The battle between Apples iPhones and Samsung phones has been going on for many years. They both claim to have the best features and the best phones. The debate will continue as long as both of these phones are trying to sell their products to the same group of people. In the end, one of the main differences between Samsung phones and phablets and Apple phones and tablets is the operating system that they use.
Samsung devices rely on the Android operating system. It is not the same as the Apple IOS system that is used on these devices. While technical people can argue about how the systems work to try to figure out which one is better, there is a simpler way to figure it out. Instead of debating bytes and gigabytes, look at the apps that can be found on the Android operating systems that cannot be found on Apple devices.
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This is a list of 5 Apps that are exclusive to the Android operating system.
While iOS has begun to apply the widget concept with its Today widgets, they still go nowhere near as far as the many helpful and actionable app widgets available on Android devices. You can even go further on Android, eschewing predefined widget packs to build your own custom widgets with UCCW or the Ultimate Custom Widget app. UCCW lets you create your own widget from a series of options, styles and features, displaying everything from the time, your calendar events, battery info, or even Tasker variables for automation. Design your very own clock widget, calendar, weather report widget and more or publish your own into the Google Play marketplace.
2. ADV Screen Recorder
You would not find any screen recording apps in the iOS app ecosystem, with Apple regularly taking down apps that slip through the net. That isn’t the case on Android devices, with a range of apps offering video capture of your phone’s screen. Among the most capable out there is ADV Screen Recorder, which comes with a variety of features such as variable capture resolutions and bitrate, audio recording, customizable orientation overlays for logos, text, or drawing annotations, and video trimming.
Are you sick of pesky battery-hogging apps that run in the background? Greenify them. Greenify can hibernate, unable to access system resources, and bandwidth or run background processes. However, Greenify allows you to run an app normally in the foreground when explicitly called on by the user without any extra hassle. If you’ve got a memory or battery hogs that keep draining resources in the background, don’t bother with a task-killer when you can just Greenify it.
4. Solid Explorer
Unlike iOS, Android helps users to manage their devices’ internal file system, for good or ill. One of the best apps for the job is Solid Explorer, an impressive Android file manager that brings the two-pane interface over to phones and tablets while also rigorously adhering to a clean Material design style. The two independent explorer panes and drag-and-drop support make copying and moving files a breeze. You can even set a panel to browse popular cloud storage services, such as Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive. Solid Explorer also includes support for archived files such as. ZIP, .TAR, and . RAR, an indexed search function, and root explorer mode for rooted users. In addition, Solid Explorer supports a wide variety of plugins that add new features like USB OTG support, an FTP server plugin, and more.
Live Wallpapers are another feature specific to Android, providing a dynamic background to your home screen, complete with animations, image shifts and other visual goodies to keep your view from growing stale. Muzei Live Wallpaper turns your Android home screen into a living museum gallery, with images of various masterpieces of world art onscreen. The paintings are somewhat blurred to keep your icons and widgets in focus, but double-tapping the screen brings the work into full focus. You can also choose to have the app cycle through the photos in your device gallery for a more personalized touch.
6. Helium Backup & Restore
When it comes to getting the backup of your data into the cloud, it’s not a universal thing. Android has a slew of backup apps like the excellent Titanium Backup, but many require a root address to back up your apps and data. Not so with the excellent Helium – App Sync & Backup. Helium allows users to back up apps, data, contacts, SMS and call logs, but unlike many backup apps, Helium can do all this without needing to root your device. Unrooted users will have to install an extra desktop app to work with the mobile app when plugged into a PC, while users with a rooted device just run Helium out of the box. You can also get a paid premium version where you get cloud uploading of backups, backup scheduling and no ads.
This app will let you take remote control of your device from your Web browser. Built around a philosophy of “one less cable, one less screen, one less worry,” AirDroid lets you move files to and from your device wirelessly, send SMS messages from your desktop, view notifications, and manage, install and uninstall your apps remotely. The app even lets you remotely locate, lock or (should the need arise) wipe all of your data remotely.
8. Light Flow Lite
Light Flow can take control of your smartphone’s LED notification lights, allowing you to customize alerts for a variety of system and app events. You can set different colours for SMS, MMS and email messages (and even specific colours for particular senders). You also can have your phone flash the LED for low battery warnings or loss of mobile signal. Light Flow also switches between colours when you have multiple notifications. You can configure repeating sounds and vibration patterns for certain notifications or push notifications either to your Pebble smartwatch or your lock screen with Dashclock. Additional customizations are available in the premium version.
Another type of app you won’t see on iOS devices any time soon is a torrent downloader. Flud may not be as well known as BitTorrent clients like Vuze or µTorrent, but it’s a great torrent app built with mobile in mind. The latest version of Flud sports a clean Material interface comes with no speed limits for uploads or downloads, and sports staple features such as selective file downloading and prioritization, magnet link support, sequential downloading support, and a Wi-Fi-only mode. You can also dig deep into more advanced functions in case fiddling with router port forwarding is your idea of fun. The free version is fully functional, while the paid version removes advertisements.
Drupe is a new Android contacts management app that aims to bring all that under one roof, not by creating its own social network or chat functions, but by making it easier for you to access the ones you already use by putting them into one place. Drupe displays all your contacts in a list, along with an array of actions on the other side of the screen. Simply drag and drop a contact to action, and Drupe fires up your default app, handling calls, email, SMS, and instant messaging all with equal aplomb. In addition, Drupe comes with a dialer, recent interactions history, and an array of other features.
Unclouded is a simple cloud storage management tool that allows users to quickly view the details of multiple cloud storage accounts. Users can get quick breakdowns of how much space they’re using in each account, as well as how much storage different categories of files (pictures, documents, etc.) take up. You can search for individual files, identify duplicate files (within the same account only) and download files from the cloud to your phone. The app supports Drive, Dropbox, BOX, MEGA, and OneDrive. The free version allows users to manage two accounts. In-app purchases or premium upgrades can provide unlimited account support, password/PIN protection for the app, and a dark theme.
12. Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus
If you’re looking for the best all-in-one mobile antivirus, antimalware, backup and security toolkit out there, Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus is our top recommendation. Avast’s tools are remarkably comprehensive, even on the free tier, with antivirus and antimalware scanning, a call and SMS blocker, and a Privacy Advisor tool which highlights the kind of data your app requests, as well as the kinds of ads they run. A premium tier also includes advanced anti-theft features and data backup tools.
Tasker is an incredibly versatile and powerful automation app for Android devices. This $2.99 app lets you create your own automatic task scripts based on a variety of triggers and actions. For example, you can automatically turn on your music when you plug in your headphones, power down your device during the evening or turn down your ringer during working hours. Tasker works fine well with off-the-shelf Android phones, but even more triggers and actions can be unlocked if your device is rooted.
14. Nova Launcher
Android provides unparalleled interface customization options, and custom launcher apps are one of the best examples of this capability. Nova Launcher provides numerous small interface tweaks to your home screen, such as the option for a scrollable dock, home and app screen scrolling animations, overlapping widgets, icon themes and more. All of these little mods help make your home screen and UI that much more usable and customized to your exact preferences.
Above listed are some of the most popular Android specific apps that are not found on iPhone or any other operating system. These are not only smart and effective but they will also give an edge to the Android user at all times.