Wikitude is a free browser that will open up your eyes to the world around you using your device's camera. This augmented reality browser is neat because it lets you explore and interact with your surroundings. You can search for places around you, like "restaurants" or "accommodations," or look up nearby events, tweets, Yelp recommendations or even a relevant Wikipedia article or two. Vendors in the area also serve up mobile coupons through the app so you'll know when you're located near a good deal. Wikitude also comes with a bunch of cool AR games, like “Alien Attack”, "Swat The Fly," and "Bubble Tap."
Google Play: Wikitude
Whether you're interested in keeping your phone screen on while you read an e-book or you want it to ring a bit louder, Tasker is ready to do your bidding. Take advantage of this clever app's numerous triggers, such as time, day and location, to save yourself some time and make your smartphone even smarter.
Google Play: Tasker
Tired of the way your phone's interface looks? Wish you could change more than just the wallpaper? From app drawers and calendar widgets all the way to home-screen layouts, Buzz Launcher lets you change the look of your interface so it feels like you're using a completely different device. You can choose from one of more than 200,000 beautiful user-created designs, or just create your own. You can even build your own widget and personalize your phone even more than you thought possible.
Google Play: Buzz Launcher
It would be nice if your keyboard were smart enough to know what you want to enter, but not so darn presumptuous that it auto-corrects your words all the time without even providing any notice. A.I.type features a context-based next-word prediction engine that warns you before (and after) it corrects your text. With different skins, such as iPhone 4s and Windows 7 layouts, you can emulate other devices and operating systems. A.I.type also offers you navigation and editing buttons, like Back and Undo, so your fingers will never have to leave the keyboard again. It also learns from your typing habits, refining its prediction engine as you type.
Google Play: A.I.type
Whether you're getting ready for a trip to Japan or just want to understand the menu at a fancy French restaurant, CamDictionary can be a lifesaver. This app translates the words it sees through your device's camera, in real time, so you don't have to worry about taking a picture just to get your explanation. Thirty-six languages are supported, and you can use CamDictionary almost anywhere in the world. You can even learn a new language, thanks to the pronunciation guides and audio clips that play through your native speakers.
Google Play: CamDictionary
Google Goggles is a cool program that lets you look up anything you see around you by just snapping a photo with your phone's camera. Shoot pictures of bar codes, QR codes or any image such as a famous landmark, billboard or movie poster. The app will do a Google Images search, and then return information such as movie titles, locations and even translations of foreign text in your pictures. You can also use this app to add additional contacts by taking a snapshot of a business card, thanks to built-in Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
Google Play: Google Goggles
Messaging apps that send texts, photos, videos and location information are everywhere these days, but WeChat's claim to fame is fun. A cool live chat walkie-talkie-style feature will allow you and a group of friends to send short voice messages to each other. It also has a robust library of free and paid stickers that make messaging pals truly entertaining. The free app works on iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry devices, plus there's a web client for the desktop.
Google Play: WeChat
Accupedo is a pedometer that does exactly what you’d think, and does it very well. Unlike many other fitness apps, this step tracker doesn't ask you to set up an account and log in before you start tracking. Accupedo tracks your steps, the distance you’ve walked, calories burned, and the time you’ve spent walking, then shows you weekly, monthly and yearly reports of your progress. You can share your daily walking log on social media, or have it emailed to yourself for safekeeping. Set goals based on the number of steps you take, distance walked, or the amount of weight that you want to lose.
Google Play: Accupedo
Security breaches are more common than even burglaries and muggings nowadays. Guard yourself against would-be identity thieves with PasswordBox, which lets you manage the credentials of services like Facebook, Netflix and your bank account. The app generates secure passwords for new profiles that you create while you browse the web, and guards your information with AES-256 bit encryption. Access all of your accounts with one master password. You can also store your credit card, banking and ID information inside the app and have it covered by the same protection.
Google Play: PasswordBox
With FoxFi, you can make full use of your phone's data plan without paying extra for tethering. The app turns your smartphone into a hotspot for all your other devices, so now you can surf on the go with your laptop or tablet. You don't even have to root your phone to use this app, and your carrier will never know the difference.
Google Play: FoxFi
It’s easy to keep your Android safe with Avast. The program offers tools like virus scanner, virus removal, firewall, app manager and app lock. It protects your smart phone from phishing attempts, prevents spyware and viruses from installing, and even features a web-based phone locate feature if you happen to have lost your device. If your phone is swiped, you can remotely wipe it and prevent sensitive information from being accessed.
Google Play: Avast
AllCast lets you stream your device's photos, music or videos to almost anything else. Cast to your Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV or Smart TVs directly from your Android. You can control playback and volume options while never without getting up from your couch.
Google Play: AllCast
You probably know how much of a pain it is when you've changed your phone number or home address, making sure the right data gets to the people you want. Addappt takes the pain out of that process by letting you share your contact information directly with your friends. When you update your details, the changes are automatically synced on your contacts' phones so they don’t even have to lift a finger. The app pulls initial information from your device’s address book and subsequently updates it so you'll have the same information across the board.
Google Play: Addappt
If you're still using the stock Android browser or Chrome, you've been missing out. Opera is now the best browser for Android, and not just because it's the fastest. The app offers three different browsing layouts -- Phone, Classic and Tablet -- so it can focus on easier one-handed use, or more space for content. Tabs are conveniently docked in an overlaid carousel, so you can quickly scroll through them. A Flipboard-like Discover feature puts stories from the Internet's most popular content providers in one convenient panel as well.
Google Play: Opera
Toshl Finance helps you organize your expenses in a fun and easy manner. Its quirky robotic characters and easy-to-use interface make entering daily expenditures simple. Just set a daily reminder to fill in your spending for that day, create custom, separate budgets, plan for upcoming bills and then track your spending while you travel. You can also sync your info across different devices and monitor your finances with some nice colored charts. A monthly $1.99 subscription unlocks several premium features such as multiple budgets and more graphs on the web version.
Google Play: Toshl Finance