Welcome to my top 20 best android apps to take into 2020. Today in this listicle, I am going to show you the best android apps that you should have installed in 2019-2020. Many of these apps are not so popular, yet others are pretty popular, with the common factor being that they are all still very useful. That’s why I chose them to be on this list.
20 Best Android Apps for 2020
I didn’t want to show off basic apps that everyone already knows about, like Instagram, google maps, WhatsApp, etc. So decided to be creative and after hours of research compiled this list of apps. Okay, enough chatter, let’s get into it.
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How many times have you been about to jump online only to find? Hang on a second. Where did my Wi-Fi signal go? Well, Wi-Fi A.R. uses augmented reality to show you how strong the signal is in physical space around you.
SplitCloud music player that lets you play two songs at the same time. And the way I see it, there are two uses if you fancy yourself as a bit of a deejay.
This is a cool way of experimenting with making mashups, but what I use it for is when you’ve got one phone but two people who want to listen to different tracks. If you plug in a pair of earphones, it can play one track through one air and another track through the other.
I’d go as far as to say that this icon pack called crayon is in my top three released this whole year. Loads of icons flat pastel colors, but more importantly, the wallpapers that come with it wallpapers can make or break the way icons come across.
And so it’s amazing how many icon packs neglect them with Crown though it takes about two minutes to make something that looks as good as this very easy on the eyes.
Blob live wallpaper
Speaking of wallpapers, we’ve got blob, and I’ve got to say the name isn’t really doing it much justice. It is an elegant live wallpaper with minimal power draw, and whilst you can pay to customize it.
It comes pre-configured in a way that I think will look good on 95 percent of home screens. The motion is noticeable enough to keep things interesting, but not so fast that it becomes distracting. This is what a Live Wallpaper should be.
So here’s a situation. Most of us get a lot of notifications every day. I’ve definitely found times when I’m working on my laptop, but because my phone is the hub of my notifications, I feel like I need to keep checking that too, and that’s distracting. So by installing Crono on your phone and the Chrome browser on your computer, you can see and interact with all your phone’s notifications while your phone is somewhere else. Plus, it creates a tunnel between your phone and your laptop such that you can quickly send files between them.
One of my biggest complaints with the modern-day smartphone is that there’s a lot of stretching involved with these massive displays MiUI–ify Wi-Fi helps. It gives you a second notification bar at the bottom of your phone, so you can swipe up and then adjust brightness toggle settings and so on without feeling like you’re just about to dislocate your thumb. And speaking of thumbs, if yours is near the subscribe button right now, a sub would be amazing.
Next up, we’ve got a weather application, and I get it weather ups are boring, but if you were going to use one Overdrop is my absolute favorite.
I’m a big fan of applications that manage to keep sophisticated features whilst also keeping the interface clean, and Overdrop is one of the best examples of this. You can get as much or as little info as you need. Plus, the widget pack that comes bundled looks great when paired with a flat style wallpaper.
Next on the list, we have got ScreenshotGo. We’ll take screenshots, and it just works, so we never really think of changing our screenshot application, but this thing can solve a problem that I faced. It can extract text from the screenshots, which have two implications.
It means the app understands the content of your images so you can search for your screenshots just based on what was written in them, and it means that when you found those screenshots, you can copy text directly from them to paste elsewhere even if that screenshot was taken ten years ago.
Now Google is always running experiments. Part of the reason the company has so many success stories is that they put their hand in everything, and they’ve recently been churning out loads of digital wellbeing apps. Two of them are pretty good. The first is Post Box, which aims to stop you need to continuously check your phone by piling up your notifications and then releasing them all at once specified times. You can choose to release them 1, 2, 3, or 4 times per day just to give yourself time to breathe in between.
Google’s second is a desert island, which is one of those home screen replacements that try to strip you of everything but what you need. You pick up to 7 apps for your home screen, and it hides the rest away. Also removing all of those colorful icons which are built to lure you in.
It works, and the other thing I like here is that you get reporting. It tells you how many times you’ve used each of these apps. So you’ve got a figure to aim for. I say this as if applications are these universally menacing things, but a lot of them can be wonderful tools, and one of my favorites from this entire year is a picnic.
Picnic android app allows you to even in real-time edit the lighting in your entire photo. The sky changes alongside the colors of almost everything else and is the most convincing effect out of all the apps I’ve tried that offer similar features. It’s just fun. Often times, when I’ve taken a photo, I’m really proud of it.
I just find myself thinking I wonder if this could look even better if I played with the lighting effects. For example, here’s a scene I shot in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago, and it looks pretty great, but I definitely think it’s an improvement. When I applied the sunset preset, but we can do better still. I then tried snowstorm, and truth be told, most people issue the image too. I didn’t even question that it was fake, and the responses were mostly Oh well; I didn’t realize it snowed in Hawaii.
Another example of an app that is not some use as it is insanely fun to use is tiny planets.
It’s interesting because it allows you to distort normal photos and see them from a completely new perspective. It makes you sometimes think even in relatively dull scenes. If you plan it carefully, you can take some intriguing tiny planet photos, and the app gives you some extra trippy options to play around with. You can spin rotate and distort to your heart’s content.
The final app in this category of quirky photo editors is Chrome, a slap on the face of it. Standard stuff. You’ve got filters. You can make fine adjustments, but the filters themselves are pretty wacky.
Chrome lab can turn a pretty normal looking photo into something straight out of a sci-fi movie poster within 20 seconds — bold colors with a surprising amount of customization. Once you get into it, so those last three apps were pretty extra, so here’s something for the minimalists among you.
Welcome to a wallpaper app with a difference. The Stupis Screens takes clean to a whole new level. You might even see too far a lot of these look empty. But the hook here is that the app will keep generating a new wallpaper every time you tap this button.
It’s been programmed with certain rules certain objects it uses and certain colors, but even then, you’re very unlikely to generate the same wallpaper twice.
For people who have a bit of time to spare. We’ve got Display.land. It allows you to 3d scan objects people or even entire rooms. And whilst its purpose doesn’t stretch far beyond just being cool, it is very cool. You have to circle round several times for it to get a good reading, and even then, the result is not super high resolution, but there’s something about being able to explore an object from every angle that makes it a more powerful result than just taking the photo.
So I mentioned earlier this continuous stream of wacky projects that come out the doors of Google Motion Stills is one of their best. It captures the movement of fast objects so the rain in this case whilst eliminating the movement of slow objects like the trees in the background the result is that the final clip you get appears to have been taken on a tripod with rock-solid stabilization and the completely frozen backdrop brings more attention to the subject.
UbikiTouch is maybe the most fluid of all third party gesture apps I’ve used. It creates two translucent bars on either side of your phone, and when you swipe in from them, you can configure this to a whole number of commands like going back.
The difference here is that gestures are programmed more granularity than just swipe right like this and swipe left is that you can configure what a swipe can drag up and hold would do. For example, it’s super polished. The only caveat is that most of the features are locked until you get the pro version.
Okay. Easily one of my favorite augmented reality apps is Wanna Kicks. I’m not a massive sneak at, but as someone who’s not particularly knowledgeable in shoes, this is amazing for me. I can pick from a whole suite of real designs and visualize how they would look if I bought them.
It’s obviously not as good as finding a store and physically putting them on, but you might be surprised how much of a feel you do get for something when you see it on your body in a car.
Cometin is an app that doesn’t really have on a particular functionality. You could call it a toolbox, a sort of compilation of some of the best mods available on Android, and allows you to apply them easily and without rooting your device. Things like improved rotation, which lets you rotate even in stubborn apps that usually block you and can even let you rotate 180 degrees plus a fully customizable ambient display, you can configure what the always on the clock will look like and even the animation when you get a notification.
And finally, an absolute must-try, in my opinion, is Google go. It’s a web browser but uses a number of tricks to save 30 to 40 percent of data whilst sometimes being faster than Google Chrome. Applications like YouTube open in their native apps as opposed to a mobile browser equivalent, which for me, is ideal. And if you’re ever reading an article and you want it dictated, just tap this button at the bottom, and you can even adjust the speed of speech.