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 The old article was disorganized, outdated, and full of problems.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
Radio and Podcasts
TuneIn Radio ($1)
Pocket Casts ($4)
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)
ESPN College Football
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.
Puffin Web Browser ($3)
Word Processing and Spreadsheets
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)
Sidebar Pro ($2)
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
Track Your Phone
Android Device Manager
Wheres My Droid
GPS Tracking Pro
Home Screen Launchers
Beautiful Widgets Pro
Timely Alarm Clock
Best Wallpapers HD
PicSpeed HD Wallpapers
Galaxy Live Wallpaper
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.
And so ends page one! More apps await you on the next page