Friday, March 17, 2017

95 Best Android Apps for 2017

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These are the best Android apps you can download for your phone or tablet. Whether its brand new or you’re just looking for something different. With nearly 2.8 million apps on the Google Play Store, finding the best ones can be a challenge.

Below we’ve round up our favorite Android apps of all kinds. These will help with productivity, let you have fun, play games and lose weight. Or just be entertained for hours on end.

While some of these apps may cost a few dollars or have in-app purchases, most of them are completely free. That said, usually paid apps deliver a better experience, and are worth the small price. Whether this is your first Android, or you’ve had them for years, these are the best Android apps you should install. We have a little of something for everyone.

Best Android Apps

Android is built to support many different devices of all shapes, sizes and manufacturers. The apps are too. Which means our list will work whether you have the latest Galaxy S7 with Android 7.0 Nougat, or an old tablet with Android 4.4 Kit. Most are completely backwards compatible. That said, select games and other intensive apps may require a more modern device.

Also, apps are optimized for small screen Android devices, to the biggest of 10-inch tablets. Although most are designed with smartphones in mind. The tablet app selection isn’t the biggest, but most apps still work just fine on tablets of any size. In the end, any and all of these apps will deliver a great experience, are fun games, or will keep you entertained for hours.

We have a huge list below of the best Android apps broken down by category. Then, continue reading for additional details and links to download many of our favorites. It’s a big list, so lets get started.

Additionally, there are some extremely exciting games coming in 2017. Keep your eye on that list as they’re released. Many of those will be added to our best apps list once available, and look to be some of the best we’ve ever seen.

My Daily Android Apps

Here are the Android apps that I use the most, or somewhat frequently. I keep many of these on my home screens or in the dock, and have folders full of my favorites. Like a folder full of video streaming apps, social, and games. I’ll start with what I consider my essential apps, then breakout into more categories below.

Google Play Music – With Google Play Music storing up to 20,000 of my own songs, and an All Access subscription of endless music, this is always on my first home screen.

Reddit is Fun – This is one of the best Android apps for Reddit users due to all the features and the clean design. I use it over the official Reddit app, or can also recommend Reddit Flow.

Downloads – I’m always downloading files, images, GIFs, memes and more, so keeping the downloads folder in eyes view is important to me.

Netflix – There isn’t much to say here. Watch thousands of movies, TV series, documentaries and more with Netflix.

Clash Royale – With millions of players worldwide on both Android and iOS, Clash Royale is one of the most popular (and addicting) games available. I used to be a die-hard Clash of Clans player, but Royale has taken over its spot.

Instagram – It’s popular for many reasons, but I love the ease of use and all the filters to bring my photos to life with Instagram.

Samsung Pay – If you haven’t tried it I’d strongly recommend using Samsung Pay if you have a Galaxy smartphone. Easy mobile payments at almost 95% of stores throughout the US. It’s far better than Apple Pay, or Android Pay and is backwards compatible with old terminals too. It works everywhere.

Google MapsIf you need directions, navigation instructions, or are looking for a nearby place nothing beats Google Maps.

Bank of AmericaEveryone has a different app for their bank, but I keep my banking app front and center so I can check funds, transfer payments and more with ease. Venmo is a good app too, for easily sending and receiving money from friends and family.

Textra SMSThe amount of 3rd party text messaging apps for Android is getting out of hand. However, Textra is one of the best I’ve found, uses material design, has plenty of customization, and is the cleanest, sleekest, and fastest app I’ve used to date.

Device Manager – If you ever lose your phone, whether that be at home in the couch or while you’re out and about, you’ll want to have Device Manager installed. It’s like Find my iPhone. You can lock it, make it ring, or wipe all data to prevent info getting in the wrong hands from theft.

SoundHound – Music discovery and lyrics is easier than ever before thanks to SoundHound. I have a one-click widget to instantly find more info about a song that I use all the time. And my daughter loves the live lyrics.

Slack – If you work on a team or in a small office forget the hassles of email for internal communication and switch to Slack. You’ll love it.

MyFitnessPal – MyFitnessPal is one of the best weight loss apps around with hundreds of thousands of happy users. Get in shape for the summer months by using it.

LastPass – Use a super difficult to guess and long password, and let LastPass remember the rest for anything and everything you do. Only one password for everything. It even has fingerprint sign-in. Read our LastPass review.

WatchESPN – We mention this again below, but it’s bar far one of the best Android apps and something I use all year long. WatchESPN always has a spot on my home screen.

Falcon Pro – Falcon Pro is easily my favorite Twitter client for Android, but it can’t be used by most thanks to a dumb token limit set by Twitter. Try the new Falcon Pro 3, or Robird which are both excellent. Many enjoy Talon, too.

Best Entertainment Apps

Everyone is different when it comes to what they use for entertainment, and many just stick to YouTube. However, these are some of the best apps to keep you entertained.

Sling TV – Just $20 a month for live TV streamed right over the internet, including sports and NFL Network. Add bundles to get more channels (only the good ones) and ditch cable. I use this daily.

Hulu Plus – This is my go to app for watching TV shows on Android. Although it offers a wide range of shows I mostly watch the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on it.

HBO Go – When I want to watch Game of Thrones or old Entourage episodes on the go I use the HBO Go app. It’s also great for access to comedy specials that are easy to watch in small blocks while on the go. Stream it to the bigscreen with Google Chromecast.

Netflix – Netflix, it has almost everything. Need I say more? How about that House of Cards?

WatchESPN – When I need to catch an NCAA Football game or enjoy some sports, news, highlights and more, I sign into WatchESPN through Cox and enjoy everything it has to offer.

ESPN Radio – When I can’t watch I’ll use the ESPN Radio app to listen to games and other programs. Perfect for listening to sports while driving or hitting the gym.

Showtime Anytime – The Showtime app isn’t the best, but works great on smartphones or tablets, and even the Amazon Fire TV or Stick.

iFunny – If you want the latest funny photos, trending jokes, memes, GIF’s and more iFunny is like Reddit and full of humor. Same goes for The Chive app.

NFL Mobile – I no longer have Verizon so NFL Mobile is somewhat limited, but it’s the #1 way to watch NFL Football on Android. By far.

DirecTV – I can watch live TV on Android using my DirecTV subscription. I don’t get all of my channels, but there are enough great options. It works good on tablets too, or use the Cox Contour app.

Xbox One SmartGlass – With this app I can connect to my Xbox to change the game I am playing, enter in text and see and respond to messages without leaving a game.

Yahoo Fantasy  – You can use this app to track almost any thing you need to stay on top of your fantasy sports team. Bleacher Report is also an awesome app for up to the second news on Sports.

Amazon Prime Video – Last but not least, Amazon Prime members can use this to watch free streaming video on Android devices including movies and TV shows without an additional subscription.

Best Android Games

Our lists above went over some of the best games for Android by category. However, if I had to choose a few of them for one big list, these would be them. At least for me.

Clash of ClansWith millions of players worldwide on both Android and iOS, Clash of Clans is one of the most popular (and addicting) games available on mobile, and I play it way more than I should. So much my girlfriend rolls her eyes each time she hears the launch intro song.

RipTide GP2 – This water racing game shows excellent graphics, keeps me entertained for hours, and shows just how good gaming can be on Android.

Asphalt 8 – Asphalt 8: Airborne is the eighth release in a series of the best racing games for Android, period.

Flockers – Flockers is like old school Lemmings, but for the 21st century. It’s fun, addicting, and very challenging.

NFL Kicker – For some reason NFL Kicker is always one of my favorite games while on a flight, or needing a casual game to enjoy. I play it for hours, and pass it off to friends to try (and fail) to beat my high score.

Trivia Crack – If you want to battle your friends in some good old fashion Trivia, this award winning game is one of my all time favorites. It keeps getting better and better, and integration with iOS and Facebook friends makes it a must. Like Words With Friends, you can play it for hours, or weeks, or months. Same goes for SongPop.

Subway Surfers – Those looking for a casual and fun game similar to Temple Run, try Subway Surfers. It’s free.

Alto’s Adventure – Jump and ski your way to the bottom of a never-ending mountain as you collect llamas, run from village elders and collect power ups. – Control growing circle that expands as it absorbs smaller circles until you are the biggest blob on the board. Simple, but addicting. This game won tons of awards.

Fallout Shelter – Manage resources and grow your shelter in this Fallout game that is a perfect fit for Android phones. Fun and frustrating at the same time as you balance inhabitants and resources.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition – It really needs no introduction. Minecraft Pocket edition brings the world of building and exploration to mobile devices. There are some mods too, and it works great on any and all Android devices.

Pokemon GO – Yes, it has to be on this list. For a while there in 2016 Pokemon GO literally took over the world, parks, business and more. It’s still fun and gets lots of updates. Catch Em All!

Or, download some emulators and enjoy old school classics on Android. Many of them work great with a bluetooth game controller.

Best Shopping Apps

I do most my shopping online these days, and you’ll probably want at least a few of the apps below to get all your shopping done with ease.

Amazon –  Amazon has one of the biggest and best selections around, not to mention 2-day free shipping with Amazon Prime can’t be beat. It’s my go to app. I wonder how much money I’ve spent at Amazon. That should be listed somewhere.

eBay – I don’t use eBay as much as I did five years ago, but it still has plenty of stuff you otherwise can’t find elsewhere. I still browse occasionally, and use PayPal for my purchases. But seller fees keep me from selling anything.

CPro for Craigslist – Craigslist is one of my favorite sites for shopping, but use caution and watch out for scams. I always meet buyers or sellers at a gas station or retail store. Better safe than sorry.

Best Buy  – The Best Buy app show current specials, gaming information and rewards for My Best Buy.

PayPal – I use the PayPal app to check on balances for purchases I make online, and to check incoming payments for various projects. This is also a place to see receipts for PayPal debit card purchases. A similar app for sending money is called Venmo, and many love it.

Meh Notifier – is one of my favorite sites. Like back in the day, has one sale a day that’s usually pretty good. And don’t forget about Two for Tuesdays. I’ve bought over 20 things from this darn site in the last 8 months. The app is decent, but I’d just go to the site as it has an excellent mobile layout.

Gas Buddy – Find the cheapest gas near you and get an alert when gas prices are set to go up so that you can fill up before the price changes.

Starbucks – With the mobile ordering option skip lines and get that overpriced coffee even faster. They do have some good drinks, and a nice points system for free drinks.

OpenTable – This is the fastest way to get a reservation at a restaurant. Forget calling and checking multiple times over the phone and checking with your group. See what is open and then book it without making a call.

Flixster – This could be in entertainment, but I use it to browse and buy my movie tickets. Flixster has an awesome design, movie previews, reviews and rating, and lets you buy tickets right in the app. Including Fandango ones.

Best Social Apps

These days social apps and social networks run the internet, and you’ll want to have some of the best apps available to keep in touch with friends, family, or all those funny GIF’s or memes floating around.

Twitter – The stock Twitter app is fine for most, but I prefer Falcon Pro, or Talon is a good choice too.

Facebook – We can’t forget about Facebook to keep in touch with friends or family, or to see every ridiculous post that one friend makes on an hourly basis.

Facebook Messenger – Facebook’s Messenger app keeps getting better and better. From messages, calling, emoji’s, voice messages and more. Keep in touch with this SMS replacement app. It also is taking on Snapchat and Instagram lately, so give it another try.

Instagram – Again, Instagram has one of the best list of features to fine tune photos, add filters, and create “art” from photos, or at least that’s what I’m told. Also try Prisma, it isn’t a social site, but has beautiful filters better than the IG.

Snapchat – If you’ve never used it, Snapchat allow for fast and easy communication with friends. Add a caption and hit send, and the image deletes itself for security reasons. Use it as you see fit.

Untappd – This is a social network for beer lovers that can help you find new beers to try and enjoy. I’ve recently started brewing my own.

TapaTalk – If you’re on a forum for a passion, interest, hobby, or like talking about your truck with other truck enthusiast, Tapatalk is one of the best forum apps.

Signal – Apple users have iMessage, and those on Android who want to send messages privately and secure, should use this app. It’s one of the best around. Or you could attempt to get friends on Google Allo.

Android Apps You’ll Love

We’ve already gone over some of the most important and best apps, but here are a few more you’ll find useful and end up loving.

Dropbox – Although Google Drive is useful, Dropbox is the could storage service I use most. This is how I move files, photos, ringtones and screenshots between devices. And I have a huge collection of GIF’s and funny photos making fun of the Bears or Patriots.

ES File Explorer – File explorers are extremely useful to manage and find important things or documents. I recently started using Astro, but there are plenty of good options.

Yelp – Everyone knows about Yelp, but there are millions that don’t take advantage of this tool to find stores, places to eat, and more in your neighborhood or city.

Groupon – Everyone likes saving money, finding good deals, or doing fun things you never knew were available in your town. I’ve gone bowling, horseback riding, done Archery and more all at huge discounts thanks to Groupon. One day I’ll use a coupon for a week getaway vacation to Italy.

Google Opinion Rewards – Speaking of money, want to earn up to $100 a year just by answering a quick survey every few days. It usually takes about 5-10 seconds, and you’re all done. Enable location, answer questions and get paid. I’ve earned over $150 with Google Opinion Rewards. You can too. I spend it on Clash Royale, movies and music.

Best Android Travel Apps

StubHub – Finding tickets for an upcoming Packers game or the next Nick Swardson comedy special is easy and safe with StubHub. It’s the most trusted place to get tickets and no get scammed.

Flightaware – Always know where a flight is. This is the best way to track the flights that your loved ones or business associates are on.

TripIt – The best all in one travel organizer that tracks your hotel, flight, car rental and other activities simply by connecting your email to the app or forwarding a reservation. Or the best way to book all of that is Trivago.

Grub Hub – An essential tool for ordering delivery from restaurants without making a phone call. Available in 800 cities and includes 30,000 restaurants.

Hotel Tonight – Find last-minute reservations at great hotels for a bargain. You can book up to seven days out, then save money to enjoy your vacation.

TripAdvisor – Find, book, read reviews and more for anything that has to do with a trip. I use TripAdviser anytime I go out of town, and rely on it for activities and helpful information.

Waze While I normally rely on Google Maps, Waze helps deal with traffic. Google recently bought them, but I still use it occasionally. That or Google Now. I also use Waze or Speed Trap to tell me where the cops are.

Glympse – This tool can help you tell people when you will get to a location. Just share a Glympse with them and they can see your current location and estimated time of arrival.

Best Business Apps for Android

Keeping up with business related things on our Android smartphones or tablets is now easier than ever. We’re in an “apps world” and there’s an app that will make everything easier. Check these out.

UPS – With UPS My Choice and this app I can see when packages will come and even change delivery options if I need to.

Fedex – With this app and registration with FedEx I can see all FedEx packages coming to my house from Ground and Express in one place. Even when I don’t have a tracking number.

ParcelTrack – If you get a lot of packages or delivers from multiple shipping companies, you’ll absolutely love ParcelTrack. It tells me where everything is, when it’s coming, delays and more.

Tiny Scanner – Use this quickly scan in a document without a scanner. The results are amazing and you would swear that it came from a full size scanner in an office.

Speedtest – Whenever you need to check your business WiFi or 4G LTE signal, or just make sure you have good internet before uploading a file, use this. It checks the speed and performance of the internet you’re using.

Facebook Pages – I use this app to manage several Facebook pages. There is no real alternative, but it is still one of my must have apps.

WordPress – If you work in WordPress this app can be a lifesaver when mobile. For whatever reason it lags at times and can drain the battery, but it’s great when you need it.

Expensify – An easy to use expensing app that captures receipts and cash transactions easily. You don’t need to enter in dollar amounts, it scans the images for you. Then submit a expense report to your boss or any email address in minutes.

Quickbooks – When you need to look over or find important information on your books, this account manage is the tool for you.

Parkmobile – No change, no problem. Use ParkMobile to find and pay for parking at some of the most popular areas in the United States.

Sheets – Working while on the go, doing spreadsheets or dealing with important information? Sheets is my go-to web app for business.

Google Docs – Just like sheets, those dealing with a lot of documents absolutely need to take advantage of Google Docs. I use this a few times a month for work, and you’ll love it.

Dropbox – Still the most accessible and easy to use cloud storage client I’ve found. This is an easy way to get to my files and to upload files for access from anywhere.

Random or Unique Android Apps

In closing, we wanted to highlight a few more random or unique apps that many should use. Some are apps that a lot of people don’t know about, or just didn’t fit anywhere else in our list.

Snapdragon Battery Guru – This free app analyzes your smartphone to deliver better battery life. It only works on devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, which most high-end phones are.

iMDb – Movie trailers, news, information and more. I love this app because I’m a movie buff.

Android Wear – For those using Android Wear smartwatches

HD Widgets – HD Widgets gives you those pretty clock and weather widgets, and tons of quick toggles like tethering, bluetooth, and more for easy access.

Zedge – Zedge has the biggest collection of wallpapers, backgrounds, ringtones, text alerts and more. I have the Mario Bros Coin sound for my SMS thanks to Zedge.

RunPee – If you’re in a movie and don’t want to miss an important scene or some action, use Runpee to know when it’s safe in a movie to take a quick break. You’re welcome.

Push Bullet – Have you ever wanted to send and receive your text messages on a computer or PC. Push Bullet does that and much more. Transfer files, manage images or send messages through your phone on a PC.

Smart Tools – Have you ever needed a ruler, compass, flashlight or even a bubble level while doing things? If so, Smart Tools is for you. I use it to hang photos on the wall, measure things in a pinch and more.

As more and more apps are released that enable our smartphones to do incredible things, this list will be updated. We hope these great apps help you do more on your Android.

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