Since it seems like the thing to do this year, here are my most used Android apps. for 2013.


  • Action Launcher – The Quickdrawer, Shutters and Shades make my home screen a tidy functional place
  • Firefox Beta – Still my browser of choice and fantastic on Android.
  • BitTorrent Sync – I moved all my cloud storage(Dropbox, U1) over this. I have more control over my data.
  • Pushbullet – Push content from/to your phone/browser and to other users.
  • PinDroid – Even with it’s sync issues, still indispensable. I use it for long term bookmarks and “read it later”.
  • RadarScope – When I want to go deep weather geek.
  • Solar – Slick UI(perhaps too slick), day to day weather app.


  • Google+.
  • Twidere – Open source, nice to look at and more functional than most other Twitter clients in the market.
  • Untapped – Mmmmm beer.
  • Tiny Tiny RSS – During the great Google Reader apocalypse, I switched back to my own self hosted feed reader.


  • Keep – For quick notes and lists.
  • – For getting things done.
  • Cal – This was a late in the year addition. A nice replacement for the stock Google Calendar app.
  • K-9 Mail – When I check my mail that isn’t Gmail.


  • Yaaic – I funnel all my IM/Campfire/IRC/Twitter into ZNC. This is how I access it from Android. One of the better IRC clients in the market.
  • Hangouts – Still way from perfect, but at least it does SMS now.


  • Spotify – Still the largest catalog and best music discovery engine around.
  • Google Music – Mostly for my own local/cloud music. I am still a subscriber to “all access”, but the selection of music is so poor I probably drop that soon.
  • Google Play Movies & TV – My usage of this has gone way up this year with the introduction of the Chromecast.
  • Ingress – I hardly play any games on Android, this is deep enough to keep me interested.
  • Readmill – My goto e-reader. I feed it using Calibre and DRM free books.


Besides being able to control a few applications from Chromecast(Google Music, Netflix, Google Movies), I use my Android as a remote control quite a bit.