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 fixtures 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.
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Looking for an easy way to get super-high-quality 4K wallpapers on your phone? Abstruct is a great way to do so. The app was made by award-winning wallpaper artist Hampus Olsson, and provides access to a whopping 300 wallpapers.
Subscribe to too many streaming services and don’t know what to watch? Dinggo might be the app for you. The app allows you to select which streaming services you’re a part of, then pick a genre or two of TV shows or movies that you might be into. The app then enables you to scroll through a range of options from all your different streaming services, so you aren’t stuck with just one service’s recommendations.
Curator is for anyone who wants to better organize their photo library. The app allows you to tag photos and search through photos based on those tags — making it much easier to search through the thousands of photos that you probably have on your device. The app can also intelligently tag photos itself based on the composition of the image, which is a handy feature.
Lens Distortion is aimed at helping you add high-quality effects to your photos. Effects include natural sunlight, rain, snow, or fog, and can be shown all at once in a gallery view, making it easy to select the photo that looks best to you. There are five filters in the free app, but if you want more, you can subscribe to the paid Lens Distortion Unlimited.
The Tor Browser is finally available in a stable version on the Google Play Store. This version doesn’t require you to use workarounds to browse privately on the web; simply fire up the browser and start browsing. The browser itself is built on Firefox, so it should look and feel pretty familiar, and it offers all the other features you would expect from a mobile browser.
Movies and videos
Netflix is easily 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 $9 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 $6 a month, and another that removes midstream 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 — most of the music on Soundcloud is from relatively unknown artists.
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.