Open thread: What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?

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Google’s Android Play store now has over 1 million apps to choose from, but there are only so many we can try, and even fewer which we will use on a regular basis. What are the top 5 Android apps you use?

What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?

No matter if you have one of the latest cell phones or you are using an Android phone from years ago, chances are you have a number of ‘go to’ applications with various uses which suit your use and needs.

In this open thread we would like to hear what some of your favourite Android applications are so others can discover apps that perhaps they would never of thought of, of find apps they can use in ways they didn’t think were possible. I’m sure that many of us are going to have similar apps (social network apps, news apps etc) but there are going to be a few surprising ones which you might want to try.

As is the tradition with the GizChina open thread articles, I will go first and list my top 5 Android apps which I have on my phone and use most often.

1. WeChat

we chat 150x150 Open thread: What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?In China WeChat is the way everyone with a smartphone communicates, and it is catching on internationally also and for good reason. WeChat is similar to Whasapp, in that you can send written messages, voice messages and photos to your friends over 2G, 3G or Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi being free).

In addition to regular messaging WeChat can be connected to a QQ account (Asia’s equivalent of Microsoft Messenger) and has a ‘moments’ feature where you can post photos and messages to share with your contacts. There is also a groups options allowing you have a number of friends in a chat to organise events etc.

Since the launch of WeChat everyone has ditched SMS messaging in favour of it!

2. Instagram

instagram 150x150 Open thread: What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?I think Instagram is going to be on a lot of your lists. It is a great way to share photos with friends and family and also meed people with the same interests as your own. In China it has the added benefit of being able to update your Facebook without the need to use a VPN or proxy!

 

3. Ladder

ladder trial 150x150 Open thread: What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?There are times that I need to get on sites such as Facebook and Youtube on my phone but as they are blocked in China a VPN is a must. I have the Ladder Trial app on my phone which offers you 7 minutes of VPN access (more than enough for me to have a quick browse through Facebook), and once the 7 minutes is up you can just start another 7 minutes. You can also pay to have a constant connection, but for that I have OpenVPN, but the UI on Ladder and speed of connection is much better.

4. My Tracks

my tracks 150x150 Open thread: What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?I have used Google’s My Tracks application since it launched as an experiment some years ago. I use My Tracks when mountain biking or jogging to log the distance, speed and keep a record of any new places to ride for future reference. My Tracks also connects to your Google Drive now allowing you to easily open tracks from your computer too.

 

5. Maluuba

maluuba icon image 150x150 Open thread: What are the top 5 apps you use on your Android phone?Although I have Google Now on my phone I find it unreliable and very slow to use, plus I don’t like the fact I cannot ask it to do things such as open an app, etc. Maluuba is a free app which I think offers much more than Google Now, and is more akin to Siri on iOS. Speech recognition is spot on with very few mistakes, and the ability to open apps, send messages, and set reminds is all very good. The only downside is that Maluuba doesn’t speak answers, but hopefully this will come in future updates.

What are your top Android apps?

Now it is over to you guys, what are your top apps (don’t worry if you have more or less than 5 we still want to hear) how do you use the apps and how do they compare to their rivals? Let’s see what interesting Android applications we can uncover in the comments section below!

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  • tweetycontrabajo

    none of this.

    • Gizchina

      which do you use?

  • Oz

    WhatsApp, Skype,GoogleMap, Email and NavFree.

  • Alex

    I have more then 5 that I like and use…

    Whatsapp
    GasBuddy
    Tune in radio
    Zedge
    Total recall call recorder
    Aptoide
    Slickdeals
    Fastburst camera
    ooVoo
    Skype
    Homesnap
    Goggles
    Chrome
    Next launcher 3D
    Wifi tether trevE mod
    Groupon
    Google maps, navigator

    I’m sure I missed a few…

    • Gizchina

      Ah! Fastburst is a great app!

  • Yash Garg

    1. Chrome
    2. WhatsApp
    3. Feedly
    4. WeChat
    5. Tasks

    And of course Google apps (Gmail, gtalk, maps)

    • Gizchina

      I can’t believe I didn’t mention Chrome and Gmail…..

      • Yash Garg

        You’re using your laptop too much maybe ;)

  • tmxturuu

    im sure most people just use youtube, facebook, twitter, maps or something like that, maybe skype, viber. basic apps

  • Xiaolu

    WeChat, Google Translator, Pleco (because I live in China)… and Dungeon Hunter 4!

  • highwind

    whatsapp, chrome and candy crush for “active apps”
    greenify and swiftkey pro for “passive apps”

    dont even have facebook, instagram, google+ and all these “other people really NEED to know what I am doing”-apps installed

  • DragonDragon

    Wechat,
    Facebook now ( vpn like app)
    Opera
    Utorrent
    Pleco
    Blood brothers etc etc

  • Quetzal

    Evernote, Feedly, Todo Cloud, Foursquare, Weather Pro, Facebook (and of course Mail, Contacts, Calendar)

  • Finn

    1. Spotify and music
    2. WhatsApp
    3. Outlook
    4. Feedly / Flipboard
    5. Google Now / Search

  • Zalzala

    Whatsapp, Line, Offline Dictionaries, Memo & Chrome

  • Irv

    WeChat
    Google Translate / Pleco
    Sleepmeter (sleep tracking)
    Foursquare
    Strava Cycling (My Tracks gave me some problems in the past)
    AirDroid
    Titanium Backup
    and of course Google apps (Gmail, Maps)

  • Allanitomwesh

    Whatsapp
    Gmail
    Opera Mini
    Titanium Backup
    ADW Launcher

    Most used would be whatsapp,I don’t really install that many apps. I also like Moon+ Reader for when I have a book I’m reading. I also play Bubble Blast to pass the time,fun little game that.

  • daniel999

    Firefox, gmail or yahoo mail, kingsoft office, alarmdroid, inoreader.

  • Android Lover

    Whatsapp, Life360, Facebook/Messenger, 4D/TOTO, Phone Bill/Data,

  • Dai_Shan

    On my phone and tablet:

    1. Pleco (also living in China, OCR is a life saver)
    2. Moon+ Pro
    3. Mantano Reader
    4. TuneIn Radio
    5. Hangouts

    Usually exclusive to my phone:
    1. Wechat
    2. Tiny Tiny RSS
    3. Tapatalk
    4. Chrome + Gapps
    5.沃行讯通 (Awesome app for finding bus routes and where the buses are at, so you can chose alternatives if need be)

    On my tablet:
    1. Lightning Browser
    2. Dice Player
    3. Plex
    4. Youku
    5. Skype

  • Evgenij Nebotov

    1. financisto – for finances
    2. gtasks – for notes
    3. vk – .ru social net
    4. igo 2012 – for offline navi
    5. agoda/booking – when i’m travelling

  • res gomez

    Clean Master,
    Umano,
    Download MP3,
    iHeart Radio,
    AnkiDroid

  • http://wfh.lt/ Eitautas Šimaitis

    1. Viber (who need to pay for call? use internet 2$ = 1GB 100% internet connection in country HF)
    2. ES file manager (manage files and add custom ring-tones 2 phone
    3. Yahoo weather (nice design)
    4. Some BUS schedule app for travelling
    5. Nova Launcher (maybe will change some day)

  • ludo

    My apps:

    #1 Greenify, it should be in stock Android by default
    #2 GravityBox, who needs a custom ROM with GB?
    #3 FBReader, best ebook reader ever
    #4 MXPlayer, could not live without it
    #5 Backgammon NJ, I’m a backgammon addict

    And of course all the standard google apps, plus the awesome Xperia keyboard.

  • ApSoL

    Whatsapp
    Facebook Messanger
    Yatse
    Gmail
    Youtube

  • no name

    1. backup to gmail (absolutely must have)
    insensibly backups your sms/mms/call log to gmail account. no settings, no bugs, no battery drain. just works

    2. mx player (pro)

    best video player for android i ever used

    3. poweramp

    best audio player for android i ever used

    4. ES file explorer

    best file manager and much more than simple file manager

    real swissknife “all in one”. replaces bunch of apps

    5. CoolReader
    best ebook reader for android i ever used

  • bianca

    i might have facebook, skype, oovoo, twitter, gps, inastagram