Recommended Apps

Following is a list of apps that work well with the Weatec system. These are only suggestions. We do not endorse all content available in these apps and they may still make flags if misused.

Mapping and GPS Apps

HERE WeGo Maps

Very good map data. Functionality compares with Google Maps, but makes less false positive flags on the system. Ability to download maps on wifi and use them offline.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.here.app.maps&hl=en_US

Waze

User submitted traffic and hazards warnings. Gives you alerts for cars stopped along the road and other road hazards.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.waze&hl=en_US

CoPilot GPS

Simple GPS like interface. Powerful route planning features. Upgrade fee for some advanced features.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alk.copilot.mapviewer

Mapquest

Simple GPS app. Shows speed and speed limit.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapquest.android.ace&hl=en_US

Weather Apps

Weather Underground

Has detailed information all on one scrolling page. Forecast data can be set to the National Weather service or the same score as Weather Channel. Ads can be removed with an annual subscription of $1.99
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wunderground.android.weather

Weather Viewer (Unofficial)

Free and no ads. Forecasts and data from the National Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA. No alerts or widgets, just your basic weather information.   
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glenmartin.weatherviewer

 Dark Sky

Has a simple interface with summary data. Rain notifications and alerts. Down to the minute forecasts is a feature of Premium at a cost of $2.99 annually.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.darksky.darksky

Email Apps

Microsoft Outlook

Focused inbox that keeps the important messages on top. Easy to use. If you use Outlook on your desktop you will find this app familiar .
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.outlook&hl=en_US

K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail is an open source ad-free mail client for Android. The GUI is quite simple and works well.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsck.k9

Pro Mail

Email app designed for Outlook and Microsoft Exchange and also supports any IMAP, SMTP, or POP3-enabeld account. Ads can be removed from the settings menu.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=park.exchange.client.app

Bible Apps

King James Bible (KJV)

User friendly interface. Tracks your progress on reading through the Bible. Search for words or phrases. Pure Bible, no extra study guides, devotionals etc. In-app purchase to remove ads.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.azwstudios.theholybible.kjv

King James Bible PRO

Just the KJV of the scriptures, no commentaries or study guides. Search words or phrases. Have the Bible read to you with the audio version. Bookmarks, and highlight tools available.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hmobile.biblekjvpro

PARALLEL PLUS Bible

A great tool for comparing translations, many translations available. Text is not stored on your device, takes a few seconds to download the texts. Free and no ads!
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.biblegt.android

Bible Concordance and Strongs

Interline any text with the clickable Strong's concordance numbers that are links to the Strong's definition of that word. Audio Bible (text-to-speech). Use Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights. Pay for upgrade to ad-free version.
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=bible.and.strongs.concordance

Offline Music Player Apps

VLC

Open source software. Free. Plays nearly all types of audio and video files. This is a private unless app. Weatec will flag if the app is misused for streaming music or video content from the internet.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc&hl=en_US

Musicolet Music Player

Only plays audio files no videos. Developer clearly states no internet streaming and no ads. Free.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.krosbits.musicolet

Rocket Music Player

Works with Android Auto, can also be used as standalone mp3 player app. Upgrade for $3.49 to remove ads.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrtstudio.AnotherMusicPlayer&hl=en_US

 

Text Messaging apps

QKSMS

Our go-to replacement for stock text messaging app. This an opensource app.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moez.QKSMS

mysms SMS Text Messaging

Want to access your text messages from all your devices including your Windows PC? Although you do not need to use this feature it is an available option with this app. 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mysms.android.sms

Messaging Classic

The interface looks a bit outdated, but the app works well for basic texting. We recommend that users pay the one time fee to avoid ads.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thinkyeah.message

Simply Text

SimplyText is texting, done better. A great replacement app for the stock SMS messaging app for your phone.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.supertext.phone

Key Messages

Key Messages is the new age, feature-rich option for Android's default text messages app.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smsBlocker

 

Chat Apps

CloudVeil Messenger

Cloud Veil Messenger users can communicate with Telegram users. Has international calling capabilities. iOS and Android versions available.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.cloudveil.messenger
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cloudveil-messenger/id1293233612

Chatwork

Easy to install. Free version allows up to 14 group chats. $4 /month for unlimited group chats.
https://go.chatwork.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.ecstudio.chatworkandroid

Zulip

Free cloud service (up to 5GB of file storage) or open source on-premise solutions. Conversations are organized into threads.
https://zulipchat.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zulipmobile

Mattermost

Self-hosted open source platform to truly own and control your chat data. Tech knowledge required to deploy and maintain chat server.
https://www.mattermost.org/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mattermost.rn

Threema

Extra secure chatting with end to end encryption on all communications. There is a small upfront cost for the app. Messages are not synchronized across devices due to the built-in security features. Offers regular messages, voice calls, and group chats.
https://threema.ch/en
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.threema.app

 

International Calling Apps

CloudVeil Messenger

Cloud Veil Messenger has international calling capabilities. iOS and Android versions available.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.cloudveil.messenger
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cloudveil-messenger/id1293233612

Google Voice

Google Voice gives you a phone number for calling, text messaging, and voicemail. It works on smartphones and computers, and syncs across your devices so you can use the app in the office, at home, or on the go.
https://voice.google.com/about
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

Threema

Extra secure chatting with end to end encryption on all communications. There is a small upfront cost for the app. Messages are not synchronized across devices due to the built-in security features. Offers regular messages, voice calls, and group chats.
https://threema.ch/en
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ch.threema.app

Provider Specific Wifi Calling

Many mid to upper range devices support Wifi calling but for this to work your device and carrier must support Wifi calling. One benefit to this is you are using your same number, simply sign in to Wifi and make calls normally. 

Skype for Business

Skype for Business includes the following features: voice & video over wireless, rich presence, instant messaging, conferencing, and calling features from a single, easy-to-use interface. Please note this is referring to Skype for Business only - the other Skype is not approved.
https://www.skype.com/en/business/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.lync15

 

Alternate Launchers

Microsoft Launcher

Make sure to disable search bar and feeds.
With a Microsoft account or work/school account, you can access your calendar, documents
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.launcher

Pixel Launcher

Just remember to turn off the swipe from the right news feed.
Personalized information from Google is just a swipe away.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.nexuslauncher

Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher is the top launcher for modern Android.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

MobiLock Pro

This one is more of a lock the whole device app instead of an alternate Lancher This  is a powerful Mobile Device Management Solution that helps you to manage Android devices by locking them into Kiosk Lockdown Mode.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.promobitech.mobilock.pro

 

Re-Assign the home button long-press

HomeBot

For those who leave the Google Voice assistant unblocked on Android in order to use voice recognition for composing text messages, etc, I can highly recommend installing HomeBot (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abast.homebot) which allows you to assign the long-press on your device home button to something else, such as starting an app or turning on the flashlight, instead of starting the Google Assistant.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.abast.homebot

 

Barcode Scanner Apps

Barcode to PC: Wi-Fi scanner

This one can transmit to PC via Wifi. While just a little slower on scanning Barcode to PC it turns your smartphone into a real barcode scanner.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.barcodetopc

QR Scanner: QR Code Reader & Barcode Scanner

Scans multiple code types.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=qrcodereader.barcodereader.codescanner

Barcode Scanner by Zxing Team

Scan barcodes on products, or Data Matrix and QR Codes containing URLs, contact info, etc.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.zxing.client.android

 

Keyboards

AnySoftKeyboard

Good Keyboard option with word suggestion. Close to the standard keyboard on most devices.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.menny.android.anysoftkeyboard

 Grammerly

Helps you write mistake-free in any app. It does well with spell check. Can sync online and will learn more words suggestions as you use it.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.grammarly.android.keyboard&hl=en_US

Simple Keyboard:

Is just a keyboard, No spell check, Emoji. or word suggestion options
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=rkr.simplekeyboard.inputmethod

BeHe Keyboard

Is just a Keyboard. No spell check or word suggestion options.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vlath.keyboard

Hacker's Keyboard:

Open source. Has button to quickly switch to Google talk-to-type function. Very customizable. Follow in-app directions to setup dictionary for spell checking and word suggestions.  Called Hacker’s keyboard because it has some classic keys the other options omit.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.pocketworkstation.pckeyboard&hl=en_US