Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of Android apps in the Play Store these days. There’s basically an android app for every task you might need to use on your phone. However, it can be a daunting task to find the best apps suitable for performing particular tasks you may need. So, I searched the Play Store to bring you 10 android apps you should be using in 2019.
Most free android apps come with a lot of ads. I get that that’s how they fund their operations but nonetheless, they’re annoying. So in choosing this bunch, I made sure they were both free and ad-free.
It can get a little difficult at times to remember the passwords to all your accounts. Some people use the same passwords for all accounts but if you’re not one of those, then you should try LastPass. It is an android app that stores your account details and passwords, so you don’t forget. You create the account using a master password which lets you into the vault where you’ve stored the password to your many accounts.
Even for the most tech-deficient people, LastPass has an easy interface with a unique auto-fill system and easy access to your password vault.
2. Nova Launcher
I wasn’t going to include any launcher here but Nova launcher is just that good I couldn’t resist. It is regarded by most as one of the best android launchers on PlayStore. Nova launcher No wonder it has over 50 million downloads. It has little or no negative feedback and it is highly customisable. The reason for this is simple: Nova’s mix of customization, convenience, and cunning is unparalleled. Nova lets your phone look more Pixel-ly than a Pixel and more TouchWiz-Zy than a galaxy and does it all with ease and grace.
Ever listened to a song you like but can’t find the title? Or listen to an old song that brought back some memories but you couldn’t remember neither the title nor the artist. Shazam solves that for you.
The app is able to listen to music for a few seconds and pull up the song from its data base. You can then choose to download or stream the song from the app. The good thing is the app works offline, so you could just record a few seconds of the song, and when you’re back online, the app shows the song you had recorded. You can also enable auto Shazam if you’re feeling lazy, so the app records every song that plays and you can choose when to listen to them.
4. SwiftKey Keyboard
Unlike your default system keyboard, Swiftkey Keyboard has a lot of customization. It has hundreds of free themes available to you. I have been using SwiftKey keyboard for about 5 years now and I have never thought to use another. You probably should connect it to your Gmail account to get the full benefits. Swiftkey can record your keystrokes, predict your next word, correct typos based on your typing history and even show you how fast you type.
5. Money View
If you need help with money management or just flat out suck at managing your finances, download this right away. This was the best app for money management I tried out. It automatically detects your SMS and classifies your spending as well as the balances of different accounts. You can also set billing reminders and manually add cash spending.
Don’t worry, if you don’t want anyone to see your account balance if they open the app, there’s an option to only show it when the proximity sensor is covered. You can easily classify your spending across categories. It also, has a feature called Green Account which will help you save money for future use. For Indian users, the app can show you the location of the nearest ATM.
I have been using Feedly for a while now, and I can’t recommend it enough. It is one of my most used apps. What really helps make Feedly more than just an RSS feed aggregator is its organization system and site finding tools.
Feedly will help you manage all the blogs and website that you read at a single place. You can create a Collection for a given topic – video games, local news, real estate news, etc – and input all the sites you currently read into the list. Feedly also recommends other related sites based on their content.
The free version of Feedly comes with pretty much all the features you might want as a basic user and there is no limit to how many feeds you can follow. Feedly is an important tool in keeping up-to-date with your industry if you run a business, blog or basically anything that relies on information.
Quora is a community where you can ask a question on any topic and get answers from individuals. You can find the answer to almost any question on this platform. It is the perfect place for helping others with your experiences and in doing so, learn even more.
You can grow your contacts with people worldwide and learn how they think and their perspective on different things. You can also find trending question-answers, and you will be able to learn a lot from these apps. Instead of googling your questions and getting standardized answers, Quora gives you something more personalized and different opinions.
8. Unified Remote
Like the name suggests, Unified Remote is designed to turn your phone into a universal remote. It allows you control over one hundred programs using your smartphones. You can use your device as a mouse, mirror your computer screen on your device and also attach your computer’s turn off, wake up and lock functions using the app.
You can also control iTunes, Spotify, Netflix and a couple other applications and websites. The app is also compatible with Windows, Mac and iOS, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino Yun. The Keene IR and GlobalCache IR blaster enables you control your TV and other devices. The Telldus controls lights and light switches; and the USB-UIRT blaster controls TVs and other electronic equipment. The app is also easy to use.
Tasker is one of the many automation android apps out there, but it distinguishes itself in many ways. It is a really nifty and useful app, but you need to be technically savvy to get the most out of it. However, it has a friendly online community which can help you do this. Figuring it out can take some time and effort but once you do, it redefines what a smart phone is for you.
You can tell Tasker you want it to do A, B, and C when X or Y happens. It is similar to IFTTT but can perform more complex actions. Tasker can be programmed to text your loved one you are running late if you happen to drive at 10mph for 10 minutes. It can also detect your phone’s orientation so that it turns on silent mode when your phone is face down.
Tasker can do so much, but it can be limited sometimes because some features require root access.
10. Trusted Contacts
If you want to know whether your loved ones are safe, Google’s very own Trusted Contacts is for you. This is definitely among one of the most useful android apps from Google (such as Find My Device) . Simply add a bunch of contacts you trust, and the get special access to see where your phone is and when you’re active.
At any time, they can send a location request. If you’re fine, you can turn down the request and they’ll know you are safe. If within 5 minutes you haven’t responded, the app will automatically send a signal of your location whether you’re out of battery and without signal.