Searching for the best Android apps is a daunting task. Whether you're looking for an email app or a file manager, there are always tens of well-rated ones available - which is both a blessing and a curse. Here at AndroidPIT, we’ve spent years curating the best apps for every specific purpose, and we've now compiled them for our readers. We will continue to update this page as often as we can with links to the best Android apps available. This is what we've got so far.
Best unknown Android app
Ask Me Anything, brought to us by Reddit AMA, is a unique and surprisingly low-key app which lets you read the latest celebrity AMA inteviews, and also send over questions that you'd like to ask those celebrities. Strange that an app involving celebrities would be fairly unknown, right? But it's possible that they don't want to be over-flooded with questions. You can also vote on questions other people present, and help decide whether those questions get asked to famous faces from the worlds of film, sport, science, and more.Ask Me Anything - reddit AMA
Best porn app for Android
AndroidPIT's porn correspondent scoured the internet far and wide, and spent many lone hours in a room with the curtains closed in his search for the best porn apps for Android. Out of all his dirty discoveries, we've picked out Pornhub as our favorite. Its video collection is huge and varied, accounting for all tastes, and the app is presented in a way that'll have you ogling your preferred sexual fantasies in seconds. It's also filled with interesting statistics, but our guess is that you won't spend too much time looking at those...
Best cloud storage app for Android
Cloud storage is so commonplace now that its name doesn't sound quite as mystical and ethereal as it did a few years ago. That doesn't make it any less useful, as storing your personal data online is - for the most part - much safer than keeping it on a fragile old hard drive. We're prepared to accept accusations of bias here, as our favorite cloud storage app is Google Drive. it's baked into most Android devices, Google is always giving extra GBs of storage space away for free, and it's synced up with the handy Google Docs office suite. It's the undisputed champ.Google Drive
Best messenger app on Android
There are some obvious contenders for 'Best messaging app' on Android - WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to name a couple - but Drupe is the one messaging app to rule them all. If you haven't heard of it, that's because it's relatively new on the scene. Drupe displays your whole contacts list, then lets you contact people using any of the most popular messaging services - WhatsApp, SMS, Skype, you name it. So from this one app, you can essentially contact anyone using any messaging app you want. It's ingenious!drupe – Contacts. Your way.
Best dating app for Android
Whether you're looking for love, companionship, or something more - ahem - 'carnal', there are plenty of Android apps out there to help you find what you're looking for. In fact, you could say there are Plenty of Fish, which is one of our favorite dating apps out there. Sign-up is free, and you're matched up with people well-suited to you based on some inscrutably complex but effective algorithm. It even advises on good places to go on dates in your area. It makes finding a date easier than shooting fish in a barrel.POF Free Dating App
Best offline Android app
When you don't have a Wi-Fi or data connection it's too late to download one. We've got the best of the best of offline apps for Android for your offline enjoyment. One of the very best offline Android apps of all is Pocket, and offline reader app that saves text and images for reading later on. No more bookmarking, link sharing or copy pasting when you've Pocket in your pocket.Pocket
Best Android lock screen app
Lock screen apps are awesome - you can do things on your smartphone or tablet without even having to unlock it. From checking notifications, calendar reminders, music controls, missed calls, Quick Settings and more, Next Lock Screen lets you take control of your locked phone. Next will even suggest apps based on your location.
Best Play Store alternative
The first thing you should know is that Google Play is not the only place you can get Android apps. Sure, it's the biggest and the most official, but there are lots of apps out there that never quite made it to Google Play or that simply exist elsewhere (like in the Amazon app store for example).
Our favorite Google Play Store alternative is SlideMe, where you can find a whole bunch of cool, hand-picked apps that have been individually tested to ensure that they work on AOSP (Android Open-Source Project), and are not tied into the Play Store's services.
Best Android browser
Dolphin Browser is one of the best Android browsers you can get. It's free, it looks great, it comes with tons of features, and it supports Adobe Flash Player - the multimedia player that just won't die.Dolphin Browser for Android
Best Android camera app
Camera360 Ultimate made its way onto our best Android camera apps list because it houses so many features, including over 200 filters, NFC photo sharing, and a blissful absence of ads. It's a comprehensive free app that ensures you get the best out of your Android camera.Camera360 Ultimate
Best Android keyboard app
One of best Android keyboard apps is Swiftkey, a free keyboard app which makes typing just about as simple as it can be, and has great swipe options, predictions, adaptive-learning and more.SwiftKey Keyboard + Emoji
Best music app for Android
The Walkman and the iPod are as good as dead, because our smartphones have taken over as powerful music players. While the default music apps on your Android device probably do a fine job, if you want to crank up the bass or other aspects of your music, you'll need something more.
One of the best music player apps for Android is Poweramp. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite music, with a ton of options and support for almost any type of file. You can’t go wrong with Poweramp.Poweramp Music Player (Trial)
Best video app for Android
The default video player on your Android phone will probably 'do the job' and play most standard video formats without much fuss. But if you're playing some niche formats or enjoy tinkering with the video settings to get the perfect picture, then you'll need to branch out.
VLC for Android came out of beta back in December, meaning that it's now stable and ready for everyone to use. It supports a huge number of video formats. You can use hardware acceleration to take advantage of those four or eight cores on your device and really get the most out of your videos. The pinch-to-zoom feature is pretty neat too.VLC for Android
Best productivity app for Android
Smartphones might not yet be valid replacements for our PCs, but with their increasing power and screen sizes, they're getting there. As such, it's good to have the best possible productivity apps on your Android device, so you have the assurance that you can do some work when there's no keyboard-and-mouse computer around.
Expensify is one of our best Android productivity apps simply for managing your budget. You can make it as simple or as detailed as you want, and track all of your spending in an easy-to-use format. It’s great free business travel app that you shouldn’t be without.Expensify - Expense Reports
Best app for rooters and modders
Rooting and modding mobile devices was a terrifying prospect once upon a time. But more online tutorials have cropped up, and more apps have arrived to help. However, if you're not ready to go down the techy path of rooting (it's really not that bad), you can always do some modding using a variety of Android launchers.
When it comes to the best Android launchers, smart launcher is one of our favorites due to its unique, ultra-cool design. If you can’t find a theme to suit you here, we don’t know where you will.Smart Launcher 2
Best security and maintenance app
Android security is a contentious subject and arguments about the safety of the system crop up frequently. Keep safe out there and check out some of our recommended security apps. While you're at it, you might want to have a go at optimizing your system performance too.AntiVirus Security - FREE
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Best weather and GPS app
There are plenty of weather apps available that are more accurate than those pre-installed on your Android device. We've had a look at some of the best, as well as some GPS apps which might help you outdoors.
Yahoo! Weather is one of our favorites at AndroidPIT because it looks great, it’s simple to use, and it presents all of the information you require at a glance. It also comes with a nice widget too.Yahoo Weather
Best fitness and lifestyle app
Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or meet some new people, we have some apps to help you out.
Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal provides a great way to lose weight and stay in shape. Simply enter your weight and height, and Calorie Counter will tell you how many calories you can consume each day while losing weight. It requires a little effort on the part of the user, but it’s worth it.Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal
... and there's more!
We are at the end of our list of the best Android apps. Still hungry for more? Then click the links below to check out one of our many other 'best of' lists.
- The top 5 Android apps iPhone users are dying to try
- Best new Android apps
- Best new Android games
- Android apps you can't get in the Google Play Store
- Best Apps for Musicians
- Top alternatives to Facebook app for Android
- Best offline apps for Android
What are your favorite Android apps? Let us know which you think the best are in the comments below.
Updated by Robert Zak on April 30, 2015