Supercharged Android: 12 apps to boost your smartphone

Make your Android device run longer, run smarter, and run almost anywhere with this collection of essential apps

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Folder Organizer
9. Organize in style with Folder Organizer Android has long provided an option for home screen folders ; they're a great way to keep your smartphone organized by grouping similar apps together. On my smartphone, for example, I have a folder for system utilities, another for audio programs, and so on. Here's a little secret, though: You don't have to stop with the basic folder functions your smartphone offers out of the box. With a little bit of tweaking, you can expand Android's folder system to make it far more useful.

Android has long provided an option for home screen folders; they're a great way to keep your smartphone organized by grouping similar apps together. On my smartphone, for example, I have a folder for system utilities, another for audio programs, and so on. Here's a little secret, though: You don't have to stop with the basic folder functions your smartphone offers out of the box. With a little bit of tweaking, you can expand Android's folder system to make it far more useful.

An app called Folder Organizer lets you create custom folders with any combination of apps, Web bookmarks, and direct dial or text shortcuts. Unlike Android's default folder utility, Folder Organizer allows you to change a folder's icon and appearance, making it possible to differentiate one folder from another and have each one work the way you want.

Folder Organizer can also be used to create permanently expanded folders via special on-screen widgets. If you use Folder Organizer in conjunction with LauncherPro, these widgets can even be made scrollable -- giving you the option to have any number of menu-like collections right on your home screen.

Folder Organizer costs €1.

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