Spruce things up with these handy house and home apps
Now that the colder months are bringing us back into our homes, it might be time to start planning a little home improvement. This used to be an intimidating idea, requiring a lot of planning and expertise, not to mention expense. Luckily, the play store has several great apps to help you take care of your living space, professionally plan improvements, or even find a new place. If you’re ready to put a fresh coat of paint on things, AP has some suggestions on where to start. All it takes is your favorite smartphone or an awesome Android tablet.
It'll be handy when you need directions home after a night out
When you move into a new house, there's a lot to do to get ready for the day you move in. Along with the boxing and unboxing, you may need to transfer your phone contracts or look for a new data plan and find a new internet service provider. Even though these tasks are complex, it's easy to do them in advance, so everything's ready on the first day, including the internet connection and the delivery of the new washer that connects to your smart home setup.
Revitalize your team with these great business apps
Old and new businesses have benefited from the relentless march of technology. From APIs that make connecting and leasing with customers more accessible to algorithms designed for maximizing advertisement efficiency, businesses and technology go hand-in-hand. These platforms benefit smaller startups of lesser means looking to grow their business amidst a sea of opposition. With the help of these , you will have access to professional business tools that are perfect for managing your enterprises anywhere, anytime, from your favorite Android phone.
Google's basic task management app has grown up
When you're busy, it's hard to keep track of every errand. A tool like Google Tasks can help you stay organized and ensure you make it to your appointments on time. Google Tasks combines Google Calendar and Google Assistant reminders in one place. You can use Google Tasks to can create to-do lists, set a due date and time, and tick off tasks from your list when completed. You can also synchronize multiple devices to view to-do lists from any place and at any time. The app is accessible on the top Android phones and iOS devices. Web versions are also available to PCs when you use Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides online.
Capture and organize your notes like a pro
Nothing beats the convenience of jotting down quick thoughts whenever they happen, and a note-taking app on your top Android phone is the perfect place to put them. Whether you're looking for a simple note-taking app to replace your sticky notes or an advanced solution with better organization for meeting details, voice recordings, and an interesting article from the web, we have you covered with the nine best note-taking apps for your phone.
Protection where you need it most
If you live a lot of your life online, it's a good idea to ensure your passwords are secure, and there's no better way to do this than by using a password management app. This is precisely why we here at Android police have rounded up the best Android apps that fit this category. Whether you require a free app or something robust that requires a subscription, or even if you wish to spin up your own NAS for storing your passwords on a personal server, we've broken today's roundup by free and paid to ensure everyone's needs are covered. Dig in and enjoy!
Apps that are actually designed for large screens
Google's finally interested in tablets again. Android 12L and its tablet-specific features have had rippling effects, with more developers jumping on the tablet bandwagon with apps that actually use the extra screen space. We compiled a roundup of our favorite Android apps that support tablets, offering a solid mix, whether you're interested in navigating on a large screen with Google Maps or need a trusty media player like VLC to watch a video large and in charge. And if you haven't picked up one of Android's best tablets, check out the current selection.
Get the most out of Reddit by signing up for an account
If you've been on the internet for more than a few minutes, you've likely heard of Reddit. The discussion website isn't considered one of the major social media platforms, but nearly half a billion users use Reddit for everything from news aggregation to talking about interestingly strange topics on the internet. In some cases, Reddit is better than Google at finding the answer you're looking for. Sure, you've likely stumbled on Reddit threats on other platforms, but they originate from this website that is built for rabbit hole-following and argument-having.
You can quickly manage your data and search activity preferences
As a data-driven company, Google gathers user information to help them build better products and services. This can be seen as a double-edged sword since creating a custom-made experience is challenging without giving up personal data. Even the best Android phones on the market suffer the same fate because they're powered by Google Play Services.
Get rid of unwanted Samsung apps
Whether you’ve owned a Samsung device forever or just upgraded to one of the best Samsung phones, you know that they come with a lot of pre-installed apps. These apps eat the precious storage on your phone and make it harder to get to the apps you actually use. The good news is that you can delete these apps to get a clutter-free experience.
Looking to switch to Spotify? You'll have to cancel your Apple Music subscription first, and here's how
Let's be honest, Apple Music isn't the best option when it comes to music streaming services. Sure, it can integrate with Apple products a bit easier—as the infamously walled-off ecosystem makes sure of. Still, if you're using the service on Android, Windows, or another operating system, it's hard to compete with Spotify. The ease of use is unmatched, the device interoperability is vast, and cool hardware options like Spotify Car Thing make it the go-to option for millions of users around the world.
Looking for meaning while snapping photos? Try out augmented reality games and apps to liven up your Android gallery
Augmented reality is digital technology that embeds real-world environments and objects with virtual elements enhanced by computer generation. You're essentially seeing a mixed perception of reality within a game/app that supports AR functionality, slightly different from virtual reality (VR), where everything is digital and mimics a real-world environment. Even Google has jumped on the bandwagon by introducing ARCore (Google Play Services for AR), a platform designed for AR functionality where developers can access the necessary APIs for their AR games. People may pick up AR-supported apps and games to get creative with photography, educate people using AR models (like Google's 3D animals for kids), gather information for future purchases and renovations, and find entertainment while going out in the real world by playing games and joining social activities. With AR, the world is your oyster.
The transcription app no longer lets you record unlimited meetings for free
Otter, a transcription and voice recorder service focused on boosting productivity, has announced it's - and not entirely for the better. While we gain access to a couple of free new tools, Otter is reducing features across the board for free and paid customers. The monthly subscription fee is also increasing (although the annual price remains the same).
A Google Play Pass subscription is the best way to avoid advertisements and in-app purchases
is a $4.99 subscription service that provides access to hundreds of apps and games, sparing users all of the annoying in-app purchases and microtransactions typical of mobile apps/games, and you can even share the pass with up to five other family members so everyone can get in on the fun.
Shrink those Pro-mode photos and save yourself some storage space
As phone cameras have improved in recent years, the size of photo files has increased with them. Uploading big files to your blog or your limited cloud storage is not always ideal. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to resize your image using different Adobe Photoshop applications on your phone or Chromebook.
With these apps, you'll always know what's for dinner
Finding good recipes can be a pain. How often have you printed out a recipe and either lost it or accidentally threw it away? Have you ever bookmarked a recipe in your web browser and forgotten all about it?
Make sure to pick up Stark Fitness and Abi: A Robots Tale before their discounts end
Seeing that the Play Store has seen a plethora of sales over the last few weeks, thanks to events like Prime Day and the summer Steam Sale, things have calmed down a little. Thankfully we still have some excellent sales to share today with some of the best Android apps and best Android games around, including discounts on titles like Stark Fitness and Abi: A Robots Tale. As always, I've highlighted all of the interesting titles in bold in order to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are the best temporarily free and on-sale apps and games for the weekend.
The KakaoTalk messaging app has over 100M downloads, and it's stuck in update limbo
Google has long been wishy-washy about billing rules in the Play Store, but it announced strengthened enforcement in 2020. Not all developers were pleased with the changes, which forbade bypassing the Google Pay system. Epic filed (another) lawsuit, and lawmakers in South Korea passed an in-app payment law known colloquially as the "anti-Google law." It's being put to the test now that the rules have gone into effect. According to , the popular KakaoTalk app is unable to submit updates because includes a link to its website for payments rather than integrating with the Play Store payment platform.
Dealing with the portals to your love life is its own beast
Selena Gomez, one of the great philosophers of our time, once said that the heart wants what it wants. Of course, the head is a different beast altogether, and it's got a lot of priorities to juggle, but finding love is certainly in there somepalce. In the era of the internet, that means dating apps. They're topsy-turvy places because what or, rather, who you get out of these apps may not match up with the effort you put in. Sometimes, that effort also includes a good sum of money. Now, I'm no Dear Abby, but I think it's worth taking the time to figure out some principles to using these services before you try and find your next friend, bedmate, or life partner.
Plus, a smattering of foldable improvements
While Google offers a perfectly serviceable Android browser in the form of Chrome, Samsung's browser has a surprising number of fans. There's a new beta release of this app today (v18), and Samsung has called out a few notable improvements. Chief among them is the new text extraction tool, foldable tweaks, and a more advanced form of tracker blocking.