The Best Android Apps of 2018

Here are our picks for the best Android apps from the Google Play Store that we use every day. Whether you are looking for a perfect app to scan your documents, take notes or edit videos, we have a recommendation for you.

Best Android Apps

All Android apps mentioned the list can be downloaded from the Play Store for free though some do offer inexpensive in-app purchases for unlocking premium features. Also, the list of essential apps skips commons apps like Google Drive, Google Photos, WhatsApp, Google Maps or Gmail since they are factory-installed on most newer phones.

Also see: Alternatives to Top Android Apps

The Best Android Apps of all Time!

The Best Alternatives to Top Android Apps

Our round-up of top Android Apps includes a single app per category but good alternatives definitely exist that are also worth your time.  Here are some more recommended apps that you may consider if our original pick didn’t quite make the cut.

CategoryRecommended AppPopular Alternatives
Web BrowserFirefoxBrave Browser, Microsoft Edge
Text EditoriA WriterDropbox Paper
Document ScannerOffice LensAdobe Scan, Scan Bot
PodcastsCast BoxPocket Casts, SubCast
SecurityAuthyMicrosoft Authenticator
Video EditorKinemasterPowerDirector, Adobe Premiere Clip
Photo EditorsSnapseedAdobe Lightroom, Photoshop Express, PicsArt
Photo EffectsPrismaPortra, Deleo, GiphyCam, Photoshop MixAnimator
CinemagraphsMotion StillsLoopsie
Music VideosQuikVUE, Triller
Graphic DesignCanvaSprightlyHatchful
LauncherMicrosoft LauncherNova Launcher
NotesZoho NotebookEvernote, Microsoft To-Do
Online MeetingsZoomSkypeGoogle Duo
Email ClientGmailInbox, Microsoft Outlook
Language TranslationGoogle TranslateMicrosoft Translator
Amit Agarwal

Amit Agarwal

Google Developer Expert, Google Cloud Champion

Amit Agarwal is a Google Developer Expert in Google Workspace and Google Apps Script. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science (I.I.T.) and is the first professional blogger in India.

Amit has developed several popular Google add-ons including Mail Merge for Gmail and Document Studio. Read more on Lifehacker and YourStory


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