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 check out our selections for the best new Android apps from 2019 in the video above!
- Action Blocks
- Bing Wallpapers
- Dolby On
- Google Pixel Buds
- Rotation Manager
- Zenkit To Do
Action Blocks is a new app from Google. It lets you create routines with Google Assistant and saves those routines on your home screen as an icon. From there, you simply hit the icon and Google Assistant does the thing you want it to do. The app is somewhat useful for everyone, but it’s actually for folks with disabilities, age-related conditions, and other diseases. The app worked okay in our testing. There are some bugs and we wish you could do more complex tasks. It has a lot of potential but it’s not quite there yet.
Bing Wallpapers is a new app from Microsoft. It’s a collection of wallpapers comprised of every wallpaper from the Bing homepage over the last ten years. The app updates daily with new images as well. Some of the other features include little stories about each image, support for landscape wallpapers (for you Chromebook folks out there), and various ways to browse all of the wallpapers. There are some bugs right now and some people report a copyright issue with some images (we did not run into that issue). Other than those issues, it’s a solid wallpaper app.
Dolby On is a recorder app for both video and audio. It focuses primarily on the audio side of things. The app works as almost any video or audio recorder should, with big buttons and an easy UI. This one also adds a noise reduction feature along with de-essing and the ability to fade in and out. You can also EQ the audio, change the volume, and more. It’s not a full audio editor (DAW). In fact, it’s not even close. It does an excellent job in a pinch even if we wish we could control the app’s various tools a little better.
Google Pixel Buds
Google launched a new pair of Pixel Buds this last month. With it came a new app to control them. The app lets you check things like battery levels and includes various tutorials on how to use the Pixel Buds for maximum results. Some other options include the ability to turn the Adaptive Sound and in-ear detection settings on and off and you can ring your earbuds to find them in case you lose them. The app works well for what it advertises, but as always we’d like to see more features like an EQ or something like that. It’s good, but not great.
HowWeFeel is the official app of The How We Feel Project (yes that’s a real name). The app helps combat CCOVID-19 by asking people if they’re feeling okay everyday. It’s kind of an alternative to the controversial Exposure API where you get to keep your privacy but still let people know you might be sick. Basically, you open the app every day, share how you’re feeling, and see how others near you feel. The data is anonymous, obviously, and there are some large institutions working with the data you send. The app is free if you want to contribute.
Rotation Manager is an Android customization app. It automatically rotates your phone for you depending on the app you open. For instance, you can set it to automatically rotate your phone when you open YouTube or to set it as portrait only in games where you have an option between landscape and portrait. You can configure it for most apps and games, although some games with a single orientation probably won’t work as expected. There seems to be an issue with some Samsung devices, but it tends to work on most other devices. The app is free with ads.
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TruePick’s is another Android customization app with some neat ideas. The app splits into two basic functions. The first is wallpapers. There is a decent, if somewhat small selection of wallpapers but we expect the selection to expand over time. The other half of the app is the more interesting half. It shows you cool home screen wallpaper setups and then links you to each app, icon pack, and widget necessary to recreate it for yourself (along with credits to the layout’s creator). There are some initial bugs on release and we wish the app linked to Twitter accounts instead of Telegram accounts. Plus, there’s a premium version in the works and we don’t know the price on that yet. It’s definitely something different and it makes home screen customization much easier.
Price: Free / $4.99
TVUsage is an interesting Android TV app. It brings digital wellbeing features to your television. The app features the ability to check your TV watching stats on a daily and weekly basis. Additionally, you can set screen time limits and the app will notify you when you reach those limits. Some other features include an app lock function (great for kids) and you can exclude other Android TV apps if you don’t want usage data about it. The app was tested on Nvidia Shield devices and that’s how we tested it. Thus, we’re not sure how it’ll work on any specific Android TV. Still, it worked well in our testing and it’s a neat idea.
Watchworthy is an excellent app for people stuck inside due to the pandemic. The app tries to predict what kind of TV shows you would like based on shows you’ve already seen. It’s honestly not all that different from the recommendation engines of Hulu, Netflix, etc. However, this one works across multiple streaming services (you can customize which ones) instead of just one. People seem to enjoy it so far, but I haven’t had time to watch all of the shows it recommended to me so I can’t say whether it worked 100% or not. It’s a free app so there’s no harm in trying it if you’re out of stuff to watch.
Zenkit To Do
Price: Free / $9 per month
Zenkit To Do is a new to-do list app. It errs on the side of simplicity and it generally stays out of the way so you can manage your life. You simply add a task, set a date (and time), and add any notes you may have. The app also lets you add people, repeat tasks (if neded), and add subtasks. It broke onto the scene and advertises itself as a Wunderlist replacement. It works about as well and it’s about as simple, even if Wunderlist had more features and was less expensive. We still think TickTick is the better alternative overall, but this one has its benefits.
If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!