The Google Play Store has such a vast array of Android apps on offer, that it can be overwhelming at times. There are so many different categories, including Photo & Video, Productivity, Social Networking, News, and more. It makes it challenging to figure out which apps you should download. Don’t worry, because we’re here to help. Here’s our list of the top 10 best Android apps you should download for the month of July. Everything on the list is free.
Disney and Lucasfilm launched an official Star Wars app for iOS and Android devices that lets users take selfies in iconic costumes, share animated gifs with friends, and catch up on the latest Star Wars news. The app also includes Star Wars themed weather and five-day forecasts, along with original art, and fans can discover fun facts with This Day In Star Wars History.
Tindog, for iOS and Android, is the first social app that aims to connect dog lovers with other dog owners nearby that share the same interests. Tindog users can create a profile for their dog, search to find new friends (furry or human) and share photos to connect with other dog lovers in the vicinity. Similar to Tinder, users can browse through recommended profiles and swipe left for “No” and right for “Yes.” If both users swipe right, then it’s a match, and they can organize a place to meet up. Tindog is a great way to make sure your dog will never have to walk in the park alone again.
Sometimes it’s hard to coordinate meet-ups with a large group of friends — even with group messaging. Microsoft’s trying to solve the problem in a new way with an app for iOS and Android called Tossup. The app has a built-in Yelp integration to make it easier to figure out what to do when you all get together. Tossup also allows users to vote on topics such as which pair of shoes to buy or which team will win the upcoming game.
Truemessenger is an SMS replacement app developed by Truecaller. Truemessenger shows you who sent that random SMS, and it automatically sends spam messages to a separate folder so that you can keep your SMS inbox clean and organized. You can block unwanted messages and share intel about spammers with the community, which helps everyone avoid them.
Hooks is a new app for Android that promises to “send you alerts for everything you care for.” Users can create custom alerts for Sports, Music, Video, Weather, and more. Users can even get notified of new concerts, festivals, and albums from their favorite band. The app also features more than 100 channels, and new channels are added every week.
ChimpChange makes it easy to transfer money to friends and family members while on the go. As long as users have their ChimpChange MasterCard, they can access their money anytime, spend money anywhere, and get cash back at supermarkets.
DoubleTwist has released an app called CloudPlayer, which streams albums and tracks you’ve uploaded to Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. Browse your library by artist, album, song, genre, composer or playlist. The app also supports audio formats including MP3, AAC, and OGG, as well as FLAC and ALAC files.
Microsoft just released an Android version of its Halo Channel app, which includes original programming like The Sprint, The Bulletin, and Red vs Blue. The Halo Channel app was first launched on Xbox One and Windows 8 PCs last year and has been providing entertainment for Halo fans from around the world.
HBO Now is a standalone streaming service that gives users the ability to stream hit shows like Game of Thrones, Girls, Sex and the City, and Silicon Valley. On the Google Play Store, HBO is allowing new customers to try out the service for free for the first thirty days. Users will have the ability to cancel or continue their subscription at $14.99/month.
After WiFiMapper for iOS received more than 155,000 downloads in the first two months of its launch, the app is now available on Android. While the Android version is mostly the same as its iOS counterpart, it offers a few additional features. In addition to finding WiFi hotspots, users can view the Wi-Fi hotspots they’ve linked to, and see how much time they spent on those networks.
Next page: Our top 10 best Android apps for June, 2015
Our top 10 best Android apps for June, 2015
The Google Play Store has such a vast array of Android apps on offer, that it can be overwhelming at times. There are so many different categories, including Photo & Video, Productivity, Social Networking, News, and more. It makes it challenging to figure out which apps you should download. Don’t worry, because we’re here to help. Here’s our list of the top 10 best Android apps you should download for the month of June. Everything on the
list is free.
Google officially announced its new photo-sharing service, Google Photos, at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco. With Google Photos, users can backup unlimited photos and videos to Google’s cloud for free. The app lets users sort their photos by day, or even scroll through the months or years. The new app can create montage movies, interactive stories, collages, animations, and more. Google Photos will back up photos and videos automatically from your device, so you don’t have to worry about deleting photos to make space.
Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video app, launched on Android two months after it launched on iOS. Periscope lets users broadcast in real time to their followers. When a broadcast is live, your followers can comment and share “hearts,” if they enjoyed your livestream. When a broadcast is over, you can make it so viewers can watch the video up to 24 hours later.
MixRadio, the radio music service that Microsoft sold to the messaging app, Line, was only on Windows Phone, but it is now available for iOS and Android. The music service features a 35 million track catalog and comes with 10,000 pre-made playlists. Tracks from artists such as Lana Del Rey, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga are available for free in 31 countries, including the U.S., Brazil, India, and China.
Google’s Inbox email service is now open to everyone without an invitation. Inbox brings a new “trip bundle” feature, which groups emails based on your travel plans. If you have several emails with flight, hotel, and rental car reservations, the app will automatically group the messages together. There’s also an Undo Send feature, so you can take back an email after sending it — just in case you spotted a mistake.
Instagram’s photo collage app Layout is now available on Android after launching on iOS back in March. Layout for Android allows users to combine multiple pictures from their camera roll and bring them together to create a collage. The app also lets users edit photos in the app, and duplicate photos if needed. Then, you can share your creations on Instagram.
Facebook released a new Android app, Facebook Lite, which “works well across all network conditions.” Facebook Lite for Android includes experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, and notifications. Facebook Lite is less than 1MB, so everything loads quickly. Facebook Lite is available in countries across Asia, and will soon be available in parts of Latin America, Africa, and Europe.
Founded by David Karp in 2007, Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website owned by Yahoo! Inc. Tumblr allows users to post multimedia and other content in a short-form blog. Tumblr also gives users the ability to follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their Tumblr blogs private. Most of the website’s features can be accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where users can post content to their Tumblr. Tumblr recently launched a GIF Search engine, but it’s currently only available on the web, but will be available for Android and iOS soon.
Swarm’s Android app just received an update, which now allows users to message friends of friends. So if you wanted to reach out to an acquaintance that likes to party, you can do that via Swarm, without asking your mutual friend for their contact information. Luckily, users can choose to deny messages from creepers.
Foursquare users will soon be able to order a ride from Uber directly in the local discovery app. Foursquare is working with Button, a deep-linking startup, to integrate the services. When users tap to see more details on a restaurant, the Uber hailing button will appear. For users without the Uber app installed, they will receive a discount on their first ride (promo code “FOURSQUARE”).
The popular replacement keyboard app, Swiftkey, rolled out a new update this week, which includes a new default theme called Carbon, which replaces Nickel as the default theme for Android users. Swiftkey also supports 22 Indian languages. The new additions include Bodo, Dogri, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Manipuri, Sanskrit, Santali, and Sindhi.
Next page: Our top 10 best Android apps for May, 2015
Our top 10 best Android apps for May, 2015
The Google Play Store has such a vast array of Android apps on offer, that it can be overwhelming at times. There are so many different categories, including Photo & Video, Productivity, Social Networking, News, and more. It makes it challenging to figure out which apps you should download. Don’t worry, because we’re here to help. Here’s our list of the top 10 best Android apps you should download for the month of May. Everything on the list is free.
Meerkat is a live video streaming app available on iOS and Android. The app quickly gained popularity after it debuted at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Recently, Twitter cut off Meerkat’s access to the social graph, but Meerkat released an update for its iOS app, which allows users to push live streams directly to Facebook. The latest update features address book integration, so users can connect with people they already know.
Any.do is a beautifully designed to-do list app available for Android and iOS. With Any.Do, users can make phone calls, send text messages, and schedule meetings directly from the Any.do app. The latest Any.do update offers a refreshed design and plenty of new features. Users can now sift through their different lists, and filter them by Date view, List view and Priority view. Users can also zoom in and out of their lists in a grid view.
Whether you’re attending this year’s Google I/O developer conference in-person, or watching from afar, you’ll want to download the official Google I/O 2015 app, as it’s been updated in preparation for the show’s opening at the end of May. Why do you need it? If you’re not lucky enough to be at I/O, it’s the perfect spot to watch the opening keynote (where we usually find out about any new products), and check out all the subsequent live streaming sessions. The My Schedule feature lets you keep track of all that’s going on. You can add events, and then get reminders before they start.
With Facebook’s Hello app, users can see who’s calling, block unwanted calls, and search for people and businesses. When users get a call, Hello will show them info about who’s calling, even if they don’t have the number saved in their contacts. Users will only see information people have shared with them on Facebook, though.
Snapchat recently updated its iOS and Android app that allows users to share photos, videos, and articles directly from Discover. Snapchat Discover allows media companies to publish content, but after 24 hours the content disappears. Snapchat has partnered with CNN, the Daily Mail, Comedy Central, People, Yahoo!, and more. The latest update also added the ability to zoom while recording videos within Snapchat.
Back in 2012, Google acquired Nik Software, the company behind Snapseed, the popular photo editing app for iOS. Soon after acquiring Nik Software, Google launched Snapseed for Android. The Snapseed photo-editing app lets you edit existing and captured images. You can adjust the brightness, contrast, and saturation by using swiping gestures. You can also add vintage, drama, or grunge effects to transform your photos and give them a new look. Snapseed 2.0 features new tools including lens blur, tonal contrast, intelligent perspective transform, and spot healing. A new “stacks” feature lets you copy edits over from one image to another.
Instagram’s photo collage app Layout is now available on Android, after launching on iOS back in March. Layout for Android allows users to combine multiple pictures from their camera roll and bring them together to create a collage. The app also lets users edit photos in the app, and duplicate photos if needed.
The Funny or Die app serves up a fresh helping of new comedy videos every single day. It also shows you what’s trending right now, allows you to search for specific clips, and includes an archive of the most popular Funny or Die videos. You’ll even find some exclusive content on there. Unfortunately, the new Funny or Die News Flash app is only on iOS right now, but we’re hoping it’ll make an appearance on Android soon.
With Spotify, users can listen to artists and albums, create their own playlist, or choose to listen to preset playlists that suit their mood. This week, Spotify unveiled an all new design for its mobile apps. The new Spotify will learn from what users are doing and where they’re going, so it can offer more relevant suggestions. The app will also suggest podcasts, individual songs, playlists and videos throughout the day. The new features have started to roll out on iOS, but there’s no confirmed date for the Android app update, yet.
Twitch is a video platform and community where gamers can interact and watch the games they love. Twitch recently announced that its Android application now supports video on demand content, a feature many fans have requested for the service. Users can also access highlights and broadcasts from all Twitch partners. The new video on demand content can be found on a channel’s Activity Feed.