Android has the highest number of users in its ambit which perhaps the only reason Android being the first choice for many developers so that they can target the maximum number of users. Consequently, in 2018 Google play store is flooded with apps and games which sometimes are published by a dilettante or by a developer first company like Microsoft. Whatever it is, scouting apps that really stand out is no easy task. In this post we try our best to find you the best apps here in 2018.
Starting with the absolute basic, launchers come pretty handy and look cool on top stock Android or even on custom versions of Android like MIUI. Amongst all the launchers out there on the Play store, Microsoft Launcher stays on top mainly due to its unique features that we won’t find in any other launchers. Unique features like pin contacts to the home screen, Continue on PC, to be able to locate your child’s locations and app activities are a few examples of what the app is capable of. Like many others, this launcher from Microsoft supports Gesture customization, web search right from the launcher, and to name a few.
[appbox googleplay com.microsoft.launcher]
There is no competition here! No one comes even close to give a fair competition to the Maps app from Google. Talking of its functionalities besides the absolute basics, of course, you get real-time transit info, create list favorite places and share with friends, you can also download maps for a particular region which comes pretty handy when you run out of your data or you get into places where your cellular connection struggles.
[appbox googleplay com.google.android.apps.maps]
OK Google – Who are your competitors? None! No matter how much Alexa tries she just can’t keep up with the huge amount of data that Google has under their roof. Just by utilizing them Google Assistant here in 2018 is the digital assistant that makes more sense. Besides the casual tasks which are performed quite well by all the assistant out there, what makes Google Assistant really stands tall among them is its ability to understand the context which you don’t find in any of its competitors. With Google Assistant you can control lights, ask about population control and obviously a bunch of other stuff.
[appbox googleplay com.google.android.apps.googleassistant]
Android Messages works just fine! And that is the problem. For those who want to get more out of your SMS app. Microsoft is here with a great, if not, the best solution for you. With SMS organizer you get a clean and easy to use interface. The messaging app automatically organizes your SMS inbox into a Personal, Transactional and Promotional category to help you declutter your SMS Inbox so that you never miss an important message. You can also set reminders for important events and it works offline too. SMS Organizer supports Dark Theme in case you are a fan of it or do a lot of texting in the night time.
[appbox googleplay com.microsoft.android.smsorganizer]
1Weather is the best weather app. This app provides a weather forecast of up to 12 weeks, and of course, you get the hourly forecast along with it. You also have rich notification and severe weather alerts with optional sound or flash. Besides all these useful functionalities, 1Weather offers a great customizability, for instance, you can even change the background of the default one with your favorite place or pet or whatever. If you want an ad-free experience you need to pay only $1.99.
[appbox googleplay com.handmark.expressweather]
OneDrive or Google Drive
Both OneDrive and Google Drive are great and let’s not do any argument about that. However, most of the time users are more inclined to services that they are already familiar with. What exactly seems more familiar and easy to use for you is difficult for us to answer. So, one way to this is – Go with Google Drive Suit if you are more invested in Google’s ecosystem, and in case you are more invested in Microsoft, OneDrive is best for you. Talking about offerings, Google Drive allocated 15GB of cloud storage if want to use the service for free and in case you want more, Google got you covered with their paid subscription. On the other hand, Microsoft offers only 5GB of cloud storage if you chose to use OneDrive for free. However, you can take that 5GB to up to 1TB if you have an Office 365 account.
[appbox googleplay com.microsoft.skydrive]
[appbox googleplay com.google.android.apps.docs]
There you have it! The best apps on Android in 2018. But if you think we missed some great apps that really stand out then don’t forget to sound off in the comments below!