5 Must-have Android Apps for your Smartphone

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One of the best things about having an Android Smartphone is the more than 400.000 apps available at the Android Market. It will always be personally what apps people like the best, but here is 5 of my favorite apps that I think you should check out.

My top 5 favorite Apps for Android

1. WiFi Analyzer
With this little app you can Analyze the wireless network in your area and check out what channels they are using with your phone. This is optimal if you need to figure out what channel you should give your wireless router or access point.

2. DropBox
Well I guess you all know Dropbox. It is one of my favorite apps for sure. I install it on all my devices (workstation, laptop and phones).

3. Handy Scanner
Use your smartphone to scan documents using the build-in camera. When the document is scanned you can upload it to Dropbox to make it available from anywhere or send it via e-mail.

4. Advanced Task Killer
Kill all active tasks on the phone with one click. Over time you might start a lot of apps that will stay in the background and make your phone use more power and slow down. With this little app you can close them all with one click.

5. Barcode Scanner
Scan barcodes and QR codes with this little app. This is a must have app making you able to scan both Barcodes and QR codes wherever you go.

Now I have told you about my favorite apps for Andriod phones at the moment. Now it is your turn to tell me about your own favorite apps.

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48 Responses to 5 Must-have Android Apps for your Smartphone

  1. pnr status says:

    Hai Thomas!
    Nice info about the 5 favorite Apps for Android in all 4 million apps available and also explaining the uses of it

  2. Vlad says:

    QR code is a great invention people made. I’m making mobile apps currently and find it really cool to implement QR codes into them. I’m amazed at QR code coupons http://www.Snappii.com app builder allows to create. They are really helpful for small businesses.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Great list, Thomas. I agree with them all. I would add SwiftKey X which is an intelligent keyboard that learns your writing style and predicts what you type.

    I would also add Zedge that is filled with free wallpaper and ringtones.

  4. JasonB says:

    Is ATK still needed if I have android 2.3.4?

  5. William says:

    Advanced Task Killer sure is useful. Haven’t really thought about document scanner possibility; sounds handy 😉 Also, I find LookOut mobile virus-scanner to be working as it should.

  6. Alex says:

    I am using Dropbox most of the time and also I have ePubBooks. This is a marketplace that can help you to download eBooks and have them synchronised to your Dropbox account.

  7. ryan irwin says:

    Barcode Scanner is the one out of those 5 i use must say i think the qr codes are great aswell.I think in time the QR codes will be everywhere and used by everyone.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Ryan
      I see a big potential in QR codes in the future too. Almost all people have a phone with a camera integrated that is able to scan these codes.

  8. BJ Knights says:

    I don’t know if they have an android version out yet but Omnifocus is really great for tasks. I also recommend evernote.

  9. Amit says:

    Dropbox is really great ..Thanks for sharing these apps

  10. Shekhar says:

    Thanks For The Info, Regarding 5 Useful App For Android, Already Using Dropbox, & Advanced Task Killer, But Surely Going To Try Other 3 App Too

  11. Jacko says:

    cool list I just got a new android I’ll have to get it hooked up.

    Im not sure on the scan code piece though. I think those codes will go away long term. Domain names are more effective.

  12. mona says:

    I love the scanner app and cannot live without it…also love camcard and app that lets you organize your business cards… Check out http://www.urbanzing.com/promo/page/must_have_smartphone_apps

  13. Farrel says:

    I find it very useful Thomas, thanks for sharing this one. I do have smartphone here and it’s really hard for me to choose what application to be installed. This is my first time to having a smartphone.

  14. Dylan says:

    Hey thanks for the list! I already have WiFi Analyzer, but I am going to download the rest of these right now!

  15. Rasel Rony says:

    thanks for the best 5 android apps, I always keep Handy Scanner installed on my android

  16. sunil says:

    i must say you have similar interests of Apps that even of my choice. i really like Advanced Task Killer.

  17. Erni says:

    Hi Thomas,
    Nice post, thanks for sharing.Thanks ya, Erni

  18. Phate says:

    One app i always find indispensable with is the Blogger app. Very cool.

  19. prateek says:

    Nice post man but you missed a great app that’s Talking tom and other apps like Camers zoom FX …

  20. Andrew says:

    thank you for this helpful post thanks for sharing it with us.

  21. Laminate Wood Flooring says:

    Great list, Thomas. I agree with them all.thanx for this list providing us

  22. David says:

    Nice little list. I’ve used all of them except for Handy Scanner. Scanning documents while on the go using the phone’s camera is indeed “handy.” Thanks for the suggestion!

  23. schill39 says:

    I am not really an internet surfer so I don’t know much about apps. Its pretty useful that you found these. Thanks!

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  24. netbook reviews says:

    I have an HTC legend. I would like to know that if all android applications present in the market would work in it or other phones? Thanks.

  25. Mk says:

    Nice list.
    Dropbox is also in my top 5 must-have Android Apps.

  26. Glass Pool Fence says:

    Dropbox is my favorite. Dont you know how many times i have been needing an document that i have in the house when i am out of it. Although now i am trying other similats apps.

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  28. Brian says:

    Hey Thomas, I know you’re a fan of dropbox (as am I) and this post was written a few months ago but I think Google Drive is something worth checking out for Android users. They give you 5GB free if I’m not mistaken, and there’s some nice functionality and integration features. You’re probably already aware, but just thought I’d give a heads up 🙂

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Brian
      I do have a Google Drive account too. In fact I also have a SkyDrive account as well. I think that Google Drive might get the upper hand in the future, but for now DropBox still is my number one.

  29. Lucy simpton says:

    I want to use these 5 favorite Apps for Android! Really i was looking forward to read about this entry. Love this article. Thanks for this allocation. 😆

  30. Prisely says:

    I have not yet updated my android version. Will it be available to for android 2.2 version, because some of the apps are getting installed.

  31. Jeff says:

    I have been using the advance task killer for quite some time. But I decided to use the built in task killer where you just hold the home button and end the task that you want to stop running. downside is you can’t stop other functions of your phone.

  32. Bukge says:

    Call recorder App is the best app and must have app for smart phone , you must mention this also in your blogs

  33. Techlug says:

    Nice list of apps, WiFi analyzer is my favorite though.
    Do have a nice week!

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