The 5 Apps You Must Have On Your Android in 2017!

Smartphones have become an important asset of our modern lifestyle. Agree or not, smartphones are productive, helpful and time-saviors (unless you're browsing the social media all day long). But if we think a bit more, smartphones are basically dumb phones without the applications (or apps) they have, aren't they? Basically, apps are what make a smartphone 'smart'.
Talking of smartphones, Android is the operating system that fuels more than 65% of the smartphones in the world. There's a high chance that you're reading this on your Android smartphone. So to make your Android more productive, here are the five apps (with one alternative each) that you must have on your Android smartphone:

1. File Manager: Solid Explorer (Free Trial for 14 Days, Paid Thereafter)
You'll need a file manager/explorer to browse the content in your phone's internal or external storage. It's like 'Windows Explorer' for Smartphones. While most phones don't include a pre-installed file manager, some manufacturers like Samsung and Asus bundle one in their custom skins. Our file manager of choice is Solid Explorer. This one is a robust, customizable and feature-packed file manager that even has extensions to manage your cloud storage (like Google Drive and Mega). Here are the list of all the features:
  • Material Design!
  • Two independent panels serving as file browsers
  • Rich customization options: icons sets, color schemes, themes
  • Drag and Drop inside and between panels
  • FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB/CIFS clients
  • Ability to read and extract ZIP, 7ZIP, RAR and TAR archives, even encrypted
  • Ability to create password protected ZIP and 7ZIP archives
  • Cloud file manager: Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, Sugarsync, Copy, Mediafire, Owncloud, Yandex
  • Root access makes Solid Explorer a fully functional root explorer
  • Extensibility: more features in separate plugins available in Google Play
  • Indexed search finds your files in a couple of seconds
  • Detailed file information with storage usage statistics
  • Batch rename: change names of multiple files at once using regular expressions and variables
  • Useful tools: hiding unwanted folders, FTP Server (plugin), bookmarks, Chromecast support, media browse
  • New! Ability to lock files/folders with a password.
Our favorite feature though, is the double-window interface which you can use to copy or move files seamlessly. Solid Explorer is Free in Google Play, where you'll be able to use the software for free for 14 days (2 Weeks) and then you'll have to pay via an In-app-purchase to use the app forever.
We understand that everyone won't want to pay for a file explorer, but believe us, it's well worth the price. However, if you would like a completely free alternative, you can use Asus ZenUI File Explorer.

2. Photo Editor: Snapseed (Free)

So you snapped a picture with your phone's camera and it looks good... But what if you want to make it look even better? That's when Snapseed comes into play. This is a free photo editor app by Google themselves, which has a lot of effects, overlays and tools to modify every aspect of a picture, like exposure, contrast, saturation and more. Here are all the features:
  • 26 Tools and Filters, including: Healing, Brush, Structure, HDR, Perspective & more
  • Opens JPG and DNG files
  • Use the “stack” to re-adjust edits later
  • Selective filter brush
  • All styles can be tweaked with fine, precise control
  • RAW Develop – open and tweak RAW DNG files; save non-destructively or export as JPG (8 controls)
Snapseed is available for Free in Google Play. Since it is made by Google, the app is buttery smooth and compatible with all android phones.  
Pixlr is a good alternative to Snapseed, and it has more fonts and overlays.

3. Wallpapers: Backdrops (Free, with in-app purchase)

There are not many wallpapers pre-loaded on an android smartphone. In stock android, there are about 7-10 pre-loaded wallpapers only. If you want more wallpapers, you'll need to install an app that has a collection of wallpapers that you can download and set. Our favorite wallpaper app on Android is Backdrops. This app has unique, beautiful, hand-crafted material wallpapers of up to 2K resolution. The wallpapers available in this app can't be found anywhere else outside this app. Here are some features of Backdrops:
  • Minimal Material UI
  • Wallpaper of the Day
  • New Wallpapers Added frequently
  • Community of awesome people who share their own walls
  • Premium Collections
  • Sync your favorite wallpapers across all your devices
Backdrops is available for Free download on Google Play. However, you'll have to pay a small amount if you want to remove advertisements and save premium wallpapers to your phone from the app. 
A great alternative to Backdrops is Backgrounds HD (Wallpapers). Give it a try!

4. Notes and Organizer: Google Keep (Free)

Whether it's a great idea that strikes your mind, or it's your grocery list; you'll need an app that can help you take quick notes and then save them so you can have a look when needed. Google keep is our favorite note-taking app so far, and we have valid reasons for it to be. It is a minimal, materialistic and beautiful app that does exactly what it is meant to, without any gimmicks. Here are it's best features:
  • Simple, Minimal and Materialistic UI
  • Synced across all your devices with your Google Account
  • Can take text, picture and voice notes
  • Supports OCR
  • Can make checklists
  • Can add reminders
  • Pin important notes at the top
  • Archive Notes when Done
Google Keep is available for Free on Google Play and since it is from Google, it has no adverts and no in-app purchases.
Another app called Evernote is a great note-taking app and it's considered by many to be better than Google Keep.

5. Messenger: WhatsApp (Free)

No prizes for guessing, WhatsApp is the most popular Instant Messenger on the planet, and for good reasons. It is available across all platforms and it is completely free. You can activate WhatsApp with your telephone number and then use it to chat or call anyone on WhatsApp for free. Here are the best features of WhatsApp:
  • Encrypted Messaging
  • Group Chats
  • Share your status with your contacts
  • Make Voice and Video calls over WiFi or Mobile Internet
  • Backup your chats to your Google Drive and restore when you change your phone
imo is a free alternative to WhatsApp and it has an additional feature of Group calls, which is not available on WhatsApp yet.

These are the 5 Apps that we think you must have on your Android.
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