Third-party software picks

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Here are listed some third-party software for Android, used/recommended by author of this site.

Top Picks

  • ClockSync - great NTP client for Android (with automatic synchronization on rooted phones). Allows to keep clock accurate - a set and forget (about clock drifting) solution.
  • AdAway - application for blocking ads in websites and other applications.
  • Spirit FM Unlocked - hardware FM radio (allows to listen built in FM radio on supported phones even on ROMs without FM radio app).
  • BetterBatteryStats - utility that displays detailed information about battery usage (see application's website for instructions).
  • Titanium Backup (Pro key) - great application and application data backup utility for rooted phones.
  • SMS Backup & Restore - utility for backing up (and restoring) SMSes in XML format.
  • Phone Profiles Plus - phone profiles tool with automation features, able to change many different settings.
  • eMMC Brickbug Check - checks for possibility of "spontaneous bricking" on several Samsung devices.
  • phh's SuperUser (XDA Thread with su binaries) - Superuser application, maintained in EU.
  • Greenify (Pro key) - battery saving tool that "hibernates" selected applications when they are not in foreground.
  • DiskUsage - tool that displays space usage by folders.
  • Birthdays - notifier for contact birthdays (and other contact events).
  • Prefixer - tool that allows to conditionally modify numbers being called. Can be used to automatically prefix local numbers with country code while roaming.
  • CSipSimple - an easy to use and stable SIP client (softphone) for Android.
  • COL Reminder (Pro key) - great reminder software.
  • ColorNote Notepad Notes To Do - a great notes/notepad app for Android.
  • Keepass2Android Password Safe (Offline version) - unofficial KeePass port for Android, acts as keyboard for secure password output to applications, non-offline version has cloud integration.
  • KeePassDroid - another (older) unofficial KeePass port for Android.
  • RealCalc (RealCalc Plus) - scientific calculator.
  • All That Recorder - sound recording app.
  • TapeMachine - sound recording app (for older versions of Android).
  • GotYa! - security tool that makes pictures via front camera (and automatically sends them via e-mail) when wrong screen unlock combination is entered.
  • Call Recorder (Trial version) by skvalex - a call recording application capable of recording calls "from the line" (instead of recording both parties from microphone) using it's kernel, CAF and ALSA methods. Before downloading/using this application ensure that call recording is legal in your country!
  • MAPS.ME – Offline Map & Routing - free offline maps application. Excellent for travels.
  • Private Tunnel VPN - official Private Tunnel privacy and security VPN service client for Android. Can be used to encrypt data while using public WiFi networks.
  • AFV File Verifier for Android - tool for calculating/verifying SHA-1, MD5 and other hashes of files.
  • App Quarantine (Pro version) - tool for quick and convenient disabling of applications (e.g. social network clients) to prevent them from being unnecessary started by other applications.

Picks

  • Dropsync (Pro key) - utility to automatically synchronize folders with Dropbox at regular intervals (provides experience similar to Dropbox on computers).
  • Smart Keyboard PRO - keyboard application.
  • SendLog - utility for easy sending of logcat and top output. Supports sending via any application that can send files (e-mail, Dropbox, Skype etc.).
  • Jump Desktop - Remote Desktop and VNC client.
  • Beats, Advanced Rhythm Game - a "dance platform" (In The Groove style) game for Android.
  • AirDroid - web interface for Android phone - allows to manage phone, transfer files, write SMSes etc. from computer via WiFi.
  • Solid Explorer (key) - file manager.
  • ES File Explorer - free file manager.
  • SpeedView Pro - GPS speedometer and track logger.
  • Ambling BookPlayer Pro - audiobook player.
  • E Numbers Calc - application with food additive (E) numbers, names and descriptions.
  • EmulG - another food additives reference application.
  • Alarm Clock Xtreme - alarm clock application.
  • tTorrent Pro - BitTorrent client for Android.
  • PlayerPro - great music player.
  • ScanBizCards Lite - business card wallet application (can be used without OCR simply to store business card pictures along with manual descriptions).

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