Nothing says happy holidays like a new Android phone or tablet, and no doubt many of you are reading this very story on a a shiny new droid. But while there's never been a better time for Android hardware, even the latest and greatest models are really nothing without the right collection of apps to show off their capabilities.
Considering, however, that there are nearly 1.5 million apps currently available on Google Play, finding truly excellent apps can be challenge. That's why I've put together this list of the best Android apps. Here, you'll find a little bit of everything: finance, storage, photo editing, and digital security. But you won't any games in this hallowed hall of Android perfection. That's not because PCMag doesn't like mobile games. Quite the contrary. We love mobile games so much we went and made a separate list for the best Android games. You're welcome.
Well, maybe not the absolute best. Or at least not all of the best Android apps. Google Play is simply too dynamic and vibrant a marketplace for us to list every single great app. Think of this as more of a snapshot. This is a look at what we think is the best right now based on our reviews and hands-on experience with Android apps.
When I look for apps to add to this list, I'm looking for those that excel in two areas: uniqueness and elegance. A unique app provides something that no other app can. Take a look at Tasker, which gives you incredible control over your Android device, if you can master its numerous tools. An elegant app may not be the most original app, but the way it accomplishes something makes it a joy to use. Lots of apps let you browse the news, but no one does it better than Flipboard.
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Though a list of 100 apps is far more manageable than the entirety of the Google Play store, it's still a challenge to keep current. We update the list frequently to keep it from being overrun with broken and unhip apps. Hopefully, the next time you read this, there will be some new gems for you to discover.
This time around, we have a number of updated classics like Periscope, Google Wallet, Wunderlist, and many more. We also welcome Doodle, an excellent app for planning events, to the Android winner's circle.
With this list, we also strive to give you choice. There are, for example, at least three excellent services for storing your files on the cloud that we include in this list. But each has different pricing, features, and appearance. You're sure to find something that works for you from our list.
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We know a lot about apps, but were' still merely human. There's simply no way we could possibly comprehend the maddening totality of Google Play and hope to survive. So we rely on our humble judgment, our instincts, and feedback from you, our readers.
If we missed something, or you have a recommendation, be sure to drop us a line in the comment section. If you're looking for something more specific, we've got you covered. Perhaps you'd enjoy the best free Android apps, or the best messaging apps, or maybe the top Android antivirus apps.
And now I humbly present the 100 best Android apps!