We are closer to the end of 2018 and that means it's time to judge the best. Our scientists and reviewers have done great work with Best of Android 2018 for smartphones. But there are two main categories that still need judgment. Includes Android and Android games. We do not have a super-scientific method of measuring applications. Different applications do different things and appeal to different people. So we could not immediately find out how to find the best Android apps. Instead we will ask you!
Below is a massive poll of 20 top Android apps that our editors have narrowed down. These include starters, browsers, productivity apps, keyboard, security apps, and even game emulators if you believe it. To help keep expectations, our criteria for this list include:
- Applications (or services) come from 2018 or at least from the last few weeks of 2017. We've cut the waiting time every year at the beginning of December.
- Developers have had to update the application at least several times to overcome new bugs in the application.
- Exclusive apps that have received substantial updates, brand changes, or ownership changes are not included. There are exceptions for apps with redesigns so huge they no longer look or feel like their previous versions. In other words, Smart Launcher 5 makes a list, but Google Keep Notes with its name change and redesign UI is not.
Well, so this poll is massive, so we get it right. There are no special rules or anything that should be taken into account. Just vote for the one you like the most! We have a few basic subscriptions and links for each application within the poll in case you want to see what they are doing.
Of course, we do not just want to give you a huge list without explaining what all these applications do if you have not heard of them. Here are short descriptions and links for all 20 Android apps:
- Bouncer – Bouncer is a security application. Allows users to grant temporary access to permissions for applications, and applications later revoke these permissions. For example, you can temporarily grant Facebook access to your location and then set Bouncer to later remove this permission.
- Web browser cake – Web browser Cake is slightly different access to web browsers. It allows you to search for different things and then navigate between search results such as Tinder. It also comes with an RSS feed, blocking pop-ups, blocking ads, blocks (news section), and more.
- The weather of carrots – Carrot Weather is a decent weather application with some fun and unique features. The application comes with weather basics such as forecasts and actual weather. You can also get sensitive quotes and neat travel time. The time slot feature lets you view the weather for up to 70 years in the past.
- Dolphin Browser – Dolphin is not technically new. After several years of abandonment, however, it was resumed. It's the only decent emulator for GameCube and Nintendo Wii. New versions have fixed a lot of bugs and added some new features. Moral gray area aside, this is a welcome addition to the Google Play emulator scene.
- Firefox Reality Browser – Firefox Reality Browser is a virtual reality viewer for Google Daydream headphones and other virtual reality headphones. It supports both 2D and 3D content and adds the necessary competition to the space. Of course he needs more work, but the CoR is still quite new.
- Forest – Forest is a productivity application with similar ideas to Google Digital Wellbeing. Open the application and the tree will grow. If you let the app check for Facebook or make other distracting things, your tree is flawed. The goal is to keep you busy during work. It is also configurable through the list of enabled messages, so you can still answer important text or phone calls.
- Grammatical keyboard – The Grammatical Keyboard is the best new keyboard type in 2018. It does not have many tunnel functions like many of its competitors. While writing, he actively corrects grammar. It also explains its fixes. We expect that in future updates we will have more prominent features like gesture typing.
- Refuge – Haven is a security application. It's an open source application that helps protect your stuff. You install it on a secondary device and put it into your stuff. The application will notify you on your primary phone when your secondary device is moved, lifted or otherwise defeated. It's not good for everyone, but it's really a clean idea for frequent travelers.
- Heimdall Parental Control – Heimdall Parental Control is what the name implies. You install it on your child's device and equipment. Then you can control your device from yours. This includes limiting application times and phone calls, monitoring your child's network activities, and the premium version also has phone tracking.
- Hyperion Launcher – Hyperion Launcher is another great application from Developer Substratum. It features a stock-style look, plenty of customization options, and an optional Google Feed add-on for fans. You'll also get third-party support with an icon and plenty of motifs. It's surprisingly good how it's new.
- Khan Academy children – Right Khan Academy is one of the best educational applications on the Android platform. Khan Academy Kids performs a similar role in children's apps. Applications include reading, literacy, math, logic, memory, and problem solving. It is also completely free of ads or app purchases. What do you dislike?
- Kiwi viewer – Kiwi browser is another new browser from 2018. It is based on WebKit and Chrome for a relatively smooth experience. You'll also get a powerful block of ad blocking, cryptographic protection, and a minimal user interface for fast browsing and fun. It also supports 60 languages.
- Lean Launcher – Lean Launcher is the friendliest starter for fans of minimalism. It has Android and several decent features for security and customization. You can hide the icons from the app's socket, change the theme, and use gestures. We did not like as much as we liked other lists on the list, but it's still really good for what it does.
- Navigation gestures – Navigation gestures add gesture control to the base phone. Basically, you can configure any gesture you can think of, including taps, skipping, and shifting from different parts of the screen. This gesture can run all actions with more available in the premium version. It needs work, but it worked well in our testing.
- Opera Touch – Opera Touch is another new mobile browser from Opera. It features desirable features like ad block, QR code scanner, and lots of small functionality. It syncs with your computer and we definitely think it should be. However, it is otherwise a very functional web browser from a big name in space.
- Poco Launcher – How did the manufacturer of this OEM starter work? Well, because it's really good. Poco Launcher is a light launcher with plenty of usability and safety features to please us. This includes customizing your home screen, categorizing apps, and hiding apps from the application tray. It's not bad, Xiaomi, not bad at all.
- ProtonVPN – ProtonVPN is our favorite new VPN since 2018. It gets the basics right. This means no records, good encryption, and home base in a neutral country (Switzerland). It has an unlimited free version in good faith, albeit at slower speeds. Subscriptions are not unnecessary. It was the story of our best list of VPN applications.
- RememBear – RememBear is the new password manager from TunnelBear, the developer of the popular VPN service. At the beginning, there were some problems, but it quickly became a positive force in the password manager area. It even has many of the requested features that many other password managers have.
- Intelligent Starter 5 – Smart Launcher 5 has been a huge departure from previous versions of the starter. This new version includes adaptive icons, themes, app sorting, ultraimpression mode, gestures and other customization features. It even has an integrated application case and kills two birds with one stones for safety fans.
- YouTube Music – We have debated internally about whether this should be included, because it is technically just a huge update. It is, however, the only great new music service in 2018. In our initial video, we enjoyed our integration with music videos along with streamed music. It should improve over time with the possible exception of the true quality of music.
There have been a lot of great apps since 2018 and if we have forgotten, tell us about it in comments after you vote for Others so we can count the votes for your favorite apps too!