Must-have apps on your smartphone

4 fwEnhance the productivity of your smart phone by downloading these must-have apps for Android and iOS platforms


1) Airdroid
It lets you control the phone from your computer wirelessly. No additional software is required on the computer as it works via a browser window. You can transfer data, install apps, send/receive SMSes, as well as reject an incoming call.

2) AVG Antivirus

The free antivirus not only protects your phone from viruses and malware, but also scans each new app for threats before installation. It even monitors suspicious incoming text messages, has a call and SMS blocker, and lets you track, lock or wipe your phone when stolen.

3) ES File Explorer

Some Android smartphones come with a file manager, but even for these, ES file explorer is recommended. The app lets you copy/paste among folders, hide folders or compress/ uncompress files. You can even select multiple files and folders for various tasks.

4) MX Player

One of the most feature-rich and powerful media players, it has a built-in file manager, plays most video formats, and provides quick access from playback display for volume and brightness.

5) Kingsoft Office

A free, full-fledged document editing app, it supports over 20 commonly used formats, has a built-in file manager and works seamlessly with various cloud storage services.


1) Google Maps
Apple’s attempt at maps is commendable, but it doesn’t come close to Google Maps. You get maps for over 200 countries, besides voiceguided navigation with real-time traffic updates.

2) Find my iPhone

This free app from Apple lets you track your iPhone/iPad/iPod if it’s lost or stolen. You can send messages, lock the device, sound an alarm or wipe data via the iCloud panel in a browser.

3) PlayXtreme HD

While the default video player is good to play videos in the MP4 format, iOS doesn’t play well with all formats. PlayXtreme HD media player takes care of this issue as it supports most popular video formats. You can even transfer files over WiFi from your PC or an iOS device.

4) Camera Awesome

The default camera app on the iPhone has a basic interface. With Camera Awesome, you can have much more control over the camera using various effects, composition grid lines, exposure control, as well as a built-in photo enhancer.

5) Light

If you want to use your iPhone’s camera LED as a torch, the free Light is the app to go for. Not only does it have a simple user interface, but also lets you adjust the LED brightness and has an SOS mode for emergency.

Source: The Economic Times

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