So you just picked up your stunningly sexy and sleek HTC One. Congratulations! Now, you’re probably wondering which amongst the virtual sea of Google Play apps will help you best put your One to good use. You’re in luck! We recently asked the HTC community on Twitter to share their top five indispensable apps for the One, which we’ve rounded up for you!
@htc instagram by far, the camera on this phone is awesome
— Placeholder (@KevinAv4) November 14, 2013
The wildly popular mobile photography-based social media network has become a staple in the wake of increasingly powerful mobile phone cameras. Perhaps the first app to popularize photo filters, the collection of filters has increased over time, giving users access to a plethora of photo-customization options. Not much of a photographer? Not to worry: earlier this year Instagram also added support for short videos up to 15 seconds in length. What better way to show off your One’s powerful camera and all of your Zoes?
@htc MX-Player for watching movies on the most beautiful display
— Tomas Nemcek (@V8Nemcek) November 14, 2013
The One comes equipped with a stunning 1080p display. That being said, it would be quite a shame not to put it good use with the occasional movie, right? Enter MX Player: a powerful, versatile, and feature-packed video player. Its support of several subtitle formats makes it perfect for discreet viewing, and its multi-core decoding ensures that you’re utilizing your One’s powerful quad-core processor.
— Øyvind Nesland (@nesland) November 14, 2013
Who needs iTunes to enjoy podcasts? Pocket Casts allows users to stay up to date on their favorite podcasts via streaming, or download them directly to their Android device for later listening. Podcasts are sorted through an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface for easy browsing. Additionally Pocket Casts supports both video and audio podcasts, and has extra features such as variable speed playback, playlists, and the ability to toggle video podcasts to “audio only” when you need to direct your eyes elsewhere.
@htc Waze is THE go-to nav app!
— Eric Wilborn (@ericwilborn) November 14, 2013
Google Maps may have set the standard for smartphone navigation apps, but Waze broke new ground by marrying navigation and crowdsourcing. What does that mean for you? It means access to the latest, user-submitted information on road hazards, construction, accidents, traffic jams, speed traps, and other potential impediments to your travels. Waze automatically updates maps based upon information such as traveling speed, or allows you to manually submit information to the Waze community—all hands free. Picking someone up? Waze connects your Facebook account and allows you to coordinate your travels together, or helps you notify your friends when you’re running behind.
@htc Whatsapp to stay in touch with everybody!
— David Guija (@d_guija) November 14, 2013
WhatsApp is a favorite cross-platform messaging app amongst those who want an alternative to SMS messaging. Unlike conventional SMS inboxes, Whatsapp logs messages received while offline, allowing users to stay connected no matter what. Whatsapp supports group chat, audio messages, and video messages, and also conveniently syncs automatically with your Address Book. Whatsapp is free for a year—after which it only costs $0.99 annually—and is completely ad-free.
What is your must-download app for the HTC One? Let us know in the comments below.