What apps got you through 2012?

Phil Nickinson

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Looking back at all the apps that were indispensable for me in 2012. Curious what got you all through the year. Anyone wanna share a quick list?
 

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These 20 Apps have all become must-haves for me in the last 12months installing them on the few Android phones I've gone through (excluding the suite of Google Apps):
-Nova Launcher Prime (with Tesla Unread Count)
-Missed It (for GLOBAL Badge Notifications because SMS / Gmail / Missed Calls isn't enough)
-Widget Locker
-Light Flow
-MyProfiles+
-StatusBar+
-SwitchPro Widget
-SwiftKey 3
-History Eraser Pro
-MediaVault
-SyncSMS
-PhoneLocator Pro
-Extreme Call Blocker
-Tiny Call Confirm+
-Headset Button Controller
-Hold Screen ON
-Minimalistic Text
-Simple Text
-Wallpaper Wizardrii Pro
 

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My list is very simple since the iPhone 5 is my daily driver. I am currently using the Nexus 4 with AT&T (ordered a T-mobile prepaid SIM) with the following setup.

Home Screen
Nova Launcher
Simple Text Widget
Zooper Widget Free (widget)
Hooha (formerly Dash - text widget)
Plume (text widget)
Four Square (text widget)
Google Email (text widget)
Personal Email (text widget)
People (text widget)

Dock
Phone
Text
Google Maps
Google Chrome

*all are text widgets in the dock*

Honorable Mentions
1Password
1Weather
Fly Delta
Gymrat
Netflix
Voxer
 

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If I had to pick one, for me it would be WiFiJumper. Since I have several wireless access points in my house, the app makes sure I'm always on the one with the strongest signal, and turns off wifi if I'm not at home. SImple but very effective.

And of course, the Calvin and Hobbes Search Engine for all those times when I need a good reference...but I may be a bit biased about that one :p
 

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My List goes like this
SwiftKey 3
Google maps
SplashID
Peapod
Amazon
Ebay
Paypal
Ringdroid
LookOut Pro
ScanDisk backup pro
 

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I used to use my Atrix exclusively for everything until I got a xoom earlier this year which carried most of the load (Photo editing apps , Games , Videos
... etc) from the Atrix !
I have like 100 apps between the 2 , I'll mention the ones I use the most :

Launcher :
- ADW Launcher & Launcher 7 in the Atrix.
- Apex in the Xoom.

Cloud : SkyDrive & DropBox.

A.I. Type Plus Keyboard.

EverNote. (The Tablet version is awesome, its my App of the year , I think its the best app I ever used so far)

ZDBox. (Do Not Disturb mode is a must have)

3G WatchDog. (Life Saver)

Player Pro. (I hated Google music,Xoom came preloaded with it)

ES File Explorer. (uninstalled Astro when I downloaded it)

Widget Locker. (For that Sense 3.0 lock)

Plume. (looking for an alternative)

HD Widgets. (Awesome, stopped using Beautiful Widgets when I got it)

SoundHound.

Dolphin Browser. (done like chrome)

SwipePad. (A whole hidden screen of shortcuts launched via gestures)

Minimalistic text & UCCW .
 
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I usually keep a look bloated phone (a lot of apps that I rarely or never use that I downloaded just to try them out), so I'll just hit the highlights.

Apps:
SwiftKey 3 - Best. Keyboard. EVER!
Titanium Backup - I got into rooting and flashing this year and TiBu is a lifesaver.
TWRP - My recovery of choice.
Waze - As a navigation app it sucks. But for speed trap notifications it's great (since there are enough users on my daily commute route).
Google Music - gapps are obvious, but I use Google Music so much that it deserves special attention
Pandora - The updated UI is awesome. (Or more accurately the old UI sucked)
TuneIn Radio - So I can get my NPR fix.
Facebook / Friendcaster - Using both I almost end up with 1 decent app. (None of my friends are on G+)
CBS Sports Fantasy Football - For managing the team
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving / Charlie Brown Christmas - To entertain the 6-year old.
Speed Test - When you're on Sprint you're constantly hunting for decent data speeds

ROMs:
Are You Jellin - First JB ROM for the Sprint Galaxy Nexus. Built from AOSP.
CM10 nightlies - After the first M-series release, the nightlies were really good

Games:
NOVA 3 and The Dark Knight Rises - Not as good as Dead Space, Shadowgun, and Modern Combat 3 were last year.
Granny Smith - Best game of the year
Angry Birds Space - Breathed some fresh life into a dead franchise.
Skies Safari - So addictive

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Ooo. I forgot an important one.

SMS Popup - I love to have SMS messages pop up over whatever is open and allow me to quick reply. It's was one of the 1st apps I install until I flashed CM which has that natively.

Sent from my CM'd Galaxy Nexus using Android Central Forums
 
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I have an unlocked GNex on Tmobile, and an Acer Iconia Tab a500.

Home screen:
Beautiful widgets (weather/clock)
Stock calendar widget
Media folder:
Beyond pod
Moboplayer
Netflix
Pandora
OnTour Free (concert info)
Google Play Movies
Google Play Music
Shazam
TuneIn Radio
YouTube
Score center

Games folder:
Bonsai Blast
Bubble Popper
Flick Golf
Fruit Ninja
Highway Rider
Moron Test
NFL Flick Quarterback
Rollerball
Shoot Bubble
Temple Run
Uno
Where's my Perry
Solitaire Mega pack
Ghost busters
Plague Inc (Thanks Phil)

Utilities folder:
Google Earth
ConvertPad
Drop box
eBay
ES File Explorer
Google Sky map
White pages
Documents to go
ShopSavvy

Social folder:
Android Central
Craigslist
Google+
Skype
ESPN Fantasy Football
Plume
Linked in

Read folder:
Nook
Wikipedia
Google Reader

Dock: phone, txt msg, chrome, people app

Misc: flashlight, car dashboard, MyCalender

Specifically on my tablet: Madden 2012, Grand Theft Auto
 

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Dock: Text, Chrome, G-Voice, Maps, and Gmail

Apps: FlexT9 Text input (thank you Amazon for giving this free)
Yahoo Finance
Flipboard
Poweramp music player
Tunein Pro
Shazam
Es file explorer
Amazon app store
Wikipedia
Camscanner

Games:
AirControl
Flick Golf
Zombirds
Grannysmith

Last but not least
Mobile Nations forums app
 

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My most treasured apps are:
Dolphin HD (WAY faster than Chrome)
Pandora One (Music with no ads in the car? Yes please)
Google Voice
Google Music
BeyondPod for my podcatcher, mostly just listen to AC Podcast
Google's Reader for RSS, this is one of my most used apps
Tapatalk for forums (again, mostly just AC)
ES File Explorer (it's so wonderful)
Dropbox, box, Drive, etc.
I love having AdAway
Beautiful widgets
Alarm Clock Xtreme Free - it's great for that giant snooze button :D

Recently the games I've been playing are:
Jetpack Joyride, Nun Attack, Hill Climb Racer, Grabatron, and every once in a while I check on Curiosity to see how it's going.

Overall, I mostly use my phone for RSS, forum browsing, email, and gaming (besides normal phone functions).
 

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my list is rather short but the following apps are necessary to me...

- 3G Watchdog
- Amazon Kindle
- ES File Explorer
- Exchange Rates
- Holo Launcher*
- Pakete (a postage/package tracker)
- Poweramp
- Tunein Radio

and less specific an email client and a text editor.

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Samsung Galaxy S II is my phone of choice on stock JB. Here are a list of my app essentials.
google plus
instagram
android central forums
authenticator
chrome
chrome to phone
flipboard
gas buddy - find cheap gas
iMediaShare - stream video and music directly to ur xbox 360
play music
amazon mp3
ringdroid
facebook
twitter
tumblr
translate
snapseed
astro file manager
Lookout
 

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My appsolutely necessary apps are pretty boring.

-Gmail
-Email
-Tunein Radio (also for my NPR fix :) )
-Tweetcaster
-Chrome
-Crosswords
-Angry Birds
-Alarm Clock Pro
-Google Music
-Weather Channel
-Blackboard Mobile
-Pocket
-Evernote
 

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I have way to many apps on my GNEX but these apps are my absolute favorite apps I used nearly every day this year or until something better came out.

All Apps Linked To US Play Store. Just Click The App Name.
Nova Launcher - A great customizable launcher. My daily launcher until Action Launcher came out.
Action Launcher Pro - This actually beat out nova launcher for me because of its simplicity and should I say innovative app drawer. It also looks beautiful too.
Beautiful Widgets - It's just a great widget.
Titanium Backup Pro - A must have for root users
Eye In Sky Weather - The absolute BEST weather app on android
Falcon Pro - I really never used twitter as much as I do now with this app.
Amazon Appstore - Free Apps of the Day. That's about all I use it for.
Snapseed - My personal favorite photo editor
Perfectly Clear - The name of the app pretty much explains what type of photo editor this is.
Cache Cleaner - Well, it cleans cache.
Dolphin Browser - So much faster than Google Chrome.
Currents, Press, and Minimal Reader Pro - I can't decide which is better. You can't go wrong with any of these.
Granny Smith - Best Game EVER...until you beat it.
Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP - Such a beautiful game. With great headphones it's a breath-taking experience.
Devil's Attorney - When RPG and Lawyers cross paths
Pudding Monsters - Such an addicting puzzler
NFS Most Wanted - Really great racer. Plus you get to smash police cars without penalty
Super Monster Ate My Condo - It's hard to explain. The best way I can put it is Jenga on crack.
Apollo Pro - To bad it is not on the play store any longer but you can get a basic version on cyanogenmod.
 
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For me, the list is as follows. I use a Galaxy S3 LTE (GT-I9305).

  • Google Currents - almost simply the best news reader, but v2.0 has a strange new redesign
  • SwiftKey 3 - can't live without it. I type 200x faster on this than on the stock keyboard
  • SoundHound - for times when you must know what the song on the radio/in the supermarket is
  • SMS Backup and Restore - as I'm always factory resetting my phone I like to backup then restore my messages
  • Screen filter - so my corneas don't burn up at night when I use my phone without lights on.
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Endomondo Pro - makes me happy to see how many calories I've burnt
  • WhatsApp - extremely important as I have loads of group chats; the reason why I didn't migrate to Windows Phone - WhatsApp on WP is for masochists!
  • Kopitiam Balance - a nifty little app that reads my 'Kopitiam' card with NFC. This card is used to buy food at food courts in my country.
  • SBS Transit iris - an extremely useful app with an atrocious design and small quirks. Has not been overhauled in God knows how long. Used to predict bus arrival times in my country with surprising accuracy.
 

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for my Galaxy Note 2, flip board has been my favorite. I used to use Google Currents, but made the switch when I got the Note. I can keep g of my articles, Social networking updates, and ESPN sports clips in one spot. I use it every day. The Android Central Forums would be the other app that I use multiple times daily,

sent from my Galaxy Note 2, baddest phone on the planet.
 

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On my galaxy note 2

Flipboard
Facebook
Chrome
Apex launcher
Weight watchers (a girl gotta keep her figure)
Talking translator
Jspanese conversation
Korean words
Pinterest! !!
Kpoptube
Allkpop
Wattpad-read new & aspiring authors novels
Kakao talk
GAMES
Contract killer 2
Shadow gun
Drawdle-strategic physics game for S pen
Highway rider-3rd person, I love it


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I still have an Archos 43 running froyo custom rom Urukdroid. Sad :( I know but I have a brand new Nexus 7 32GB on the way! :D Looking forward to all the Jelly Bean goodness. All my apps have to run under wifi or without internet access when I'm out and about so that effects many of my choices. I also have a strong preference to apps that have cloud backup but can run without internet access. I mostly use it when I'm away from home.

Most Used/Favorite Apps:
Go Launcher
Appbrain
Elixir2/Elixir Widget for notification bar switches and back up
AK Notepad/Catch notes
CoPilot Live
NIV Bible & ESV add on from Tecarta
Facebook
Gift Pony - during the Christmas season to keep track of gifts and all year to keep ideas
Gmail
Calendar
Ewallet - Along with desktop program manages all my passwords, accounts, personal info, etc.
Packing List full - for when I'm organizing for a trip
Remember Me - for memorizing verses
sbautologin - autologin at starbucks and mcdonalds without having to agree to terms each time
Dolphin browser - just switched back from opera it seems faster.
To Market Pro - for grocery shopping but I'll probably go back to Grocery IQ because it has the web interface. It was compatible, then it wasn't and now it is again.
TV Show Favs - for keeping track of watched episodes. Developer is very responsive.
Droid48-HP 48 series calculator emulator
Titanium Backup
Android Lost - for remote wiping, security, alarm, etc. Somewhat buggy but doesn't need a cellular connection.

Current Favorite Games:
Slitherlink (full version)
Patience Revised
Phase 10
Enjoy Sudoku (paid)