We’ve once again overhauled our picks for the best Android apps, whittling our robust selection down to a paltry 100. Some are new, and others have been standbys on this list for years. Regardless, we’re certain that any and all of these apps will make your life easier, and help you get the most out of your Android device. The apps are listed by categories like Music, Travel, and so on. Just try to keep in mind that, like the best venue in town, space is limited. After all, 32GB will only get you so far…
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Many of us use public transit to get around, and many public transportation systems use an NFC card for payment. FareBot takes advantage of NFC on your smartphone to help you manage your balance, view your recent trips, and so on. It’s compatible with a range of public transportation system, including San Francisco’s Clipper card, Opal in Sydney, Australia, and ORCA in Seattle.
Dating apps have taken Google Play and the Apple App Store by storm, but you don’t necessarily always want to find someone to meet in person — you just want to meet new people from your phone. That’s where Chatrandom comes in as an alternative to Chatroulette and a way to meet new people online. The app works in a similar way to Tinder, in that you’ll swipe through individuals based on whether or not you want to meet them — after which you’ll video chat. This one is perhaps better for adults.
It’s easy to get caught in a daily routine and forget about the things you’re grateful for. Gratus is here to try and change that, and is aimed squarely at promoting positivity. You’ll start off by noting down the things that you’re grateful for, and as your notes build up, you can scroll through them to remind yourself of the good things in life.
Samsung Gear VR is one of the leading ways to experience virtual reality today, and while it’s great for watching videos online, to date it has only supported its first-party app. Well folks, that’s finally changed with Samsung PhoneCast, an app built by Samsung and aimed at allowing users to stream content from YouTube, Hulu, Plex, and more. The app is still in beta, so you won’t find it on the Google Play Store just yet — but you can get the APK from SamMobile.
It’s always important to try and keep your phone safe, and that’s why Security Defender is here. The app is an antivirus program, junk cleaner, and phone booster all rolled into one — and it has a very easy-to-use interface on top of that. All you have to do is download the app and hit the “scan” button to make sure your Android phone is virus-free.
Best Android Apps: Movies and videos
Netflix is one of the best video streaming services. There’s a huge selection of movies and TV shows for subscribers and the performance is silky smooth. This is as entertained as you can get for $8 a month.
Hulu offers thousands of Movies and TV shows — many which are updated with the latest episodes after they air. Hulu offers various subscription models, including one that opens up the entire streaming library for $8 a month, and another that removes mid-stream ads for $12 a month.
YouTube’s mobile app is sleek and intuitive, bringing the entirety of the Video sharing site to the palm of your hand. For those subscribed to YouTube Red, you’ll have access to all the premium content, as well as special features like audio playback while the screen if off.
YouTube may be best known as the upload-your-own-video service, but it recently expanded into TV too, taking on the likes of Sling. The service is currently only available in a few major cities, but it’s expected to expand in the near future. Through the app, you can stream channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and the CW — all for $35 a month.
Best Android Apps: Music and audio
Spotify is the best full-featured streaming service. With this app, you can stream any music from any type of device, make your own playlists, follow artists, and sync tracks for offline listening.
If you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet of sound with no ads and no subscription fees, you’ve found it. Discover new music and stream it from the cloud. But this is no Spotify replacement.
Bandcamp’s mobile apps allows you to stream music from your collection, as well as the music offered by the thousands of artists who sell and stream their music on Bandcamp. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy music directly from the artists and labels you follow.
Google’s official streaming service is a worthy competitor to Spotify. Not only does the app provide a vast library of content, but it also allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs for online storage. This means you can download and stream your music on any Android device, at any time.
If you use a Mac or iPad on top of your Android phone, you may be better served with Apple Music over Google Play Music or Spotify. Apple Music offers access to Apple’s massive library of music, as well as Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, which plays both current hits and up-and-coming music. The celebrity DJs and exclusive album streams are just a plus.