Top 10 Must-Have Android Apps for 2017
In case you’re scared about where to begin with your new Android gadget, or you’re a long-term Google fan hoping to round out your gathering of basic apparatuses, this is the rundown for you. I’ve spent numerous hours refining that unmanageable mass of applications to think of the 100 Best Android applications, however for some that is still too much, so I’ve whittled the rundown down to the basics.
1 1Weather: Widget Forecast Radar
1Weather meets all your weather needs in a simple, beautiful package.
Track and view weather forecasts and current conditions for “My Location” to get real-time updates wherever you go, or add any location you choose.
Whether you want to check the temperature, precipitation forecast, Doppler radar, or simply keep up with the current phases of the sun and moon, 1Weather has you covered. Plus, it’s outstanding design, makes getting your weather info both easy and fun. Why wait? Make 1Weather your weather today.
2 Google Drive
Google Drive is a safe place for all your files and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Once there, you can easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders.
With Drive, you can:
– Safely store your files and access them from anywhere.
– Search for files by name and content.
– Easily share files and folders with others.
– Quickly view your content.
– Set access levels for who can view, comment, or edit.
– Quickly access recent files.
– See file details and activity.
– Enable viewing of files offline.
– Use your device camera to scan in paper documents.
– Access pictures and videos from Google Photos.
3 Maps – Navigation & Transit
Going somewhere? Go with Maps, the official app you can rely on for real-time GPS navigation, traffic, transit, and details about millions of places, such as reviews and popular times.
Get there faster with real-time updates
Beat traffic with real-time navigation, ETAs and traffic conditions
Catch your bus, train, or ride-share with real-time transit info
Save time with automatic re-routing based on live traffic, road closures and traffic incidents
Navigation with lane guidance so you don’t miss a turn or exit
Find pit stops along your route like gas stations and coffee spots
Discover places and explore like a local
Find top-rated restaurants and local businesses, wherever you are
Decide on the best places to go with reviews, ratings, and pictures of foods and interiors
Plan your visit and see menus, make reservations, and find when places are typically busiest
Help others discover the best places by sharing reviews, photos and more
Save places you want to or often visit, and quickly find them later from any computer or device
Experience the Google Maps difference
Offline maps to search, get directions and use navigation without an internet connection
Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, shops, museums and more
Indoor maps to quickly find your way inside big places like airports, malls and stadiums
Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
Transit schedules and maps for over 15,000 cities
Detailed business information on over 100 million places
4 Google Now and Google Assistant
The Google app keeps you in the know about the things you care about. Find quick answers, explore your interests, and get a feed of stories and updates on topics that matter to you. The more you use the Google app, the better it gets.
Search and browse:
– Nearby stores and restaurants
– Live sports scores and schedules
– Movies times, casts, and reviews
– Videos and images
– News, stock information, and more
– Anything you’d find on the web
Get personalized updates in your feed*:
– Stay in the know about topics that interest you
– Start your morning with weather and top news
– Get updates on sports, movies, and events
– Know as soon as your favorite artists drop new albums
– Get stories about your interests and hobbies
– Follow interesting topics, right from Search results
– Google will automatically optimize results to improve loading on bad connections
– If Google cannot complete a Search, you’ll get a notification with the search results once you regain connection
5 Google Play Music
Google Play Music provides free, ad-supported radio for what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, or what you want to hear. Instantly start radio stations based on songs, artists, or albums, or browse by genre, mood, activity, decade, and more. Bring your own music collection with you by uploading 50,000 of your own songs; then listen to them across Android, iOS, and the web, for free.
Subscribe to get on-demand access to millions of songs and download anything to listen even when you’re not connected – or sign up for the family plan on Android to provide access for up to six family members for one low price. Plus, subscriptions come with membership to YouTube Red, so you can enjoy YouTube ad-free, in the background, and offline.
*Radio curated by experts for anything you want to hear
*Store up to 50,000 songs from your personal music collection
*Discover and subscribe to podcasts
*Smart recommendations based on your taste
*Listen on Android, iOS, and the web
6 LastPass Password Manager
LastPass is a password manager and password generator that locks your passwords and personal information in a secure vault. LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you, and generates new, secure passwords instantly.
One password is all you need with LastPass – your LastPass master password handles the rest. Store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo & audio notes, and more.
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7 Nova Launcher
The highly customizable, performance driven, home screen
Accept no substitutes! Nova Launcher is the top launcher for modern Android, embracing full Material Design throughout.
Nova Launcher replaces your home screen with one you control and can customize. Change icons, layouts, animations and more.
For my money, Nova Launcher is the best of the AOSP-style launchers available in Android. —Android Police
Nova Launcher has some very capable hands behind it —Phandroid
Our favorite is Nova Launcher, which strikes a great perfect balance between incredible performance and high customizability without getting too gimmicky and difficult to use —Lifehacker
Chock full of features you won’t find in the stock launcher, and comes highly recommended —Android Central
8 Pocket Casts
We love podcasts, so we made a podcast player that is full featured, beautiful and easy to use. We’re no strangers to awards having been chosen as a Google Play Top Developer, a Google Play Editors Choice and winning a Google Material Design Award. Mostly though, we love you, our customers, which is why we always keep our app relevant and up to date based on your feedback.
Here’s what a few publications have had to say about it:
Android Central: “Pocket Casts is the best podcast app for Android”
The Verge: “The best podcast app for Android”
Still not convinced? Allow us to walk you through some of our features:
BEST IN SHOW
Material design: Your podcasts have never looked so beautiful, colors change to complement podcast artwork
Themes: Choose between dark and light display themes
Universal: Custom but familiar tablet interface
Up next: Build a playback queue from your favorite shows
Trim silence: Cut silences from episodes so you finish them faster, saving hours
Variable speed: Change the play speed from anywhere between 0.5 to 3x
Volume boost: Increase the volume of voices, while decreasing background noise
Stream: Play episodes on the fly
Audio & video: Play all of your favorite episodes, toggle video to audio
Skip playback: Skip episode intros, jump through episodes with custom skip intervals
Android Auto: browse your podcasts and filters to find an interesting episode, then control playback. All without ever touching your phone
Android Wear: Control playback from your wrist
Sleep timer: We’ll pause your episode so you can rest your weary head
Chromecast: Cast episodes straight to your TV with a single tap
Sync: Subscriptions, playback and filters are all securely stored in the cloud, ready to sync to the web app or iOS
Refresh: Let our servers check for new episodes, so you can get on with your day
Notifications: We’ll let you know when new episodes arrive, if you like
Auto download: Automatically download episodes for offline playback
Filters: Custom filters will organize your episodes
Storage: All the tools you need to keep your podcasts tamed
ALL YOUR FAVORITES
Discover: Subscribe to any podcast in iTunes and more. Browse by charts, networks and categories
Share: Spread the word with podcast and episode sharing
OPML: Jump on board without any hassle with OPML import. Export your collection at any time
There are many more powerful, straight-forward features that make Pocket Casts the perfect podcasting app for you. So what are you waiting for?
9 Solid Explorer File Manager
This is Solid Explorer File and Cloud Manager
Please note that this is a 14 day trial version
If you own the Solid Explorer Unlocker you can use the premium version for free!
Now you can protect your files and folders with a password. If your device has a fingerprint sensor you can use it to open encrypted files without a need to provide the password. The same applies for cloud storages, which can now be accessed with the fingerprint as well.
10 SwiftKey Keyboard
NEW: All themes are now completely free!
Upgrade your phone’s keyboard to SwiftKey Keyboard for free – and get more done without fussing over typos. Join over 250 million people worldwide who use SwiftKey Keyboard for hassle-free typing.
SwiftKey Keyboard uses Artificial Intelligence to automatically learn your writing style, including the emoji you love to use (if you use emoji), the words that matter to you and how you like to type. That means autocorrect and predictive text that actually works because it adapts to you.
SwiftKey Keyboard caters for all typing tastes – all colors, designs and themes. Support for 150+ languages. Tapping or swipe-to-type. Tons of emoji (smileys, emoticons). No emoji. Or emoji keyboard predictions learned from how you’ve used emoji before.
– Kills your typos
– Type faster with A.I.-powered predictions
– Simply swipe-to-type with SwiftKey Flow
– Autocorrect that actually works
– Always learning your slang, nicknames and phrases
– 80+ colors, designs and themes
– Emoji keyboard – learns and predicts your favorite emoticons
– Bilingual autocorrect across 150+ languages
– Teach the autocorrect your quirks from your online accounts