There are millions of quality apps on the Google Play Store for Android devices. Over the flooded list of existing apps, both new and established developers keep pushing thousands of new apps every day to the Play Store, but only a few of them manage to hit the featured spotlights of the Play Store selections.
Every month, we shortlist a couple of underrated Android apps and feature them extensively on TechCodex, and this month is no exception. You can check out our picks for the top 5 best Android apps of May 2020.
1. Discovery Plus
Discovery Plus is a new on-demand content streaming service with tv shows, which is newly launched in India. It includes full episodes and short videos, especially award-winning documentaries which have never seen before.
Thousands of brand new TV shows, documentaries, and informative short videos are also available in eight regional languages – Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, and Marathi. You can stream all these shows and documentaries in HD quality.
Discovery Plus contains up to 40+ genres of content, including science, adventure, food, lifestyle, and others. All of the content for Discovery Plus is sourced from Discovery, BBC, TLC, DIY Network, Food Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Animal Planet, HGTV, ID, Motortrend, and VICE channels. It is Discovery’s first streaming service in India, though it has specific streaming platforms for other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.
You can also upgrade the content library to enjoy original and premium shows, such as Into the Wild with Bear Grylls and Rajnikanth, Expedition Unknown, Food Factory, Mythbusters, Wild Karnataka, and many more at a small price of ₹299 per year. On a supported device, you can also cast the videos on a big screen over Chromecast.
2. Spotify Lite
Spotify Lite is a simplified version of the Spotify app that lets you stream millions of songs under any network condition. This particular version of Spotify is a savior for music lovers as it gives you uninterrupted music streaming experience, especially in slow network conditions.
It has only a few key differences from the original app, such as less storage, data, and battery consumption. Heavy optimizations have been done to improve the performance on lower-end devices.
Spotify Lite can be downloaded separately, and it will work for both Free and Premium-tier users. The app can be used either alongside or independently from the main Spotify app on all Android devices running version 4.3 or later versions.
Having proper controls over your data consumption has never been this easy, as you can set data limits for your music consumption. This way, you will be able to focus on finding your next favorite song and not worrying about data.
Similar to the regular Spotify app, the Lite version lets free-tier users enjoy curated playlists. It analyses your choice of music from previously played songs and makes your very own playlist so that you do not have to go through your phone every time to search for your song and play it.
Spotify Lite doesn’t have a sleep timer like the full version, which is a dealbreaker for podcast listeners. It also excludes the feature of download for offline playing. Also, the song lyrics functionality is totally missing.
3. analiti – Speed Test Wi-Fi Analyzer
anality gives you the best troubleshooting experience with its robust, professional-grade set of network testing and analyzing tools for Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and 4G/LTE + 5G/NR network protocols.
This app gives you information about the client and server-side speed of the internet. It also helps you in 24/7 monitoring of random disconnects or speed deterioration, as well as gives you a summary of overall performance and zone-specific Wi-Fi analysis.
anality lets you know the results immediately, which means you don’t have to go through a custom setup process. It includes an advanced Wi-Fi scanner and channel maps (inc. beacon decodes). Detailed information on Wi-Fi signals, bandwidth capabilities, and security protocols are also shown in the results. In simple words, you can see if you are connected to 2.4GHz or 5GHz Wi-Fi signal and whether there are other users connected to the same network.
Although it has been reported that analiti charges a subscription for essential features like CSV export or even beacon decoding, this app is a great way to find out whether your Wi-Fi is being shared with others. analiti is a handy app for analyzing end-to-end wireless connectivity.
Last but not least, it is also one of the most popular Wi-Fi analyzers in the Google Play Store with 100K+ installs. So, if you are wondering whether your Wi-Fi is being stolen or you need detailed information on the usages of your internet, then analiti is your best bet. It also supports Android TV.
NordVPN is an easy-to-use VPN app for Android, which is tailored to the challenges of the wireless world. It enforces some of the industry-standard network encryption protocols, such as OpenVPN and IKEv2/IPsec. It also is one of the trusted VPN providers among security researchers.
NordVPN offers more than 5500 specialized servers throughout the globe in 59 countries, including Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Netherlands, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
With a single tap, it instantly connects to the fastest VPN servers for users. When connected to a VPN server, your requests are sent to the private server instead of your internet service provider. So, this VPN service lets you bypass the geo-restrictions over streaming websites, social media, and messaging platforms without censorship.
Unlike other VPN services, NordVPN has a feature called CyberSec, which protects against malware and other cyber threats while you are browsing the web. In addition, Users can also choose between several different specialized servers depending on their preferences for bandwidth, reliability, and privacy. One of the prime examples is NordVPN’s Double VPN feature, routing your network requests through two layers of VPN. It adds an extra level of security. Other examples include Dedicated IP, Onion over VPN, Obfuscated servers, and P2P servers.
WallPixel offers a premium set of wallpapers for Android smartphones. It has been downloaded 100,000+ times and has a very positive review on the Play Store.
It has the most extensive library of high-quality wallpapers in different categories, such as AMOLED, anime, abstract, animals, cars, sports, superheroes, space and planets, as well as everyone’s favorite notch-hiding wallpapers. It can also detect your smartphone’s screen resolution and curate the same resolution of backdrops for your Android home screen. The library is also updated daily, thanks to the contributions from the WallPixel community.
Unlike other regular wallpaper apps, WallPixel gives you the option to toggle the daily wallpapers feature, which changes your home and lock screen wallpapers daily.
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