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 past months by clicking here! You can check out our selections for the best new Android apps from 2019 in the video above!
Breaker is a new podcast app with a social media element. It’s a decent podcast player on its own and it boasts over 500,000 podcasts. The player also includes speed controls that ranges between half speed and three times speed along with the ability to skip silences. You can even auto download podcasts for offline listening. The social elements adds a little bit extra. You can friend people and see what they listen to. That part is fine, but it’ll only really matter if a lot of people pick this up. The app is free with no in-app purchases.
Dark Mode is an interesting app that may help fix problems. It basically only activates dark mode on devices that have a dark mode but no toggle for users to turn it on. That’s basically it. You open the app, hit the toggle, and your phone enters into dark mode. This should work with most devices. However, there are some OEMs that disable dark mode permanently and this app can’t fix that. It’s completely free with no in-app purchases or ads.
Facebook Viewpoints is very similar to Google Opinion Rewards. You log in, answer survey questions, and get a bit of money or other rewards for your troubles. The app is for data collection like all survey apps so that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The UI is relatively clean and you can log in with just an email if you don’t have a Facebook account. The app has a lot of bugs right now and it’s not quite ready for public consumption. However, we expect Facebook to clean those bugs up over time and it should work well after that.
Google Santa Tracker
Google Santa Tracker is Google’s annual Santa tracker app. It’s mostly for kids and has a lot of fun little mini-games to celebrate the holidays. Of course, this article released after Christmas so it’s not so useful right now. However, we encourage you to keep it in mind for next Christmas. It usually launches in the first week of December. This year’s app worked just fine and when we checked on Christmas Eve, Santa was delivering presents to Paris, France. It’s great for the kids and it worked fine aside from the occasional bug.
Microsoft Learn Chinese
Microsoft Learn Chinese is a weird release for the software giant. We usually see Microsoft apps as productivity apps and rarely as learning apps. Microsoft Learn Chinese may be its first branch into new territory. The app has a clean and simple UI. It otherwise acts like a language learning app. Microsoft’s claim to fame with this one is its AI chat bots. You can use them to practice your speech, your accent, and your annunciation. It appears to have some freezing issues for some folks or we think the Google Play rating would be much higher.
Microsoft Math Solver
Microsoft Math Solver is another educational app from Microsoft from this last December. The app works a lot like Photomath. People scan math problems into the app and the app solves the problem for you. It’s an excellent study aid for middle school, high school, and early collegiate math. The app also shows you the step-by-step progression on how to solve each problem. You can also write out your math problems like MyScript Calculator 2. It’s early on and we hope Microsoft improves the app over time. For now, we still recommend Photomath or MyScript Calculator 2 over this one.
Milkshake is a website builder app. It’s actually quite good for simple use cases. We would recommend this for someone making an online portfolio of their artwork or a very simple storefronts or blogs. It doesn’t have the power of something like WordPress or Squarespace. However, not everybody needs that level of power and this app competes well in those simpler use cases. You can even keep track of things like view stats and other analytics. It’s free to use but you still have to pay for hosting.
NordPass Password Manager
Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $35.88 per year
NordPass Password Manager is the latest entrant into the password manager space. This one is by the same developers of NordVPN. It works like most password managers. You input all your info and the app autofills the appropriate username and password into your various accounts in various apps and websites. It boasts what it calls a zero knowledge encryption where only you have access to the unencrypted data and that’s a nice feature for privacy-minded folks. It has some bugs that need fixed but it should otherwise fit in well with the password manager segment.
Price: Free / Up to $12.99
Tile Shortcuts is a simple, but effective customization app. It uses Android’s native feature to add tiles to Quick Settings menus. You can use that function to add apps, website URLs, and other such things. The developer is also working on a feature to add other things as well. It works fairly simply. You open it, define a tile, and it shows up in the Quick Settings. You then edit the Quick Settings to put the tile where you want. It worked well in our testing and it adds yet another way to customize your phone.
ZenKey by T-Mobile
ZenKey is an app by T-Mobile and is only available to T-Mobile subscribers. The premise is that you use this app instead of a password to log into things. The ZenKey becomes your username and password. Thus, as long as you have it, you don’t need any of those things. T-Mobile notes that it works with most phones currently on its service except OnePlus phones for some reason. We admittedly didn’t get to test this one as much we wanted, but it’s a neat idea.
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