Want a smarter phone? Replace your default camera, SMS, gallery and other apps with this smarter alternative.
We live in a smart era. Everything from your cell phone camera to your kitchen microwave will soon be powered by a machine capable of making its own decisions.
Therefore, it makes sense that the stock and essential Android apps you use every day should get smarter upgrades too. Here’s a smarter alternative to those nine apps.
Files by Google (File Manager)
In addition, Files by Google has a sharing utility that allows you to send most files over the local network.
Picai is a free camera app that uses scene detection algorithms to analyze what you’re trying to capture. It also suggests live filters to make your shot look more interesting.
The app has a smart interface that lets you easily compare differences before taking a picture and gesture-based navigation to quickly switch between filters. It also works with the front camera for selfies.
Smart Launcher 5 (Launcher)
Launcher is your gateway to every other app on your phone. Therefore, how skillfully he performs his task is very important. One that comes closest to the ideal is Smart Launcher 5. Smart Launcher, for starters, offers a universal search that can bring up information from almost every corner of your device.
What’s more, the launcher also separates your apps into relevant categories so you can scroll through them easily. Smart Launcher even has a unique approach to widgets. Instead of a grid, it lets you resize it in a freeform way without any restrictions.
Plus, you can activate adaptive themes that personalize various elements by drawing colors from your wallpaper. You can unlock all advanced effects, wallpapers, edit categories and adaptive icons with the premium version.
Enter Truecaller, the caller ID service, which now also stores spam messages. Truecaller also comes with lots of other handy features, including shortcuts to copy one-time passwords, and smart categories.
Musixmatch (Music Player)
Apart from the albums you store locally, the app even works with third-party apps like Apple Music, Spotify, and the like. There are also translator utilities that can help you learn a new language.
This app lets you create cards and posters for specific lyric sections if you want to share them on social media. It features a modern and beautiful design which no doubt has zero competition among its counterparts.
Opera Touch (Browser)
Opera Touch is one of the many unique browsers available for Android, and while it may not be “smart”, it provides the perfect interface for browsing on mobile. This is a browser for people who have trouble browsing on big screen phones.
Instead of the usual row of options at the bottom, this app comes with a single gesture-based floating input called Quick Action Button. You can swipe this in multiple directions to access actions like switching to another tab, reloading, searching, and more—keeping everything important within your fingertip.
Opera Touch also comes with the ability to block websites that are mining cryptocurrency in the background, and a feature called My Flow seamlessly shares content between Opera on your desktop and your phone.
Drupe (Phone and Contacts)
Your phone dialer and contact book are the kinds of apps you might not think much of. That is until you find a better alternative. Meet Drupe, the free app that puts every contact referensi you need at your fingertips.
The app offers a swipe-based UI and is always available via floating icons. You can tap on that icon and perform many contact activities, such as launching their WhatsApp chat page, calling them with recording enabled, and more.
Drupe can also detect promotional callers and include a mode while you’re driving.
Apart from being a standard and minimalistic gallery app, Curator can tag your images based on their content. This app can recognize almost any scene or object, such as pets, skyscapes, selfies, and more.
This allows you to search through your media by simply typing what you are looking for. The curator app may not offer better photo management than Google Photos, but it does it all offline.
So if you don’t like the idea of giving Google gigabytes of images and videos but still want an easy way to browse your own, give Curator a try.
Do you find it difficult to wake up with an alarm from the default clock app? If so, take a look at AMDroid.
AMDroid is a smart alarm clock that packs a number of features for all types of sleep. This application allows you to create profiles for different types of situations and days, and configure individual settings for them. For example, you can set a post-alarm confirmation on weekdays to make sure you don’t accidentally hit the stop button instead of snooze. The settings are quite comprehensive.
You can turn on the flashlight and Wi-Fi automatically, set up challenges like math problems to access the snooze button, and even an alarm screen displays weather information. AMDroid also has a pre-alarm feature that wakes you up gradually and gently with a personalized interval and volume.
Sleep tracking and insights into your habits are also available. That’s what some might call the Swiss Army knife alarm app.
Improve Native Apps and Features
If you haven’t swapped out the default apps for this category, a smarter alternative might be what you need for a better phone.
And once you replace most of the default apps with smarter alternatives, you can enjoy using your Android smartphone for more than just making calls and receiving messages.