Alternative Android applicationsMost apps by default of their mobile operating systems such as iOS or Android don’t fulfill all the needs of users, both in the area of design as well as in the area of performance because they’re optimized for high end smartphones at the time they are being launched in the market. The majority of apps that integrate by default their operating systems could be replaced by others that fulfill the same functions but adding more features, they could be better as regards to performance or by simply changing the design and then it becomes a totally customizable app so that it doesn’t be a standard version of the developer.

There are apps that are replaceable such as the app for viewing our text messages (Messaging) or the app for visualizing all our contacts (Contacts), there are also apps that cannot be replaced because they are unique to Google and they are not just for switching on and switching off the smartphone, but for tangible functions such as the app store, the connection to Google accounts or the GPS location to send information in the map of coordinates. The alternative apps are not there to only change the aspect which comes by default, they are also there to improve performance and in some cases not to occupy too much memory in the storage.

How can I replace an app by default?

The way to replace an app by default is downloading the app and changing the priority to the new app, though if you want to completely delete the app by default you should have special user permissions to be able to delete predetermined apps from Android or to move it to the internal storage or the memory card SD.

The way to download a non official app that is not found in the app store is simple; you need to open a web browser, search for the installation file (Extension .apk), download it and once it´s ready search for it through a file browser. And lastly carry out the installation manually, quite different to app stores that install automatically, we don’t see where they are installed because the app store takes care of that.

Social networks

The issue  with social networks and their apps is that a large portion of these consume too much battery and  slows down performance; it’s well known that when you install Facebook on your device, 15% of its’ performance is affected while the app isn’t in use, when it is in use the same amount is affected as regards to the duration of the battery.

Facebook Lite

One of the better alternatives is a smaller version of Facebook that contains all the features of Facebook like the news feed, comments, image upload, chats among others… An alternative that doesn’t require much storage, it’s simple and fast.

Messenger Lite

As Facebook maintains a version of its app with better performance, there also exists a version of Facebook messenger which isn’t available on the PlayStore and it weighs less than the original Facebook messenger, it also includes the features available on its’ predetermined messaging app.

Web Browsers

The Android browsers by default tend to have some limitations, it’s just recently that Android has improved the design and performance of many of its apps by default but we wouldn’t instantly have them if we are using a device with the previous version. Some web browsers are heavier than the predetermined but are more efficient and include improvements.

Google Chrome

Inspite of the fact that Google owns Google Chrome; it doesn’t come by default in the Android operating system, it’s a mobile version of the most popular desktop browsers and one of the most widely used mobile apps.

Dolphin Browser

This multi platform browser has given us much to talk about thanks to its features such as the management of some links through gestures on the screen, the control of some functions through voice commands and adjusting all specifications of the users to a mobile version.

Music Player

The music player by default for some Android versions were never attractive, only with the basic function of playing music, but when it is about music we want to see beyond that, we want more information and how the rhythm of the music flows in our smartphone, such as equalizers or more attractive views.

Poweramp

It’s one of the most recognized due to its interface design which is very intuitive with a lot of customizing. The equalizer that is included offers many options to give the adequate power that we want, if we have the experience we can produce a high quality sound.

BlackPlayer

Very unknown in app stores but with an incredible performance maintaining a simple but elegant interface, it also offers customizing with themes and transition effects among different audios to create your own playlist.

Estudiante de Ingeniería de Sistemas en el Instituto Universitario Politécnico Santiago Mariño en Venezuela. Redactor freelance para VOFEEL international desde 2016. Amante de la música clásica y de la tecnología. [English]: System engineering student at Santiago Mariño University. Freelancer writer for Vofeel since 2016. Classical music and technology lover.

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