Here’s how the Android Central staff utilizes its phones

Here’s how the Android Central staff utilizes its phones

Here at Android Central, we go through a lot of phones. Our amazing staff of writers has used just about every phone under the sun (even iPhones!), and most of us eventually settled on one device that meets our needs best. The same goes for apps and services, too — they’re arguably more important than…

Here at Android Central, we go through a lot of phones. Our fantastic personnel of writers has utilized simply about every phone under the sun (even iPhones!), and most of us eventually chose one gadget that satisfies our requirements best. The exact same goes for apps and services, too– they’re probably more crucial than the phone itself, and everybody has a various setup that works for them.

Whether you’re trying to find some inspiration for your setup or simply curious regarding what the Android Central group utilizes, here are the various methods all of us use our phones!

Alex Dobie

Alex is international Managing editor for Android Central, and is normally found in the UK. He has been blogging considering that before it was called that, and presently the majority of his time is spent leading video for Air Conditioner, which involves pointing a camera at phones and speaking words at a microphone. Find him on Twitter at @alexdobie

There’s nothing all that uncommon on my home screen, however there are a couple of favorite apps I wish to call out. First is Snapseed I have a few image editing apps on the go, however Snapseed is my preferred because of its balance of function set and simpleness. It’s super easy to simply pack up an image and right away modify levels or perhaps eliminate blemishes and even whole buildings from pictures. It’s a good step above the standard feature set of Google Photos, and it’s normally my go-to app when I’m modifying a picture for Instagram or whatever.

@alexdobie keeps his phone simple, however he specifically likes Snapseed and TripIt.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

Next is TripIt I do a lot of taking a trip, therefore TripIt does a terrific task of scooping up all that information from my Gmail account and organizing it in a manner that makes sense. You’ve got flight tracking and delay info here if it’s readily available. Exact same deal for hotel bookings if you have them. And if you have an especially intricate journey creating lots of hotels, Airbnbs, flights, trains, whatever, it’s a really useful little app– though you do have to pay a yearly membership of $49 to get a few of the fancier functions

Andrew Martonik

Andrew is the Executive Editor, U.S., for Android Central and has actually been writing for the site considering that2012 He utilizes every Android phone he can get his hands on, in between breaks for coffee and soccer matches, of course. You can follow him on Twitter at @andrewmartonik

No matter what phone I utilize, the setup is essentially the exact same. I normally stick with the stock launcher that features the phone, and only use a single home screen. The screen is controlled by a scrolling Google calendar widget, and I mainly stick to single apps for quick access. I utilize simply a couple of folders, and actually attempt to keep things basic.

@andrewmartonik has a single homescreen, and swears by apps like Pocket Casts, YouTube Music, and Gboard.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

I use Gboard on all of my phones since the muscle memory for all of its functions is so strong at this moment. I get my normal set of apps, dominated by huge cloud services that let me change rapidly in between phones without fretting about losing local data. Google Photos, TripIt, Pocket Casts, YouTube Music, WhatsApp therefore a lot more are must-installs on every phone.

Andrew’s top pick


A go-to keyboard that is among the very best available.

Google’s keyboard brings outstanding auto-correct and swiping recognition to a clean and simple keyboard with a surprising quantity of modification. Do not keep utilizing your phone’s default keyboard so long as Gboard is around.

Ara Wagoner

Ara is a Writer at Android Central. She styles phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she’s not writing aid and how-to’s, she’s off dreaming about Disney and singing reveal tunes. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco

I have actually been tweak my theming system in an effort to make styles simpler for me to show you and easier for you to in fact use, and to that point, I’ve hit on a theming trinity that’s served me quite well for the last a number of months:

  • KLWP Kustom Live Wallpaper for the interactive, adaptive live wallpapers that help me prevent hassling with loads of widgets you may or might not have space for
  • Icon Pack Studio for custom-made, color-matched icons that will not leave gaps in the app drawer and are simple to export, import, and apply
  • Smart Launcher 5 for the direct integration with Icon Pack Studio, the streamlined home screen layouts and categorized app drawer tabs

@AraWagco is our resident themer and loves apps like Icon Load Studio and Smart Launcher 5.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

This system has permitted me to strike a system that lets me swap themes in just 30 seconds once the files are imported and using the exact same instructions each time. I intend to get that single instruction set finished soon so that in the future, I can focus my per-theme directions on more fine-tuning and tailoring the KLWP presets to your tastes.

Ara’s leading choice

Icon Pack Studio

No more inconsistent app icons.

There are millions of expertly crafted icon loads out there, however they can’t cover every app each time skillfully. That’s where Icon Pack Studio is available in, permitting you to create a customized app icon filter that’s then applied to each and every single app on your device, including fun textures, shadows, and the capability to pull colors from static wallpapers.

Daniel Bader

Daniel is Android Central’s Handling Editor, which means he’s constantly on his phone both working and “working.” Today he’s switching between a Galaxy S10 e and a Huawei P30 Pro, which sweeping in between convenience and video camera. He’s got a pet dog and a daughter, which suggests his phones are generally full-time cameras. Discover him on Twitter @journeydan

I like to keep my homescreen tidy and easy, which is why I lessen the variety of folders and use Google’s “At a Glimpse” widget. My most-used app is most likely Slack or Spark, but it’s in fact probably Twitter or Instagram, since I’m addicted.

@journeydan is a huge fan of photo modifying apps like Lightroom Mobile and VSCO.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

I likewise depend on Google Photos for storing the numerous (and I indicate countless) baby and pet dog images I’ve accumulated for many years, together with Maps and YouTube to keep me on track and entertained, respectively. For image editing, however, I go between VSCO and Lightroom CC, both of which have outstanding granular tools that make my often-mediocre shots look far better.

I’m a veteran Spotify user, though I’ve dabbled with Apple Music and Deezer, and I love Pocket Casts for my podcasts, even if the current upgrade rocked that relationship a bit.

I can’t forget security: I like 1Password and happily pay the yearly membership; I also utilize Authy as my two-factor authentication generator, because it’s cross-platform and incredible.

Finally, Nest and Google’s House app work together to keep my smart home world in order. I have Nest cameras, a doorbell, and lock, and whatever gets administered in the very same location. It’s magic.

I change up my wallpaper a lot, too, but the one I’m presently rocking on my Galaxy S10 e looks outstanding on any phone I have actually tried it with. It’s created by the incredibly gifted Marco Miranda, and you can discover it right here

Daniel’s top choice


An easy, fun, and powerful image editor

Google Photos might be the best place to save photos, but VSCO is my preferred place to modify them. Ignore the social media network element– the modifying tools and filters are powerful, and work perfectly on any Android phone.

Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish is Android Central’s India Editor, which implies he gets to use a great deal of interesting budget plan phones. He’s currently managing between the Huawei P30 Pro and Redmi Note 7 Pro, two phones that might not be more different. When he’s not irritated at Arsenal’s league performance, he’s found reading a book on his Kindle. Speak to him on Twitter at @chunkynerd

I like to keep my home screen layout consistent throughout gadgets, and I generally have ten approximately of my most-used apps therein. I swear by Newton Mail as it has a robust set of functions that assist me manage both my work and personal inboxes. It costs $50 a year, but it’s well worth the asking cost.

@chunkynerd uses GOAT for tennis shoe shopping and does the majority of his writing with Simplenote!

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

For communicating with loved ones, I depend on WhatsApp. With 250 million users just from India, the Facebook-owned platform is common in the nation. For texts, there’s a particularly great app dubbed SMS Organizer that’s made by Microsoft India. It does a dazzling job filtering spam messages and automatically cataloging texts into various categories. Oh, and it has a dark mode.

I use Google Photos to instantly back up pictures on my phone, and depend on Drive to save pictures taken with my DSLR. Google Pay likewise gets a great deal of use, and the service is different from what you get in other markets. Google has actually incorporated India’s Unified Payments Interface into its payments service, making it ideal for transactions and paying expenses.

Authy gets a noteworthy reference for being the very best two-author generator out there. I have a lots of accounts set up with two-factor authentication, and Authy uses the easiest method to access login codes from a single location.

I also end up buying a lot of sneakers throughout a year, and I utilize GOAT to do it. The service has an excellent selection of shoes– consisting of limited-edition alternatives that offer out within minutes at retail– and there’s a confirmation system that ensures I always get authentic items.

Spotify is my music streaming service of choice, however I also have my FLAC files kept on a Synology NAS that I gain access to via DS Audio when I’m on the go. Finally, I get all my writing performed in Simplenote– it syncs my notes across all the platforms I use and has a minimal interface that’s favorable for composing.

Harish’s top pick


A lightweight note-taking customer that works everywhere.

Simplenote is terrific since it’s readily available on all major platforms: Android, Windows, iOS, Mac, and the web. Your notes are synced throughout all platforms perfectly, and the very little user interface supplies a distraction-free writing experience. It’s the Evernote option I have actually been searching for, and the best part is that it’s complimentary.

Hayato Huseman

Hayato is a recovering trade convention addict and video editor for Android Central. He utilizes his phone mainly for photography, social media, and music streaming, but also loves any app that can assist improve his musicianship. Discover him on Twitter at @hayatohuseman

I used to spend more time tweaking my phones with custom-made launchers, icon pack, and so on, however nowadays I enjoy to stick with a primarily stock experience. When I’m not evaluating a phone, I use a Pixel 3 with a single homescreen on the default launcher. I keep all of my app shortcuts near the bottom of the screen for simple access, while the At A Glimpse widget completes some area up top.

@hayatohuseman sets up 1Password and Metronome by Soundbrenner initially on every brand-new phone. k1vT

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

1Password is my password manager of option, mainly because I like the method it immediately copies 2FA codes into my clipboard. I have numerous clever home apps installed like Ring and LIFX, and Fly Delta for reserving and managing flights on the go, because I seem to take a trip a lot recently. I likewise keep VSCO convenient for tweaking photos before posting them online.

My most commonly used app, however, is the Metronome by Soundbrenner Metronome apps are a penny a lots, however this one gets it all right. Together with the tempo, you can adjust your time signature and neighborhood, and even connect the app to Soundbrenner’s metronome watches I do not have one yet, however you ‘d much better believe I’ve been drooling over the new Core model.

Hayato’s top pick

Metronome by Soundbrenner

The very best time-keeping app for artists.

If you’re a severe artist, there’s no factor not to practice to a metronome. Soundbrenner’s app is robust and provides a variety of alternatives for customizing your click track to fit any tune.

Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is Mobile Nation’s resident nerd and happy with it. There’s nothing he can’t take apart, however many things he can’t reassemble. You’ll discover him across the Mobile Nations network and you can hit him up on Twitter if you want to state hey.

I’m a basic man when it concerns my phone. I want a phone that can let me remain in touch with the individuals I desire to remain in touch with, however more significantly, let me do it how I like. I tend to utilize the phone dialer and SMS apps more than any others on my phone.

@gbhil likes the end-to-end file encryption provided by Signal Private Messenger.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

I simulate to have a couple of video games on hand, too, in addition to some benefit apps like my bank’s app or Amazon’s app. Naturally, a two-factor client and password supervisor have their place too.

Henry’s favorite app is Wonka’s World of Candy because if you do well and chain together sufficient matches, the app exclaims “Amazing!” and he likes to state it over and over (and over and over) whenever he hears it. Silly bird.

The most crucial app to me is Signal. It’s a full-featured SMS app along with a fully end-to-end encrypted messenger that does not have Facebook sleuthing in the backend. I like that it can use my telephone number to get all of my texts, I just wish I could do it on multiple phones at the very same time. Utilizing the Pixel 3 to test Android Q makes me miss my BlackBerry KEY2 a lot.

Jerry’s top choice

Signal Personal Messenger

SMS and end-to-end encrypted messaging.

Signal Private Messenger not just gathers your SMS messages, it’s likewise a full-featured messenger complete with end-to-end file encryption. Utilizing the exact same address book and contact number you typically use is a pretty great function, too.

Joe Maring

Joe is Android Central’s News Editor and has had a love for anything with a screen and CPU given that he can keep in mind. Right now he’s rocking the drop-dead beautiful Flamingo Pink Galaxy S10 and utilizes it to stay up to date with breaking Android news, memes, and pet dog images. Discover him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1

On the Galaxy S10, my current Android phone of option, it all starts with the launcher. I’m presently using Lawnchair which is basically a highly-customizable variation of the Pixel Launcher you’ll discover on Google’s phones. It’s fast, has a fantastic feature set, and is completely free to utilize.

@JoeMaring1 is a huge fan of Lawnchair and states that Newton Mail is well worth its yearly membership charge.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

In concerns to the apps I utilize, there’s the typical suspects of Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, etc. My email app of option for the previous couple of years has actually been Newton, and I can’t imagine myself going back to anything else. It costs $50/ year, however if you depend on email for work as I do, it’s more than worth the asking rate.

A couple of other apps worth mentioning are Backgrounds and Need To The previous is a wonderful wallpaper app and the latter is a hub for logging movies/TV shows you have actually enjoyed.

Joe’s leading choice

Newton Mail

A premium email app that’s well worth the asking rate.

Newton’s been my go-to e-mail app for a couple of years at this point, and I truthfully can’t envision utilizing anything else. For your $50 each year, Newton offers you with a streamlined and fast app for mobile and desktop, read invoices, an effective snooze function, the ability sync all your email accounts under your one Newton account, and far more.

Marc Lagace

Marc is the Apps and Games Editor at Android Central. He’s been a gamer for most of his life and in fact took a university course on Video Game Theory– which he aced! You can connect to him on Twitter @spacelagace

As the Android video gaming guy around these parts, the most noteworthy apps on my phone are typically the latest games I’ve taken a look at for my weekly gaming column— and the very best ones end up sticking around for months later on.

@spacelagace calls PUBG the finest game of the year, but also likes Teslagrad and Stardew Valley.

— Android Central (@androidcentral) April 12, 2019

The game that still steals the majority of my time is PUBG Mobile, which is still the absolute best Android game in my opinion. I have actually presumed as to join an eSports club that focuses on PUBG Mobile, with weekly group scrimmages where we practice to prepare for significant tournaments and battle in custom matches against other completing squads. If you want, you can include me in-game; my user ID is OGmousemachine

Other games I absolutely advise that have actually ended up being pillars on my phone include:

  • Death Road to Canada— Randomly generated zombie survival game with a goofy cast of characters.
  • JYDGE— A gritty top-down shooter with a deep upgrade system.
  • Stardew Valley— The legendary farming RPG is now offered on Android in its (mainly) full splendor!
  • Teslagrad— A tough 2D puzzle-platformer that looks absolutely beautiful.

Marc’s top choice

PUBG Mobile

Can you be the one winner out of 100 players?

PUBG Mobile offers the most robust gameplay you’ll discover on Android. It’s free to play and is excellent enjoyable whether you’re seeking to play casually with some buddies or check your abilities in the competitive scene that’s growing around this game.

What’s on YOUR phone?

Now it’s your turn! Provide us some originalities and scream out a few of the apps that make your life simpler. If you want, you can even send us your own walkthrough videos on Twitter! We love getting to see the special and innovative setups that various kinds of people use.

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