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Top 5 Best LG G3 Apps

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With the LG G3 now on sale, happy G3 owners are starting to stock their new phone with apps that take advantage of the G3’s unique specs and features. If you just picked up a LG G3, here are the must-have apps you should grab.


1. Fleksy Keyboard

Check out SlashGear’s hands-on video with Fleksy above.

The LG G3’s native keyboard is nothing to sneeze at. The G3’s smart keyboard has a ton of great features, including emoji suggestion and bilingual word selection. That being said, some users prefer Fleksy Keyboard to LG’s native keyboard offering.

While there is a free version of the app available on Google Play, there are a number of reasons to invest in the paid version of the app. Most notably, the free version is only free for 30 days.

Fun fact: The official Guinness World Record for fastest typing on a smartphone was broken with Fleksy on May 2014.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Awesome interface
  • Intuitive, learning keyboard
  • Saves time and reduces frustration
  • Upgrading from Free to Paid will automatically import your Settings, Badges and Dictionary
  • Set to your preference: QWERTY, AZERTY, QWERTZ, even DVORAK or Colemak

  • Cons:

  • Some popular languages like Hebrew and Arabic aren’t supported quite yet
  • Won’t work on phones running a version of Android prior to 4.0
  • Some features (like disabling autocorrect) can be hard to find in the advanced settings menu
  • Some users find predictive features to be better in SwiftKey
  • May take some time to master all the ins and outs of the app interface

  • 2. Photoshop Touch

    In the video above from the official Adobe YouTube channel, Russell Brown showcases the features of Photoshop Touch.

    Photoshop is one of the most respected names in photo editing, so the mobile version of Photoshop is definitely worth checking out. The gorgeous screen and quality camera on the LG G3 make mobile photo editing more appealing than ever before.

    Some features that make Photoshop Touch really useful include Camera Fill, which lets you use your device’s camera to fill an area on a layer of the photo. Photoshop Touch projects can be synced with your desktop, allowing you to start an edit on mobile and finish it on your computer.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Trusted name
  • Merge photos together
  • Work with large format photos
  • Free membership to Creative Cloud provides 2GB of cloud storage
  • Gorgeous interface with tons of tools

  • Cons:

  • Not free
  • You must have Photoshop CS 5.1 on your computer to work with your mobile file on a desktop
  • Creative Cloud may not be available in all countries or languages and may be subject to change or discontinuation without notice
  • App has a bit of a learning curve, especially for Photoshop noobs
  • Feels too casual for some users

  • 3. Bunting

    Check out the video above to see how easy it is to set up Bunting.

    If you’ve also picked up an LG G Watch, you can enjoy all kinds of cool Android Wear apps with your G3. One of the most promising of this new crop of Android Wear apps is Bunting, a voice-enabled Twitter client. Just talk into your Android Wear watch, and you can compose a tweet (even one with hashtags.) If you want to talk into your wristwatch like David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider, this app can make it happen.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Works fairly well for such a new app based on a new OS
  • Compose a tweet without typing
  • Scroll through your timeline
  • Helps you get the most out of an LG G Watch paired with a G3
  • Google Play page says more features are in the works

  • Cons:

  • Timeline scrolling is a bit buggy
  • Set up and tweet composition are both relatively quick, but both could be faster
  • Google Now’s short list of pre-defined commands make this app somewhat inflexible
  • Load times can be a bit slow
  • Some known issues with syncing on G Watch (other Android Wear watches seem to be unaffected)

  • 4. Plex for Android

    Check out the official promo video for Plex on Android in the video above.

    Plex is a multi-purpose streaming service lets users stream music, videos, and view photos. With the LG G3’s big screen and high screen resolution, this app is particularly appealing.

    Users can compile a list of movies, TV shows, or create personal videos that they can watch with friends or family members. If you love streaming media but need a better way to stay organized, this app is a must-have.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Nice interface
  • Great for home streaming of your digital library
  • Dependable
  • Organizes all personal media, not just video content
  • Provides nice images and art for your content

  • Cons:

  • Can sometimes need a reboot after extended watching of TV or movies
  • Costs money to download
  • Plex channel not supported on all set top boxes
  • Some services require premium Plex Pass subscription
  • Does require a Plex media server set-up (free)

  • 5. Fronto: Cash Making Lockscreen

    Learn more about how this app works by watching the video above.

    If you broke the bank when you bought your new LG G3, there’s an app that can help make the phone pay for itself. Fronto is a lockscreen app that lets you earn points for completing certain tasks, such as reading an article, following someone on social media, or downloading a game.

    Swiping right will bring you right to your home screen. Swiping left will take you to a mobile webpage, or to Google Play, depending on the type of content shown on your lock screen. It’s a cool way to earn a little extra cash, and stay current on news, entertainment, celebs, and tech. You could use that cash to save up for some cool LG G3 accessories, or even a new case to protect your investment.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Turns your lock screen into a sort of newsfeed
  • Earns you free cash
  • Interesting way to learn about new stuff
  • Relatively attractive UI
  • Works great on older Android phones (app only requires Android 2.0+)

  • Cons:

  • Topics may not interest all users
  • Somewhat low approximate exchange rate of 2,500 points per $1 (USD)
  • Number of points varies per task
  • Some users have reported freezes (recent bug fixes have helped with this issue a bit)
  • Some users have noticed repeats (app keeps suggesting they download the same sponsored apps over and over again)


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