Every year, countless of Android apps are released, with the vast majority of them available on Google Play. Google, ever the "big data" lover, has detailed statistics about anything going through the Play Store, from Apps to books, movies, and music. Let's take a look at what the Android users across the globe have downloaded most in 2017, and which apps made the most significant impact.
Table of Contents
- Best Android Apps for 2017
- Google Play's Best of 2017
- What are your thoughts on the most popular content of Google Play for 2017?
Best Android Apps for 2017
Even though the Google Play Store features movies on demand, music, and books, the android apps are its heavy hitter, no doubt about it. Here are the most popular of them.
Weather and News
We choose to start our presentation with the weather and news apps. We consider them one of the most important categories since it's good to know if we will need an umbrella, or if we can expect sunshine and rainbows.
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel is one of the most known weather apps, and it's available for free. It offers detailed maps, future predictions, and notifications for harsh weather conditions.
For social media lovers, we can snap a photo of the current weather and share it with other users.
For us who enjoy the simplicity, Weather Timeline is the best option. It follows the latest Android trend, which is cards.
The app showcases us the weather in the locations we desire, by the hour, day, and week.
We can also set our preferred weather provider. On the features, we will also find the phase of the moon, weather maps, graphs, and much more. It costs 1.49$, and it's worth every penny.
Many users consider this as the best news app. Feedly is an RSS reader, that allows us to choose over 40 million feeds, ranging from news, websites, blogs, to even YouTube channels.
With Feedly, we will have all the latest news in one spot. The app is free and easy to use.
News Republic is the most suitable app for those who don't have time to read all the daily news.
We can choose our favorite news sources, from among 2500 trusted websites. The app learns from our preferences and provides us only the news we might enjoy.
We can download it for free, and remove the adds for a yearly $2.99 subscription.
Information is great, but why have an Android phone if we don't personalize it? With a few well-selected personalization apps, we can make our phone truly our own.
If you are a veteran of alternative launchers, then you must have heard of Nova Launcher. It's the most configurable launcher we can find in Play Store.
It has countless features, it's fast, and we can find many themes to choose for it.
The free version has a lot of features, but by paying $4.99, we can unlock even more.
Zedge can be a one-stop-app to completely change the look and sound of our device.
The app offers us millions of wallpapers to choose. Moreover, if we want to select a different ringtone, text message sound, or alarm, then this app is probably our best bet.
We must note that even though the app is free, it is a bit heavy on the ads front.
Many might disagree with us and claim SwiftKey as the best Android keyboard. However, Google has raised the bar pretty high.
But the most notable element of Gboard is the integrated Google search. With a press of a button, we can search anything on the web; we don't even have to leave our keyboard or our current app.
Gboard's features are myriad, and it's free in contrast to SwiftKey. Moreover, it syncs across devices, and we don't see ourselves changing it for a long time.
Since we altered the look of our phone, now it's time to snap a photo or video. Or maybe do a montage? These are the best multimedia apps for Android.
If we are into creating a video, then we need Quik.
At first, it's one of the few video editing apps that is free. Also, since it was developed by GoPro, it has lots of cool features.
With Quik, we can create video collages. The collages can be from videos and images, which we can cut, add effects and music, or whatever else we desire.
The composition is made automatically by using special technology to achieve the best result. The use of Quik is relatively comfortable, and the results can be amazing.
Imgur is the best photo database. In the app, we can find memes, fun facts, and the most exciting stuff online.
Within a few minutes, it can make us laugh, learn, and discover the virals of the day.
Maybe one of the most necessary apps for every device. With Google Photos, not only we can store all of our memories in one spot, but we can also have them available to every one of our devices.
Apart from automatic backup, with the app, we can edit our photos. Moreover, our images are automatically classified in albums, by day, place, and more.
Last, but not least, the app has Google Assistant integrated, and it can create movies automatically, collages, panoramas, or GIFs from various photos we have taken.
What is the point of taking photos and videos if we can't share them with anyone? Thankfully, there are countless chatting apps on Google Play and the best of the year are below.
SMS are slowly dying, but some of us might still use them. For people like us, Textra can be life-changing.
It's an upgrade from our phones messaging app. What makes Textra better is how customizable it is. It allows us to pick from the color of the theme and emoji style to the LED notification color. What's its best feature? It's free.
Allo is Google's newest messaging app, and it doesn't fall short of our usual Viber and WhatsApp services. On the contrary, it also offers a few cool features.
On Allo, we will find Google Assistant with which we can start a conversation. It will help us with whatever we might need, and we can even invite it to our chats.
Google Assistant helps us play games with our friends. Also, if we don't know what to reply, it has some possible answers with the Smart Reply feature.
We had fun, took pictures, and chatted with our friends; now it's time to work. But because work can be tiring, we present you the best apps to increase our productivity. More productivity, less workload.
TickTick is among the best apps for activity lists. It allows us to create lists, reminders, and more.
The design is elegant, and it has gadgets and task scheduling in repeat.
The yearly subscription costs $27.99, which is about the same as other apps in its category. However, the free version offers a lot of features, and there's no reason to pay for the subscription.
Todoist is probably the best activity app. It supports multiple platforms, recurring tasks, and more.
Nonetheless, what makes Todoist unique is the Smart Schedule function. With this feature, we can schedule the workload of a whole week. This service is intelligent enough, and it's based on our usual schedule.
With minimum participation on our behalf, and taking into account what we do during a week, it creates a seven-day program.
Fitness and Workout
Even though we might be pretty without proper exercise and diet, we won't keep this rocking body forever. On Google Play there are countless of apps to help us, and the best of 2017 are the following,
Endomondo is the best app of its category. It tracks our activity, keeps a workout history, and analyzes our performance.
With the app, we can create our exercise routine or choose one that other members have created. We can also track our workout program and share it with our friends.
We can get Endomondo for free, but paying the subscription will unlock extra features.
Google Fit is Google's workout solution. It's a minimalistic app that shows us only what we need, without overloading us with details.
With Google Fit, we can keep a history of our workouts, see a detailed data analysis, and track the course we took.
With the app, we have exactly what we need without overcomplicating everything. And let's not forget it costs nothing.
Whatever we do, we must not forget about protection. Our safety is everything and if we don't protect our phone, no one will do it for us. So here are the best safety apps of 2017 for Google Play.
A password manager is a crucial part of our safety, especially in the digital world. It's high time we stopped using "password1" or our birthday for every single account.
With LastPass, we can store and manage all of our passwords. The app also has an integrated password generator tool and helps us with automatic fill of fields.
If we care about being anonymous online, then NordVPN is a must-have.
The app allows us to connect to a server with 60 different countries. Additionally, it protects us from malware and decrypts all ads.
The app is free for seven days, but after that, we need to pay a subscription.
The use of antivirus on phones is a taboo subject. Nonetheless, prevention is the best medicine.
Bitdefender not only protects us from malware, but it also informs us if our account is safe, as well as which apps seem suspicious.
In case we lose our phone, we can instantly track it. Also, it allows us to lock any app we want to prevent access to it.
Trying Bitdefender is free for 14 days, and after that, we need a subscription to one of the company's antivirus plans.
Before closing our article, we must see the best tools of Google Play. 2017 was a great year for apps in this category. Those who shine through are AppLock and Solid Explorer.
AppLock helps us lock any apps we desire to avoid snooping.
Apart from locking apps, it allows us to set time limits, create multiple profiles for the different time of the day, and many more amenities.
AppLock costs nothing, but some of its features are available on the paid version.
The fanboys and fangirls of ES Explorer are losing faith and turning into Solid Explorer.
The app has a lot of abilities, such as creating compressed files, streaming through Chromecast, automatically arranging files, cloud connection, plenty of personalization, and much more.
Solid Explorer costs only $1.99, and we can try it for 14 days.
Google Play's Best of 2017
At the end of every year, Google publishes a list with the best content of Google Play. Those lists include games, apps, books, movies, tv shows, and songs. For 2017, the five best of each category are:
Most Popular New Apps
Most Popular Games
What are your thoughts on the most popular content of Google Play for 2017?
Do you think any of the apps don't deserve a place on the lists above? Do you use any of these apps? Have you seen a movie, read a book, or heard any of the songs that were on the top five?
Tell us in the comments your thoughts. We are glad to read them.
- What Android Instant Apps Are And Why They're Worth Considering
- Free WiFi Hotspot - Find your Nearest with WiFiMapper
- How To Disable Auto-Starting Apps On Android
- How To Organize Your Music: Google Play Music Tricks
- How To Save Space On My Phone With Google Files Go
Do you want to support PCsteps, so we can post high quality articles throughout the week?
If you prefer your purchases from China, we are affiliated with one of the largest international e-shops: