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 alternatives to Google Play
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 the Amazon app store for example).
Our favorite Google Play Store alternative app is SlideMe, where you can find a whole bunch of cool, hand-picked apps that have been individually tested and approved. Now that's something you'll never find in the Play Store.
Best offline Android apps
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.
Best Android lock screen apps
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 messenger apps on Android
If you don't have this one already, we'd be surprised. WhatsApp features in our best Android messenger apps list for many reasons, including group chats, a great interface and of course the fact that everyone uses it. It's basically the default smartphone messaging app.
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.
Best Android camera apps
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.
Best Android keyboard apps
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.
Best music apps
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.
Best video apps
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.
Best productivity apps
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.
Best apps 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.
Best security and maintenance apps
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.
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Best weather and GPS apps
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.
Best fitness and lifestyle apps
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.
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Best of the rest apps
We are at the end of our list with some of the apps that wouldn’t fit any other category. But just because they are last, they are by no means the least.
The best apps to improve browsing experience should be useful for everybody, and the lock screen apps are incredibly cool, just check out Magic Locker Main, pictured below.
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What are your favorite Android apps? Let us know which you think the best are in the comments below.