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Show #2018-230 November 16, 2018

Today we’re going to have a look at a few apps that can make you use of a smartphone easier and more enjoyable.

At the top of the list is an app called Nova Launcher. It comes with a host of features, including the ability to backup and restore your home screen setups, icon theming for all of your apps, tons of customization elements for the home screen and app drawer, and more. You can even make it look like the Pixel Launcher if you want to. If you go premium, you can tack on gesture controls, unread count badges for apps, and icon swipe actions.

Another app to have a look at is Solid Explorer, which help with file browsing. It’s is pretty much as good as it gets in the file explorer apps realm. It features Material Design, archiving support, support for the most popular cloud services, and even some more power-user stuff like FTP, SFPT, WebDav, and more. It looks great, it’s incredibly stable, and it just works well. You can get a 14-day free trial.

All phones come with a texting app. Those apps usually aren’t very good. Textra is among the most solid apps out there. It covers the basics well. You can send SMS and MMS messages to your friends. That includes group texts. The app can also be themed. You can choose a dark or light background, a primary colour, and an accent colour. Thus, no two Textra setups look alike unless you want them to. Additionally, a helpful bot exists in the app to deliver news about updates and what have you. It’s better than your stock texting app.

WallpapersCraft 4K Backgrounds is probably the best backgrounds app right now. It features a collection of 80,000 high resolutions wallpapers. The app can detect your display resolution automatically. Thus, the images you see are for your screen resolution. That takes all the guesswork out.

Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard

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Show #2018-230 November 16, 2018