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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As the name suggests, Google Podcasts is Google’s new podcast app and it’s a great way to enjoy all your favorite podcasts without having to stray from the Google ecosystem. The true advantages of that, however, show if you have a Google Home speaker or Google Assistant in other devices, as it will allow you to continue listening to your podcasts on any of those devices through simple voice commands.
Do you have a bad habit of checking your phone when you’re behind the wheel? Driving Detective is a great way to put a stop to that. The app automatically detects when you’re in a moving car and puts your phone in Do Not Disturb, silencing notifications until you exit the vehicle.
You may be good at keeping track of your own activity, but what about your dog’s? Rundogo is built for dog owners who want to track both their activity and their dog’s activity when they’re out with their dogs. There are a range of activities to choose from, including a normal evening walk, bikejoring (cycling with your dog), and more.
Instagram is expanding, and its latest effort is IGTV, a way to watch long-form vertical — making it a little different than most phone-based video experiences. A number of creators have already started using IGTV to spread their content, and the selection of content is likely to continue to grow — plus, you can use it to upload content of your own, if you so choose.
Adobe Spark Post
Looking to create nicer photo edits for things like social media? Adobe Spark Post is a great way to create graphics for your social media profiles. All you have to do pick a photo, add some text, apply Design Filters, and you should be good to go. It’s really an easy-to-use app and it should help any social media user expand their posts.
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 starting at $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.
Both HBO Now (HBO’s standalone service for $15/month) and HBO Go (a streaming app available to HBO cable subscribers) have apps that allow you to watch all of HBO’s streaming content directly on your phone.
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.