So you just got a shiny new smartphone and are wondering what apps you will need? There is a huge list of awesome apps out there, but it’s important to get you started with some of the ones you will need and use the most.
I will show you some of the most popular, interesting, fun and helpful apps out there. Fasten your seat belts, guys. Let’s get your phone ready for action.
Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram
Let’s start with your social networks, guys. We all know smartphones are all about communication, and you will need your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram apps. I mention those because they are the most popular, but there are many other social networks out there.
Wether you are using an Android, iOS or Windows Phone device, you will find these social networks in your respective app stores. Or at least most of them.
OK, so this one only applies to Android users, but Android users make the majority of smartphone users, anyways. Most devices come with inferior keyboards. There are many great replacements out there, but I still haven’t found a keyboard that sways me away from Swiftkey (and believe me, I have tried many others).
This keyboard has crazy good predictions. Not to mention, it actually learns from your typing habits and saves your typing style in the cloud. I absolutely love it. By the way, this app is now free!
If you are an Android user, you already have Google Maps pre-installed. Other manufacturers have their own solutions, though. And no matter how much we try to like them, there is simply nothing like Google Maps. You can download Google Maps straight from the Apple App Store.
Windows Phone users are a bit out of luck, as there is no official Google Maps app for them. There are some unofficial alternatives that do a great job, though. My favorite one is GMaps.
Google Drive or Dropbox
The market is getting filled with cloud storage solutions, but the most popular are still Google Drive and Dropbox. We recommend that you download these apps and synchronize your important files with them. After all, local storage is starting to become a thing of the past.
You can get Google Drive from the Google Play Store or Apple App store, while a good replacement is available for Windows Phone. Meanwhile, Dropbox offers its app on all major app stores, including the Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Windows Phone app store.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music happens to be my favorite music streaming service, as it syncs your own library and allows you to access it from any device. It comes in handy for those who like sticking to their own music and would rather not pay monthly subscriptions. Now, if you do want a subscription music streaming service, I would recommend Spotify. It’s a very popular service with apps for all platforms.
Definitely get Chrome
They say all stock internet browsers are only good for one thing – downloading Chrome. Chrome is the favorite browser world-wide, and it would take a lot for any of us to leave it.
Chrome now comes stock with Android devices, but those with iOS devices can get Google’s famous browser from the Apple App Store. Sadly, Gogole has no plans to release Chrome for Windows Phone. Kind of a bummer… but Microsoft swears the new Internet Explorer is awesome!
Get your reading on with the Amazon Kindle app
I am not a fan of reading on LCD screens, but if you are going to do it, you should get the Amazon Kindle app. Amazon has one of the largest collections of electronic books, as well as some of the most popular eReaders out there. If you have a Kindle reader, the app will sync with your devices, and vice versa.
I know, a lot of you will say this game sucks royally. At the very least, many of you will think its outdated, and it is. The deal here is that this section is more aimed towards new smartphone users. Think of Angry Birds as your introduction to casual mobile gaming. Play around with it, have some fun, get addicted, and then you can move into more advanced gaming.