There is no shortage of “best android app” posts out there on the web. But there are some hidden gems on the Play Store that don’t often get the praise they deserve. As someone who considers himself as an early adopter when it comes to most thing in technology, I feel like its my obligation to try out and test apps and sift the good ones from the bad ones. Here are some lesser known apps that every Android owner should have on their phone.
1. Google Rewards
If there is one thing that Google isn’t, it’s over priced. They go out of their way to give you as much free stuff as they can. And in some cases they even pay you! Google Rewards is an app where you Google will pay you anywhere between 10-99 cents for taking quick surveys. It’s not cash, it’s Play Credit, but if you were thinking about buying an App, song, movie or a new avatar on Crossy Road then this is perfect for you. And honestly the surveys are like 3 questions with multiple choice. It pops up with a notification every time there is a new survey and they usually are every few weeks. I’ve made close to $10 so far and bought lots of awesome apps like Monument Valley and Settlers of Catan.
One of the biggest advantages of the Android platform is its access to emulators. With apps like Mupen64 you can download ROMS and play some of your favorite old games like Mario 64 or GoldenEye. Some games work better than others on a touchscreen, but Mupen64 is one of the best emulators for playing old N64 games.
3. Popcorn Time
It’s the app that challenges movie and TV companies. It’s the Netflix library that you want. It’s Popcorn time. You won’t find this app in the Play Store, but if you go to their website https://popcorntime.io/ from your device you can download it. You can essentially stream any new movie or TV show straight to your device. It’s quite addicting actually.
From my experience, most stock texting applications on android phones are not that great. But Textra solves that problem. It replaces your regular keyboard with a slimmed down one that has a more robust functionality (like using emojiis and .gifs). It’s a must-have for any android user.
5. Mighty Text
This one is more applicable to people who are at a desk all day. MightyText syncs with your phone so all of your notifications pop up on your computer. It’s nice because you can leave your phone in your pocket or in your bag and see what is going on. And with an easy chrome plug-in you can send and respond to texts as well. It makes texting at work a lot more inconspicuous.
Honorable Mention: uTorrent – For all the pirates out there.