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Android phones allow users room for customisation, but if you’re not paying attention, you could end up with lost files or too many apps running in the background draining your battery.To protect yourself, there’s a number of apps in the Android Market that keep you organised, conserve memory and power, and let you delete programs you no longer use.
We compiled a list of the best apps to keep your phone clean and running smoothly.
Memory Booster monitors your phone's memory usage in real time and gives you options to conserve power. You can set it to automatically kill applications running in the background that eat up the most memory. There's also a tab that lets you view how much memory you've saved so you can determine which configuration works best for your habits.
Evernote's Android app will sync your account's notes across all platforms: iPhone, BlackBerry, PC, Mac, and the web. Like the iPhone app, you can take text, photo, and audio notes and tag them by subject or location.
Dropbox for Android functions just like the iPhone app. You can view the files in your Dropbox account and share them over e-mail. There's not built-in document reader, so when you try to open a photo, PDF, or any other file type you are prompted to view it in another app.
If you decide to download apps from a source other than the official Android Market, you should download Lookout. The app runs in the background and automatically scans new downloads for malware or viruses. You can also back up your phone's data to mylookout.com. With a premium account you can remote wipe or lock your phone if it is lost or stolen.
Price: Free. The premium account costs $2.99 per month or $29.99 per year.
It can be tough to tell which apps are running in the background, eating up your phone's free memory and draining the battery. With an app killer like Advanced Task Killer, you can close running apps and view how much memory you have available to get the most out of your hardware. This app lets you manually close other programs, or you can set it to automatically kill the ones that are consuming memory.
It's quite a process to delete apps on Android. You have to click through the Android Market and find the app you want to get rid of before you are prompted to delete it. With an app like Uninstaller Pro, you can quickly view a list of all applications and choose which one to install.
Documents to Go lets you view and edit Microsoft Office files, Google Docs, and PDFs. It's more expensive than your average app, but it's designed to essentially replace any need for your typical enterprise smartphone.
Price: $14.99 for the full version. Free for the lite version that will only let you view (not edit) documents.
Flash doesn't look too hot on mobile devices, and it's a battery hog. But if you want to avoid missing out on any web content, you can download Adobe's Flash 10.1. It adds full Flash capability to your Android phone's browser for watching video, playing games, and viewing sites with Flash animations.
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