The Google Play Store has such a vast array of Android apps to offer that it can be overwhelming at times. With the variety of categories, including Photo & Video, Productivity, Social Networking, News, and more, it may be 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.
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.
Tumblr rolled out a new update to its Android application, which features a GIF search engine. With Tumblr’s GIF search engine, it will be easier for users to locate GIFs from the site and add them to posts. Users can search for anything they want, including emotions, comments, and characters. Tumblr also notifies users when someone used their image in a post.
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.
That’s it for now, but we’ll bring you a new list of cool apps every month.