THE BEST ANDROID CUSTOMISATION APPS
NOVA LAUNCHER PRIME: BEST ANDROID LAUNCHER
A key reason why many people gravitate towards Android is that it’s not a closed box. You can configure all kinds of things, including the main interface for launching apps. And, if you’re not happy with your current launcher, Nova Launcher Prime is the best around.
The app enables you to mess about with themes, colours, and icon arrangements. Want multiple docks you can flick between? Done. Fancy experimenting a bit? Back-up and restore your settings. Gesture-happy? Open your apps in new and weird ways. And that’s just the start of it.
SOLID EXPLORER: BEST ANDROID FILE MANAGER
One of the big advantages of Android is its relative openness, and Solid Explorer is a superb app for rampaging around your device. You can dig into local files, managing (or wrecking) them at will.
But Solid Explorer goes much further – you can mess about with how everything looks, delve into cloud storage, preview media, and drag and drop using a dual-pane browser. It’s even extensible, if you fancy remotely managing files on your phone or tablet from a PC – or another Android device, if you’re a bit of a weirdo.
SWIFTKEY + EMOJI: BEST ANDROID KEYBOARD
The default Android keyboard is perfectly decent, but SwiftKey’s a popular alternative for good reason. Along with boasting excellent predictive typing, it enables you to more rapidly type by swiping your fingers across the keys rather than laboriously pecking away at them individually.
Initially, you might find yourself facing some oddball typos, but with some practice, SwiftKey can hugely speed up banging out some words on your device. And if you’re armed with a massive phone but wee hands, check out the excellent split keyboard.
1PASSWORD: BEST ANDROID PASSWORDS APP
Every year, security companies furiously note too many people are still using stupid passwords, such as ’12345678’, ‘abcdefg’ and, perhaps even more inexplicably, ‘password’. Don’t do this. Instead, secure your online world with 1Password.
This user-friendly password manager creates strong, unique passwords to keep your online logins safe, and can also store identity information, payment card details, notes, and more.
Assuming you’re running Android 5 or newer, it can integrate with a raft of Android apps, including browsers. After all, the point of complex passwords is you shouldn’t have to – in fact, shouldn’t be able to – remember them; 1Password does that job for you.