What are the best Android apps?

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    #1Citymapper

    Citymapper

    Citymapper is a transit app for complex cities. It does A to B trip planning with an estimated time of arrival for subway, bus, rail, ferry, bike/car sharing and Uber. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Emily Stewart
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "I use public transportation to get to my job, and I have multiple bus changes. Citymapper is extremely helpful for planning my route. It’s correct on the connection bus arrival times about 9 out of 10 times, but it is still really helpful for me on my daily commute. It has a few bugs that are bothersome. It crashes pretty often and takes me back to the home screen, which means I have to reenter all of that information over again. The back button doesn’t work the same as other Android apps. Also, it doesn’t always show am/pm for the times; I wish they defaulted to show this information. These problems are just a hassle and an inconvenience, but that certainly doesn’t negate the great things it does do. "
  2. 46

    #2Nova Launcher

    Nova Launcher

    Nova Launcher is a third party launcher for Android devices. The customizable app has a highly customizable, performance driven, home screen replacement with the ability to change icons, layouts, animations, and more.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Emma West
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Seems like it gets good reviews, but I don't really see a need for a new launcher since I'm pretty happy with my current one and I don't need that much customization. But, given how popular it is but I'm open to trying it on for size. "
  3. 44

    #3Poweramp

    Poweramp

    Poweramp is a powerful music player available on the Android OS. It has features like gapless play, an unmatched equalization system, great crossfade, and support for most popular music file formats.

    Apps

    Android

    $3.99

    Jason Armstrong
    Written on October 19, 2017
    "Poweramp is a great music player for Android. It has many features and ways for you to customize how you want to play your music."
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    #4Pixlr

    Pixlr

    Pixlr is a free photo editor app wherein you can transform and improve all your pictures. It features simple tools that will help you add effects and filters to photos. The photo editing app is available online and on Android and iOS.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Arthur Guerrero
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "The best part about Pixlr is that it's free and works great on my photos. The worst part is they are always changing it with frequent updates so just as I get used to using it, they change it on me. It's very frustrating. "
  2. 40

    #5Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows you to have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

    Free

    Brandon Vasquez
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "Google Drive is a needed app for anyone. The drive allows you to easily store filed and back up anything in case of disaster. The ability to remotely access all the files is excellent."
  3. 40

    #6Avast Mobile

    Avast Mobile

    Our favorite free malware app. You'll get malware protection and also full scans, privacy advisor, customizable blacklist, and many more features.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Dorothy Hernandez
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "I have Avast installed on my computer and it has been great so far. I have nothing but good things to say about it. I use my laptop daily so I have to make sure that my computer is free of malware and other stuff. I am sure that I would love this mobile app version to protect my phone as well. Phones are just as vulnerable to malware just as computer are. "
  4. 37

    #7Todoist

    Todoist

    Todoist is a free multiplatform to-do list and a task manager application which is ideal for getting things done. It helps you to keep track of everything you must do, from errands to your own projects. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Chrome, Windows

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ralph Gilbert
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "There are voluminous amounts of android apps. Todolist is an online list agent. While its popular it would not be one of the "best" android apps. Its a functional useful app for lists. Many users however find it a most beneficial one to have"
  5. 35

    #8Textra

    Textra

    Textra is a free and fully customizable texting app for Android devices, with bubbles system, dark and light themes, auto-night mode, MMS group messaging and so on.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Roger Reid
    Written on October 13, 2017
    "I downloaded "Textra SMS" and used it for my routine texting needs for a couple of weeks. In spite of its many features I found that I did not have the need to make use of most of them and I did not have the time to learn the interface. In addition I did not like the annoying popups for in-app purchases. Eventually I removed the app since I don’t like my phone to be cluttered."
  6. 31

    #91Weather

    1Weather
    This app displays current weather info in one view, and a detailed description of predictions in the other view. There is a total of 7 widget displays to choose from.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Song Zhou
    Written on November 13, 2017
    "Everyone needs a weather app and 1Weather is one of the best around. It has multiple views and covers every aspect of your local weather. It has current temp. hourly, daily, forecasts, radar, everything thing you need in a weather app and it's great to look at."
  7. 30

    #10Solid Explorer File Manager

    Solid Explorer File Manager

    Solid Explorer is a file explorer and cloud manager, with two independent navigation panels which provides you a new experience in file exploration, being able to manage your Dropbox

    Apps

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ananya Sarin
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "This a simple yet beautiful solution to managing your files on android. With function features that other apps fail on. "
  8. 29

    #11SwiftKey Keyboard

    SwiftKey Keyboard

    SwiftKey is a keyboard app wich intelligently learns from your unique writing style to predict your next word. With an autocorrect system based on your personal writing style. It even learns which emoji to predict next.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Nicolás Alonso
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "Predictive typing from a keyboard App that really knows you sounds both very useful, and just a little bit scary. But with two million highly satisfied customers, I'd say they've hit the mark "bigly." And, as my Daddy used to say, "the price is right" ... free. What's not to love?"
  9. 28

    #12Telegram

    Telegram

    Telegram is a simple, fast and secure messaging app that allows your messages to be synced across all of your devices. Telegram is particularly useful for sending files and media as there is no filesize limit on what you can send.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Kelly Wan
    Written on April 6, 2018
    " There are some pretty cool things with Telegram like being able to send any size files but unfortunately there are too many drawbacks for me to recommend this app. It boasts having all these features, like stickers but then limits you on how many you can have. You could call this one of the best android apps if being nickeled and dimed is what you’re looking for."
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    #13ExpressVPN

    ExpressVPN

    ExpressVPN is an easy-to-use VPN service for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Routers, and Linux. Its user-friendly apps let you secure your connection and unblock websites in one click. Just sign up, install, and connect. 1-year plan includes 3 Free Months.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

    Free- Month

    Doris Powell
    Written on November 7, 2017
    "Check out EcpressVPN if you need a VPN service for any platform. The apps are easy to use and they will keep your system free of blocked sites. It only takes minutes to sign up and get started. "
  11. 24

    #14Pocket Casts

    Pocket Casts

    Pocket Casts is an automated podcast app with lots of features, like sleep timer and auto download. With Pocket Casts you can manage, search, download and listen to over 300.000 podcasts. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    $3.99

    Dylan Lane
    Written on November 11, 2017
    "I am a huge Podcast fan,but let me tell you I have a hard time finding good podcasts to listen to. I have rectified the problem by getting Pocket Casts an app that lets me manage, search, download and listen to over 300.000 podcasts."
  12. 19

    #15YouTube

    YouTube

    YouTube is an online video sharing and streaming website that enables content creators to share their work across the platform's large user base and network. It's also available as an app for Android and iOS mobile devices. 

    Websites

    Free

    Francisco Paredes
    Written on October 14, 2017
    "Best android apps is a large universe. YouTube is clearly one of the top Apps given its video and other abilities. Others might argue the best app is a calendar, clock, or other app they use. Regardless it is one of the top"
  13. 19

    #16LastPass

    LastPass

    LastPass is a password manager which can securely store your passwords and personal information. It is available as a web browser add-on. It also has premium options along with being free.

    Software

    Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, Chrome

    Free- Varies by plan

    Jacob Berry
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "A password manager type program. That make it simple for having your web browser remember your passwords for you do not need to type them in."
  14. 16

    #17Google Play Music

    Google Play Music
    Google Play Music is a music and podcast streaming service that allows users to find, listen, store, and share music on the web. A paid subscription lets users access millions of songs and download music on their device for offline listening. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- Free trial available

    Gregory Olson
    Written on October 27, 2017
    "This came installed on my phone, so I used it simple because it was there. There was nothing particularity amazon about it, but it does work. I eventually replaced it with a different application that's much more advance."
  15. 11

    #18Weather Underground

    Weather Underground
    Weather Underground provides hyper local forecasts and current conditions, interactive radar, customizable alerts, and much more to ensure you’re always prepared for whatever the weather brings.
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Jennifer Chen
    Written on November 5, 2017
    "Weather underground could be a useful and great android application because everyone is impacted by weather. The application provides numerous forecasts such as at a glance, detailed and hyper-local which can be appealing to everyone. This application is also tasteful and visually appealing. "
  16. 11

    #19Google Maps

    Google Maps

    Google Maps is a user-friendly navigational app that lets you choose and plan your route by public transportation, car, bike, walking, or even taxi. You can also explore areas to find restaurants, supermarkets, and more near you. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Android

    Mariana Ríos
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "Google maps is the best maps. They always have the right information for locations and roads. I have tried a few other mapping apps, but I always go back to Google Maps. "
  17. 9

    #20Waze

    Waze
    Waze is a social and navigational app that enables drivers to build and use live maps, view real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation for an optimal commute and driving. It also features one-tap navigation for inputted events.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    William Powell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I have been using this app for a few years and it has saved me a lot of grief. It is perfect for road trips into areas that you are not familiar with. "
  18. 7

    #21Google Now

    Google Now
    Google Now is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google. Say "Ok Google" to search with your voice, or tell your phone what to do: send a text message, get directions, play a song, and much more.
    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Lawrence Perez
    Written on October 25, 2017
    "You won’t get the great results that are available unless you set up Google Now with all the information it needs. This process involved some trust on my part. I am what I would call a "heavy user" of Google services so I didn't find it bothersome, but others that may have privacy concerns may find this invasive. The data contained in Google Now will be collected automatically as you use your various Google services so the more you use it the better it functions depending on the way you use your phone and your habits. "
  19. 5

    #22Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV

    Google Play Movies & TV is an on-demand video service operated by Google. It allows you to rent or purchase movies and series directly on your device for watching them offline. It has a large library and offers both SD and HD quality.

    Streaming Services

    Pay-per-view

    Roger Williams
    Written on November 12, 2017
    "This is certainly a popular app, but it is only useful for people who have Google Prime and have access to their extended library. As far as calling it the best Android app, the best app should be a help to everyone. How about Candy Crush?"
  20. 4

    #23WhatsApp

    WhatsApp

    WhatsApp Messenger is a mobile and desktop messaging app which uses a phone's Internet connection or Wi-Fi. This free app allows users to send multimedia, make calls for free, arrange group chats, and customize notifications and UI.

    Apps

    Android, iOS, Android, Windows

    Free

    Carol Wheeler
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "If you wanted to look for the best Android app, a good place to search for it is the official Google app store. At the product page for WhatsApp, a description and features of the app are available. Most importantly, the ratings are clear and easy to find which will certainly help you to understand if this is one of the best Android apps out there. "
  21. 3

    #24ZEDGE

    ZEDGE
    ZEDGE is a customization app for Android and iOS devices. You can use this app for making your smartphone more personal by choosing icons, widgets, ringtones, wallpapers, games and more.   
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Aadhya Kadam
    Written on October 24, 2017
    "Zedge is a pretty good way to download wallpapers, ringtones, and various games to your phone. I use it with my phone, and the only complaint I have is that sometimes I can't get the ringtones to work right after I download them. I do like the wallpapers though and have never had an issue with them. I wouldn't say this is the best android app but it's allright."
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    #25Timely

    Timely

    Timely is a time tracking app specially developed for companies and enterprises to get an auto tracking of their workers. Its simple and clean interface allows you to focus on what really matters: the time tracking of your company. 

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Howard Washington
    Written on December 3, 2017
    "No more time clocks! No more spending precious time tracking workers hours. Use Timely for your workers login. Accurate,safe and makes payroll so easy!"
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    #26TubeMate

    TubeMate

    TubeMate is an APK Android app and Windows software that allows you to download videos from YouTube. It also has a variety of filters, advanced search, support for multiple formats, and more.

    Apps

    Windows, Android

    Free

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    #27Dude Theft Auto: Open World Sandbox Simulator

    Dude Theft Auto: Open World Sandbox Simulator

    Dude Theft Auto: Open World Sandbox Simulator is a first person mobile game which follows the tradition of Grand Theft Auto. Still in the beta stage, Dude Theft Auto: Open World Sandbox Simulator is published by Poxel Studios.

    Apps

    Android, Android

    Free

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Summary

Best What are the best Android apps
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1CitymapperApps 49 Free
2Nova LauncherApps 46 Free
3PowerampApps 44 Paid
4PixlrApps 42 Free
5Google DriveApps 40 Free
6Avast MobileApps 40 Free
7Todoist Apps 37 Free
8TextraApps 35 Free
91WeatherApps 31 Free
10Solid Explorer File ManagerApps 30 Free
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