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6 Must-Have Android Apps

The Google Play store is overflowing with apps. It’s enough to drive a person crazy: Which ones are worth trying? Here are six of the best Android Apps ever to hit the Play Store. Each comes with a variety of useful features that are just about guaranteed to improve your daily life.

Communication

Phone calls are just the beginning. What about messaging? How about video calls and push to talk voice chats that smack of the classic Nextel feature? There are lots of good messenger apps out there, but most of us want just one.

Viber Out gets top marks in this category. Not only does this app offer cheap international calling, it also offers plenty of free features that make communicating more interactive than ever.

  • One-on-one and group chat
  • Instant video messaging
  • Instant voice chat
  • In-app media search/share features
  • End-to-end encryption for superior privacy
  • Secret chat capability

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Viber Out is free to download and install, and it connects to your existing contacts so you can interact instantly.

Email Management

Your smartphone is your lifeline – or something at least close to it. While many apps are designed to make life more fun, a few are meant to enhance your workday. A great email management tool saves time and effort on your part, increasing organization and ensuring that you don’t miss a beat.

Email by Edison puts all your inboxes in one easily-accessed place, and its built-in intelligent assistant takes on the formerly insurmountable task of organizing emails into categories with no need for searching on your part.  Other features include:

  • Package tracking
  • Personalized notifications
  • Undo send, delete, and more
  • Lightning-fast Junk Mail unsubscribe

Email by Edison is free to download and install, and it comes with robust security built in.

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Entertainment

What’s a long wait at the Department of Motor Vehicles without a bit of entertainment, courtesy of your Android? There are lots of excellent apps out there – some, like Netflix and Hulu, are strictly for paid subscribers. Others, like YouTube, provide plenty of opportunities for learning, fun, and crazy cat videos, both in paid and unpaid versions.

Crackle, which is presented by Sony, is home to some original productions as well as a great lineup of movies and hit TV shows ranging from comedy to action to drama.

What about music? Google Play Music remains a top app for easily downloading free music minus any copyright issues. You can use it to download tracks directly to your phone, so you can listen even if you’re out of service range. There’s more: this free music app also provides radio that you can stream based on your mood or current activity, plus it provides recommendations tailored to your taste in music – a great way to make new discoveries.

Productivity

Want to use your Android to streamline some work processes? There are tons of great productivity apps out there, ranging from voice recorders to calendars to complete office suites. WPS Office puts presentations, slide shows, and word processing in one easy-to-access place. Some notable features:

  • Supports a number of file formats including Microsoft Office’s .xls, .doc, and more
  • Tabbed document editing allows for easy cross-referencing
  • Cloud support for saving and sharing via Dropbox, Google Drive, and more

WPS Office lets you create and view documents, and much more. If you need to get work done on the fly, you’ll probably appreciate everything this free app has to offer.

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Security

No matter where or how you use your Android, you want to keep it secure. With hackers constantly looking for ways to infiltrate and steal private information, simply keeping your phone updated won’t always afford the level of protection you need. DFNDR is a good choice for overall security, with a number of useful features:

  • Safe browsing warns when harmful websites are accessed
  • Virus cleaning clears malware, trojans and more
  • Anti-theft lets you locate your phone if it’s lost or stolen, and includes an intruder selfie feature that takes automatic photos of snoopers
  • Phone cleaner clears junk files
  • App Manager eliminates unwanted apps

DFNDR is easy to use and simple to customize. If you’re worried about security and want a free, reliable app that keeps information safe, this is a good one to look into.

Try one of these outstanding Android apps or try them all. Love them? Keep on using them! Hate them? Just use the delete function.

About the author

Carl Petoskey

Carl Petoskey is an accomplished writer with years of experience covering the tech industry. When he's not writing you can find him covering companies like Comcast Business Class.

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