Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats. The cream of the crop. The Android apps that are unrivalled in the pantheon. These apps have become ubiquitous with Android, and it’s assumed that if you’re looking for good stuff, you already have some of this stuff. There are a plethora of fantastic Android apps available. There are, however, a few that stand out above the rest. These apps are useful to almost everyone, regardless of their use case. Without further ado, here are the 10 best Android apps available right now.
Most of these apps should be fairly familiar to most people. They are the best, and the best things are almost never anonymous.
The best Android apps available right now:
- Google Drive
- Waze and Google Maps
- Google Search / Assistant / Feed
- Microsoft Swiftkey
- Nova Launcher
- Podcast Addict
- Solid Explorer
1Weather is widely regarded as the best weather app available. It has a simple, paginated design that displays the current weather, forecast for up to 12 weeks, a radar, and other interesting statistics. Along with that, you’ll get a decent set of lightly customizable widgets, as well as standard features like severe weather notifications and a radar to see when storms are approaching. The user interface is logical and reasonably simple to use. The radar could be improved, but that’s a minor quibble.The free version includes all features as well as some mild, inoffensive advertising. The advertising is removed with a single $1.99 in-app purchase. When you open the app, most people will probably enjoy the variety of weather fun facts as well. If you want more options, we have a list of the best weather apps and widgets.
2. Google Drive
Google Drive is an Android cloud storage solution that provides all new users with 15GB of free storage space upon signup. You can, of course, purchase more if necessary. What distinguishes Google Drive is the suite of Android apps that it is linked to. Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Photos, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Keep are among them. It simply covers so many bases and is so inexpensive that it’s impossible not to recommend it to almost anyone.
These apps’ features include live collaboration, deep sharing, and compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. It’s simple to use, comes with 15GB of free storage for your documents, and has good cross-platform support.
3. Google Maps
Google Maps practically owns the navigation app scene, and it is still one of the best Android apps ever. It receives frequent, almost weekly updates that appear to only add to its already extensive list of features. Aside from the fundamentals, Google Maps provides access to points of interest, traffic data, directions to places such as rest stops or gas stations, and the ability to download maps for offline use.
When you combine that with the Waze experience, which includes a slew of its own features, you won’t need another navigation app. Ever. Because Google also owns and operates Waze, we’ve grouped them together. Both navigation apps work on Android Auto and, in most cases, outperform car navigation systems.
4. Google search/assistant/feed
This is a seriously potent app. It is also compatible with the majority of Android devices. You simply download and activate the app. You can then ask it whatever you want. It also supports a wide range of commands. You can use it to control smart home products, ask it almost any question, and even have it solve simple math problems for you. It comes standard with a number of products, including Google Home speakers.
There is also a second Google Assistant app available for those who prefer a quick launch icon on their home screen. The hardware is expensive, but Google Assistant is free.
LastPass is one of those apps that every Android user should have. It’s a password manager that allows you to save your login information in a safe and secure manner. Furthermore, it can aid in the generation of nearly impossible passwords for you to use on your accounts. Everything is controlled by a master password. It supports cross-platform usage (premium version only), allowing you to use it on computers, mobile devices, tablets, and other devices.
Others exist, but LastPass appears to be one step ahead most of the time. Furthermore, the premium version is reasonably priced. For added security, you can also download LastPass Authenticator.
6. Microsoft SwiftKey
Microsoft SwiftKey Keyboard is a powerful and customizable third-party keyboard. It first appeared on the market several years ago with a predictive engine unlike any other keyboard, and the app has grown significantly since then. You don’t have to pay anything because it’s a free download with free themes.
Other features include a dedicated number row, SwiftKey Flow, which enables gesture typing, multiple language support, cross-device library syncing, and much more. It’s about as good as it gets in terms of keyboard performance. True, Microsoft now owns SwiftKey, but so far, they haven’t messed it up. Gboard, Google’s keyboard app, is also excellent.
6. Nova Launcher
We weren’t going to include any launchers on this list at first. Nova Launcher appears to go beyond what is expected of a launcher. It’s been around for years, it’s always been updated, and it’s never been a bad choice for a launcher replacement. It includes a slew of features, such as the ability to backup and restore your home screen configurations, icon theming for all of your Android apps, a plethora of customization elements for the home screen and app drawer, and much more.
If you want, you can even make it look like the Pixel Launcher. If you upgrade to the premium version, you can add gesture controls, unread count badges for apps, and icon swipe actions.Those looking for something simpler may want to try Lawnchair Launcher, Hyperion Launcher, and Rootless Launcher.
7. Podcast Addict
Podcast Addict is a fantastic podcast app for podcast listeners. It has almost every podcast you can imagine. It also has a simple and effective user interface, a plethora of organisational features, a plethora of playback and download features, and a single-cost premium version. Podcasts can be browsed by category or searched for individually.You can also set download rules and easily create playlists, and it supports Chromecast and SONOS, as well as Android Auto and Wear OS. The user interface and settings aren’t the most elegant we’ve seen. However, the app compensates by ticking every other box we could think of. Pocket Casts and CastBox are two more great options in this category.
Poweramp is one of Android’s most popular and functional local music players. It has nearly all of the features, including high-resolution audio support, Android Auto, an equaliser, gapless smoothing, and support for almost any audio codec available.The user interface has a slight learning curve, but it’s one of the more visually appealing music players available in the Google Play Store, with optional themes. There are other excellent music apps on this list, but the top spot is arguably Poweramp’s to lose. If you want a better equaliser app, Poweramp also has one.
9. Solid Explorer
File browsing is something that everyone has to (or wants to) do, so why not do it with a capable, fantastic file browser? Solid Explorer is about as good as it gets when it comes to file explorer apps. It includes Material Design, archiving support, support for the most popular cloud services, and even some more advanced features such as FTP, SFTP, WebDav, and SMB/CIFS support.
It looks great, it’s very stable, and it just works. There is a 14-day free trial with a $2.99 fee at the end. Other file browsers have more features, but few combine looks, ease of use, and features as well as Solid Explorer.
10. Tick Tick
TickTick is not as well-known as other to-do list apps. However, it could be the best. It goes over the fundamentals, such as recurring tasks, reminders, push notifications, and various organisational features and categories. You can also share tasks and entire categories with others using the app. This makes it ideal for use by a family, small work teams, or other similar groups. It’s also great for making grocery lists, honey-do lists, or any other type of list.You get all of the features for free, albeit with some limitations, such as only two reminders per task (premium makes that infinite). It’s also a good substitute for Wunderlist. Todoist and Microsoft To-Do are two other excellent options in this space.
So this was our list of 10 best Android apps available right now.If you have any suggestions do let me know in the comments below.