The best Android apps (August 2018)

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

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 (August)

Notes by Firefox

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Firefox is expanding. While Firefox may be your preferred web browser, you can now expand your Firefox use with Notes by Firefox, which is a simple note-taking app that automatically syncs your account between your Android device and desktop — meaning you can take your notes with you wherever you go. Notes are also ultra-secure, thanks to Firefox’s end-to-end encryption.

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Moment — Pro Camera

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The default camera app on your phone is probably more than capable, but sometimes it can be helpful to have a few more settings and options to play with. Moment gives you those controls, adding full manual mode with control for ISO shutter speed, white balance, and more. The app also lets you shoot in RAW format, which is perfect for photographers out there who want to edit their photos.

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AutoPick

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AutoPick is a great way to turn physical documents into digital ones. The app allows you to scan paper documents, after which it’ll turn those documents into text that you can edit, copy, and paste. It does require you to have relatively good light, but as long as the conditions are met, it’s a pretty handy app.

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Meetup Now

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Looking to get more involved with events in your local community? Meetup Now is a way to find local events and invite your friends to join you at those events. On top of that, the app is very well-designed — so it should be easy to scroll through events and find what you’re looking for.

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Here AR City Model

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Here AR City Model is a cool app that allows you to take a peek into the future. With Here AR, you’ll basically print out a map of a city, then point your phone’s camera at the map through the Here AR app. Then, you’ll see a visual representation of the predictive navigation and self-learning capabilities that will power autonomous transportation. It’s a neat app, and while it may not serve a purpose in your day-to-day life, it’s still a fun way to spend a few minutes.

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Movies and videos

Netflix

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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 starting at $8 a month.

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Hulu

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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

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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.

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HBO Now/HBO GO

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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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Music and audio

Spotify

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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.

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Soundcloud

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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

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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.

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Google Play Music

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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.

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Apple Music

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.

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