It has been over
ten years since Android was first outed by Google, and back then it was hard to
imagine the sheer number of apps we’d have today.
There are apps for
everything, and many of them are completely free, meaning you’re just a few
downloads away from supercharging your smartphone at no extra cost.
huge quantity of apps doesn’t mean they’re all quality – far from it in fact,
and finding the good ones can be tough.
What’s the best
phone of 2019?
There are tools
and techniques to help, with various lists in the Play Store providing you with
Editor’s Picks across a range of categories, new releases and even apps that
are specifically recommended for you based on your previous installs.
You can also hunt
out apps that are similar to your favorites by searching for an app you have
and seeing what else comes up.
And checking out
user reviews and ratings can save you from downloading a dud of an app.
But even with all
that, the sheer number of apps on Google Play means many of the best can often
get lost, while weaker ones sometimes rise to the top.
So to make sure
you never install a duff app here’s our selection of the best you should
install right now – each one carefully chosen to ensure you’ll have a whole
suite of fun, engaging and, dammit, useful apps on your phone or tablet.
We’ve sorted them
into categories so you can more easily find what you’re looking for. But make
sure to check back weekly for our free Android apps of the week, which you’ll
Best free Android apps of the week
Each week we add
two apps to this list and you’ll find these two latest additions below.
If like us you capture a lot of screenshots on your Android device
then Firefox ScreenshotGo could be a game-changer.
As well as
providing a gallery of all your screenshots, it lets you create folders that
you can add them to, so you can sort them to make specific ones easier to find
later. Firefox ScreenshotGo will even provide a pop-up every time you take a
screenshot, which you can tap to instantly choose which folder to put it in
(though you can turn that pop-up off if you’d prefer).
ScreenshotGo gets really clever is that it lets you search for screenshots
based on the text found in them. You can also highlight the text in any
screenshot, then copy it or search the web for it.
The app gives you
new ways to take screenshots too; you can have it display a persistent notification
that will take a screenshot when you tap on it, or have a floating icon sit on
your screen that will also take a screenshot with a tap.
Even if you only
occasionally take screenshots, this is probably worth a download. If you take a
lot of them, then it’s pretty close to essential.
If you game on PC then chances are you use Steam, and if you use Steam
then Steam Chat is sure to be useful.
The app not only
lets you chat with your Steam friends, but also see which of them is online and
what they’re playing.
You can take part
in group chats, add people to your friends list, view people’s profiles, and
customize what you’ll get notified about – so you can choose to only receive
message notifications or game invites from specific friends, for example.
Steam Chat on mobile isn’t likely to replace the desktop service for
most people, but as it’s free, it’s a great additional option.