Apps play an essential role in the user experience, which is why Android is so versatile. The Play Store has hundreds of thousands of quality apps to offer. However, most users are probably limited to only a few dozen apps that serve their daily purposes.
You can improve your Android user experience by trying out new apps and alternatives to your existing ones. We cover a list of best Android apps every month, and we are doing it once again in the month of October. You can check them out below.
Note that most of these Android apps are compatible with several Android versions, so you won’t face any problem running it.
1. YouTube Music
If you haven’t heard the news yet, Google is sunsetting its Play Music service next month and replacing it with YouTube Music. Although there wasn’t anything inherently wrong with Play Music, Google had to kill it because of its slow growth.
On the other hand, YouTube Music is the company’s new Play Music alternative in development since 2015. Since it’s basically using YouTube’s music library, YouTube Music has millions of songs to offer from your favorite artists. Depending on your listening preferences, the app will suggest you discover albums and songs from new artists, as well as create new playlists and mixes. It’s very similar to YouTube’s dynamic algorithm.
YouTube Music also makes it easier to browse songs and music videos. You can search for music by its lyrics, which is a great feature. Besides, “The Hotlist” keeps you updated with trending songs and albums. You can also search for live performances, unofficial remixes, covers, singles, etc.
YouTube Music does have Chromecast support too. The audio quality is limited to 256 kbit/s, which is similar to Amazon Music and lower than Spotify’s highest offering (320 kbit/s). You can change the quality individually over Wi-Fi and mobile data.
Similar to most other music streaming services, YouTube Music offers downloads for offline playback and background streaming. However, the following features are available only for YouTube Music Premium subscribers. In addition, you get ad-free music playback with the subscription. The free tier is ad-supported.
2. Dolby On: Record Audio & Music
Dolby On is a powerful recording app that lets you record any type of audio, whether it’s songs, instruments, beats, or for podcasts and memos. You can apply Dolby’s advanced audio effects on top of it, including spatial audio, noise reduction, de-essing, limiting, fade in/out, etc.
The Dolby On app doesn’t require special equipment to work. All you need is your Android phone and a quiet place to record audio. Once you hit the record button, you can use the intuitive audio editor to improve the quality and enhance your creations with Dolby audio features. You can also share your creations easily on several platforms, such as SoundCloud, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc.
The audio processing is what makes all of this possible. The Dolby On app offers plenty of audio tuning features, which we just mentioned above. Dynamic EQ is also one of them, giving you granular controls over how the recording sounds. You can also fine-tune the bass, treble, and adjust the mid-frequencies to your preferences.
Basic features include an audio trimmer, free music effects for memos and podcasts, vocal editor, filter styles, etc. You may also use an external mic with the app if you want to. Dolby On lets you export your recordings in DAW and several other formats, including Ableton, Bandlab, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, etc.
3. Grammarly Keyboard
Grammarly is a popular spell checker tool available as a desktop app, browser extension, and a web add-on. It’s also available as a keyboard for Android devices, which helps you type in error-free sentences in proper grammar. From writing long essays to typing tweets to composing emails, the Grammarly Keyboard is useful for everything.
Some of Grammarly’s advanced features, including but not limited to the contextual spelling checker, grammar checker, vocabulary enhancements, and punctuation correction, are ported to the Grammarly Keyboard on Android. It works with all the apps you use, and it’s straightforward to set up. For each correction, Grammarly also gives you short and detailed explanations that help you rectify your mistakes.
The keyboard is similar to what Gboard (Google Keyboard) offers, but with significantly better auto-correction and word suggestions. You can swipe gestures to type as well. You can adjust the keyboard height, enable number row, key border, auto-capitalization, emoji suggestions, and change the button next to the space bar. Furthermore, you can switch between light and dark color themes.
If you are keen to improve your spelling and grammar skills, definitely give Grammarly Keyboard a try. However, note that you will have to pay for a Grammarly Premium subscription to enjoy the advanced spell-checking features. The Grammarly Keyboard app is free to download.
Parsec is a remote game streaming software that you can use to access your PC games library on your Android phone. It offers low-latency streaming beyond 1080 Full HD resolution in full 60 frames per second.
All you need is a capable PC that can encode the stream while delivering respectable framerates for the games you play. Setting up the Parsec desktop client is super easy. Once you do that, you can log in to the Android app with your Parsec account and access the games library.
You can also add your friends on Parsec, connect to their PCs, and play local co-op multiplayer PC games on your phone. If you don’t have friends to play with, you can always join a random person’s lobby from the Arcade section of the app.
The Parsec Android app is compatible with all types of wired and Bluetooth controllers, whether it’s the Xbox 360, Xbox One, DualShock 4, or other equivalent gamepads. The app works natively on Android TV, and you can play over either 5 GHz Wi-Fi or Ethernet for the best experience possible.
5. WalliPop Wallpapers
WalliPop Wallpapers is a premium wallpaper app for Android devices, offering dozens of collections of high-quality, handmade wallpapers. At the time of this writing, the app has enough wallpapers for you to give your home screen a fresh look for the next two years.
WalliPop’s wallpaper collection is ever-growing, with new ones added every week. The app itself also has a simple and intuitive material user interface. It suits the whole minimalist theme around. Additionally, you can set individual wallpapers for both your home and lock screen.
WalliPop Wallpaper will cost you ₹80 ($0.99 in the US) on the Play Store. There are zero advertisements throughout the app, which is expected considering it’s not a free wallpaper app. However, it does include premium wallpaper collections that you can buy via in-app purchases.
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