Oh, memories. With the frenetic pace in which Android has evolved over the last decade, the experience of using the platform today is quite different from the adventure that Android used just a few years ago.
And it's not just the operating system itself that has changed As mobile technology in general has matured and the native features of Android have expanded little by little, the types of applications we trust have also changed considerably The priorities have been shuffled, the standards have changed and the developers have come and gone. As a result, some of the most popular titles from the early days of Android are now mere memories, and very confusing, like that.
As part of our memory journey this week, it's time to look back at some of the applications that once defined Android, but have since disappeared from the spotlight, or even disappeared altogether.
Let the meeting begin!
1. ADW Launcher
Before there was Nova Launcher, before Action Launcher, there was ADW, the de facto canvas to customize your home screen in the Android 2.x era. The application was full of options to take control of the interface of your Android phone and make it look and work the way that you wanted.
The creator of ADW, Ander Webbs, actually resumed the development of the application a few years ago after a prolonged pause (caused by an acquisition attempt that went awry – long story), but for most of us, the ADW era will always be badociated with the days dyed green Gingerbread.
Along with ADW was the other custom launcher from the days of Gingerbread: LauncherPro by Federico Carnales. The fading of Launcher Pro remains a mystery today; the application simply stopped updating, and its developer essentially disappeared .
3. Advanced Task Manager
Used to be people worshiped by manually killing applications of active Android memory, despite any advice against practice. Therefore, for a while, applications such as Advanced Task Manager topped the Android Market lists, as it was known then, and the minds of many Android followers.
4. My Backup Pro
The built-in backup mechanisms of Android were not always as varied. Back in the early days of the platform, advanced users used applications like My Backup Pro from Rerware to back up data such as photos, music, messages, contacts and even applications. First you would have to save the data in your local storage, of course, and then copy them manually in a place like Dropbox.
Surprisingly, My Backup Pro still exists and is still being updated, even if it does not look like that (and even if its reason for being in 2017 it is unclear).
5. Auto locator
Edward Kim's car locator was the business for years: the must-have application that would save her parking location and then help her revisit it later. At that time, this sorcery seemed frankly magical.
Currently, that same feature is integrated directly into Google Maps, although the car locator still exists in Play Store, with its latest update in mid-2014.
& # 39; There was a time when tethering was an act that made you feel like a rebel bandit, at least for a while. Long before operators began to embrace tethering (and the most common Wi-Fi hotspot feature now), Android users had to find ways to fly below the radar to share a phone's data connection with other devices (at least, until the operators began to play dirty again).
The most important name in the Android anchor game was PdaNet, which used a combination of an Android application and a desktop application, along with some incredibly complicated settings, according to current tethering standards – to make the job.
PdaNet is still in the Play Store and receiving updates.
7. Astro File Manager
When you needed to manage files on your phone in the early days of Android, Astro File Manager was where you turned.
The application is still actively developed, but has not fallen into many mandatory lists in many years.
Two things you should know about the first Android devices: one, internal storage was never enough. And two, external storage was often an option.
Consequently, applications like aptly named App2SD became popular for people to manually move applications from a phone's internal storage and to their SD card to free up space.
(And yes, in case you're wondering, remembering the days when something like that was relevant is one of those things that will make us seem unfathomably old someday soon)
9. Dolphin Browser (HD, Mini)
Before all renowned browsers entered Android, including yes, Google Chrome, Dolphin Browser was the application for users who knew it. Their various incarnations offered advanced features (and hard to find!) Such as tabbed navigation, gesture-based navigation and multi-touch support (which, believe it or not, was not available natively at that time).
Dolphin is still standing and going strong, but with players like Chrome, Firefox and now even the new Microsoft Edge browser available on Android, the days of A small independent developer that dominates the dojo are but a distant memory.
10. Extended Controls
Android does not always have a Quick Setup panel with easy access to common system functions. In contrast, applications such as Extended Controls allow you to create your own "Android widget", as we would call it, and put what you want on the home screen.
Hey, we can laugh now, but in the digital stone age of 2010, it was frankly revolutionary .
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