Essential Android Apps?

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  1. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    It's asking for way too many permissions...
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    Spartan Super Tweaker

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    whoa! I didn't notice that! Thanks for the heads up.

    I will try Pulse SMS now to see if it can block text spam like Textra
     
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    Starlight5 Don't call me Chris, my name is Elvis

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    ^ This. I even sync mine between laptop, smartphone and PDA.

    Some additions:
    * AFWall+ - using VPN is pretty much pointless without a properly setup firewall
    * F-Droid - to get Yalp Store (see below)
    * Hacker's Keyboard - my favourite keyboard
    * Perfect Viewer - for reading books, comics, PDFs
    * Syncthing - very fast and flexible decentralized personal cloud/backup solution
    * TuneIn Radio - online radio
    * Yalp Store - best Play Store client, extremely flexible!
     
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  4. Tinderbox (UK)

    Tinderbox (UK) BAKED BEAN KING

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    I wish the android play store had an night mode, I only use my 10.5" Samsung Tablet before i go to sleep and the play store is all white, I hurts my eye`s and uses a lot of power on my oled display.

    All my other apps i down have night mode, why not the store itself.

    John.
     
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    bennni Notebook Evangelist

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    Have a lot of Android devices but a few of the third party apps that are installed on all devices are:

    Magisk - awesome SU manager.
    Titanium Backup - freezing and backing up apps.
    Dropbox - very handy to transfer files between desktop and smartphones/tablets.
    Lastpass - with fingerprint integration it manages passwords nicely.
    Whatsapp - don't much like it but everybody I know uses it and it makes keeping in contact easier.
    Joey - for wasting time.
    Netflix - for wasting even more time.
    eBay - to waste cash.
    Firefox - because the Chrome app isn't as good, IMHO.
    Nova launcher - a great launcher - hiding apps from app drawer is also nice.
    Greenify - I actually don't use this on my newest Android One Oreo device because the OS seems to do a good job by itself. On older devices it's worthwhile.
    Skype Lite - International calling via Skype is cheaper than my cellphone plan.
    F-Droid and XDA Labs - for app installation outside of GPlay.
    Naptime - enhanced Doze for better battery. less useful for Oreo in my experience.
    Moon+ Reader - Ebook reader.
     
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    Starlight5 Don't call me Chris, my name is Elvis

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    Pretty much the only su manager nowadays. \=
    Yalp store does if you are willing to consider an alternative.
     
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    Ashtrix ψυχή υπεροχή

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    I would like to add more. The fact that Yalp is an alternative that spoofs Google account and makes Playstore alternative, which doesn't have Google Play Services framework. Bypassing them called MicroG. I never tried it tbh one reason being this, the stunts they pull Some people who are having privacy issues might use, but ironically the same people who bash Google, don't even take a look at how the trio of the Silicon valley show their users options, we have a new player tho, the bulldozer, Amazon ;)

    Google dashboard, allows you to control every bit of information that goes out of their Google services, I don't use most of their services because I don't want to disable by brain capabilities, guess you've understood which service it is. Much better than the other M$ (Win10 we know how disaster it is) Apple, even the basic bare minimum application like settings asks for location. Adding to this here's a great piece of article that further asserts what I mentioned (note this is old 2016 article) but not that It's a green light. In this age of big data where data>>oil you should be knowing most of the things that you either paid for or using them :) here's another one. For me It doesn't matter, I use Firefox with tons of add-ons which make it like a truly OS like experience tuned for you and obeys you, works as you intended :rolleyes: Save the PR face of Apple for later

    Add this app too, VPN Hotspot,
    A helpful link if anyone is interested in the "Yalp Store" (Nanodroid from XDA). And to check for the network in and out of your phone, check out the Netguard from F-Droid, Netstatplus from Playstore, Netmonitor from F-Droid. For the permissions people, why not check out the most powerful mod ever in existence. Xposed, and the module AppsOpsXposed Re, add XPrivacyLua. Since we are now in the Xposed realm. Let me make your life more cool and put you in charge.

    Checkout the following Xposed modules -
    Gravitybox (Consider it an AIO toolkit, dev is still active and good).

    Lockscreenwidgets (After the death of them since 5.0 I've been using this, fantastic app for those who like UCCW widgets which are now not updated and world has moved on to KWGT etc. I use BobClock3D app, the xposed framwork wasn't updated for 8.x, since Xposed for 8.x stable isn't there (beta atm) so many people at XDA bash it too, rovo is doing hardwork to make Android more powerful which it was to be intended. A shame, no wonder when people are only drinking kool-aid nowdays).

    Maxlock (App locker), MinMinguard (Mega ad blocker which blocks in an app beat that Apple fans).

    Networkspeed indicator which has more solid robust controls and display options.

    Statusbardownloadprogress a neat line on the length of statusbar, scales very well, like any progress bar for instance made by same dev from GravityBox.
    Brightlockscreen (removes the dark overlay for making the wallpaper crisp and interesting and unfortunately the dev is inactive but cheers, the app was updated to 8.x to remove that FUGLY tint on 8.x) And a fun app called Eggsterdroid (enjoy all easter eggs in every version of Android from the start to the psychedelic Pie :D) Just a quickie, checkout Minty Icons, Moonrise icon packs. Free and one of the best ones out there and to a few - Amphetamine, Andromeda vintage, Delta, Antimatter, Mellow Dark, Glim, Magme, Halo. Instead of the rubbish feat that google pulled off (one of many)

    For those geek hunger satisfaction check this out, liveboot of log during boot-up, recently updated for Magisk, works great here, Same dev has Recently app which is great and makes the Android multitask work properly. Also the new app called Migrate that helps you to take a backup from ROM to ROM app data. Add the TWRP Tipatch for the same, very powerful apps right ? I know :p :cool: Oh one last one, this app (Appchecker) is super neat to check the applications that are targeting which Android on your phone, this is how the OS should be, backwards compatible no matter what, instead of that JailiOS Draconian filth.
     
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    Starlight5 Don't call me Chris, my name is Elvis

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