Upgrade your Smartphone to a Superphone | Apps that can potentially turn your life around

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Ever since the inception of Android as a mobile operating system, the number of Android applications has increased exponentially. Meaning there are multiple apps that cater to the same functionality. So, instead of trying all of them, why not save your precious time by trying these compiled lists of the best free and paid Android apps of all time. 

CUSTOMIZATION

Nova launcher

Customization on an Android device starts with choosing a launcher, and nothing beats Nova launcher in this category. Hailed as the best launcher for consecutive years, Nova is really smooth and consumes very little memory. It is also very versatile as it allows you to customize your home screen with icon packs and gestures. The dock and the app drawer can be fully customized down right to the color accents. Whatever your need may be, this launcher offers. You just need to tinker with it a little.

KWGT-Kustom Widget Maker

You got the phone but it doesn’t look anything like that? Wishing your phone looked cool too. Look no more. KWGT lets you do just this. Now you can add cool looking widgets to your home screen with this app. Aside from the looks, these widgets provide a lot of information and are highly customizable, right down to the accents. You can also add shortcuts and actions to them. Also, you can make your own widgets using the inbuilt widget maker.

Resplash

Of all the apps that provide you with wallpapers, Resplash is a tidy offering. Powered by Unsplash from where it gets all of is images, Resplash has a really neat materialistic interface and allows you to browse and download a huge number of hi-res photos. It even allows you to download them in RAW for that pixel-peeping goodness.

Social Media

Frost for Facebook

Those who use the official Facebook app know how much of data it consumes. Furthermore, it takes a huge amount of space and slows the phone. Besides the interface still belongs to a bygone era and you need the extra messenger app for messaging. All these shortcomings call for an alternative Facebook app and that is where Frost for Facebook comes to play.

  • Frost is a fully themeable, fully functional alternative to the official Facebook app.
  • Built for lollipop and up, Frost focuses strongly on a beautiful and functional UI, and embraces material transitions and dimensions.
  • You are one tap away from switching accounts, and everything refreshes on the switch so that you can view other accounts instantaneously.
  • Furthermore, the notification service will fetch notifications from all accounts and will let you know which account has the new notification.

MAKI

Maki is another alternative to Facebook and many other social platforms. It’s a hub through which you can access most of your social sites. Sites include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Its only 15mb so that saves a lot of space if you are low. You can also download Facebook videos and Instagram pictures through this app while disabling all the lousy advertisements too.


Unfollowers & Ghost Followers 

Known to many as Followers Insight, this app is hands down the best follower app out there. Easy to use with complete up to date tracking, exemplary customer service, this is the best free solution out there to weed out the unfollowers and boost your Insta game.

Multimedia

Youtube Vanced

This is a modded version of YouTube that is very popular. It adds a number of features that you will never find in the official YouTube app from Google. Things like built-in adblocking, background playback without YouTube Premium, black/dark themes, and much more. Other features include:

  • Pinch to Zoom For All Devices
  • Override Max Resolution
  • Force HDR Mode
  • Picture-in-Picture Video

Anyme

Services like Crunchyroll, Funimation, and others are hugely overpriced making viewers incline to free alternatives like Kiss Anime, 9Anime, Gogo Anime etc which all cater to different categories. Yet, this is not a solution since they are websites and not a portable app. Anyme solves this by streaming anime from different sites at high speed without the adds. It also tracks your anime based on tags and offers recommendations based on it.

Spotify

Spotify is a streaming app for music and podcasts. You can listen to artists and albums, or create your own playlist of your favorite songs. Discovering new music is easy, just choose a ready-made playlist that suits your mood and get personalized recommendations based on your listening experiences. Although its not supported in India, you can easily bypass it using a VPN.

Reading

Tachiyomi

Tachiyomi is a free open source manga reader for android. It sources its content from Batoto, KissManga, MangaFox, and more . Supports offline reading and a plethora of configurable reading options and layouts. It also has a dark theme and a neat library to arrange your mangas, with scheduled updating of the mangas that you read.

Moon+ Reader

Moon+ Reader is an E-book reader which supports a variety of formats like epup, mobi, pdf etc. It has a neat library for book organisation and has a night mode. Most shortcuts are just a swipe away and also has a built in dictionary. You can change fonts, change the reading speed and also add metadata to a document.

Notebloc

Notebloc is a free document-scanning application. It can scan(single/batch) your notes, sketches, drawings, and other documents, then export the documents to PDF or JPEG files. The app will automatically detect the corners and correct the perspective of the image, aligning it to 90 degrees. You can crop a document or image directly inside the app. 

SAVE TIME AND MONEY

Google Opinion Rewards

Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credit with Google Opinion Rewards, an app created by the Google Surveys team. You’ll get a notification on your phone when a short and relevant survey is ready for you. Surveys are often simple questions regarding the places you visit and the services you use and hardly take any time to answer. The credit you earn can be spent using any Google service.

PUSHBULLET

Ever been in that situation when you are surfing the internet on your mobile but want to continue on your laptop? Or that time when you are using your computer and a message pops up on your phone, and you wished you could see that message right from your computer? This is exactly what Pushbullet does. It seamlessly connects all your devices making them work as a single device. This means that you can text back on WhatsApp without touching the phone, or share images and links and check your notifications etc.

SPENDEE

Spendee is a budget planner app that lets you do what it claims, plan your budget! Have perfect control over all your cash expenses, bank accounts and E-Wallets from within one single app, while getting a glance of how much you earn and spend. It recommends ways to save money and keeps check of your spending habits too.

PRIVACY

DASHLANE

Dashlane is a free multi-platform password management app. Available for Android and PC, Dashlane provides a secure way to manage your passwords for different accounts. Its stores all the password locally using 256bit encryption and can only be accessed by a master password that is never transmitted. You can also save bank accounts & credit card Ids that automatically fill-up for users during online experiences like check-outs. Its runs on a freemium model but also has a premium model which unlocks additional features.

Blokada

Blocada is a free open-source Ad-blocker for Android. It blocks ads, trackers and malware. It saves your data plan, makes your device faster and protects your privacy. Blokada works across all apps, not only the browser supports WiFi and Mobile networks alike and is very battery friendly. Just turn it on, and it will do the job silently!

Most of the apps you find here are free, although a lot of them might not be found on the app store. Therefore all of them have been linked to their respective sites from where you can download and use them. Hope you like this short list of apps.
Have fun with your upgraded device.

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