With literally millions of different apps to choose from, searching for the best new apps for Android isn’t easy. Whatever app you may need, you will always find dozens or even hundreds of available options. So to save you some time and energy, here are the best new apps for Android in the Play Store for 2016, conveniently organized by app category. We’ve also rounded out the list with some of the best Android applications of all time, which have proven themselves just as relevant in 2016 as the day they were first released.
- Best New Apps of Play Store in 2016
- Best nfile manager app – Solid Explorer
- Best productivity app – Dashlane
- Best job search app – Indeed
- Best weather app – MORECAST
- Best launcher app – Action Launcher 3
- Best fitness and lifestyle app – 7 Minute Workout
- Best security/antivirus app – Avast
- Best browser app – Chrome Beta
- Best podcast app – Podcast Addict
- Best keyboard app – Fleksy
- Best app for downloading free music – Google Play Music
- Best app for watching TV and movies – Hulu
- Best camera app – Camera 360
- Best image editor app – PhotoDirector
- Best video app – VLC
- Best GPS and navigation app – HERE
- Best Android app for kids – Kids Place
- Best app for musicians – Caustic 3
- Some of the top Play Store apps ever
Best New Apps of Play Store in 2016
Best nfile manager app – Solid Explorer
Solid Explorer has some fantastic features. It includes a very handy double-panel display that allows you to navigate two separate folders and drag files from one to the other. It supports cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive), as well as FTP servers, hidden folders, ZIP and RAR archive extraction, and customizing icons, color schemes and themes. This app gives you a two week free trial, then you have the option to pay $2.
Best productivity app – Dashlane
Dashlane is a password manager app that saves all of your passwords, financial details and the receipts of all your purchases. Dashlane uses encrypted codes for security and it streamlines and secures the data used in online forms.
Best job search app – Indeed
Indeed is an app for searching for jobs on-the-go, anywhere, anytime. You can upload your resume and filter the search for specific geographical regions, salary expectations or type of employment (full-time, part-time, etc.). It tracks your search history so you will only see the results you haven’t viewed yet, which anyone who has ever used a job search website knows will save a lot of valuable time. It is one of the best new apps of Play Store in 2016.
Best weather app – MORECAST
MORECAST is one of the most advanced apps of its kind. It has an amazing interface, with a clear and sensible layout. It compares weather for two cities side-by-side, or provides accurate weather information for a particular route or journey. And the best part? It’s free!
Best launcher app – Action Launcher 3
Action Launcher 3 allows you to perform many simple things that sometimes aren’t so easy to do: changing the app drawer layout, changing app icons, or altering the way you use your homescreen folders, for example. It offers useful interface improvements and it’s completely free.
Best fitness and lifestyle app – 7 Minute Workout
7 Minute Workout’s focus is on the short but high-intensity exercise routine, which is scientifically proven to aid weight loss and improve cardiovascular function. It doesn’t ask for your height and weight or track your overall progress, you just check off the exercises as you complete them, and away you go.
Best security/antivirus app – Avast
Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus, with its excellent virus detection software, keeps you safe from malware threats. It makes searches through your browser history, microSD card, and internal storage space looking for nasty bits of unwanted software. It also employs features for anti-theft, such as location tracking and remote data wipe. Of course, it is in the TOP of the best new apps of Play Store in 2016.
Best browser app – Chrome Beta
Chrome Beta is our best Android browser app. It’s the newer, better version of the browser Chrome that we already love. The app is paid for quicker access to new features, no bugs or issues that cause damage to your phone or its software. Browser crashes and freezes are very rare.
Best podcast app – Podcast Addict
Podcast Addict is free to download and lets you search for, download, and listen to podcasts and create playlists of the upcoming shows. It also includes a neat “trending” search feature in case you need a little inspiration for your next listen.
Best keyboard app – Fleksy
Fleksy is a big, clever keyboard. Once you use you realize how useful its smaller details are, you may never use another keyboard app again. Fleksyhas a super quick backward swipe, an invisible keyboard, and other great extensions.
Best app for downloading free music – Google Play Music
Google Play Music is the best. It provides its users with a totally legit, and constantly updated list of free tracks from top artists to download. Free streaming stations based on genre, mood or activity are also available in the US.
Best app for watching TV and movies – Hulu
Hulu is a free service (ad-supported), with tons great shows available. There is an excellent range of free shows, but a paid subscription is required to to access all of the content.
Best camera app – Camera 360
Camera 360 Ultimate has more than 200 filters, NFC photo sharing and tons of one-touch photo fixing tools, in addition to easy, powerful adjustment options. And it’s free!
Best image editor app – PhotoDirector
PhotoDirector is all-in-one. You can find everything you could ever need to edit your photos: simple text bubbles and filters, HSL and curves, and much more. We think that is in the list of the best new apps of Play Store in 2016.
Best video app – VLC
VLC for Android supports a large number of video formats and has adjustable settings. You can also use hardware acceleration, the gestures are simple and intuitive, and the audio player is quite sophisticated.
HERE is Nokia’s own map app that’s making waves on the Android platform with turn-by-turn navigation, search and satellite imagery, and an amazing offline feature.
Best Android app for kids – Kids Place
Kids Place allows you to assign the apps and games you want to allow your kids to access. You can set a time limit and restrict them to a screen that shows these apps only. It also prevents kids from sending messages or purchasing other apps while using the device.
Best app for musicians – Caustic 3
Caustic 3 is the most recent version of the popular mobile music-making machine. It’s a deep, complex app and a powerful tool that allows you to use one of 14 different synthesizers, vocoders and drum.
Some of the top Play Store apps ever
These apps might not have made the best new apps list for 2016, but they have stood the test of time and continue to be popular, high quality apps in Google Play Store.
Alibi allows you to secretly record audio, video or location data. Then, information is saved on your Android device. It won’t deplete your battery and is really discrete. The app is built around privacy, to get evidence for just about anything: police interactions, bullying, vehicle accidents, altercations, arguments, workplace harassment, legal disputes and much more.
Agent is an assistant app that uses contextual data to guess what you need before you even know you need it. For example, if you tell it when you’re holding a meeting, Agent can temporarily turn off your notifications. Agent can also dim your screen when it knows your battery is dying, helps you find your lost parked car, and minimizes distractions when you’re driving.
Quality Time is an app that’s a little self-destructive. It actually discourages you from using your phone! It tracks how much time you spend using your Android device, notifies you when you’ve hit your time limit, and puts you in a time out.
Habitbull is a free app that encourages responsible behavior so you can stay accountable. It lets you track your own bad habits, which we all have, and you can use the app’s reminders to keep yourself in check.