Sunday 23 February 2014

Mei's would-die-without list of Android Apps

I need the latest and greatest version of Android - and because my Galaxy Note 2 isn't supported by Google, I need experimental versions made by community developers such as Cyanogen.

Anyway, I often update and poof, all my user content is gone. It's basically as if I never owned my phone. But you know what? With the cloud, this has never been an issue.

Over the past few years, I have compiled list of apps that I find myself constantly returning to.

If I lost any of these initial apps, it would be like losing my leg.

The obligatory Google apps:

  • Gmail
  • Calendar
  • Gallery/Camera
  • Photos
  • Google Now
  • Keep
  • Maps
  • G+/Hangouts
  • Blogger (duh)
  • Drive

Chrome Beta

Type: Browser
Cost: Free
Cross browser sync. That is all.
And beta because why not?

Habit RPG (Try the web version first)

Type: Task checklist
Cost: Free w/ Ad free version at $3
I have a tough time shifting my butt to do anything. HabitRPG allows me to gamify my life. You to make your own quests, and when you complete it, you get EXP and obtain traditional RPG items such as armour, weapons and pets. This is also in perpetual beta and is totally open for anyone to contribute code, graphics and ideas.There are very interesting things happening in the 'task community' which is super interesting to be apart of.

There is an bug with the official HabitRPG Android App that prevents me from actually logging in. So I'm using another one.

Messenger (Facebook)

Type: Talk to your friends, enemies, whomever as long as they're in Facebook
Cost: Free
Chat bubbles. No matter what app you're in - you can talk to your friends. It was a pretty legendary idea at the time. This was the first thing that Facebook did that made me really, really want to work for them. And love Android more because they couldn't do it on iOS.


Type: Music player
Cost: $5
It can play FLAC and has a great equaliser. I usually use it with the PureWhite theme, as traditionally, it's super ugly (imo). It's really, really pretty with PureWhite.

MX Video Player

Type: Video player
Cost: Free
Best video player. I particularly like the option to lock the screen so accidental touches won't interfere with your viewing.


Type: Weight loss manager
Cost: Free or Premium $10/month
Track food and exercise using Noom using gamification. I've lost quite a bit of weight using it, but it can only go so far.


Type: Sleep tracker
Cost: Free
Track your sleepy times

Study Checker

Type: Study tracker
Cost: Free
Track how long you take on your activities. I've been able to find out definitively find out what subjects I have spent way too much on, and subjects that are a complete bludge. And whether I even put in effort at all. Also the adverts are in Korean, and it reminds me of my goal of conforming to the stereotype of an Asian workaholic.


Barcode Scanner

Type: QR code scanner
Cost: Free
These are surprisingly handy. Especially while playing video games.


Type: Drawing app
Cost: Free
I use this to draw. I like drawing.

Pocket Cal/Kj

Type: Convert calories to kilojules or vica versa
Cost: Free

Google Keyboard

Type: Keyboard
Cost: Free
Google knows best.

Texdroider DPI (Root only)

Type: DPI changer
Cost: Free
Fit more things onto your screen.
I personally stick at a healthy 

Power Toggles

Type: Toggles for basic phone functions
Cost: Free

TeslaLED Flashlight

Type: Flashlight
Cost: Free
The -best- flashlight app. It does strobe light, morse code, timed modes. It conforms to holo design standards which most other flashlight apps don't.


Type: Adblocker
Cost: Free
When I couldn't afford the ~$2 to purchase apps, I would use this to block ads. It works really well but as it violates Google Play agreements, it needs to be downloaded and installed using F-Droid.


Hungry Jacks

I've never not gotten a free frozen coke. I have a feeling it's because it knows I don't enjoy frozen coke.

The Verge

My favourite hipster tech news source.

XDA Developers

My favourite forum.


My least favourite public transport service. This is probably obsolete now that Maps has public transport information integration.


For online friends :)

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

Portal Unicorn.

Paperland Live Wallpaper


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