Winaero’s essential Android apps – 2016 edition

These days, our digital life has shifted from the traditional desktop PC to mobile devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets. Many people just do not need the classic PC because all they do is some web browsing, gaming and social networks. While Windows dominates in the desktop OS market, Android is the leader in mobile devices. I would like to share with you the best Android apps I use which I consider essential.

The list of my favorite apps I consider essential looks as follows.

Total Commander (file manager)

photo_2016-11-28_19-22-51 Total Commander is the famous file manager which is available for Microsoft Windows for a long time. It is very powerful and has all the features required for working for files productively. In my opinion, Total Commander is the best file manager for power users. The Android version does not require your device to be rooted. It is a freeware app.

Like its Windows version, the Android version also comes with lots of useful features:

  • customizable toolbar
  • two panel interface with handy touch gestures
  • full file system access for rooted devices
  • built-in archiver
  • search
  • group selection by files mask
  • access rights editor
  • sorting
  • multiselect
  • useful plugins like FTP/SFTP

Download links:

AFWall+ (firewall)

afwall plus

AFWall+ (Advanced Firewall Plus) is a must-have application for Android users with rooted devices. It allows you to restrict unwanted apps from accessing the internet. A very good thing about it is that it works as a black list or as a white list. I prefer to use it in the white list mode, so all apps are blocked by default, and only a few, trusted apps are allowed to access the Internet. The application supports profiles, import/export of rules and even has support for custom scripts which can be helpful for advanced users.

AFWall+ is a freeware application which is available in the F-Droid repository.

Download links

Naked Browser Pro

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Naked Browser Pro is the world's fastest browser which I switched to some time ago. It is a paid app. It has really great features:

  • An integrated ad blocker which is implemented via a text file stored in the Downloads folder.
  • A built-in script blocker with a button which can reload a page with or without JavaScript enabled.
  • Customizable gestures.
  • Customizable text appearance.
  • Very fast content rendering.
  • Perfectly working text reflow.

It has a lot of features you will like. Try out the browser here:

Foobar2000 (audio player)

photo_2016-11-28_19-40-15 Foobar2000 is a very popular desktop music player for Windows with a wide range of options, customizable user interface, support for many music formats and tons of plugins. Foobar2000 is also available for Android.

The app supports the following formats and services:

  • Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack
  • Gapless playback
  • Full ReplayGain support (playback and scanning)
  • Supports playback and downloading music from UPnP media servers

I wrote an article about Foobar2000 for Android, check out it here:

Foobar2000 is out for Android

 

MX Player (media player)

mxplayer

MX Player is a great media player available for Android. Like the VLC player for Windows, it can read a large number of video formats out of the box, has a beautiful and useful user interface, and can remember the last played file and its position. MX Player exists as a free as well as a paid app. The free version is exactly like the pro version, but shows ads when you are connected to Internet.

Closing Words

This app list of my favorite apps is far from complete. I use many other apps (Telegram, Hacker's Keyboard, ConnectBot etc) but the apps mentioned in this article are really essential for me and I can't live without them.

What are your essential apps? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Winaero’s essential Android apps – 2016 edition

  1. JeniSkunk

    What I see missing from this list is the area of widgets.

    1. First up is the area of switcher widgets to control and monitor a device.
    For me, this means the paid version of Widgetsoid.
    Widgetsoid free
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jim2
    Widgetsoid donate (the paid unlock key for Widgetsoid)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jim_donate

    2. Weather
    Here in Australia, that means an app that accesses the Bureau Of Meteorology (BOM).
    The BOM has recently released their own weather app, but it doesn’t, yet, have a widget.
    The best Australian weather widget is still the paid app Pocket Weather Australia by Shifty Jelly, and Pocket Weather gets its data from BOM.
    BOM app
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.bom.metview

    Pocket Weather Australia
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.android.pocketweatherau

    3. Day/time/weather
    This one is very much personal style, so it’s an entirely subjective area.
    My personal preference is the paid app, HD Widgets by cloud.tv, though another brilliant widget is Zooper Widget by MYCOLORSCREEN.
    HD Widgets
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cloudtv.hdwidgets
    Large Tablet Images for HDW
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cloudtv.hdextras.highres
    Kairo XP (for HD Widgets)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cloudtv.hdthemes.kairo.xp
    Colorform XP (for HD Widgets)
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cloudtv.hdthemes.colourform

    Zooper Widgets free
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zooper.zwfree
    Zooper Widgets Pro
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.zooper.zwpro

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Thank you very much for sharing the list!

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