So you managed to get your hands on a new Android phone, but what apps do you download?
While it’s always good to have the essentials like Spotify and Uber, there’s also some impressive newcomers like Humin, which acts like your digital butler, and Elevate, which helps you improve your focus, speaking skills, and memory.
To help you get started, we’ve collected the best apps to get your Android phone ready for action.
Humin is an app that remembers all the tiny details about how and where you met someone, so you can focus on the moment rather than remembering logistics. All you need is someone's number, and Humin will do the rest. You'll then be able to search through your contact using familiar phrases like 'met last week' or 'lives in Brooklyn.'
Level Money links to your bank account to help you know how much you can spend today, meaning you never have to manually input your purchases. It takes into account your income, monthly spending habits, and how much you're trying to save. If you spend more than you should on a given day, the app will adjust and tell you to spend less the following day.
Spotify has millions of songs, from small indie bands to major record label releases. You can search for specific tracks, build playlists, stream curated radio stations, listen offline, and discover new music. And since Spotify has deals with most major record labels, you can usually enjoy your favourite band's new album the same day it hits the shelves.
Price: Free (Spotify Premium is $US9.99/month)
Lux lets you tweak your phone's brightness settings. You can lower the screen's brightness below zero for reading at night, and there's Night Mode that can be turned on automatically at sunset.
If you're in the mood for some quizzes or just want a laugh, BuzzFeed's app has your back. Its newest update includes a widget that will let you see trending posts in the 'Today' view in the Notification Center.
1Password securely stores all of your passwords, logins, and credit card info in one place so you don't have to keep track of them. You can then log in to apps and website with a single tap.
Monument Valley is brimming with surreal environments featuring complex structures with impossible geometry. By rotating each map, you can help guide Princess Ida through the maize of hidden paths and optical illusions.
Google Keep is a flexible note-taking and reminders app. You can colour-code your notes and take pictures from within the app, and if you record a voice memos on the go, the app will automatically transcribe it for you.
KineMaster Pro is the only professional-grade video editing app out for Android, but it also has a great design that's pretty intuitive. You'll want to upgrade to the paid version, however, otherwise your videos will feature a watermark.
Tumblr lets you follow blogs and create simple updates via text, audio, photos, quotes, and video. It's a great way to seamlessly manage your blog while also seeing what other people are interested in.
Sunrise is another gorgeous calendar app that pulls directly from LinkedIn so you can see the picture and profile of who you're meeting with. It supports multiple Google Calendars, and its Quick Add Event cleverly adds events as you type them in.
Cerberus does a lot more than just let you track your stolen device. You can control it remotely using the website or via text message, sound an alarm even in silent mode, wipe everything, lock the device with a code, record audio from the mic, see a list of sent and recieved calls, and even hide the Cerberus app so the thief doesn't notice it.
Price: Free trial, 2.99€ one-time upgrade
Uber's mobile app lets you request a private driver or taxi right from your smartphone, and you can even see where how far away your ride is at any point. You don't have to worry about cash because Uber will charge your credit card and email you a receipt, and the tip is included. You really can just hop in, go to your destination, and hop out.
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