11 must-have apps for your new Android phone

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 25 Dec 2013

lcome to your shiny new Android phone! I know that new phones can feel a little overwhelming at first, but you should feel comfortable in no time. Naturally, your Android phone came bundled with many of ’s own applications, like Maps Keep, but to really trick out your new smartphone, you should head to the ay store for some killer apps. These 11 are must-haves for any Android phone—most are free none is over $7.


dropbox roid

Cloud services are all the rage, but Dropbox is especially helpful in the way it pairs with your mobile device. A Dropbox account lets you sync files folders between your mobile device or Mac, seamlessly. You get 2GB free, can buy extra space or earn it through referring friends. The best part of the app, however, is its automatic camera upload abilities, which backs up all of your photos videos to the cloud so you’ll always have a copy stowed away somewhere safe.

ice: Free


airdroid roid

You don’t have to use a cable to transfer media from your computer to your phone, or even dig your phone out of your bag to send text messages. Instead, you can use AirDroid to control your smartphone from your computer’s b browser.

AirDroid lets you easily move things on off your device. You can send a text message from your desktop, peruse call logs, drag–drop pictures, music, ringtones. There’s even the ability to locate lock your Android phone should you lose it, though this feature is already natively built-in to most devices with Android 4.2.2 up via the Android Device Manager. If you’re feeling silly, you can even set up your Android phone as a spy camera with the Camera mode.

ice: Free

Astro File Manager

astrofilemanager roid

Navigating the files on your Android devices can be a bit of a pain. though AirDroid can help facilitate getting those files on off of the device, sometimes finding files media on your phone can be a chore.

th Astro File Manager, you can organize, view, find almost any file contained on your Android device. You can also use the app to browse through various cloud-based accounts, including Dropbox, Drive, Box, SkyDrive, even move files between them. The app works with your SD card (if your phone has one) can open almost any archived ZIfiles email attachments too. The paid version removes ads. 

ice: Free, or $4


googlevoice roid

’ve said it before we’ll say it again: anyone with an Android device should have a Voice number, at least as backup. The service is mostly free, though limited in some of its offerings—there’s no way to send photos through text messages, for instance—but it makes up for it in things it can do.

Voice assigns you a phone number, in addition to the one already associated with your phone through your carrier, so that you can send free texts, make cheap phone calls to your friends family overseas, or even use it as the default voicemail system to take full advantage of its transcription abilities.

ice: Free


googlekeyboard roid

Unless your phone is emblazoned with the word “Nexus,” it’s likely you’re dealing with a seriously skinned version of Android— a virtual keyboard that’s forced on you by the manufacturer. If you just can’t st it, try on the official Keyboard for size.

Keyboard is the default keyboard application that supplies in stock version of Android. It’s mostly bare-bones, though it features gesture typing, voice typing, dictionaries for 26 languages. There’s even emoji support, though only in Android 4.4 KitKat. ternatively, if you’re looking for keyboard apps that are a little more feature filled, we’ve got a list of those for you, too.

ice: Free


vscocam roid

You’re not sure if your phone came with enough vintage photo filters, you say? ckily for you, iOS favorite VSCO Cam just recently hit the ay store.

The free application features the usual arsenal of photo-editing tools, but you’ll mostly get a kick out of its faux-realist vintage filters. You can choose the strength of each individual filter then tweak it further even after you’ve applied it. nt to make the photo look even more weathered? Add a fade or drop the color saturation just a little bit. Once you’re finished, you can share the photo across different social networks, like +, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, even VSCO’s own VSCO Grid photo-sharing network.

ice: Free


podkickerpro roid

There is no need for a bloated, busy podcast app, which is why dkicker is so highly recommended. You can download podcasts for offline listening then delete them after you’re finished, or engage car mode so that you’re not distracted trying to navigate the menus to get to the episode you want to play. The paid version gets you even more features removes all advertisements.

Then go subscribe to Clockwise, our very own tech podcast.

ice: Free or $3

TuneIn Radio


ether you like to listen to a broadcast of your favorite team up to bat, or you just miss some of the radio stations from back home, TuneIn offers free access to more than 10,000 radio stations from around the world. If you’re a fan of live radio shows, you can send yourself a reminder to “tune in” when it’s on. Or if you miss the days of clock radios, you can even set your phone to wake you up to the radio. The paid version lets you record live radio shows play them back later.

ice: Free, or $7


yelp roid

oking for a place to get a bite to eat? Or perhaps you’re in the mood for some roller disco? atever you’re hungering for, Yelp is the de facto service for checking out crowd-sourced reviews. Can’t decide what you want to do at all? st hit the Nearby button to see what’s in the area. The best part of Yelp on your mobile phone is that it provides an easy-access button to get directions to where you’re going.

ice: Free

ES SportsCenter

sportscenter roid

Hey, sports buff. You don’t have to lose track of your team just because they’re not in season. ES SportsCenter can keep you connected with personalized news for your favorite teams, live scores, video highlights, personalized alerts. And if you couldn’t make it to the game, you can even follow along with the buzz on Twitter.

ice: Free


pocket roid

The b is a treasure trove of awesome content (hey, you’re reading some right now!), but it’s impossible to read every interesting thing you find the moment you find it. th a free cket account, you can save articles, videos, pictures from any of your computers’ web browsers to the cloud. Then pull them up on your Android phone later when you’ve got some time to read.

ice: Free