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24 Best Android Apps 2019

With more than 3.5 million apps in the Google Play Store, not only is mobile app development moving in an upward trajectory but also making everyone so confused on which app to download and which performs the best.

So instead of you trying different permutations and combinations, we are here with some of the best Android apps that you should try and use in 2018. So without any further delay, let’s check these apps.

1. Google Assistant (Android)

Google Assistant is an excellent personal assistant created by our very favorite, Google. This app lets users navigate, communicate, and do a lot of things.

Users can utilize this app on all Android and iOS devices. Right from asking basic questions to enquiring nearest restaurants, play games, to making plans, Google Assistant will help you get done a lot of things with more than super helpful 30 voice commands.

Whether it is Android Nougat, Marshmallow, or any other  operating system, Google Assistant runs seamlessly on all Android smart phones and smart watches.

Features:

  • This is an AI personal assistant
  • From asking questions to enquiries, users can get a lot of things done
  • Seems to be super helpful with over 30 voice commands
  • Be it on Android Nougat, Marshmallow, or any other operating system, it runs seamlessly on all devices

Download : Android

2. Evernote (Android)

A cross-platform utility application, Evernote is one of a kind that helps users take notes in various formats and that includes text, pictures, audios, videos, and a lot more. For a better work organization, Evernote is one effective tool that will assist you in your busy schedule life.

Also, for a better work flow, this app syncs with all your devices easily so that it misses none of your activities. Evernote has a home-screen widget for a fast access.

Features:

  • Support web clipping
  • Store notes, files and images
  • Content is available and can be viewed on any device
  • Get the whole web page including images, texts & links
  • Enables taking photos, saving documents & record audio
  • Share notes with anyone anytime

Download : Android

3. ES File Explorer (Android)

Tired of trying to manage your apps every day? You can now relax with ES File Explorer. This one of the best Android file manager applications with outstanding features and functionalities.

The application comes with a feature called “Space Analyzer” that will assist in you freeing up space on your smart phone. It even makes it easier for you to share media files with other ES File Explorer users.

Features:

  • Access your PC/computer from Android over the WiFi
  • Browse files(Android) from the PC
  • Easily uninstall multiple apps
  • Hide media from the gallery

Download : Android

4. Xender (Android)

No more carrying USB data cable around. Xender seamlessly lets you exchange files with system. Users, without any hassle, can receive or transmit files faster than our phone’s Bluetooth. And all thanks to being cross-platform.

Features:

  • Share any kinds of files from friends or family with much ease
  • Cross-platform transferring
  • No need for USB
  • Xender PC also helps in transfer of files between devices in higher speed
  • Has a simple user interface
  • Available for free to use

Download : Android

5. MX Player (Android)

This Android application supports most of the primary videos and audio file formats. The application comes with super feature-rich and functionalities including editing of subtitle timeframes, control gestures for volume, and much more. MX Player is available for all Android users. Of course, you will have to pay to use those “Extra features.”

Features:

  • Excellent features and high video quality
  • Can be downloaded on iOS & Android phones
  • Also has a MX Player PC version
  • User-friendly UI, easy-to-use interface
  • Run almost all sorts of media formats

Download : Android

6. Feedly (Android)

This is one of the best apps for Android smartphone users who love to organize all the information and news in one single place. Right from blogs and YouTube channels to online magazines, users can save nearly 40 million feeds with this single app. This application is extremely useful for people who like to stay updated with market and industry trends.

Features:

  • World’s most popular RSS & blog reader
  • Can add websites and even save pages for later
  • Helps out in reading at night and reduces battery consumption
  • Automatically creates a product feed of all variants/store products

Download : Android

7. LastPass (Android)

Too secure about your the content in your apps? Don’t worry. LastPass is an excellent password manager to keep your apps safe from everyone.

This feature-rich app can auto-fill your login credentials in browsers and messaging apps and can create secure passwords right away. In addition, users can also sync their usernames and passwords and related information across all devices.

Features:

  • Has two-factor authentication
  • Consist of auto form filler
  • Enable Fingerprint Login
  • Has a Secure Digital Wallet App
  • Provides Random Password Generator
  • Consist of unlimited Shared Folders

Download : Android

8. Shazam (Android)

Do you love music? Shazam is a known and most preferred music application which can immediately find music which is playing in your surroundings.

All users need to do is hold your smartphone very close to wherever the song is played and after a couple of seconds, this application will tell you its whereabouts.

 

In addition to that, users can play favorite songs and add them to Spotify playlists. If you are a music lover then this one is a must-have.

Features:

  • Provide preview songs with Apple Music
  • Can add songs to Apple Music and Spotify playlists
  • View music lyrics and YouTube videos
  • Its visual recognition helps users get information on magazines or books
  • Users can stay up-to-date on albums, videos etc from the artists you like
  • You can even buy tickets for concerts via this app

Download : Android

9. Tiny Scanner (Android)

This app scans your documents by covering every little detail of it and then saves them in the form of PDF. Based on documents type, you can name and perfectly organize your scanned files and share them via mails. Users can easily store them in Google Drive, DropBox, etc.

Features:

  • Scan documents and serves to be a handy tool
  • Can turn your mobile into a portable scanner
  • Can scan in color, grayscale, or black & white
  • Use in school, office, home and or anywhere
  • The document page edges are detected automatically by the app
  • Optimized to run very fast with quick document search feature

Download : Android

10. Swiftkey (Android)

SwiftKey is a keyboard application and is utilized by more than 250 million users across the globe. The app utilizes artificial intelligence which lets it learn and can effectively forecast what the user wants to type.

With excellent features like auto-correct and gesture typing enables for quicker input. Of course, leaving password fields and other sensitive information related to debit and credit card numbers.

Features:

  • Has stunning word predictions
  • Stores personal language model so that users can easily switch between devices’
  • Consist of built-in clipboard
  • Has a well designed gesture support
  • Depending on your finger type, you can adjust the keyboard to bigger or smaller size

Download : Android

11. Google Duo (Android)

Google Duo is one of the best video calling applications for Android smartphone users. With an eye-catching and user-friendly user interface, Google Duo is quite simple to log in and utilize. All you need to do is verify your contact number and then you are ready to make video calls.

Features:

  • Beat voice calls with high-quality videos
  • Available on both Android & iOS
  • Offers to one-to-one video messaging just like Apple’s Facetime
  • Has a unique feature called Knock Knock– which lets you know who’s there at the call
  • Calls stream at 720p high-definition video quality, compressed for low-bandwidth phones using a mix of open-source and proprietary standards,

Download : Android

12. ExpressVPN (Android)

You don’t have to be scared or bothered about using public Wi-Fi anymore. ExpressVPN will keep your phone safe and secure while logging in using public Wi-Fi.

This app is the virtual private network and is extremely fast, having an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) secured network with complete encryption and receive unlimited bandwidth.

Features:

  • Easy-to-use, high-speed and secure VPN for all platforms
  • Works on Android, iOS, iLinx, Mac & routers
  • Unlimited bandwidth & server switches
  • 3 simultaneous connections

Download : Android

13. Weather Underground (Android)

Wherever you are or whatever the weather is, with the help of Weather Underground, users can always know what’s coming. It is an application that very well tracks hyper-local weather and temperatures wherever you live.

Utilizing more than 180, 000 private weather stations, Weather underground prepares its own weather analysis.

Features:

  • Instant notifications & status updates
  • Get current local weather updates regarding the temperature, humidity, wind speed etc.
  • Has favourite locations and recent searches
  • Customizable widgets & has light or dark mode

Download : Android

14. Snapseed (Android)

This is Google’s own image editing application. From unique filter tools to optimization, this app does more than enough to correct your photo. Snapseed is the right app for all your photo editing needs.

Features:

  • Consists of 29 tools or filters
  • Users can save their personal looks and later add them to their new photos
  • Consist of different styles that is tweaked with fine and precise control options
  • Can adjust colour and exposure automatically

Download : Android

15. Hulu (Android)

Love watching TV shows and movies? Then Hulu is the app for you. It is an amazing app to watch movies and TV shows. Except for the part that the app relies on ads, it is a super cool app to have.

Users can watch premium shows and movie by paying a subscription fee and also there is a good range of collection without paying a buck. So choose yourselves.

Features:

  • Users can create up to 6 personalized profiles including shows, movies, networks
  • Has a feature called my stuff- where you can add shows, networks etc
  • Features premium original series, hit shows & movies

Download : Android

16. Action Launcher 3 (Android)

Personalize your Android smartphone with Action Launcher 3. With adding new icons, layouts, home screen, etc.users can change the look and feel of their Android phones.

With clear and intuitive interface, it is the best personalization apps for Android users.

Features:

  • Quicktheme allows users to customize home screen based on the colors from the wallpaper you like
  • Shutters is a shortcut to reveal accessible widget for the app
  • Quickbar customizes the Google search bar
  • Icons are automatically resized based on material design

Download : Android

17. RunKeeper (Android)

Want to keep fit? RunKeeper, with unique and creative features, is one of a kind health and fitness apps for fitness freaks. Users can effortlessly plot their run on a map through GPS tracking and keep a track of their distance covered and calories burned. Other cool features include setting personal goals, integrating indoor tasks, and a lot more.

Features:

  • Export training plans to icalendar
  • Goal coach keeps sending you notifications
  • Can track different activity types
  • On both web and mobile your can tag your friends

Download : Android

18. Simple Habit (Android)

Simple Habit has won a Google Play Award Standout as the best well-being mobile app in 2018 and Google Play’s Best App in 2017.

Simple Habit is a meditation app for people who don’t have time at all to exercise or meditate. This meditation app helps people to reduce their stress, improve focus, and sleep better.

Users can explore almost 50 free sessions and more than 1000 of premium library meditations on scenarios such as calming oneself down before a meeting, insomnia, etc. This app will assist you to relax faster and enhance your focus to have a good night sleep. Based on energy and stress levels, users can customize their sessions length from 1 to 30 minutes.

Features:

  • Provides better sleep and more focus, improved memory and less stress
  • Consists of audio meditations for specific scenario
  • Has offline mode which allows the user to download any meditation exercise to phone
  • Simple Habit’s meditations are generally organized into “sessions”

 

Download : Android

19. Khan Academy (Android)

This is the best education app for students that has over 10, 000 videos of explanations of Mathematics, Science, Economics, and many other subjects.

With more than 40, 000 interactive practice questions which are included with instant feedback and step-by-step instructions, students can gain a lot of knowledge and easily can crack any competitive exam.

On top of that, students can find whatever specific topic they want by the redesigned navigation and search. They can also bookmark their favorite video/content to “Your List” so that they can access it from anywhere anytime even without internet connection.

Not just students, but also teachers, home tutors, etc. whoever wants to get back to in the field can use this effective app to learn quickly.

Features:

  • Totally free learning mobile app
  • Consists of video lessons
  • Has a straightforward UX
  • Get interesting facts about all kinds of knowledge departments

Download : Android

20. Be My Eyes (Android)

This impeccable app works by letting people who can lend their eyes to people who cannot see via a live connection. For example, blind people often find difficult with their everyday chores such as checking the expiry date of a specific food, making sure they wore matching clothes, etc.

Be My Eyes does wonders for people who especially find it extremely complex doing normal tasks. Be My Eyes is an interesting concept and is a perfect example of how technology can be developed to help people to matter how far they are.

Features:

  • App helps a blind person to see in real-time via a live chat function
  • Gives a live camera view
  • The blind people get assistance from volunteers if requested

Download : Android

21. Duolingo (Android)

Anyone looking to learn a new language should definitely look into this app. This app can be used by all age categories and includes free courses for French Spanish, English, Italian Portuguese and many more.

Features:

  • It’s free to use, fun to learn and very effective
  • Synchronize learning with entertainment
  • Have social aspects like maintain friends list, tracks other user activities etc.
  • Interactive lessons, posses instant grading and gamification features
  • Expand support to multiple languages and devices

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Download : Android

22. BBC Earth Life in VR (Android)

Life in VR provides a whole new way to experience to see the natural world. Whether you want to see the furriest animal on the planet or dive into the deepest ocean, you can do a lot of cool things that you wouldn’t even give it a try in real life.

Features:

  • Users can learn behaviour of different creatures and explore the planets and the ocean’s ecosystem
  • Users can guide themselves according to their own interests
  • Real-time behavioural system
  • Dynamic and specialised music system
  • Use GPU instancing technique

Download : Android

23. Flipkart (Android)

With over $20 million worth and 80 crore products, Flipkart is one of the biggest online shopping platforms in India that delivers products at users’ doorsteps.

Right from electronic gadgets like laptops and smartphones and kitchen appliances to men’s and women’s clothing and jewelry, you get almost everything on Flipkart.

Users can check products’ ratings and reviews given by other users along with the seller ratings before purchasing. Also, users can track their orders by installing the app so that they will know the exact day of delivery of the product.

Features:

  • Easy product search with filtering options for color, price, brand, size etc.
  • Check ratings and reviews given for each product
  • Easy payment gateway
  • Track your orders
  • Add favourite products to wishlists

Download : Android

24. Canva (Android)

This app makes design extremely easy. Whether it is a FaceBook post, wedding invitation, or an email header maker, everything will and can be done in Canva.

This is an all-in-one graphic design application which lets you generate attractively and attention-grabbing graphics on-the-move.

With over thousands of free templates that are designed by professional experienced designers, users can get started instantly. Users can explore popular designs or search for a particular style through search bar and can customize it by adding their own images, colors, font, etc.

Features:

  • Crop photos with great composition and masterful composition
  • Create narration to any photo by adding text
  • Give photos voice effect with the speech bubbles feature
  • Make photos fade with the transparency tool
  • Add an artistic effect with photo vignette, blur slider looks or other design grids

Download : Android

Closing Thoughts:

Whether it is an alarm that perfectly and seamlessly can sync with your body clock, forecasting exactly what would be the weather like after 4 days, or an organized to-do list that users can speak to, there is an app for every single activity.

All you need to do is just search for the right one. The right apps will make your smart phone smarter. Did we miss any app? Then do let us know by commenting in the section below.

‘ Tez’, Google’s UPI-based Payment Service App Launched in India

Google finally joins the digital payment system in India by the introduction of its customized UPI-based payment service app ‘Tez‘, a simple and secure way to pay for things online and offline.

As the word Tez means ‘speed’ in Hindi, the app aims at faster and secure means of payment. This is a standalone payment app that is now available on both iOS and Android. It is powered by UPI, which is a payment protocol built by the government-backed organization NCPI.

Tez app enables functions like- make payments using cash-mode, uses phone’s contact lists for easy and quick transacts, help small businesses to get payments directly to their savings or individual accounts, its protected by Tez Shield and works with 55 banks for UPI for 24/7.

' Tez', Google's UPI-based Payment Service App Launched in India

In the coming months, more ways to pay(wallets or credit cards) will be introduced and also other phone manufacturers like Micromax, Lava, Nokia, Panasonic etc. will take up this app for making it even easier to get started.

' Tez', Google's UPI-based Payment Service App Launched in India

 

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Google will introduce machine learning to catch bad apps

Android apps are of millions in number. Due to its vastness and open nature, security has always been a pain in the neck for Google. For the same, they have been criticized by many.

However, It seems that Google has decided to put an end to all the acquisition with a brilliant idea.

They will soon introduce machine learning and AI to trace out Malwares and exploiters in Google Play Store for good.

The technique Google is about to introduce has been named as ‘Peer Group Analysis‘. With this, Google will be able to scan and catch suspicious apps inside the Play Store.

Apps in the play store are usually categorized by metrics like purpose, description, metadata, statistics, etc. so that they form a peer.

From now on if a new security submission comes to Google for approval. It will be compared with its peer (Apps which has fulfilled laws of Google security) to find out if there is any unnecessary requests or permissions mentioned in it.

For instance, if an app is made for location tracking there is no need for it to access a users phone gallery. These kind of permissions are a serious threat to the security of billions of Android users out there.

In an official press release, head of Google security Martin Pelikan said that. The entire security team is focusing on apps which are a serious threat to the users and is positive about the outcome of the new implementation.

He even cited an example by saying that a flash light app does not need to access address book of a phone.

The news has been welcomed by Android users all over the world as people are unanimous about the need for advanced security. Particularly at this juncture of time.

In 2015 around 0.15% of total Android users across the world were affected by harmful apps. In 2016 it reduced to 0.05%, However, considering the 2 billion Android users the numbers are not small at all.

With the introduction of this new technique, Google is hoping to put an end to security threats to a greater extent.

How Costly Is It To Develop an Android App?

Technology is ruling the world like never before. In this era, you will see various brands boasting about their apps in every direction. Many others are busy marketing about their upcoming app. Customers are glued to mobiles devices all the time, exploring new apps each day. If you are going in the same direction and thinking of developing an Android app for your business or startup, you need to know all about app development costs and investment.

Here is a guide which will give you enough information related to the cost of an app development.

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1. A lot goes into the business model

The right business model helps a lot in fetching revenue. Thus, this is the main step which takes up a comparable amount of your budget. Your expense highly depends on the way you want to launch your app and the way you want your customers to connect with it. You might have to shell out some more bucks if you are in for some full-blown e-commerce experience.

2. Android – the costlier platform to develop apps

It is rightly said that, developing an iOS app costs much less than Android. Reason being, iOS apps are quicker to develop as well as does not require more of build cost. While on the other hand, if you have chosen Android app, then be ready to have more amount in hand.

Android also has a wider penetration in the market and targets a huge number of users, which makes the development costlier. Again this depends on the area where you are launching your app.

3. Let’s go into the app type and functionality details

With all the background set, it is now time to actually spend time and money on actual development and building of the app. The type of app and the functionalities you want to include will be the deciding factor for your budget.

There is no end to how dynamic an app can be. For instance, there are dynamic apps which are connected to a website to retrieve information. Other than this, there are game apps which demand more time and investment. They are the most expensive ones due to tonnes of functionalities they have.

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4. Investing in design is also important for an impact on customers

Although functionality is the major focus most of the time, you need to give importance to design as well. The design is indeed the first impression. Thus, catchy icon, vibrant colors and other such factors makes an app a success. If you really want a compelling design, you should be prepared to invest some serious cash on a design team which will come up with the best design depending on your product.

Investing in design is not necessary all the time. If your focus is only a bunch of audience, then investing in design won’t fetch you much profit. But if you are aiming at a wider audience and market, then you need to compete well and make sure there is no compromise on design.

5. Is it a freelancer or an agency who will develop your app?

This aspect is to be decided when you are preparing the business model. For each type of developer, there are several benefits. If your budget is low, a freelancer will easily fit into your budget. But a freelancer might or might not be skilled well. Chances are he might take more than required time. So there’s always a risk here.

While on the other hand, big agencies come with a heap of experience. They always stay upto the reputation of their brand, hence their work is always good. Major issue again is the high cost which might go beyond your budget.

Thus, there is no such fixed cost for any type of app you intend to develop on Android platform. But the above factors are the major ones which contribute to the budget of you app.