10 best new Android apps from January 2018
App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from the last month! You can watch the videos from past months by clicking here! You can also check out our picks for last year’s best apps with the video above!
Amazon launched its official app for Amazon Go. Amazon Go is a chain of stores without checkout lines. You get what you need, leave, and the app charges you for what you took. The app is fairly basic, but it’s also rather simple. The stores offer a variety of foods as well. There aren’t a ton of stores out there yet. This is a relatively new initiative. However, it’s a pretty big deal that there are now stores that check you out automatically.
Haven made waves because of Edward Snowden. The app itself uses old, unused devices as security devices. You set it anywhere. The app keeps logs, sounds, and video of any disturbances from sound or movement. All of the data is available on the device locally. Additionally, the app is free, open source, and has more features. It’s not overly useful for everyday folks. However, those who travel a lot or have sensitive information may find it useful.
Crypto News is the latest app for cryptocurrency news. It features quotes for over 1300 currencies, real time and historical price data, trading volume, market dominance, and more useful stats. There is also news and analysis from a variety of other companies like CoinDesk, Bitcoin Magazine, and other popular blogs. This app probably doesn’t exist without the big cryptocurrency surge from a few months ago. However, it’s a good app, so we’re okay with it.
Plex VR is one of the more exciting VR apps from the last few months. This one works with existing Plex Media Servers for VR content. It supports 180-degree and 360-degree video along with 3D videos. Additionally, it lets you watch video content with up to three other people simultaneously. It has some other social and customization features as well. This is probably the most stable app available for sharing VR video content with friends. It also doesn’t require much to set up for existing Plex users.
ProtonVPN is kind of a unicorn when it comes to VPN services. It’s completely free with no in-app purchases or subscriptions. Additionally, it has a no logging policy, no advertising, Tor integration, and no bandwidth limits. That shoots it right to the top of a lot of lists for VPN recommendations. The app itself features a simple design, an interface, and clear instructions. There really isn’t much wrong with it aside from a few bugs.
PyeongChang 2018 Official App is, you guessed it, the official app of this year’s Winter Olympics. It has the kinds of features you’d expect. That includes scores, medal counts, news, event locations, and ticket purchases. It’s good for both people going and those watching from home. Additionally, it has cultural information and tourism information. The app is a little buggy. However, it’s also completely free.
Record Bird is a different kind of music app. It doesn’t stream music or cover music news like a blog. Instead, it shows recent releases. The app lets you keep track of your favorite artists. That way you only get notified for stuff you actually care about. You also get album previews, updates on Youtube and SoundCloud uploads, and more. It’s really not bad for music lovers. The app is completely free with no in-app purchases or ads for now.
Remindee is an interesting reminders app. It lets you create reminders from almost any app. It works by sharing. You share things to the app from other apps. From there, you set up a reminder for that thing you shared to Remindee. It sounds confusing, but in practice it’s actually really easy. The app even remembers what you shared for future reference. It is no doubt a little bit of a niche app. However, it works well, it’s completely free, and it has no advertising.
UC Browser Mini is mostly for Android Go devices. However, it’s available for practically any device in the Google Play Store. It features a tiny size, scaled back features from the main release, and some basic features. That includes Night Mode, Incognito Mode, and even some stuff like gesture controls. It’s far from a perfect app. There are many reports of bugs. However, we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt given the name and the newness of the app. At the very least, it’s completely free.
Price: Free / $1.99 per month
Upthere Home is a new cloud storage service from Western Digital. It seems oddly appropriate given how many hard drives that company sells every year. In any case, this app is above average in this space. It lets you upload files, photos, videos, music, and whatever else. Those things are accessible from the cloud, obviously. The app includes a cheap subscription service, auto-uploading, social media sharing, and a decent content search. It only has one subscription plan. You get 100GB of data for $1.99. That’s on par with what Google Drive offers.
If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.