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…
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Plex is a great way to create a media server in your home, and now you can experience all your content in VR. Using Plex VR, you can watch content with up to three other people at the same time, and the app supports both 180-degree and 360-degree video. It’s also super-easy to use if you already have a Plex account.
Haven first made headlines because it was endorsed by Edward Snowden. The app is basically built to keep track of any disturbances in your home, and it keeps logs of any sounds or movement when it’s on. The data on the device is all stored locally, so you don’t need to worry about someone else accessing it, and it’s completely free.
Looking for a great VPN, but don’t love the idea of paying for it? ProtonVPN, somehow, seems to tick a lot of boxes for a VPN. Not only is it free, but there are no in-app purchases or subscriptions, and you won’t even find any ads. It also integrates with Tor and doesn’t have any bandwidth limits. The interface of the app is also pretty well-designed.
WhatsApp has long been one of the better messaging apps out there, and now there’s a version specifically for businesses. Unlike the standard version of the app, WhatsApp Business focuses on helping you build relationships with customers, reply quickly to queries, set messages for when you’re away, and even create a business profile for others to discover.
Are you starting to dip your toes into cryptocurrency investing? Investing.com’s Crypto News not only gives you access to articles about the latest cryptocurrency news, but it also shows you the price of a massive 1,300 cryptocurrencies, and offers real-time price tracking.
Best Android Apps: Movies and videos
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.
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.
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.
Tired of American television? With Acorn TV, you can watch some of the best new and classic British television on your Android phone. At $5 a month, Acorn TV is one of the most inexpensive streaming options available.
Best Android Apps: Music and audio
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.
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.
Bandcamp’s mobile apps 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’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.
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.