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 July 2021:
AR Canvas is a new augmented reality app from Samsung. The app basically functions as a camera app, but lets you insert AR elements to spice up your photos. Some other features include the ability to doodle in your images, add stickers and various objects, and also leave messages for other people. If other people use the app and go to the same places, they can see your creations. It’s a bit of a niche thing, but we can see this being useful for teachers in classrooms or roommates leaving messages. It’s goofy and fun, even if it’s not an everyday app.
Data Restore Tool
Data Restore Tool is a new app from Google. Actually, it’s not really that new. It’s an app version of the restore function in most Android phone settings menus. It basically lets you copy data from an old phone to a new phone using a cable. It’s not the most exciting app. However, an APK teardown revealed that Google may do a Move to Android app on iOS, so this could evolve into something more over time.
Price: Free / Up to $2.99
Dogname is a simple app that houses a bunch of random dog names. However, it works a little bit like Tinder. You and and another person connect in the app and start swiping names. When you and the other person agree on a name, it pops up for both of you. It’s a nice way to brainstorm pet names quickly. We hope they expand to other animals and add more names. A human version of this for expecting parents would be a neat idea too.
DonorDrive Charity Fundraising
DonorDrive Charity Fundraising is exactly what the title says. It lets you raise funds for a non-profit of your choice. The app has a dedicated list of non-profits for you to choose from. You can then share the link and try to raise some money. It works well for content creators as an easy way to set up a fundraiser without much effort. The app aims to compete with GoFundMe and other such platforms. You won’t get the same experience, but it’s definitely a good start.
This is Expensify’s new app. It works like most payment apps. You can send and request money to and from friends for various reasons. Additionally, this version has a chat function so you can discuss these things before you send and receive money. There are also some business features in case you’re running a small business. It works well with Expensify’s existing app, which lets you track your expenses. It’s still new, though, so we expect it to improve over time.
OpenSky is another new app from Google. This one helps drone owners fly their drones more safely and legally. You can do things like check out compliance maps so you don’t fly in restricted airspace. There is also an option to request authorization to fly in controlled airspace as well. It’s definitely a good start for drone owners. Over time, it should compete very favorably with apps like the FAA’s B4UFLY app (Google Play) and serve more or less the same function.
Orion is a new dating app that tries to simplify things. It works like most other dating apps. You create a profile and try to find other people with similar likes. However, this app has tons of prompts to give you an idea of what to say, what kind of photos to post, and icebreakers in case you and another person end up in a chat. The app has some first-release bugs, including some account creation issues. It otherwise has quite a bit of promise in an otherwise underwhelming dating app scene.
Price: Free / Up to $74.99 per year
TimeoutIQ is a parental app for supervising kids. Parents install the app on their kids’ devices and then monitor their various activities. The app is capable of keeping track of screen time and locking kids out once their allotment is over. Some other features include location tracking, set the app to ask your child educational quiz questions based on their grade level, and track your youngster’s app usage statistics. The app is free to use for a single device with multiple subscription tiers based on how many kids you have. It supports up to five total kids in a single household.
Water Resistance Tester
Price: Free / Optional donation
Water Resistance Tester was a pretty big deal when it was released. It’s mostly because nobody is 100% certain it actually works. The app uses the phone’s barometer to collect a pressure reading. It then encourages the user to press on the screen. The app looks at the difference in pressure and then determines if the phone’s water resistance is still intact. It only works on phones with an barometer so some phones simply won’t work with it. Additionally, things like not pressing hard enough or phone cases can mess with results. It seems like it works. One reviewer said he had the back glass on his LG G7 replaced and the app correctly indicated that the phone no longer had good water resistance. In any case, we recommend trying it out for yourself and seeing what you find out.
Price: Free / Varies
YourMechanic is a service for people who need a mechanic. You simply open the app, input your car’s make and model along with your ZIP, and the app shows you mechanics in your area. You can also chat with mechanics, check prices around town, and schedule appointments for your car. The app also lets you finance repairs through Affinity if you want to go that route. Obviously, you should be careful taking on new debt. In any case, the app is pretty new and it doesn’t have every mechanic in every town yet, but it should get there over time. It has a lot of potential, especially for folks who want to price check repairs.
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