5 Interesting Android apps you should try

Everyone loves free stuff. And there’s plenty of it on Android, with more than 927,000 free apps available in the Google Play store right now.

But a word of warning – much of it is rubbish: a frustrating mix of non-official rip-offs, shonkily designed bedroom projects and, in the worst cases, plain old arrgghh-this-doesn’t-even-work-at-all duds.

Fortunately, for every 10 bad apps there’s at least one good one. Which still leaves 92,700 good apps out there. I’ll be honest, I’ve not tried all of them – but I have rounded up 5 here for you in line with our tradition of keeping our lists five apps long.

Sometimes on rare random occasions there’s a 10 best Android icon packs list, then there are lists such as the innovative android apps and the best android apps that I like to keep updating so they kind of sort of flow over the five app limit.

Well, enough self promotion I believe, here are the apps you should give a try :

1. JustWatch

These days, figuring out what you want to watch is less of a problem than where to watch it. Your TV and boxes might consider themselves smart, but not to the point they can help you dig into a dozen telly silos and quickly access shows you might be into. Enter: JustWatch.

Tell it where you’re located and what you have access to, and it’ll make recommendations. Even better, if you’re the kind of person who still likes to buy stuff, JustWatch tracks price-drops on the likes of iTunes and Amazon.



2. Pixlr Express

There are loads of free photo editors available for Android, but Pixlr Express goes above and beyond. First, it’s entirely ad-free, so whatever you’re editing is never suddenly half-covered by a banner for a rubbish game; secondly, it has an absurdly huge range of tools, enabling you to do anything from subtly adding radial focal blurs to wrecking your image with all kinds of grunge and crazy effects.

Also read : Google Play Services v9.6 update adds Nearby feature to quick settings. Everything you should know and how to use it.

All the usual suspects are present and correct, too – crop, rotate, and basic adjustments – and you can share your finished masterpieces to social networks, save them to your device, or combine them into collages.



3. Forest

The idea behind Forest is to use your smartphone less. You set a timer, and if you leave your phone alone, a little cartoon tree grows on the screen. Get tempted by Facebook or play Candy Crush, and you end up with a dead stick.

Your daily forests can be compared, and each successfully grown tree nets you some coins. These can be spent on new tree types to grow. Alternatively, if you’re socially inclined and have amassed thousands of coins (which takes weeks of dedication), use them to donate to tree-growing projects around the world.



4. LokLok

Now here’s an interesting idea: an editable lockscreen that you use to share pictures and notes with your friends. Confused? So was I to start with.

Basically, you set a picture as your lockscreen then scribble on top of it. Whatever you draw or write will then appear on top of the lockscreens of all those in your LokLok group.

The app is (presumably) intended to be used for swiftly sharing notes and pics between people, without them even having to unlock their phone. But of course I used it to share juvenile scrawlings with myself. Ahem. Yes I have more than one Android devices.



5. Retrica

There are so many camera apps, social networks pretending to be camera apps, and camera apps pretending to be social networks, that it takes a lot to stand out. Retrica manages to do so due to its straightforward interface, slew of live filters and effects (so you can see what you’re going to get at all times) and excellent multishot mode.

Use the last of those when you’re zooming along in a car (er, as a passenger, obviously) and you get some really amazing photo strips.


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