Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016

Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016

Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016.

Android’s user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, along with a virtual keyboard for text input.

In addition to touchscreen devices, Google has further developed Android TV for televisions, Android Auto for cars, and Android Wear for wrist watches, each with a specialized user interface. Variants of Android are also used on notebooks, game consoles, digital cameras, and other electronics.

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Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016

The Google Play store has exploded in recent years, with a proliferation of apps that can cater to your every need. The problem is: there are just too many of them, even with Editor’s Picks, Featured and Best Selling, Top Paid and Top Free categories there to help.

The following apps will be constantly updated and are a mixture of paid and free ones and have been chosen by our Android experts.

So, even if you do dip into actual cash for one of these apps, you are safe in the knowledge that it is a worthwhile purchase.

Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016

#5 – Isotope

Learning the periodic table can be a fairly dull experience, but Isotope helps bring it to life, with high-quality images of the elements, accompanied by in-depth information covering everything from their atomic number to their thermodynamic properties.

That makes it great for serious science types, but a simple layout and trivia on each element makes it engaging for kids too.

The core app is free, giving you the periodic table, images and basic information on the elements, but for more in depth information and trivia plus an alternate theme there’s a one-time £0.79/US$0.99 in-app purchase that’s well worth making.

 

#4 – JustWatch – Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016

Between Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and dozens of other services there are numerous ways to legally watch content that don’t require you to go anywhere near a TV schedule, but with different libraries and different payment models finding the specific things you want can sometimes be a chore.

JustWatch simplifies that process by letting you search for specific shows or films on all the available providers in your country or just those that you filter it by, so you can see exactly how and where you can watch things.

JustWatch also provides an up to date list of new arrivals on your favourite services and of price drops, so you can skip the searching and just watch.

 

#3 – Netflix’s Fast Speed Test

Netflix might be known mostly for its video streaming, but to ensure you get fast reliable streamed videos you need to be on a speedy and stable internet connection.

To help you establish just how good your data speed is Netflix also launched the fast.com website, which it’s now turned into an app.

Fast Speed Test isn’t the first or only internet speed test tool, but it is one of the most simple and quick to use. The second you open the app it starts testing your download speed, so there’s no need to press any buttons.

You can watch it fluctuate in front of your eyes before giving you a final reading a few seconds later and that’s really all there is to it. You can hit the refresh button to test again or follow a link to speedtest.net for a second opinion, or, if you’re happy with the results, head straight back to your House of Cards marathon, safe in the knowledge you won’t suddenly lose connection.

 

#2 – Solid Explorer File Manager

File managers aren’t exciting, but they are useful, especially if you have a lot stored on your phone. Google Play is full of options, but Solid Explorer File Manager is one of the best for a variety of reasons.

For one thing it’s not limited to just displaying local storage, as you can also link cloud storage accounts to the app, allowing you to view and manage all of your online storage in one place.

It also looks good, with a Material Design-influenced interface that’s easy to navigate. There’s a menu bar permanently visible at the top, which lets you quickly jump between storage sources or ‘collections’ (such as videos, music and photos), and folders are clearly laid out.

It’s not free, but there’s a 14-day trial so you can see what you think before you put any cash down.

 

#1 – Google Duo – Top 5 Best Android Apps of The Year 2016

It is an Free Video Calling app which may soon be a household name, or could fade into relative obscurity like Google+, because much as Google’s struggling social network tried to take on the might of Facebook, Google Duo is attempting to overthrow FaceTime and Skype.

It’s a free one-to-one video calling app, but it has some neat features to help it stand out, such as ‘Knock Knock’, which lets you see a live video feed of the caller before answering.

It sports end-to-end encryption and also works on both Android and iOS, giving it one up on FaceTime.

Of course none of that matters if no one uses it, but Google Duo doesn’t require you to set up an account, it simply needs your phone number, like WhatsApp, so hopefully the barrier for entry will be low enough that it becomes a hit.