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Top Nexus 4 Apps and Widgets



The Nexus 4 is one of the best Android phones available, thanks in part to the great selection of apps and widgets.

These Nexus 4 apps are some of the best available, earning a place on my home screen and helping the Nexus 4 earn a spot next the iPhone 5 in my daily use.

In addition to the apps, there are several great Nexus 4 widgets that make using the Nexus 4 easier. Thanks to Android 4.2 I can put widgets on the Nexus 4 home screen and on the lock screen.

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All of these Nexus 4 apps and widgets are available in the Google Play Store and Amazon App Store. For users with a different Android phone, like the Galaxy S3 or Galaxy Note 2, most of these apps should also be available.

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The Nexus 4 shines with a collection of great apps and widgets.

Nexus 4 Home Screens

Nexus 4 Home Screens

The Nexus 4 home screen is where my most frequent Nexus 4 apps live on their own or in folders. Thanks to unobtrusive and easy to clear notifications I can leave the Gmail app and others off my main screen and still get to the apps when I need them.

On my main home screen are five folders and a few apps that I live in when I am using Android. I'll share what's in each folder on later slides, but here are the apps that sit on my Nexus 4 home screen.

Google Analytics - Analytics lets me get an overview of the traffic on our sites as well as real-time users on Gotta Be Mobile and Notebooks. This is one app I really miss when I use my iPhone.

Wordpress - The Wordpress app lets me edit and start articles from my Nexus 4. I don't typically write an entire post on the Nexus 4, but it's a handy app for getting a post started or finished.

Play Store - I'm always looking for new apps so I'm often in the Google Play Store. It's also where I go for movies and music on Android.

Chrome - Chrome is the default browser for Android, and thanks to the syncing I can open up pages from my MacBook Pro and open my bookmarks without the need to send links to myself.

Messages - The stock messages app is very nice on Android 4.2, and with Google Voice installed I can send and receive messages through my Google Voice number without using a separate app.

On the second Nexus 4 home screen I keep the Songza  widget and the Pandora widget. Both of these widgets make controlling music easier, when I want to listen to curated playlists based on what I'm doing in Songza or when I want to listen to a favorite station in Pandora.

Dropbox - There are many cloud storage services, but Dropbox is the best one I've found. It makes uploading and downloading photos and apps fast and reliable.

Google Authenticator - I use two-factor authentication on my Gmail accounts and other logins, so this app is essential.

Evernote - Evernote is my go to note taking app. It keeps my notes, ideas and more in one place and accessible on all of my devices.

Skype - Skype is the main app I use for keeping in touch with family members.

Falcon Pro - Falcon Pro is my favorite Android Twitter App, with a great looking user interface and access to lists and more.

Kindle - The Kindle App lets me read and read and read, and keep the position of my books synced across all of my devices.

Speed Test - When I need to test my connection, I rely on the Speed Test app to see how fast my connection is.

I also like to keep my Nexus 4 games on this screen for easy access to games.



  1. mohd akbar

    02/15/2013 at 4:55 am

    Thanks josh for sharing this post, All apps are great but Skype is a excellent app, it very interesting.

  2. Sam

    02/28/2013 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks for posting on all of these great apps and widgets, Josh. There’s a lot here, so I’ll wait until I get home from my shift at DISH to sit down with my Nexus and check them out. I’d like to suggest my favorite app, DISH Anywhere. I use it to watch live TV or DVR recordings on my phone. It’s a great way to kill time on my commute to and from work every day.

  3. Shaila

    03/02/2013 at 6:05 am

    Dropbox is one of my favorite apps and is very useful for someone like me who wants to access files anytime and anywhere I want.

  4. Leonardo Sanchez V

    04/05/2013 at 3:31 pm

    You forgot to mention Super Beam, BobClockD3, Notification Toggle, DashClock, Deep Sleep Battery Saver, ISeeYou Pro, LagFix, Lux Auto Brightness, SMS Backup +, Trickster MOD Kernel Settings, root explorer and Battery Widget Reborn, if you haven’t tried them give em a shot!

  5. meet

    05/06/2013 at 5:24 am

    apps you telling are very basic apps. those are just informers. if you really want featured apps let me tell you…
    1- tasker (looks hard but very easy and excellent when you use to with it)
    2-Light manager (if your phone have led light notification)
    3-HD Widgets
    4-NFC Tasker (if your phone have NFC)
    5-4shared (to download free, all paid apps)

    Tasker is best in all android apps. if you use to with it then no need to buy and battery saver or call blocker or sms apps…it do all work alone.

  6. meet

    05/06/2013 at 3:32 pm

    6-swiftkey (gesture keypad)
    7-Airdroid (explore phone to computer screen with wifi)
    8-ES Fileexplorer
    9-Sanity (total call control)
    10- Go SMS Pro.

  7. stuchl4n3k

    07/11/2013 at 1:16 am

    2-Bleeping weather

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