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 check out our selections for the best new Android apps from 2020 in this video!
The best NEW Android apps from September 2021:
Price: Free / $3.99 per month / $9.99 once
Ace ASL is an app for learning American Sign Language. It focuses primarily on fingerspelling, the foundation for the language itself. Each lesson teaches you a few letters and then puts you through an exercise to memorize them. It shows you the sign in the app and also in video format. Then, a person practices with their front-facing camera. The app uses AR to recognize if the hand symbol is correct or not and then proceeds accordingly. This isn’t a huge app and it really only works with numbers and letters. It’s a good introduction but you’ll want more coaching for the full language. The app runs for $3.99 per month or a single $9.99 purchase if you intend to go that route. Since most language apps cost vastly more than that, it’s actually a pretty good deal.
Camo is the mobile version of a popular desktop app. It lets you use your phone as your webcam on your computer. The app lets your phone be controlled by the app on your computer. Then, you can use your phone’s superior camera instead of a webcam. Some other features of the app include multiple resolutions, two aspect ratios, front and back camera support, and you can even switch between multiple Android devices at the same time. There are also native integrations for over 40 apps, including Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, OBS, Twitch, Final Cut Pro X, and more. It’s in early access beta at the time of this writing, but it should be a very fun app to use.
Galaxy Watch4 Plugin
Samsung launched its Galaxy Watch 4 in late August. With it came a slew of new apps to help you play with it. The app lets you manage your Galaxy Watch 4 with things like watch faces, apps, tiles, settings, and more. It doesn’t do anything on its own. However, once downloaded, it adds the settings to the Galaxy Wearables app. It’s basically required to manage the watch. That said, there are some things to not like about it. Non-Samsung phones don’t get as many features as Samsung phones. A lot of people are pretty mad about it. Additionally, it’s a bit buggy although that’s to be expected for a brand new product. Samsung needs to patch some of the bugs, but otherwise, the app works pretty well. Most of the negative reviews revolve around missing features on non-Samsung devices.
MelonDS is a new Nintendo DS emulator for mobile. It works about the same as any emulator. You put in the game ROM, load it up, and play the game. The emulator features a customizable software controller, Bluetooth controller support, the usual stuff like save and load states, a dark or light theme, and the always important fast forward support. It’s in early access beta at the time of this writing so they are still working out some bugs. It’s also free and open-source. DraStic DS Emulator has ruled the Nintendo DS emulator roost on mobile for a long time. Here’s hoping MelonDS brings some competition.
MLB The Show 21 Companion App
MLB The Show 21 Companion App is what the title says. It’s a companion app for the game for people who play it. The app lets you do a few different things. Some of the features include managing your watchlist, checking out the developer’s news about the game, information about game updates, and you can create orders for cards in the app as well. It’s nice to be able to manage those things without sitting in front of your TV. There are some bugs in the app. I believe the biggest complaint right now is the app logging people out after each use and the sign-in process is surprisingly annoying. Otherwise, it should suffice for most players.
OnMail is a new email client that lets you manage your inbox in a different way. The app boasts a simple UI, which I appreciate because email is cluttered enough as it is. The app also has built-in anti-tracking, and some features for managing your email. The developers wanted to focus primarily on security and privacy. Once things get going, the app should do most of the email filtering for you. It encourages you to use an OnMail address to access every feature, but you still get the vast majority on Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo accounts as well. It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s a different take on the whole email thing.
Opera Football is a sports app for soccer fans. It shows you things like schedules, scores, rankings, and the news about the sport. It shows you stats for over 1,000 leagues around the world and boasts support for over 10,000 matches over the course of any given year. You can view the scores live, compare players, and even watch highlights when available. This one is surprisingly competitive in the soccer space and competes with big names like SofaScore. Opera has added features since launch, a good sign for a new app. There isn’t much else to say about this one. It’s pretty good overall.
Routines is an app to help you build better habits. It works kind of like a to-do list app. You input all of the things you want to do every day. Some examples include things like exercise or cooking dinner. The app reminds you to do those things every day until they become a habit. That’s basically all the app does. The app is far from perfect. For instance, it’s free but supported by ads. We would like to see a way to buy the app and remove those ads. Plus, there are some bugs here and there that we hope the developer fixes. Otherwise, it’s a solid choice, especially if your daily routine is all messed up.
Samsung Health Platform
Samsung Health Platform is another app to manage health features on your phone or watch. It helps you collect data like blood glucose, blood oxygen, blood pressure, body composition, and a bunch of other things. It then ports that information into Samsung Health. As long as your phone or smart device can measure those things, Samsung can import them into Samsung Health. The app itself does very little but acts as a bridge between your smart health devices and your phone. From there, you can see and backup your data. Samsung does this for free so there isn’t a lot to complain about. The app has no UI and works as a plugin of sorts for Samsung Health.
Wear Installer is a sideloading app for Wear OS. The intended purpose is to sideload apps to your Wear OS 2.0 and Wear OS 3.0 smartwatch. The process is a little complicated for the uninitiated. You have to enable developer options from your watch and then enable ADB. The app uses those permissions to install apps from there. You can only sideload apps that have Wear OS support, otherwise, the installation will fail. Luckily, the app checks this for you before you begin the installation. This is in early access beta so there are likely some bugs. Make sure to send any bug reports to the developer so they can be fixed.
If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!
Thank you for reading! Check these apps out too: