Many applications are available for Android which is one of the reasons Android is so good. Here is my recommended list of Android apps. Most are free, but some of the best apps do cost a little. Originally posted December 2013, updated for 2016.
SwiftKey Keyboard (Now free).
The mind reading keyboard! Best app to get for Android.
Nine – Outlook for Androids (Free trial, $9.99 after)
Best Email app.
Lookup your colleague’s information in Exchange on your Android.
A must have app. Replaces the stock SMS application and looks exactly like the stock SMS app from Cyanogenmod (or 8sms), except it adds encryption.
8sms (Stock messaging app)
8sms is a port of the Android stock messaging (sms and mms) app with a few extra useful features then added on. From the CyanogenMod team.
BBM from Blackberry on Android. Wait, does anyone use this anymore??
APG is OpenPGP for Android. It’s open source and its goal is to provide a similar OpenPGP implementation as GnuPG.
Cerberus anti theft (free one week trial)
Cerberus is a complete anti-theft application, the best protection you can get to recover your misplaced, lost or stolen Android device.
2-step verification codes on your phone.
OpenVPN Connect is the official full-featured Android VPN client for the OpenVPN Access Server, Private Tunnel and OpenVPN Community.
Orbot: Proxy with Tor
Orbot is a free proxy app that empowers other apps to use the internet more securely. Orbot uses Tor to encrypt your Internet traffic and then hides it by bouncing through a series of computers around the world.
Orweb: Private Web Browser
Orweb is the most privacy-enhancing web browser on Android for visiting any website, even if it’s normally censored, monitored, or on the hidden web. (use with Orbot)
aWARemote for Winamp
Control the Winamp running on your computer from your Android device.
Play your music, videos and view images on your Android devices from your network (using DLNA TVs, XBMC, WMP).
Songza plays you the right music at the right time. Great streaming music (needs internet connection).
The official YouTube app for Android.
Music player to replace the Google music player.
Podcast player, with feature to automatically download podcasts you subscribe to.
Feedly News Reader
Feedly is an RSS news reader for android phones and tablets.
Circa is a good way to read and follow headline news.
Notification Weather is an exceptionally stylish and easy to use app for always staying up to date with the weather forecast.
Notification Weather Premium ($1.00)
The premium version gives you a few extra features.
Scan barcodes and QR codes using this app.
OS Monitor is a tool for monitoring your Android system.
Greenify *ROOT: Renew my Phone (requires root)
Greenify help you identify and put the misbehaving apps into hibernation when you are not using them, to stop them from lagging your device and leeching the battery.
ROM Manager (requires root)
Best app for root users. Lets you backup your ROM easily.
Smart WiFi Toggler
Smart WiFi Toggler is an application designed to control your phone’s WiFi using location based rules. Its aim is to conserve battery and minimize data charges by turning WiFi off when not connected to a network, and turning it on when a known hotspot is present. It constantly learns where your hotspots are located to make its decisions.
This app helps prevent against accidental volume changes by confirming the change you made, by either tray notification or a pop up. If you don’t approve the change, the volume will be reset within a set amount of seconds. Great app!
Shows the Wi-Fi channels around you. Helps you to find a less crowded channel for your wireless router.
Firefox (allows uBlock Origin addon!)
Blocks ads on websites. After installing Firefox look for the “uBlock Origin” addon.
AdFree (requires root)
Must have for root users. Blocks ads! (stopped working recently)
AdAway (requires root)
Same as AdFree. And still works!
Read books that are on your Kobo on your Android device.
CyanogenMod ROM. One of the best ROMs for your Android device. Be careful, installing a custom ROM isn’t for beginners.
Cyanogenmod only Android Apps
App changes your notification profiles based on time of day. Great to turn off sms/messaging notification sounds while you sleep and automatically turn them back on during the day time.