Among the million-plus apps in Google Play we have picked out some of the best Android apps to download on your new phone, including free apps, paid apps, popular Android apps and some apps you might not know.
Evernote is your list keeper, note taker, voice recorder, to-do manager, webpage clipper, and all-around digital multi-tool. It’s overwhelming at first, but you’ll quickly find a vast number of ways to put it to good use. The best feature is it’s optical character recognition (OCR), which makes text in photos searchable. Next time you get handed a business card, just snap a picture, and all the critical information will be captured and made searchable between all of your devices and computers, as well as accessible on the Web.
Truecaller is an amazingly convenient app — it identifies unknown callers and numbers that are known for spam. If the company has information on a number, it will reflect this on an incoming call. Of course, in order to do this, there is a privacy trade-off. All caller ID apps require access to your contacts, which is why they are able to identify these numbers. For some, this is a deal-breaker. But many people still opt to use apps like these.
As your phone begins ringing, the app will display the name of the user if they are in Truecaller’s records. It cannot identify every number, but it does a great job of letting you know if a number has been reported for spam.
Spam callers will be highlighted in red, with the number of users who have reported them. It’s a great way to avoid those insurance cold calls.
3. Blue Light Filter – Night Mode
Blue Light Filter is therefore a great option for those who need to use their devices at night, but don’t want the side effects of blue light. The app allows you to adjust just how much warmth to add to the tone of your screen, as well as brightness adjustments.
The app is completely free, but has a few ads. However the app’s usefulness definitely makes seeing an ad or two worth it, as there is no required watch time.
4. Google Drive
Free, with additional costs for increased storage, Google Drive isn’t just a cloud storage service. In addition to syncing and storing your files, Google Drive includes a powerful mobile office suite, so you can create and edit files from your phone. Drive can even store your files locally, for offline viewing and editing. It might not replace your desktop office utilities, but it comes surprisingly close.
5. PicsArt Photo Studio
When you think of mobile image editing, you probably think of a certain Facebook-owned property modeled after old timey cameras. I’m talking about Instagram, in case you couldn’t tell. But where Instagram ends, PicsArt Photo Studio begins, bringing not just filters but many more powerful tools. And if you’re already a fan of Insta, you can share your PicsArt creations there to the envy of all your followers.
Using PicsArt you can easily edit images, draw from scratch, collage photos using powerful tools and do a lot more using some of the premade animations called vfx.
PicsArt is our choice for the Best All-in-One Photo Editing App for Consumers because of its rich and highly accessible collection of photo-editing and collaging tools. It provides lots of creative control while keeping everything fun and lively.
6. Google Chrome
Arguments can be made for numerous Android web browsers, including Dolphin and Opera Mini, but Chrome gets our nod because of the simple fact that you’re probably using it on your desktop or laptop. The app’s ability to sync your searches and history across devices is useful in a way that isn’t always apparent, but the moment you want to visit a website, whose address you can’t remember, on your laptop, you’ll be elated you were using Chrome on your phone, too.
There are many ways to listen to tunes on your phone, whether it’s from Google Play Music or the human-curated Slacker Radio. Spotify, however, offers a winning combination of clear, crisp audio and a massive catalog spanning every genre you can think of and several you’ve never heard of. Collaborative playlists let you and your friends enjoy custom mixes, and runners will love the integrated beat-matching workout settings. If you only run one streaming music service on your Android, Spotify is the one to choose.
8. Remote Mouse
Remote Mouse is a simple yet awesomely convenient app that allows you to use your phone as a remote control for computers on your network.
The app acts both as a mouse and a keyboard by pairing with companion software on your PC via your Wi-Fi connection.
It might sound overly simple, but it’s a great tool for people who stream from their PC to the television. It also adds efficiency and convenience in any situation where you’re mirroring your PC’s screen, such as during presentations.
9. Remote Mouse
Much like Remote Mouse, AirDroid pairs with your PC through companion software or a browser window. But its function is the inverse of Remote Mouse’s. With AirDroid, you control your Android device using your PC. This goes far beyond acting as a remote, though. With the app, you can browse your phone’s files, contacts, and apps. You can even use the camera, mirror screens, and play music.
One of the best features is the messaging functionality, which allows you to respond to texts from your computer. AirDroid is essentially like Whatsapp Web, but with many more uses. You can even stream music from your phone to your PC.
There are a lot of options out there for people wanting to learn a new language, but most of them are either costly, gruelling, or both. Duolingo is as convenient an education tool as we’ve come across, and it somehow costs absolutely nothing.
While it’s got a couple of shortcomings, it’s still a must-have app as far as we’re concerned. You’ll fall in love with it in no time, especially if you’re a keen traveller or just want to pick up something new.
It might make you feel like a child with a CGP science book again, but everything in the Duolingo app is split into bite-sized, easily digestible chunks. You can set your daily learning targets too, and the entire experience is gamified, which we like.
There are also loads of different languages available through Duolingo, including all of the usual suspects and some less mainstream options, such as Dutch, Irish and Swedish. Completely free, too.