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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5. Share files without wires with Dropbox Forget those cumbersome email attachments: With the right app, you can share files with anyone, sans the hassle.

Forget those cumbersome email attachments: With the right app, you can share files with anyone, sans the hassle.

Dropbox offers an Android app that'll bring Web-based file sharing right into your phone. You can upload and download files directly from private directories, public directories, or folders you selectively share with specific users. (Box.net offers a similar app and service.)

The coolest thing about the Dropbox app is that it fully integrates the file-sharing experience into Android. When viewing a photo on your phone, for example, you can select the system's Share option and find a command to send the image directly to your Dropbox folder.

The service provides PC-based access, too, as well as access on other smartphone platforms. Dropbox comes with 2GB of storage for free; you can opt to buy extra memory for a set monthly fee that varies based on the amount of space you choose. The client app is free.

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