12 Useful Android apps (Home Edition)

One of our favorite service offerings, home-based IT support, puts us in contact with everyday people all the time.  Many of these clients are using mobile devices, particularly an Android device.  We love Android here at Vestra Interactive, and even offer remote support services for the OS so we can help you no matter where you are in the world.  That being said, there are many useful android apps out on the play store and finding the most useful can be a challenge.

We are often asked during our visits which apps are worth the money, or at the very least which apps we find useful.  As each individual will have different needs, we won’t list them all here, but we decided to compile a list of 13 useful android apps that we recommend the most.

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TeamViewer Quick Support Useful Android App

TeamViewer QuickSupport

Get support for your mobile device from any Windows or Mac computer! You can now receive technical remote support for your mobile devices. Our technicians have the ability to chat, transfer files back and forth, view device information, stop processes, push and pull Wi-Fi settings, and much more.

It is even possible for your device (Samsung, Sony, Asus (for business customers), Lenovo, HTC, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Alcatel One Touch / TCL and more) to be remotely controlled by us, allowing our technician to access your device as if it were in their own hands.

If you are interested in remote support options for your Android device, please contact us today for pricing information.

Google Chrome

Browse fast with the Chrome web browser on your Android phone and tablet. Sign in to sync your Chrome browser experience from your computer to bring it with you anywhere you go.  This should be included with many newer devices, but if not, its worth getting.  Make sure you have Chrome on your desktop to enjoy tab and settings sync.

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Lookout Useful Android App

Lookout Security & Antivirus

Lookout Security & Antivirus offers essential protection to your phone and tablet against malware, viruses, loss and theft.

$$ — Lookout has a premium tier.  All users start out with a trial of the premium tier and after 30 days, revert to the free service, which is still real good.

Feedly

Feedly is a new way to browse the content of your favorite news sites, rss feeds, tumblr blogs and youtube channels. Instead of having to hunt for news, feedly uses RSS to aggregate the contents of the news sites and blogs you like and deliver them as a fast mobile-optimized experience.

Feedly is an RSS news reader re-imagined for android phones and tablets. It makes browsing faster and more fun: the content of your rss feeds, news sites and blogs are transformed into pocket-sized cards which load very fast and are easy to browse.

Feedly Useful Android App
Feedly Useful Android App

Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your Android device, and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.

Read your docs or flip through your albums when you’re out and about. Save photos or videos to your Dropbox and share them with friends in just a couple taps. Even if you accidentally leave your Android in a taxi, your stuff is always safe on Dropbox.

THIS IS BY FAR THE EASIEST WAY TO GET PHOTOS FROM YOUR DEVICE TO YOUR PC

Chrome Remote Desktop

Securely access your computers from your Android device.  We use this all the time for remote controlling our home and office computers.  Super easy to use and works with any pc or mac with Chrome installed.

Chrome Remote Desktop Useful Android App
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Google Goggles

Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information.

Goggles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.

Goggles also works as a barcode / QR code scanner.

Google Keep

Quickly capture what’s on your mind and be reminded at the right place or time. Create a checklist, enter a voice note or snap a photo and annotate it. Everything you add is instantly available on all your devices – desktop and mobile.  Not as robust as Evernote, but for quick notes — especially using voice — Keep is king.

Google Keep Useful Android App

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QuickOffice Useful Android App

Quickoffice

This free app from Google lets you create and edit Microsoft® Office documents, spreadsheets and presentations on your Android phone and tablet. Sign in with your Google Account to save work in Google Drive (above), which gives you up to 15GB of free storage and lets you access your files from any mobile device or computer.

If you do not subscribe to Office365, or if you are a tablet user, this is the best way to edit your office documents.  If you do, read my next choice.

Timely

Timely is the beautiful Alarm Clock for Android, featuring a stunning user experience and revolutionary cloud integration to backup and synchronize your alarms with multiple devices.

The sync is the best part of this app, in our opinion.  If you silence an alarm on one device, all the others are silenced too.  One change to an alarm on one device, changes them all – or a few, it’s up to you.

Timely Useful Android App
Pocket Useful Android App

Pocket

When you find something on the web that you want to view later, put it in Pocket. It automatically syncs to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it any time, even without an internet connection.

Use Pocket when you discover an interesting article, video or web page, but don’t have time to view it. Once it’s in Pocket, it’s on your phone, tablet or computer. You can read an article during a flight, see a web page while you wait in line or watch a video while relaxing at home.

Waze

Waze is a fun, community based mapping, traffic & navigation app, 50 million strong. Join forces with other drivers nearby to outsmart traffic, save time & gas money, and improve everyone’s daily commute.

By simply driving around with Waze open, you’re already contributing tons of real-time traffic & road info to your local driving community. You can also actively report accidents, hazards, police and other events you see on the road, and get road alerts on your route too. Find the cheapest gas station along your route with community-shared fuel prices. Waze also makes it fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road.

Waze Useful Android App

Are you a businessperson with an Android device looking to find useful apps for your device?  Stay tuned to the tech blog for our list of useful android apps for business, coming soon.

Do you have any useful android apps that you would like to share?  Sound off in the comments below.