The best Android apps (January 2019)

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 such as Music, Travel, and so on.

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 (January)

PlayJ

best android apps

Video chatting is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family who don’t live near you, but PlayJ wants to do more than just help you stay in touch — it aims to help you have fun at the same time. While chatting with your friends and family, you can play games, watch videos, and more, all within the one app. Keep in mind that the app is in beta, so expect a few bugs along the way.

Google Play

00:37

best android apps

Looking to get control of your fitness but don’t need all the bells and whistles you can find in most fitness apps these days? 00:37 is the app for you. The app acts as a basic timer for your fitness activities, allowing you to set the amount of time you want to dedicate for each exercise, as well as how many sets you want. While the app itself doesn’t have exercises, if you already have an idea of the exercise you want to do and want an app with a basic user interface to help you do it, this may be the way to go.

Google Play

WakingNews Alarm Clock

best android apps

This one’s perfect for the news junkies out there. The app functions like an alarm clock, but when it wakes you up, it will read out the latest news headlines from the likes of HuffPost, Yahoo, and more. The interface of the app is easy to get around too, which is always helpful.

Google Play

Yahoo Play

best android apps

Yahoo may not be all that prominent in today’s tech industry, but that doesn’t mean you should completely avoid its apps and services. The latest is Yahoo Play, which is aimed at helping you keep up to date with the latest pop culture news while also offering quizzes and trivia.

Google Play

Feedly Classic

best android apps

For those that miss the old-school interface of Feedly, this app is for you. The app is exactly what its name implies — Feedly, with its older interface. It does away with many of the features that you might get in the newer version of the app, but for many, that’s a good thing.

Google Play

Movies and videos

Netflix

netflix-scrn

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.

Google Play

Amazon Apps

Hulu

hulu-scrn

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.

Google Play

Amazon Apps

YouTube

youtube-scrn

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 is off.

Google Play

HBO Now/HBO GO

hbonow-screen

Both HBO Now (HBO’s stand-alone 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.

HBO Now

HBO GO

Amazon Apps

Music and audio

Spotify

spotify-screen

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

Soundcloud

soundcloud

If you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet of sound with no ads and no subscription fees, you’ve found it. You can discover new music and stream it from the cloud, but this is no Spotify replacement.

Google Play

Amazon Apps

Bandcamp

bandcamp

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.

Google Play

Google Play Music

google-play-music-app

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.

Google Play

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.

Google Play

Product Review

Honor schools other phone makers on design with the hole-punch View 20

The Honor View 20 is Honor’s best phone to date. Why? Just look at the punch hole screen, the striking design, and the exciting 48-megapixel camera for evidence. Here’s our review.
Mobile

Text up a storm with the best messaging apps for iOS and Android

These days, most people tend to favor digital messages over phone calls. We have the best messaging apps that allow you to share photos and documents, send text messages, and more with end-to-end encryption.
Mobile

Here’s how to download podcasts and listen to them on Android or iOS

Podcasts have become a cultural staple. Here's how to download podcasts and listen to them on your Android or iOS device, and which apps to use if you're looking to get the most out of the format.
Social Media

Spice up your Instagram videos by adding your top tunes to the soundtrack

Have you ever taken a beautiful video, only to have it ruined by some jerk in the background yelling curse words? Here's a list of apps you can use to add your own music to Instagram posts as well as your Story.
Mobile

Turn to these apps to help you in your next hunt for a job

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience, but these days, a simple mobile app can help you to find and apply for jobs all over the country -- here are some of the best job search apps for iOS and Android.
Mobile

Apple Pay coming to more top U.S. stores, including Target and Taco Bell

Apple Pay is the best way to pay on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple Pay support is being rolled out across the U.S. for a variety of top retailers, including Taco Bell, Target, Hy-Vee, and more.
Mobile

The 2020 iPhones may only use OLED displays and Intel 5G modems

While some reports hinted that Apple was looking to move away from using Intel tech, a new report suggests the exact opposite. Reportedly, Apple has chosen Intel to supply 5G modems for Apple's first 5G-enabled iPhone, due in 2020.
Music

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.
Home Theater

Spotify adds artist-blocking feature, despite its denials

Though it continues to claim you can't do it, there is plenty of evidence that Spotify added an artist-blocking feature to its platform, making it easy for users to never hear a specific musician or band.
Wearables

With weeklong battery life, the new Honor Watches are a real Dream to wear

Honor has unveiled the new Honor View 20, one of the best smartphones of the year. Alongside it, however, the company also took the wraps off of the new Honor Watch Magic and Honor Watch Dream.
Mobile

2019's 10 best dating apps to help you find the perfect companion

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.
Mobile

Moschino glams up the 48-megapixel Honor View 20 at Paris launch

After its success with the View 10 in 2018, Honor has announced its sequel, the Honor View 20 with an entirely new type of display which has a hole-punch for the camera rather than a notch.
Wearables

10 top features you should be using on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch can do more than just tell you the time, but you may not be aware of all the different functions it has. Our list of the 10 most often used functions and features will help you understand what it can really do.
Mobile

Get your photos on billboards with Apple’s 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ program

Like previous years, Apple has once again launched its Shot on iPhone program, which encourages users to submit the best photos they've taken with their iPhone. Ultimately, the winners will get their photos featured on billboards.
1 of 6