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Cell phones: 10 essential apps to download on a new phone

2023-01-16T10:04:08.357Z


From the most secure messenger to a password manager, everyone should have these apps installed on their smartphone.


For those who have just bought a

new phone

, it  is essential to have

applications

that take full advantage of their potential, regardless of the range.

Currently, mobile devices with the

Android

or

iOS

(iPhone) operating system have multiple options and for all types of profiles: productive, gamers, content creators or simply Internet users. 

Next, several of the

best applications

to start using your new cell phone. 

Bitwarden (password manager)

The Bitwarden password manager.

Our email, social networks, the Netflix account or the home banking account are all governed by

passwords

.

The more services we have, the more chances there are of forgetting them, so it is recommended to download an administrator that solves all the problems.

For those who have never downloaded one of this style, the app to consider is Bitwarden.

Among the multiple options in the Google Play Store or App Store download store, the experience is that all its main functions are

free

.

What's more, the user can use Bitwarden on as many devices as they want unlike the popular

LastPass

that charges $3 per month for the same functionality.

In case you want to have the full range of functions available, Bitwarden has a Premium plan of $10 per year, such as the possibility of having advanced two-factor verification.

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Firefox (browsers)

The new Firefox logo.

Photo Mozilla

If cell phones already have browsers by default, why would we need another one?

Firefox is a good complement

for browsing the internet without having to resort to the popular Google Chrome or Safari (Apple).

In the middle of last year, Mozilla overhauled the Android version of its browser to bring many of its best desktop features to mobile devices.

That release

added stronger support

for installing plug-ins or add-ons developed by other companies.

It also brought its enhanced tracking protection feature, which prevents trackers from misusing your browsing data.

On the other hand, with Apple allowing you to change your default browser since the release of iOS 14, Apple users can break free from the shackles of Safari.

Headspace (meditation)

Headspace, app for meditation.

This app had its moment of worldwide rage during the isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but it is also much more than a way to meditate from your cell phone.

With

Headspace

, in particular, you will be able to improve aspects such as stress or anxiety, disorders that undoubtedly worsen the possibility of you being able to achieve your proposed goals.

Anyone who downloads and installs it on their device -either Android or iOS- will discover that it has a combination of music designed to help focus and perform relaxation exercises to lighten up a difficult day.

Notion (productivity)

Notion.

It is one of the most powerful productivity tools for mobile today.

What makes Notion so powerful is

an interface that looks simple

but offers a lot of flexibility.

It should be noted that among its functions is the possibility of creating to-do lists, writing notes and managing personal projects. 

Stumble Guys (games)

Stumble Guys, the copy of Fall Guys for Android and iPhone cell phones.

The free clone of Fall Guys

, a video game that was all the rage during the pandemic on consoles and PC, is one of the most downloaded in the world - it has

more than 200 million downloads

in the Google Play Store and App Store- and an essential one to entertain yourself in the leisure times. 

Stumble Guys

encourages users to connect because there is a roulette wheel that gives you prizes every day (coins, cosmetics, etc).

Stumble Guys is an addictive battle royale.

In the playable aspect, this free battle royale in which the player must compete against other players, also has various tricks or tips that allow you to improve the ability, an aspect that in Fall Guys is somewhat limited since in some levels it has a lot to do. see chance.


Waze (GPS)

Waze, the historical rival of Google Maps.

Photo: AP.

Although Google Maps or Apple Maps are installed by default on most Android and iOS devices, drivers who opt for Waze find a platform prepared to notify all kinds of incidents in real time.

From potholes, road closures, police controls and even at which service station you should refuel:

everything can be notified.

In addition, it has a points system that encourages the registration of these incidents and even a chat to contact other drivers. 

As a navigation assistant, Waze stands out for always looking for the fastest route to save you minutes in reaching your destination and, thus, avoiding the traffic chaos of big cities.

Thanks to the fact that it can be synchronized with the Google calendar, Waze allows you to schedule trips to leave at the time of least traffic congestion. 

Another option in this segment is

Transit

, one of the best public transportation planning apps on Android and iOS.

Its interface is clean and easy to use.

In addition, it has one of the best algorithms to predict the departure times of buses, trains or subways anywhere in the world.

You just have to have an active Internet connection. 

Yumly (recipes)

Yummly.

When you want a personalized experience with breakfast recipes curated specifically for you, the app to download is Yummly.

To use the application you will have to select your favorite foods, allergies or if you follow a certain food plan.

Also related foods and cooking level.

From there, the user can fill out a virtual pantry and write down what items are on hand at home to cook. 

The application recommends recipes only for the taste of the user;

although there is the possibility to search for options for yourself within the huge library of recipes.

For that, you just have to click on Explore>Courses and then Breakfast and brunch.

Recipes can be added to a diet set, collections, or just a shopping list.

signal

Signal, the super secure messaging app.

Photo: REUTERS.

In today's cell phones it is difficult to be able to contact family and friends through another messaging app that is not WhatsApp or Telegram (to a lesser extent);

although those who lean towards Signal will find 

one of the safest

It has all the features you'd expect from a messaging program, including support for stickers and Stories like Instagram or Snapchat has

,

but more importantly are the ways Signal differs from its competitors: It doesn't collect data, or sell it to companies. external, as well as there is no advertising presence. 

tunnelbear

tunnelbear.

After a password manager, one of the best tools you can use to bypass all kinds of censorship and protect your privacy online is a VPN.

Among the options available, one in particular stands out for its simplicity:

TunnelBear

.

This VPN can be a great help if you travel frequently or use public Wi-Fi in places like cafes and libraries.

In those contexts, its use will ensure that the Internet connection is protected with encryption so that any information you submit remains secure and private.

Snapseed (images)

Snapseed, Google's image editor.

Although mid-range or premium phones have increasingly modern cameras and their own image editors, almost all photos can be enhanced with external applications before sharing them on social networks.

Snapseed, developed by Google, is one of the applications within image editors that offers a complete set of options that incorporates the right sliders and dials, so that anyone can give a quality touch to images.

Snapseed has multiple options to edit images from the phone gallery.

What's remarkable about Snapseed is that it makes it easy to save edits to your camera roll and upload them directly to social media, like Instagram.

Capcut (video)

CapCut.

Photo: capture.

The free video editor, developed by

ByteDance

, the same company behind TikTok, meets all the expectations of that user -casual or expert- who seeks to add value to their videos before posting them on social networks.

Capcut

presents an extensive editing menu, which includes a good number of transitions, animations, and effects, to give that clip a professional touch that can then be shared directly on TikTok, Instagram, or WhatsApp.

It also allows you to change the playback speed, add text, audio tracks, and even voice-over. 

In addition, the video app includes a function,

called "AutoCut"

, which uses artificial intelligence to achieve automatic short editing.

You only have to select the clips that will be part of the final content and CapCut will do the rest. 

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