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Hi there, folks! It’s been a long time since I’ve written to you all, hasn’t it? I’m back to talk about something very near and dear to my heart: the best Android apps ever made. Now let me be clear from the start that this list is solely my opinion. There are a ton of great Android apps out there and a lot of them did not make it onto my list despite being excellent pieces of software.
However, these are the Android apps that everyone needs. These are the crème de la crème, the apps that stand alone at the top of the pantheon in their respective categories. Without further delay here they are! The best on Google Play!
Most people should be relatively familiar with most of these apps. They would qualify as ‘best’ in most peoples’ opinions. It is hard to get into the hall of fame, but we have a list of ‘honorable mentions’ attached to each app in case you want to see more options (which you will!)
The best Android apps available right now:
- Google Drive
- Waze and Google Maps
- Google Search / Assistant / Feed
- Microsoft Swiftkey
- Nova Launcher
- Podcast Addict
- Solid Explorer
- Tasker and IFTTT
- YouTube and YouTube Music
1Weather is arguably the best weather app out there. It features a simple, straightforward user interface that shows you the current weather, forecast for up to 12 weeks, radar imagery, and fun factoids about basic meteorological phenomena. Along with that, you’ll get fairly decent widgets and standard meteorological tools like severe weather notifications so you can keep tabs on approaching storms. Perhaps its best feature is its minimalist design which just shows you the weather and little else in an attractive way. The UI is easy to move around in and the included facts are nice sweets for your brain cells in case your lovely sunshine day turns into a rainy one after lunch when the sun hides behind gloomy clouds.
Google Drive is a free cloud storage solution that provides you with 15 GB of storage space for free and 5 TB if you pay $9.99 each month and unlimited space for anything under 16MP. This includes Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gmail, Calendar, Keep Notes & Photos. Between the office apps, the capability to backup unlimited photo/video content in Photos + Keep Notes you have apps for practically anything you need to do in terms of productivity.
Google Maps and Waze
Waze is an app that isn’t in itself very popular in the world of navigation. However, Google owns it and you may find its features inside of Google Maps when you’d least expect it. You can find gas prices, traffic jams you might encounter on the road ahead, food options at certain locations, etc. These are things you’d expect to find inside an app like Waze and Google has put them to good use by integrating them into its other apps. So Google Maps becomes more powerful than ever with this partnership and we recommend giving it a try if you haven’t already!
Google Search / Assistant / Feed
This app, Google Assistant, is truly amazing – and surprisingly so! I truly believe that this app has its uses in quite a few industries. For instance, it would make an outstanding virtual assistant for architects since they always have to think of the most practical solutions for their clients. But also in any kind of office business, it could be used for example in order to make phone calls on behalf of the user using voice recognition, or simply to collect various bits of information about each client by prompting the user with questions that are relevant. Keep up the good work guys! 🙂
The last pass password manager is one of those Android apps that no one can live without. Feeling insecure about creating new accounts because you are afraid someone could guess your login credentials? No worries, the LastPass app will save them securely for you to use anytime. It can help generate nearly impossible passwords for your accounts so no one else will be able to guess them. You only need the master password to manage all other ones! It has cross-platform support (premium version only) so you can seamlessly access it on computers, mobile devices, tablets, or whatever afterward too.
Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard is one of the most powerful and customizable third-party keyboards. Microsoft acquired it a couple of years ago, but since then it’s grown and matured nicely and added many new features and customization options. It’s still free, and you can pay Microsoft to remove ads if you want to. Other features include a dedicated number row, SwiftKey Flow which allows for gesture typing, multiple language support, cross-device syncing of your library, and much more. It even received a top rating from our review team!
Everyone’s favorite thing to do is file browsing. And with a fantastic file browser app, you can easily accomplish so much more. Solid Explorer has it all – from cloud storage support as well as the ability to access FTP, SFTP, WebDav, and SMB/CIFS networks cleanly and seamlessly thanks to its intuitive interface. It’s been designed with material design and it features an elegant and straightforward design making it perfect for everyone from first-time PC users and seasoned veterans alike.
Tasker and IFTTT
Tasker is an excellent app that can be used to create complex commands. Through this software, there are many apps supported and you can even use your device’s NFC chipset to make it possible for your phone to do whatever you want. It’s shocking how powerful an application this is because of the amount of stuff that is actually possible with it. The best way to describe the app is by looking at the number of different things that are possible – between all of the apps, plugins, and everything else it allows one to do, Tasker would have to be touted as an immensely powerful application!