Amit Dhamu

Software Engineer

8 Must Have Apps For Your Nexus 7

Having owned my Nexus 7 for well over a month now, I have grown to love the Android Platform even more than I did. My Android journey began with a Samsung Galaxy SII last year to dip my feet into the world of Android after getting increasingly bored with iOS. Over a year later, I cannot see myself going back to Apple anytime soon and purchasing a Nexus 7 has almost definitely sealed the deal (for now).

In this article, I'll list some must have apps for your Nexus 7. I have not rooted my device yet so all the apps listed are available without root.

The Nexus 7 comes with limited storage capacity. This app allows you to connect a USB Flash Drive or Memory Card to your device. An On-The-Go (OTG) cable is required which can be purchased on eBay or Amazon pretty cheaply.

Although we have Bluetooth and now Android Beam via NFC, AnySend allows two Android devices to bounce files between each other over Wi-Fi. No pairing is required. Just as long as you are on the same Wi-Fi network. You are also not limited to what type of files you can send.

An easy-to-use and very complete FTP client for your Android device.

If like me you have most of your media stored on your main PC at home, Emit lets you stream all that stuff directly to your Android device without noticeable loss of quality. You are also able to view and stream your iTunes library using this app. A free version is also available which does contain ads.

Jelly Bean has bean vastly improved and the stock launcher that comes with the Nexus 7 is both smooth and quick. However, it still lacks the customisation provided by other launchers. Nova Launcher Prime is my preferred solution. Cool transitions, gestures, drawer groups are just some of the things that make this launcher, in my opinion, the best one out.

Flipboard is where you can combine your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Reader, Flickr, Tumblr... - basically everything social and news related so you can enjoy it in one place. Flipboard also syncs so remembers your feeds when using other devices. With the 7" screen on the Nexus though, reading has never been more fun and enjoyable using Flipboard.

Allows you to add Ice Cream Sandwich style toggle buttons to your Notification drawer and homescreen. Many different actions are supported and is much better than the stock toggle widget offered on Jelly Bean.

Solid Explorer is by far the most visually appealing file explorer that I have used on Android. If your device is rooted, you can also view these folders using this app. The app also allows you to connect to Cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Skydrive and Box. You can also connect to servers using FTP and SMB protocols.

There are many more but these are great to get you started on the Nexus 7.

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