Top 10 must-have apps for Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the best available android smartphone in 2013. Being a galaxy s4 user myself, I know the advantages and disadvantages, I know how much can it fulfill out of box and where it falls short. The advantage of android os is the vastness of android apps. So, here in this post, I’ll try to write about those specific apps that should be installed by every galaxy s4 user. I’m not listing those basic apps indispensable for any android phone, but in this article are listed top ten apps specific for Galaxy S4 users:

  1. MyHomeButtonmyhomebuttonGalaxy S4 has physical home button like any other galaxy smartphones. To maintain increasing size of display, Samsung has made the bezels and off-screen area very small. The height of home button has also decreased considerably. Pressing home button to go to homescreen, and holding it for few seconds to display recent apps & task list is inconvenient, tiring; and also cause wear and tear of home button. Hence for the sake of comfort, convenience, speed and longevity of home button, we recommend this tiny app as this app places two shortcuts in notification panel, one for home button, other one for recent apps list/switcher. You can download it from here.
  2. Smart Remote or other third-party Remotes app– Galaxy S4 comes with infra-red blaster which can be utilized to serve as universal remote. Well, the remote feature of galaxy s4 is very limited as it can not learn new remotes. You can use galaxy s4 to operate only those devices which are supported i.e. added in the remote app database. Samsung provides Samsung WatchOn app for remote features. There are quite a few demerits of WatchOn app, the most common being that it doesn’t have tons of devices support in its database. This is where third-party remote app comes for help. Smart Remote is a paid android app available from Google Play Store. This app contains much more support for several devices including Air Conditions and others, in comparison to WatchOn. I’ve used Smart Remote and have found it to work on some of those WatchOn unsupported devices as well. Another advantage of it over WatchOn is the widget and custom remote. It comes with widget so that you can have your favorite remote buttons on your android homescreen to operate your phone as remote without launching the app itself, making the remote feature more faster and convenient. Update: As I had it on my phone weeks ago, now it is not available on Google Play Store. It looks like the app is taken down. We’re not sure why. Anyways, you can try any other similar apps in Google Play Store and make comparison with WatchOn. If WatchOn works fine for devices you own, you don’t need to get third-party apps.
  3. Ambient Temperature Galaxy S4galaxy-s4-thermometer– This is free app available just for Samsung Galaxy S4. There is temperature and humidity sensor built in your Galaxy S4. This app uses that sensor to measure realtime room/environment temperature. It is free of ads. It doesn’t require internet connectivity. So, with this app, you can turn your galaxy s4 in room thermometer. Download Ambient Temperature for Galaxy S4 from here
  4. MX Playermx-player-sgs4You might have already been convinced of the default video player of galaxy s4, which is in fact awesome with its pop-up play features, smart pause, etc. The default video player supports variety of video formats, yet not all, for example .mts format (default video recording format of camcorder). So, to make your smartphone compatible with all video formats, you should install Mx player as it supports most of the video formats. Download MX Player from here
  5. Third-party browser, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Dolphin, Opera, etc – Its weird that Galaxy S4 being considered so powerful, yet its browser doesn’t feel that much faster. Although, the default browser renders most of the websites properly, but we feel little lack of smoothness in it. If you want to open website in new tab or switch between tabs, it feels slow there. Also, we’ve always recommended to have more than 1 browser installed on smartphones to make your phone compatible with all internet sites. So, you should go ahead and install Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox depending on which browser you’re most comfortable with, or which browser do you use on your computer. Download Google Chrome for Galaxy S4 from here and Mozilla Firefox from here.
  6. Call Recorder – Galaxy S4 doesn’t have call recording feature built in, so if you want to record all your incoming or outgoing calls, you’ve to use third-party apps. There are several such apps available in Google Play Store. Galaxy S4 hardware supports call recording and so most of those apps should work fine. Total Recall is one such fine call recording software with preset for Galaxy S4. Strategy B works fine in Total Recall for Galaxy S4. You may try any other similar call recording apps.
  7. ES File Explorer or any other powerful File Manager– Default file manager is not that powerful. File manager like ES File Explorer comes with tons of features, easier to use, offer more control over file management. They also feature easy LAN management and other tools like app manager, etc. Powerful file manager like ES File Explorer is must-recommended app for Galaxy S4. Download ES File Explorer for Galaxy S4 from here.
  8. Games – Samsung has made several offers in various countries for making premium games free to S4 users. To avail such offer, customers of each country has to follow certain procedures. In India, for example, one has to send sms MyOffer to 56886, after which the user will receive a link to download MyServices app from which the user will be able to download several related apps like My Games. In each of these apps, customer can utilize his free credit to get premium games for free. So, games like Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 4: Zero hour, Dark Knight, Assassin Creed, Wild Blood HD, Temple Run Brave, IPL 2013, Real Football, Iron Man 3, A good day to die hard, The Amazing Spiderman, etc are all available for free to Galaxy S4 users.hd-games-free-galaxy-s4
  9. Pixlr Express or similar powerful photo editorpixlr-express-best-photo-editor-sgs4GS4 doesn’t come with powerful image editor program. So, you must install powerful photo editor from Play Store. I prefer Pixlr Express as this has all the essential and extravagant features that one usually needs. Some users also prefer Snapseed. Whichever you prefer, you should go ahead and download one of these or both. Download Pixlr Express from here
  10. Google Translate google-translate-gs4– SGS4 comes with S Translator which is good, but doesn’t support many languages. Google Translate is comparatively more powerful and supports most of the languages. Download Google Translate app from here

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