It’s the shortest month of the year, and the ever-growing Android platform now has even more apps to check out. The Google Play store in itself has over 2.9 million apps at the time of writing. That’s a pretty massive library of apps. And with hoards of new developers releasing their apps for Android every day, the number is only going to increase. It’s not possible for a user to check out every single one of them. And that is mostly due to the limited amount of storage space available on mobile devices.
So we are back with our list of top 5 best Android apps that can change the way you use your Android device. We have carefully compiled this list, which only consists of apps that we trust and use on a daily basis. To download them, each app name links to their respective Google Play page for your convenience.
One of the best features of Google’s Pixel lineup is the “Now Playing” functionality supported on Pixel 2 and onwards. Since not everyone uses a Pixel, the feature is far from the reach of most Android users.
Shazam fixes this problem. You can not only identify a song by using your device’s microphone, but also play the song on your device using Apple Music or Spotify. You will also be shown matching results on YouTube, as well as the albums and other creations from the artist. If you are in a karaoke mood, time-synced lyrics are also available for selected tracks.
A single tap on the screen will show you accurate results in a few seconds. The music you have identified are called ‘Shazams.’ You can find your Shazam history along with the artists and recommended playlists. The Shazam charts also let you discover what others are ‘Shazaming’ around the world so that you can expand your music playlist.
Wait, there’s more. You can use the pop-up Shazam button to identify music on social media apps on your device. In times when you are not connected to the internet, you get the option Shazam offline, then get the results when connected to the internet.
As Apple owns Shazam, it is totally free of advertisements, and you can integrate Shazam with your Apple Music or Spotify account for adding your Shazams directly to a playlist. The app is available for free on the Play Store.
Blokada is a free DNS changer that gives you access to blocked websites and protects you from DNS spoofing. You can choose from several popular public DNS servers, including Cloudflare 18.104.22.168, AdGuard, Google Public DNS, OpenDNS, Quad101, Freenom World, and many more.
Blokada does feature DNS fallback, which automatically switches to Cloudflare DNS in case of poor network connectivity.
It does also feature a VPN service called Blokada Tunnel, which hides your IP address and encrypts your network. This ensures unbreachable network security, especially when you are connected to a public Wi-Fi network.
Blokada claims to have no impact on your device’s performance and battery life since it utilizes the stock VPN API integrated into current Android versions.
The app doesn’t have any advertisements as it’s an open-source application. The Play Store version of the app is called Blokada Slim. You can also download and install the open-source version from Blokada’s official website, which includes an efficient ad-blocker for your Android device. This is a handy feature for those who are on a limited or slow cellular data connection. Blokada is also available for Android TV.
3. Kiwi Browser
Kiwi Browser is a Chromium and WebKit based browser for Android devices. It is a stripped-down fork of Google Chrome, which cuts through all the clutters you don’t need most of the time. Although the browser engine is optimized to run on limited CPU and memory resources, you can still expect a super-smooth browsing experience on Kiwi Browser.
Kiwi Browser even has a powerful ad-blocker built-in, which is something we don’t often see on other Chromium-based browsers. Along with cryptojacking protection, you can safely visit sketchy websites that use miner scripts.
It even allows you to install extensions from Kiwi’s extension repository or the Chrome Web Store. Customizability is one of the best aspects of Kiwi Browser, which starts from the position of the address bar to granular notification controls. Dark mode fans can also enable night mode and adjust the contrast to their preference.
If you are looking for a third-party alternative to your current Chromium-based browser, then you should definitely give Kiwi Browser a try. It has thousands of positive reviews on the Play Store, and they have an ever-growing community of power users on Discord.
Two-factor authentication is considered to be the most secure account verification method nowadays. Android users can use the Google Authenticator is a simple soft-token generator for 2FA, but Google didn’t bother to update it for over two years now.
Authy is an excellent alternative that does the same thing as Google Authenticator but offers more features and an extra layer of security. Accounts that you add on Authy gets synchronized to an encrypted cloud backup server, which is very useful in case your device gets lost or stolen.
The authenticator accounts are also auto-synced across all of your devices that are connected to Authy. It can even generate 2FA codes offline for providing a secure log-in process.
You can set a PIN code on Authy, and you can use your device’s biometric authorization capabilities for extra security. Bitcoin traders can also use Authy without any doubts since Authy is the default 2FA provider for Coinbase, BitGo, and several other Bitcoin wallet services.
Authy is a free-to-use 2FA app, and there are no in-app purchases or advertisements associated with it. If you are still using Google Authenticator, do yourself a favor and switch to Authy for a better 2FA experience.
5. Android TV Remote Control
Those who own an Android TV already know how frustrating navigation and typing can get using a remote. Android TV Remote Control is a workaround to this particular issue.
You can use your Android phone to control your Android TV over the same network connection. You have the option to use either the standard directional pad layout or a gesture-based touchpad mode to navigate through Android TV’s user interface.
The app even features a virtual keyboard for text input on Android TV, which is a time-saving feature for Android TV owners. The voice search button is also there in case you want to search for something quickly.
Similar to other apps features in this list, the Android TV Remote Control app is also free to download on the Google Play Store.For the latest tech news and updates, Install TechCodex App and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, if you like our efforts, consider sharing this story with your friends, this will encourage us to bring more exciting updates for you.