Price: Free / $1.99
1Weather is one of the best weather apps on mobile. We like this one in particular because it has a clean interface, all of the basic info, a weather radar, severe weather alerts, and decent widgets. Plus, the little weather fun facts are enjoyable as well. The free version has everything along with ads while the premium version removes ads. It’s a rock solid, single-payment weather app in a market where more and more weather apps have a subscription. Today Weather is also quite good in this space.
Bouncer was our choice for the best new Android apps from 2019. It’s a security app with a focus on Android permissions. You can manage those permissions on the spot without diving into menus. It also lets you grant temporary permissions that it automatically revokes later. For instance, you can enable location to check into a place on Facebook and set Bouncer to remove that permission later. It’s an excellent bargain at $0.99. The only issue is that it’s not really worth it for Android versions beyond Android 10 since most of this functionality is built into the OS now.
Kustom Industries apps
Price: Free / $4.49 each
Kustom Industries is a developer on Google Play with a few great premium apps. The first is KWGT, a custom widget maker where you can make widgets that do a variety of things. There is also KLWP, a custom live wallpaper maker for those who want that. Finally, you have KLCK, one of the last custom lock screen apps under active development. All three apps follow a similar premise. They let you create customized things for your phone with a no-nonsense WYSIWYG editor and simple enough instructions. Each app has a free version and a premium version for $4.49 per app. Anyone looking for deeper customization and theming should check these apps out first.
Price: Free / $2.49
MediaMonkey is an excellent audio player with a lot of good functionality. The UI isn’t the flashiest. However, you get a variety of methods to sort your music, playlist support, Android Auto support, Google Chromecast support (along with casting to DLNA/UPnP devices), and compatibility with third party scrobblers like last.FM. Additionally, this is one of the few Android music players with a desktop version and you can sync the two similar to the old iTunes. The desktop version is quite a bit more expensive, but the two do support wireless syncing over WiFi. Of course, Poweramp, Pulsar, and BlackPlayer are also excellent premium apps if you want something different.
Nova Launcher Prime
Price: Free / $4.99
Nova Launcher is the gold standard for Android launcher apps. It features a modern UI, tons of extras, some theming features, and more. You can customize everything from the size of a home screen to the number of icons on the dock and plenty of other things. Tons of people already own this app, though. Thus, if you want to try something new, some other excellent premium apps include Hyperion Launcher, Action Launcher, and the new Apex Launcher.
PhotoPills and SunSurveyor
Price: $9.99 and $7.99, respectively
PhotoPills and SunSurveyor are two photography apps with a somewhat similar purpose. These apps help you plan shoots for photography and filmmaking. It helps you keep track of things like sunrise and sunset, moon phases, and star positions so you can get the photographs you want at the right time. Both of these apps are rather expensive, but we’ve seen virtually no complaints from anybody who buys them. You can go with either one, they are both excellent.
Price: Free / $4.49
Podcast Addict is an excellent podcast player. It has all of the usual features, including excellent organization and playlist features, tons of available podcasts, and various playback controls. You can also do neat stuff like auto download new episodes, find new podcasts, and cast it via Chromecast and SONOS. The UI isn’t the most flashy, but it’s functional and the rest of the features more than make up for it. This is easily among the best podcast apps on Android. Those who don’t like this one can try out Doggcatcher and, if you don’t mind subscription costs, Pocket Casts.
Price: Free / $0.99 per month / $10.99 once
Pulse SMS is an excellent all-around texting app. It works like most texting apps with theming, MMS support, and support for extras like text scheduling. However, if you pay the $10.99 price tag, you get cross-device syncing with your computer, tablet, or almost any other machine. It bypasses the need for subscription services like Pushbullet and it works quite well. If you just need a simpler and cheaper text app, Textra is also great at $2.99.
Relay for Reddit
Price: Free / $3.99
Relay for Reddit is an excellent way to browse the massive website. It features a card-style UI and it really helps separate Reddit UI elements. Some other features include inline previewing, moderator features, improved comment navigation, support for the spoiler tag, and more. It also loads comments and links simultaneously and we quite liked that. Its an excellent all-around experience and one of the better premium apps for Android.
Simple Mobile Tools (multiple apps)
Price: Free / $0.99 each
Simple Mobile Tools is a developer on Google Play with several good premium apps. They include a gallery, a calendar, a drawing app, a contacts app, a file manager, and a note taking app. These apps are super simple, open source, and require the absolute minimum permissions requirements. They are also dirt cheap at $0.99 each and have no advertising. This is a great set of paid apps if you want to go with the simplest possible options that also still get regular updates.
Price: Free / $2.99
Solid Explorer is easily one of the best file browser apps. It has a simple UI, but enough powerful features to satisfy almost anyone. It supports drag-and-drop functionality and it shows dual windows in landscape mode. Additionally, it supports most popular archive files, FTP servers, and most popular cloud storage websites. You can even stream local media files to your Chromecast. It’s powerful and it’s cheap.
Price: Free / $2.99
Tapet is a wallpaper generator app. You choose the pattern and colors. The app then makes a wallpaper. All wallpapers are made for your device’s screen specifically so you don’t have to worry about mismatches or low resolution images. Additionally, there are well over 100 patterns and tons of colors to play with. You can save ones you like or apply them from the app itself. It also has a random generator that auto-applies if you want to go that route.
Price: Free / $4.99
Tiny Scanner is an excellent productivity tool. It uses your device camera to scan documents, receipts, and other items. You can then turn those items into PDFs and save them for future reference. The app supports black and white, grayscale, and color scans. Additionally, you can adjust contrast if you need to. It’s a simple app that does a simple job. However, it does that job really well for a single price tag.
TouchRetouch is an interesting photo editing app. It doesn’t do the normal stuff like red eye correction or anything like that. Instead, it takes out bits and pieces of photos that make it look bad. For instance, you can get rid of a sign on a beach, a power line at the top of a photo, or other small things like that. It works surprisingly well and it can touch up a photo in a lot of ways. It runs for a single $1.99 purchase. This one is also free to use if you have Google Play Pass.
WolframAlpha is an information and education app. It’s also one of the most powerful apps in this space. You can find data for dozens of topics such as statistics, math, physics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, and more. You can ask it something basic like the tides in Honolulu, Hawaii and it’ll tell you. This is an invaluable tool for college students and likely even high school students. You won’t find a better tool for the price.
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