Android Tips and Tricks - 15 Best Android Apps That You May Have Never Used

As soon as you get your brand-new Android smartphone, there are a few apps you are probably going to download immediately, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, maybe Kindle, along with your favorite games. But with more than a million apps in the Google Play store, it’s pretty much assured that there are going to be a lot of options that you never even thought of, either because you’re not sure what they do or you simply don’t even know they exist. Here’s a list of some top picks that you probably don’t about that you might want to try:

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."

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.

Buzz Launcher
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.

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.

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 Goggles
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).

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 message.

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