The best Android apps of 2018

Over the years, some titles have been dropped from this list, as they are overshadowed by new contenders or fall behind in updates or features. Newer, better apps have taken their place. Yet, some apps still hang on to the top spot tenaciously. To create a little more space for new blood, we asked our editorial staff which new apps changed their lives in 2018. Here’s what stood out:

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Google Trips

Recommended by David McCourt

The Trips app has been around for a while, but in 2018 Google rolled out a huge update that dramatically improved this app for me. It pulls information from Maps, Flights, Hotels and Gmail – there are times when the all-seeing, all-knowing Google data gathering machine is useful – to give you tailored holidays plans.

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The app will even save old trips for taking a trip down memory lane! / © 

What I love about the app is how well curated all of the information is. You really can manage your whole trip from one place – getting an overview of your reservations, providing lists of things to do, as well as information about getting around your destination. You can also download your desinations so that you can access all features offline.

Period Tracker Flo, Pregnancy & Ovulation Calendar

Recommended by Silvia Santos

This period tracking app is really easy to use. Simple and clear. It only offers the essential information and it doesn’t bother you with notifications. You enter your period dates and if you want – and for a better analysis of your symptoms – share information about how you feel (mood, sexual activity, exercise, sleep…) with the app.

It offers you related articles with useful facts you need to know more about, in order to improve living with your period. They also dispel some menstruation myths.

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Flo helps with periods, fertility and general wellness. / © (screenshot)

When you open the app, you receive information on which phase you are in (ovulation and so on) and it also offers you info about how likely you are to get pregnant. So aside from your period, it is also a good app if you are trying for a baby, informing you about your most fertile days.

Speak freely with these messenger apps for

Smartphones are used for messaging even more than for calls, so there are a lot of messaging apps to meet this demand. Here are two of our favorites.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp, the ubiquitous chat app, has been installed on over one billion smartphones. It’s always improving user experience, adding new features and becoming more secure. What makes it number one? Everyone uses it, simple as that. If you already use WhatsApp, then you should check out our favorite WhatsApp tips and tricks.

Telegram

No messaging app comes close to the number of users WhatsApp has, but there are some great alternatives out there. Telegram is one of them. The free app has end-to-end encryption, offers group chats and is a pioneer of chatbots. Unlike some other messengers, you can also use it on multiple devices. Read our full review of Telegram here.

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Telegram: a powerful communication tool. / © 

Transform your typing with new keyboard apps

Typing on mobile can be frustrating or awkward for many of us, and that’s a shame because most users don’t think about ditching their default keyboard. Installing a new keyboard can really change your life when it comes to how comfortable you are using your phone.

Fleksy

This keyboard is one of the best for fast, accurate typing. Once you use it for a couple of hours, you realize how useful some of the smaller details are.

Be sure check out some of the extensions like invisible keyboard too it works surprisingly well. Download it from the Play Store for free now.

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Fleksy is primed for use with two thumbs on bigger phones, if that’s your thing. / © 

Nova Launcher

Nova is a great alternative launcher that lets you customize the entire look and feel of your operating system – from changes to font size, to the number of apps that can appear on the lock screen, to the way in which your app drawer scrolls.

If you wish you could make a few simple changes to your current interface, then give the free version of Nova a try. Nova even lets you adopt the look of any other phone – Galaxy, Xperia, HTC, LG, even iOS if that’s your thing.

Let your phone help you find that special someone

Online dating has come a long way from the easy punchline it used to be. Nowadays it’s pretty common to meet that special someone on a dating app. However long your connection might last, you need a good app to get started in the dating game. Here our favorites.

Tinder for the sheer number of potential matches

For those who wish to jump straight into the larger dating pool, Tinder is a massive app with tons of potential matches available. It’s claimed that 26 million matches happen on Tinder every day.

Tinder is mostly free, but if you want to get some premium features you will need to pay. However, it is entirely possible to use Tinder without these and have a great dating experience for free.

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Tinder shows you local singles using a large database. / © 

Bumble: from female friendly dating to all-round networking

Bumble burst onto the scene with an interesting take on the dating app format. Women make the first move. The app has since expanded to become a hub for professional networking and platonic friendship, so if you want to meet new people in all aspects of your life, it’s a nice one-stop shop. But the main use is still its dating format.

For women who are frustrated with tons of messages by men who barely look at their profiles, or men who get stuck on trying to craft that perfect opening line, this can be a great way to make dating less stressful (of course, for women seeking women, it’s basically online dating as usual, and men seeking men are still best served with Grindr).

Get (and stay) fit with health and fitness apps

Of course, you might want tone up a little for all that dating you’re going to do with the above apps. Or maybe you just need a little help with motivation or organisation when it comes to keeping in shape. Fitness apps are great because you can keep your device close to you while you’re on the move. Let’s take a look at the best.

RunKeeper for a comprehensive experience

RunKeeper has a good reputation, not just for the number of features in its own app, but also the number of third-party services it plugs into (it works with both Google Fit and Apple Health). If you’re a keen runner, there aren’t many better options than this one.

You can plan your runs on a map via GPS tracking, monitor distance covered and calories burned, set personal goals, integrate your indoor activities and more. Despite the name, this app can handle bike rides and gym workouts as well as running, so it’s a comprehensive monitoring app.

Don’t underestimate the power of community. There are social aspects to the app as well. You can share achievements with your friends, join and create running groups and use the chat feature to keep each other motivated. The app is free, but also has ads and optional in-app purchases.

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RunKeeper offers maps and statistics. / © 

Google Fit for simplicity

Google’s own health and fitness app is tightly integrated with Android and Android Wear. It’s also full of features. Weight, heart rate, steps and activity time can all be logged automatically and you can set simple daily goals, as well as get an alert when you’ve reached them.

In addition to real-time stats, Google Fit will also give you personalized recommendations and coaching to help you reach your goals.

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Google Fit: Android’s default fitness app. / © 

Never forget with the most useful note-taking apps

Taking notes with your smartphone is one of the most simple functions, but it is also one of the most useful. Whether you need to make a quick shopping list, have just been told about a movie and don’t want to forget its name, or if you’ve seen a product that you want to look up later, a good note-taker is an essential app for every Android user.

Evernote for the ultimate cross-platform note-taking

Evernote is a legendary note-taking app. It’s easy to use and comes with some really cool features including voice commands. You can also take a note and view it on your lock screen or smartwatch. Evernotes are also available across multiple devices, including on desktop. You can also find notes based on your location if you are near to where you took the note in the first place. There is a Plus version available for $2.99 a month and a Premium version for $5.99, but the free version is great as well.

Google Keep for simplicity that works

Keep is Google’s pre-installed note-taking app, and it’s one of our favorites. You can take notes in a variety of ways, by either typing on your keyboard, writing with your finger, taking a quick photo or by recording a voice message. All of your notes are then synced with your Gmail account, so you can access them across several Google services. The search function is especially cool, as it can find words that you have written freehand as well as typed.

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Google Keep is not as feature-rich as Evernote, but it is simple to use and works well. / © AndroidPIT

Enhance your life with even more great apps

This has been our pick of the cream of the crop when it comes to the best Android apps of 2018! However, if you didn’t quite find what you were looking for, or if you’re still hungry for more, check out the links below:

The latest and greatest

Updated every month with new recommendations, these are the apps and games that have impressed us lately. Get ahead of the curve!

Alternatives to the mainstream

You don’t wanna be a sheep, maaaan. Check out these alternatives to the normie tech giants.

Let’s play!

The clue’s in the name: Google’s Play Store is full of games, but only some of them are really great. We’ve heroically played through a huge amount of mobile games so we can recommend only the finest:

What are your favorite Android apps? Any that you think are better than the ones in our selection? Let us know in the comments!

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