The 100 best Android apps of 2018 (May)

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 (May)

Splitwise

Splitwise

Forget about awkwardness and money disputes with this clever app. Splitwise makes it easy to track exactly how much you owe, how much is owed to you, and to make sure that everyone is paid back. Whether you’re splitting bills with roommates or paying your share of a group gift, this app will help with swift calculations, reminders, and real-time updates.

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Goodreads

Goodreads

If you like to read books, then this is a must-have app. Use it to discover new titles you might enjoy, discuss meanings, post or read reviews, and compile a reading list. There’s even scanner functionality, so you can scan the bar code on a book you own and add it to your virtual bookcase.

Google Play

Podcast Addict

Podcast Addict

There are so many great podcasts available that it can be tricky to find and organize your favorites. We have a list of the best podcasts to help you get started, but we also recommend downloading this feature-packed podcast player that features an enormous collection of podcasts and all the functionality you could want.

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HappyCow

HappyCow

If you don’t eat meat, or you want to avoid gluten, it can be tricky to find suitable restaurants, especially if you’re somewhere unfamiliar. Enter HappyCow, which lists vegan and vegetarian restaurants, cafes, and stores. You can choose different filters to suit your diet and find something close to your location with directions and everything else you need to get fed.

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FilmoraGo

FilmoraGo

If you want edit together videos on your Android, then you should check out this powerful app. It goes beyond basics like trimming, adding music and transitions, and cropping, to include speed controls, animated text, and optional effects you can purchase. It strikes a good balance between features and accessibility.

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Best Android apps: 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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Amazon Apps

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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Amazon Apps

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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Best Android apps: 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.

Google Play

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.

Google Play

Amazon Apps

Bandcamp

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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.

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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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