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.
Five new apps you need to try (July 2019)
Adobe Premiere Rush
Premiere Rush is Adobe’s latest app for Android, and it’s largely built for those that want to quickly and easily edit videos on the go. The app supports video, audio, and image files, and allows for things like the addition of text, transitions, and so on. The app is available as a premium version for $10 per month, or you can get it as part of Adobe’s larger Creative Cloud subscription.
Luminary wants to be the Netflix of podcasts, and the company has finally launched its app for Android. As the Netflix of podcasts, you do have to pay to get access to its podcast library, but there’s a ton of great exclusive content in there. The app also allows you to listen to all your favorite free podcasts.
CalorieCap is the diet app for people who often eat out. The app is aimed at helping you find meals at restaurants that fit within your diet, allowing you to quickly and easily choose from restaurants, meal types, lifestyle options, and more. The app is pretty well-designed and easy to use too, which is always a plus.
Do you often find that your phone does things in your pocket without your permission? Pocket Mode is designed to prevent that. The app uses the proximity sensor to detect when it’s in your pocket, after which it’ll lock down your screen and other sensors, ensuring that you don’t pocket dial your friends and family.
Spotify’s latest app is aimed at people who want to discover more music. Spotify Stations is an ad-based streaming app that allows you to pick your music by genre, decade, genre, and so on, and is perfect for anyone who likes the idea of music discovery for free.
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.