App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month!
Adobe recently released not one, but two new Android apps and they are Adobe Capture CC and Illustrator Draw. Capture CC is a design app that lets you create things like brushes, stamps, shapes, and other similar things for later use. It’s a fairly simple app to use and comes with Adobe Creative Cloud support. Illustrator Draw is a drawing app that lets you use vectors, layers, zoom, and various other tools to create works of art. Both apps have a few bugs that are being worked out, but they’re both entirely free to download and use.
[Price: Free, $9.99/month]
Apple Music was released to a very mild reception on Android. A lot of people laid on the Apple hate which is starting to be the norm for Apple apps that get released on Android, but the service itself isn’t half bad. It boasts 30 million songs, curated playlists, and various radio stations for $9.99/month. The app itself could use some work, though, as it does contain some bugs, lag, and other minor issues. It’s worth a shot and we hope Apple fixes those issues sooner or later.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Custom Quick Settings is an application for users of Android Marshmallow. As it turns out, there’s an experimental feature that lets you edit and create your own tiles in Quick Settings and this application allows you to engage with that feature. You can do stuff like launch apps and shortcuts and there is even cursory Tasker support. It’s an app for power users and it’s free to download and try out to see if you like it.
Drivemode is an application that is meant to be used in the car. It works by giving you swipe gestures and large, colorized buttons to help you keep your eyes on the road and off of your smartphone. It seems to work pretty well and can be useful for those who use their phones in the car. With it, you can listen to music, answer texts, answer phone calls, and plenty of other tasks. The unique UI and usability make it a pretty decent app to pick up and it’s totally free with no in-app purchases.
Parchi is a free and lightweight note taking app that came out of Microsoft’s Garage Project. As you’d expect, you can take a variety of notes with it including regular notes and lists. You can also add extra stuff if needed. The unique feature of this app is the use of hashtags to help label notes. Using the hashtags, you can easily search and find the notes you’re looking for or a series of notes if you reuse hashtags. It’s totally free with no in-app purchases.
[Price: Free, $3.99]
Pintasking is a unique application that allows you to keep open applications in a floating button. That means they’re always there, sitting on the side of the screen waiting for you to open them up and engage with them again. This is a great application for power users and you can try it before you buy it, although the application limits you to two floating icons for the purposes of demoing the app. The full version costs $3.99.
Pool is an app from MediaFire, which you may know as the cloud storage and file sharing service you’ve probably downloaded stuff from before. Pool is kind of a hybrid mix of Google Photos and Instagram in that it allows you to upload and store photos but you can also share them directly with people. It’s quicker and easier than sending individual photos over texts and, unlike Instagram, you only share it with people you want to share with.
Signal Private Messenger is a newer messaging service that gained a lot of steam very quickly after Edward Snowden publicly endorsed the app. It boasts immense amounts of security and helps keep your messages encrypted and private only for your eyes. It’s accompanied by a very basic, but functional Material Design interface and it’s entirely open source for those who like to see what the app code looks like. It’s quite good and worth a shot.
Wonderwall is an application that helps you find backgrounds and wallpapers. It features tons of landscape and nature photography from talented photographers all over the world. You can find the pictures you like and then make them your background. There is also a function that auto-sets the background for you each day with a new image. It’s young, but has a lot of potential and you can even upload your own shots if you want.
[Price: Free, $9.99/month]
Google released YouTube Music as an off-shoot to the original YouTube application. This one carries a number of music-centric features, including featured playlists and you’ll only find music videos when searching for content. The free version of the app is fairly competent but if you pick up a YouTube Red subscription, you’ll also get offline videos, the ability to play music without loading the video, and, of course, ad-free videos.