Apps that makes your phone more interesting
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Tasker is one of the most powerful apps available for Android, and it is available through the Play Store. However, this automation tool has a very steep learning curve and isn’t something you can properly evaluate within Google’s 2-hour refund window.
So, before you choose to buy it, head over to the Tasker website and grab the trial version. It lasts for seven days, and you can even uninstall and reinstall it to extend your trial period further.
MiXPlorer is a true hidden Android gem.
It’s completely free, and must be downloaded from the official support thread at xda-developers. The app continues to get updated on a regular basis too.
If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep, there’s a chance your smartphone use is to blame. Phone and tablet screens emit blue light at a frequency that tricks our brains into thinking it’s still daytime.
Short of not using your phone after sunset, the solution can be to use an app that filters the harmful blue light. It should help you sleep better and will reduce eyestrain as well.
That link also has versions that work on older devices — the Play Store one is Android 5.0 and later only.
It isn’t the easiest to use, but if you’re willing to invest the time to learn it, it can produce great results. The official version of this open source app can be downloaded from here, while a thread with more information can be found over at xda-developers.com.
The version of V4A found in the Play Store is not the official one, by the way.
In these cases, you can trust the developers at Android enthusiast site XDA-Developers to pull the apps and make them more widely available.
The best recent example is the rather splendid keyboard app for the BlackBerry Priv. It’s fast and intelligent, very cleanly designed, and comes packed with the kind of shortcuts and tricks that were the hallmarks of classic BlackBerry devices.
Remember, this is all very unofficial, so it’s liable to disappear, and you may encounter bugs with the software. Download from here.
Have you tried any of the apps we’ve listed here? Or do you have any other favorites that aren’t in the Play Store? Let us know in the comments.