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The best Android apps for almost any occasion

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Best Travel and Maps apps for Android

We should call this the Google Maps section because if you own an Android phone that is (or should be) what you use to get around. We’re not sure how people navigated before Google turn-by-turn. We vaguely remember paper maps and printing directions, but it could be a dream. To avoid listing only Google Maps, we’ve included some language translating apps (one of which is also by Google), and other tools you need to get outside or travel.

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Maps and Turn-by-Turn

Google Maps

Google-Maps-Android-apps-screenshotYou’re never lost with Google Maps. Get voice-guided navigation for trips, different instructions for driving, walking, cycling, or taking public transport, and search for anything you need.

Available on:

Google Play

Navfree

Navfree-Android-apps-screenshotBased on an open source project, this mapping app is completely free and offers spoken and on-screen instructions. It also works offline, so no need for a data connection to navigate.

Available on: 

Google Play

Waze

Waze-Android-apps-screenshotWaze is owned by Google, but still active. It’s social mapping. Millions of people share real-time traffic reports, gas prices, and update maps using this clever community-driven navigation app.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Travel

Hotel Tonight

Hotel-Tonight-Android-apps-screenshotIf you like to wing it when you travel and see where the wind takes you, this app will lead you to stunning hotel rooms in popular cities, offered at discounted prices for same-day booking.

Available at:

Amazon

Google Play

Rover

Rover

Need a dogsitter? Rover has the look and utility of a travel app, though, it lets you quickly browse and chat with a list of nearby dog sitters instead of hotel clerks. Plus, the app boasts a pretty reputable insurance policy, you know, just in case anything goes wrong.

Available on:

Google Play

Smart Traveler

Smart-Traveler-Android-apps-screenshotGet advice from the State Department about your destination. You can create an itinerary, find the nearest embassy, and receive alerts on hazards from weather disasters to political dangers.

Available on: 

Google Play

Hipmunk

Hipmunk

Hipmunk is all about finding the perfect deal when traveling. The app features easy-to-understand visuals outlining various hotels and prices, and sorts flights using its trademark “agony” rating to further minimize duration and layovers.

Available on:

Google Play

Minube

Minube-Android-apps-screenshotUncover the hidden gems and wonderful spots wherever you are with these photographic guides from fellow travelers. Find the most breathtaking views, the best food, and the nicest hotels.

Available on:

Google Play

Language Translating

Google Translate

Google-Translate-Android-apps-screenshotTranslate speech or text between more than 70 languages with this app. It can act as your interpreter, enabling you to decipher signs and menus, and enable two way conversations.

Available on:

Google Plus

Public Transit and Taxi

Transit App

Transit-App-Android-apps-screenshotCovering more than 40 cities in the United States, this is your guide to bus, subway, and train services. Plan your itinerary and get detailed directions, and you’ll be hopping around like a local.

Available on:

Google Play

Hailo

Hailo-Android-apps-screenshotNeed a taxi in a hurry? You can book one, watch it arrive in real-time, pay for it, and rate it, all through this app. It only covers a handful of major cities, but you are guaranteed a smooth ride.

Available on: 

Google Play

Curb

Taxi-Magic-Android-apps-screenshotNo need to whistle for a cab or fight the crowds anymore. With this app you can order a taxi, pay for it, and then rate the quality of your ride. It covers more than 60 cities across the United States.

Available on:

Google Play

Uber

UberAndroid

If you need to get somewhere and don’t have wheels of your own, hop in someone else’s ride. Uber allows you to call upon a private driver in your city who will help you get to where you need to go.

Available on:

Google Play

Outdoors Apps

Sky Map

Sky-Map-Android-apps-screenshotGoogle’s free astronomy app lets you to point your phone at the heavens and identify all the planets and stars in the night sky. It’s like your very own pocket planetarium, and it’s very fun.

Available on:

Google Play

MyTopo Maps

MyTopo-Maps-Android-apps-screenshotVenturing off-road for a hiking adventure, or a camping trip? You’ll be pleased to have a complete topographical map of the U.S. and Canada, with the ability to create and share routes.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Camp Finder ($3)

Camp-Finder-Android-apps-screenshotYou can locate all the best campgrounds and RV parks with this app and get reviews from people who’ve stayed there, check out photos, and learn about what facilities and restrictions they have.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Weather

1Weather

1Weather_Android_apps_screenshot

All the accurate weather information you need delivered in a stylish, fully customizable package that includes a nice range of widgets.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Yahoo Weather

YahooWeatherAndroid

Yahoo’s Weather app is a gorgeously designed app that will give you a clear picture of what you can expect outside. It gives you all the features you’d expect when checking the weather, plus some great photos of your location from Flickr.

Available on:

Google Play

AccuWeather Platinum

AccuWeather

AccuWeather is the app that you’ll open when you need some precise weather information. It offer minute-by-minute readouts, localized to your exact street address, for your local forecast and precipitation.

Available on: 

Google Play

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