Top 5 Best Apps for Android Power Users
If you are a techie who wants to get the most out of your devices this top 5 list is for you. If you are a seasoned Android veteran who knows every app on this list by heart, feel free to leave a comment and share your own favorite applications with the rest of us.
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Tasker may by the most powerful app on the Play Store. Essentially, you can configure a set of actions based on contexts like time, date, or location that are going to be automatically performed by the application. This allows your phone to automatically perform tasks it was never designed to do while making your life a lot easier and more convenient.
You don’t need root permissions to use Tasker but having them extends the list of things Tasker can do. Tasker’s website lists a few usage examples like passcode-locking sensitive applications, Text-to-speech; read out loud: incoming SMS/ phone number, WiFi/Bluetooth status, when it’s time for an appointment, when the battery is low, take a time-lapse photo series (possibly ‘secretly’), make a regular backup of a file on the SD card, and much much more.
Even though Tasker takes a bit of learning and is not free it is worth the effort. With more than 200 built-in actions and plugin support, Tasker is truly a powerhouse of an application. If this is your first time hearing about it, I would suggest you head over to their website where you can find a great collection of guides to help you understand how to use Tasker to its fullest potential.
AdAway is a root-only application that blocks ads in the most apps and websites. You can get it by going to its official website and downloading it from there or you can install F-Droid (an alternative marketplace for Android) and install it from there.
AdAway modifies your hosts file to include a frequently updated list of IP addresses that are known to be associated with ads and redirects them to 127.0.0.1. You can also manually add certain sites to the white and blacklists.
The application works wonderfully and after a short while of using it you will completely forget that some applications are ridden with advertising.
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Nova Launcher is the most popular home screen replacer on the market. It is very smooth and responsive while offering a vast ability to customize its look and feel. You can change the size of widgets, change the way your app draw functions, change the icons and name of any app and much more. All round, it is a very powerful and fast app that improves the overall experience with the main aspect of your phone – the “home screen”.
There is a free and a paid version. Most users will do just fine using the free version, but if you decide to spend some money on Nova Launcher Prime you will get gesture support, unread count badges for hangouts, SMS, Gmail and more, custom drawer groups, ability to hide apps, icon swipes, and additional scroll effects.
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QuickPic is fast and lightweight gallery replacement app with some nice added features and a great layout. It uses a Material design with colorful themes that give the application a modern look and feel.
Basically, every popular online service is supported with ability to auto backup your photos to specified cloud or your computer with Samba sharing. Thanks to its speed, QuickPic is able to list thousands of pictures in a second so you don’t ever need to wait for your pictures to load up. Internal picture editor enables you do some basic editing and integrated file management lets you sort, rename, create new folders, and more.
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Fleksy is probably the most innovative and progressive keyboard replacement app on Play Store. Flesky has a goal of minimalizing all aspects of the keyboard so that it does what it is supposed to do and doesn’t get in your way.
It has an incredibly clever gesture controle system that lets you quickly correct your mistakes, choose the right word, and more.
Flesky has a very accurate autocorrect ability with additional support for extension and emojis. Extensions give you some cool functionality like ability to easily find and send GIFs, dedicated number row, cursor, and even a mini-launcher.
Since a little while ago, Flesky is free with in-app purchases.