Whether you're the proud owner of a new Android phone or you're just looking to add new functions to your existing device, the quickest way to make it even better is to head to Google Play and start downloading apps.
Google's online marketplace is filled with many great apps that can help you do much more with Android than what you might get from a phone or tablet just out of the box. There are plenty of useful free apps — we've collected some of our favorite free Android apps, in fact — but if you're willing to part with a little bit of cash, you can find even more outstanding apps for your Android device. Here are the ones we recommend you download right away.
One of the more useful apps on Android, Tasker is perfect for anyone who wants to quickly get things done. The $2.99 app lets you set automated tasks to perform whenever you choose. You can set it to automatically send SMS messages, open up your browser and go to a web page and much more.
If you’re looking to make some new designs with cool fonts, check out Word Swag. The $3.99 app gives you a variety of fonts to choose from, which you then place upon images or other content you’ve created to send off to friends a unique message.
One of the problems with mobile operating systems is managing files can be exceedingly difficult. With ES File Explorer Pro, you can create a variety of folders and embedded folders, so you can have a full file directory similar to Windows Explorer. You can also use ES FIle Explorer Pro with cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Not bad for $2.99.
If you want to get better forecasts and up-to-the-minute information on what's going on around you, check out AccuWeather Platinum. The app, which costs $2.99, can give you conditions down to the street level. It also will send your weather notifications and other information to help you figure out whether you should take your umbrella with you on your trip.
For something more minimalistic, try out Sam Ruston's Weather Timeline, a no-nonsense, ad-free weather app for your Android device. You'll get a sleek, location-based display of forecast information and extreme weather alerts from your choice of a variety of data sources. Users can save a variety of locations and view detailed daily forecasts, with temperature highs and lows, precipitation forecasts and the option to drill down to detailed hourly forecasts. On a smartphone, the app has a clean timeline presentation of the weather, while landscape mode on tablet puts a variety of infographics side by side with the timeline.
Nova Launcher Prime is one of the earliest — and most popular — app launchers in the Google Play marketplace. The $4.99 app lets you use gestures to open apps on the home screen and gives you the ability to create different apps and folders, and hide apps you don't care about. You can also create special scroll effects with your gestures. It's a handy tool for anyone who wants to be more productive.