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What are your favorite alternatives to Android's default apps?



One of the strongest features with Android is the ability to set third party apps to be the default app of choice for certain actions. Don't like using Hangouts? Install Textra and you're good to go. Need more features from your camera? Don't worry because CameraZoomFX has loads more.

Today on Engadget we offered up some of the best alternatives to default apps (www.engadget.com­/2014­/02­/13­/best­-google­-alternativ...), but it's also fun to hear what everyone is using.

Calendar: DigiCal was my preferred calendar app of choice. I found it to be just powerful enough while offering a useable widget, too often it was one or the other. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=com....

Camera: 99% of the time I would shoot with the default app but occasionally I would need something better and I think CameraZoomFX hit that mark just right. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=slid...

Security: Even though Android eventually added its own tool for managing your device I still preferred to rely on Cerberus and Lookout. They both offered certain features that Google didn't, and I think they were just more powerful in the long run. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=com.... and https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=com....

Weather: Android has had a weather/news app forever but it's always felt lacking and the widget was really crappy, so I turned to Eye in the Sky but I will admit its radar support was lacking. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=com....

Browser: Yes, there is Chrome but it was always been slow to me and Firefox was just crushing it in speed. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=org....

Launcher: Yeah yeah Android has gotten better in this department but when I had my S3 it still was terrible and offered nothing special. I loved Nova for it's extra features like icons, grid dimensions and more. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=com....

Texting: Right before I got my iPhone Android overhauled Hangouts to have a really slick sliding system, and of course there wasn't unified texting yet. However Sliding Messaging took the slick design of sliding and turned into a text app that was really slick and fun to use. https:­/­/play.google.com­/store­/apps­/details­?id­=com....

So let's hear them! What are some of your favorite alternatives to Android's default apps?

Engadget: www.engadget.com­/2014­/02­/13­/best­-google­-alternativ...

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kineticartist

theres 3 apps ive replaced... The default email and gmail apps got replaced by CloudMagic and if you arent using it then I cant help you. Secondly the default twitter went bye bye when I got a hold of Plume (one of the few apps Ive paid for) and finally the default SMS app got kicked to the curb by Handscent Im not here to convince any of you suffice it to say my Samsung Galaxy SIII is cooler than yours and you wont know unless you try these 3 apps...
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Dignan17

I guess I'm a pretty big fanboy, because I use the default app most of the time.

In fact, there's only one app that I can recall replacing as the default, and that's the clock app. I use Timely, but they got bought buy Google, so technically all my default apps are still Google :)
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