Sunday, November 27, 2011

Must have android apps

Here are the list of must have android apps according to me:

Timely Alarm Clock 

is one of the best alarm clock app for Android. It has amazing user experience and great features. Few of them which I like are:
1) Cloud backup so that the alarms are synced across devices, no need to confirm alarms if you change your phone or have multiple Android devices.
2) Smart Rise feature which is based on what they call advanced sleep cycle theory. A melodious sound will wake you up from light morning sleep.
3) There are a whole lot of lovely themes to choose from, if you aren't happy you can go ahead and create your own. These come in pro version though.
4) It also has a tablet version which is pretty awesome.

Here are some screenshots

Will add the tablet version screenshots very soon. Here they are now

It's definitely worth a try and I am pretty sure you won't be disappointed. Click here to check it out. Hope you like it too.

3G Watchdog (for below ICS versions only)

If you want to track your mobile internet data usage then you should give a try to this app. 3G Watchdog data counter monitors your Mobile Internet (3G/Edge/GPRS) data usage. It can export reports as CSV and also import reports.

 You can specify the mobile billing cycle date and can set alerts which can remind you about your usage based on the limits set by you.

But this app only monitors mobile internet usage. If you are also looking for Wifi usage then probably continue reading my blog for another app :)

AndroZip File Manager

This is a pretty handy app. This app works as a file manager and a zip unzip utility. You can create a zip, encrypted zip, gzip or tar and unzip and untar them. You would like to do everything over mobile and this app is a must.  

SwiftKey X Keyboard

This one is a paid app but if you don't wanna spend money on this straight away you might well try a trial version for a month and then decide, SwiftKey X Keyboard Free. For your info this app is running on sale and has 50% discount right now. 

This app increases your typing productivity by predicting the future words along with the other features provided by the droid keyboard. By the way the more you use this app the better it can predict. It learns from the text you  type in your day to day activities.

JuiceDefender - battery saver

With smart phones these days you are never satisfied with your battery. If you want to extend your phone battery life then give a shot at this one. You can keep power consumption under control with this app. 


I need not talk much about this app. You can might well be knowing about this one. By the way if you are unaware this one is one of the best messengers for video calling and chatting. You can call any phone too at Skype rates.

IMDb Movies & TV

Find the movie or TV show ratings, timings and watch trailers. You can find user and critics ratings before deciding to go for a movie. Latest and upcoming movies news and much more.

Antivirus Free

This app is a must on mobile these days and we tend to do everything on mobile these days. This app detects harmful apps and messages, viruses, malwares, etc. This app can also lock and locate your phone when lost. Many more useful features. 


Need not talk much about this one. Useful app to control sound effects on your device. 


If you are a professional then you might want to have this app on your device. Professional networking app to share your updates and to read the latest industry news.  

Traffic Monitor

This one a data traffic monitoring tool both for mobile and Wifi usage. It also functions as a task manager, speedometer. Not sure if this app alerts you on your usage I haven' tried alert on this app.

Quick Profiles

Miss the profile settings seen in other mobile phones? Then you won't after you have this one on. Create profiles the way you like. Customize ringer & volume settings, ringtone, brightness, timeout, also state of airplane, wifi & bluetooth. Also create shortcuts to profiles on home.

Dolphin Browser™ HD

This is one of favorite browsers in android. Its fast, not as fast as opera mini but the UI is better than opera mini. It has got tabbed browsing, multi touch pinch zooming and many other cool features. What I like the most about this browser is the Gestures feature, open any of your favorite websites with just the touch of your fingertip in lightning speed. You must definitely give a try to this app.


A social networking app from Google. I am sure this one is going to be bundled with Android 4.0 onwards. This social networking site has more privacy settings than any other. All the recent changes in facebook have been forced by Google+ to compete against this one. Give it a try. I Like the instant upload feature of this app, uploads any photo or video taken by your mobile instantaneously in to the cloud, you will never loose any pic or video now. Mobile Hangouts allows you to video chat with up to 9 friends while you’re on the go. Many other features. 

Yahoo! Messenger

I am sure I need not talk about this one too much. Who wouldn't know yahoo messenger. Would just mention one thing, lovely UI and neat design.


Like to share where you are and what your are doing, do it using foursquare. You can post your location on foursquare and share it on Facebook, twitter or just share it with foursquare friends. Unlock badges by checking into places and get discounts and rewards. Tons of places offer discounts and freebies to foursquare users, and you earn points and badges for doing the things you love.

SMS Backup +

Do you hate to delete your SMSes? If yes then this one is for you. Backup your message on gmail. What I like the most about this app is the ability to schedule backups at desired intervals. All the SMSes are stored in a folder named SMS in your gmail account. Makes it easier to search your messages. It also allows to restore messages. And it can backup call logs too. This one is having some trouble on ICS, Android 4.0, but my ICS isn't an offical one hope it works fine when its launched officially by Google, no problems on Gingerbread though, Android 2.3

Facebook for Android

Everyone knows about facebook. This app isn't to great but is a must for everyone :) 

Facebook Messenger

The android facebook has chat feature but this one is far better than the one that comes with facebook app. This one is pretty light, neat and easy to use. This app wins because the facebook app sucks in android.


This is my favorite game in Android these days. Look the graphics in this game. It falls under Action and Arcade category. Try it!! 

Digitally Imported Radio

This is an amazing Radio station for music lovers. Digitally Imported streams the world’s most addictive electronic music. It features renowned artists and DJs. 37 radio channels with lot of variety. I am sure you will love this.

Official eBay Android App

Everyone knows eBay, the mobile app is light, fast and neat. If you like shopping on eBay just install it. If you add the product to your wishlist it will notify you when the product is selling out and also when the product is back again.


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go. All data in could, access it anywhere at anytime.


This one is for cricket lovers. The official ESPNcricinfo App brings you the most comprehensive cricket coverage from around the world. If you love cricket you need to have this installed.

Angry Birds

I need not talk much about this game, sure everyone knows Angry Birds.

Amazon Mobile

The Amazon Mobile App allows Android users to quickly search, compare prices, read reviews, share products with friends, access Gold Box Deals, and make purchases on using a simple, yet elegant, interface.


Similar to one of the apps mentioned above, Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity. Evernote lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders and makes these notes completely searchable, whether you are at home, at work, or on the go.

MyPhoneExplorer Client

This is a very handy android pc suite client. You might read more about this in my other post. 

Saavn Music

Love Bollywood?? Listen to Bollywood music, free - anytime, anywhere. Its not online radio. You can listen to any song at any point of time. Create play lists and listen to them anytime. You can also share the playlist or songs with your friends. Doesn't that sound great?

Below are the apps for Indian users:


Book Air, train, bus tickets using this app. Many other category stores available here. Almost any category, travel and stay, Cinemas and events, Books, Flowers, sweets, gifts, clothes, health, beauty and soul, electronics and more. 

Orders on ngpay are delivered only in India, and payments for shopping can be made using Indian debit/credit cards.


Book movie, events or any sports tickets using this app.


The official Flipkart android app. Now purchase Books, DVDs, Games, Computers and all else from the ease of your Android phone. Once again only for Indian users.