Updated on December 10, 2021
I last wrote about what Android apps I regularly use back in the spring of 2013, when I first bought my now-in-need-of-replacing Nexus 4 smartphone. Since that’s forever ago in smartphone terms, I thought it was time for an updated Android apps guide, highlighting my favorite apps.
- Google Docs and Sheets: Google Drive’s web based word processing and spreadsheet software comes with mobile versions. While I don’t use it for extensive writing (I’m not straining my thumbs typing full-length essays on a touchscreen), I do use it for reading a few documents while away from a computer.
My usual social networks of choice, i.e. the same ones you see linked to in the blog’s sidebar.
For more on my favorite music/audio services, see here.
- Google Play Music
- VLC: VLC finally has a stand-alone Android app for playing downloaded video files. I don’t use it often, but it’s still useful to keep around.
- Amazon Instant Video
- Plex: for streaming videos within my apartment. See here for more about Plex’s advantages.
- Angry Birds
For more on comic readers, see here.
- Perfect Viewer
- Marvel Unlimited
- Google Play Books
My eBook reading’s dropped off, but here’s what apps I keep around for eBooks.
- Google Play Books
- Amazon Kindle
- Aldiko: for non-DRM eBooks.
- Overdrive: for library books.
- Google Photos
- Google Keep
- Google Authenticator: for sites that use two-step authentication.
- Barcode Scanner: for the infrequent instances I need to scan a barcode or QR code.
- Dictionary: a dictionary app tied to Dictionary.com.
- ES File Explorer: a file manager app.
- Feedly: an RSS reader.
- Lastpass: a password manager.
- Lookout: an anti-malware/security app. It works quite well, which is good given Android’s lackluster security state.
- OneBusAway: an app that ties into transit system information, telling me how soon the next bus will arrive. Given the nature of traffic in Seattle, it’s proven quite valuable.
- Yahoo Weather
- WordPress: an Android app that lets me log into my WordPress site from my mobile devices. This lets me do some basic tasks and check on my site while away from home.
- Firefox: I still like Chrome, but Chrome-for-Android doesn’t allow you to install ad blockers easily, unlike Firefox. I got tired of seeing pages start auto-playing audio/video (and interrupting my music listening) due to ads.
- Skype: I prefer Hangouts (when forced to video chat at all), but Skype’s too popular, so I have it as well. This despite the Skype app for Android often crashing on me in the past.
- IMDB: The app for Internet Movie Database. It’s useful for looking up film trivia, especially when I’m talking about movies with family at the holidays.