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5 Underrated Android Apps that Deserve a Place in Your Smartphone

By Rizwan Ahmad - 16 January 2013 No Comments
When Google launched the Android 4.1 operating system, it also released Google Play Store, a revamped version of the old Android App Store. The new Play Store makes it easy for users to discover new apps for their Android devices. As it turns out, there were a number of hidden gems in the old App Store that are only just getting the recognition they deserve. Here are 4 of the most underrated Android apps that deserve a place in your smartphone.

1. Pixlr-o-matic
Smartphones are equipped with cameras so nice that they have rendered point-and-shoot cameras useless. If you want better quality, you will have to buy a D-SLR. Instagram has long been the most popular photography app for Android devices. However, Pixlr-o-matic can probably make a claim to be better than Instagram. While Instagram focus almost exclusively on giving your pictures a vintage look, Pixlr-o-matic has a substantially larger gallery of filters that makes Instagram look like a joke. With Facebook having purchased Instagram, many people are worried about the privacy of their images; expect a lot of people to switch over to Pixlr-o-matic.

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2. Advanced Task Killer
Every smartphone owner has come to accept the fact that their device will need to be charged at least once a day. Managing battery life has become an art form as people try to squeeze as much battery life as possible out of their devices. This is where Advanced Task Killer proves to be invaluable. Just because you have exited an app, does not mean it has shut down. The more apps are left running in the background, the higher the battery consumption. With Advanced Task Killer, you can simply shut down all background apps with a single tap. The app also allows you to choose apps individually that you would like to shut down.

3. SoundHound
Just like Pixlr-o-matic, SoundHound has had to live in the shadow of a much more popular app, which in this case would be Shazam. However, the developers of SoundHound have worked hard to bring the app to a level where it is much better than Shazam. Not only does SoundHound identify the song being played much more quickly, it has a much bigger reference library at hand which guarantees a greater success rate. The next time you want to find out the name or artist of a song you’re listening to just SoundHound it.

4. QR Droid
One of the best things about smartphones is their ability to scan QR codes. However, most smartphone users do not have a proper QR code scanning app on their devices. Some users even try to scan QR codes using apps that are designed only for scanning bar codes. QR Droid ensures that you can exploit the complete potential of your Android device, as far as QR codes are concerned. Not only can you scan them, but also generate your own custom QR code design to share your contact information. The app also allows you to keep a history of scanned QR codes, as well as share your favourite codes via social networks.

The 4 apps mentioned are not only user-friendly, but also help your Android phone realize its complete potential.

Mathew Ronald is a writer and has authored this guest post.
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This article is contributed by Mathew Ronald and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of cyberockk.com, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,

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