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Post the names of your favourite apps. Every vote grants an app one point. Bulk votes are not allowed.

Format: [app's name as it appears on Google Play, excluding any subtitles] ([short description]) - [score]
Apps with 2 points or less are hidden in spoilers.

*: Paid application; free version available
**: Paid application
$: Requires root access for some features
$$: Requires root access

Books & Reference

Bible Study app, by And Bible Open Source Project (Bible reader) - 2 pts
Wikipedia (Wikipedia reader) - 2 pts

Communication

Dolphin Web Browser (Internet browser) - 7 pts
Opera (Internet browser) - 6 pts
WhatsApp Messenger (Instant messaging service) - 4 pts
Skype (Instant messaging service) - 3 pts
Gmail (Email manager) - 2 pts
Google Chrome (Internet browser) - 2 pts
Handcent Next SMS (SMS manager) - 2 pts
Trillian (Instant messaging service) - 2 pts
Brave Private Browser (Internet browser) - 1 pt
Discord (Instant messaging service) - 1 pt

Entertainment

Netflix (Movie & TV streaming service) - 4 pts
IMDb (Media & celebrity database) - 2 pts
MALClient (MyAnimeList client) - 1 pt

Games

Angry Birds Classic (Casual game) - 10 pts
Sonic CD Classic (Action game) - 7 pts
Fruit Ninja® (Arcade game) - 6 pts
Angry Birds Rio (Casual game) - 5 pts
Cut the Rope (Puzzle game) - 5 pts
Minecraft** (Arcade game) - 5 pts
RetroArch (General emulator) - 4 pts
Flow Free (Puzzle game) - 3 pts
Fpse** (PlayStation 1 emulator) - 3 pts
Plants vs. Zombies (Strategy game) - 3 pts
Where's My Water** (Puzzle game) - 3 pts
Angry Birds Seasons (Casual game) - 2 pts
Canabalt HD** (Arcade game) - 2 pts
Death Worm* (Arcade game) - 2 pts
Doodle Jump (Arcade game) - 2 pts
Dragon, Fly!* (Arcade game) - 2 pts
DraStic** (Nintendo DS emulator) - 2 pts
Game Dev Story* (Casual game) - 2 pts
GBA.emu (GameBoy Advance emulator) - 2 pts
MAME4Droid (Arcade emulator) - 2 pts
MD.emu** (Sega Genesis, CD, Master System emulator) - 2 pts
Meganoid* (Action game) - 2 pts
Mupen 64 (Nintendo 64 emulator) - 2 pts
NES.emu (NES emulator) - 2 pts
Snes9x EX+ (SNES emulator) - 2 pts
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Classic (Arcade game) - 2 pts
Sonic the Hedgehog Classic (Action game) - 2 pts
Words with Friends Classic (Word game) - 2 pts
World of Goo (Puzzle game) - 2 pts
Alto's Odyssey (Action game) - 1 pt
ePSXe** (PS1 emulator) - 1 pt
FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS (RPG game) - 1 pt
FPse** - (PS1 emulator) - 1 pt
Magnet Balls** (Puzzle game) - 1 pt
My Boy! (GBA emulator) - 1 pt
osu! (Rhythm game) - 1 pt
Pokémon GO (AR game) - 1 pt
PPSSPP (PSP emulator) - 1 pt
Rusty Lake Hotel** (Adventure game) - 1 pt
Rusty Lake Paradise** (Adventure game) - 1 pt
Rusty Lake: Roots** (Adventure game) - 1 pt

Music & Audio

Google Play Music (Music player) - 3 pts
SoundHound (Ambient music recogniser & Spotify client) - 3 pts
Poweramp** (Music player) - 2 pts
TuneIn Radio* (Internet radio player) - 2 pts
AIMP (Music player) - 1 pt
Spotify (Music streaming service) - 1 pt
ViPER4Android FX (Music player) - 1 pt

News & Magazines

rif is fun for Reddit (Reddit client) - 2 pts

Personalisation

Nova Launcher* (Launcher) - 5 pts
ZEDGE (Wallpaper and ringtone downloader) - 4 pts
Magisk Manager $$ (Root manager) - 1 pt
Smart Launcher (Launcher) - 1 pt
Swift Installer (Theming engine) - 1 pt
Wallhaven (Wallpaper downloader) - 1 pt

Photography

QuickPic Gallery (Gallery manager) - 2 pts

Productivity

Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard (Keyboard) - 7 pts
Dropbox (Cloud storage) - 4 pts
Alarm Clock Xtreme (Alarm clock) - 2 pts
Evernote (Note-taking app) - 2 pts
Google Docs (Word processor) - 2 pts
Acode (Code editor) - 1 pt
Google Keep (Note-taking app) - 1 pt

Shopping

Amazon Shopping (Web shop) - 6 pts

Social

Facebook (Social network) - 10 pts
Twitter (Social network) - 6 pts
Tapatalk* (Forum client) - 4 pts
PingChat (Social network) - 2 pts

Sports

MyTrails (Trail map) - 1 pt

Tools

ASTRO File Manager & Storage Organizer (File manager) - 10 pts
App2SD $$ (App manager) - 5 pts
Lucky Patcher $ (App patcher) - 4 pts
Newpipe (Internet video downloader) - 3 pts
Magisk Manager $$ (Root toolbox) - 3 pts
AdAway $$ (Ad-blocker) - 2 pts
Gboard (Keyboard) - 2 pts
Google Translate (Translator) - 2 pts
ROM Toolbox Pro** $$ (System tweaker) - 2 pts
Terminal Emulator $ (Terminal emulator) - 2 pts
TubeMate (YouTube video downloader) - 2 pts
Aurora Droid (FOSS app catalogue) - 1 pt
FX File Explorer* (File manager) - 1 pt
Lawnchair (Launcher) - 1 pt
LibreTorrent (Torrent downloader) - 1 pt
MatLog (Log viewer) - 1 pt
RAR (File manager) - 1 pt
SD Maid* (File manager) - 1 pt
Termux $ (Terminal emulator) - 1 pt
Tasker** $ (Automatic settings-tweaker) - 1 pt
Total Commander $ (File manager) - 1 pt
Via Browser (Internet browser) - 1 pt

Travel & Local

Google Maps (World map) - 2 pts

Video Players & Editors

YouTube (YouTube client) - 12 pts
MX Player (Media player) - 8 pts
YouTube Vanced (YouTube client) - 3 pts
VLC (Media player) - 1 pt
 
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Is SuperSU better than the magisk? To be honest I don't see any reason of using SuperSU over Magisk unless you are using android below 5.0.
 

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The First Final Fantasy Dimensions should be in the essentials list its every bit as good as any of the first 9 mainstream Final Fantasy games. Just nobody meantion the disaster that is Final Fantasy Dimensions II :rofl2:
 

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A bunch of stuff here is rather old. Titanium, for example, really isn't all that usable on Android 10. I've started using Lucky Patcher to handle backups and freezing, but of course, there's a lot more options out there now. ES File Explorer was also found to contain malware, no? I stopped using it for FX a good while ago, and never looked back. I also definitely wouldn't call Facebook essential unless being tracked all the time is a necessity. SuperSU and most other rooting solutions have also been largely replaced by Magisk. Anyway...Here's a lengthy list of the stuff I recommend:

YouTube Vanced (If you go looking for this, only get it from the vanced.app site) +1
NewPipe +1
Aurora Droid (F-Droid alternative) +1
LibreTorrent +1
Magisk +1
AdAway +1
MatLog +1
Termux +1
Viper4Android +1
DraStic +1
VLC +1
Brave Browser +1
FX File Manager +1
SD Maid +1
Wallhaven +1
My Boy! +1
Lucky Patcher (Only use releases by Mr. ChelpuS) +1
Swift Installer (Versatile themeing engine for both root and rootless) +1
RAR +1
Smart Launcher +1
 
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I've finished updating the list. I've re-counted every reply in the original thread and looked through the list.
Here is a list of changes:
  • Dropped anything with only one vote. Most of these apps are really old and obscure, and might even have been taken down.
  • Dropped anything with generic names, like ‘File Explorer’ or ‘Navigation.’ These are impossible to track down.
  • Dropped anything that has been taken down. I doubt y'all want to download the Adobe Flash Player app on a modern phone, for example.
  • Dropped anything that is really old and hasn't been updated in a while (unless it's popular).
  • Dropped some others mentioned by @Joom.
  • Adopted a new format that primarily separates applications into categories instead of being solely based on score (though I might revert this based on feedback; it was just an idea).
 
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