It’s the first week of January 2019 and continuing with our monthly tradition into the new year. We’ve once again overhauled our picks for the best Android apps.Some are new, and others have been standbys on this list for years.
One of America’s most hallowed publications also has one of the best news apps. The NYTimes app arranges the publication’s content in a clean format and allows users to customize their newsfeed.
If you prefer journalism that leans toward gonzo, VICE offers its robust library of written and video content in an app that is elegant and easy to navigate. The app includes estimated reading times, so users with a time-crunch can prioritize articles to suit their schedule.
Video chatting is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family who don’t live near you, but PlayJ wants to do more than just help you stay in touch — it aims to help you have fun at the same time. While chatting with your friends and family, you can play games, watch videos, and more, all within the one app. Keep in mind that the app is in beta, so expect a few bugs along the way.
Looking to get control of your fitness but don’t need all the bells and whistles you can find in most fitness apps these days? 00:37 is the app for you. The app acts as a basic timer for your fitness activities, allowing you to set the amount of time you want to dedicate for each exercise, as well as how many sets you want. While the app itself doesn’t have exercises, if you already have an idea of the exercise you want to do and want an app with a basic user interface to help you do it, this may be the way to go.
WAKINGNEWS ALARM CLOCK
This one’s perfect for the news junkies out there. The app functions like an alarm clock, but when it wakes you up, it will read out the latest news headlines from the likes of HuffPost, Yahoo, and more. The interface of the app is easy to get around too, which is always helpful.
Yahoo may not be all that prominent in today’s tech industry, but that doesn’t mean you should completely avoid its apps and services. The latest is Yahoo Play, which is aimed at helping you keep up to date with the latest pop culture news while also offering quizzes and trivia.
For those that miss the old-school interface of Feedly, this app is for you. The app is exactly what its name implies — Feedly, with its older interface. It does away with many of the features that you might get in the newer version of the app, but for many, that’s a good thing.
Netflix is one of the best video-streaming services. There’s a huge selection of movies and TV shows for subscribers and the performance is silky smooth. This is as entertained as you can get starting at $8 a month.
Hulu offers thousands of movies and TV shows — many which are updated with the latest episodes after they air. Hulu offers various subscription models, including one that opens up the entire streaming library for $8 a month, and another that removes mid-stream ads for $12 a month.
YouTube’s mobile app is sleek and intuitive, bringing the entirety of the video sharing site to the palm of your hand. For those subscribed to YouTube Red, you’ll have access to all the premium content, as well as special features like audio playback while the screen is off.
HBO NOW/HBO GO
Both HBO Now (HBO’s stand-alone service for $15/month) and HBO Go (a streaming app available to HBO cable subscribers) have apps that allow you to watch all of HBO’s streaming content directly on your phone.
Spotify is the best full-featured streaming service. With this app, you can stream any music from any type of device, make your own playlists, follow artists, and sync tracks for offline listening.
If you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet of sound with no ads and no subscription fees, you’ve found it. You can discover new music and stream it from the cloud, but this is no Spotify replacement.
Bandcamp’s mobile app allows you to stream music from your collection, as well as the music offered by the thousands of artists who sell and stream their music on Bandcamp. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy music directly from the artists and labels you follow.
GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC
Google’s official streaming service is a worthy competitor to Spotify. Not only does the app provide a vast library of content, but it also allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs for online storage. This means you can download and stream your music on any Android device, at any time.
If you use a Mac or iPad on top of your Android phone, you may be better served with Apple Music over Google Play Music or Spotify. Apple Music offers access to Apple’s massive library of music, as well as Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, which plays both current hits and up-and-coming music. The celebrity DJs and exclusive album streams are just a plus.
The original VOIP service is now owned by Microsoft and boasts more than 250 million users. Free international voice and video calls via your data or Wi-Fi connection is hard to pass up.
Facebook Messenger Kids might seem like it’s built for kids, but it’s really built for parents. With the app, parents have control over their kids’ contact list, and messages can’t be deleted — meaning that parents can check in to take a look whenever they want. Of course, there are some pretty sweet features for kids, like kid-appropriate stickers, GIFs, emojis, and so on.
Happn connects you with others you’ve passed in real life, making that shared glance at a coffee shop into a potential date. You can browse profiles of those you’ve crossed paths with, and if you both “like” one another, you’ll be able to begin a conversation.