10 Apps I Can’t Live Without

 

6.  Google Now (Free):
So, Google Now isn’t necessarily an app by itself. In fact, it’s a part of Google Search, which is free and on everyone’s phone. But within the last year, Google introduced Now as a way for your phone to help make your life easier. It’s quite possibly the best smartphone invention of the last two or three years. It will tell you the weather for your current location, update you on scores for your favorite sports teams, show you articles that are related to others you were previously searching for, automatically give you transit times if you are by a bus stop, track your walking and biking mileage each month, and more. Now uses all of your Google history to help provide you with timely info, and boy does it do a phenomenal job of it. Unfortunately, you have to be running Android 4.1 or higher in order to use it, something not many phones can claim.

 

 

7.  Chadwick (Free):
If you let it slip to me that you are a basketball junkie, be prepared for me to introduce you to Chadwick. It’s a live scoring app for the NBA and NCAA hoops, only it’s not like any other sports app you have seen before. Chadwick uses Twitter and reporters or personalities in the industry that are at the game or Tweeting about the game to tell you the story. The score is updated live, but it’s the Twitter commentary you get along with that makes this app so unique. You get comedic commentary, but you also get opinions and play-by-play from from news outlets in the arena, which at times can mean insight you won’t get elsewhere.

 

 

8.  Snapseed (Free):
Snapseed was introduced to Android only a week or so ago, but already, it has become a staple in my smartphone life. Previously only available on iOS, Snapseed is an award winning photo editing program that Google purchased from developers Nik Software. Try not to think of this as a simple filter-style app like Instagram. Oh no, this is so much more. You can edit your photos almost as if you would in a professional photo editing program, only you can do it all with a couple of swipes on your tablet or smartphone screen. There are auto-tuning features, but if you really want to tweak a photo to your liking, you can spend hours getting it perfect. Once done, you can share it with the world on almost any app.

 

 

9.  Pattrn (Free):
I’m a sucker for a good wallpaper app, especially one that specializes in minimal looks. When Pattrn was released to Android, I was immediately hooked. As someone who likes to change up home screen layouts on a regular basis, Pattrn is always there to help inspire my new look. The wallpapers in it are all free, and as the name suggests, are nothing but patterns. You’ll find patterns of objects, dots, stripes, boxes, etc. But it becomes so useful, because you can search by color or keyword. If you want to find a set of wallpapers with horses in them, you can. If you want to find a specific shade of blue that you saw in another wallpaper, you can search by that as well.

 

 

10.  Granny Smith ($1.99):
How could I leave this off my list? After all, I called it my top game of 2012. Granny Smith is the ultimate mobile game in my opinion. It can be difficult, but it’s simple enough to keep anyone’s interest. It’s a platformer that involves a Granny who is chasing after an evil little boy that is after her apples. There are physics involved, swinging, flipping, coins, and new characters, everything that any good game should include. To make it even better, the developers have introduced the game as one that can live on forever, assuming they want to continue building new levels for it.

 

So, what are your top 10 Android apps of the year?

 

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  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=JRummy+Apps+Inc.&hl=en Jared Rummler

    My Top 10:
    1. ROM Toolbox ;)
    2. Nova Launcher
    3. Chrome
    4. AppMonger
    5. Beautiful Widgets
    6. Falcon Pro
    7. Google Maps

    8. Google Now
    9. Ski Safari
    10. SuperSU

  • Zach Jacobs

    1.Instagram
    2.Chrome
    3.Pixlr Express
    4.Play Music
    5.Songza
    6.Swiftkey Flow
    7.TED
    8.Shazam
    9.Battery Widget?
    10. Saving ten for when i get JB and Google Now.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Pixlr Express even over Snapseed? I keep hearing about it though, I guess I should probably check it out. :)

      • Zach Jacobs

        I haven’t used Snapseed yet, downloading it right now.

      • sam4327

        pixrl on the browser is great, didn’t know they made an android version

  • Greg Morgan

    1.Falcon Pro
    2.Chrome
    3.Instagram
    4.Root Explorer
    5.Facebook
    6.GNow
    7.Google Music
    8.Gmail
    9.Angry Birds Star Wars
    10.Netflix

  • http://twitter.com/ElectroGadget ElectroGadget

    1. Pocket
    2. Feedly
    3. Tapatalk
    4. Wattpad
    5. BetterBattery Stats
    6. Solid Explorer
    7. Nova (Prime)
    8. Endomondo Pro
    9. TV Show Favs
    10. Google Now

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      +TV Shows Favs

  • William_Morris

    I want the background from No. 5. Don’t care about nova launcher, like that wallpaper.

  • Justin Bowers

    1. Go launcher

    2. Go locker

    3. Go sms pro

    4. Zedge

    5. Pandora

    6.Grub Hub

    7.NFL mobile for a few more weeks, then Flixter

    8.Dolphin Browser Beta

    9. Gmail

    10. Twitter

  • Bionic

    Go Launcher does everything nova does, but better.

    • JosephMoreno

      Except look like android by default. I like a launched that I can just download and set some apps up and it books like my regular launcher. On GO I’d have to apply some skins and I’m pretty sure GO doesn’t put widgets in the drawer.

      • Bionic

        You have a point. But it’s not hard to make Go look vanilla, not hard at all. The main reason I use Go is the moving dock bar, the backup capability, and it’s light on RAM usage. I do wish it had widgets in the drawer tho.

    • andrew galvin

      Golauncher is crap compared to Nova. It is so tacky.

      • Bionic

        How? You can make it look however you want, how is that tacky?

        • mjmedstarved

          I WAS a Go fan until Nova came along………… (running Nova on my Galaxy Nexus w/Jelly Belly 11.0 Android 4.2.1 in tango with Trinity Alpha 10 kernel)

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      My problem with Go Launcher is it’s data mining policies and it seems to lag on all of my devices.

  • Dlongb13

    1. Chrome
    2. Falcon Pro
    3. Google Now
    4. Gmail
    5. Google Maps
    6. Flipboard
    7. Nova Launcher
    8. Google Music
    9. HD Widgets
    10. Pandora

  • brkshr

    I would love to use Pocket but I’m paranoid about it being able to access your data on all websites & tabs and browsers. Does anyone know if it’s just the sites you save, or what? I’ve checked around and see nothing saying it’s just the sites you save. Their privacy policy didn’t help.

    • JosephMoreno

      You’re being paranoid as fuck.all pocket does is save a website in a nice readable format on your account.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Alan/100002938139033 Scott Alan

        Quite a mouth you have there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sebastian.pasion Sebastian Pasion

    In no particular order
    - Pulse
    - ScoreCenter
    - Tapatalk
    - Nova
    - BW
    - Gsam Battery
    - ESPN Radio
    - Titanium Back Up
    - Cache Cleaner NG
    - Swype

  • http://twitter.com/ThePapaPat Patrick Hawthorne

    Is there something similar to Falcon Pro for Facebook?

  • Steve

    evernote is all i need

  • http://twitter.com/HufflepuffBR Fábio Emilio Costa

    My Apps:

    1-) Apex (4.0) or Holo Launcher (2.3)
    2-) Plume
    3-) Instagram
    4-) Opera Mini
    5-) Player Pro
    6-) Rings Digital Weather Widget
    7-) Accuweatjher 8-) Qual Operadora? (Detects the carrier for a telephone number – useful on Brazil because of call costs from one carrier to another)
    9-) Número Certo (Formats the number of a phone before calling – same reason of 8)
    10-) Subway Surf

  • http://www.facebook.com/MauriceTheAquarius Maurice Q Watson

    1)Chrome

    2)Nova Launcher

    3)Shush!)

    4)InStagram

    5)Chomp SMS

    6)GMAIL

    7)PowerAmp

    8)Photo Grid

    9)Google+

    10)SwiftKey 3(Soon To Be SwiftKey Flow)

  • Jim Vitatoe

    A few that I use on a regular basis

    Endomondo Pro
    Accuweather
    Google+

    Netflix
    Pandora
    Instagram
    Out Of Milk
    Dolphin Browser
    Gmail
    Audiobooks

  • http://twitter.com/LBJAY02 LBJAY02

    1.Enhanced SMS and Caller ID
    2. AirDroid
    3. APW (Facebook, Calendar, Contacts Widgets)
    4. HD Widgets (Clock, Weather)
    5. Falcon for Twitter
    6. Floating Browser
    7. Notify Pro
    8. Swiftkey
    9. PowerAmp
    10. Screen Filter

  • PurpAv

    Can’t live without? Seems like pretty strong language.

  • Annette

    I am not in the app world as of yet, I see that I am missing out on a lot of things that could benefit me, thanks for bringing me into this world of apps!

  • ostensibly

    in no particular order:

    subsonic
    netflix
    chrome
    goSMS
    im+
    evernote
    nova launcher
    Google Voice
    spotify
    AOKP (ok, not an app)

  • http://twitter.com/ivan_bezdomny Nikolai Yakovenko

    I’m glad you’re enjoying Chadwick. We’ve made a few small improvements since you posted this, and will have optional mobile notifications for your favorite teams in the new year. What other features would you like to see us add? We could probably make it happen.

  • Todd Kleinert

    BS Player (paid)
    vPlayer (paid)
    Super Video Player (free)
    WinAmp Pro (paid)
    ES File Explorer (free)
    iDisplay (paid)
    ScreenSlider (paid)
    Chrome (free)
    Floating Browser (free)
    Titanium Backup for Root (paid)

  • Pui lam henry

    path
    game center
    four square
    soundhound
    twitter
    we heart it
    spotify
    dream of pixels
    appshopper
    tumblr
    google+
    find friends

  • ISSolutions4U

    I’m new to the smart phone world, less than 6 months. The app I use the most is Evernote. Although I’m going to check out the pattrn app you mentioned.

  • milo han

    i used android system for about 2 years ,but the our apps are different from yours , i played JUSTPIANO often

  • http://www.adeyemiadisa.com/ Adeyemi Adisa

    I wouldn’t say “Can’t live without” instead I will say “android apps I use most” .

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickey.jones.125 Mickey Jones

    1 Clockworkmod Recovery (not really an app but software)

    2 Nova launcher Prime

    3 Chrome (beta)

    4 Tasker

    5 Tasks+

    6 Solid Explorer

    7 Business Calendar

    8. Any.DO

    9 Pure News Widget

    10 ListNote

    Didn’t name google apps except Chrome

  • Dave Block

    Hmmm. Can’t live without? Have 3 apps on my phone for making travel reservations, planes, trains and automobiles, period. I have better things to do with my life than stare at an inanimate object.

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  • Sandy

    Don’t worry you wont die without these apps.. I used to think the same and then my ‘smart phone’ ‘died’. I m still alive and not doing too bad with my phone that is not ‘smart’ now.