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12 apps to boost your Android smartphone

This software will make your handset smarter

Make your Android device run longer, run smarter, and run almost anywhere with this collection of essential apps

3. Boost your battery life with JuiceDefender

Worried about Android battery life? You aren't alone. With the right tools on your smartphone, though, you can make the most of your charge without having to constantly play with settings.

An app called JuiceDefender helps you automate the optimisation of your smartphone's power configuration. The program lets you define detailed parameters to govern how and when your device uses common battery-zapping functions. Set it up once, and you'll never have to think about that stuff again.

JuiceDefender can disable background data processing when your screen is off, turn off your smartphone's Wi-Fi when you aren't near a known network, scale down system processes during certain hours of the day, and much more. All put together, its automated adjustments can make a noticeable difference in your phone's daily stamina.

JuiceDefender is free. An plug-in called UltimateJuice adds a handful of extra options into the program; it costs $5 (£3.14).

4. Take websites to go with Chrome to Phone

The doggy bag isn't just for restaurants anymore. With Android and Google's Chrome to Phone application, you can send web links and other information from your computer directly to your handheld device.

Chrome to Phone doubles as an Android app and an extension for Google's Chrome browser. Once you link up both ends of the equation, you'll be able to click a button on your PC and have whatever page you're viewing pop up instantly on your Android smartphone. You can also highlight text and have it sent wirelessly to your smartphone's clipboard.

The Chrome to Phone Android app is free; the desktop browser extension is free in Google's Chrome extension gallery.

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