Best Android Apps

best android apps

by Alex Gustman

Updated: July 28, 2021

The Android OS offers owners a wide range of customization options for the device and a choice of mobile applications. At the same time, it is not easy to choose decent and high-quality programs, since it takes time to test and study the functionality. To facilitate the search, we have collected the top best applications for our readers, based on long-term testing and studying of competitors.

Best Browsers for Android

You can download more than 200 browsers for your phone from Google Play. We have tested more than a dozen of the most popular mobile browsers and written a detailed review of The best browsers for android. Below we give a brief description of the best, in our opinion, of all the android browsers we have considered.

Each application has its own advantages and disadvantages, which we have indicated in the description, so that you can quickly find out which browser is more suitable for you.

Brave Browser: AdBlocker

The application is designed to access the Internet. It is regularly updated and contains progressive tools for blocking ads. Also, the browser is not overloaded with unnecessary information, so it is well suited for novice users. In addition, the design resembles the basic browser on all devices – Google Chrome, so it will not be difficult to adapt to the new utility. The Brave browser is equipped with all the necessary functions: incognito mode, adding bookmarks, zooming settings, choosing the preferred search engine. You can also sync bookmarks with the desktop version of the application. There is no support for data compression, which is compensated by high-quality ad blocking.

Brave Browser: AdBlocker

The browser is carefully optimized and consumes on average up to 130 MB of RAM when using 1-2 tabs.

Download Brave Browser from Google Play

Opera with a free VPN

The Opera browser is equipped with the following functions: saving traffic, blocking ads, night mode for convenient evening viewing of information,as well as VPN. At the same time, the VPN performance is at a low level, since it is impossible to get to some resources. If you do not take into account the VPN, you get a multifunctional browser with a minimum of useful settings.

The necessary parameters are located on the toolbar, which allows you to quickly activate the night mode, go to bookmarks or downloads. The function of compressing traffic with statistics, as implemented in Opera Mini, is located in the settings. The display of ads and recommendations is also disabled there, which is impossible to do in Opera Mini. And also setting the color scheme.

Opera with a free VPN

For convenient viewing of pages, the “Read” mode is implemented. In the active state, to reduce the visual load, the light background is darkened, and the text is lightened. The text is also adjusted to the size of the mobile device screen. And for users with a non-permanent Internet connection, pages can be downloaded or converted to a PDF file.

Download Opera with a free VPN from Google Play

Microsoft Edge

The browser does not have a wide range of features and from the first minutes of use it looks more like a beta version than a full-fledged release. At the same time, the program contains several useful functions that are supported by a limited number of browsers. In particular, a mode for reading with darkening the background and adjusting the text to the size of the screen. And in combination with the “read aloud” function, you can listen to the page and let your eyes rest.

Microsoft Edge

The browser also supports the “Continue on computer” function. If you have a desktop version of Microsoft Edge, an open tab opens on your computer, which allows you to quickly switch from one device to another.

Among other features, there is a built – in Microsoft Translator. When visiting a foreign resource, the browser will offer to make a translation.

Download Microsoft Edge from Google Play

Firefox

In the Firefox browser, the developers have focused on user privacy. In particular, it is possible to disable the tracking of advertising trackers. And the availability of a wide number of add-ons allows you to install the most suitable and effective ad blocker. The application is not overloaded with redundant functions and settings, which will appeal to novice users. At the same time, the browser lacks the function of changing the background or night mode for comfortable viewing of information in the evening. Fortunately, the program is equipped with a reading mode, with a choice of background and font size settings. In addition, the program is regularly updated, and developers actively listen to users through feedback.

Firefox

Among the most serious disadvantages, it is worth noting the high consumption of RAM – 440 MB. This will affect the speed of the browser on low-power devices.

Download Firefox from Google Play

The best music players

Music players are necessary for listening to digital music, audiobooks and podcasts. A detailed overview of the most popular and interesting players can be found in the article The best music players for android.

Poweramp

The music player supports a variety of file formats, a customizable equalizer and built-in presets with the ability to add your own sets. Extensive settings allow you to configure optimal control for better navigation. And owners of phones with a built-in or external DAC will receive an additional set of parameters to improve the output sound quality.

Poweramp

The player receives regular updates and improvements. Thanks to careful optimization, RAM consumption rarely exceeds 150 MB. Free packages for changing the design are also available, there are no ads and in-app purchases. At the same time, the Poweramp price is 4.97 USD. If you take into account the player’s capabilities, developer support and frequent discounts of up to 0.5-1 USD, the purchase of Poweramp is fully justified.

Download Poweramp from Google Play

AIMP

AIMP does not have extensive audio output settings, as in Poweramp, which may not fully satisfy owners of smartphones with a DAC and high-quality headphones. At the same time, AIMP has a 10-band equalizer and support for various audio codecs. And most importantly, the player is distributed for free and does not contain ads.

While other players sort all the music they find by categories, genres, folders, etc., thereby creating confusion and confusion, AIMP uses a classic approach based on playlists. Music tracks are pre-added to one or more playlists, which simplifies navigation and does not require pre-sorting of files in the music library. And if necessary, it is easy to add or exclude songs in the playlist.

AIMP

Various little things like bookmarks, sleep timer and control from the headset are supported. The color scheme of the player is also configured. The application is updated on a regular basis and the identified errors are corrected. The player is also quite optimized and consumes an average of up to 100 MB of RAM, so it works stably on low-power devices with 1-2 GB of RAM.

Download AIMP from Google Play

The best file managers

File managers are necessary for viewing internal and external memory, as well as for working with recorded files. An overview of other file managers you will find in a separate article The best file managers for android.

Solid Explorer Classic

Compared to competitors, the file explorer stands out for its wide functionality, appearance customization and ergonomics thanks to two panels that simplify copying and moving information. It is easy to create an FTP or SMB network connection in the program, as well as connect a cloud disk. There is also a memory analyzer, an archiver, shortcuts for quick access, search and several sorting formats. File Explorer works on Android 2.3 and higher. And a loyal pricing approach allows you to disable advertising forever for 1.15 USD. Moreover, disabling ads affects Solid Explorer Classic and the new version of explorer – Solid Explorer 2.0. The purchase of additional modules is present, but at the request of the owner, which does not affect the main functionality of the file explorer in any way.

Solid Explorer Classic

Download Solid Explorer Classic from Google Play

The best programs for traffic control

Traffic monitoring programs will help you find out in detail how much Internet each application spends. And setting up a tariff plan will allow you to control the traffic consumption. For a detailed description of the application features, see the article The best programs for traffic control on android.

GlassWire

The program allows you to view and regulate the network activity of applications. Moreover, mobile and Wi-Fi networks are taken into account, which is convenient when using an access point with limited traffic. You can also configure the tariff plan taking into account free traffic and the update period. If necessary, a warning about overspending is set. The utility is free and does not contain ads. In addition, a modern design is used with the possibility of changing the style. Several variants of the color scheme are offered to try out for free, for the rest of the themes, the developers are asked to make a payment of 1 USD. In conclusion, the application is regularly updated, works stably and does not consume an average of 137 MB of RAM.

GlassWire

For a detailed review of GlassWire and a comparison with competitors, see the article: TOP-6 programs for monitoring Internet traffic on the phone.

Download GlassWire from Google Play

The best alarm clocks

An alarm clock will help you not only wake up to a pleasant customizable melody, but also fall asleep to a pre-configured sound: rain, birdsong or ocean waves. For a detailed description of the features of each application, see the article The best alarm clocks for Android.

Timely

The application will be an excellent replacement for a standard alarm clock thanks to the “smooth wake-up”. The increasing melody gradually brings you out of sleep and does not cause inconvenience due to the loud sound. And flexible settings will allow you to set the time interval of the delayed alarm and the shutdown conditions.

Timely

Among the settings, there is also a color scheme setting. And in addition to the alarm clock, there is a countdown timer and a clock. The program is updated once a year, for that it is downloaded for free and does not contain ads.

Download Timely from Google Play

The best weather apps

The weather app allows you to find out the forecast in advance for several days or weeks ahead. Additionally, view information about air quality or the UV radiation index. And some programs will notify you in advance about the deterioration of weather conditions. For a detailed overview of the features of each application, see the article The best Weather Apps for android.

AccuWeather

The application allows you to view a detailed weather forecast hourly and for 2 weeks. In addition to temperature and precipitation, information about current humidity, UV radiation, % cloud cover and visibility range is available. And the application also informs about the content of pollen of various kinds that cause allergies.

AccuWeather

The program has a radar for viewing temperature maps, previous and future events, tracking storms and potential hazards. The app will warn you about impending threats and significant changes. In particular, take an umbrella or put on a warm jacket. The application is distributed for free and receives regular updates. At the same time, it contains ads that are disabled for 3.91 USD. And as a bonus, the display of an additional 48 hours of the forecast with a daily display and 10 days with a weekly one.

Download AccuWeather from Google Play

Weather Underground

The application allows you to view a brief and detailed summary of weather conditions. In particular, the wind strength and direction, humidity, probability of precipitation, visibility, pressure and the index of ultraviolet radiation. There is also an hourly and 10-day weather forecast. As well as the air quality index.

Weather Underground

Additionally, there is a graph with information about the duration of the day and night, the time of sunrise and sunset. There is also an interactive map of weather conditions and a warning of serious weather changes: heavy rains, hurricanes, ice, etc. The application is not overloaded with unnecessary settings. The inconvenience is caused only by an excess of advertising, which is disabled after a paid subscription is issued.

Download Weather Underground from Google Play

The best cleaners

The internal memory of the mobile device needs periodic cleaning of unnecessary temporary files. The applications from the article The Best cleaners on android will help to clean out the garbage.

SD Maid

The application does an excellent job with cleaning system garbage, cache and other unnecessary files. At the same time, user and system files are not affected, so personal information and the integrity of applications are preserved normally. Scheduled cleaning is also available, which eliminates user intervention.

SD Maid

In comparison with competitors, the program does not contain advertising, and the basic version is equipped with the necessary functionality. And for a one-time payment of 2 USD, statistics, duplicate search and scheduled cleaning will appear in the Pro version. For example, CCleaner in the full version costs 3.1 USD per month. Also, if you have ROOT rights in SD Maid, an additional set of functions opens.

SD Maid is also regularly updated and optimized. RAM usage rarely exceeds 130 MB. While the analogues of Chinese developers require an average of 200-300 MB, and Clean Master requires 430 MB at all.

Download SD Maid from Google Play

Avira Optimizer

The application includes several tools for deleting unnecessary files, cleaning RAM and optimizing power consumption. Some functions, such as setting up an energy consumption plan and disabling the display of ads, work after paying 1.5 USD per year. If the task is only to clear the program cache, then you do not need to purchase a license.

Avira Optimizer

Avira Optimizer also allows you to find and delete large files, as well as clear personal data and usage history in visited applications in one touch. The level of optimization of Avira Optimizer is average, while the resource consumption will allow you to run the program normally on low-power devices with 1.5-2 GB of RAM.

Download Avira Optimizer from Google Play

Best notes

Ideas and plans should not be kept in mind, but immediately transferred to the note applications. Which programs are the most convenient and functional are described in detail in the article The best notes on android.

Google Keep

The program allows you to record thoughts and ideas, mark completed tasks and plan new goals. Moreover, taking notes is available in any way: text typing, drawing with a stylus, sound recording, photo or image. And for reliable storage, synchronization with a Google account is used. There are no ads in Google Keep, there is no sale of add-ons. The program regularly receives updates and moderately consumes RAM-130 MB.

Google Keep

Download Google Keep from Google Play

Evernote

The application will help you save various thoughts and ideas in notes that came to mind spontaneously or after several hours of reflection. All possible methods of making notes are available: text, photo, voice recording, sketch by hand or with a stylus. Evernote also supports adding reminders and attachments, as well as digitizing business cards. And installing the client on a computer allows you to work on multiple devices.

The presence of synchronization eliminates the loss of important data. And setting a password will allow you to protect your notes when working on a shared device.

Evernote

The application will please you with widgets for quickly adding data and extensive settings. At the same time, in the basic version of the program, access to some items is closed. The amount of cloud storage and attachments is also limited. You can unlock access by signing up for a subscription with a payment every month or once a year.

Download Evernote from Google Play

The best navigators

Navigation apps will help you get to the desired destination or navigate an unfamiliar area. 

HERE WeGo

The navigator is not overloaded with unnecessary functions, it is suitable for car and pedestrian navigation. High-quality and detailed maps are downloaded for free inside the app. The navigator is also free and does not contain ads. It is also worth noting the regular release of updates. And the average RAM consumption is 270 MB, which is 10-15% lower than most similar applications.

HERE WeGo

Download HERE WeGo from Google Play

Waze

The app is designed as a social navigator for motorists. The social component allows you to find and add friends to communicate inside the application, as well as quickly exchange information about the condition on the roads. For example, to report the presence of traffic jams or repair work. And the rating table allows you to compete with users by the number of distances covered for a week or all the time.

Waze

The navigator is aimed at owners of personal transport, so it is less suitable for walking navigation or cycling. For that, the application allows you to plan trips and quickly get to your favorite places. In particular, specify stops and set the route along the way of gas stations. And if you connect the application to the calendar, the program will inform you in advance when you should move to a scheduled meeting.

Download Waze from Google Play

The best antivirus programs

Antivirus applications monitor and detect malicious and unwanted applications in a timely manner. For an overview of the capabilities and effectiveness of existing applications on the market, see the article The best antiviruses for Android.

G DATA INTERNET SECURITY

The antivirus provides comprehensive protection of the mobile device, remote search or deletion of data in case of theft/loss of the device, blocks unwanted numbers. As of March of this year, the AV-Test laboratory rated the antivirus with the highest rating. At the same time, to access all the functions, you need to pay a license of 0.89 USD per month of use or 7.25 USD per year. If you use only an antivirus, you do not need to pay anything. The antivirus is also updated on a regular basis and consumes only 110 MB, so it works stably on low-power smartphones and tablets.

G DATA INTERNET SECURITY

Download G DATA INTERNET SECURITY from Google Play

Avira Security

Avira Security antivirus has been awarded the highest rating by the AV-Test laboratory in terms of security and functionality. The utility offers comprehensive protection of the mobile device. In addition to the scanner of malicious files and applications, the owner has access to: remote device search and data deletion, control over applications with access to the camera and microphone, and also management of important permissions granted to programs. In addition, there is a cleaning of unnecessary files and freeing up RAM, camera protection and an Internet security function.

Avira Security

Additionally, the antivirus includes a VPN service and 100 MB of free daily traffic. And the network monitoring function will allow you to analyze the Wi-Fi network and detect all connected devices. It is worth noting that half of the additional features are not available without buying an annual license. If Avira Security is interested only in the malware scanner, VPN, device optimizer and Wi-Fi analyzer, then you do not need a license, since these functions are free.

Download Avira Security from Google Play

Kaspersky Internet Security

Antivirus with comprehensive protection of your mobile device. Additionally, there is a filter for unwanted calls, an anti-theft function-remote search with data deletion. And also the functions of automatic scanning of the device, blocking applications and protecting the Internet. At the same time, the last three services are premium and are available after the purchase of a license.

Kaspersky Internet Security

The application is regularly marked with the highest rating of the AV-Test laboratory. Both in terms of protection, optimization and functionality. At the same time, the application consistently consumes up to 300 MB of RAM. Therefore, it is desirable to operate the application on a device where the RAM is 2 GB or more.

Download Kaspersky Internet Security from Google Play

IKARUS mobile.security

Antivirus offers comprehensive protection with a mobile security bias. In the basic version, only antivirus protection is available, monitoring of installed and updated applications, as well as checking settings for potential risks – USB debugging, data encryption, screen lock, etc. After purchasing a license, three more functions are available: privacy control, theft protection and a web filter.

IKARUS mobile security

It is noteworthy that in the basic version of the antivirus, you can configure automatic scanning by time or while charging your mobile device. And also automatic check for updates. In some antiviruses, the automatic scanning function works only after paying for a license, for example, Kaspersky Internet Security. Also, the application in the basic version tracks the installation or update of programs and automatically checks for malicious code.

At the same time, the antivirus is quite demanding on RAM and consumes up to 380 MB during full testing. In normal mode, 200-220 MB. So on devices with 2 GB of RAM, the application works stably.

As for the license, it is available as a purchase for a year, and on a permanent basis. At the same time, the purchase of a license is rational only when you have access to additional functions.

Download IKARUS mobile.security from Google Play

Trend Micro Mobile Security & Antivirus

The application provides comprehensive antivirus protection, user security and system configuration. The latter allows you to optimize the operation of the device to reduce power consumption and clean up RAM.

Trend Micro Mobile Security

At the same time, most of the built-in functions do not work without buying an annual license with an impressive price tag of 21.25 USD. Among the premium features: Internet protection, Wi-Fi network verification, remote search of a mobile device with data deletion, payment protection, application usage analysis and parental control. A trial period of use is provided to test all the features. Also, the presence of a license brings additional anti-virus protection features, for example, a warning about unwanted applications that can transmit personal information.

Download Trend Micro Mobile Security & Antivirus from Google Play

The best scanners

Scanning applications will help you digitize old photos, documents or receipts. For detailed features of such applications, see the article The best scanners for Android.

Google Photo Scanner

The application will help you to scan photos, receipts, old newspapers and other paper information in a digital form. Therefore, the program will be useful for work and study, and will also help to throw out the accumulated waste paper.

Google Photo Scanner

The principle of operation is to record four sections of the image, after which the frames are glued together and a high-quality image is obtained. The application does not require special skills and does not require a long study of the functionality. The utility is distributed free of charge and does not contain ads.

Download Google Photo Scanner from Google Play

The best photo editors

Photo editors allow you to correct image defects or add preferred effects.

Snapseed

A free application for editing photos and other images. The user can choose from 12 styles with preset settings and automatic effects overlay. For manual photo processing, there are 28 tools that allow you to: sharpen the sharpness, adjust the white balance, set the HDR effect, blur, etc. The application is not overloaded with unnecessary functions, so novice users will easily learn the capabilities of the utility in the first minutes of use. In addition, there are no ads and in-app purchases in the program.

Snapseed

Download Snapseed from Google Play

Adobe Lightroom

The application contains a variety of effects that allow you to edit and improve the image on a mobile device without the participation of a computer. In particular, there are tools for selecting and deleting elements from photos, adjusting and changing the perspective, as well as automatic removal of defects. You can use downloadable styles, including creating your own. And the availability of synchronization allows you to start working on a smartphone, and finish on a tablet.

Adobe Lightroom

However, some functions are not available in the basic version. And to have full access, you will have to sign up for a paid monthly subscription. The application is also demanding of the resources of the mobile device. Therefore, low-power smartphones and tablets are not suitable for comfortable work. PicsArt: Photo and video editor, collage maker The application includes various tools for editing photos and videos. In particular, adding effects, stickers, labels, scenes and backgrounds. Thanks to this, each picture becomes bright and recognizable. It is also easy to remove or hide defects and foreign objects in the photo. In addition to the editor, the application allows you to draw and create collages from photos and other images, as well as to use free photos and pictures with backgrounds.

At the same time, the program uses up to 600 MB of RAM, and when processing photos, more than 800 MB. Therefore, for comfortable use, you will need a smartphone with the appropriate performance. Also, many functions are not available in the basic version without a regular paid subscription.

Download Adobe Lightroom from Google Play

Canva

The Canva graphic editor allows you to create different types of images: collages, logos, business cards, posters, flyers and invitation cards. Facebook Instagram backgrounds, thumbnails for YouTube, Facebook posts, and Instagram stories are also available. A lot of templates will help you prepare the design in a short time, and if you have time and imagination, it is easy to create a unique design. In the editor, you can overlay and edit text, change the background color or image. Most of the templates are provided free of charge, but to access all the functionality, you will have to sign up for a monthly or annual subscription.

Canva

Download Canva from Google Play

Best video players

Video players allow you to watch local and streaming videos. And thanks to the built-in set of codecs, a smartphone or tablet is able to play supported, but previously unavailable video formats.

MX Player

The MX Video Player app is considered the best video player. The program contains the necessary codecs that allow you to play various video formats, which other similar applications often can not cope with. The player allows you to output subtitles, select an audio track, as well as continue viewing from the last stop. And changing the brightness and volume levels, as well as zooming, is performed in one touch during playback.

MX Player

The video player is regularly updated and is available for all mobile platform architectures. The only drawback is the presence of advertising, which is disabled after buying the PRO version of the player for 4 USD.

Download MX Player from Google Play

Kodi

The application is a media center for playing various content on a smartphone, tablet or set-top box. The program conveniently provides access to various types of content: movies, TV series, music, TV programs, etc. From the media center, it is convenient to view image files, launch streaming services and IPTV, as well as view the weather.

Kodi

Extensive settings allow you to set your preferred video and audio playback parameters. The menu shows the load on the processor cores and the use of RAM. There are also downloadable add-ons, network connection settings, etc.

The pleasant feature of the program is free access and without advertising. The Media Center is regularly updated, and there may be failures on some devices. The program is also insufficiently optimized, which is why the load on the mobile device increases noticeably in certain tasks, which is felt by heating the case.

Download Kodi from Google Play

Best Social Apps

Social applications are aimed at communicating between users by any available means: exchanging messages, taking photos or videos.

Snapchat

Snapchat has a lot of templates and filters that will help diversify ordinary photos and create interesting frames. And the built-in tools allow you to add a signature and turn a picture into a postcard. It is also possible to record a video with superimposed effects on one or two people in the frame. And thanks to the constant support of developers, the application is regularly updated with new filters and effects. For communication and communication with friends, Snapchat has a built-in chat. Video communication is supported for up to 16 people in a group. Moreover, it is not forbidden to use effects and filters during a video call.

Snapchat

The Interesting section will help you find new friends. The section contains photos and videos of people from all over the world on various topics. And in order to stay up to date with the events of a particular user, it is enough to subscribe, after which the application will notify you about the release of new material. And if you want and regularly publish photos and videos, it is not difficult to collect your own subscribers.

Download Snapchat from Google Play

Best Apps for Syncing Photos and Videos

Apps for syncing photos and videos will help you save photos and recordings taken on the camera to the cloud. Thanks to this, it is not difficult to restore important files from a backup copy. For a detailed overview of the capabilities of existing services, see the article Best Apps for Syncing Photos and Videos for Android.

Google Photo

The application syncs photos, videos and other images in the device on a remote server. Thanks to this, the user has an additional copy, which is useful in case of accidental deletion or loss of files. And the availability of an automatic mode allows you to automate and simplify the saving of photo/video material.

Google Photo

For uploaded files, sorting and grouping by folders is provided. You can grant access to certain folders to relatives, friends or relatives for joint viewing. The service also has editing tools that will help you crop a photo, crop a document, add a signature or apply a color filter. And the Google Lens service built into the application allows you to analyze the objects in the photo and find information on the Internet, whether it is an object, a plant or a product.

The amount of free storage is 15 GB, and the space is shared for the Google Drive and Gmail service. At the same time, unlimited space is provided for images with a resolution of up to 16 MP and video in 1080p resolution, which is not available in one other similar service.

Download Google Photo from Google Play

Flickr

The service is designed for storing photos and videos. The basic account allows you to store up to 1000 files, and a subscription to one of the three tariff plans provides unlimited disk space. At the same time, it is important to keep in mind that each package is renewed automatically, and the funds written off are not refundable.

Flickr

The uploaded material is grouped by folders and tags for easy search. The service also prohibits uploading other people’s photos, and personal photos are protected by a license. Free licensing allows you to upload photos in the original resolution. It also supports the distribution of the snapshot, via the Share button. And you can also comment on your favorite photos.

Download Flickr from Google Play

Amazon Photos

A free service for storing, as well as syncing photos and videos from a smartphone camera. In addition, the application offers convenient access to search and purchase products on the Amazon marketplace. After registration, the user is provided with 5 GB of cloud storage on a permanent free basis. If desired, by signing up for a Prime subscription, the disk space is expanded to 100 GB or 1 TB. In addition, with a subscription, there are additional privileges for the delivery of goods, which will appeal to shopping lovers.

Amazon Photos

Download Amazon Photos from Google Play

Best Business Apps

Business applications are aimed at finding users or companies with similar interests.

LinkedIn

The application is focused on finding and providing jobs in various fields. In particular, look for vacancies for people, small groups or large companies. Update your profile and update information about yourself. Add new and interesting contacts, as well as contact other users directly in the app. The application allows you to regularly view useful courses and select preferred candidates. At the same time, the listed functions will become available only after registering a paid monthly subscription of almost 25 EUR.

LinkedIn

Download LinkedIn from Google Play

Best Financial Apps

Financial applications help to control personal funds, send and receive transfers from other users, as well as pay for goods and services.

PayPal

The payment system allows you to make secure payments for goods and services, as well as transfer funds to friends and relatives. The transfer system is available worldwide, which simplifies payment when buying in foreign stores. And if the purchase was unsuccessful, the order did not arrive, the content is different or damaged, the service will help you return the money or compensate for losses.

PayPal

Download PayPal from Google Play

Best VPN Services

VPN services allow you to redirect a network connection to access a non-functioning site or service.

TunnelBear VPN

A free VPN service allows you to visit sites that are inaccessible or blocked by the provider. After a simple registration, the traffic limit for a month will be 500 MB. At the same time, developers reward with additional traffic for inviting new users, installing the TunnelBear client on a PC or for a message on Twitter. If this traffic is not enough, two plans are available with payment for a month or for a year. At the same time, free traffic is provided for 5 devices, which allows you to save money if you cooperate with friends.

TunnelBear VPN

The application is not overloaded with unnecessary functions and is not demanding on the resources of the mobile device. To work, just click on the switch and select a country to change the location.

Download TunnelBear VPN from Google Play

Best Launchers

Launchers help to change the visual design and style of the desktop. Use new features or facilitate interaction with a mobile device. For a detailed overview of the capabilities of screen shells, see the article Best Launchers for Android.

Microsoft Launcher

Against the background of competitors, Microsoft Launcher stands out with a pleasant appearance and wide functionality. The parameters in the launcher are enough for each user to configure the shell taking into account personal preferences. Moreover, all functions are unlocked at once without the need for additional monetary investments. The application is also quite optimized, so it works stably on low-power devices. Some self-developed applications, such as notes, calendar or events, are integrated into the shell. Therefore, when working with a document on the phone, it is easy to continue working on the computer. In this case, you will first need to create or add an account. The news block is also built into the shell, which will appeal only to users who actively follow events in the country and the world.

Microsoft Launcher

Download Microsoft Launcher from Google Play

Best Cloud Storage

Cloud storage services allow you to store a backup copy of files, as well as simplify the exchange and work with files when sharing. For a detailed overview and features of popular services, see the article Best Cloud Storage for Android.

Dropbox

The cloud storage service offers only 2 GB of space, which looks sparse against the background of competitors. But after signing up for a monthly subscription, the disk volume will increase to 2 TB, which will allow you to save various personal and work information from all devices connected to the account. And all unplanned actions can be easily noted for 30 days.

Dropbox

Dropbox is integrated into many mobile applications, which allows you to save certain data or backups. It is also available to automatically upload photos and videos taken on the camera of a mobile device. Thanks to the sharing function, it is easy to share and work on shared files inside the cloud disk. And there is a desktop client for working on a computer.

Download Dropbox from Google Play

Microsoft OneDrive

The service offers the user several types of services at once. At the registration stage, there is a free mailbox for emails, and then file storage in the cloud. In addition, the service provides for the creation of an automatic backup of existing photos and videos on the phone. If there is an Internet connection, the application will automatically save a new snapshot or other important image on the disk. The basic account contains 5 GB of disk space, while a monthly subscription increases the initial volume to 1000 GB.

Microsoft OneDrive

Download Microsoft OneDrive from Google Play

Best News Apps

News applications allow you to always stay up to date with events in the country and the world.

Flipboard

The application allows you to stay up to date with various events in the country and the world. For easy navigation, the news is divided into various collections and categories. You can select a specific column or resource. And in the settings, the preferred region of news collections is selected. Thanks to Flipboard, there is no need to visit each thematic resource in turn. News is uploaded directly in the app, which saves traffic and time. And if desired, the program allows you to go to the site page with the news. If there is no time to read, the application provides for saving the page for later reading. It also supports the subscription to a certain publication, and a push notification will inform you in a timely manner about the availability of new material.

Flipboard

Download Flipboard from Google Play

Best Apps for Communication and Messaging

Messaging apps allow you to freely communicate with users around the world using only the Internet or SMS packages. For an overview of detailed features, see the article Best Applications for Communication and Messaging for Android.

WhatsApp

It is a popular messenger on Android with support for group voice and video calls. The application works using the Internet, so all calls and messages inside the program are free. And it does not matter in which country WhatsApp users are located, you do not need to pay for using the program. The exception is direct calls to mobile and landline numbers from the app, which are charged separately. Therefore, WhatsApp is a great way to keep in touch with friends and relatives who are abroad.

WhatsApp

In addition to the mobile client, communication is available in a desktop program for a computer. And the web client for the browser will be useful in cases where the installation of the application on the computer is impossible for various reasons.

Download WhatsApp from Google Play

Verizon Messages

The messaging application combines some of the functions of messengers. In particular, background settings, group chats for up to 250 people in a group, sending photos and videos, as well as synchronization between mobile and desktop devices. It also supports sending scheduled messages on a certain date, even if the mobile device is offline or disconnected. And as a bonus, the program is downloaded for free, does not contain ads and built-in payments.

Verizon Messages

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Signal Private Messenger

The messenger is not overloaded with unnecessary functions and settings, which will interest novice Android users. It is also downloaded for free, does not contain ads and in-app purchases. The application allows you to exchange messages, communicate via voice and video communication. And thanks to the end-to-end encryption protocol, according to the developers, it is safe to communicate in the application. The developers also published the source code of the application on github.

Signal Private Messenger

Download Signal Private Messenger from Google Play

Best Sports Apps

Sports apps help you keep track of the results of sports events.

ESPN

The application allows you to always stay up to date with game events when there is no opportunity to watch a live broadcast or in a recording. The ESPN client will allow you to track the results during the match. The ESPN+ subscription is also available, which will allow you to watch live broadcasts of various game events directly from your mobile phone. The program displays general statistics of various sports – NFL, NBA, Golf, Football, Tennis and Esports. From the racing series so far, only Formula 1, where the calendar of the upcoming season, news and standings are described in detail.

ESPN

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Best Education Apps

Educational programs help to gain new knowledge in various fields, including the study of foreign languages.

Khan Academy

The application contains video tutorials of different directions: mathematics, science, economics and finance, computers, etc. All the material is divided into several categories. The program also features a convenient presentation of information and a feedback format in the form of scoring points for completing courses, which allows you to learn new disciplines at any age.

Khan Academy

For the convenience of the user, viewing from the place of the last stop is available. And for working without the Internet, downloading content to a mobile device is supported. Moreover, there are no annoying ads in Khan Academy, and all educational material is provided free of charge and without restrictions.

Download Khan Academy from Google Play

Duolingo

The application allows you to learn foreign languages in a playful manner, which will interest adults and children. Moreover, the developers offer a course for beginners and a course for people with experience for in-depth study. And setting a daily goal and a rating table allows you to compete with friends and acquaintances, which will speed up the learning process. The application also provides for setting reminders to exclude skipping classes.

Duolingo

To start a new course, you need to pass the previous one. And for passing, conditional “lives” are required, which are bought for domestic currency, and that for real money. Therefore, some users will face the need to deposit funds for further study. In addition, if the answer is incorrect, the application only displays the correct answer without explaining the error.

Download Duolingo from Google Play

Best Task Planners

Planners help you plan the order of the day, highlight primary and secondary tasks, as well as remind you of important events and meetings.

Todoist

The application helps to keep scheduled business and meetings, as well as reminds you of upcoming events. For each task, you can specify a priority and an additional description. And for better productivity, setting daily goals is supported.

Todoist

The program is not overloaded with redundant functions, while it includes a basic set of necessary settings. Including the choice of a color scheme. And data synchronization, which eliminates the loss of scheduled tasks in the event of a failure or other unforeseen incidents.

The application is devoid of advertising, while in the basic version some of the functions are not available without a regular paid subscription.

Download Todoist from Google Play

Best Shopping Apps

Shopping apps allow you to find and order interesting products from around the world.

Amazon Shopping — Search, Find, Ship, and Save

It is a convenient application for searching for products on the Amazon marketplace. You can also make purchases and track purchased goods. And the wish list is provided for future purchases.

Amazon Shopping — Search, Find, Ship, and Save

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Best Taxi and Transport Apps

With taxi and transport applications, it is easy to order a car for a trip, track the route, and also pay with the help of a smart phone.

Uber

Uber easily allows you to order a car of a certain capacity for a trip to the cinema, to the store, to friends and relatives, or home. It is enough to specify the destination, and drivers in the vicinity will automatically receive the departure address. The application also allows you to track the location and the remaining time of the trip. And upon arrival, it is easy to pay with a phone if a bank card is added to the program. In addition, Uber is a convenient way to communicate with different people, which will help pass the time of the trip.

Uber

Download Uber from Google Play

Best Health and Fitness Apps

Health and fitness apps are aimed at tracking the owner’s physical activity, sleep rhythm and heart rate. For a detailed review, see the article Best Health and Fitness Apps for Android.

Fitbit

The application helps to track the user’s physical activity: calories burned, heart rate, distance traveled, number of steps, etc. For the best performance, you should tie up a wrist accessory – a smart watch or a bracelet. Otherwise, the program tracks physical activity due to the on-board sensors of the smartphone.

Fitbit

Among other features in Fitbit, you can track changes in weight, the amount of water consumed and meals, etc. Thanks to this, it will be possible to maintain the body and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Download Fitbit from Google Play

Conclusion

The article includes the best programs for the ratio of quality and stability of work. Some applications need to purchase a license or contain disabled ads. And if you take into account the receipt of updates on a regular basis and the economical consumption of RAM, the purchase of programs is quite justified for long-term use. And which applications do you think are the best? Write your set of programs in the comments, perhaps an application from your set will complement our top.

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