If you live on your phone and treat it just as important as a PC, then you’ll definitely need some digital assistance in order to get the most out of your device. Google’s Android market has waves and waves of different apps to help the power user be…well… powerful. But let’s talk about some of the fundamentals, and how these six apps can help you get in power.
6 of the Best Power User Apps for Your Android
This, AirDroid, straightforward and simple app is quintessential for the remote user. It will allow you to control your Android device from a PC or Mac. View texts, make calls, get app notifications, and other things on the big screen, everything easily synced to your device. This app will certainly facilitate chat via Android apps, enabling the use of your PC keyboard.
2. System Monitor
With the recent advent of multi-core processors in most Android phones and tablets, a reliable system monitor will help you keep an eye on what apps and processes place the heaviest load on your device. Those looking to optimize battery usage, budget and control performance, or just see what their device is capable of will benefit from System Monitor. View CPU, RAM, Network, App, and battery stats among other things.
For total automation, or even partial, Tasker is the best. You can program auto-responses that your phone will give to various triggers, such as calls from certain contacts, certain times of day, and even change of location in order to auto-reply with an SMS (say, “I’m in a meeting”), turn on or off mobile data, engage silent mode, turn on music, and a host of other functions. Devices enabled with always-on Google voice recognition will be able to speak certain control phrases (like “hit it!”) and the device will respond with a pre-programmed process.
Flynx is the best clean-up and optimization app available for anyone who depends on a mobile browser for reading articles. The app will load external links in the background so that the user can simply tap the link and read the article in a pop-up window. It also smartly eliminates ads and other unnecessary elements from webpages, thus cutting down on data waste for those who rely on mobile connections.
Short for “If This, Then That”, this power app will help you harness the power of “every time you ___, device will ___”. Say you’re close to a grocery store. The app can text pre-determined contacts (say roommates, parents, bf/gf) and ask if they want you to pick anything up. The app also syncs all your social media, news apps, weather forecasts, and a few other things, and compiles them in to highlight reels that display pertinent info. For those looking for the most updates with the least time looking at the screen, IFTTT is an app with endless possibilities.
6. Root Explorer
Free yourself from the confines of the network operator, all your device’s pre-loaded bloatware, and open up the world of OS upgrades with a root for your phone. This app, once downloaded, will quite literally root your phone in the matter of a minute, leaving it GSM-unlocked, ready for updates, and free for complete customization.
You’ll find a gaggle of other powerful apps on the Google Play store, but getting started as a true power user will be made much easier with these apps.