One of the best things about Android is that apps have a lot more freedom compared to those found on iPhones.
Some of the most interesting Android apps are exclusive to Android because they do something Apple wouldn’t allow.
From an app that lets you message your friends while still watching Netflix to an app that lets you hack your smartphone’s LED lights for custom notifications, you’re guaranteed to find something new.
Just remember: You can’t recommend them to your friends with iPhones.
AppLock Face/Voice Recognition is an interesting app that lets you use your face and voice to unlock your phone and access locked apps. You can decide which apps to lock and unlock using this method, and there's even a nifty 'liveness' feature that requires you to move your face to protect against people tricking the system with photos.
Sometimes malicious apps make their way into the Google Play app store, and this comprehensive antivirus app will keep you protected. It scans and removes viruses, includes anti-theft tracking, lets you lock specific apps with a pin, and even lets you remotely snap a picture and record audio if anyone steals your phone.
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.
Apple removed the Wikileaks app from the App Store, but you can download a version of the app on Google Play (though it hasn't been updated in years). The app lets you browse and dive into Wikileaks' treasure trove of leaked documents.
If your phone has an LED light for notifications, Light Flow will let you assign a custom colour for when you receive a text, email, phone call, calendar reminder, or even when you're running low on battery.
HoverChat is a messaging app that lets you continue your conversations even while you're using another app or watching a movie. By resizing and deciding how transparent you want the messaging window to be, you can customise your messaging to fit what you're up to.
Cover removes the hassle of searching through pages of apps to find what you're looking for. Instead, Cover senses whether you're at home, work, or driving, and puts the apps you use most during those times right on your lockscreen.
Lux lets you tweak your phone's brightness settings. You can lower the screen's brightness below the default zero when reading at night, and there's Night Mode that can be turned on automatically at sunset.
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 received calls, and even hide the Cerberus app so the thief doesn't notice it.
Price: Free trial, 4.99€ one-time upgrade
Locale is an automation app, meaning you can customise how your phone behaves based on where you are, who calls, what your battery life is, the orientation of your phone, or the time. For example, you can set it up so you silence your phone by turning it over, or turn down the brightness automatically when your battery life hits 20%.
Link Bubble Browser is all about saving time. When you click on a link online, the app will load it in the background, leaving you free to continue browsing. Once it's done loading, just tap the link bubble and you'll see the fully-loaded page.
Mighty Text allows you to send and receive SMS text messages with your computer or tablet, which is great when you're in work mode and can't glance at your phone. It also works from within Gmail.
With over 200 built-in actions, Tasker is another great app for deciding what your phone will do when a certain 'action' occurs. You can create custom actions based on the app, time, day, location, event, widget, or shortcut, and there's even an built-in platform for creating and selling your own app.
UCCW allows you to design your own widget for your homescreen. You simply choose from one of the many skins to create your own look, and then you can choose what the widget displays, with options for text, images, weather, clocks, calendar, battery info, missed calls, Gmail, and more.