Sunday, May 29, 2016

22 Android-only apps that will make your iPhone friends jealous

ADV Screen Recorder lets you capture what's happening on your phone.

ADV Screen Recorder lets you capture what's happening on your phone.
ADV Screen Recorder
If you need to record what's happening on your phone screen, you're not going to be able to on an iPhone. ADV Screen Recorder works to let you
capture your phone screen to store for later use, and doesn't require any rooting.
Price: Free

Google Opinion Rewards gives you Google Play Store cash for filling out surveys.

Google Opinion Rewards gives you Google Play Store cash for filling out surveys.
Google
Google Opinion Rewards is simple: You answer some consumer surveys from Google, and you earn credits for the Google Play store. You get a notification when a survey is ready, and you can get up to $1 just for filling it out.
Price: Free

Audify will automatically read your notifications to you when you're in the car.

Audify will automatically read your notifications to you when you're in the car.
Getty Images
If you are ever in a situation where reading your notifications might be annoying or dangerous, Audify will read them aloud to you. The app works by speaking your notifications through a connected speaker or (wireless or wired) headset. The thinking is that when you have a headset in, it's probably not a time when you want to be fumbling around for your phone. (Let's say when you are in the car.)
Price: Free.

Muzei promises to turn your home screen into a "living museum."

Muzei promises to turn your home screen into a "living museum."
Google Play
Muzei is a live wallpaper that changes your home screen into a different famous work of art each day.
PriceFree

Unlock your phone and apps with your face and voice using AppLock Face/Voice Recognition.

Unlock your phone and apps with your face and voice using AppLock Face/Voice Recognition.
Google Play
AppLock Face/Voice Recognition is an interesting app that lets you use your face and voice to unlock your phone and access locked apps. You can decide which apps to lock and unlock using this method, and there's even a nifty "liveness" feature that requires you to move your face to protect against people tricking the system with photos.
Price: Free

Keep your Android phone virus-free with Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus.

Keep your Android phone virus-free with Avast Mobile Security and Antivirus.

Google Play
Sometimes malicious apps make their way into the Google Play app store, and this comprehensive antivirus app will keep you protected. It scans for and removes viruses, includes antitheft tracking, lets you lock specific apps with a PIN, and even lets you remotely snap a picture and record audio if anyone steals your phone.
Price: Free

Light Flow lets you hack into your smartphone's LED for custom notifications.

Light Flow lets you hack into your smartphone's LED for custom notifications.
Google Play
If your phone has an LED light for notifications, Light Flow will let you assign a custom color for when you receive a text, email, phone call, calendar reminder, or even when you're running low on battery.
PriceFree

Wikileaks lets you browse leaked documents and files.

Wikileaks lets you browse leaked documents and files.
Google Play
Apple removed the Wikileaks app from the App Store, but you can download a version of the app on Google Play. (Just a heads up, it hasn't been updated in years, though.) The app lets you browse and dive into Wikileaks' treasure trove of leaked documents.
Price: Free

Lux lets you darken your phone beyond the default brightness setting.

Lux lets you darken your phone beyond the default brightness setting.
Google Play
Lux lets you tweak your phone's brightness settings. You can lower the screen's brightness below the default zero when reading at night, and there's Night Mode, which can be turned on automatically at sunset.
Price: $3.80

tTorrent allows you to find and download torrents with your phone.

tTorrent allows you to find and download torrents with your phone.
Google Play
tTorrent is a peer-to-peer app that makes browsing and downloading torrents easy. And it comes with all the bells and whistles of other popular torrenting programs.
Price: Free

Mighty Text lets you text from your computer using your Android number.

Mighty Text lets you text from your computer using your Android number.
Google Play
Mighty Text allows you to send and receive SMS text messages with your computer or tablet, which is great when you're in work mode and can't glance at your phone. It also works from within Gmail.
PriceFree

Cerberus is the best antitheft app out there.

Cerberus is the best antitheft app out there.
Google Play
Cerberus does a lot more than just let you track your stolen device. You can control it remotely using the website or via text message, sound an alarm even in silent mode, wipe everything, lock the device with a code, record audio from the mic, see a list of sent and received calls, and even hide the Cerberus app so the thief doesn't notice it.

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