The best apps for your new Android smartphone or tablet

Have you just received or offered an Android smartphone or tablet? It is now time to fill it out and choose the right applications to install. Here is a small selection of essential Android apps to download to start as a chef.

To change this atrocious interface …
Manufacturers usually change the interface of Android. The operation can be successful, but sometimes it happens that it slow down the user experience. Fortunately, on Android, we can do everything, including changing the "launcher".
Since Google Now Launcher is no longer available, Nova Launcher is THE reference in the field. For a different, but effective experience, the Microsoft Launcher could please you. And if you want to get closer to Google Pixel, the APK of their launcher is also available outside the Play Store.

                        To give a touch of youth to his phone or escape the heavy overlay of its manufacturer nothing better than an alternative launcher and …
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                        An interface close to android stock
                                                                Advanced customization
                                                                Compatible with icon packs
                        For Microsoft fans or those looking for a simple interface, Microsoft Launcher offers a sleek and connected smartphone experience …
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                        A clean and customizable interface
                                                                A news feed that looks like you
                                                                Swap photos and files with your PC

For podcasts …
Then let's go to hobbies. Between music, podcasts, video … You will not really get bored. For the management of podcasts, the best of the genre for those who do not want to spend too much is undoubtedly Podcast Addict, both comprehensive, intuitive and above all free. Pocket Casts is paying, but aesthetically more fun. Also, Podcast Republic offers a free alternative with a sleek design, Chromecast compatibility and a host of features.

                        Podcast Addict's most popular podcast application, Podcast Addict is also developed independently by a French listener …
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                        Follow all podcasts in an app
                                                                A developer who listens to the community
                                                                An ultra customizable application
                        Pocket Casts is one of the reference applications for listening to podcasts on Android.
With more than 200,000 shows, Pocket Casts …
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                        Listen to podcasts with a reference app
                                                                Browse over 200,000 shows from around the world
                                                                Set the reading to match your desires
                        Are you a fan of Hi Techie or Club Internet and looking for a good Android app to listen to your favorite podcasts? Podcast …
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                        Compatibility with third party apps like Tasker
                                                                Synchronization between devices
                                                                Integrated equalizer
Moreover, if you are looking for content to listen to, do not hesitate to add Hi Techie to your list of favorite podcasts.

For music …
For music, we really recommend trying Google Play Music, which is usually preinstalled on most Android smartphones. For several reasons: you have between one and three months of subscription offered, which is far from negligible. You can also add all your MP3s and find them on Google's servers for free. And finally, because you will be able to enjoy YouTube Premium for a few more euros and that will allow you to remove advertisements from the service.
If you are looking for a simple music player, Shuttle + Music Player is one of the most beautiful and effective. There is also a free version (but it loses Chromecast compatibility). You can also turn to Phonograph Music Player, a free and open source alternative.
And then, we recommend Spotify of course, or the application of your favorite music streaming service (Deezer, Apple Music, Qobuz, etc.).

                        Google Play Music is Google's musial streaming service, like all its competitors it gives you access to a catalog of millions of …
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                        40 million songs to listen in unlimited
                                                                Customized recommendations and playlist
                                                                Access to YouTube Music
                        Nowadays, music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music have pride of place, but some still like to listen to their music …
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                        Super design
                                                                Uninterrupted playback, lyrics display, album art …
                                                                Chromecast compatible
                        Phonograph Music Player is an open source music player that is both beautiful and very easy to use. Taking over the Material Design, he wants to be …
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                        Many customization options
                                                                Open source, free and without ads
                                                                Very nice design
                        Among the forerunners of streaming music Spotify, a service of Swedish origin, is today the main player.
From now on…
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                        A catalog of 30 million titles
                                                                Download and listen to your music offline
                                                                Enjoy personalized recommendations and playlists

For videos …
Here are the two video players that we can advise you with your eyes closed, it is VLC and XPlayer who read all possible formats or almost. The first is a reference on both computer and smartphone, while the latter offers an ultra pleasant interface – thanks to its very elegant dark theme. XPlayer is also available in Premium version to get rid of ads, but they are already very discreet on the declination free.

                        VLC media player is the most popular free and open source video and audio player, ideal for playing any format and replacing the player …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Support for all audio and video formats
                                                                Free and open source
                                                                Compatible with subtitles
                        XPlayer is an excellent reader who guarantees the confidentiality of your videos. in particular by offering to protect some of your …
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                        Supports all formats
                                                                Beautiful dark theme
                                                                Non-intrusive ads on the free version

For video on demand …
You will be more naturally pointed out to video on demand services with the most original content. And between Netflix and its big series like Sabrina or La Casa de Papel, and Amazon with Deutsch les Lands, there's plenty to do. To consume French and find HBO series (including Game of Thrones), we will turn to OCS Orange service.
                        Ideal to occupy its Sundays to binge watcher entire seasons of exclusive series. Netflix arrived in France in 2014 and became …
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                        A large catalog of films and series including many exclusives
                                                                Customized recommendations according to your tastes
                                                                Up to 5 profiles for the whole family
                        Little do know but like Netflix, Amazon offers its own unlimited video platform. This service is less provided than the reference …
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                        Unlimited movies and series included in the Amazon Prime subscription
                                                                Watch streaming or download your videos
                                                                Use X-Ray to learn more about actors and series
                        With the OCS app find your programs live or in replay, enjoy a wide selection of exclusive movies and TV shows.
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                        HBO series live from the USA
                                                                Recent and exclusive films and series
                                                                Available everywhere, even offline

For the pictures…
Take pictures, edit them, send them … It's not always easy with Android's basic apps. With Snapseed, you will be able to make precise and varied retouches. Prisma is also one of our favorite photo apps: it will transform your photography into the style of a famous painting. Finally, Google Photos will be the best for small daily retouching and online backup of your shots.

                        Snapseed is a photo editor with dozens of effects and settings, to give professional quality to your photos …
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                        Edit your photos simply with 29 effects
                                                                Preset records
                                                                Use the curves for precise modifications
                        Use Prisma to turn each of your photos into a true work of art.
Choose from 250 filters inspired by the style of …
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                        Turn your photos into master paintings
                                                                250 filters to try
                                                                Share your photos and earn likes
                        Google Photos is Google's photo storage service, it allows unlimited storage of photos up to 16 megapixels …
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                        Very complete online photo and video storage service
                                                                Unlimited storage up to 16 megapixels and 1080p
                                                                IA that identifies objects, environments and people

For games …
There are tons of good games on Android and we have written several thematic guides to help you in your choices. Here is a very small selection of titles to discover on your new smartphone. Note that Fortnite is reserved for a limited list of devices and is not available on the Play Store. However, we explain how to install it.


                        Card Thief is a card game where you interpret a thief whose vile purpose is to steal the casket full of jewels resting in …
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                        Addictive gameplay
                                                                Neat drawings
                                                                A game that is renewed well
                        Match Land is a fantasy RPG a bit strange in which you have to go in search of ingredients to feed the many shops …
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                        Enter a cute and quirky fantasy universe
                                                                Turn-based fights mixing RPG style and puzzle game
                                                                Dozens of heroes to unlock
                        After the success of the first multi-award-winning episode, Monument Valley is always poetic and mesmerizing.
Discover a …
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                        A style always dreamlike and artistic
                                                                Riddles even more subtle and neat
                                                                A soundtrack still captivating
                        Fortnite is the most popular royal battle game in the world! In Fortnite 100 players clash to death in a vast island filled with …
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                        Participate in epic battles with 100 players
                                                                Play the most popular game of 2018
                                                                Find the best weapons and build fortifications

For news …
To take your news everywhere, there are a lot of solutions on Android. Le Monde, and more particularly its La Matinale application, is surely the best thing currently to keep abreast of the news every morning. For those who want to record articles to read in places without networks (in the subway for example), Pocket seems to me one of the most complete. The FrAndroid app, of course. Finally, the client Feedly is very complete, it is one of the most adapted applications to follow RSS feeds.
                        Among the hundreds of articles that pass us by the eyes every day, there are tens that we decide to read later before …
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                        Save articles so you do not miss them
                                                                Read offline and on all your devices
                                                                Suggestions for interesting articles
                        Discover every morning a selection of the best articles and surveys of the newspaper Le Monde to start the day well informed.
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                        The best articles of the World every morning
                                                                Swipe to choose what interests you
                                                                Read all day even offline
                        The official app of FrAndroid! You will find all our content and all the news on Android and news …
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                        All Android news in one app
                                                                Push notifications to miss nothing
                                                                Access to FrAndroid videos
                        You never know which news site to follow and you get lost among your dozens of applications dedicated to information? Feedly …
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                        All info in an app
                                                                Discover the best articles on the web
                                                                Share content on your networks
                        Download Google News to follow news at every level, near you, in your country and around the world.
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                        Follow the news, local, national and global
                                                                Every day 5 items selected for you
                                                                Subscribe to your favorite newspapers

For your list of things to do …
Life can be summed up as a list of things to do. Fortunately, the famous "To Do List" are there to help us, and as the mobile is always at hand, it is important to be able to create beautiful lists. We recommend ANY.DO as well as TickTick.

                        With, increase your productivity by downloading an award-winning application to do for its design and features. …
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                        Create reminders just to remember and organize yourself better
                                                                Synchronize your calendars to find all your tasks on
                                                                Create group lists to work on multiple
                        In a day, we all have tasks to do. It can sometimes be difficult to follow them all and to link them perfectly …
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                        Synchronization on all your devices
                                                                The clean and functional interface
                                                                An efficient filing and recall system

To take notes …
We do not all have a Galaxy Note or Shield Tablet to take notes with a stylus. But, we can all enjoy hundreds of note-taking apps from Google Play. I've tested dozens, and I always come back to two apps, Google Keep and Evernote. Unavoidable.

                        Keep is Google's note-taking service, which offers a complete and easy-to-use solution to simplify your …
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                        Google's note app, synchronized with all your services
                                                                Create all types of notes, lists and audio memos
                                                                Collaborate with your friends to organize events
                        Create virtual notebooks and find them on all your devices with Evernote.
Take written and handwritten notes or create …
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                        Create notepad to organize your life
                                                                Write on the keyboard or by hand
                                                                Scan and integrate documents and texts

To manage your files …
Yes, on Android, file managers can do a lot of things: copy, paste, cut, extract … All tools are at hand. Plethora of applications offers to organize your documents in a simple and effective way. We think of the application very simply called File Manager (why complicate after all?). Solid Explorer is also a very good choice.

                        There are many file managers on Android, but few offer as many options as the application soberly named …
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                        Easy to use
                                                                Manages many native files
                                                                Managing files locally and in the cloud
                        Solied Explorer is for many the best file explorer currently available on Android. It offers many functions of …
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                        Local and cloud file management
                                                                A customizable appearance
                                                                Optional additional modules

To edit your documents …
Word, Excel, PowerPoint … there are complete tools to edit all your documents on Android. Google Docs or OfficeSuite will allow you to edit everything, even PDFs. Note that the official Microsoft Office suite is available on the Play Store and is very effective. However, you need an Office 365 account to take full advantage of it.

                        The Docs app gives you access to Google's word processing software from your smartphone or tablet.
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                        Use docs to simply write and find your work everywhere
                                                                Share your documents and collaborate live
                                                                Use software that goes to the basics to work calmly
                        Whether you are a student, a student, a professional or even an individual, Microsoft Word is certainly your reference software for the …
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                        Open and edit Word documents
                                                                The most complete word processor in mobile version
                                                                Easily share all your documents
                        The Microsoft Office suite is not to everyone's tastes, especially its subscription, but we all have to read and …
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                        View and edit all Office and PDF documents
                                                                Clear interface with many options
                                                                Cloud services, spell checker and more tools

To store your files online (in the cloud) …
Manage your files online, it's even better to access where you want. The two big customers for this are Dropbox and Google Drive. OneDrive is also a solid alternative that works with a Microsoft account Note that your operator can also provide you with online storage space, with a dedicated application.
                        With Dropbox, send your files over the internet and access them from all your devices, whether you are at work, at home or at home.
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                        Access your files everywhere and all the time
                                                                Just send large files
                                                                Scan important paper documents
                        Drive is Google's online storage solution, it allows you to save all your files securely on …
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                        Store your files securely on the internet
                                                                Access your documents everywhere and share them
                                                                Enjoy 15GB of free storage
                        OneDrive is Microsoft's cloud storage space, it allows you to save your documents on the internet to access them from all your …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Internet storage space accessible everywhere
                                                                Compatible with Office 365, ideal for productivity
                                                                Simply upload your important files

To improve your keyboard …
On Android, you can change everything, even the keyboard. There are some very good alternative keyboards that can really improve your typing. The two most popular of the moment are none other than Swiftkey, one of the oldest, and Gboard developed by Google directly as the default keyboard for Android.

                        Change the keyboard of your smartphone and go for the official solution of Google. Gboard combines just about everything other keyboards …
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                        Integrated google services
                                                                Customization themes
                                                                GIF and emojis
                        Swiftkey is an alternative keyboard for Android and iOS with effective predictive input and a wealth of interesting options.
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        An effective and customizable keyboard
                                                                Tap faster with Flow
                                                                Fixed 5 simultaneous languages

For your SMS …
On Android, you can also use an alternative SMS client to the one installed by default. The most basic, but effective, is none other than Android Messages, the official solution of Google. To enjoy a synchronization option, Pulse is great and if you like chat bubbles, know that Facebook Messenger also handles SMS in addition to your conversations related to the eponymous social network.

                        You envy the owners of iPhone who can enjoy the pleasure of using iMessages and respond to their SMS from their …
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                        Send photos and videos in high quality
                                                                Receive and reply to your messages on your computer
                                                                A clean and colorful interface
                        Some consider that Pulse is the best SMS client on Android. And for good reason, it has many qualities to put forward. We salute …
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                        Clear and neat interface
                                                                Easy synchronization between devices
                                                                Ultra customizable
                        Since Facebook has separated messenger from its main application it is possible to use it without having an account at this network …
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                        Contact all Facebook members
                                                                Swap photos, videos, and files
                                                                Play games with friends

For widgets …
Android widgets have long been envied by iOS users. There are thousands to simplify your life and easier access to key application features directly on the launcher. The ones we use and we highly recommend: Beautiful Widgets (which also offers a paid version). To create your own widgets, look for KWGT. What is a widget and how to use it? Discover our dedicated tutorial.
                        Beautiful Widgets Free application is extremely provided and can customize its widgets with many different themes ….
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                        Personalize your home screen
                                                                A large library of themes
                        Android allows many customizations of its interface and the system. Some only go through the installation of an application, …
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                        Infinite possibilities
                                                                Really personalized widgets
                                                                A WYSIWYG interface

To protect your device …
In the category "Security", we will not advise you an antivirus. By applying simple rules and monitoring the applications you install on your smartphone, you do not need them. However, the Find my device app will allow you to follow it (in case of theft). To manage your passwords: 1Password and LastPass. And if you ever steal your phone (nobody wants you), we wrote a file on the first steps to take.

                        Locate My Device, is a Google application that allows you to easily find your Android devices, connected watches, tablets …
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                        View the location of all your Android devices live
                                                                Make your phone ring to find it in case of misplacement
                                                                Use many features if you have lost any of your devices
                        Do you often get lost between your many passwords and you can not keep filling in the login forms?
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                        Find all your passwords in an application
                                                                Connect to all internet services automatically
                                                                Add all your important information
                        LastPass is a password manager that allows you to find all your identifiers but also many other documents in a …
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                        An application to save all your passwords
                                                                Automatic login to all other services
                                                                Improve the security of your accounts with generated passwords

For traveling…
In addition to the popular Google Maps, there are three apps that we highly recommend for your getaways. The first is CityMapper, which provides access to the best of public transport in several cities around the world. Waze allows you to travel without the feeling of being alone and being warned of the dangers on the road. Here Maps is the reference when it comes to access to cards without access to the network. Finally, an app a little different this time, Google Trips, which allows you to manage everything you need to optimize your trip.
                        Find all the urban transport of Paris, Lyon, Brussels but also 30 other cities in a single application. Access the network of …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        One application for all transport and all cities
                                                                Real time traffic information
                                                                Showing subway exits and ideal placement in the trains
                        The ultimate application for drivers! Waze is the reference community GPS. More than just a Google Maps bis, service, …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Be alerted of traffic jams, accidents & speed cameras
                                                                Live calculation of the best route
                                                                Find parking and cheaper gas
                        HERE WeGo, is a mapping and navigation application competing with the famous Google Maps service.
Formerly owned by Nokia, …
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                        A full mapping app alternative to Google Maps
                                                                Find routes with all means of transport
                                                                Download offline maps
                        Google Trips is an app to organize your vacation without wasting time reading tedious guides and searching for your bookings …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        An application to find all the information about your travel reservations
                                                                Discover hundreds of places to explore and program ideas
                                                                Download information for offline access

To connect your computer and your Android …
It is possible to create real links between your computers (PC, Mac or whatever) and your Android smartphone. To do what ? Access your phone remotely, write your SMS on the keyboard, easily transfer files … Two applications to test in priority and which serve as reference: PushBullet and AirDroid. The solution proposed by Microsoft – Your Mobile Assistant – also deserves your attention.

                        It is an application that exists since 2014, it allows to link between an Android device and a PC / Mac. Pushbullet is not just a …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Receive your SMS / MMS, WhatsApp, Kik, and Facebook Messenger notifications on PC and Mac
                                                                Control your smartphone remotely
                                                                Send your files, images, links and videos between your smartphone and your PC
                        AirDroid is a well-known application for experienced users of Android, that if access to all the content of your …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        An application to find all your phone on your PC
                                                                Answer your SMS and Calls from your computer
                                                                Access all your files and applications
                        Your Mobile Assistant is the official companion app for Windows 10 for Android. It ensures the synchronization of photos and images.
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        SMS synchronization with Windows 10
                                                                List of all Microsoft applications
                                                                Totally free
Conversely, you can access your PC from your Android, with Chrome Remote Desktop.
                        The Chrome Remote Desktop app is used to control your computer from your Android smartphone. For that, you simply need to …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Access your computer from your smartphone
                                                                Convenient to troubleshoot
                                                                Works with multiple computers

To manage your money …
We will not apologize for the apps of our favorite French banks. Here are some tools to make his personal account from his mobile. Linxo and Bankin 'let you manage your money remotely, efficiently. Check your bank account every day, it can be scary, but we get used to it. Tricount, meanwhile, will help you to keep good accounts with friends.
                        If you have trouble managing your budget or you like having control and easy access to your banking information, Linxo is a …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Simplify the management of all your banks with Linxo
                                                                Keep graphs on all your expenses
                                                                Receive a notification for each transaction
                        With Bankin, discover a simpler way to manage your money with everything you need in one application.
Bankin you …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Access all your accounts in one application
                                                                View graphs of your expenses to find out where your money is going
                                                                Receive notifications and track all your transactions
                        When traveling with friends or in a roommate it is not always easy to keep the accounts without frustrating anyone, Tricount offers you …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Manage your group expenses
                                                                Calculate what your friends owe you
                                                                Farewell the paperwork and hello the relaxed moments

For the weather …
Access the weather from anywhere, the dream. Weather France or Carrot will do the job very well.

                        The Météo France application allows you to consult the best weather forecasts for France, in mainland France and overseas, …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        The most accurate weather forecast for France
                                                                Follow the rain at 5 minutes ready to never get wet
                                                                Get alerts to protect yourself in severe weather
                        Carrot is a really different and unexpected weather app, far from its austere competitors, Carrot is funny, colorful and …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        An impertinent and talkative weather app
                                                                Minimalist interface to personalize
                                                                A premium service to go back in time

To automate a lot of things …
You can automate all the tasks you want. You do not see ? Send an SMS automatically when you come home, activate WiFi when you arrive in the open-space, upload your photos on Dropbox and Google Drive at the same time or automatically post your Instagram photos on Twitter … Tasker and IFTTT allow you to do thousands of useful and unnecessary things. To be reserved for patient people who are not afraid to experiment.

                        IFTTT is the acronym for If This, Then That, which summarizes the spirit of the app. In French, if this, then that, is an automation application ….
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        A very popular automation application
                                                                Simplifies life when performing repetitive tasks on your smartphone
                                                                Compatible with many apps and services
                        Tasker is an application that allows you to automate many tasks on your smartphone and to totally take control of …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Automate many features of your smartphone
                                                                An advanced tool easy to handle
                                                                Make your smartphone smarter

For everything and nothing …
And in bulk, to finish. Google Translate now allows you to translate dialogs on the fly, but also use the camera to translate billboards on the fly. As for Alarmy, it is an excellent alarm clock thanks to which you are sure of not having a pillow failure. If you have a lot of mailboxes, you should also look at Blue Mail. Last practical application: Wikipedia. Because there will always be an answer to one of your questions.
                        你好! need to say hello in Mandarin, or translate any content on the internet, aloud or on the street? Google Translate…
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Translate texts in 103 different languages
                                                                Photograph text on the street and Google translates it
                                                                Usable everywhere even without internet
                        You sleep like a grave and you have trouble getting up in the morning? Alarmy is a vile and vicious awakening that will finally force you out …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        A violent awakening to force you out of bed
                                                                Choose the action you want to perform to stop the alarm
                                                                An early morning briefing to start the day
                        If you are looking for an alternative to Gmail, you should be interested in Blue Mail, a nice and efficient mail client. With his…
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        One of the best alternatives to Gmail
                                                                Good spam management
                                                                Easily manage multiple accounts
                        With the Wikipedia application, access the knowledge even more simply. Browse the 32 million items of the largest …
                        3 reasons to download this application
                        Browse the world's largest encyclopedia
                                                                Save your articles and read without connection
                                                                Discover everyday content
Our selection is apps we use regularly on our Android and we wanted to advise you, as we would to our loved ones. On your side, do you have any recommendations for apps?


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