Given the number of Android apps available on the Play Store, it is no surprise that most people find it tough to choose and install the most useful apps. While games are good for passing time and most popular apps are basically media consumption apps, you should look into installing applications that bring utility to your device and allow you more flexibility in terms of everyday use. In this article, I will introduce you to 5 very useful Android apps for Nerds (that I install no matter which device I use).
Splashtop Remote Desktop
This remote desktop app is very useful if you want to stay connected to your home computer while you are on the move. The app uses internet (obviously) to connect to its desktop counterpart (which you are required to install on your PC) and lets you interact with your computer using your Android device. The functionality is excellent, and the app allows you to move your desktop pointer effortlessly and input text using an onscreen keyboard. Copying files, sending them via email, running programs and managing your computer is very easy using Splashtop Remote Desktop.
Dictionary – Merriam-Webster
Lets face it, who doesn’t like to have a pocket dictionary available at all times? Merriam Webster is available for free and does not need internet connectivity for operation. Once you have installed it (and allowed it to download files), it will run whether you are connected to the internet or not. The app lets you search for words and read their meanings (obviously), hear pronunciations (using the internet), bookmark words and checkout the word of the day (again, using the internet).
Hotspot Shield VPN
Ever wanted to bypass network restrictions (at school, college or work) and browse blocked websites on your device? If so, Hotspot Shield VPN is your friend. This is also a free app and once you instal and run it, it allows you to anonymously browse the internet on your Android device.
The app is also excellent for those who are concerned about the security of their data transfers when using open networks and hotspots. The app shields your internet data from hackers and masks your IP address to prevent tracking.
Needless to say, with great power, comes greater responsibility.
Sidebar Pro is a great multitasking app for your Android device. It allows you to swipe your finger on one edge of your screen and slide out a sidebar, which you can set to show apps which you frequently use. Given how the sidebar is always active and can be called into view on top of any app you are running, it is excellent for multitasking. A free version of the app is also available on the Play Store.
tTorrent Pro – Torrent Client
tTorrent is a great app for people who want to download torrents directly to their Android devices. The app allows you to set up network protocols and limit download/upload speeds if required. Getting torrents using magnet links is extremely easy and the app can continue to download your torrents in the background while you use your phone normally. If you are a frequent torrent downloader, you will find tTorrent extremely useful.
Comment below and let me know if you have any other app suggestions or other useful things you would like to do on your Android device.