We have already progressed through 3% of the year 2020. And once again, TechCodex has returned with a new compilation of the top 5 best Android apps for January 2020. We have carefully curated these Android apps based on the increasing popularity and positive reviews on the Play Store. Furthermore, the download links are included for all the apps mentioned in this short compilation. So without any further delay, let’s check out the apps below.
1. Google Podcasts
Google Podcasts lets you discover new and trending podcasts. You can subscribe to any podcast that sparks your interest, and listen to it for free. Google Podcasts also gives you the option to download podcast episodes so that you can listen to them in an offline environment.
Whether you are playing a podcast episode on your phone or your TV with Chromecast, the app keeps track of your progress and synchronizes it across your devices.
It does support Google Assistant as well. You can ask for playing a podcast or getting a recommendation based on your listening history.
In terms of playback controls, you get the options to adjust the playback speed, set a sleep timer, 10s rewind, and 30s fast-forward. You can also set an interval to remove downloaded episodes automatically after completion, which is pretty useful.
Compared to other established podcast services, Google Podcasts misses on a lot of features. If you are in search of a simple and lightweight podcasts app for your Android device, then the Google Podcasts app won’t disappoint you. It is available for free on the Google Play Store.
1Gallery works like a simple photo and video gallery app, but it has advanced encryption features to help you protect your privacy. You can individually select photos that you want to encrypt, then put a secure PIN, pattern, or fingerprint to lock your private photos in a secure vault.
Other than the encryption features, 1Gallery has a consistent user interface, with options to select between light and dark mode. The smooth transitions and decluttered app environment make up for lag-free user experience.
1Gallery is compatible with a wide range of photo and video formats, including SVG and RAW. You can also check out the EXIF values of a media file. It is a welcoming feature for those who capture and edit unprocessed photos on their Android devices.
This app also has a built-in photo and video editor, with basic options like crop, resize, rotate, filters, brightness and exposure sliders, trimming, and many more. 1Gallery even has a proper file management system, unlike other photo galleries. You can create new folders, copy or move media files, search, and more.
1Gallery can be downloaded from the Play Store for free. However, there are a few premium features you can unlock by paying ₹260 ($3.60) only. It also removes in-app advertisements, which is something you don’t see on the free version of 1Gallery very often.
3. SwiftKey Keyboard
SwiftKey Keyboard is one of the best third-party keyboards for Android devices. With its revolutionary predictive text engine, it changed the way we type on our smartphones nowadays. Even after Microsoft’s acquisition, SwiftKey has managed to improve over time in both the user interface and the gesture typing department. With support for more than 300+ languages, it is undoubtedly a perfect Android keyboard for everyone.
SwiftKey processes data taken from your typing habits using machine learning. It then generates a unique profile to adapt to your way of typing. The autocorrect feature works significantly better than other Android keyboards, and the AI-based predictions are pretty accurate. It also predicts emoji based on the words you use.
With SwiftKey Flow, gesture typing has never been this easy. It works with several languages too. You can also search for emojis as well as GIFs and stickers.
Customization is a strong suit of SwitftKey Keyboard. There are hundreds of themes to choose from, and you can set your preferred photo as the keyboard background. The keyboard layout and size are adjustable as well.
4. Moonlight Game Streaming
If you want to stream PC games on your Android device over a wireless connection, Moonlight Game Streaming is recommended to you. Although it needs an NVIDIA GTX/RTX series graphics card to work, streaming has a minimal impact on overall system performance due to GPU-accelerated encoding.
You can stream your PC games on your Android device at up to 4K 120FPS with HDR10 and 5.1 audio support. You can choose between H.264/H.265 decoding based on your hardware capabilities. The latency depends on network quality and hardware decoding. Still, it is not noticeable on a LAN connection, especially if your devices are connected to a 5 GHz home Wi-Fi network or via Ethernet.
The app is also compatible with a wide range of controllers, including DualShock, Xbox, and other third-party controllers. Controller vibration can also be forced. If you have an Android TV, you can connect up to 4 controllers over Bluetooth or wired connection. Keyboard and mouse support is here as well.
As the app uses the NVIDIA GameStream protocol, you have to install the GeForce Experience app on your Windows PC. Other than that, the setup process is straightforward and hassle-free.
Moonlight Game Streaming is an open-source application, which means it is completely free of advertisements and in-app purchases. You can install it on your Android smartphone or TV from the Play Store.
5. Firefox Send
With a focus on privacy and security, Mozilla has developed plenty of apps that you might already know about. One of the recent projects they have been working on is Firefox Send.
Firefox Send is a file-sharing app, which uses end-to-end encryption to keep your private data secure during the transfer. You can upload multiple files, set an expiration period, protect with a password, and generate a safe link that you can share with the receiver.
You can share 1GB worth of files in a single session. You can increase the limit to 2.5GB if you sign in with a Firefox account.
There are neither any subscriptions nor in-app advertisements found in the app. Firefox Send is still in early access stage and free-to-download at the time of this writing.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.