Five Essential Apps For Your Android Device

1. avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus

Apps aren't all fun and games, and while it's pretty rare that you find yourself facing off against malware or viruses while using Android devices, it's still a good idea to protect yourself. This free suite offers anti-theft, privacy, and antimalware tools so you can make sure you're safe while you get up to all that surfing you know you're planning to do. With automatic and on-demand scanning, you just can't beat avast's mobile suite. True, you could spend a little money and get even stronger tools, but as a beginner this app should go straight to the top of your to-download list.

Download avast! from the Google Play Store.

2. Swype

If you're used to typing your own way, you'll want to use the Swype keyboard for customization and features in addition to the ability to drag your finger over several keys instead of tapping them to create text messages and other text input.

Download Swype from the Google Play Store.

3. Themer

If you like to change up the look of your phone here and there, you'll want to check out this custom launcher. You can create a brand new interface with minimal work, and Themer includes downloadable thems that require little or no input from you. And if you want to customize the themes further, you're able to do that as well. If you like to change up your phone here and there, you'll definitely want to grab Themer.

Download Themer from the Google Play Store.

4. Tasker

Tasker is one killer app that you'll be glad you downloaded. You can do just about anything you want with it, including setting up home operations and more. You can set up voice control and commands and a wealth of other options. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Download Tasker from the Google Play Store.

5. Titanium Backup

Make sure you've got something at your beck and call any time you think you need to cease operations and do a complete system restore on your phone. It can happen when you lease expect it, so be prepared with Titanium Backup.

Download Titanium Backup from the Google Play Store.