A friend of mine just got her very first smartphone ever – an Android model. So I thought I’d offer up some suggestions for apps she’ll want to download now.
1. AVAST Mobile security. Just as with a PC, every phone needs a security app. You’ll find several available for free in the Google Play Store. I happen to like AVAST. This app will protect you from going to malicious sites and keep an eye out for malware and viruses. If you have Norton Security on your PC, you can also activate their security app on your phone, so that’s a nice bonus.
2. Facebook and Facebook Messenger. If you use the social media site, you will definitely want the app. Trying to use Facebook on your mobile browser, just won’t work right. But I’m going to additionally suggest Messenger because it has a lot of great features for communicating with your friends and family. You can send text messages, make voice calls, make instant video calls, attach files and photos and more! And, if you’re connected to WiFi, you don’t use any of your data plans for your phone. You can instantly video call anyone with this app anywhere in the world, no extra charge. It’s really pretty neat. Messenger also features its own games and will even set reminders for you. Plus, you don’t need to be active on Facebook to use Messenger. You can just sign in with a phone number.
3. Microsoft Word is a great addition to your phone. It works just like Word on your PC. You can create, edit, and share documents. You can open just about any text file sent by anyone and they’ll be able to read yours as well.
Plus, Microsoft Word documents created with this app look exactly the same whether you’re viewing them on a tablet, phone, or a PC.
4. A Pedometer app. This particular friend of mine has been on a successful campaign to get more exercise and eat better. Your phone can keep track of all your steps. I like Pacer Pedometer because not only will it count my steps, it will also send the info to the My Fitness Pal app which helps monitor your calorie intake, activity, level and your weight loss and fitness progress. You can even scan barcodes from pre-packaged food to get the nutritional content.
5. Snapseed. I picked this app because my friend is an avid photographer and I’m sure she’ll want to start snapping away with her handy phone camera. The great thing about Snapseed is that it offers the same features you find in expensive photo editing software like Photoshop, all at the tap of your finger.
You can choose just to crop images and apply fun filters or get more advanced and sharpen images and adjust color and light levels. You can even use it to remove unwanted objects from pictures and to spot correct dark or light areas of an image.
There’s a learning curve involved, but this is one program that’s really worth the effort.
All of these programs are available in the Google Play Store to download for free.