12 Android Apps You Should Have (But Probably Don't)

Posted December 15, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey
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    12 Android Apps You Should Have (But Probably Don't)

    You may not have heard of these apps before, but they get excellent reviews from critics and users.
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    1. Dashlane
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    1. Dashlane

    As the recent disclosure about the hack at Yahoo makes clear, it's a really bad idea to reuse your passwords. Unfortunately, many of us use the same password over and over for apps on our smartphones because it's just too hard to remember unique passwords. Instead, try Dashlane. It's a free Android password manager that's won a number of awards from Google Play and has 4.5 stars from reviewers. It remembers all your passwords for you and fills in your login information; all you have to do is remember one master password. It even syncs your devices so you don't need a separate password tracker for each device.

    Price: Free with in-app purchases offered

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    2. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus
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    2. Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus

    We all know that Android devices are vulnerable to security threats, yet far too few of us have installed security measures on our smartphones. It's time to change that. Avast Mobile Security is one of the best Android apps available for security, and it's free. It includes antivirus, call blocking and a firewall, plus helpful tools like a junk cleaner, WiFi speed test and more. It receives 4.5 stars on Google Play and has a lot of positive feedback from professional reviewers as well.

    Price: Free with a premium subscription available

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    3. Kids Zone
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    3. Kids Zone

    If you have young kids, they are definitely using your phone, and that means you need a parental control app. Kids Zone lets you set up a special profile for each of your kids and choose which apps each child can use. It can also limit your kids' total screen time, block kids from making calls or texts, prevent in-app purchases and much more. It receives 4.1 stars from Google Play reviewers, and it works with most Android devices. Note that some features are only available with the paid Pro version.

    Price: Free with premium subscriptions available

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    4. Easily Do
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    4. Easily Do

    For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have a personal assistant but really need one, there's Easily Do. This Android app does all kinds of helpful things, like letting you know what time to leave for an appointment based on current drive time, auto-dialing into conference calls and looking up the LinkedIn profile for everyone on the call, tracking flight status, reminding you of birthdays, backing up files to cloud services, cleaning up junk on your phone and much more. Additional services are available with the paid subscription. It has 4 stars on Google Play, and it's been featured on a number of different television shows.

    Price: Free with premium subscriptions available

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    5. Tasker
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    5. Tasker

    One of the best things about the Android operating system is that it allows users to have a lot of control over what happens on their devices. But most of us only scratch the surface of what's possible. You can change that with Tasker.

    At first, this automation app may seem somewhat intimidating, but once they figure out all that it can do, most people love it. It allows you to set up actions that your phone will take when certain triggers occur. For example, if you plug in your earphones, it can automatically start playing music from your favorite service. If it's 8:05 and you're not at work yet, it can text your boss that you're going to be late. The possibilities really are endless. The app gets 4.6 stars, and it's well worth the small price tag.

    Price: $2.99

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    6. Pushbullet
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    6. Pushbullet

    Have you ever found yourself needing to get a picture or a link from your PC to your phone? With no better options available, you probably sent yourself an email. But there is an easier way!

    Pushbullet makes it easy to send stuff from your PC to your Android device (or vice versa) via text or a messaging service like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. And it's just as easy to send stuff to your friends' phones as well. Reviewers have said it's an Android app "you never knew you needed" and called it "a fantastic app every phone should have." It's got 4.5 stars on Google Play, and some users say they can't live without it.

    Price: Free with in-app purchases offered

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    7. Overdrive
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    7. Overdrive

    Wouldn't it be great if you could get access to really great eBooks for free? If you have a public library card and the Overdrive Android app, you probably can.

    Used by more than 30,000 public libraries, Overdrive allows library members to check out eBooks, audiobooks or streaming video from their local library. Because it's always available on your smartphone, you never have to wait for the library to be open or drive to the physical location. And because the titles are automatically returned when they are due, you don't even have to worry about late fees.

    Price: Free

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    8. Slice
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    8. Slice

    Around the holidays, it seems like every online shopper spends a good bit of time tracking package deliveries. Slice makes that process a whole lot easier by automatically sending you notifications every time your package moves, so you don't have to mess around with logging in and entering tracking numbers. It can also alert you if the price on an item you bought from a major retailer has gone down after your purchase, and it notifies you about product recalls, as well. It even has a shopping organizer and a barcode scanner. Once you start using this Android app, you'll wonder how you ever shopped online without it.

    Price: Free

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    9. Monument Valley
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    9. Monument Valley

    Of course, you already have plenty of puzzle games on your Android device, but you might not have this one. And if you don't you should. With 4.7 stars, Monument Valley is one of the highest-rated games in Google Play, and one reviewer says, "Words cannot describe the incredible awesomeness of this game." Another adds, "Monument Valley is the most elegant game I have ever played." To play, you move around the architecture in beautiful, surreal worlds filled with optical illusions. It's won multiple awards, and it's fascinating, strange and irresistible in all the best ways.

    Price: $3.99

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    10. Kitchen Stories
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    10. Kitchen Stories

    Most recipe apps are little more than a collection of links to recipes, but Kitchen Stories is so much more. It's full of helpful videos and step-by-step instructions that helps you figure out exactly what you're supposed to do, even if you're a cooking novice. The interface makes it easy to find new recipes, and new content is added every week. It even has a shopping list and a cookbook where you can save your favorites so they are easy to find next time. It's an excellent app with 4.5 stars on Google Play.

    Price: Free

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    11. World Around Me
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    11. World Around Me

    You've probably been hearing a lot about augmented reality (AR), but you may never have experienced it in an app other than Pokémon Go. World Around Me shows that AR can be helpful as well as fun. Simply hold up your phone with the camera on, and this Android app will add virtual signs that help you locate restaurants, ATMs, movie theaters, parks, gas stations, hotels and much, much more. If you're traveling to a new city, it can be really helpful. World Around Me has been recommended by several publications, and it won a Google Play 2016 award.

    Price: Free

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    12. Javvy

    There are a lot of Android apps that will teach you to speak a foreign language; this one will teach you to speak — er, write — Java. Javvy teaches users to code in Java through more than 150 very short tutorials. It's perfect for beginners, and even if you already have a little experience with Java, you may be able to learn something new from one of the more advanced topics. Note that while the first few chapters are free, you'll need to pay to access the later information.

    Price: Free with in-app purchase offered

The Google Play store has more than 2.4 million apps available, but most of us have a lot of the same apps on our smartphones or tablets. That is, after all, how those apps end up on the "most popular apps" lists.

For this slideshow, we went looking for hidden gems. It highlights 12 great Android apps that you won't find on any "10 most popular apps" list. However, many of these apps have won awards, received rave reviews and earned excellent ratings from users. These are apps you might have otherwise overlooked, but that you should really consider downloading.

While most of these apps are free, some are paid. You shouldn't rule out the paid apps just because they have a price tag, however, because all of these apps are worth the price.

And while some of these apps are just for fun, most of them are very useful tools that you are likely to use on a regular basis. A few will help you keep your Android device safe, and most of them will help make your life a little easier and just a little bit better. If you'd like to give any (or all) of them a try, the links in the slideshow will take you right to the download page in Google Play.



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