15 best Material Design apps for Android
It’s been a couple of years since Material Design first hit Android, but there are still a ton of apps that haven’t been updated to the new standard yet. If you’re on a quest to make your phone as Material Design as humanly possible, let us help out. Here are the best Material Design apps for Android!
CloudMagic Email is arguably one of the best third party email apps available on Android. It has a unified inbox, support for most email protocols, and you can create a CloudMagic account (free) that allows you to sync all of your email addresses between devices so you don’t have to do it manually. It also comes with a healthy dose of Material Design and a plugin system that can help you increase your productivity. You can even use it as your calendar if you want.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Evernote is among the best note-taking applications available on Android and it has been updated to show off the beauty of Material Design. For those who may not know, Evernote has a ton of features for a note taking app, including the ability to create picture notes, text notes, lists, video notes, and audio notes. There is also cross-platform support, collaboration support, and a lot more. There is a premium version that you’ll have to pay for to use a few features, but it’s a solid overall option.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Google Drive is Google’s cloud storage service that also has direct links to other Google services, including Google Keep, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, and Google Photos. It’s an app that allows you to browse and interact with all of the files you have stored on your Google Drive account and you can also manage your account which includes buying more space if you need it. It’s one of the best examples of Material Design there is and really shows what the design can do for an app’s functionality.
[Price: Free / $9.99/month]
Google Play Music was one of the first really good looking Material Design apps and remains so now. It acts as a local music player or you can upload your music to Google Play Music to be streamed to your device. You can also sign up for All Access which gives you unlimited streaming of anything on Google Play Music along with YouTube Red. It’s a good looking app and it’s a pretty decent music player as well.
Houzz was Google’s winner of the first annual Google Play Awards for “best app”. This is an interior design app that allows you to see various templates so you can plan your next home renovation. It features tons of ideas and it’s housed in a simple, but effective Material Design layout that is just excellent. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases which is a nice bonus and you can also go shopping to buy some of the stuff you see in the various images. Home decor is a bit of a niche market, but Houzz is about the only one you really need.
[Price: $1/month, $12/year]
LastPass is a password manager tool and it’s considered one of the best out there, even despite some occasional issues in the past. This app stores all your passwords and additional sensitive information under a master password. It has the capacity to auto-login on websites (using certain web browsers) as well as apps on Android so you don’t have to remember your passwords. It’s a handy security tool and an easy way to keep your passwords protected, remembered, and up to date!
[Price: Free with in app purchases]
LocalCast is an application that allows you to stream your local media to your Chromecast from your Android device. It’s a simple application that’s entirely free to use. It also comes with support for Apple TV, Xbox One, and several different smart TVs. Really, it’s compatible with pretty much anything that has DNLA/UPnP support. The app allows for the casting of photos, music, and video and it also supports subtitles. Of course, it is all wrapped up inside a cocoon of Material Design.
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Robinhood is a free stock trading application that, well, allows you to buy and sell stocks for free. It also shows you a variety of stats about the stock market, including market data, quotes, various charts, and more. Overall, it’s actually a relatively simple stocks app, but it has one of the best examples of Material Design, which is probably why Google named it “best use of Material Design” at their first annual Google Play App Awards.
[Price: Free / $4.99]
Runtastic has long been a fan favorite when it comes to fitness apps, especially for those who are runners. It features the ability to map out your runs, share them with friends, and keep a log of the runs you’ve taken. It’s exceptionally well designed, features live tracking, and there is even an auto-pause feature that will pause your workout when you stop moving. It’s just a joy to use if you like to run places. Of course, it also has Material Design.
Slack is a messaging platform designed for businesses and that like to stay in communication. It includes the ability to attach and share almost any kind of file which is nice and you can also create chat rooms for various topics so you don’t have everyone talking over one another. There are also a variety of plugins including Asana, Giphy, Google Drive, and others which adds even more functionality and fun. The app looks good and works great.
[Price: Free / $1.99]
Solid Explorer is quickly becoming a favorite in the file manager space. It has a solid set of features including support for archived files, support for a variety of cloud storage websites as well as FTP, SFTP, WebDav, SMB, and CIFS support. It also comes with root access, two panel navigation, and it’s all wrapped up in a swath of Material Design. Cabinet Beta is pretty good, but at least for now, Solid Explorer is better. It’s $1.99 with the free version being a 14-day free trial to see if you like it.
[Price: Free / $2.89]
Textra was on a prior version of this list, was removed because it was buggy, then re-added because it became awesome again. Textra is a Material Design focused SMS and MMS app that lets you, well, text message people. It comes with a bot that you can text for help if you need it and you have the ability to theme the app using the colors that you want. Every feature is in the free version with the paid version removing the occasional advertisement that you may see.
[Price: Free / $4.30]
Today Calendar was one of the first calendar apps to embrace Material Design and so far it seems to be doing it 100% right. It comes with plenty of calendar features, including sync support and virtually every feature from the stock email app. Of course, the big story here is the design which is just fantastic as Today Calendar manages to use Material Design in a way that enhances the functionality instead of just making another calendar app that looks flashy.
Wally has a tumultuous past. It started out on fire as the premiere Material Design app for grabbing up wallpapers. Then the site that hosted the wallpapers shut down which left Wally broken. Now, everything has been sorted out and the app is back to working order. It was considered one of the best uses of Material Design and one of the first apps to come out with it. It’s also a good place to find wallpapers.
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