What to Install on a New Android Phone

A selection of useful free apps for your new Android Phone.

 

AirDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sand.airdroid
Manage all the content and functions of your phone from a web browser including files, SMS, apps, photos, contacts, and music via a password-protected secure connection.

 

App 2 SD (move app to SD)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.a0soft.gphone.app2sd
Free up space on your phone by moving apps to the SD card. Also a good way to manage apps, cache and data.

 

Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bikehub.journeyplanner
Cyclist and walker-friendly journey planning app with GPS and links to OpenCycleMap

 

Dolphin Browser
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.mgeek.TunnyBrowser
A much better browser than the standard Android browser.

 

Glympse
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glympse.android.glympse
When you want to share your location with friends or family some of the time, but not all the time.

 

Textra SMS
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.textra
A much better SMS than the standard Android SMS.

 

Hotspot Toggle
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bohlool.net.toogleHotspot
If you use your phone a lot as a MiFi, this widget turns it on and off quickly.

 

K-9 Mail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsck.k9
A much better email than the standard Android email.

 

OsmAnd
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.osmand
Free OpenStreetMap sat nav app that uses offline maps from mapsforge. Much quicker than Google Maps if you have offline maps.

 

RealCalc Scientific Calculator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.nickfines.RealCalc
A powerful scientific calculator that’s also beautiful and easy to use.

 

Retro Clock Widget
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.jsource.retroclock.android
Very clear clock and date widgets that are also links to alarm and calendar respectively.

 

Seesmic (Facebook, Twitter)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.seesmic
Everyone has their own favourite Twitter app. This is mine.

 

StopWatch & Timer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sportstracklive.stopwatch
A simple and clear-to-read stopwatch and timer app.

 

TeslaLED Flashlight
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.flashlight
Use your phone’s camera LED as a torch.

 

The Guardian Anywhere
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futureplatforms.android.guardian
Still better than the official Guardian app.

 

Where’s My Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alienmanfc6.wheresmyandroid
Find your lost or stolen phone with a text message.

 

WiFi Analyzer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer
A better way of finding and selecting a WiFi network to connect to.


 

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2 thoughts on “What to Install on a New Android Phone

  1. Anonymous

    And Swiftkey. Which is better than Swype. It really is. Whatever he says. And you don’t look like you’re casting spells in Lego Harry Potter when typing.

    Reply

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