Prisma turns your everyday photos into art by using intelligent machine learning techniques to add advanced filters. Sort of like a much more intricate Instagram.
Dropbox lets you back up all the photos, documents, videos and other files you create on your phone in the cloud, so they can be accessed from any device. It can also be used to send large files without using email attachments and edit Microsoft Office files from your phone or tablet.
SwiftKey is a clever keyboard app that uses artificial intelligence to automatically learn your writing style, the words that matter to you (including slang, nicknames and emoji) and how you like to type. Over time, it will eliminate common typos and improve autocorrect and predictive text. Users can type either by tapping or swiping from letter to letter.
1Password allows you to store all your passwords in a secure app unlocked with your fingerprint. Vital for those who want to use different passwords for different services
One of the best note-taking apps available for Android, Evernote lets you write notes and checklists, attach Office documents, PDFs and photos, and discuss notes with other users without leaving the app. Notes can be synchronised across all the user’s computers and devices. The app is free for up to 60MB of storage and includes ads.
If travel is your thing, Airbnb is a must-have app on your smartphone. With over 450,000 listings in more than 34,000 cities, users can find interesting places to stay almost anywhere in the world, communicate with their host, plan an itinerary, and get directions to their destination. Payments are made directly through the app, so no cash needs to change hands, and hosts can also manage their listings through the app.
Timehop is a great app for anyone who enjoys a bit of nostalgia. The app draws out old photos and posts from your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Foursquare accounts, to remind you what you were doing on that day in previous years. It also offers up a few choice facts from history.
Google Photos comes pre-installed with some versions of Android, but others have to download it from Google Play. The app organises all the photos on your phone to make them searchable by the people, places and things that appear in them. It also automatically creates montage movies, interactive stories, collages and animations, and provides automatic backup.
AVG AntiVirus Security
AVG AntiVirus Security is one of the best free security apps for Android, including easy-to-use virus and malware protection, a real-time app scanner, phone locator, task killer, app lock and local device wipe to help shield you from threats to your privacy and online identity. Other paid apps have more advanced security features, but if you’re just looking for a base level of protection, this is a good bet.
The hugely addictive puzzle game, Candy Crush Saga, is still a favourite among Android users, allowing you to move up through levels by matching up combinations of coloured sweets. A great app for killing time on the bus or the train. Candy Crush Saga is free to play but some in-game items such as extra moves or lives require payment.
Pixlr is a powerful photo editing app that lets you quickly crop, rotate and fine-tune any picture. The app offers over 2m combinations of free effects, overlays and borders to personalise your images, including red-eye removal and teeth whitening, creating professional-looking results. There is also an auto-fix tool for quickly balancing out colors and adjusting brightness for poor lighting conditions.
The app that has transformed online dating, Tinder brings up pictures of single people around you and asks you to swipe right to “like” or left to “pass” on each person. If someone likes you back, you are matched with that person, and you can start a conversation or arrange to meet up. For a monthly subscription, users can access premium features, including the ability to undo swipes and ‘rewind’ to their last swipe for a second look.
A great fitness app for both cyclists and runners, Strava lets you track your runs and rides with GPS, participate in challenges and see how your running and riding compares with friends, locals and professionals. The Strava app is compatible with several popular GPS devices, including FitBit, Garmin, TomTom and Microsoft Band, among others, giving users a detailed insight into their athletic activity.
Facebook’s standalone messaging app has over 1.2 billion users. New features added in the last year include an Uber integration, video calling and the artificially intelligent assistant “M” which is currently only available to select users.
Pocket is a smart bookmarking system that allows you to save articles, web pages or videos to catch up with offline. It syncs your saved content across all your devices, so it’s always accessible.
Popular photo-sharing app Instagram lets you transform your everyday photos and videos into works of art and share them with your family and friends. Users can edit photos and videos with filters and creative tools, share photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and other social networks, and connect with other Instagrammers all over the world.