So you think the iPhone crowd has all the fun, and that’s why you’re going to save up to buy one of those phones instead of pulling the trigger on a Samsung or other Android-friendly device? Well, after you consider these 10 Best Android Apps That You Won’t Find On iTunes, you may be singing another tune. Each of these apps is Android specific, and will make your life more enriching and easier to manage. Here are our picks!
SwiftKey for Android takes the place of your device’s on-screen keyboard so you can type in an easier, faster and less frustrating way.
Some of the app’s features include an award-winning prediction engine that learns how you write to predict your next word. There is also the SwiftKey Flow, which lets you write whole phrases without lifting a finger.
But probably the best way to describe it is to simply let you see it in action. That’s why we highly recommend watching the above video if you’re unfamiliar with this incredible app.
Think your Android smartphone is too darn ordinary for its own good? Obviously, you haven’t heard about Themer, a custom launcher that can make your Android phone look any old way it wants to.
With Themer, you can scrap the boring and ordinary home screen look, get organized, and customize the design in any way that you would like. It’s even possible to go the Windows Phone/iOS route if that’s something that interests you.
Why not just get the iPhone or a Windows Phone instead?
Because Themer is only on Android, and if you want complete control over your home screen, then neither of those other phones will do the trick.
Tasker is just $3 — a real bargain when you consider how much automation it can bring to your life. Now, we’re not going to lie. It takes some getting used to. There’s a learning curve that is way more challenging than with most other apps. However, once you get it down pat, you can “train” it to do almost anything.
Send automatic texts to people when you’re within a certain distance of their house, cut down battery usage during the daytime when you’re at work, let people know you’re unavailable during specific times of day — this app is truly the king of automation.
The Screebl utility app saves battery life and effectively 187s the dimming screen function while you’re reading. By using the phone’s gyroscope, it is able to guess with surprising clarity when you’re actively watching the screen and when you’ve just forgotten that the thing is still displaying. This is a terrific addition to any Android phone, especially if the owner is a stickler for his juice.
Goggles is a QR reader with some pretty awesome mapping features that can improve your search with a simple scan.
As a QR reader, Goggles enables you to scan those funny looking square barcodes and instantly access apps and other forms of data. Perhaps coolest of all, however, is the app’s ability to capture an image of the world around you and then fashion a Google search based on what it thinks you’re viewing with the most interest.
While you can do some Google Search functions on iOS, the capabilities are quite limited compared to what you’ll find in the Goggles app.
The Kongregate Arcade offers an impressive array of games in one location. While the games all play from the browser, and that can make for some varying resolutions, the idea of having more than 630 games at your disposal is just too much to pass up. That’s some serious bang for the buck, especially since you don’t even have to pay anything for the app itself.
If the hundreds of games that you can get through Kongregate Arcade aren’t enough, then it’s time to bring console quality games to your smartphone or tablet. Android users get to enjoy the full OnLive experience without the hardware taking up any more space, other than what you carry around in your pocket. You’ll need a Wi-Fi connection and will probably prefer a tablet-sized screen as opposed to a smartphone.
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