My Must-Have apps for Android, 2017 edition

By | 07/02/2018

Samsung Galaxy S8+Hello again, I’m Zurtes and after some time, I’m back. What has changed? I tried to use iPhone, because everybody was saying that it is the best smartphone in the world, but I have returned back to Android using Samsung Galaxy S8+. I simple love Android, iOS was too limited for my needs. Year passed and, as everybody, I got my favourite apps for Android, so I will sumarize my year 2017. I got some apps, which are crucial for me and I can’t live my digital life without them. So sit down, get popcorn and let’s start 🙂

ES File Explorer:

Every advanced Android user should get this app. It can browse whole file system of Android. On Samsung’s smartphones, only a Media Memory is a way to set your own tones for SMS or phone call, so if you want to set your own tone, you need 3rd party apps. For my needs, I have chosen ES File Explorer. After installing, Android will detect it and it will be added into Options menu.

Just take a care, there are many hijacked apps on Play Store claiming they are that official one. Do not trust to any “keygen” or anything else, just buy it from official developer.

Pros:

  • clear design
  • nice view of folders
  • easy to use

Cons:

  • many hijacked clones – just take care
  • a lot of ads in free version

Google Play

Facebook Pages Manager:

Do you have a Facebook page, commercial or personal? Then this app is must-have. It was designed for mobile devices, so this app is not really full-featured app, but still useful for fast managing your page on mobile devices. It is quite performance-hungry, so it may lag on low-end Android smartphones.

After installing, just connect your Facebook account and you are ready. It’s easy to switch between your pages, if you have more of them. One of the benefits of having dedicated app are native mobile notifications, but sometimes, app will “spam” you with notifications like “do this with your site”, “add new posts to reach more visitors” or to pay some money for advertisement to propagate your page. As for me, I have page for my friends and family, so I do not plan to pay to get more random visitors, but I’m pretty sure that in future without paying some money your page won’t be included in search results or even timelines (including your friends’ ones), because Facebook want to force its users to pay for its services. Ads and collected personal datas are not just enough and many peoples’ digital life is about Facebook and their profiles, likes, subscriptions, logins for 3rd party services and yes, pages. With fact, that Facebook has too many users worldwide and it’s main social platform for masses, Facebook’s management would be stupid to not monetize it.

Pros:

  • fast responses

Cons:

  • ads, ads, ads…
  • monitoring
  • annoying notifications from Facebook about your page
  • useless on older or slower devices

Google Play

Google Translator:

Classic Google translator in mobile app. Unlike web version, with this mobile app you can download dictionaries for offline use. Additional handy feature is widget, so translating is matter of seconds. Say goodbye to old, big, heavy, unpractical dictionaries, you only need your smartphone!

Pros:

  • simple and still useful app
  • widget
  • offline mode
  • no ads

Cons:

  • nothing

Google Play

Shazam:

Who do not know old, good Shazam? When I don’t know name of that cool song playing in radio, Shazam helps me. One tap on iconic blue circle and you are done, just len Shazam to listen song for few seconds. Just avoid noise and other disturbing sounds.

At the other side, I feel Shazam is with every update more laggy and it looks that song recognition is less and less accurate, even with songs which were recognized well in past. And recently, Shazam was bought by Apple, so future of Shazam as service is unknown. Good alternative may be SoundHoud.

Pros:

  • can find literally any song
  • handy widget

Cons:

  • in some causes an issue with recognizing is buggy
  • no history of Shazams in free version

Google Play

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