Essential Android Apps?

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  1. Kyle

    Kyle JVC SZ2000 Dual-Driver Headphones

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    I'm new to the Android scene. What the essential Android apps (for phone)?

    On the go, my data limit is very very low, so apps which can work offline are the most suitable.
    Also, apps which have small disk space footprint are appreciated (my phone only has like 7GB free).

    I installed
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.navigation.offlinemaps.gps&hl=en_US

    Other things I am looking for:
    1.
    Something to navigate directories and create small text files for notes. On linux, I use a console, cd to directory, ls, ls -l, mv, and vim. What would be the equivalent for Android?

    2. How do I transfer files in between my phone and my linux computer?

    3. Something to check email (not gmail).

    4. A scanner app. Is camscanner the best?

    5. An alarmclock with adjustable alarm volume.

    6. A scientific calculator.

    7. A music player, that has good frequency manipulation features and bass boost.
     
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  2. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

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    Microsoft Outlook is a good email client if you don't want to use the Gmail app.

    Alarm Clock Xtreme has a dumb name, but it's a good alarm clock.
     
  3. Primes

    Primes Notebook Deity

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    I like ColorNote for creating small to-do lists, and keeping notes.
     
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    Hi Kyle,

    For file manager use "FX explorer", Root is also free as an add-on. Can use Termux for Console or if you have a Custom ROM, you can enable in Developer settings -> enable local terminal. Google Keep is an amazing app for notes, your choice to use it or not but its fantastic.

    For email try "K-9 Mail", Open source, Google creates scaremongering with less secure bs and all, don't worry. That's just their proprietary nature to force to use Gmail app.

    For Alarm clock. I don't know whether your phone can handle "Timely" App's GPU/CPU demands, since great visuals and cool animations, made during KitKat era. But you can check the visual options as you please. Superb neat app nice Alarm tunes that you won't find in any app or phone in the world. Has sync as well, Unfortunately Google bought them and since then no update. Works great on N, 7.1.2 ROM here, but can't expect flawless since no update..very unfortunate.

    Music Player is hard to recommend one but I suggest you to look at "Neutron Player" (Paid app needed for better) "Power Amp" (paid again I guess for more features) & my favorite is "Blackplayer" this even runs great on 2008 phone running Cyanogen Mod 10. For DSP Engine use "Viper4Android" (YMMV since Viper4Android needs some tuning, but I bet you will love the custom tuning options, if you can root (Magisk on XDA) you can flash Dolby Atmos + V4A with custom options and it greatly increases the sonic performance. Esp Dolby Atmos, look for "ARISE Sound systems" mod on XDA.



    Sent from my lightspeed Resurrection Remixd N - OnePlus 3 using Tapatalk
     
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  5. cinePacnic

    cinePacnic Newbie

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    I can definetly recommend ColorNote. As a music player I sticked to PowerAMP years ago (it's not free but the best music player app around imho). It also has all your required features.
    Depending on your Android version (8+) you need to install the new beta build.
     
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  6. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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    Few days ago PowerAMP was free of charge. Its price was struck out and I was able to install it for free, and now have it in my library.
     
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    cinePacnic Newbie

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    Thats how I got my license too. They sometimes have this kind of "promo" I guess.
     
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    CastlBravo Notebook Consultant

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    Another for list (was reminded by the "Emergency FEMA Alert" today):

    -Some kind of blocking app that can block unwanted calls/txts.
     
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    To me most essential Apps are Gmail, Slack. Facebook, Skype
     
  10. Spartan

    Spartan Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    One app I cannot live without is Textra because when you get spam SMS from a name not a number (ie. PIZZAHUT) you cannot block it with the default Android app since it cannot detect a number but Textra can block no number/only name SMS and block them
     
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