A Comprehensive List of Top Must Have Android Apps (100+ best apps with descriptions)


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Here is a list of my favorite Android apps that you might be missing. I have tested all of them on my Nexus S to make sure they work properly.

Some of the apps are free, some are paid, and many have both versions. They should all be searchable by name in the Android Market.

Some of the apps require your phone to be rooted or will only work on certain phones, so be sure to read the description before you purchase anything.

Android Market

adbWireless (Widget version)
"adbWireless enable ADB wireless connection to connect to the phone as if connected by USB."

Adobe Reader
"Adobe Reader is a must-have app for high quality PDF viewing on Android. Key features are: ? Open PDF files as email attachments, on the web or on device ? Text Reflow ? Send PDF files via email ? Multi-touch gestures for Navigation & Zoom"

ADWLauncher EX
"Highly Customizable Home replacement application"

"View color-coded, scrolling (tailed) Android device (logcat) logs directly from your phone. No USB, adb, or emailing necessary. Set log format / level / buffer, filter logs by regex, clear log file, save to SD, email."

"AndChat is a multi-server internet relay chat (irc) app for Android. "

"AndFTP is a FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP client. It can manage several FTP configurations. It comes with both device and FTP file browser. It provides download, upload and share features with resume support."

Android IRC - Internet Chat
"Android's most advanced IRC client.
The Premier Android Internet Relay Chat Client. Worlds better than the rest."

"This app monitors the GSM/CDMA cellular network connection; displays a map of approximate cellular antenna locations and their RF signal strength; and can log the data to a text or KML file."

App 2 SD Pro (move apps to SD)
"App 2 SD helps you to move apps to either external or internal storage thru' the system Settings. This app is crucial to anyone who has memory management issues."

App Protector Pro
"Lock any app on your phone: SMS,Gmail,Photos,Gallery,Setting,Market..Any app u choose"

Astrid Tasks
"Astrid is the much todo list / task manager designed to help you get stuff done. It features reminders, tags, sync, a widget and more."

Astro File Manager
"Features: File Manager, Backup, Image and text viewers, Networking, SMB, Bluetooth, SFTP, Zip Tar, downloader, thumbnails, search files, application manager, task manager, attachments"

"Ataroid is an Atari-2600 emulator for Android. It emulates every aspect of the original Atari-2600 console."

Audiogalaxy Music
"Audiogalaxy streams your music from your computer to your device for free.
Stream your music and playlists from your computer to your Android phone for free!"

"Keep control over your phone: See what applications do behind your back. Shows you what apps run on phone startup, and what other events trigger in the background. Root users can disable unwanted autostarts and speed up their phone boot."

Barcode Scanner
"Scan barcodes on products then look up prices and reviews. You can also scan Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc.
Also share your contacts, apps, and bookmarks via QR Code. "

"Stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies anywhere you go! BeejiveIM (pronounced \bē-hīv\ IM) keeps you in touch with your friends on AIM?/MobileMe?, MSN?/Windows Live?, Yahoo!?, GoogleTalk?, Facebook, MySpace and Jabber"

Better Terminal Emulator Pro
"Harness the native Linux command-line potential of Android with this Terminal.
Unleash the command line potential of the Android console with this terminal. Best if rooted, but root not required. Run native Linux apps with Better Terminal Emulator Pro."

"BusyBox is a software application that provides many standard Unix tools, much like the larger (but more capable) GNU Core Utilities."

CacheMate for Root Users
"CacheMate for Root Users allows you to clear cache from your device in one click

CamScanner -Phone to Scanner
"Turn phone to document scanner
CamScanner turns phone to a document scanner to scan and manage your documents, whiteboard discussions and receipts easily. Our smart image cropping and enhancement algorithm ensures the scanned images clear and recognizable."

Camera WiFi LiveStream
"Stream video and audio directly from your Android camera across a WiFi network!"

Car Locator
"Save your location when you park and Car Locator will help you find your car"

Chrome to Phone
"Google Chrome to Phone lets you easily share links, maps, and currently selected phone numbers and text between your computer running Chrome and your phone."

Class Buddy Pro
"Class Buddy
Schedule management helper for busy school life."

Clipper Plus
"Take control of your clipboard with Clipper, the #1 clipboard manager!
Clipper Plus is a simple but powerful clipboard manager & clipboard history tool for your phone or tablet."

"ClockSync synchronizes device system clock with atomic time from Internet via NTP (Network Time Protocol). Useful if provider doesn't support NITZ, sends incorrect time or if your device/ROM has heavy clock drift."

DefaultApp Reset
"This application can reset the default applications easily. After resetting, it shows the dialog to select applications such as home launchers, browsers."

"DiskUsage provides a way to find files and directories on storage card which consume a lot of space. Displays diagram with directories/subdirectories proportional to their size."

Documents To Go 3.0 Main App
"View Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint Files - All in 1 App!
FREE! View native Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and attachments with Documents To Go Main App. Supported file formats include .doc,. docx,. xls,. xlsx,. ppt,. pptx."

Dolphin Browser HD
"Browsing made wonderful. Dolphin Browser? HD offers you:
*Powerful Add-ons support*Bookmarks Folder support*Multi-touch pinch zoom*Multi Tabs browsing*Powerful Gestures*Smart RSS Detection*Colorful Theme packs support*14 Languages support
*Unexpected Closed Tab Recovery"

doubleTwist Player
"Sync and Play your iTunes playlists, podcasts and videos; imports ratings too!"

doubleTwist AirSync
"Life Without Wires! Sync your iTunes music & videos over WiFi with AirSync."

DroidWall - Android Firewall
"Front-end application for the iptables Linux firewall.
Allows you to restrict which apps can access the network.
This is the perfect solution if you don't have an unlimited data plan, or just wants to see your battery lasting longer."

"Sync your files between your computers and your mobile device. Now you can browse the files in your Dropbox folder from anywhere!"

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
"Take Firefox anywhere. Go from desktop to mobile without interruption."

"Finance for Android brings you streaming real-time quotes in this stock quote and portfolio application. It synchronizes with your Google Finance portfolios, allows quick access to charts and lets you view the latest market and company news."

Folder Organizer
"Group items according to labels and create customizable folders and widgets
Group items according to labels and create fully customizable folders and widgets. You can organize apps, bookmarks, contacts and shortcuts"

FPse for android
"FPse for Android is the fastest and most compatible PSone (also known as PSX or Playstation 1) emulator for handheld devices."

"GameBoid is the very famous GameBoy Advance emulator optimized for Android."

"Find the cheapest gas on the go ? for free! In one click, locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices. Never overpay for gas again. "

GBCoid (GBC emulator)
"GBCoid is the famous GameBoy (Color) emulator for Android."

"Gensoid is the famous SEGA Genesis/MegaDrive emulator for Android."

GO Launcher EX
"GO Launcher EX is the extra version of GO Launcher, one of the most popular launcher app in android market, provides beautiful themes, fast flip speed and useful functions. "

Google Authenticator
"Google Authenticator creates two-step verification codes on your phone.
Google Authenticator works with 2-step verification for your Google Account to provide an additional layer of security."

Google Books
"Build your ebooks library in the cloud with Google Books: jump right into a bestseller or select from nearly 3 million free ebooks."

Google Gesture Search
"Gesture Search lets you quickly find a contact, a bookmark, an application, or a music track on your device by drawing on the screen.

Google Goggles
"Search by taking a picture. Goggles uses image recognition technology to recognize objects and return relevant search results."

Google Reader
"Follow all your favorite sites, blogs, and more, all in one place. See what your friends are sharing, and easily share any interesting articles you read."

Google Shopper
"New from Google: Find products with your camera phone and get prices fast.
Shopper recognizes products by cover art, barcode scanning, voice and text search."

Google Sky Maps
"Google Sky Map turns your Android-powered mobile phone into a window on the night sky."

Google Translate
"Use Google Translate to instantly translate text between more than 50 languages.
* Dictionary results * Text-to-speech * Voice input * Romanization (e.g. Pinyin, Romaji, etc) * History/star favorite translations"

Google Voice
"Place calls and send text messages showing your Google number. Listen to voicemail and read transcripts. Currently only available in the US. "

"GO SMS is an amazing SMS app. Cool UI, Fast and convenient SMS/MMS experience."

GPS Status & Toolbox
"Display your GPS and sensor data: position and signal strength of satellites, accuracy, speed, acceleration, bearing."

GPS Test Plus
"GPS test app. Shows GPS signal, satellite, location and GPS time data. Useful for navigation or geocaching.
All the features of GPS Test, plus:-
Speedometer, Altimeter and Compass dials.
Seven segment display mode.
HUD display mode for windscreens.
Share location."

"A unit conversion tool with support for more than 2000 units in 30+ categories including Length, Temperature, Speed, Volume, Weight, Area, Currency conversions. It also has support for user preferences."

"A simple interface to search and download mp3 music to SD card from public domain via public search engines, all are free!"

"HeLauncher is a home replacement for the mobile operating system known as Android. "

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder (Full)
"Record audio in high quality directly into MP3 files!"

History Eraser
"Best tool to Erase History on Android devices!
This is a phone cleaner History Eraser!This app can erase history data on your Android device."

"HomeSmack allows you to easily switch between your Home/Launcher apps or your long-press-search apps and set a new default."

InkPad NotePad (No Ads)
"InkPad Notepad is a simple, elegant, easy to use notes app."

"- Super-smooth scrolling
- Animated screen previews (like Expos? or HTC Sense)
- Up to 7 home screens
- App drawer (2D and 3D!) with a fly-in effect and smooth scrolling
- Scrollable shortcut dock"

Launcher 7
"A Windows Phone 7 style launcher for Android.
Unlike other current WP7 launchers (Windows Phone Android, Metro UI), this one allows you to properly modify your start screen."

LCD Density Changer
"Need ROOT (+ BusyBox)
Change the density of the screen. Get more info on your screen, like with a high resolution setting on your PC."

"A simple and intuitive checkbook register for all your financial accounts."

Linpack for Android
"For more information go to Linpack for Android ? GreeneComputing
Speed test your Android device and ROM with this standard CPU benchmark."

"Listen from Google Labs for podcast search, subscribe, download and streaming.
Listen from Google Labs."

Maverick Pro
"Off-road GPS navigator with offline maps support, compass and track recording.
Use offline maps and GPS even without an internet connection. This app is great for hiking, boating, geocaching and other outdoor activities."

"Mocha VNC provides access to VNC Servers. Using your phone, you can connect to a Windows or Mac OS X workstation and see the files, programs, and resources exactly as you would if you were sitting at your desk, just on a smaller screen."

MultiTouch Visualizer 2
"Visualizer for multi-touch (pinch-zoom), shows 2-4+ multitouch points on capable devices"

mSecure - Password Manager
"mSecure, the leading iPhone Password Manager, is now available for Android OS. mSecure stores your important and sensitive information safely and securely."

MyBackup Pro
"Backup (with schedule option) to our online secure servers, or SD card, your Applications, Photos, Contacts, Call log, Browser Bookmarks, SMS (text messages), MMS, Calendar, System Settings, Home Screens (including shortcut positions), Alarms, Dictionary, Music Playlists, and more"

"My Tracks records your GPS tracks and shows live statistics such as time, speed, distance, and elevation ? while hiking, cycling, running or participating in other outdoor activities."

"Nesoid is the famous NES/FC emulator for Android."

Net Ping
"ICMP ping utility for your android phone with no ads.
Ping from your Android phone with this ping utility app. Works well with IPv4."

Network Info II
"All the network information you'll need. WiFi/Bluetooth/Cell/IPv6."

"A very fast scanner for network admins that can scan your network in the office and export as CSV via GMail to give you a map of what devices are on your LAN
Includes a portscanner for security audit scans and a MAC vendor database to identify NIC manufacturers"

"NewsRob is an RSS/Atom newsreader that auto syncs with Google Reader. "

NFC Task Launcher
"Use NFC Tags to automate tasks
NFC Task Launcher uses the NFC Hardware and RFID/NFC Tags to allow you to create tags several types of tags, including a custom "Task" tag that will automatically execute tasks when read."

Note Everything
"A notepad for taking different notes and types with many features.
A note (notepad) application where you can create text-, voice- and paint-notes. Your notes can be organized in folders. You can create shortcuts on home, send notes, use live folders & much more!"

NXP TagWriter
"Store contacts, URLs and text messages on your NFC tags!
The NXP TagWriter application allows you to store contacts, URLs, SMS as well as text messages and generic URIs to any NFC-enabled tags as well as to items like poster, business cards, watches and so on containing NFC-enabled electronics."

Pandora Radio
"Pandora Radio is your own FREE personalized radio now available to stream music on your phone."

Partitions Info Pro
"Partitions Info Pro. File systems and partitions, total, used, and free memory space. You have option to check if you have Root permissions or access. Check if Busybox is installed. Root and Busybox checker!!! Process list, with data about PID, user, package name and process memory usage."

Photoshop Express
"Edit and share photos virtually anywhere. Touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects."

"Monitor your phone call, text and network data usage.
Set limits on daily, weekly and monthly usage."

"PhotoVault hides pictures behind a password protected wall, hiding them from people and other apps on your phone. It has lots of other great features as well. Check out our website for details. "

PowerAMP Music Player
"Powerful Music Player for Android
PowerAMP is a powerful music player for Android."

PrinterShare? Mobile Print
"Print documents, gmail, photos, contacts, sms/mms and more directly from phone!"

Quadrant Standard
"Quadrant is a CPU, I/O and 3D graphics benchmark. The Standard Edition requires an Internet connection to compute benchmark results and is supported by ads."

Quick Boot (Reboot)
"Reboot your phone quickly. Boot into Recovery and Bootloader with one tap."

Quick Settings
"This app lets you quickly switch most important Android settings with just few taps and control battery consumption.
Launch the app by long-pressing a search button or through a shortcut in status bar."

"Smaller! Faster! Clearer! The best picture viewer/browser you are looking for!
Smaller! Faster! Clearer! More powerful!"

"QuickSSHd, based on dropbear sshd, allows you to easily configure and run a Secure Shell/SSH Server. Connect to your phone from your PC and execute commands or transfer files. Similar to "Terminal" or "adb shell" but over the network.
File transfer to sdcard by scp or SFTP (Secure FTP, WinSCP, Cyberduck)."

Read It Later Pro
"Read It Later lets you save webpages to read later, even without an internet connection."

"Find and reserve redbox movies nearby with this official app, built by redbox!
The official redbox app lets you browse and reserve movies, plus find the nearest redbox kiosk from wherever you are."

Rescan Media ROOT
"Scan Media Files on demand.
Disable or Kill media scanner at boot or all the time.
Save Boot Time by upto 20-30 secs."

"The original open-source ringtone editor for Android, first published in 2008 and downloaded by millions of users worldwide.
Create your own ringtone, alarm, or notification sound from an existing audio file, or record a new one directly on the device."

ROM Manager (Premium)
"Manage your ROMs via a handy UI. organize and perform backups and restores from within Android! Install your favorite ROMs over the air!"

Root Checker
"Small and simple app to ONLY verify root access and busybox install!

Root Explorer
"Root Explorer is the ultimate file manager for root users. Access the whole of android's file system (including the elusive data folder!)."

Scanner Radio Pro
"Listen to police and fire departments from around the world on your phone.
Listen to live audio from over 2,500 police and fire scanners, weather radios, and amateur radio repeaters from around the world (with more being added daily)."

Screenshot It
"Take a screenshot of your phone's screen
May require a rooted phone (depends on phone)
Take a screenshot of your phone's screen, save as a jpg or png file, and share anywhere!"

SetCPU for Root Users
"SetCPU is a tool for changing the CPU settings (capable of overclock and underclock) on a rooted Motorola Droid, Nexus One, G1, G2, Samsung Galaxy S, myTouch 4G, or one of many other devices to improve performance or save battery."

Shark for Root
"Traffic sniffer, works on 3G and WiFi (works on FroYo tethered mode too).
To open dump use WireShark or similar software, for preview dump on phone use Shark Reader."

Shazam Encore
"Lovin' that tune?
Create music moments. Discover, buy and share music.
Enjoy the ultimate music journey with our premium App ? Shazam Encore - and identify music anywhere."

SIM Checker Pro
"Protect your phone in case of theft, get alerts if someone changes your SIM card"

"? Free* Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G or WiFi ? Call landlines or mobile phones at great Skype rates ? Instant message one or many friends at the same time"

Sketchbook Mobile
"Autodesk SketchBook? Mobile is a professional-grade paint and drawing application offering a full set of sketching tools and a streamlined and intuitive user interface."

Slacker Radio
"Slacker Radio is free, totally customizable radio with over 100 genre stations.
Listen to free personalized radio on your mobile phone. With millions of songs from 1000s of artists, Slacker Radio is the best way to discover new artists and hear your favorites."

"SNesoid is the very famous Super Nintendo emulator for Android."

"Record, listen and share your sounds on the go with SoundCloud Android."

SoundHound ∞
"What's that song? Identify it FAST with SoundHound.
SoundHound is instant music search and discovery"

Spare Parts
"Spare Parts allows you to enable some settings
that are not found in the default setting menu."

"Use the Speedtest application to evaluate the speed of your 3G, EDGE and Wi-Fi Networks. The test takes a while on EDGE networks."

SpeedView Pro
"Advanced speedometer application. Features address, compass, HUD mode, speed graph, odometer, maximum and average speed, time traveled, speed warning, 0-60 mph and 1/4 mile times, GPX track export and more. Suitable for running, driving, biking or hiking."

Sundroid Pro Sunrise Sunset
"Everything you need to know about the movements of the sun and moon!
Calculates sunrise, sunset, twilights, golden hours, length of day, the path of the sun, and moonrise & moonset times for any date, anywhere in the world."

Superuser Elite
"Superuser grants and manages root permissions on your rooted phone. This package gives you access to additional features not available to basic users."

"Swarm is a lightweight bittorrent client that supports multiple simultaneous downloads and integrates with file managers and web browser. Download torrents over Edge/3G/4G or wifi.
Swarm runs as a background service or standard app."

"SwiFTP is an open-source FTP server that allows you to connect to your phone over wifi or cellular/3g to upload and download files. Any FTP client can be used."

SwipePad Beta
"SwipePad is a launcher panel responding to a swipe on the edge of your phone screen, no matter what application you are in.
1. Touch down the bottom edge of the screen;
2. Move your finger towards the center of the screen so the pad will emerge;
3. Release your finger on a specific slot to action.
Hold your finger on a specific slot for 2 seconds before releasing (until it turns orange), then you could change the assignment."

Sysctl Config *Root*
"sysctl is used to modify kernel parameters at runtime.
This tool will allow you to set values to increase performance and help save battery life. You can enable sysctl, set min free kbytes, dirty ratio, dirty background ratio, vfs cache pressure and oom allocating task."

"SystemPanel integrates a task manager, app manager (installer/uninstaller with multi-version APK archival), and system monitor.
Solve your battery life problem by enabling the background monitoring service to record long-term CPU usage by individual apps."

"Total Automation, from settings to SMS. ADC2 finalist!
* Triggers: App, Time, Day, Location, Hard/Soft State, Event, Shortcut, Widget, Timer
* Actions: 175+ built-in, any Locale-compatible setting plugin
* Tasks: loops, variables, conditions"

Terminal Emulator
"This application lets you access your Android's built-in Linux command line shell. It emulates a Digital Equipment Corporation VT-100 terminal. You can use this application to run utility programs on your device."

"Turn your phone into a flashlight!
This is a LED (Camera Flash) based flashlight (or Torch). TeslaLED is the brightest app for the Droid."

Titanium Backup ★ root
"The ONLY tool that can backup, restore, freeze (with Pro) your apps + data + Market links! Even protected apps! 0-click Batch/scheduled backups! PRO version has 0-click batch restores, Dropbox sync, Dalvik cleaner & MORE!"

"A uTorrent and Transmission remote. Manage your torrents and
search for torrents by keyword, bar code scan, or from your browser and download to your remote computer."

"Trillian for Android helps you organize and stay in touch with your IM and social friends while on-the-go. Receive C2DM push notifications, send pictures and messages, and optionally synchronize with Trillian for Mac, Windows, and Web. You can even use Trillian to Trillian messaging to save on SMS costs!"

TV Listing
"TV Listings - fast and easy! This TV guide app covers over-the-air, cable and satellite TV in the USA (over 13 000 channels in total and hundreds of providers). It will show an overview of what's on right now including all the shows, movies and sports events."

"VideoVault hides private videos behind a password protected wall, hiding them from people and applications on your phone."

vLauncher - best app organizer
"vLauncher organize your app icons into multiple pages on home screen,iPhone style. Support folders, works with android 2.0+"

Voltage Control
"This application allows you to control advanced features of overclocking kernels, you can change the voltage applied and select frequencies you want to use."

"VPlayer is the best video player for Android.
video formats: divx/xvid, wmv, m4v, flv, rmvb, avi, mkv, mov, mp4, 3gp, ts, tp...
streaming: http, rtsp, mms and m3u(apple http stream, m3u8)"

Wapedia: 4 Wikipedia & more!
"Wapedia is the fastest way to access Wikipedia and many more wikis
Taptu Wapedia is the fastest way to access Wikipedia and many other wikis."

"Wardriving app, stores scans in sqlite db on the sdcard and displays found networks around in the map."

Wave Launcher
"Wave Launcher is a unique, gesture-enabled, quick action-bar for Android. It resembles a well-known and loved feature on WebOS phones like the Palm-Pre and works system-wide.
Regardless of any application currently running, you can swipe you finger from the virtual gesture-area at the bottom of the screen towards the middle to show the wave - A fully configurable quick-launch action-bar."

WeatherBug Elite
"Get the latest current conditions, forecasts, radar animation, alerts and more!
Check current conditions and forecasts, view animated Doppler radar images and get the latest local weather information and severe weather alerts for your city and thousands of locations around the world."

WebSharing File/Media Sync
"Transfer and view files, music, photos, and videos from your phone over Wi-Fi.
Transfer files over Wi-Fi between your phone and computer."

Where's My Droid
"Now when you lose it you can text your phone with the custom set attention word and it will turn silent mode off, the ringer vol up, and start ringing. You can also text a different attention word and get the GPS location of your phone. Features * Find phone by making it ring/vibrate * Find phone using GPS location"

Wifi Analyzer
"Turns your android phone into a Wi-Fi analyzer!!
Shows the Wi-Fi channels around you. Helps you to find a less crowded channel for your wireless router."

WiFi File Explorer
"Featured on Life Hacker! Best and cheapest!
Browse, sync, download, upload, delete, copy, stream and manage files that are on your phone, using a web browser via a WiFi connection."

WiFi Manager
"Find, connect, manage WiFi networks. Improve connection quality with a graphical channel radar.
Includes two home screen widgets: one displays detailed connection info, the other lets you switch among your favorite networks with a single tap."

"Winamp for Android (beta) offers a complete music management solution (2.1 OS & above) featuring wireless desktop sync (Winamp 5.6 required), iTunes library import, & access to thousands of internet radio stations with SHOUTcast."

xScope Browser Pro - Web File
"xScope Browser is a fastest way to browse the web and manage files"

YouTube Remote
"Turn your Android device into a YouTube remote control! Use the full-featured interface on YouTube Remote to find and queue up videos to watch on the big screen. It?s like having a wireless video cable to your big screen!"

Zeam Launcher
"Zeam is a minimalistic launcher alternative for Android 2.x devices."

Harvey Wallbanger

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I would add Radio Rip to that list. It's a little complicated and still has a few bugs, but it stands alone as a Tivo-like Radio player that lets you record radio streams. I don't know why it doesn't get more attention.
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Re: A Comprehensive List of Top Must Have Android Apps (100+ best

That's quite a list.

VidTrim is supposed to be terrific for quick trimming down of videos on your phone.
However, I need an app that will allow me to rotate the videos I take so I can upload them. I haven't found a video editor that allows this on any Android phone. Anyone else find something that will do this?


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Thank you for this list.

There are many apps with the same, or very similar names. Can you give us the developer of each of these, so we know which app you're recommending?

Bruno Aguiar

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Wow great work!

But there are very similar names... Can't you add the links for the apps?
For example, I also developed an app called PhoneUsage, but mine keeps track of screen and apps usage time...

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