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Review of applications for Android. Release 2

The Android platform is rapidly and successfully came into our lives. In the field of smart phones and tablets it confidently holds the leading position. By the highest standards it is a merit of Google, which could find the optimal model that satisfies the key players: device manufacturers, application developers and users. As a result, during only a few years a huge ecosystem of various software products has created.

Their main mass is located at the company store Google Play, where they are very convenient categorized. But if you don’t want to waste your time looking for interesting new products, or in the news flow you are afraid to miss something interesting, we offer you to dive into the list of the most interesting and useful (in our opinion) programs. Traditionally, the focus will be on free applications. Let’s finish the introduction and go directly to the very novelties.

System utilities

Clean Master (Speed Booster)

Clean Master (Speed Booster) is a comprehensive solution designed to optimize and protect the system. It uses a simple and intuitive interface with lots of language localizations to access the key features of this program. It will be especially useful in those cases when a smartphone or tablet starts to slow down or overheat.

Clean Master (Speed Booster) has the following features:

  • neat and safe deletion of unnecessary files that pile up as a result of a variety of applications, freeing additional volume of conctant memory and speed up your system;
  • optimization of the system by closing unused applications, release of mistakenly enabled memory and more efficient use of battery life;
  • detecting and closing the applications, which lead to substantial heating of the body casing;
  • checking system and installed applications for viruses and other malicious objects;
  • protection of user data;
  • the ability to delete the application or backup.

Clean Master (Speed Booster) Clean Master (Speed Booster) Clean Master (Speed Booster)

The new version contains the following changes:

  • added function App Boost Box into module App Manager to accelerate the application operation up to 32%;
  • function Recycle Bin preventing accidental deletion of photos;
  • improved protection of personal data.

Developer: Cheetah Mobile
Size:  depends on device
OS Android: depends on device
Method of distribution: free
Download: Clean Master (Speed Booster)

AnTuTu Benchmark 5.6

One of the most popular mobile benchmarks is updated. It is used by industrial companies in the process of creating new models of their products, as well as by ordinary users to calculate the level of performance of own device and compare it to the competition.

AnTuTu benchmark provides the following test kit:

  • User Experience (UX) displays the overall level of performance with the detailed results of individual indicators;
  • CPU measures the performance of the processor;
  • RAM calculates the actual computing power of RAM subsystem;
  • GPU calculates the level of graphics performance;
  • I/O - measures the performance of I/O data (I/O).

AnTuTu Benchmark AnTuTu Benchmark AnTuTu Benchmark

List of changes in the new version is as follows:

  • added 64-bit test for 64-bit systems;
  • supports of translucent navigation (in Android 4.4 and next);
  • added support for microarchitecture NVIDIA Denver;
  • some bugs were fixed.

Developer: AnTuTu
Size:  35 MB
OS Android: 4.0 and next
Method of distribution: free
Download: AnTuTu Benchmark 5.6

Security

Kaspersky Internet Security 11.7.4.640

Android is not just the world's dominant mobile platform, it is also a leader in the number of mobile viruses. Given the large amount of real money transactions through this platform, as well as the frequent use of smartphones and tablets to access the real bank account, the users should be sure to take care of the security of their data.

Antivirus Kaspersky Internet Security provides the use of advanced technologies to protect mobile devices against viruses. Basic functionality of the application is available for free, but the premium capabilities are paid. Note the key features of Kaspersky Internet Security:

  • the ability to use the scanner to check the devices for viruses;
  • presence of functional Anti-Theft Protection: remote device locking, erasing the memory, detection of coordinates of lost or stolen gadget;
  • support of the function Alarm: remote activation of signaling to detect the lost device;
  • filtering of incoming SMS and calls to block messages from unwanted callers;
  • protection against viruses in real time (available in the premium version);
  • protection against viruses using the capabilities of cloud technology (available in the premium version);
  • protect the device from suspicious or fishing websites (available in the premium version);
  • ability to hide important data (available in the premium version).

Kaspersky Internet Security Kaspersky Internet Security Kaspersky Internet Security

The new version of antivirus Kaspersky Internet Security contains such improvements:

  • supports Android 5.0;
  • more efficient use of CPU and battery;
  • the ability to purchase a license through an informational message.

Developer: Kaspersky Lab
Size:  27 MB
OS Android: 2.3 and next
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the opportunity to purchase additional parameters for real money)
Download: Kaspersky Internet Security 11.7.4.640

avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus 4.0.7875

Many users have entrusted the security of its Android-devices to program avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus. And here is a reason. It provides continuous and comprehensive protection for mobile devices against various malicious objects such as viruses, fishing, Trojans and other. The list of its benefits can be extended by the following items:

  • the presence of all necessary functional components: virus scanner, virus removal module, a security module in real time, application manager, firewall and others;
  • protection at different levels: from the usual computer viruses; malware from exploiting applications; against network attacks;
  • the ability to remotely lock the mobile device and complete erasure of memory;
  • the ability to track a lost or stolen device;
  • support of function of lock SMS or incoming calls against unwanted callers and more.

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The new version of antivirus avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus contains the following modifications:

  • a new engine of files scanning is implemented;
  • some bugs were fixed.

Developer: AVAST Software
Size:  9.6 MB
OS Android: 2.1 and next
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the opportunity to purchase additional parameters for real money)
Download: avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus 4.0.7875

Communication

Firefox Browser for Android

The company Mozilla has a wealth of experience in the creation of web browsers, so its product Firefox Browser for Android was doomed to success and popularity among users. After all, the developers have optimized its capabilities and interface for the Android.

What it can offer to the users? Firstly it is the start screen where you can make your favorite sites. Secondly, the ability to synchronize passwords, browsing history and marker between different versions of the browser Firefox, which is used on your desktop computers and mobile gadgets. Thirdly, a set of useful add-ons that extend the basic functionality. Other advantages include:

  • fast loading of web pages;
  • support for HTML5;
  • the ability to play mobile video in various formats, including h.264;
  • support for anonymous mode of web browsing;
  • high level of protection of user data while surfing the Internet;
  • the ability to quickly share interesting content in social networks;
  • the ability to use different search engines to place relevant information.

Firefox Browser for Android Firefox Browser for Android Firefox Browser for Android

Developer: Mozilla
Size:  depend on device
OS Android: 2.3 and next
Method of distribution: free
Download: Firefox Browser for Android

Viber 5.2.1.36

Viber is a popular messenger that allows friends and colleagues to constantly stay in touch. It uses the Internet connection to send text messages or implementation of voice or video calls. The user pays only for the network traffic.

What else provides the application Viber:

  • use fun stickers to make new shades to correspondence;
  • share photos, video and voice messaging, as well as the geographic coordinates of the current location of the user;
  • create group chats for 100 people;
  • take part in public chat rooms;
  • make calls to mobile numbers that are not registered in Viber at low rates through Viber Out.

Viber Viber Viber

The new version of Viber has the following modification:

  • improved menu of stickers;
  • window «Forward» has undergone substantial changes and now makes it easy to send contacts;
  • updated and improved performance of public chat;
  • improved overall stability and performance of the program.

Developer: Viber Media S.à r.l.
Size:  34 MB
OS Android: 2.3 and next
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the opportunity to purchase additional parameters for real money)
Download: Viber 5.2.1.36

Multimedia

KMPlayer 1.3.7

Known to many users of Windows-platform a multimedia player KMPlayer can now be used together with the Android devices. It is absolutely free and has a wide range of opportunities to play various multimedia content. The developers have optimized its interface with the sensory capabilities of smartphones and tablets.

The key benefits of KMPlayer are the following:

  • easy control of different parameters and functions;
  • the possibility of organizing media files inside a library in a comfortable structure;
  • supports for function of KMP Connect for multimedia playback from PC to Android devices;
  • Support for multiple file formats (3GP, 3GP2, 3GPP, AMV, ASF, AVI, AXV, DIVX, DV, FLV, F4V, GVI, GXF, M1V, M2P, M2T, M2TS, M2V, M4V, MKS, MKV, MOOV, MOV, MP2V, MP4, MPEG, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, MPG, MPV, MT2S, MTS, MXF, NSV, NUV, OGA, OGG, OGM, OGV, OGX, SPX, PS, QT, REC, RM, RMVB, TOD, TS, TTS, VOB, VRO, WEBM, WM, WMV, WTV, XESC);
  • support for codecs H.265 and VP9.

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A modified version of KMPlayer 1.3.7 has fixed bugs.

Developer: PANDORA.TV
Size:  15 MB
OS Android: 2.3.3 and next
Method of distribution: free
Download: KMPlayer 1.3.7

BSPlayer FREE

Another popular Windows-player is now available for Android-platforms. A key feature of BSPlayer FREE is the possibility of video hardware acceleration, so the use of more efficient multi-core systems increases the quality and speed of content playback, especially with high resolution. Other advantages include:

  • the possibility of background files playback;
  • support for multiple formats of audio and video files (AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, MOV, MPG, MTS, MP4, M4V, RMVB, WMV, 3GP, MP3 and FLAC);
  • the ability to output streaming media (RTMP, RTSP, MMS (TCP, HTTP), HTTP Live stream, HTTP);
  • the use of multiple audio streams and embedded or external subtitles;
  • presence of different play modes in the playlist;
  • the ability to play files from external USB and many others.

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The version of BSPlayer FREE 1.22.176 has a simple cover and some bugs were fixed.

Developer: BSPlayer media
Size:  depends on device
OS Android: depends on device
Method of distribution: free
Download: BSPlayer FREE

Office software

WPS Office 6.5

Most of current mobile devices have screens with a diagonal of 10.1 inches. Of course, for a comfortable and long-term work with large office documents this value is not enough, but to experience or minor changes it is more than enough. In addition, tablet or smartphone can be used as a means of processing, displaying the document on a big screen TV or interacting with the projector.

WPS Office program is very popular and convenient free tool to work with many office documents. It includes three full-featured modules: Writer, Spreadsheets and Presentation. The first aims to work with text documents. It is fully compatible with Microsoft Word, offering an additional opportunity to save files in PDF-format. Spreadsheets module can be called an analogue of Microsoft Excel, because it is designed to work with spreadsheets and active use of formulas. And Presentation is an analogue of Microsoft PowerPoint to create, edit, and presentations.

WPS Office WPS Office WPS Office

The version WPS Office 6.5 includes the following new features:

  • the ability to share a link to Dropbox-document with your friends;
  • added ability to rename the local files;
  • improved system of documents backup;
  • improved animation effects with increasing drawing module Writer;
  • improved stability of the module Spreadsheets.

Developer: Kingsoft Office Software Corporation Limited
Size:  19 MB
OS Android: 2.3 and next
Method of distribution: free (the program provides the opportunity to purchase additional parameters for real money)
Download: WPS Office 6.5


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