Welcome to our brand new listing of our favorite Android apps. If you’ve ever been here before, you’ll notice that a lot has changed. The old article was disorganized, outdated, and full of problems. We’ve remodeled the whole place, from ceiling to floor, and given it a new modern formatting, too! The goal here is simple: No matter what kind of app you’re looking for, we’re hoping we have something listed that could help you out. All of the links lead directly back to the Google Play Store, so you can download them immediately and the blocks of categories below can guide you to exactly what type of app you want to find. We’re an app  library built to serve you, Androiders. Click on one of the eight categories or 45 subcategories and you’ll zip right to one of these 135 great apps. We’ll update this article every month with some new categories and picks.

We hope you enjoy! If you want to suggest an app (not one you are paid to promote, please), treat us to a nice cream cone … pliment (yeah, I dunno), or troll us mercilessly, use the comments below. Please don’t troll. That was a joke. Seriously. Don’t. I mean it.

(Own a Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab, or another tablet? Be sure to read our newly revamped guide to the Best Android Tablet Apps.)

Updated by Jeff on 2-20-2014: I added a photo gallery up top with some of the apps I use all the time. We’ll have new picks and categories soon!

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If you’re like us, one of life’s greatest activities is sitting on your ass reading, watching, listening, or playing something. These apps will help you do just that.

Movies and TV


(Google Play)

Billed as “TV’s sidekick,” this app helps you to keep up with the shows you love. Find all the buzz about each show, and have real-time discussions with other fans while you watch. It’s great!


(Google Play / Amazon)

A must for those who love go see movies, Flixster offers a clean interface and accurate movie listings at nearby theaters, based on your current location, along with reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.


(Google Play / Amazon)

Netflix is the best streaming service. 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.



(Google Play / Amazon)

If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon will still sell you books and with more than 900,000 titles in its store, there’s plenty to browse through. From best sellers to the classics, it’s all here.


(Google Play / Amazon)

You haven’t heard of this but try it. Super accessible and customizable, it’s a great ebook store. A simple design takes you straight to your bookshelf and there’s a wealth of free content on offer.


(Google Play / Amazon)

This is all about book recommendations. If you’re looking for an honest opinion on a book you may read, or you want to share your thoughts on a title, then this app is the place to do it.



(Google Play / Amazon)

Comixology’s free app is a window onto a staggering library of more than 40,000 titles, including all the big names from Marvel and DC. It’s the biggest comic book reader out there right now.

Komik Reader

(Google Play)

Simple with a clean interface, Komik is a good way to store and access your comic collection on your smartphone, but you cannot buy comics with it – you’ll need another app for that.

ComicRack ($8)

(Google Play)

A comic management app that syncs your collection across your Windows PC and Android devices, with pinch-to-zoom, bookmarking, and customization options, what more do you need?



(Google Play / Amazon)

Flipboard is the biggest news aggregator. It offers magazine-style news collection with links from Facebook, Twitter, and top sites, filtered by your major interests (from football to technology).

LinkedIn Pulse

(Google Play / Amazon)

Newly acquired by LinkedIn, this great reader enables you to pull in online sources, and then creates clean, magazine-like pages that feature thumbnail photos, and headlines from each source.


(Google Play / Amazon)

Here’s a smart news reader that learns about the kinds of stories you want to see, and grows more accurate as you use it, continually pulling in better news that matters to you more.

Radio and Podcasts

TuneIn Radio ($1)

(Google Play / Amazon)

With more than 70,000 radio stations and over 2 million on-demand programs, whether you want to listen to the big game, tune in to a political debate, or dance to some music, you’re covered.


(Google Play / Amazon)

Our favorite streaming radio app for every platform delivers customizable music complete with a rating system that lets you fine tune every station to your liking. And it’s curated by humans.

Pocket Casts ($4)

(Google Play)

This has everything we want in a podcast player. It has a huge library and the clean interface makes it easy to manage your subscriptions. It also lets you sync between devices and works with iOS.



(Google Play)

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.


(Google Play / Amazon)

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.

Poweramp ($4)

(Google Play)

Versatile and powerful, this app is great for audiophiles. It supports an incredibly long list of file formats from MP3 to FLAC to AIFF, and a whole lot more. Use it if you keep a local music collection.


Broken Sword ($4)

(Google Play / Amazon)

It’s time for a charming, point-and-click, detective yarn that will transport you to Paris and beyond as you try to unravel a dark conspiracy that stretches back to the days of the Knights Templar.


(Google Play)

The parallel world created by Google’s Niantic Labs for this MMO sci-fi game the potential of augmented reality gaming. It has mysteries to solve, real-world exploration, and social collaboration.

Nimble Quest

(Google Play / Amazon)

It’s a brilliant blend of old mobile favorite Snake with a retro-RPG. Your little band of adventurers lines up like a Conga line as you zip around levels killing baddies and gathering loot.

Pro Sports


(Google Play / Amazon)

Whatever gets you excited, from Nascar to the NFL, this app will have you dancing in victory or crying in your beer. It brings you all the latest touchdowns, goals, and positions as they happen.

NFL Mobile

(Google Play)

Get all the latest news, stats, and scores from the NFL, including video highlights. Use this app to manage your fantasy football team, and Verizon customers can watch live game streams.

ESPN SportsCenter

(Google Play / Amazon)

You can get a quick look at the all the latest scores, league standings, and news for your favorite sports in this app. Customize it to follow the teams and players that matter to most to you.

College Sports

Basketball Scoreboard

(Google Play)

Everything you need to know about college basketball is wrapped up in this easy to use app. Find all the latest scores, fixtures, tables, and the big news stories from colleges across the country.

ESPN College Football

(Google Play)

All kinds of news, stats, and scores, along with latest buzz from Twitter about the world of college football can be found here. There are even alerts with video clips of great plays during games.

College StatSheet

(Google Play)

Now you can compare every player in college basketball leagues with detailed analysis and statistics. You’ll also find news, rosters, and match reports, but stats are the real heart of this app.

Work and Organizing

So you’ve put off working all day thanks to our Entertainment app suggestions, but you’re deadline’s coming up and that computer is … way in the other room. If you’re too lazy to go get it (or maybe you legitimately left it in the office – there’s a chance), these apps will help turn your phone into a far more productive experience. Life’s not all work and … well, actually it is. Use these apps to get your crap done.



(Google Play / Amazon)

You’ll find a long list of settings in here including a customizable interface, powerful filter search, threaded conversations, password protection, cloud storage integration, and more.

Aqua Mail

(Google Play)

Easy to set up, with support for all the standard protocols, and a host of optional tweaks, this is a powerful email solution. The smart inbox does some prioritizing for you to save you time.

K-9 Mail

(Google Play / Amazon)

It automatically detects settings for multiple email accounts, it’s packed with options, and it features a handy split-screen mode, and support for gestures. Man’s best friend indeed.



(Google Play)

Whatever way you cut it, Mozilla’s Firefox is a great browser with fast performance, easy bookmarking, syncing, and support for multiple tabs, not to mention extensive security settings.

Dolphin Browser

(Google Play / Amazon)

Dolphin is a speedy browser with unique features like Sonar, which lets you to search, share, bookmark, and navigate with voice, and the ability to create gestures to access specific websites.

Puffin Web Browser ($3)

(Google Play)

If Flash support is important to you then check out Puffin; it has a theater mode for Flash videos and games. It also loads and rendering pages very quickly for smooth browsing.

Word Processing and Spreadsheets


(Google Play)

This is a Google app. You can create and edit Microsoft Office documents, spreadsheets, or presentations with and it’s backed up with up to 15GB of free storage via Google Drive. Try it first.

TextMaker ($5)

(Google Play)

This clean and accessible word-processing app enables you to open, edit, and save your Word documents. It even preserves all the formatting, including commenting and tracked changes.

Kingsoft Office 5.8

(Google Play / Amazon)

Here’s a completely free office suite that covers Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. There’s cloud integration, support for gestures, and it’s easy to learn and use if you need a new writing option.

Cloud Storage

Google Drive

(Google Play)

The natural choice for anyone invested in Google’s apps and services, the streamlined Google Drive app lets you store up to 15GB of files and access them wherever and whenever you need to.


(Google Play / Amazon)

You can view, edit, share, and manage your files securely with Box, which offers you 10GB of free space and supports all the major platforms. The file commenting system is fantastic.


(Google Play / Amazon)

This app performs exactly the same function as its desktop counterpart. You can upload or download files to a cloud drive and access them with a login and password. The first 2GB are free.

Money Management


(Google Play / Amazon)

Mint is our favorite money management website, but it also has a kickass app. Mint can keep track of multiple bank accounts or credit cards to help you stay on budget and out of the red.


(Google Play / Amazon)

It’s easy to stay on top of your business expenses if you scan receipts, track your mileage, link debit and credit cards to track what you’re spending, and create expense reports. Expensify does it all.

Home Budget ($5)

(Google Play)

Control your family finances, create complex budgets, and generate reports and charts to analyze your spending. The cross-platform sync allows your whole family to coordinate in real-time.

Task Management

Sidebar Pro ($2)

(Google Play)

If you like to multitask, you may feel like Android is lacking in this area. This app adds a sidebar to your phone that lets you tap in and out of your favorite apps and set widget toggles.


(Google Play / Amazon)

This stylish productivity app allows you to create task lists and save notes. It deeply integrates into your phone, supports cloud syncing, and it’s easy to share lists across devices.

Out of Milk

(Google Play / Amazon)

Milk isn’t the only item you know you’ll need all the time. This app lets you store your shopping lists and to-dos online for easy access. Stay organized and make dry cereal a thing of the past.



(Google Play / Amazon)

aCalendar gives you a great overview of your day, week, or month. It also supports reminders, repeat events, and has a fully customizable widget so you can view events from the home screen.

Jorte Calendar

(Google Play / Amazon)

One of the earliest calendar apps on Android, Jorte built its reputation around customizable. It really is packed with features so you can achieve the style you want without sacrificing substance.

CalenGoo ($6)

(Google Play / Amazon)

This app lets you drag and drop events to reorganize them. It also has a widget, Google calendar sync support, advanced search function, SMS reminders, email reminders, and lots more.

Note Taking


(Google Play / Amazon)

Here’s an elegant solution for all your note-taking needs, from simple to-do lists, to voice reminders, to notes with supporting photos. Tag, sync, and organize for a real productivity boost.

Google Keep

(Google Play)

This app allows you to type notes or lists, add photos and annotate them, or record audio files that are automatically transcribed. Anyone invested in the Google ecosystem will love this.


(Google Play)

If you miss writing notes in your own hand, try out Papyrus. Use a stylus or finger to record your reminders in your own handwriting and export them as PDF, PNG, or JPEG files to share.

Security and Utilities

Depending on what Android phone you own, you may have lots of utility apps, or none. Some phones come with flashlights and virus scanners, but others don’t. And do you really trust Samsung, LG, or HTC to give you the right apps? You shouldn’t. Most everything they stuff on your phone is from app makers who pay for it, or put on their by your greedy wireless carrier (they serve Wall Street, not home screens). If you really want security and a good slate of utility apps, check some of these out.

Secure Your Phone


(Google Play)

This comprehensive package includes malware protection, privacy advice, anti-virus scanning, filtering to block nuisance calls, and anti-theft tools. There’s even a firewall for rooted devices.


(Google Play / Amazon)

Scan your apps in order to uncover viruses, malware, adware, and spyware with the free version of Lookout. For a fee, you can add backup tools, safe browsing, and remote lock and wipe.

360 Security

(Google Play)

You’ll enjoy real-time protection with a superb detection rate if you let this app handle your Android smartphone’s security. Vulnerabilities are detected and fixed automatically.

Track Your Phone

Android Device Manager

(Google Play)

Google’s official phone tracking service helps you locate your phone, remotely erase its data, and reset the screen lock PIN, and it works with any device associated with your Google account.

Wheres My Droid

(Google Play)

Lost your phone? Track it down with GPS coordinates for Google Maps, or try bumping the ringer volume up. You can also remote control the app by sending predetermined text messages.

GPS Tracking Pro

(Google Play)

Install this app on your kids’ phones and you can get real-time updates on exactly where they are. It’s great for keeping in touch with family and friends with a map showing their locations.

Home Screen Launchers

Nova Launcher

(Google Play)

You can choose colors, themes, icons, and even animations with Nova Launcher, making it possible to create the home screen of your dreams. It offers customization options galore.

Go Launcher

(Google Play)

Smooth performance and more than 10,000 themes make this a tempting option. You’ll also find a choice of transitions, widgets, and some handy gestures that can be used to launch apps.

Smart Launcher

(Google Play / Amazon)

Designed with a distinct minimalist look that’s undemanding in terms of resources, Smart Launcher has all the features you need to give your phone its own unique look and feel.



(Google Play)

Create and customize your own widgets to get the exact look and functionality you want. There are more than 50 toggles to choose from and plenty of aesthetic options to get your Settings on.

Beautiful Widgets Pro

(Google Play)

A few dollars gets you a massive set of customizable widgets enabling you to combine the clock, weather, battery, and toggle functions you want. There are also over 1,000 themes on offer.

HD Widgets

(Google Play)

Put together an attractive blend of clock, weather, date, time, and switches for functions with this app which has more than 100 carefully designed options for Android phones and tablets.

Basic Utilities

Timely Alarm Clock

(Google Play)

Timely makes it easy to set alarms and you can snooze by turning your phone on its face, but the real attraction is the stylish and elegant night clock look that you can customize for yourself.

Brightest Flashlight

(Google Play / Amazon)

Most phones have a torch onboard, but this app will turn on all available lights, putting your screen at maximum brightness and turning on the flash. It times out after two minutes though.

Wi-Fi Analyzer

(Google Play / Amazon)

If you want to check out what’s happening with your Wi-Fi, then this app will show you the signal strength for different routers and indicate how crowded channels are. It’s easy to use, too.


Best Wallpapers HD

(Google Play)

You’ll find more than 17,000 high quality wallpapers listed in here covering various screen sizes, and they’re all neatly divided into categories, so you can easily find the kind of thing you want.

PicSpeed HD Wallpapers

(Google Play)

At least 100 new wallpapers are added to this collection every day, and there are more than 400 categories organizing over 500,000 backgrounds. It has something for everyone.

Galaxy Live Wallpaper

(Google Play)

Live or animated wallpapers really add something to your home screen and this spinning galaxy of stars is one of the best. You can tweak the frame rate and the color to get it just right for you.



(Google Play / Amazon)

If you’re looking to customize your Android phone, you’ll find thousands of ringtones, notification sounds, and wallpapers in Zedge. You can browse by category and set ringtones from the app.

Ringtone Maker

(Google Play / Amazon)

The easiest way to get the ringtone or notification sound you really want is to make it yourself and this app enables you to do exactly that with an easy to master touch interface that supports fade in and out.


(Google Play)

You can create ringtones, alarms, and notification sounds with Ringdroid using your existing audio files or recording one. The original app is ad-free and open source; watch out for copies.

Benchmarking Apps

AnTuTu Benchmark

(Google Play)

This popular benchmarking app is widely referenced across the tech world and it covers CPU, RAM, GPU, and I/O tests. It also lets you easily compare your device to other popular choices.

Vellamo Benchmark

(Google Play)

This user friendly benchmarking tool is a good option. It has HTML5 tests, Web browser tests, and processor tests so you can find almost anything out. You need Android 2.3 or above.


(Google Play / Amazon)

Describing itself as the world’s most popular performance test, 3DMark will push your GPU and CPU to the limit to see what they’re capable of. It comes with several different tests.

And so ends page one! More apps await you on the next page