The official Facebook app is free and available across all smartphone platforms. Keep in mind that the Facebook messenger app for chatting is now a standalone app so you will need to install it separately. There is also a Facebook Lite app for Android users who want to save on data cost.
Twitter’s official app is also free for all platforms and is good enough for new as well as experienced users. However, if you prefer an app with advanced features then we suggest you try out the Falcon Pro 3 for Android users, Tweetbot for iOS users and UberSocial for BlackBerry 10 users.
Our smartphones now double up as entertainment hubs thanks to the large high resolution display and built-in music and video players. However, storage is an issue at times and to avoid this hassle, you can use streaming apps.
There are multiple apps available today that let you stream songs over a 3G/WiFi connection. Some apps even offer song download for offline listening via subscription packages. Check out Gaana, Wynk, Saavn and Guvera—all of them have large collection of music available.
While there are multiple options available for music, for video streaming there are very few apps that work well in India. Check out BoxTV, Wynk Movies, Hooq and bigFlix to stream movies and TV series to your phone. If you prefer live TV, then check out NexGTV, MobiTV and Hotstar.
The default mail application available on iOS as well as Android are great for most users. However, they may appear lacking when compared to some of the better options available. BlackBerry 10 scores in this regard as not only is its default mail application well designed, it is loaded with features. Android and IOS users can try out these alternative options.
Other than the fact that the app is free, CloudMagic is one of the few apps that support multiple e-mail accounts, third party app integration and does not eat your device resources. Moreover, it offers password lock and the option to remote wipe your data if you lose your device.
Other than its minimalistic design, the app impresses with its feature set—you can schedule mails, mark them a to-do list and learn how you work with mails. There is even a handy button to reduce mail clutter and that chat conversation view makes reading mails easier.
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This one works as a one stop shop for your security needs. It does data backup, theft protection, device tracking as well as remote wipe and lock. The Android version of the app also has built-in antivirus for protection against malware. A premium paid version also adds features for automatic backup, privacy adviser and theft alerts.
The default virtual keyboard that comes on BlackBerry and Windows Phone cannot be changed. However, on Android and iOS, you can upgrade to a better and feature-rich keyboard. Swiftkey is our recommended choice as it offers multiple customisation options, themes and supports for multiple languages.
If you are looking for something to take notes, you cannot go wrong with Evernote. Not only does the app offer types of notes (text, audio, video, to-do list) but also lets you sync the notes across multiple devices. If you upgrade to the paid premium version, you get better privacy, PDF annotation and unlimited business card scan features.
Most phones do not come with any document editors installed and the free WPS office app is a great option. It is compatible with documents, PDF, spreadsheets and presentations and can also open/edit document stored on various cloud services. Moreover, it even supports wireless printing and Bluetooth keyboards.