Techie Journal’s Top Fifteen Useful Apps for Android
It is that time of the year again, when we countdown the top performing and the most popular apps of the year. These apps have managed to perform outstandingly and are synonymous with their parent firmware Android. Some of these apps are so popular that you can easily find them on every other Android user’s phone. These apps are useful, fun, practical, well-researched and well-directed towards the target audience. These apps have made to our list based on a tough criteria. However, once you have made your way through the article, you will agree that these apps deserve to be on the top 15 list. So, here goes; the best useful apps for Android from the year 2016 are:
15- Express VPN
A solid and dependable VPN connection is a vital need of every Smartphone user. You need an app to function in an optimal manner, in order to keep your device secure from threats on public Wi-Fi connections. This is where Express VPN comes in to the picture. It is easily one of the most dependable and secure brands on the PlayStore. Here are some of the awesome features:
- Extremely Fast
- Super Safe
- SSL- Secured Network with encryption of 256-bit
- Unlimited Speed and Bandwidth
The brand has a vast network of servers in over 100 locations around the globe, to ensure quality secure service. The best thing? You can get it, as low as $8.32.
14- HERE Maps
Wondering why Google Maps is not on here? Well, it is a custom app and we are trying to recommend an app that is not. Why HERE Maps?
- It offers offline turn-by-turn navigation
- Download and use maps offline
- You can read reviews for restaurants etc.
- It is FREE of cost
There you go! A perfect, free of cost alternate to Google Maps.
Looking for an efficient password manager app? Look no further. LastPass is definitely the most superior app in this niche, available on Google PlayStore. The app is free of cost, but with in-app purchases enabled for premium features. Its latest update made it possible to use on mobile completely free, after paying for a premium subscription to sync from mobile to PC to mobile. Since, we majorly use all apps on our Smartphones, it can’t hurt to have an app like LastPass on your Android device. It also has a feature to save passwords and auto-fill password fields for saved sites. You can also generate hard passwords with this app for your accounts.
12- Nova Launcher
To be honest, it wasn’t our aim to add any launchers to our top 15 list. However, Nova Launcher changed our minds and made its way on the list in a well-deserved fashion. This app has time and experience on its side, as it has been around the block for quite some time now. It has also been updated frequently, to ensure bug fixes. Its basic features include:
- Backup and restore your home screen layout
- Icon themes
- A variety of customization options for your home screen
- App drawer etc.
- Pin gesture control options
- App badges for unread notifications
- Swipe actions for icons
The premium version costs $4.99.
Pocket is a free application, and is very useful. It allows you to save the webpages that you are viewing for later. This can be useful for a regular Android user to a person who uses their Android device for professional purposes. Saving webpages online can be of great help. It is compatible with social media apps too, and browsers etc. Plus, it is free of cost.
10- Pocket Casts
The podcast trend is gaining more and more attention every day. From an avid podcaster to a regular podcast subscriber, Pocket Casts is a great app to have. It is very stable, with a friendly user interface that allows you to live stream and download a variety of podcasts. It enables you to follow audio and video podcasts. You can also sync podcasts across devices and recommend podcasts. Talk about an all-in-one solution! That too, for just $3.99.
9- Google Play Music or YouTube
Let us start by saying, Google Play Music is a class apart. There is no application out there that comes close. You may find many apps that offer streaming and then other apps which offer the ability to play local content. However, there is only one app that offers both; Google Play Music!
You can save as much as 50000 songs to cloud and stream later, free of cost! For the paid version, you can stream over 30 million songs, receive playlist support, Internet radio options etc. Enter YouTube Red, and you have an unmatched combination. A must have for all the music lovers.
8- Google Launcher and Google Now
Need a personal assistant software? You won’t find a better one than Google Now. From staying up to date with weather to managing flight information, you get a holistic solution with this app. More updates by Google are increasing its features and its working efficiency. Along with that, Google Launcher will allow you to have use the Google Now app right from your home screen. It’s a lethal combination, and you can take our work on that.
7- Drive Suite By Google
Another must-have app for all the professional users of Android firmware, is the Google Drive Suite. You get up to 15GB free space just for signing up and you can increase it with in-app purchases. This suite of apps include, Google Slides, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Keep. Between all these apps, you have an all-round solution for productive requirements.
This app is very popular for finding coupons and deals for restaurants, businesses etc. These coupons are for instant use and can also be saved for use at a later time. It has a superior design and a simple user interface. There are many deals available for users like deals for shopping, vacations and more. However, you should check the availability of the app service in a particular region before use.
Pushbullet is a multipurpose app. Its basic purpose is to connect your device with your PC through web browser. This allows you to handle different phone functions from your PC, like answering messages, transfer files and more. It is the most stable and reliable solution for controlling your phone from your computer. Last year, the app was changed to a paid subscription for $4.99 per month. However, a useful free version is also available.
It is the most popular application for downloading custom ringtones, wallpapers, notification tones and alarm tones. There are so many options to choose from. You can use this application to easily transform your device. Zedge also promotes occasion specific content, enabling you to choose wallpapers etc. for Christmas, New Years, Halloween, Easter etc. It is totally free with a wealth of content. The one drawback is the advertisements, which can be a nuisance.
If you invest some time in to learning how to properly use this application, you are going to love Tasker! It allows you to design custom commands and then apply them in different places. Many applications support Tasker. You can even create complex commands for NFC tags with this application. There is no set definition to what it can do, as it encompasses so much. It is a great application to have in your Smartphone if you like sophisticated applications.
2- SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey Keyboard application is the most dependable and powerful third party keyboards on Google PlayStore. It has great customization options. Its rise to fame came with its superior predictive engine algorithms. They have further improved on the app and made it the best third party keyboard solution available. The app is free with in-app purchases for themes. Some other features are;
- Gesture typing with SwiftKey Flow
- Multilingual support
- Cross-device sync option
- Dedicated row for numbers
All this combines to create the best third party keyboard app on Google PlayStore.
1- Solid Explorer
If you have a Smartphone, the need for a file explorer app is inevitable. So, it makes sense to have an excellent file browser app. It is simply one of the most superior file explorer applications. You can get many incredible features like;
- Archive Support
- Material Design
- Cloud Service Support
- Support For FTP, SFPT, WebDav and SMB/CIFS
It has a great UI and it is very stable. The application costs $2.99 but you can get a 14 day trial too.
There you have it. Aforementioned are crème de la crème. Download these today and unleash the true potential of your Smartphone!