Best of all, it syncs your notes, bookmarks, and where you left off among all your devices.
The best free and paid-for Android apps
If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of music, this is an essential app. Streaming services are all the rage, but if you still keep music locally, BlackPlayer is worth your attention. We particularly like the Discover option, which shuffles through second previews of seldom-played tracks in your library continuously, until you decide on what to listen to next. There's also a built-in tag editor and a ton of customization options for button styles, fonts, themes, and now playing notifications.
If an event isn't being organized on Facebook, it's probably being done through Eventbrite. This service makes it easy to manage invites, RSVPs, and even ticket purchasing. Attendees get handy reminders about the events they planned to attend, organizers can see guest lists.
We particularly like that Eventbrite can generate QR codes, making event check-in a breeze. Android has struggled with podcasts they don't call 'em "Droidcasts," after all , but Pocket Casts is here to help. This highly customizable app is great for chilling out with an episode of your favorite casts, and it can also sync among different devices so that you can pick up right where you left off.
Time to start listening. While Pandora may have introduced the world to streaming radio, Slacker Radio has refined it. You can listen to what Slacker thinks you'll like, or try out one of its human-curated channels and playlists. It also has hyper-specific playlists that appeal to particular tastes and moods, such as Yacht Rock.
If you aren't ready to subscribe to Slacker Radio quite yet, you can try out its free version. Songkick is the bridge between the music in your digital collection and concerts in your area.
Once installed, Songkick scans your device for tunes and then lets you see when and where your favorite artists are playing. If you see a show you're interested in, you can also purchase tickets all from within the app. Add multiple locations to Songkick to catch concerts when you're on the road. With its huge inventory of music, Spotify has become a mainstay for free, legal music streaming. You can shuffle through smartly selected songs, find your favorite albums, or explore one of the service's excellent playlists.
Close ties with artists means that new tracks are sometimes available the same day they hit the shelves in record shops. Those still exist, right? Spotify also offers a limited free version. Though its interface is a bit tricky, Stitcher connects you with just about every podcast out there.
Podcasts are organized by subject, or you can just search for a familiar title. Shows can in turn be organized into playlists for a continuous stream. Once you've exhausted all your favorites, let Stitcher recommend something new. At its core, Any. You can quickly create a shopping list and have it synced among your devices and even share the list with others.
The app also doubles as a task manager, keeping you on top of what needs to be done. This very capable app sports many features, but we particularly like one called the Any.
Lists are one thing, but building good productivity habits is quite another. Once you start using Evernote , this note-taking app becomes a powerful tool for organizing just about everything. Notes can be anything—text, images, audio, or a mix—and are organized into notebooks. One of its killer features is optical character recognition, which makes the text in images searchable. Cloud-storage makes it the perfect tool for organizing the little pieces of a project into a finished draft.
IFTTT , which stands for "if this, then that," helps you create custom automations between various online services and devices without any coding experience. The mobile app makes it simple to set up these Applets previously called recipes on your own or implement any of the community-created ones. IFTTT is particularlly great for controlling smart home devices. For passing links, web addresses, or clipboard data between devices, Join is a great option.
Setup and customization are easy and Join makes it simple to specify which notifications and actions you want to enable for each device.
Unlike Pushbullet , it doesn't require a monthly subscription to use its features to the fullest. Our favorite features are its remote screenshot and screen-capture capabilities. Mint is a fantastic online service to keep track of your finances, and it really shines on Android.
Once you've entered all your information, you can easily check up on your finances on the fly. Mint budgets keeps you on track for your goals and a new bill paying feature make sure that you never miss a payment. Be sure to try out the app's excellent widgets, too. If you like to keep your life organized with various to-do lists, then you definitely need to download Todoist. This app lets you keep track of the tasks you need to get done; you can assign them different priorities based on their over overall importance or organize them across different projects.
It also has a functional, clean design and works across many different platforms. Everyone needs to file their taxes every year. Most people will probably have an easier time using dedicated tax software and some might still enjoy preparing them by hand , but more ambitions filers or those with simple tax returns can get away with using a mobile app.
Among its top features are an excellent user interface, support for all major tax forms, and innovative help options. If you get stuck at any point, you can just open up the Virtual Assistant, which keeps a running dialogue of the help topics you searched for, or use SmartLook to connect to a tax expert via video chat. Photoshop CC is a notorious beast of a desktop application, but Photoshop Express is a svelte app, with powerful tools to make the most of your mobile snapshots.
Sure, it'll do the Instagram-ish filters, but it also lets you make fine adjustments to images with a beautiful, simple interface. It even seamlessly connects to various other services for sharing. The venerable photo-sharing service is an Editors' Choice web service, and the Android app has a lot to recommend it, too. Offering a free terabyte of photo storage, a truly gorgeous app, and excellent photo and video editing tools, Flickr is more valuable than ever.
Plus, the app connects you to the vibrant community of photographers on the service. Best of all, it can automatically back up photos from your phone. Google Photos puts the search giant's powerful image-discerning magic into your phone. It can identify faces, even as they age over decades, as well as animals, places, or objects. You can also search for photos from specific dates or locations. The impressive built-in Assistant can detect clutter or even create collages or animations on its own.
The app is rounded out with editing tools and unlimited cloud storage if you make some minor compromises on upload quality. Google Photos also extends to photo prints; you can digitize physical photos with the built-in Photoscan or even order a custom photo book.
The recently announced Google Lens can even report back information related to your images or photos by scanning them. It seems like just yesterday that Instagram was adding video. Then advanced photo editing put it on par with Photoshop Express for image correction and manipulation. The latest addition is Instagram Stories, which will surely be familiar to fans of Snapchat.
With a clean, minimalist interface, Instagram is the king of social photo apps. With tons of effects, controls over layers, drawing tools, and collages, PicsArt Photo Studio can contend with Photoshop and is one of the best photo editing apps for Android. If you think it's just a lowly Instagram clone, you're wrong. When you're looking to take your smartphone snapshots to the next level, seek out this app.
If you've ever browsed through image-sharing services and wondered where the picture collages came from, Pixlr is a good guess. Although Autodesk sold this app to RF this past year, it hasn't missed a beat. This photo editor can do more than just build mosaics of pictures. It has a host of effects and adjustments that run the gamut from subtly artistic to ridiculously bombastic—perfect for giving your images a touch more pizzazz.
Don't get us wrong, some of us love Instagram. But if you want more control than Instagram affords, try Google-owned Snapseed. This app straddles the line between full-fledged image editor and filter app, all in a sleek and attractive package. Best of all is the amount of control it gives you over how filters and effects are applied to your images.
It even lets you make non-destructible edits to RAW files and make adjustments to exposure and detail levels. Calibre is the giant of ebook management, and this app is the perfect ahem companion for it.
You can also store your ebooks on the cloud for easy access from wherever you are. What's so surprising is how well it works, and how easy it is to use. If you've got a lot of ebooks and are ready to cast off the shackles of Amazon, this is the app for you. The Amazon-owned ComiXology —the iTunes of digital comics—offers a near-perfect combination of store and comic book reader in its wonderful Comics app. The free app transforms your Android smartphone or tablet into a digital long box that houses and syncs your purchases across multiple devices.
Once you have the app downloaded, you should make sure to read our feature on digital comic books you should read right now. Everything from American football to Brazilian soccer to Indy is available. For those unmissable games, you can set alerts and follow specific matches as they unfold. It also connects you to videos and news headlines, courtesy of the popular sports cable network.
Feedly takes the RSS feed into the modern age, and it's the easiest way to stay on top of all your favorites sources of news. You can view everything all at once if you want, but Feedly also lets you categorize your sources for focused reading or use its Today tab, which shows you the top stories from each category.
Additionally, you can make Feedly look as simple as you wish, with minimalist text-only layouts. It's a great way to keep informed with the days' headlines and it offers useful integrations with other services as well.
With its slick, streamlined interface, Flipboard is one of the best apps for reading the news. With it, you browse the articles, videos, podcasts, and other media that matter most to you. The app's signature magazine-style interface lets you explore the day's headlines in a gorgeous environment. The Daily Edition feature gives you the most important news along with themed stories for each day of the week.
Flipboard has been one of our top picks for years, and it's easy to see why. The official Amazon Kindle apps puts all of your existing Amazon ebook purchases at the tips of your fingers, and it gives you mobile access to the Kindle ebook store for impulse purchasing. Best of all, it syncs your notes, bookmarks, and where you left off among all your devices.
The library is an often-overlooked public resource and some are modernizing quickly , but OverDrive brings it back into the fold with the newly redesigned, Libby. Supported by over 30, libraries worldwide, the app lets you access your local library's array of available ebooks and audiobooks.
Use it to download titles, place holds on titles not yet available, and consume your borrowed content. The only requirement is a library card or its digital equivalent. Your bag of holding for internet content, Pocket saves articles, images, and videos for later reading. We especially like how it reformats articles for more comfortable reading on a mobile device, and how it syncs content to your tablet, phone, and online account.
With the close integration between Pocket and the Android sharing tools, you can pocket just about anything from your phone. There's no shortage of Reddit apps on the Google Play store and choosing one over another ultimately comes down to preference, but reddit is fun RIF is a great option to try. The default view features a dense, text-heavy layout which puts the best and worst of Reddit front and center. There's both a light and dark theme and tons of layout content customization options to try out, even if you don't opt for the paid version.
Better yet, there are no ads in either version or RIF and its overall performance is extremely quick. It's hard to do better than Bitdefender. This app has received perfect scores from two independent research labs, and scans your phone in mere seconds. It also includes excellent phishing protection, powerful antitheft tools, and Android Wear integration. You're terrible at passwords.
Don't take it personally! Everyone is terrible at passwords. That's why we all need apps like Dashlane , which generate, save, and replay login credentials wherever they're needed. This smart, cross-platform service makes sure that your passwords, payment information, and other vital information is stored securely but never out of reach. After a major overhaul to this powerful password manager, its appearance finally matches its performance.
With LastPass , you can access your saved passwords, secure notes, and filled forms from your Android, and you can also create new ones that sync to all your devices. The new version of the app ingeniously melds the password manager with a built-in browser, putting the app's auto-login features at the forefront. Staying safe has never been easier.
Kaspersky for Android bundles on-demand malware scans and active web protection. Additionally, it implements a host of anti-theft features including remote locate, lock and wipe, as well as the ability to sound an alarm. You can even lock apps behind a PIN as an extra preventative measure in case your phone gets stolen. Although you need a paid Kaspersky Internet Security subscription to use all its features, some basic functionality is available for free.
It's a top choice for Android antivirus apps. With NordVPN you can rest assured that no prying eyes will see your internet traffic. This app sports an excellent interface, a handy server selection tool, and hundreds of available VPN servers across the globe. NordVPN's signature feature is its assortment of specialized servers, which are optimized for activities like peer-to-peer downloading, video streaming, and access to Tor.
Tor is probably more famous for providing access to the so-called Dark Web , but it also provides a useful way to connect to the internet while keeping your movements private. Working with a special browser, Orbot connects you to Tor within seconds.
However, we found in testing that it sometimes takes a few attempts to get online. On the desktop, Private Internet Access VPN offers the protection of a virtual private network along with numerous advanced features.
The same is true on Android, where you can connect to any of its over 3, global servers. This service also has the option to block ads and online trackers, if you so wish. It might not be much to look at, but it's among the most powerful VPN services available. Your Gmail inbox is not secure. This encrypted email platform offers a range of pricing options, including a free tier, so you have no excuse not to join. Security and privacy features aside, ProtonMail works like any other email app.
Qustodio is an excellent parental control software that makes it easy to manage your child's mobile activity, especially with its well-designed companion app. Its best features are its browser-independent web content filters and ability to set device usage time limits. Rounding out its capabilities are location tracking, call and SMS logging, and mobile application blocking.
Parents will also appreciate the instant device-locking and panic button options. Amazon is the internet's marketplace ; the one place where you can buy just about anything—and it's cheap too! On Android, two of our favorite features are the integrated Alexa voice commands and the photo search, which makes it easy to surreptitiously compare Amazon's prices to those of the brick and mortar stores it is killing.
Amazon Video-related functionality has been moved over to its own dedicated app, but all of its other consumer services, including Fresh and Restaurants, make an appearance. Prime members rejoice; there's never been a better way to stay connected with your Amazon lifestyle.
Google Opinion Rewards is appropriately named. Google sends you surveys that ask you about places you've visited recently and you get Google Play Store credit for your participation. Polls don't come in very often, but you can increase your chances of receiving more, by enabling your location and answering surveys quickly and honestly when they do arrive. It's not going to earn you a ton of store credit, but it's enough to purchase an app or an album every so often. Google Pay has gone through many permutations over the years.
Formerly known as Google Wallet, this person-to-person payment app from Google lets you easily send money without pesky cash or credit cards getting in the way. And in that role, it really excels. It's a strong alternative to our top choice, Venmo.
The original deal locator for mobile, Groupon partners with businesses to offer low prices to a limited number of people for a limited time. While the value of Groupon's offerings is sometimes debatable, it offers a useful way to try a new restaurant or a totally new activity in your area. Pinterest is a social network of stuff, a place to "pin" things that interest you on themed boards. The Android app offers a great way to gather images from around the web for making lists or just collections of stuff that catch your eye.
You could use it to help redecorate your living room or even to help you choose a tattoo artist. It easily integrates with your browser for fast pinning, and you can view the pins of others for added inspiration.
Here's the bad news: Samsung Pay only works on a handful of devices and, yes, only Samsung devices at that. But if you can get your hands on a phone with Samsung Pay, the world is your electronic payment oyster. Whether it's sending money between devices, paying for something on your phone, or using the built-in magnets to trick card-swipe readers into thinking they've just read a credit card, Samsung Pay does it all. It's nothing short of astonishing.
For all our technical savvy and disruptive startups, physical package delivery is still the backbone of ecommerce. The Slice app automatically detects shipping details from your email and then tracks the packages for you. You can watch your precious commodities make their stately way to your doorstep, get alerts when they are delivered, and even receive warnings if they've been recalled or the price has dropped. In short, Slice is an online shopper's best friend.
There are lots of ways to pay for things with your phone. But Venmo has a smart mixture of clean design, ease of use, and social functions that give it an edge. It doesn't do much, but it does let you easily send and receive payments from friends. And unlike other payment systems, it has momentum. It's usually the app people ask about when the group is splitting up the check. Airbnb should be your go-to app for finding rooms, apartments, homes, and other unique accommodations when traveling, if you don't want to go with a traditional hotel.
The length of your stay need not be short-term either; some locations let you book a stay for several months, which may appeal for people working temporary jobs in new places. This travel app also highlights other experiences and restaurants, so you can find out about everything a locale offers. If you're traveling within a major metropolitan area via either public transportation or personal vehicle, Citymapper can plan all your trip details.
It has transit information for dozens of major U. Further, it offers multiple transportation options for each city, so if you feel like taking the ferry to work one morning, there's nothing stopping you. Its top features include Commute, which lets you set up your daily travel to and from work, and an alert system that uses natural language to describe service delays or cancellations.
If you're looking to learn another language, Duolingo gamifies language learning with bite-sized lessons and a friendly interface. Starting with simple vocabulary and building from there, Duolingo is your guide to learning a new language or brushing up on one you already know. The more you use the app, the more you unlock and—with practice—the more you learn. Or more practical choices, like Esperanto and Klingon. Google Maps has been your guide for years, and this excellent app just keeps getting better.
With just a few taps, Google Maps tells you exactly how to get to your destination. It even supports walking, bicycle, and mass-transit directions, as well as Uber.
The app's road knowledge is so keen that it can tell you which lane to be in while using turn-by-turn directions. And because this is Google, you can easily search for locations nearby.
Many people fear not being unable to communicate with people from another country while traveling. Google Translate takes a bit of the edge off, quickly translating either written text or spoken words. You can even use the app to do the speaking for you, and input text through your camera or handwriting. The app can translate languages with a data connection and 52 when you're offline. It can't handle Tamarian, but it's sure to be a handy tool here on Earth.
It even works on your watch and while using other Android apps! Check out the latest redesign of Swarm , if you have an interesting in life-logging. This bright, colorful app is laser-focused on check-ins, making it easy to let your friends know where you are and earn cute badges in the process. Some classic features have returned to Swarm, like leaderboards and mayorships, but these gamification aspects take a back seat to the action.
The new timeline view is a great way to remember the places you've visited in other cities or even identify your habits. Who needs Uber when so many cities offer world-class public transit? Since you can stream the movies for free without any subscription, the service supports itself by running short pre-roll and mid-roll Ads every now and then. Given its wide range of movies and the trust of Sony, this app is surely one which you should try.
Most of the channels are available in HD. Sports Angel is a one-stop destination for Live Sports Streaming. You can watch Soccer, Cricket, Racing, Basketball etc. The App is has a very promising interface with a very simple navigation system. You can set the video resolution and enjoy the sports according to your comfort.
This is one of the most downloaded Live TV app on Android. It is packed with loads of channels from all over the world. The interface is very simple and you can watch live tv for free and from any country in the world. Not only that, but it also gives you channel recommendations based on your watching interest. This increases the chances of having the stream on either of the section.
This android app could b a good choice for them as it contains an extensive range of different internet television channels including shows, movies, live sports and others. Apart from this you also can watch movies with this app.
Just select the TV channel and then choose the video player, most preferably select the MX Player for the low buffer. Besides, these Yupp TV does a fine job indeed of streaming live channels and providing streaming of recorded catch up of previous episodes on your Android. Initially, you can enjoy live TV absolutely free due to free sign-up bonus and freebies. And can also take advantage of the referral program to keep the Yupp Wallet with cash to enjoy TV Shows for free.
Hotstar is the premium content provider of local and international content in India. You are craving for some top Indian content on your phone then I recommend you to go with Hotstar. The App hosts a lot of live shows and top movies from Bollywood and Hollywood. The Services of Hulu into Live TV started in , prior to that it just use to host a series of TV Shows both old and new, movie and other infotainment programs.
The content and presentation of the App vary with the cost, low price will offer you content with Ads while a high package offers Live TV with no Ads. If you wish to have access to some premium Content than Hulu should be the first choice. The App offers more than 60 channels from the US which can be directly streamed on phone or Apple TV without any cable box.
You can access top content providing networks on the TV App. You will find all the shows and movies under the hood of Zee Entertainment with regional content and movies under the Essel group licencing.
It has a good mix of basic sports, news and entertainment Channels. Download Sling TV Paid. Liv by Sony India is a country-specific content-delivery platform. It works on the same freemium model by which it allows you to watch movies and TV Shows with advertisements while more demanding content requires Liv Subscription.
Download Sony Liv Free. The App is available for Airtel SIM users only but one good thing about the App is, up to 5 devices can run on a single login. Download Airtel TV Free. The free streaming Apps which are not the legal content providers are always on the critical due to data breach and privacy invasion issues. The cyber rouges are always in a search for innocent netizens who could fall prey.
The use of free non-legal streaming services may also a be a crime in your region due to litigations imposed by law.
Some of the App listed above have a lot of programming with copyright infringement under its hood, you may be under the scanner by your government for streaming the content which is not bided by the law. But looking at the nature of the App, there may be very few who could resist themselves from using. You can stream safely by using a VPN service. There are a number of VPN Apps and services covering all types of devices. VPN is a type of online services which hides your data by sending your web usage to another secure location.
It forms a secure tunnel to provide end-to-end protection. In other words, it sends your data to a 3rd party country, making it difficult for the service provider to determine the internet behaviour of the user. I hope the post on the best Android apps to stream movies and TV shows online. If you are facing any issues downloading the apps or in using them then feel free to comment below. Live TV Apps to stream and watch for free online.