By Joe Levi | November 8, 2013 3:52 PM
We all have smartphones or tablets, and at some point everyone is going to want to install an app or two on them. These apps fall into four groups: paid, free (with ads), free (with in-app purchases), and truly free. Notice how there are three kinds of “free”, only one of which really is “free”. The others all cost you something: watching ads, sharing personal information, paying for things inside the app, etc. It’s the other kind of app that I want to focus on: paid apps. Apps that you’ve forking out your hard-earned money to download and install.
I headed over to Twitter and asked my Tweeple what are some Android apps worth paying for? Here’s what they said.
Taking things even further, SwiftKey is multilingual, letting you type in three languages at once, and available in 60 languages. Unlike other keyboards, SwiftKey learns how you write, making auto-correction smarter, word prediction more accurate, and ultimately makes getting text into your phone or tablet faster.
To help keep things personal, SwiftKey supports themes and keeps what it’s learned about how you write in the cloud so it works across all your devices, and even your new phone — no re-learning required.
Action Launcher Pro
It also includes Covers, Shutters, Quicksearch, support for smartphones as well as both 7- and 10-inch tablets, icon packs, and more.
Once you get everything just the way you want it, you can back up (and later restore) your settings to (and from) your sdcard.
Luckily Pocket Casts was updated not long ago. Updated? It was more like a complete overhaul! And it’s amazing. In addition to doing everything that you’d hope a podcatching app would do, Pocket Casts lets you sync and backup your subscriptions, playlists, and progress, so switching to a new device or a new ROM won’t interfere with your podcatching experience.
Don’t have time to listen to a dozen podcasts? No problem, you can speed up playback to as much as three times the original, slow it down to half-speed, or anything in between!
This one is a no brainer! Go and get it, then subscribe to the Pocketnow Weekly.
Titanium Backup PRO
Titanium Backup allows you to backup settings, apps, SMS, MMS, calls, bookmarks, Wi-Fi access points, and so much more! You can save your backups to a local sdcard, or to the cloud in a Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive account. You can even package up your apps and their configuration into an update.zip file that you can restore when you’re flashing a new ROM. Yeah, it’s that awesome!
When I was a boy I’d plan my personal schedule with the TV Guide in one hand and a day planner in the other. MacGyver, Knight Rider, Air Wolf, and Star Trek were my go-to shows. We didn’t have DVRs back then, and programming a VCR became tiresome after an electrical brown-out wiped the memory, which happened all too often. Brown-outs and surges resulted in missed shows and the dreaded, blinking 12:00 that haunts my nightmares even today.
My late-father would muse about “the future” and how some day we’d be able to watch anything we wanted “on demand”, just as easy as going to the library and checking out a book — but it would be in our homes, through our computers.
Finally, that day has arrived — almost. Netflix, in case you didn’t know, offers a video streaming service that let’s you watch many movies and TV episodes, streamed over the Internet, on your TV, tablet, or even your smartphone. The selection of titles is fairly complete, as long as you’re okay with waiting a while to see the new season of your favorite show. The price is superb, and when teamed up with a ChromeCast, you can stream episodes to your TV or monitor from across the room. It’s nothing short of amazing.
Honorable Mention: Falcon Pro
There is a work-around that involves a hidden color code combined with a gesture which will allow you to use your own developer API to get access. It’s technically possible to get and use Falcon Pro, for now anyway, as long as you’re willing to jump through some hoops.
Did I miss your favorite paid-app? Want to voice your support for one that I covered? Did I fail to mention your favorite feature? Head down to the comments and let us know!
For the rest of you, here are some of the replies that I got.
- @N1troz: Lux. Best auto-brightness app out there.
- @Huffey140: Asphalt 8, SwiftKey, and The Room to name a few!
- @diogobrs: swiftkey
- @Brooks_Barnard: @swiftkey, ActionLauncher, and @TitaniumBackup
- @Gangigazmic: action launcher, rocket player prime… swiftkey and i think that’s like it.
- @kongdickie: pocket cast, swift key, sliding messenger. Stuff I use everyday.
- @WajdJTohme: that would be @SwiftKey keyboard and @falcon_android Falcon pro Twitter client.
- @jBradh: Android system panel.
- @cezarcociorba: endomondo sports tracker, Plume and Falcon Pro. Sleep as android, titanium backup, Tasker, triangle away.
- @CristianIstrate: SwiftKey
- @MartijnM1971: Most of the apps i bought i use for backup and rooting stuff, the app i bought and use every day is Action Launcher.
- @funkymobileman: Nova Launcher, and some Islamic apps like ipray, myduaa. Swiftkey became a waste after Google keyboard was released
- @hayatohuseman: Action Launcher and Falcon Pro. I’d buy either of them three times over.
- @darryldoak: Swipe Home Button which I use to bring up recent apps, Clipper which is a cloud synced clipboard, and Alarm Clock Extreme. And Nova Launcher.
- @n_alvarez2007: SwiftKey, Nova Launcher Pro, Titanium Backup.
- @icu: TiBu, Nova, BeyondPod, Falcon Pro, DigiCal, SwiftKey, MX Player
- @t3chmaniac: Franco Kernel updater and Asphalt 8