These 9 Apps Will Make Your Android Phone Smarter

We live in the era of smart. Everything from your phone’s camera to the microwave sitting in your kitchen is or will be soon powered by an engine capable of making decisions on its own. Therefore, it only makes sense that the stock and essential Android apps you use every day should get a smarter upgrade as well. Here are smarter alternatives to nine such apps. 1. Files Go (File Manager) Google’s Files Go, in addition to offering all standard file management features, also comes with a handful of intelligent tools. This includes suggestions for getting rid of duplicate files,…

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We live in the era of smart. Everything from your phone’s camera to the microwave sitting in your kitchen is or will be soon powered by an engine capable of making decisions on its own.

Therefore, it only makes sense that the stock and essential Android apps you use every day should get a smarter upgrade as well. Here are smarter alternatives to nine such apps.

1. Files Go (File Manager)

Google’s Files Go, in addition to offering all standard file management features, also comes with a handful of intelligent tools. This includes suggestions for getting rid of duplicate files, junk pictures or videos you might have received through messaging apps, and even recommendations for uninstalling or clearing data for apps you haven’t launched in a while.

On top of that, Files Go has a sharing utility that lets you send across large chunks of files over a local network.

Download: Files Go (Free)

2. Picai (Camera)

Picai is a free camera app that employs a scene recognition algorithm for analyzing what you’re trying to snap. It suggests live filters to make your shot look more appealing.

The app has a clever interface that lets you easily compare the difference before taking the picture and a gesture-based navigation for quickly switching between filters. It also works with the front camera for selfies.

Download: Picai (Free)

3. Smart Launcher 5 (Launcher)

The launcher is your gateway to every other app on your phone. Therefore, how skillfully it does its job matters a lot. The one that comes closest to ideal is Smart Launcher 5.

Smart Launcher, for starters, offers a universal search that can surface information from nearly every corner of your device. What’s more, the launcher also segregates your apps into relevant categories so that you can scroll through them with ease. Smart Launcher even has a unique approach to widgets. Instead of grids, it lets you resize them in a free-form way without any restrictions.

Plus, you can enable adaptive themes which personalize various elements by drawing colors from your wallpaper.

Download: Smart Launcher 5 (Free, premium version available)

4. Truecaller (SMS)

Android’s default SMS apps still don’t have spam protection. Thankfully, Google makes it easy for you to switch to another SMS app.

Enter Truecaller, the caller ID service which now also keeps spam messages at bay. Truecaller comes with a bunch of other handy features as well, including a shortcut for copying one-time passwords and smart categories.

Download: Truecaller (Free, subscription available)

5. Musixmatch (Music Player)

Musixmatch might not be the best music identification app, but with a plethora of intuitive features, it’s certainly an excellent music player. To begin with, the Musixmatch app can display and match lyrics for now-playing tracks. In addition to the albums you’ve locally stored, it even works with third-party apps such as Apple Music, Spotify, and similar.

There’s also a translator utility which can help you learn new languages. The app allows you to create cards and posters for specific portions of lyrics too, if you’d like to share them on social media. It features a modern and beautiful design which undoubtedly has zero competition among its peers.

Download: Musixmatch (Free, subscription available)

6. Opera Touch (Browser)

Opera Touch is one of the many unique browsers available for Android and while it might not be “smart” per se, it does bring an interface that’s perfect for browsing on a phone.

This is a browser for people who find it difficult to browse on large-screen phones. Instead of the usual row of options at the bottom, the app comes with a single gesture-based floating input called the Fast Action Button. You can swipe this in various directions to access actions such as switching to another tab, reloading, searching, and more—keeping everything important within reach of your finger.

Opera Touch also comes with the ability to block websites that mine cryptocurrencies in the background. A feature called My Flow seamlessly shares content between Opera on your desktop and phone.

Download: Opera Touch (Free)

7. Drupe (Phone and Contacts)

Your phone dialer and and contacts book are the kind of apps you probably don’t think about much. That is, until you come across a better alternative.

Meet Drupe, a free app which puts every contact link you’ll ever need at your fingertips. The app offers a swipe-based UI and remains always available through a floating icon. You can simply tap that icon and execute many contact activities, such as launching their WhatsApp chat page, calling them with recording enabled, and more.

Drupe can also detect promotional callers and includes a mode for when you’re driving.

Download: Drupe (Free, subscription available)

8. Curator (Gallery)

Curator, in addition to being a standard and minimalistic gallery app, can tag your pictures based on their content. The app can recognize just about any scene or object such as pets, skylines, selfies, and more. This allows you to search through your media simply by typing what you’re looking for.

Curator may not offer better photo management than Google Photos, but it does everything offline and without an internet permission. Thus, if you don’t like the idea of feeding Google gigabytes of pictures and videos but still want an effortless way to look through yours, give Curator a shot.

We’ve covered other smart photo apps for Android if you need more features.

Download: Curator (Free)

9. AMDroid (Clock)

Do you find it difficult to wake up with alarms from the default clock app? If so, take a look at AMDroid.

AMDroid is a smart alarm clock that packs a host of features for all sorts of sleepers. The app lets you build profiles for several types of situations and days and configure individual settings for them. For instance, on weekdays, you can set a post-alarm confirmation to make sure you haven’t accidentally hit stop instead of snooze. The settings are quite comprehensive.

You can have the flashlight and Wi-Fi turn on automatically, set challenges like math problems for accessing the snooze button, and even have the alarm screen show the weather information. AMDroid also has a pre-alarm feature which wakes you gradually and gently with personalized intervals and volumes.

Sleep tracking and insights on your habits are available as well. It’s what some may call the Swiss Army knife of alarm apps. If you still can’t get out of bed, try one of these evil alarm clock apps.

Download: AMDroid (Free)

Improving Native Apps and Features

If you haven’t swapped out the default apps for these categories, a smarter alternative could be just what you need for a better phone. And once you’ve replaced most of the default apps with smarter alternatives, take a look at apps that solve Android’s biggest annoyances.

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Solve 10 Big Android Issues and Annoyances With These Apps

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Every few months, a new flagship smartphone launches with a top-of-the-line processor and more RAM that you know what to do with. But still, after some time, flagship phones still start to lag. Indeed, even the highest-end Android smartphone have their annoyances. No matter which Android phone you have, the best way to keep your device functioning properly is by installing user-friendly apps that help you manage your phone’s life in a simple way. These Android apps will solve your biggest annoyances and make your phone more pleasant to use. 1. Nova Launcher This rule is as nearly old as…

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Every few months, a new flagship smartphone launches with a top-of-the-line processor and more RAM that you know what to do with. But still, after some time, flagship phones still start to lag. Indeed, even the highest-end Android smartphone have their annoyances.

No matter which Android phone you have, the best way to keep your device functioning properly is by installing user-friendly apps that help you manage your phone’s life in a simple way.

These Android apps will solve your biggest annoyances and make your phone more pleasant to use.

1. Nova Launcher

This rule is as nearly old as Android itself. If your Android phone came with its own launcher, you should replace it with something better. Right now, that’s Nova Launcher. That’s because Nova adds a ton of new features to your home screen while still keeping everything light.

You can create and customize swipe gestures (different ones for apps, folders, and the wallpaper itself), create quick shortcuts for apps, customize notification badges, and a lot more.

Download: Nova Launcher (Free)
Download: Nova Launcher Prime ($5)

2. GBoard

The same rule with replacing launchers applies to keyboards, too. If you’ve got a manufacturer’s keyboard or something like SwiftKey, you should switch to Gboard before long. Just download the app on the Play Store to get going.

It is the most user-friendly and feature-rich keyboard on Android. The best function is the built-in G button, which allows you to quickly search for anything on Google. It also gives answers to your questions by using Google instant answers.

You’ll also find improved features like quick sharing of search results, gesture mode, swipe gestures, and GIF search.

Download: Gboard (Free)

3. New Pipe

This app takes some of the most-coveted features from YouTube Premium and gives them to you for free. New Pipe lets you listen to YouTube videos in the background, watch videos in Picture-in-Picture mode, and even download a video (or just audio if you feel like it).

While it can’t replace the YouTube app entirely, it can replicate some specific features. You can, for instance, search for videos, play them, and even subscribe to channels.

New Pipe isn’t available on the Play Store, but you can download it using the F-Droid open source app store.

Download: NewPipe (Free)

4. Texpand

Gboard is a great keyboard app, but you know how frustrating it is typing on a smartphone keyboard for long periods of time. If you’re using your Android phone as your primary communication device, you’ll need something to ease your pain.

Texpand text allows you to expand your texts in an easier way. Start by adding frequently used text snippets inside the app (like your address or a template email) and assign a shortcut for the snippet. Next time you type that shortcut, it will show a little dropdown menu. Tap on your snippet to automatically paste it in!

Texpand also gives you features to customize your phrases with additional input types and you can organize phrases in a multi-level folder structure.

Download: Texpand (Free)
Download: Texpand Plus ($3)

5. Timbre

Timbre is a free and effective app that allows you to edit audio and video files directly on your Android phone. No need to switch to your computer for small edits!

This app is efficient in merging, cutting, and trimming media which is often all we require. The app has a clean interface; it neatly divides audio and video editing tools into two different sections. But mostly you’ll just need to play around in these five tools: join, cut, convert, omit, and split.

Download: Timbre (Free, premium version available)

6. Clip Stack

Here’s an app that solves the biggest annoyance you didn’t know you had: managing your clipboard. Once you install Clip Stack, it remembers everything you copy to your clipboard. This little feature frees up your mind so that you aren’t constantly worrying about whether you saved that number you copied from the web this morning.

Clip Stack saves all the copied texts in its database. And they stay there no matter what—even after you’ve rebooted your device.

Download: Clip Stack (Free)

7. Datally

Datally is Google’s own solution to your data consumption woes. Due to limited mobile data plans, it’s easy to run through a month’s limit by watching a couple of movies on Netflix. Thankfully, Datally fixes this annoyance.

The app tracks your data consumption intelligently, taking a two-pronged approach. It tells you which app is using how much data (and in which context) and gives you tools to manage data consumption for that app. You even get to see your data usage on an hourly basis.

Once you’ve figured out which apps are using too much data, you can set a daily limit or limits for a specific app.

Download: Datally (Free)

8. QuickPic

Once Google Photos took the center stage, Android said goodbye to the trusty old Gallery app. Google Photos is great for syncing photos, intelligent recommendations, photo sharing, and search. But it’s not a good gallery replacement. If you’re frustrated by Google Photos, we recommend you try QuickPic.

QuickPic has a simple interface with no frills. It’s a classic gallery app that makes it easy to view, manage, and share your photos. It displays your photo folders as grid icons or as a list, while the top-right corner opens the camera.

It allows you to choose a folder, then you’re directed to the photo browser with an option to go back or switch to a multi-selection mode. The app also has options like rename, share, delete, and zoom.

Download: QuickPic (Free)

9. Files Go

Files Go helps you free up space, find files quickly, and share files with people nearby. It’s similar to AirDrop on iOS.

The app also has smart storage management tools. It gives you recommendations for which files to delete (such as unused apps or low-resolution videos). By simply installing Files Go and running a cleanup, you can save around 1GB of storage space. Your old Android phone will be thankful!

Download: Files Go (Free)

10. Sesame

Android’s built-in search feature is great at searching for content on the web, but not so much when it comes to searching on your device. If you’re looking for a file, a song, or a contact, those search results usually come in at the bottom of the search page—if they show up at all.

The only reliable way to solve this problem on Android is to use Sesame for Nova Launcher. The app has a free trial and you can unlock the app by paying $3.

Sesame brings deep linking and amazingly accurate on-device search to your fingertips. Once you’ve enabled the plugin for Nova, just start typing and you’ll be able to jump directly to a specific WhatsApp conversation or look for a file you downloaded as an email attachment in seconds.

Download: Sesame (Free, premium version available)

Mastering Android With Apps and More

These apps remove some of the biggest pain points Android users have. Give them a try and see how much more efficient your phone becomes!

If you’ve just got your first Android phone, or if you’ve switched over from an iPhone, some of the basic actions like creating a contact or making a video call might be daunting. In that case, you may want to check out our complete beginner’s guide to Android.

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