With each model launched, smartphones aim to revolutionize and improve the way these devices are used.
Hardware improvements make it possible for these phones to do much more than they used to, but it really comes down to the apps to fully push their functionality to the limit. Without the proper apps to take advantage of the powerful hardware, a smartphone would be nothing but an expensive accessory. Here’s a list of the most popular free apps that can extend the functionality of your smartphone.
With close to 1 billion installs, as reported by the Google Play Store, the Facebook app easily ranks among the most popular apps out there. The app gives you easy access to the renowned social platform and lets you keep up with friends, share photos, comment and do pretty much everything you do on Facebook. Most of the options available on the desktop version of Facebook are present in the app, all optimized for touch-enabled devices, so you’re not missing out on anything.
2. Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is one of Facebook’s recent marketing gimmicks aimed to separate the socialization experience into two distinct actions: browsing and chatting. Even though there was some complaint about the need to use two separate apps to do all the Facebook-related stuff, the Messenger app still gained in popularity, mainly because it offered one additional core feature that the Facebook app lacked: voice calls. Simply put, the app allows you to place voice calls to your Facebook friends that use the app, at no charge. Data fees may still apply if you use this feature on a data plan, but there are zero costs if you use it while on a wireless network.
Instagram is a must-have if you’re a photo enthusiast that wants to share his creations with the world. Based on a premises that “an image is worth more than a thousand words”, the app comes with a wide variety of filters and effects that you can apply to your photos to make them completely outstanding before sharing them with the world. Time to bring out your inner artist!
Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers out there, whether we’re talking about PCs or smartphones. Newer Android phones usually come with a powerful web browser already installed – Google Chrome, but if you happen to own an older device that ships with another browser, or you’re simply fed up with Chrome and want something else, Firefox might be just what you’re looking for. Firefox can be customized with extensions and add-ons, and also supports data syncing between devices.
If music is just as crucial to you as oxygen, Soundcloud is one app thatshouldn’t be missing from your phone. The app is the perfect place to browse for new tunes from aspiring DJs, or to preview, download or buy tracks from renowned artists. Regardless of the music genre you’re into, Soundcloud is sure to have something to match your taste.
Entertainment comes in different shapes, and if your preference is reading and you can’t carry a book around with you everywhere, Wattpad can bring that book to your phone. The app comes with a huge collection of books, both from popular authors as well as from new-comers, so you’ll never run out of things to read again. Whether you prefer novels or short stories, horrors or classic dramas, Wattpad will have exactly what you’re looking for. Happy reading!
7. Nova Launcher
One of the satisfactions of owning a smartphone is the ability of customizing it to match your style and requirements. While “customizing” means installing a few apps and changing the wallpaper for some, other prefer to take things to a whole new level, and that’s exactly what Nova Launcher is here for. Nova Launcher allows you to dive in and change everything: home screen, icons, animations, notifications and pretty much anything else you can think of changing in order to make the phone feel completely yours. After all, what’s the point of owning a customizable device if you don’t really customize it? Apple fans will never know this feeling.
This is the guest post by Jason Phillips and Makeover Games 365!