App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from passed months by clicking here!
[Price: Free / $3.49]
ADW Launcher 2 has been in beta for a while but had it’s grand re-opening in January. The new ADW has a ton of features, including a modern design, custom widget building, theming, icon pack support, and tons of under the hood changes. The modern design reflects that of other modern browsers such as the Pixel Launcher and Nova Launcher. It also backs up these new features with decent performance and low battery drain. You can download it for free or pay the money for the pro version.
FastKey Launcher is an interesting concept. It’s a launcher app that replaces your home screens with its own. Unlike most, it actually puts a keyboard right on the main screen. You can use the keyboard to type in text to search for contacts, apps, and other info. The idea is that you can access apps and contacts quickly and you can even make calls right from the main interface. It still needs some work, but it’s a fun little concept. It’s also free.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
MoodCast Diary is an app that tracks your mood. The way it works is you make diary entries over the course of your average day. The app will then track your mood as time passes. Once it gets into its groove, it can tell you what your pattern is for being happy or being upset. It also comes with a slick Material Design interface that’s easy to use. You get the basic features of the app for free. Paying the $2.99 will allow you to integrate your social media accounts into the app so it can gather more information.
Posture is an app that wants to improve your posture. It does this by using your gyroscope and and a screen overlay. When it detects that your phone is in a position that is too stressful for your neck, it’ll pop up a little icon in the middle of the screen to remind you to straighten up. It includes various settings so you can control how often the app checks to make sure you’re doing it right. There are also some theming elements. It’s fun to use and generally unobtrusive. It’s also free.
Screens is an application for people who actually like split-screen mode in Android Nougat. The app allows you to create a quick shortcut on your home screen that opens two apps into split-screen mode. You simply open the app, select two apps, give the shortcut a name, and the created shortcut will appear. In our testing, it worked enough of the time to really enjoy it. However, there are some combinations of apps that simply don’t work well together. In any case, the app is free if you want to try it.
Squeeze is a financial app that helps you manage your budget. It uses a friendly, Material Design inspired interface that allows you to move quickly around the app. Once you sign in, you’ll be able to see financial insights and comparisons to your bills to help you save money. The app also boasts 128-bit SSL encryption to help make you feel more safe. One of the things you’ll be asked to do is sign in using your bank account. We totally understand if that’s not your thing. Otherwise, the app is free.
Stringify is a new competitor to IFTTT. You’ll be able to create automated actions with this app that your Android device performs automatically. A few examples include the ability to share Fitbit goals to Facebook, open your garage door as you pull up, or even set the lights a certain way when it’s bed time. As you may have guessed by now, the app is compatible with a variety of smart gadgets along with various apps. It’s free to download but it is currently in beta. That means there are going to be some bugs.
[Price: Free / $1.99]
SystemPanel 2 is the latest system monitor app from NextApp. It has been entirely rebuilt from the ground up and looks a lot different from its predecessor. It features Material Design, the ability to monitor most systems from your Android device, and root access for even more stats if you’re rooted. Every feature is available in the free version and the pro version simply removes advertising. The only bad part is that Android Nougat is very strict on what is running on your device. Otherwise, it looks good and it works well.
Toontastic 3D is a fun little Google app that lets you create animations. It comes with a variety of characters and objects that you can use to get started. You can also make your own if you’re interested. Along with creating the animations, you can also narrate them, choose from three story arcs to help you along, and you can export the videos and share them when you’re done. It’s not professional level, but it’s still pretty fun to use. It’s also free.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Weather Wiz is a newer weather app that looks fantastic. It features the basic weather info including the current temperature, hourly forecasts, a ten-day forecast, precipitation, wind, cloud cover, UV index, and dew point. It also has one of the coolest weather radars that we’ve ever seen. You can also track multiple locations if you want to. Every feature in the app is free to use. You can also buy additional themes as optional in-app purchases.
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