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…
In case you’re on iOS, check out our list of the best iOS apps, and if you’re more into gaming you can take a look at our list of the 25 best Android games.
Five new apps you need to try (October)
Mondly VR ($5)
Mondly is well-known for its language-learning apps and services, but Mondly VR is a little different from the rest. As the name suggests, it’s a virtual reality app that allows you to fully immerse yourself in situations in which you can practice and learn a language. The app offers a number of preprogrammed situations for you to explore and practice a number of different languages, including Spanish, French, English, Italian, and more.
Reverse Dictionary (Free)
Struggling to think of a word, but you know there’s one out there for the definition you’re thinking of? Reverse dictionary not only allows you to search based on the word itself, but also definitions. Simply type in the definition, and you’ll get a list of words that fit the description.
Note-taking apps like Google Keep are pretty easy to use — but they could be easier. Notin makes them as simple as possible, by allowing you to set notes and reminders that appear right in your notification tray. The app is beautifully designed and made to be as simple as possible — which makes sense, considering the point of the app.
There are plenty of fitness apps out there, but this one aims to bring together all your fitness information into one easy-to-use and well-designed service. On top of pulling in information from other apps, you can also add info manually, and it will keep track of steps, weight, fitness, and so on. The free app is capable of basic tracking, but if you want all of the features you’ll need to pay $10 per month for the pro version.
In Android 7.0 Nougat, split-screen mode is finally available in stock Android. Split-screen creator, however, brings that functionality to the next level, allowing you to set up preset split-screen windows, so you can quickly and easily launch two apps in split-screen mode.
Best Android Apps: 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 for $8 a month.
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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.
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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.
YouTube may be best known as the upload-your-own-video service, but it recently expanded into TV too, taking on the likes of Sling. The service is currently only available in a few major cities, but it’s expected to expand in the near future. Through the app, you can stream channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and the CW — all for $35 a month.
HBO Now/HBO GO
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.
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Best Android Apps: 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.
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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 Play Music
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.