Android, as we all know, is the world’s most popular mobile operating system. However, it was considered as the second choice after Apple’s OSX. But, with its functionality, it has gained wonderful popularity for the last five years. No doubt, there is no replacement for a laptop or a computer, but working on-the-go may allow you to settle for some Android applications.
Whether you are a designer, developer or a freelancer, you have to work with codes, designs and projects on daily basis to achieve something.
With powerful smart phones and tablets releasing every year, more and more tools are coming to help out developers and designers in their work. The thing which makes all these devices useful for the developers is their compatibility with the Android apps.
However, with thousands of Android apps available to download, it can be very hard to choose the most useful one for you. To help you out, we have collected 30 Android apps that you shouldn’t miss out as a designer, developer or freelancer.
1. Adobe Photoshop Express
This is a free Android app for your smart phones and tablets. It is a very proficient image editor for making quick edits. Many of its features include:
On-the-go photo editing
One-touch adjustment for contrast
Snap. Edit. Share. Smile. Photo magic.
2. Color Mood Designer
This app helps you to find the right color combinations.
Quickly finds the best color combination for your design
Brings multiple color swatch books to your meetings without carrying laptop
Compatible with all android devices
The app can be downloaded as demo version for free and the full version can be purchased for US$3.00.
3. SketchBook Mobile
This application is professional-grade paint and drawing app that is especially designed for mobile phones to give a full set of sketching tools. Many of its features include:
Full screen workspace
Pressure sensitive support
Ability to draw only with pen
The app is available for US$2.14.
4. iFont(Expert of Fonts)
This is a free app which is designed to install beautiful fonts on your phone. It allows you to download hundreds of fonts directly to your phone. You can choose from a large list of fonts, preview them and even compare them to get the best one.
5. HTML5 & CSS Quicklook Guide
This free app can be very helpful in setting up a solid foundation in HTML5 and CSS coding. Many of its features include:
With Quicklook Guide, you can learn new languages very easily.
Recommended for every start-up-designer who wants to learn coding skills.
6. DroidEdit Pro (code editor)
This app is a text and source code editor for mobile phones and tablets. It is useful for the new generation tablets that have external keyboards. Many of its features include:
Syntax highlighting for several languages
Several color themes
The app is available for US$2.94.
7. Toggl Time Tracker
This app is a simple and convenient time tracking on the go. For all the freelancers that work by hour, this is the best app to download. Track your daily routine and know how much time you spend on each task. The app is free to download.
Evernote is a very handy app for the freelancers.
Save notes at any times during the day
Save pictures and voice recordings as notes and annotations
Sync all of your notes across your computers and devices
The app can be freely downloaded from the Google Play Store.
With WordPress on your phone and tablets, you have the power to publish. The app makes it very easy to create and consume content. You can write, edit and publish posts to your websites. You can download this app for free.
10. Image Shrink Lite (Resizer)
This app is very helpful for designers in quickly resizing the images. You can also share and send the images through it. Many of its features include:
Automatic rotation according to Exif tag
Batch resizing of multiple photos (for full version)
One click deletion of resized photos created before
11. Magic Color Picker
This app is suitable for designers and programmers in selecting the best colors by using different color models. The app supports RGB, HSV, HSL and YUV color models including seven other models. You can use either palette or sliders to adjust. The app is free to download.
12. Programmer Keyboard
Programming can be very hard for many developers if done on phones.
Has a full QWERTY keyboard and code completion
Includes many important keys that our phones don’t support such as: CTRL, ALT, and Arrow keys
You can download this app for free.
13. Syntax Highlighted Code Editor
This is one of the favorite apps for developers and programmers who like to work through the phone.
You can create a whole website from your phone or tablet.
It gives you the advantage of not having to deal with an FTP server all the time.
The app is free to download.
Fontest is a free developers and typography tool that allows you to quickly preview your favorite fonts rendered on the Android. Many of its features include:
6 high quality free fonts
Support for adding your own TTF and OTF fonts
One-tap switch between uppercase and lowercase
15. Fresco Paint Pro
Fresco is a very easy-to-use painting app that features filters, layers and more.
You can create digital artwork on your phone or tablet.
With tons of brushes, Fresco brings a real drawing experience to your Android devices.
The app is available to download for US$3.55.
16. Skitch – Snap. Mark up. Send.
If you see something that gives you an idea, use Skitch to snap it, mark it up with simple tools and send it quickly. You can share your thoughts with others instantly. You can use Skitch for many reasons such as: Events, School, Home and for Fun. The app is free to download for your devices.
17. Java Quick Reference Cards
This app is very useful for all the programmers, whether they are experienced or starters.
The app includes 45 cheat sheets.
Give you the exact syntax wherever you go.
The guide for Java programming is also included.
It can be very helpful in improving your programming skills. The app is free to download.
Skype is very useful for all freelancers. Millions of people use Skype to stay in touch with the people that matter the most. If you are working with other freelancers that are living on the other side of country or even world, Skype makes phone calls very cheap. The app is free to download.
19. TweetCaster for Twitter
When you want to stay update with the most expert designs and topics from around the world regarding the Web, TweetCaster for Twitter is the app for it. You can use multiple Twitter accounts and post simultaneously on Facebook and Twitter. The app is free to download for your mobiles and tablets.
20. Typomapp – Navigate Typography
Discover new things about typography or organize your knowledge in the field of letters. Typomapp is a great approach to learning the art of typography. The app is updated continuously so that you can read new facts and figures about typography. The app is available to download for US$1.45.
21. HTML5 Guru
This app is especially designed for the beginners that are curious about learning the latest technology related to HTML5. The app also includes syntax with all the details and explanations regarding tags. The app is free to download for your Android devices.
22. Photo Illusion
This is a picture app that allows you to edit photos with filters and effects.
You can easily apply filters and many other effects on high-definition images
It allows to you crop and rotate photos without losing the quality
The app is free to download; however, the Pro version is also available with many more features and no ads.
23. Google Analytics
With this app, you can access all your Google Analytics Web and app reporting profiles through your Android devices. Get access to your analytical data from anywhere. Download the latest version of this app for free and keep an eye on your summary statistics from your home or office.
24. Adobe Edge Inspect CC
This app is purely for the web designers and developers who are looking to target mobile browsers. The app has many features including:
Wireless pair multiple Android and IOS devices to your computer
Sync browser with your computer
Target a device for debugging, select an element in the DOM and make changes to your HTML markup
25. Color Touch Effects
The app allows you to recolor images and apply cool effects to them. Select any image, turn it to gray or any other color that you want. Its features include:
Easy to paint
Two fingers zoom
Splash various colors to your pictures with vivid colors
26. FxCamera – a free camera app
FxCamera is an easy and creative camera app for your Android devices.
It has more than 30 filters to choose from.
Share your photos among your friends and interact with people from all around the world.
Instantly share your photos on the Twitter and Facebook.
The app is free to download.
27. AndFTP (Your FTP client)
AndFTP is a FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP client. It can manage several FTP configurations. It can be used with both device and FTP file browser. It allows you to download, upload, sync, and share with resume support as well. The app is free to install on your devices.
28. Mindjet Maps for Android
Mindjet is the best way to visually capture and organize information.
Brainstorm your ideas, take down notes and track tasks from the convenience of your Android device.
You can take your work with you and access it from your Android devices.
You can also use keywords to organize and sort your Mindjet files.
The app is free to download for your Android mobiles and tablets.
This is a must app for you, whether you are a designer or a developer. It presents talks from the most fascinating people around the world. The app is totally free to download and the talks include:
30. Creative Portfolio
This is a perfect app for all the freelancers, designers and developers who wish to showcase their work to anyone without having any Internet connection. It allows you to customize your portfolio and decide what work you want to show and how you want to show it to the people. The app is free to download for your Android devices.
So, this was the list for the 30 Android apps that you shouldn’t miss. All these apps are a must for designers, developers and freelancers. The list can go as far as you can imagine; however, I tried to present you the best apps that you should use.
If you have an app that you use daily but I have missed here or there is any app that shouldn’t be in the list? Please share your thoughts about it in the below comment section. I would love to hear it!