Favorite Android Apps

I just finished loading the latest release of Jellybean (Android 4.2.2) on to my Galaxy Nexus, going through what has become an almost painless process thanks to Titanium Backup and Nova Launcher.   Together, these two apps preserve 99% of my data, settings and homescreen layouts even when performing a factory reset to upgrade safely to the latest and greatest custom ROM of choice (I’m partial to AOKP, myself).

This is usually the time I go through and weed out all of the apps I’ve installed in the last 6 or so months, deciding which have been useful enough to keep, and which are to receive the boot.  This time, I remembered to use my new favorite app-for-sharing-apps, appropriately titled ShareMyApps, to make a nifty list of installed android apps, with links to the Play Store automatically added.  So, without further ado, these are the ones that made the cut (*** denotes favorites):

Productivity

***Adobe Reader 

***Andy-83 

***AnkiDroid 

Body 

Calendar 

CamScanner 

Chrome 

Chase 

Drive 

***Dropbox 

E*TRADE 

eBay 

Embiggen 

Epocrates 

Finance 

Gmail 

Google Reader 

***Google Voice 

Google Voice for DashClock 

***GTasks 

How to Tie a Tie 

OfficeSuite 

Opera Mobile Labs  

Navigation / Car

Earth 

***Glympse 

FuelLog 

FuelLogPro 

GasBuddy 

GeoCam Free 

Goggles 

GPS Essentials 

GPS Status 

GPS Test 

***Guard My Angel 

Locus Free 

Locus Map Tweak 

Maps 

My Tracks 

OBD AutoDoctor 

OBD DroidScan 

***OruxMaps 

Street View 

***TetherGPS 

Entertainment

Diode 

Domination 

Facebook 

***FBReader 

FBSync 

Google+ 

Great Big War Game 

HDR Camera 

Lapse It Pro 

***MX Player 

OpenTable 

Pandora 

Paper Camera 

Photoshop Express 

Snapchat 

Songza 

***Subsonic 

***UK & World News 

VLC 

VlcRemote 

WeatherBug 

X-Plane 

Yelp 

YouTube 

YouTube Remote

Utilities

***AdAway 

AirDroid 

AlsaMixer 

AndFTP 

AndroZip 

***AutoRemote 

Battery Extension for DashClock 

Busybox Installer 

CallRecorder 

CalWidget 

Cheetah Sync 

***DailyRoads Voyager 

DashClock Sunrise Extension 

DashClock Widget 

Drive Mount 

***Dropsync 

Dropsync Pro Key 

ES File Explorer 

IP Webcam 

Locale Calendar Plugin 

Locale Execute Plug-in 

***LogMeIn 

***Minimalistic Text 

NFC ReTag FREE (2.4.1)  

NFC TagInfo 

Noise Meter 

Nova Launcher 

***Nova Launcher Prime 

***AndroidLost 

***PushBullet 

Python for Android 

ROM Manager 

Root Explorer 

ShareMyApps 

SL4A 

Screen Timeout Toggle 

Secure Settings 

Sound Search for Google Play 

Speed Test 

SuperSU 

***SwiFTP 

***TapeMachine 

***Tasker 

TeslaLED 

tinyCam Monitor PRO 

***Titanium Backup 

Translate 

Ultrachron Lite 

Unified Remote 

***Webkey

µTorrent 

 

If you were astute enough to notice the lack of flying apps in the above list, you’ll probably appreciate the fact that I’m giving them a separate post in which I can go into a bit more detail on my experiences with them.  I don’t think Android has quite reached parity with iOS when it comes to aviation apps – primarily due to the lack of ForeFlight – but the situation is certainly improving.  More to come on that…

I’ll also try to remember to update this next year with a list of medical apps relevant to students on clinical rotations.  This is another field where the quality of apps is developing rapidly.

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3 comments on “Favorite Android Apps

  1. Hey!
    I was wondering if you had any easy guide to rooting my Galaxy S3? I know you have a nexus, so it’s probably not the same rooting process. But are there any 1-click roots? I haven’t rooted my phone in awhile, and it’s always so daunting!

    • Plenty of guides out there – GS3 should be easy because it’s so popular. I’d check out XDA.

      • Thanks!

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