Without apps our smartphones would be practically worthless. Apps power our internet browsing, phone calls, contact lists and just about everything else we do on our smartphones and tablets. We all have our favorite apps too. Some people enjoy certain games, music players, or productivity apps. I have a few favorites too, and I honestly don’t think I could go without them anymore.
5. Google Play Music
I use plenty of Google services, and you’ll see a couple other ones on this list. However one of my absolute favorites if Google Play Music. I’ve used it since the day it was released and haven’t gone back. I’ve tried other services like Spotify but I’ve seen few that I enjoyed as much as Google Play Music. It has a nice, easy to use interface with features like radio playlists, song and album ranking, and even offline listening. It also works well for me since I can use it on my phone, tablet, and my computers. However the one flaw I have with this app is that it only works on the desktop, Android, and iOS. I can’t get it on a Windows Phone just yet.
4. ES File Explorer
ES File Explorer does exaclty what the name implies. It’s a basic file explorer for Android. There are many of these file explorers on Android, but this is my favorite because it has an easy to use interface and great features. I can use it to make apk backups of my applications, move files and pictures from folder to folder, and more. My favorite feature though, is the ability to transfer files over WiFi to my desktop computer or to any other device using the app. This is great because it saves me the hassle of transferring files to cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox and then downloading them on another device, and instead directly allows me to transfer files from device to device.
Google+ is without a doubt my favorite social network. It works extremely well and is a great place to interact with other users with similar interests to my own. The app for Google+ is also gorgeous. It has a brilliant interface on both Android and iOS that includes just about every feature you have on the desktop website, along with a few more. I can check my notifications, read and make posts, backup my photos, and more. If you haven’t tried Google+ yet, you definitely should give it a shot.
Like many of you, I do a lot of my reading on my phone. I go through my Google+ and Twitter feeds on a constant basis to get the latest news. Sometimes though I want to read something on my computer. So instead of navigating around to find the webpage I was on, I use Pushbullet. The app allows me to quickly send links, notes, files and more to my computer and other devices with ease. One of the best parts of this app is that when I’m on my Chromebook, pushed links open up automatically in a new tab. This creates a seamless experience that I quite enjoy. Pushbullet is a powerful tool that keeps getting better and better all the time.
Messaging is a very important part of most devices we use every day, especially on our phones. Hangouts is my messaging app of choice for a few reasons. First of all it has a great interface on every platform and messages work across platforms with ease. I can send a message on my phone, and have it appear on my computer and tablet at the same time. When I need to take a break, I can even mute notifications so I’m not notified when new messages come in. Video calls are even integrated and work extremely well. I have Hangout conversations going on all day so it’s definitely one app I simply couldn’t give up.