Preloaded apps on Android devices

In the previous lesson we discussed apps that come preloaded on to an Apple device. During this lesson we will take a look at apps that come preloaded on an Android device. Again, these may not be apps that you prefer to use but give them a try! Below are three categories of apps available on an Android device as soon as you turn it on. These categories are:

  • Communication Apps
  • Productivity Apps
  • Utilities Apps

Communication Apps

Communication apps allow users to stay connected with friends and family using their device. It uses various tools such as video chats, text messages or emails and these apps help with instant communication using the internet.

The preloaded communication apps on most Android devices are based on the Google platform and are as follows:

Google Meet app icon

Google Meet: a video chat app used to have face to face conversations. Google Meet is available to users that have a computer, tablet, smartphone, and some smart displays. 

Gmail logo

Gmail: the mail app is where users can read and send emails using their email account.

Productivity Apps

One of the great benefits a device can provide users is helping them to be productive by keeping track of tasks, lists or even appointments. With the preloaded productivity apps users can do all of this and more without the use of a pen and paper! Although we are all used to using pen and paper, by using these apps it saves time and is better for our environment as we use less paper. Furthermore, it is quite easy to lose a piece of paper that you have written a list on. With these apps you will always have access to the lists and notes that you have created simply by reopening the app.

Productivity apps that are included on the home screen of a device are:

Grey calculator with green = button to show Calculator app on an Android tablet

Calculator: an app that allows you to do quick calculations right from your device

Blue square with number 31 in centre to show the calendar app on an Android tablet

Calendar: an app that allows users to add and keep track of calendar events such as appointments, special events and holidays. The calendar app allows users to also share these events and appointments with others by creating a shared calendar.

Blue circle with white lines to show clock app on an Android tablet

Clock: an app used to create to do lists and reminders for specific tasks that need to be completed. This app can be used to create alarms for daily tasks and even a wake-up call.

Utilities Apps

Some apps that come preloaded on to an Android device are apps that are extremely useful when it comes to everyday use. Whether you need to browse the internet or take a quick photo, there is an app for that!

Preloaded utilities apps on an Android device include:

Green, red, yellow and blue circle to show Chrome app icon

Chrome: an internet browser app created by Google where users can look up websites.

Grey camera with blue lens to show camera app on an Android tablet

Camera: an app that uses the built-in camera to take high quality of photos that save right to the device.