Top 10 Android Utility Apps

by Sri Hari on December 28, 2012

If there is one thing that we all agree upon, it is the fact that the world as we know it is changing. Gone are the days of desktop computers and landline phones. Nowadays, everybody has an Android phone, which is packed with so many features that, it is all that is required. You can now do anything and everything with the help of your phone. As a result, there is no need for anything else.

But, unfortunately, as the technology achieves new levels of sophistication, it becomes more and more difficult to maintain and keep track of. Anybody with an Android phone will tell you that managing all its features effectively is their number one concern. So, with the aim of making things a little easier, mentioned below are a list of the top ten utility apps that will help you extract the maximum potential of your phone. Although these may not be the most sought after apps in the market, they are most certainly some of the most essential ones to have, if you want to make the best use of your phone.

    1. 1.     avast! Mobile Security

One of the first things to be done, once an android is purchased is to ensure that is protected. Now, this doesn’t mean locking it away in a closet, all it means is to have an app to ensure that your phone is safe and is protected from threats. In this scenario, this free app from avast is the perfect one for you. It has a lot of security features, such as virus scanner, app management, safe Web browsing and shield control, to name a few. But, the best part about it is that it is incredibly light and ensures that your phone is completely safe from outside threats.

    1. 2.     History Eraser Pro

A lot of us have been in situations where there is so much junk on our phone that the phone actually loses it speed. At this particular juncture, an app that will help you erase all the junk from your phone at the touch of a button is the perfect app for you. By removing all the junk, this app helps you speed up your phone. The best part about it is the fact that it wipes clean all sorts of data from browser history to call log, all at the touch of a button.

    1. 3.     Juice defender

One of the worst things about having all the latest apps and games in your Android phone is that it drains a lot of your battery. The one thing that every Android user hates to see is his battery drain quickly as a result of the running of a ton of apps. In this scenario, Juice defender is one app that everybody must have. It conserves battery life by disabling the most draining components, when your phone is idle. The best part about this app is that there is a free lite version and also an Ultimate version where you can customize which apps are to be disabled.

    1. 4.     AppGarden Lite

This is a collection of various useful utilities in one simple and easy to use app. Thanks to this app; no longer will it be necessary to go to so many different places on your phone, to get a certain job done. It has a number of useful utilities such as QR Scanner, Urban Dictionary lookup and password generator, all of which become available under a single screen, when you use this app. The best part about this app is that although it contains a lot of utilities, it is light weight and it also has the option of bookmarking your favorite utilities for easier access.

    1. 5.     Dropbox

“The future is in the cloud” is the famous statement that is doing the rounds, in the world of technology. When that is the case, you would do much worse than to have this Dropbox app by your side, the moment you purchase an Android. The reason is quite simple. Dropbox is not just the future, but the present as well. With this Android app, it is now possible to bring all your photos, videos and files anywhere you want. Once you have installed the Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically be saved on your computer and even the Dropbox website!  With the help of this app, it is finally possible to carry what we want, on the go.

    1. 6.     Launcher Pro

Some might feel that there is no need for this app. After all, this is a third party app which does what your phone already does on its own, launch apps. But, the kicker is that this app allows you to customize your phone, which in ways you never thought possible and in doing so, helps launch your apps a lot faster and with a lot more ease. With this app, you can create as many home screens as you like, which gives you access to a lot more apps.

    1. 7.     Speed Test

Anybody with an android would tell you that the internet is one thing that they always use. So, when your download takes forever and you are left wondering where the fault is, this is the app that is apt for you. If the fault lies with your network, speed test will prove it instantly, by showing upload and download speeds and real time graphs showing the connection consistency. If you are looking for accurate and instant connection testing at the touch of a button; then, this is the app for you.

    1. 8.     X-plore

If you are looking for an app to manage your android apps, then X-plore is the one for you. It is a dual-pane file manager with tree view, LAN/FTP/Root/Clouds and so much more. Thanks to this app, you will be able to perform all the basic file operations and also access Picasa albums, explore shared folders and a whole lot more. This free app is a must have for any android user, who wants to get the best out of their phone.

    1. aDownloader

There are quite a few BitTorrent clients out there, but this one stands head and shoulders above the rest due to its ease of access and its relatively crash free nature. Not only that, it has yet another ace up its sleeve, which its counterparts don’t. It has the ability to pause and resume downloads. The importance of that feature cannot be stressed upon more highly. All of this makes aDownloader, the must have app if you want to download using torrents.


  1. 10.  Tasker

Last but not least, there is Tasker. This is perhaps the most ingenious app of them all and helps transform your smart phone into something that is even better. It is an app that executes tasks on the basis of context in a user defined interface. It helps your smart phone do anything you want, whether it is waking you up with a random song from your collection or starting your day with a particular app showing, your wish, is this app’s command. And although this is a paid app, it is worth every single penny you pay, and more.

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