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 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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The integration between the PC and the phone could be a little more than it is, and Crono is here to make that happen. Crono essentially allows you to get all your notifications straight from Chrome — so if you spend a significant amount of time in Chrome on your computer, you’ll be able to see your notifications without looking at your phone. The app requires a Chrome extension to work.
Google Gallery Go
Google has been slowly but surely releasing Go-version apps for a few months now, and Gallery Go is the latest of these offerings. Gallery Go helps you sort photos and videos stored locally on your device, allowing you to edit them and organize them into folders and albums any way you want. Photos can also be easily moved to and from SD cards.
Do you need to drink a little more water? This app is aimed at helping you do so. You’ll answer a few questions about your health and lifestyle, after which the app will tell you exactly how much water you should be drinking each day to stay hydrated. The amount it suggests is based on your age, body composition, and so on.
Looking for a different take on an Android launcher? Ceri Launcher is a little different than most, in that it completely changes some of the key tenets of what Android has looked like so far. For example, you’ll get a new way to arrange apps on the home screen, and it emphasizes security. It even has a dark mode, which is a cool touch.
Ever wanted to be able to streamline your computer’s downloads? With Checketry, you can manage your downloads for Chrome, Steam, uTorrent, and so on, straight from your phone. The app does require a PC app to work properly, but it’s well-designed and super convenient, which is always nice.
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 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.