10 best Android tablet apps that all tablet owners should have

by: Joe HindyNovember 11, 2015

best tablet apps for Android
Whether or not tablets are the next wave of computing is still a topic that’s up for debate and one without any real answer right now. That said, tablets can be a lot of fun and very useful if you can find stuff to do on them. In this app roundup, we’ll try to get you started with the best Android tablet apps that all tablet owners should have.

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Adobe best Android tablet appsPretty much any Adobe app

[Price: Free]
Adobe has quite the range of products on mobile, including Photoshop Express, Lightroom Mobile, Capture CC, Illustrator Draw, Color CC, Shape CC, Brush CC, and many others. These are all useful applications that do various things but they really shine on the larger screen real estate that comes with having a tablet. They’re all free to download and most of them work well with Creative Cloud if you happen to use that. We recommend giving them a look and you can do just that using the button below.

Get it now on Google Play!

Adobe best Android tablet apps

Amazon Kindle best Android tablet appsAmazon Kindle

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
There are a ton of ebook reader apps out there, but there are few that have the stability, selection, and usefulness of Amazon Kindle. The Kindle Store has a ton of books, magazines, and other reading material that you can buy and read. The larger screen sizes make reading much easier and more comfortable than on phones and tablets are where apps like Kindle really shine. Google Play Books is a decent alternative as well.

Get it now on Google Play!

Amazon Kindle best android tablet apps

CamScanner best android tablet appsCamScanner and Xodo PDF Reader and Editor

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CamScanner is a great productivity app. This allows you to use your tablet’s camera to scan in documents such as invoices, forms, receipts, and other documentation that you may want in the digital space. You can annotate PDFs, send the images in PDF or JPEG format, and there is even a service embedded that will send faxes. It also comes with OCR support, print options, and more. You can use this with an app like Xodo PDF Reader and Editor and between the two, you’ll be able to handle all of your PDF scanning and editing needs. You can use that last link there to pick up Xodo and the button below to get CamScanner.

Get CamScanner now on Google Play!

clover paint best android tablet appsClover Paint

[Price: $7.56]
The larger screens on tablets make them almost perfect for artists and Clover Paint is about as good as it gets in the artist space. The app is expensive, but it bills itself as a professional-grade painting app. It comes complete with layers, tons of brushes, customizable canvas sizes, stylus support for most devices, and a lot more. There is a free demo version you can try before you buy it. If this doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, we have a whole list of apps that are great for artists.

Get it now on Google Play!

Flipboard best Android tablet appsFlipboard

[Price: Free]
Flipboard is already a wildly popular news-reading application. It uses a magazine-style user interface that looks and feels just delightful on tablets. It’s a great way to read the news and you can customize your news feed with sources you enjoy reading from (we hope one of them is Android Authority!). It’s simple to use, totally free, and you can find virtually any website to use as a news source. If that’s a little over the top for you, Feedly is another great, simple option.

Get it now on Google Play!

Flipboard best Android news apps

Google Drive best android tablet appsGoogle Drive suite

[Price: Free]
The Google Drive suite is a pretty hearty list of apps and includes Google Drive (cloud storage), Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides (all office apps), Google Photos, and Google Keep (notes). The Drive app will give you 15GB of free storage with more available at a fairly reasonable price and you can back up virtually any kind of file. The individual apps cover the gamut from office apps to note taking, and even photo viewing and backup. Google Photos is especially great because you can backup photos and videos on your phone and then view them on your tablet’s larger screen.

Get it now on Google Play!

Here maps best android tablet appsHERE Maps

[Price: Free]
It’s true that Google Maps is kind of the de facto option on most mobile devices. However, a good case can be made for HERE Maps. HERE Maps lets you download maps for offline use and also includes offline navigation. You can find info about businesses in the area and you can share your location using the app’s Glympse feature. Google Maps is getting better with offline support but HERE Maps is definitely worth checking out if you want to use your tablet for GPS. Do beware, though, as a few tablets are still waiting for support from the developers.

Get it now on Google Play!

lastpass best android tablet appsLastPass

[Price: Free with subscription option]
LastPass is a password management application. We’re sure you’re going to log into a bunch of apps, social networks, and websites on your tablet and an app like LastPass can be a real boon for that. The app will securely store your passwords and then automatically help you log into various sites and apps. It’s great for those who don’t want to remember every password they use. There is a subscription service available, but it’s only really necessary if you want to sync between your computer and mobile devices.

Get it now on Google Play!

pushbullet best Android tablet appsPushBullet

[Price: Free]
Chances are you have both a tablet and a smartphone. If that’s the case, PushBullet is an app you should absolutely check out. It allows you to connect your devices together in such a way that they can communicate and work together. With this app, you can do things like answer texts on your tablet instead of your phone, copy and paste things between devices, move files between devices, and tons of other features. It helps bridge that gap between your devices and gives you a way to make them all work together.

Get it now on Google Play!

zedge best android tablet appsZedge

[Price: Free]
Of course, you’ll want to pick up some notification tones and wallpapers for your tablet and Zedge is as good an app as any to start your search. It has a ton of crowd-sourced images and sounds that you can use to customize the most basic parts of your tablet. The selections are pretty decent and the app works very well with the advertising being the only minor complaint. If you need something more, we have a whole list of awesome wallpaper apps to try.

Get it now on Google Play!

netflix best Android tablet apps for halloweenBonus: Your favorite video streaming services

[Price: Varies]
One of the more obvious reasons to pick up a tablet is for multimedia and video streaming is a red-hot industry right now. Some of the services we’d recommend is Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sling TV, YouTube, and Google Play Movies & TV. There are plenty of others and none of them are really bad but how good they are will vary based on your taste in video content. There are no wrong answers here because tablets simply rock for video streaming.

Get it now on Google Play!

netflix best Android tablet apps

google play music best android tablet appsBonus: Your favorite music streaming services

[Price: Varies]
Similarly, tablets are great for audio streaming. It could be music from apps like Pandora, Spotify, Google Play Music, and iHeartRadio or podcast apps like Doggcatcher or Pocket Casts. It even works great for a-la-carte apps like SoundCloud. A tablet along with a decent Bluetooth speaker can give you a fun audio experience that’s easy to control and the best part is that it won’t be eating the battery on your phone! With Google Play Music, you can also upload your own music so you can play your own stuff on your tablet without taking up any precious storage space.

Get it now on Google Play!

Google Play Music best android tablet apps

Wrap up

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  • Олег Александров

    es file explorer is good, but solid explorer is much much better.

    • http://mh449.wapka.mobi/ Micajah McCuen

      ASUS tablets (not Nexus) come in with a pre-installed file manager, and it works just as good as ES File Explorer… probably even better.

  • haaris

    Where is shadow gun or shadowgun dead zone

  • OMGgary

    Kingsoft Office

  • me

    Really? We’re doing multi-page lists now? Are we that desperate for advertising revenue now or just trying to waste readers time and data packages?

    • monkey god

      It’s all on one page for me and I didn’t have to click on any button. Not sure why its multi page for you.

  • lhtbinh1909

    excuse me, can anyone show me where are the rest 14 apps??

    • http://androidauthority.com/ Brad Ward

      Just hit the arrow at the top of the page to go to the next page. Or you could just hit the view all button to see everything on a single page. :)

      • lhtbinh1909

        My browser hadn’t done it job then, I see these arrows now. Thanks anyway :D

  • Chue

    Is riptide 2 free as they claim to be?

    • lhtbinh1909

      yes, there is a free version but from another developer

      • Balraj

        Link for Google play to the free version? If possible

    • Ben Enos

      No its not free. Obviously very little research was actually done in writing this article.

  • Mrkud

    I just took my ipad 3 from the drawer and updated it. I need to admit I am shocked, I have been using my N7 and S4 most of the time but the wealth and beauty of the apps for iPad are just ridiculous. Need to say that iOS7 loks more Android-ish to me then the Android OS itself.

    • http://mh449.wapka.mobi/ Micajah McCuen

      Android is still obviously better.

  • Balraj

    I didn’t like most of the apps..It’s laughable that these are must have
    I just liked the games n two more apps
    If you ppl are advertising apps, just do it openly lol
    We won’t feel bad, don’t ruin your reputation
    I wasted my time going through 16pages >.<

  • Quryous

    Well, I can agree with 2 of them. The rest didn’t last a day.

  • Magnetic1

    There is some bias here. But I’m not offended by it. Corporations that cooperate gets included in the good PR campaigns. But there are other apps that I think is more valuable than some listed here. Then again it’s that to each his own kind of thing too. But I thought Real Racing 3 was given. Huh!

  • Magnetic1

    How about an app that gets the APK file download?

  • jlninja

    Everyone has their opinion, but fir the best browser with flash which I use as my favorite is Dolphin withoit a doubt. Permanent desktop settting and flash support makes it an excellent choice. Chrome is useless on Android with no capabilities beyond what it comes with If it had the capabilities of the desktop version maybe, but it still doesnt have a desktop default setting or flash

    Flipboard is pretty, but incredibly slow and fatal in its lack of access to the original stories in most cases. Pulse is the best app of its kind. Fast, configuable and stable.

    • Ben Enos

      I use flipboard a lot and almost every single story has a link to the original post, either at the bottom of the page or in the toolbar where it gives people the option to view it on the Web. I’ve never once come across a tithing I couldn’t read the full version of except a few posts from the Wall St Journal because they want viewers to subscribe to thier service.

  • Anders CT

    AIDE is an outstanding app.

    Can you play Modern combat 4 with mouse and keyboard?

  • Ben Enos

    You have Riptide2 listed as free, but it’s actually a three dollar app. The “free” version in the play store is malware and users have been warned against downloading it several times (including on this site I believe) I expected a bit more quality in this article, it has poor research and poor layout (multi page format).

  • Anders CT

    The new free Quickoffice app is good on a laptop

  • ultravisitor

    Why use SoundHound when Google Search can listen to and identify a song, as well as provide a link for purchase from Google Play?

  • Tulai Paul

    Good, Educative article. We are in synch. Additionally, the users may like to download some mobile apps and games provided by the companies like appnext or chartboost or adcolony for recreation purposes.

  • strangefruit

    Springpad is the best note taking and organising tool, Kingsoft Office is free and more than adequate for most needs. Firefox is actually a better browser on the tablet than Chrome. Flip may be colourful but I think Taptu does a much better job of aggregating your news. Really for a top 15 list I can hardly find 3 apps here to recommend. ES File Explorer i have loved from day 1,

  • jim

    Brad Ward can suck my juicy fruits. Hes a big Dummyhead poopoo.

  • Albin

    Kindle app is not restricted to AMZN’s Kindle format, but supports both DRM-free *.mobi and PDF files, though not as good as a dedicated app like’s Adobe or Foxit for PDF. Also supports OverDrive library loans in the USA, for those one-off books no use owning. I also use Aldiko app for the *.epub format and OverDrive loans here in Canada.

  • Jayfeather787

    Nova Launcher is a must on every device.

  • willheim

    On tablet my #1 app is MXPlayer to watch videos, movies, clips. And some emulators to run Win3.1 (lol no kid).
    On phone Opera Browser and Google Hangout are my best companion for daily commute.

  • Will S.

    I’m not particularly blown away by this list, some apps even come preinstalled; would’ve likes to have seen some less known apps.

  • joser116

    It’s sad that a lot of these apps are Google apps, popular no-brainer apps, or simple apps like calculator and widgets.

  • Patrick Kwete

    Stock Market Sensei let’s you beat the stock market, the listing has proof: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kwete.marketsensei

  • Den Watsons

    Why no media streaming players are in the list? I use a lot Bubble UPnP and ArkMC, for example to stream and playback media wirelessly. Very easy and comfortable.

  • zenatic

    lol , me too !!

  • Anon

    Because isn’t not there on chrome’s mobile browser…

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  • Charles Hobbs

    Actually there isn’t a “View All” button on the mobile site.

    But I also have to agree that everyone hates these lists, dividing content across multiple pages may inflate your traffic stats and that may potentially garner you more ad revenue in the future, but this practice does waste users bandwidth and time…

  • turdbogls

    is this an actual app? seems like these pop up from time to time and it is spyware/malware. just curious if anyone has downloaded that version, and scanned it.
    seems very shady that a top developer would let “some guy” release a free version of their app, without their name on the app anywhere.

  • lhtbinh1909

    Agree, I just do a search and this one shows down. Haven’t try it either.

  • APai

    apple scoffs at a stylus, besides the accuracy with regular capacitive stylus is nowhere close to the samsung stylus.

    so you are out of luck, sorry. get a device which has a stylus like samsung, or the new tegra note – which has a slightly modified stylus, but closer to the samsung stylus.