                      Sleep as Android

                                      Sleep as Android

                                        Knowing how well you slept is important, and by using an app like Sleep as Android, you will be able to see how long you were in a deep restful sleep vs. light sleep. Also, there’s an alarm to wake you up when you’re not in a deep sleep, thus making you less groggy in the morning.

                                        BeerSmith 2 Lite

                                        BeerSmith 2 Lite

                                          Brewing beer can be pretty satisfying in more than one way. The problem is, making a good beer can take lots of trial and error. BeerSmith 2 is your beer cookbook with thousands of different beer recipes ready for you to use.

                                          Games

                                          Granny Smith

                                          Granny Smith

                                            This is a great physics-based game where you are a elderly old lady chasing down apple thieves. With fun graphics and spectacular crashes, Granny is hell on wheels as she wreaks all kinds of havoc trying to save her apples.

                                            Nun Attack

                                            Nun Attack

                                              Nun Attack is a good way to eliminate some of that pent-up Catholic guilt. Take on the forces of evil by controlling four nuns with guns and special powers—you can even use miracles to your advantage.

                                              PITFALL!

                                              PITFALL!™

                                                Not the PITFALL! you remember playing on your Atari: the basic combination of running and jumping and using the web is still there, but it’s a lot more graphically-intensive and challenging.

                                                Zen Bound 2

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                                                Zen Bound 2

                                                  Zen Bound 2 is one of the most unique puzzle games of the year: using a rope, you must try to cover as much of the surface of the 3D wooden sculptures as possible. This seems like an easy task, but takes a bit of strategy and forward-thinking to accomplish the task.

                                                  Photography

                                                  Instagram

                                                  instagram

                                                    Instagram is the most well-known of the camera apps on the list. Its claim to fame is the way you can filter the image and share your camera art with the Instagram community.

                                                    LINE Camera

                                                    LINE-camera

                                                      Add cute little touches and stencils to the pictures you take, and then share your images with over 17 million users all over the world or on your favorite social network with LINE Camera.

                                                      Camera360 Ultimate

                                                      Camera360-Ultimate

                                                        Camera360 is a super-powerful camera application for Android devices with high-resolution cameras. Camera360 is also front-facing-camera compatible. It’s great for taking self-portraits on phones with higher quality front-cameras.

                                                        Pencil Camera

                                                        Pencil-Camera

                                                          Transforming your image into a drawing can really add a unique look, and Pencil Camera does just that. You can take a picture and immediately see what the pencil-sketched version of the picture will look like in the preview.

                                                          Actioncam

                                                          actioncam

                                                            With action photography, timing is everything. Using Actioncam lets you take several pictures right in a row to make sure you capture just the right pose, plus it has a variety of frames and filters to enhance the photos further.

                                                            Silent Camera

                                                            Silent-Camera

                                                              Sometimes, to take the perfect picture, you have to take it as silently as possible. Silent Camera eliminates the shutter noise all great cameras make when you take a picture—with no noise, it’s easy to take continuous pictures without being noticed.

                                                               

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                                                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                              Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                              There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                              Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                              It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                              Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                              1. OmniFocus

                                                              This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                2. Forest

                                                                Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  3. Things

                                                                  Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    4. 30/30

                                                                    Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                                    , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      5. Any.Do

                                                                      A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                                        This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          7. Asana

                                                                          We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                                          , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                                          Download it here.

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                                                                            8. ToDoist

                                                                            This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              9. FlowTasks

                                                                              From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                10. Calendars 5

                                                                                This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                                  A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    12. Due

                                                                                    A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      13. Checkmark 2

                                                                                      I use this app

                                                                                      for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        14. TeuxDeux

                                                                                        Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          15. Wunderlist 

                                                                                          Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                                          Download it here.

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                                                                                            16. Nirvana

                                                                                            For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              17. Priorities

                                                                                              An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                                18. Productive

                                                                                                With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                                  You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    20. Streaks

                                                                                                    This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                                      Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        22. Day One Journal

                                                                                                        When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                                          23. Evernote

                                                                                                          Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            24. Pocket

                                                                                                            You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                                                              25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                              This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                26. Droplr

                                                                                                                One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  27. Dropbox

                                                                                                                  Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    28. iDolly 

                                                                                                                    In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                                    Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      29. Soulver

                                                                                                                      It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                                        30. Captio

                                                                                                                        A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          31. Drafts

                                                                                                                          A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                            32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                            This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                                                                              33. Doodle

                                                                                                                              This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                                I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                                  A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                    36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                                    This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                      37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                                      Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                                        Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                                        38. 1Password

                                                                                                                                        There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                                          39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                                          You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                                          All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                                            40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                            Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                                              There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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