[Essentials] Android

Discussion in 'Android' started by TehSkull, May 16, 2011.

  1. TehSkull

    TehSkull Living the life

    Nov 29, 2009
    United States
    First post is up to date. Also, I split the spoiler in two, as there were far too many apps with just 1 vote.
  2. Jamstruth

    Jamstruth Secondary Feline Anthropomorph

    Apr 23, 2009
    North East Scotland
    Can I suggest a change in format for this?
    The problem with these App threads is that not enough people vote for the same apps so everything is relegated to the "1-5" section. I suggest we use an actual rating system. Rate an app between 1 and 5 stars then place them in the original post based on the average mark. Admittedly such a thing would take more work but it might be better in the long run. A basic spreadsheet could spit out a nice average rating easily.
  3. TehSkull

    TehSkull Living the life

    Nov 29, 2009
    United States
    That would involve starting the thread all over again...
  4. ByteMunch

    ByteMunch GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 2, 2010
    Temple Run
    MX Player
    Graffiti Ball
    QR Droid
    Mupen 64 Plus AE
    ADW Launcher
  5. gumgod

    gumgod GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    United States
    +1 to the following apps
    Xelorians (top down vertical shooter game)
    Google Drive/Docs
    Aldiko (e-book reader)
    Barnacle Wifi tether
    ES file explorer
    Quick Office
    World of Goo
    HBO Go
    Google Maps & Navigation
    Terminal Emulator
    Google Goggles
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  6. Quietlyawesome94

    Quietlyawesome94 GBAtemp Maniac

    Dec 4, 2010
    United States
    The Internet
    Everyone should check out Shadowgun: Deadzone beta. It's basically a multiplayer version of Shadowgun and is very reminiscent of Gears of War.

    +1 to it. :D
  7. TheCasketMan

    TheCasketMan Keyblade Apprentice

    Sep 3, 2011
    United States
    Orlando, FL
    shadowgun deadzone, n64oid, falling fred or the sequel super falling fred, ebay app, and all emulators made by robert broglia(gba.emu, nes.emu, md.emu, 2600.emu, etc.)
  8. Yepi69

    Yepi69 Jill-sandwiched

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    Behind you
    Opera Mobile
    Tiger GBA
    Clockwork Rom Manager
  9. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Went ahead and edited the title for conformity.
  10. TehSkull

    TehSkull Living the life

    Nov 29, 2009
    United States
    Time to recount this thread since I think we lost that spoiler on the XenForo move.
  11. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Yeah, looks gone to me. :(

    On the plus side, you could just make another thread and get fresh votes (after adding your own and what's left of the first post here), since there's always new software coming out? I wouldn't mind swapping the threads out.
  12. TehSkull

    TehSkull Living the life

    Nov 29, 2009
    United States
    No, it's fine. I've already started the counting process, and adding some personal favorites. Plus I've always meant to make a section of my personal votes to keep track. I dislike the idea of restarting Essentials threads, they should be the favorites across the history of the thread, not just what's a favorite since last reboot.
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  13. Sakitoshi

    Sakitoshi GBAtemp Official Lolimaster

    May 8, 2012
    behind a keyboard or a gamepad
    Why no Cytus on the list??!?!?!?!?!?!
    Cytus +1
    Espgaluda II +1
    ES File Manager +1
    PPSSPP +1
    Playstation Mobile +1 (PS certified only)
    Lucky Patcher +1
    ADFree +1
    MX Video Player +1
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  14. Taleweaver

    Taleweaver Storywriter

    Dec 23, 2009
    Ever since buying two android devices in relatively short term, I've been gradually scouring, installing and testing some (mostly free) apps. Here's my 'collection', thus far:

    Adfree android*: by itself enough reason for rooting.
    Alarm clock extreme: it may be a simple alarm clock...but that option to gradually increase the alarm is interesting. Probably not as good as my wake-up light alarm clock, but at the very least miles better than the stock app.
    Amazon app store: I'm kind of torn on whether to add it, as it's direct competition for the google play store, and way too active for my taste when I'm not using it. On the other hand: I'm a sucker for those daily deals (for now).
    Barcode scanner (from Zxing team): may come in handy one day. Look for these makers: I've tried a few who hadn't had as much support for different kinds of barcodes.
    Dolphin browser: I'm sort of undecided on web browsing on mobile devices. This feels speedier than chrome, which is easier to use in other areas. Haven't tested opera yet.
    Droidcam: the (cheapass) webcam I had refused to work under windows 8. With this and a litte bit of setup, my smartphone acts exactly the same way (except with way better quality)
    ES File explorer: great explorer
    Nova launcher: haven't tried that much launchers, but this is a good one for my taste. :)
    Maps.me: I don't have a data abonnement. This app lets me download all the maps from any country, ready to consult offline.
    mobicalc free: a calculator. I tried realcalc, but the solution preview in a different window makes it all the better
    MX player: my choice of multimedia player
    Perfect viewer: a comic + PDF viewer. I choose this for being one app over two, but not sure whether specialised apps have better options
    Power toggles: this is a widget that lets you predefine buttons. A 'power control' clone, but with more versatility.
    Quickpic: my choice of image viewer. Better than what I had as stock, but haven't thoroughly compared it versus other freeware
    Rocket player: haven't tried all the different music players, but this is certainly a solid one. :)
    Swiftkey: both this and swype are pretty decent. Swype even has an edge, except for one important thing: no enter key on text messages (oh, and limited smiley support). But both are miles better than the standard keyboard.
    Swissarmyknife: before Power toggles (which has a flashlight as well), this app was worth it for the flashlight alone. But it has 9 other nifty measuring apps (eg. a compass, leveler, mirror and magnifying glass...even the calculator isn't bad at all)
    Titanium backup:* for obvious purposes.
    Ultimate dynamic navbar*: replaces the softkeys with ones you choose. Things like hiding also works. (note: gotta say that this doesn't quite work when it comes to replacing the standard ones, but since all similar apps do this, it's something in my android setup)
    Whatsapp: only one vote? C'mon...this thing practically DESTROYED payed messages'es around here. :P
    x-plore: another great explorer with dual browsing windows. For this reason, I'd advise it on tablet only
    Youtube: why do I even mention this? It comes on all devices nowadays.

    *requires root access for full potential

    7x7: a block puzzle game. somewhat a mix between four-in-a-row and tetris, though it isn't time based. Simple rlax game
    Badland: flappy birds meets limbo, I guess.
    Cut the rope: the classic
    Flow free: draw lines so the entire board gets covered without any cross-overs
    Flow free: bridges: as previous, but with one or two cross-overs
    Fruit ninja: simple mindless fruit slashing. One of the first games that made me realise video games can be fun WITHOUT physical buttons
    Glow hockey 2: air hockey! :D Also fun to play against a friend.
    Linky dots: each island is connected horizontally and/or vertically with 0, 1 or 2 bridges (who don't cross each other). Find out how. A puzzle game.
    Move: swipe in a direction to move all balls at the same time. Get them all on their destination in X moves.
    Piano master free: guitar hero but on a piano. I wouldn't advice it on a smartphone (or on anything below 10", for that matter)
    Piano tiles (don't tap the white tile): far less piano, far more a reflex game. But a fun and addicting one.
    Power lines: connect all the houses with power by rotating the pieces on the grid. To pass the time
    Plants vs zombies: way too addicting. 100%'ed this on steam...now working on the mobile device
    Smash hit: an on-rails...shooter kind of game
    Sudoku Free or sudoku 2go: the latter has the most options, but the rather minimalistic design (and google play integration) makes me play the former the most
    Temple run 2: like Temple run 1, I guess :unsure:
    Threes: like 2048, but with stacking threes. Nice theme.


    Kingo root: a windows program that'll make rooting your device painless (assuming it's supported).

    (final note: titanium backup, plants vs zombies and threes are the only paying apps. The others sometimes have restrictions, but none really bothersome or hindering)
  15. AlessandroM

    AlessandroM Newbie

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    I would recommend Gamesome Frontend. Basically it acts as a library manager for your rom collections, it downloads covers, titles,etc. then it can interface with some emulators to execute the games.
  16. VirusX2

    VirusX2 Master Race Beast

    Jan 26, 2016
    United States
  17. AnukWolf

    AnukWolf GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 14, 2015
    Gambia, The
    NovaLauncher not in essentials? How is that possible? xD

    Anyway, my votes:
    • PowerAmp +1 (Simply the best music player out there imo)
    • NovaLauncher +1 (A launcher..., with tons of customization options and features but still the slimmest and fastest I know)
    • Titanium Backup +1 (Essential for root users, makes restoring apps after rom installs/device change a breeze)
    • MX Player +1 (I don't know any video player being quite as awesome as this one, not even VLC imo)
    • Relay for Reddit +1 (I tried a few reddit clients and stick with this one for quite some time now, it's awesome)
    • Moon+ Reader +1 (The best ebook/document reader I know of, also with tons of customization options)
    • CloudMagic +1 (An email client capable of managing multiple accounts with ease and best of all, being able to save your accounts online and restore them everywhere by just logging in. No more looking for all the smtp/pop3 settings etc)
    //edit: added descriptions
    Last edited by AnukWolf, Feb 14, 2016
  18. smileyhead

    smileyhead Yes.

    Aug 31, 2015
    Budakeszi, Hungary
    Google Now Launcher +1
    Google Keyboard +1
    YouTube +1
    Super Backup +1
    Messenger (Google's SMS App) +1
    Messenger (Facebook's Messaging App) +1
    Xposed Installer +1
    My Xposed Modules
    Terminal Emulator +1
  19. Dimensional

    Dimensional GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 7, 2008
    United States
  20. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    Nova Launcher +1
    Google Keep +1
    Daily Wallpapers from Bing +1 (new wallpaper every day)
    IMDb +1
    Play Newstand +1
    Reddit is Fun +1
    WhatsApp +1
    Sonic 1, 2 & CD (Taxman remasters) +1