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 such as Music, Travel, and so on.
Five new apps you need to try (December)
Love esports and want to stay up-to-date with all the related news? Blizzard has a new app for you! With this app, you’ll get all the latest news related to Blizzard’s games like Overwatch and StarCraft, see event listings for each game, and more.
Looking for a safer way to browse the web? Cloudflare’s new 18.104.22.168 is basically a way to connect to the company’s 22.214.171.124 DNS resolver. Simply open up the app and turn it on, and you should automatically connect to the 126.96.36.199 DNS resolver. It may also speed up your internet connection a little, plus you really only have to open the app once — to turn the service on — then you can totally forget about it.
Heimdall Parental Control
Looking to get a little more control over your child’s smartphone use? This app does exactly what you might expect — you install it on your child’s phone, then you can control certain aspects of your child’s phone from your phone. Specifically, you can do things like block the installation of new apps, and block content that you don’t want your child seeing. Most of the features in the app are free, but there’s a premium version you can sign up to in order to get access to everything it has to offer.
Migrate is a new backup and restore service that allows you to back up things like your call logs, apps, app data, SMS messages, and more. You can then restore that data on a new ROM when you flash it. All kinds of settings will be saved with Migrate. Keep in mind that the app is still in beta, so there may be a few bugs and hiccups along the way.
Are you an employer that struggles to keep your employees up-to-date? EasyUp is a video chat service that’s built for employers to send short video messages to their employees, allowing them to update employees with quick pieces of information without having to send out a mass email or use other methods to keep people aware of company changes.
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 is off.
Both HBO Now (HBO’s stand-alone 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. You can discover new music and stream it from the cloud, but this is no Spotify replacement.
Bandcamp’s mobile app 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.