Don’t you hate hearing about that cool new app? The one that everyone’s talking about and is only on iPhone? When I owned only an Android phone, that would drive me crazy. “There are so many awesome Android-exclusive apps!” I wanted to shout at them.
These days, almost every major app is on Android and iOS. New startups tend to go iPhone-first, but they actually make a point of releasing for Android as well.
However, there are actually a few apps that are only on Android. These apps offer some seriously cool functionality you just can’t get on a stock iPhone (and sometimes not even with a jailbreak).
The Best Android-Only Apps
Tasker is so awesome I dedicated an entire series here on TechNorms to it. Tasker is hands-down the most powerful app I have ever used. It is amazing.
On the simplest level, Tasker is an if-then machine for your phone. For example, one of my profiles was to create custom text tones for different contacts. If I received a text, then Tasker would read the contact and play the appropriate tone.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. You can build elaborate systems within Tasker to do anything imaginable. I read a post forever ago by one Reddit user who used Tasker to detect when he was in the car. If someone texted him, Tasker responded automatically with a message saying, “Sorry, I’m driving at __ miles per hour right now and can’t answer your message.” Brilliant.
Combine that with an app like NFC Task Launcher and NFC tags and the floodgates really open. Tasker is an incredibly powerful app that dwarfs anything else on Android or iOS.
The best and worst part of iPhones is they block the user from accessing system-level files. It’s great for keeping the user experience simple, but not so great when you want to use a cool app like Cerberus.
Cerberus is phone security taken to another level using system integration. Someone try to guess your password and enter the wrong one? Cerberus can automatically snap a photo of them with the front-facing camera.
You can even record video and audio from your missing phone. Thief take it? Why not listen in on them?
All that is in addition to the usual remote wipe and locking services. Think of it as a much, much more powerful version of Find My iPhone.
Apple keeps the App Store on lockdown for anything remotely illegal. Google? Totally OK with allowing a torrent client on the Play Store, and that’s great for us.
aDownloader is my client of choice, as it handles torrents and magnets without trouble. It’s awesome for downloading content on the go. Much simpler than torrenting stuff on PC and pushing it through iTunes.