My favourite Android apps for 2016





Best apps 2016

Waze

The best sat nav I have used, it gets realtime data from all of its users to help you avoid traffic and get to your destination in the quickest time possible. This app has saved me time and fuel on many occasions, I wish everyone used it, it would keep our roads flowing!

Facebook

Pretty standard this one unless you live in a cave! Facebook have done a great job of being my go-to for news and keeping up to date with friends, they are pretty much trying to make Facebook “the internet” as far as I can work out, and they’re doing a good job at it.

LinkedIn

Another one I should not need to explain, but it’s a professional social network. I’ve been a member of Linkedin before Facebook, such a useful tool from a career perspective, particularly if you, like I, work in sales.

Todoist

The best to do list manager I have found, it even integrates into Outlook to replace the task manager. It syncs across multiple devices and really helps you to prioritise what’s important. They have even introduced an AI scheduler into the app to help you reschedule tasks that have slipped, which is handy to save you editing multiple tasks.

Swiftkey Keyboard

Swiftkey for me is still a cut above other Android and IOS keyboards, it really saves you a lot of keystrokes so you can type messages faster, the word prediction algorithm is top notch, better than all the others I have tried.

Brave browser

A recent addition to my phone, it’s based on Chromium but with an ad blocker built in. It’s a no-brainer to replace Chrome or any other mobile browse I have used.

 

Inbox by Google

If you use the Gmail app I recommend giving Inbox a try, it gets rid of email clutter and helps you to focus on what’s important. In some ways it makes your email more like a to-do list, allowing you to pin emails you need to action to the top and swipe away any others you have dealt with.

Citymapper

This app is amazing, literally tell it where you want to go and it will look at walking, cycling, trains, buses and Uber and tell you what the quickest route is and the cost, if you’ve not tried it download it ASAP, you won’t regret it!

 

Evernote

I’ve been using Evernote for years for meeting notes, saving web pages, and other useful information I find and want to keep. Having it on my mobile is useful for jotting down notes anywhere or writing posts such as this one!

 

Instagram

Another predictable one, Instagram is my go-to for social picture sharing.

 

Amazon shopping

No one makes it easier than Amazon to shop from your phone, can’t really live without this app, it makes life easy.

 

Dashlane

Dashlane is a password manager I love, it works across multiple devices and remembers all your passwords.  It can even change passwords for you withbine click. To be honest you get to a point where you don’t actually need to know your passwords anymore, sounds crazy I know, but its true!

Spotify

I’ve looked at other streaming services and Spotify is still by far the best music streaming app for me, the choice of music is the one reason I’ll stick with it for the foreseeable future.

 

Facebook messenger  / Whatsapp

Instant messaging via Facebook or Whatsapp has become the standard way of keeping in touch with friends, who uses email anymore to send pics or arrange a night out? Both apps are really similar and owned by Facebook, Whatsapp is encrypted by default to keep out prying eyes.

 

Freeletics

My go to workout app, Freeletics is callisthenics or bodyweight exercises for those not familiar with the term. I used it heavily for about 6 months and found it to be an awesome tool to get in shape. There is a nice sense of community and the workouts are really well put together, with some being hard as hell, you do get a great sense of achievement completing them. They also have a separate Freeletics gym app for those who like to lift, I’m aiming to focus on that for a while soon.





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