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15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


Knowing the weather is something that we all pretty much need to know. Smartphone weather apps and weather widgets have been steadily improving over the years. They work better, have more detailed and accurate information, and the weather widgets look better with whatever theme you happen to be using. Here are the best weather apps and weather widgets currently available on Android.


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android1Weather

[Price: Free / $0.99]
1Weather by OneLouder Apps has been around for a long time and is not only one of the most popular weather apps on this list, but also one of the highest rated. It comes with your standard features like your daily and hourly forecast along with access to additional information. There are also some weather widgets available and the application itself is well designed. It also comes with Android Wear support, weather tracking for up to 12 cities, and has support for 25 languages. All of the features comes in the free version. You can also pay $0.99 to remove advertising.
Check out more OneLouder Apps stuff here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidAccuweather

[Price: Free / $2.99]
Accuweather by Accuweather.com is a free option that gives you pretty much all of the information you need, including extended forecasts, hourly forecasts, and the app itself is also well designed. Other features include radar, Android Wear support, and the MinuteCast feature that lets you check on precipitation on a minute basis (estimated, of course). The application itself was redesigned and it looks really good. There are some weather widgets to choose from as well. It’s one of the more well-rounded weather apps on the list.
Check out more Accuweather.com apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidDark Sky

[Price: Free / $2.99 per year]
Dark Sky is an app that had a rough start on Android. It was one of the first weather apps to charge a yearly subscription and it received some backlash. Especially since the iOS version didn’t. Aside from the small bit of controversy, the app is actually pretty awesome. It features one of the better radars that we’ve seen and it has up-to-the-minute forecast updates. There are also weather widgets if you happen to need those. You can try out the premium version for free and you can use it for free without a subscription as long as you don’t mind fewer features.

Download now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidGoogle Now

[Price: Free]
Google Now has been replacing a lot of things on Android phones and weather is one of them. The app will send you periodic weather updates, weather alerts, and you can even ask for the weather info. Opening Google Now almost always puts the weather right on top so you can see it at a glance. It’s not a dedicated weather app which means a lot of features, like extended forecast or weather radars require a little digging, but this is a great option for people who already use Google Now that may just need to glance at the weather quickly. It also already comes on most Android devices. The only downside is that there are no weather widgets.
Check out more Google apps here!

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15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidGO Weather Forecast and Widgets

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
GO Weather by GO Launcher EX ranks among the most successful and popular weather apps on the list. In terms of features, it runs the entire gambit with current weather, forecasts, radar, a sleek design, weather widgets, and even more obscure stuff like wind forecasts, lifestyle tips, and more. There are also theming options and a paid version that gets rid of external advertising. Overall, it’s an above average weather app but it may be a bit on the bloated side.
Check out more GO Launcher EX apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


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5 days ago

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidMyRadar

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
MyRadar is a simple app that shows you a weather radar. It has a full range of features, including the ability to play animations so you can see if the rain is coming or going. The app itself is simple but you can buy additional feature as in-app purchases. Some of the additional features include a hurricane tracker and additional radar features. It’s probably not great for your average weather usage, but those who really need a good radar should check it out.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidNational Weather Service

[Price: Free]
National Weather Service is an unofficial, small, and simple app that uses the National Weather Service API. It features the ability to check currently, hourly, and weekly forecasts for a static location (one you set) or a GPS location. It also has a radar, weather alerts, and advisories. There are even weather widgets if you want those. It is a smaller app that uses less resources and network data than most which is great if you need something small. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases, advertising, or tracking.

Download now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidNOAA Weather Unofficial

[Price: Free / $1.99]
NOAA Weather Unofficial is an app that sources the NOAA and National Weather Service for its information. You can find things like the latest weather forecasts, hourly conditions, radar, and more. You can track several cities at once and there are weather widgets to choose from. The only downside is that the app doesn’t support severe weather alerts. You can check those in the app, but that’s about it. There’s a free version and a paid version if you want to check them out.

Download now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidWeatherBug

[Price: Free]
WeatherBug is a long time favorite of Android users and it was one of the first truly full featured weather apps. Today, it’s totally free to use (without in-app purchases) and while that’s made some paid users unhappy, new users get to use WeatherBug free. It includes weather forecasts, severe weather alerts, widgets, and even stuff like live weather and traffic cams so you can see the weather. There is also a selection of weather widgets as a separate app to adorn your home screen that are pretty decent.
Check out more Earth Networks apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidThe Weather Channel

[Price: Free]
The Weather Channel has been a long time authority on weather and on Android it’s no different. This app became popular very quickly based on its namesake alone. That said, it actually is a pretty decent weather app with all the information you could need including forecasts, alerts, current weather, radar, weather widgets, and smaller stuff like wind forecast, pollen, and even Weather Channel videos so you can keep up on the latest weather news. There is a mechanic called mPoints which don’t really do much, but you can disable that in the settings to make the app run a bit smoother. It’s one of the more bloated weather apps out there, but it’s the one run by that TV channel we all know about.
Check out more Weather Channel apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


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2 weeks ago

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidWeather Underground

[Price: Free / $1.99 per year]
Weather Underground is a very competent weather service and you may have seen them as a weather service option in other applications. It features a slick, vertical-style interface that contains a ton of information and it can be a little overwhelming until you get used to it. It gives you a ton of info including current weather, forecast, alerts, radar, weather widgets, and much more. There is a $1.99 per year subscription that remove advertisements. It’s one of the more solid weather apps out there. If it helps, the development team has also been excellent at listening to user feedback, which we really liked.

Get it now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidWeather Wiz

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Weather Wiz is one of the newer weather apps on the list. It was released in 2017 and it works pretty well. You’ll find the basics such as weather info, forecast, and one of the more awesome looking radars that we’ve seen. There is also a small collection of weather widgets available. The app’s claim to fame is its small but gorgeous set of themes that you can purchase for $0.99 each. Otherwise the app is entirely free to use.

Get it now on Google Play!

15 best weather apps and weather widgets for Android


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidYahoo Weather

[Price: Free]
Yahoo has been very aggressively improving their applications over the last few years and Yahoo Weather is a great example of their hard work paying off. It features beautiful design and graphics with the essential information, alerts, radars, and more. You can track up to 20 cities and even submit your photos by posting them on Flickr. It’s uniquely designed and fun to use. The only downside is the app doesn’t have Material Design. That may irk some people. The weather widget selection is a little weak as well.
Check out more Yahoo apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


15 best weather apps and weather widgets for AndroidYoWindows Weather

[Price: Free / $2.98]
YoWindow Weather by RepkaSoft is a relatively newer option but has already gained a significant following. It has a lot more flash than most weather apps with a fun hourly forecast animation where you can scroll and see the weather. Comparatively speaking, YoWindow Weather isn’t as powerful as some of these other suites, but it’s a good mixture for those who want something more than Google Now but not something as heavy as The Weather Channel. There is a free version you can use to try it out and the overall cost is fairly reasonable.
Check out more RepkaSoft apps here!

Get it now on Google Play!


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5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Welcome to the 174th edition of Android Apps Weekly! Here are the headlines from the last week:

  • Adobe is reportedly working on an app that will let you edit images with your voice. They released a YouTube video that demonstrates the tech at work. In the video, the man crops the image, flips it around, and then shares it on Facebook. It’s not currently available for anybody, but the demo is definitely promising. It could be months or years before we see something like this hit the market, though. We’ll just have to be patient for right now.
  • Google Voice is apparently re-imagining itself again sometime soon. Those who still use the service have likely seen a notification on their dashboard that a new version of Google Voice is coming to consumers. We don’t know what the features are yet, but they are definitely coming. Some have even had Google Voice call them and leave a cryptic message about speed dial. It’s been a while since Voice got an upgrade so here’s hoping it’s awesome.
  • Facebook made headlines this week when it was reported that the social media network may start using mid-video ads. This means that you’ll see an ad in the middle of your video instead of at the beginning or the end. The feature is currently in testing so Facebook can see how users react to it. We imagine that it’ll make its way to Facebook proper if the blow back isn’t too bad.
  • Fitbit has been busying buying up smartwatch companies. Apparently, they are also working on an app store. According to CEO James Park, they want this task completed as soon as humanly possible. They didn’t say why, but the popular conjecture is that the company is working on its own smartwatch. That’s where all the signs are pointing. We don’t know much yet, but we’ll keep an eye out and let you know when something happens.
  • The Google Hangouts API will be shutting down in April. The announcement came late last week and had some people legitimately worried about the service. Basically what’s happening is that a bunch of apps that use the Hangouts API will be denied access. We’re talking about the apps in Google Hangouts video chat that puts a mustache on your face or makes fun sound effects. The good news is that the app itself isn’t going anywhere.

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Star Wars: Force Arena

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Star Wars: Force Arena is an action-adventure game featuring everyone’s favorite galaxy from far, far away. The game features third person, freemium style combat mechanics. You’ll have to assemble a team from 80 available characters. You’ll also be able to form guilds with friends, upgrade your characters, and you’ll be able to compete with other players to earn in-game rewards. It’s a freemium game through and through so make sure to temper your expectations accordingly.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyPosture

[Price: Free]
Posture is an application that tries to modernize your posture. The app theorizes that we look at our phones an average of 85 times a day. As it turns out, we’ve probably been doing it all wrong. The app uses the sensors in your phone to detect when you’re holding the phone in a neck-straining position. It will then let you know and you can adjust accordingly. The ultimate goal is to improve your posture while using your phone. It’s completely free if you want to try it out.

Download now on Google Play!

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyYu-Gi-Oh Duel Links

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Links is the latest game in the popular card collecting franchise. Like most games that came before it, this title is a card collecting title. You’ll have to collect cards and build decks that you’ll then use to duel against opponents. There is a campaign mode as well as an online PvP as you’d expect. The mechanics are simple enough to learn but still has a bit of depth for those who want to seriously play. However, it is a freemium game and certainly plays like one.

Download now on Google Play!


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyWeather Wiz

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Weather Wiz is a new weather app that’s also still in beta. It covers the basic features, including temperature, the feels-like temperature, forecasts, UV indexes, and other things like that. Like most, there are also weather widgets, support for weather tracking for multiple cities, and more. The design is simply done and actually looks pretty good. There are also themes that you can apply if you want to that cost $0.99 each. It’s a solid weather app and it could get even better before the beta was over.

Download now on Google Play!

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly


5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps WeeklyGrumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
It was only a matter of time before someone cashed in on the Grumpy Cat meme. The game is called Grumpy Cat’s Worst Game Ever and it’s essentially a game of mini-games. You can do a little fishing game, eat food, break boards, and various other little games. You can get high scores on leaderboards, win little in-game items, and share your progress with your friends on social media. It’s a pretty fun little time waster if you need something to kill a few minutes.

Download now on Google Play!


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15 most useful apps for Android


We use smartphones for a long things. We listen to music, play games, watch video, and talk to one another on social media. Another use for smartphones is to make our lives easier. Thankfully, there are plenty of apps that can do just that. You carry this thing on you all the time so why not let it make your life easier? Here are the most useful apps for Android!


15 most useful apps for AndroidApplock

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Applock is a security oriented app that locks down your apps. The way it works is you decide which apps you don’t want other people getting into. The app locks those apps down and anyone trying to access them has to input a password. It’s simple enough to use and it should be available on most devices. It also has a few different ways that you can pay for it. That means you can choose the one that works best for you. It’s a classic and it’s one of the most useful apps out there.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidCamScanner

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
CamScanner has been around for a long time and it’s one of the most useful apps out there. You can use the app to scan documents into your phone and convert them to PDF format. You can then send that document through email, save it to your device, and you can even fax it for a nominal fee. It seems to hit all the check boxes you’d want in an app like this. You can use most of the features for free or you can pay for a subscription if you intend on using it very heavily. In either case, it’s a must have. Especially during tax season.

Download now on Google Play!


15 most useful apps for AndroidIFTTT

[Price: Free]
IFTTT stands for “if this, then that”. It’s an app that allows you to create commands to carry out a set of basic tasks. What’s great about the app is the sheer number of services, products, and other apps that have IFTTT support. You can have it turn on your smart lights in your home, save images from Instagram and upload them to Dropbox, and there is even some Google Assistant support. It’s definitely one of the most useful apps out there and it’s also a must-have for those who want more automation.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidFinancial Calculators

[Price: Free]
Financial Calculators is a nifty little app that can calculate a ton of different things. The tool is set up so that you can figure out anything from how much of a tip you owe to the compound annual interest on a large loan. Some of the other things it can do is calculate loans, 401K, APR, credit card payoff amounts, and even US inflation. It also comes with a currency converter, a ROI calculator, and a compound interest calculator. The best part is that it’s completely free.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidGoogle App

[Price: Free]
The Google App (also known as Google Now) has so many little tricks that it’ll take you weeks to learn them all. It’s basically an extension of Google’s Voice Search that also does things like show you the weather, news that you might be interested in (based on your search history), and other bits of information. On newer versions of Android, you’ll also have access to things like Google Now on Tap and other tools to make life easier. You can pair it with Google’s keyboard Gboard and you’ll have the power of Google Search virtually everywhere.

Download now on Google Play!


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3 days ago

15 most useful apps for AndroidThe Google Drive suite

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Google Drive and its suite of apps are among the most useful apps available anywhere. The full collection includes Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Keep, and Google Photos. Between these apps, you have a full-fledged office suite complete with a note taking app, cloud storage, and a place to back up all of your photos and videos for free. You can purchase additional Google Drive space if you need to as well. There are other decent office apps, but few even come close to the level of functionality you get with Google Drive.

Download now on Google Play!


15 most useful apps for AndroidGoogle Translate

[Price: Free]
Google Translate is the go-to translation app available on any platform. It has received a number of updates over the years, including the ability to use your camera to point at something and have it translated in real-time. There is also a neural network powering the platform that helps make translation even more accurate. It has a slew of additional features as well, including the ability to translate a two way conversation in real-time. It’s a must-get for anyone traveling virtually anywhere and it’s also completely free.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidPushbullet

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $39.99 per year]
Pushbullet is one of the most useful apps out there if you need to connect your phone to your PC. With it, you can text from your PC, transfer files quickly, and you can even copy from your Android device and paste on your PC (and vice versa). It’ll also show you phone notifications on your computer. The free version can be useful, although you won’t get the really good features unless you sign up for their subscription. The price is pretty high, so here’s a list of alternatives that can do pretty much the same stuff.

Download now on Google Play!


15 most useful apps for AndroidSimple System Monitor

[Price: Free / $1.99]
Simple System Monitor is an app that lets you monitor the basic systems in your smartphone. It features the ability to check on things like your CPU usage, RAM usage, storage stats, GPU usage, Disk I/O, battery health and temperature, and a lot more. These kinds of apps are great for helping you figure out if your phone is working harder than it should and how hard an app or game is stressing your system. Some features may not work right if you’re on Android Nougat due to changes in the OS, but otherwise it’s a solid app.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidSlack

[Price: Free / Enterprise pricing available]
Slack is a professional chat app that was made for businesses and work culture. You can create various channels for various tasks or various groups of people. It’s great for a lot of things because the chat service can be integrated with a ton of other services such as Asana, Giphy, Google Drive, Twitter, Zendesk, and other productivity tools. The app also supports voice calls, private and group messaging, file uploads, and there is a web app and a desktop app that you can download and install for most platforms. It’s pretty great and definitely one of the most useful apps we know of.

Download now on Google Play!


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October 18, 2016

15 most useful apps for AndroidSolid Explorer

[Price: Free trial / $2.99]
Solid Explorer is a file manager and browser that does a great job. It’s built around Material Design and that makes the app very easy to use. On top of the usual file browsing, you’ll also have the option to access your cloud storage services if you use them. On top of that, you’ll be able to access FTP, SFTP, WebDav, and SMB/CIFS clients. There is even root access if you need that. It’s a powerful app that is also simple to use. You’ll have to pay for it after the 14-day trial, but everyone needs a file manager and this one is a good one.

Download now on Google Play!


15 most useful apps for AndroidTasker

[Price: $2.99]
Tasker is one of the most powerful and useful apps ever created. Tasker allows you to create automated activities that do a variety of things. It’s difficult to express what this app can do because it can do virtually anything. The app comes with 200 built-in actions that you can use or you can build your own. There are also a ton of apps with Tasker support along with plugins to expand functionality. There is a large learning curve, but it’s great once you get passed it.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidUnclouded

[Price: Free / $3.49]
Unclouded is a cloud storage app that helps you manage your cloud storage services. You can log into Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, and Mega with this app. Once logged in, you can manage your files in each service, find and eliminate duplicates, search for files, and see when your files were last used, changed, or added. It’s not all that useful for those who use a single cloud storage service. However, those who multiple services can definitely find this one handy.

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidWiFiAnalyzer

[Price: Free]
WiFiAnalyzer is an open-source application that allows you to check out your WiFi and the WiFi humming along around you. There are a number of reasons why you’d need something like this. You can see if your WiFi is sharing a channel with other WiFi networks (which can affect connectivity and speed). You can also identify nearby WiFi networks, graph signal strength, and other activities. It’s important information to know if you’re looking to optimize your home WiFi. It’s also free!

Download now on Google Play!

15 most useful apps for Android


15 most useful apps for AndroidWunderlist

[Price: Free / $4.99 per month / Enterprise options]
Wunderlist is one of the best to-do list apps available right now. You can use the app to write down tasks so you can remind yourself to complete them later. Additionally, you can set up recurring tasks (like taking out the garbage), and then share those tasks with other people who use the app. This is a great way to set up chores and such with members of your household. You can even create a grocery list subsection and create lists that way. It has most of the features you’d need for free, but there is a paid version for those who need a little bit more.

Download now on Google Play!


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Facebook’s apps dominated non-game downloads from Google Play Store in 2016

If you downloaded an app from the Google Play Store in 2016 that was owned by Facebook, you are not alone. A new report claims that apps owned by Facebook made up the top four non-game apps downloaded from the Google Play Store during all of 2016. The report also stated that during the fourth quarter of 2016, app revenues from the Google Play Store came in at $3.3 billion, up a whopping 82 percent compared to the $1.8 billion in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2015.

The report comes from the research firm SensorTower, who claim that according to their data, the main Facebook app was the most downloaded app from the Google Play Store in 2016. It was followed by WhatsApp in second place, Facebook Messenger in third and Instagram in fourth.

The rest of the top 10 most downloaded Google Play Store apps included Snapchat, Clean Master, SD LED Flashlight, SHAREit, imo and CM Security in 10th place. In terms of the most revenue, LINE was tops for non-game apps in the Google Play Store in 2016, according to SensorTower. Tinder, Pandora, HBO Now and Line Manga were next in line.

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

A few times per year, the folks in Mountain View let us know a rough idea how many Android apps have been downloaded and installed on phones and tablets around the world. At last count, the number was in excess of 65 billion app installs in the year leading up to Google I/O 2016 – but we’re here to look at a select few, the apps that have made it to the 1 billion install mark.

With an estimated 1.4 billion active Android users globally, it is actually fairly impressive that these few apps have cracked the 1 billion install mark. This billionaire’s club wouldn’t be there without you, so let’s dive in and make sure you’ve got them all installed.

What constitutes an install?

First and foremost, the following numbers are a collective total of all installs on all devices. This is limited to apps that come from, or updated from the Google Play Store. This number is not limited to the total number of individual users that have installed an app – if you are like most of us here at Android Authority, you’ve had several Android devices over the years, each one counts as a unique install of the apps you choose.

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

However, each install only counts once per device. Uninstalling an app and then installing it again on the same device still only counts as a single install.

When you look at it this way, those 1.4 billion active users account for far more devices over the years. We won’t guess how many Android devices have been active across the years, but I can tell you I’ve had more than 20 myself, not including review units, thus I count for at least 20 installs of Gmail and so much more.

It is also very important that we mention you do not have to actively head to the Google Play Store and select these apps for install. When you turn on your brand new Android device, each of those pre-installed apps count toward the global total.

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

To this end, it should be no surprise whatsoever that the first app to reach 1 billion installs was Google Play Services, an app that lives on practically every Android device around. You may consider this to be cheating. While it would be wrong of us to disagree with that opinion, we’re going to side with Google on this one, if the app is on a device, it should count as an install.

Taking it to the next level, something we are not going to discuss in-depth today, a more realistic count to help identify apps of value would be app usage stats, instead of simple install numbers.

History of 1 billion installs

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

It all began back in 2014, several Google apps cracked into the club, with Facebook joining the group before the year ran out.

2015 expanded the list by another dozen apps. Then in 2016, just one app, that’s right, one app hit the 1 billion installs milestone this past year.

November 2016 marked the summit of a different peak, Google Chrome crossed the 2 billion installs mark.

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Before we actually share the list, let’s cover one glaring observation. All of the 19 apps that have more than 1 billion installs are from just two companies, Google and Facebook. Most of the apps from Google, as we mentioned above, should not be a surprise, as they come pre-installed on most every Android device on the market.

To be clear, Facebook may currently own their four apps on the list, but that was not always the case, they may have purchased one or two of the now top apps. Those purchases were not cheap, either, does anyone remember the multi-billion dollar purchase of WhatsApp Messenger?

Enough about that, let’s see what the biggest apps in the world are. For the sake of ease, let’s put these in order of when they hit that magic mark. It all started back in January of 2014…

Google Play Services (January 2014)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Sometimes the most important app on your device is the most boring of them all, and that is absolutely true of the very first app to ever hit 1 billion installs, Google Play Services. In its current form, Google Play Services is an absolute core application for the Android experience – at least for Google’s Android experience.

Bottom line, the majority of Google’s apps and services rely on Google Play Services to function on your Android device. If you have the Google Play Store or any other Google app on your device, there’s a good chance you are one of the billions of us with this app installed.

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Gmail (May 2014)

Another unsurprising app on this list, it is highly unlikely that you have a Google account that is not an active Gmail address as well. This is not to say that you use Gmail as your communications tool, but looking at the numbers, there is a good chance that you do.

As one of the best web based email services around, the mobile application provides nearly all the same bells and whistles, just hidden in an easy to use interface on your mobile device.

Install Gmail now

Google Maps (May 2014)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

For many, there is no better tool to identify a route, look up the best place to go for pancakes or simply explore the globe than Google Maps. Serving multiple functions, including navigation on the road, Google Maps comes pre-installed on many devices, and is then installed freely by those that do not have it already.

Install Maps now

YouTube (July 2014)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

The top online video streaming service offers up a top of the line mobile app, YouTube is not only a highly installed application, it’s also highly utilized. Creators and consumers alike put the YouTube app for Android to work on a daily basis.

Install YouTube now

Facebook (September 2014)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

The social media giant, Facebook, marked the first non-Google application to 1 billion installs with their default social media app. Facebook is one of those social networks that is near unfathomable how large and popular it is, with millions of active daily users. Share, create, consume all that is Facebook all on your Android device.

Install Facebook now

Google Search (December 2014)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

I must admit that this was my only big surprise on this list, I would have thought that the tool attached to the service that made Google a company in the first place, would have been the first app to 1 billion installs.

Without a doubt, Google Search is used on almost every Android device on the planet in one manner or another, but the actual Google Search app may not be the tool of choice. At least not with Google Now and Assistant taking over.

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Google+ (January 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Beginning its existence as a web based social media platform, the expansion to Android has helped spur several changes to the platform itself over the years. Offering a more controlled and often long form social platform Google was eager to out-do Facebook in the social media world – Google+ remains a popular network, and the current set of tools in the Android app offer nearly all required to keep you connected to your circles on the go.

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WhatsApp Messenger (March 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

On their upward swing as a very popular messaging service, WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook in early 2014. A year later, the app for Android broke the billion install threshold. While many took to social media for basic communications, the emergence of more than a few great messaging services marked a shift from the more expensive SMS messaging tools.

WhatsApp certainly proves that there is room in nearly any saturated segment to change things up a bit.

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Google Text-to-Speech (March 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

As the default text engine in your Android device, Google Text-to-Speech is the back-end tool that reads aloud everything from your Maps navigation to your favorite book or everything, if you have the accessibility tools enabled.

This is a great example of an app that performs a task many of us may have thought was just built-into the operating system. Well, that’s what pre-installed apps on Android are all about, essentially building them into the phone, but giving a way to update them on an individual basis instead of needing a new OS.

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Google Play Books (June 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

It started with the Kindle – at least we will give it credit for now – e-books became a thing and Google was eager to get their extensive catalog of expired copyright books onto mobile devices. Google Play Books became the delivery method of choice, later adding purchasable books through the Google Play Store.

Once again, we are looking at an app that is usually pre-installed on phones and tablets, but we’d like to believe that many of you are avid readers, at least readers of Android enthusiast websites, obviously.

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Messenger (June 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Facebook returns to our list with their messaging service, Messenger. Often called Facebook Messenger to avoid confusion, Facebook knew that people liked to chat, and the app that made ‘chat heads’ popular scored Facebook another billion installs.

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Google Hangouts (June 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Did someone say chat? Sure, Google Hangouts can do that, but what if we add in voice and video conferencing, would that increase your usage of the service? Another billion installs says that at least a few of us use the service. Text chat that integrates across mobile and your PC, plus saves the chat logs into your Gmail, then voice and video tools to put up to 10 people face to face all sounds good to me.

My personal favorite communication tool, if I must be honest, Hangouts has long been more than just a chat client to me, it was there to bridge the gap when my wife and I lived apart for a bit, while we worked on my immigration. Giving us one tool to communicate all day in many different ways was about as good as living apart can be. Thank you Google.

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Google Chrome (June 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

The web, seriously, do I need to say anything here? Google’s web browser made it to one billion devices, and I’m sure it’ll get to many more before it runs out of steam. Admitting that there are many great browsers available for Android, Chrome remains the only one on the list, so far. (It’s early 2017 now, let’s see if the rest of the year changes that.)

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Google Play Games (August 2015)

Video games on your mobile device experienced a huge usability bump when Google rolled out a way to share your progress, compete with friends, record your gameplay and, most important for many, enjoy cloud saved game progress so you can play across devices. You probably have Google Play Games installed, and you probably know how it works better than I do, but if not, you might be missing out.

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Google Play Music (August 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

It has been said that the adage ‘music tames the savage beast’ is why I listen to so much music, or why I am so tame, either way works for me. Google Play Music has been my music player of choice on Android since I found a way to install it before it was even available in Canada. I moved to where it is available and have not looked back.

For me, Google Play Music is where I store my personal music collection, but there is the streaming side of it that I have not partaken as yet. Whether you take the time to upload your collection or just stream from the massive library Google has on hand, Google Play Music is likely installed on your device.

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Google Play Newsstand (August 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

When Google expanded the Google Play Store and added multiple side apps, magazines and news needed a home, enter Google Play Newsstand. As a pre-installed app on many devices, there are plenty of ways to use the service, for free or to consume paid content. Whether replacing Flipboard or just reading the latest issue of Retro Gamer, Newsstand is your Android access to a load of great content.

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Google Play Movies & TV (September 2015)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon streaming and YouTube. Sure, there are other ways and places to consume video on your mobile device, but Google Play Movies & TV is the app that likely came pre-installed on your device anyway. Stream your shows or download for offline viewing, if you’ve acquired it through the Google Play Store, this is the app you use to watch it.

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Google Drive (October 2015)

Here, hold this for me. For many of us, Google Drive represented a solid cloud storage platform for our files. Add in the ability to make and create office documents and this powerful tool became a crucial part of many people’s workflow.

Please remember that your paid Google Drive storage space can be used to store more photos in Google Photos, or save more attachments in Gmail.

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Instagram (August 2016)

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Another billion dollar idea took off in 2012, Facebook purchased a budding social platform which took over four years to both find its way to Android then reach a billion installs through the Google Play Store.

Instagram is the leading example of the old days where developers created apps for iOS first, us Android users despised this approach, and we hope that a billion installs later we proved that we’re a powerful group. Instagram is a powerful image sharing platform, famous for having crazy filters and cultivating the selfie craze.

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I suspect you found this list fairly predictable, in fact, I wonder if there are any apps on this list that are not on your Android phone and/or tablet.

What’s next?

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

There are a handful of apps we expect will jump to the 1 billion install club relatively soon. Particularly, and somewhat boringly, Google’s various apps that have been split out of the Android OS itself. Android System Web View is a solid example, an app that is only recently split out, but is, or will be, on all Google flavored Android devices moving forward. That same idea goes for Google Now Launcher, the Homescreen app found by default on an ever growing list of phones – or did the Pixel Launcher take over?!?

Google Photos is my personal favorite that I’d like to see succeed. Especially now that it’s almost as powerful as the old Picasa used to be for sharing and multi-user access.

Android Pay, Google Daydream, Google Messenger, Android Auto, GBoard – Google Keyboard, Android Wear, Google Street View, Google Calculator, Google Clock, Google VR Services, Google Phone and Google Contacts are all possible candidates for the 1 billion install club under Google’s app restructuring.

Funnily enough, the Google Play Store is not yet at 1 billion installs, the app that provides access to all other apps should get there soon. Of course it used to be the Android Market, so we’ll forgive it for now.

A look at the billion-install club: the most installed apps

Outside of Google’s domain, Snapchat, Twitter, Pandora, Netflix and various weather apps have some potential to reach 1 billion, eventually. It’s possible the slew of games that come and go will see a few that stick, there are certainly a few franchises that have multiple games that have exceeded 1 billion combined, Angry Birds, anyone? Maybe Minecraft.

I leave off posing the question to you, what app will be next to make it to 1 billion installs on Android?

Titanfall Frontline mobile game cancelled before its full launch

 

Just a few months ago, it was announced that the Titanfall console and PC sci-fi shooter series would be joined by a mobile game for Android and iOS called Titanfall Frontline. Now, the developers behind that game, Particle City, have revealed that it has been cancelled before its full launch.

In a post on the game’s official Facebook page, Particle City said they conducted a closed beta test of Titanfall Frontline. While it said that it had learned a great deal from that beta, it added that “in the end felt the experience wasn’t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall.”

Titanfall Frontline was to be the first in a series of mobile games based on Respawn’s Titanfall series of shooters. In this case, Frontline would have been more of a card-based strategy game that would have allowed players to build their own decks so they could battle against other players online.

While this game may have been cancelled, that doesn’t mean we will never see a Titanfall game on Android. Particle City stated they plan to use some of the concepts of this cancelled game and use them in future, unannounced, Titanfall mobile titles.

This cancellation comes a few months after Titanfall 2, the next game in the main franchise, was released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms. While the game got mostly positive reviews, its sales have been below expectations.

Solve a murder mystery in new Mysterium Android game

If you enjoy playing games that require some brain power, you might want to check out the newly released game called Mysterium. The official adaptation of the famous board game is set in the 1920s and revolves around a murder that happened a long time ago at a place called Warwick Manor.

The whole point of the game is to uncover the murderer and find the murder weapon as well as the location of the murder. A group of psychics is in charge of solving the mystery with a little help from a ghost who guides them along the way.

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You can take on the role of a psychic and try to solve the case using only visual cues. If you prefer, you can also play the game as the ghost with the mission of providing the psychics with clues that will hopefully help them figure out who committed the murder. The choice is yours.

The game is already available on the Google Play Store, but it is not free of charge. In case you find it interesting and want to try it out, you’ll have to fork out $6.99 to get it. It also offers in-app purchases for various expansion packs that will probably make the game a bit more entertaining to play.

If you’re interested in getting Mysterium and putting your brain to work, click on the button below to visit the Google Play Store.

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Google launches “Toontastic 3D” storytelling app for kids

Two years ago, Google acquired Launchpad Toys, the startup behind the original Toontastic app. Now, the online search giant has finally announced the new version of the app called Toontastic 3D for Android devices.

Toontastic 3D allows kids to draw, animate as well as narrate their own cartoons. It is quite simple to use, as all you have to do is move the characters around on the screen and tell your story. There are plenty of them available in the app. You can choose from a selection of swashbuckling pirates, transforming robots, nefarious villains, and others.

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If you’re feeling creative, you can design your very own characters by using built-in 3D drawing tools or even add yourself into the story with photos and custom colored characters. You’ll also find quite a few songs in the app that will make the final product even more interesting and entertaining.

In a recent blog post, Google said it hopes that the Toontastic 3D app will spark kids’ imagination and at the same time empower them to create, invent, and develop their creative skills for the jobs of the future.

The Toontastic 3D app is already available and is free of charge. If you’re interested in trying it out, visit the Google Play Store and download it to your device by clicking the button below.

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Immortal Conquest brings high-end strategy gaming to Android

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If you are an old-school PC gamer who loved epic strategy games such as the Civilization series and Age of Empires, there’s a new game for Android that could be right up your alley. It’s called Immortal Conquest from publisher NetEase and it’s now available to download from the Google Play Store in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

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The game takes place in a fantasy world, where you have to build up your armies by harvesting and gathering resources to create new military units. The game has online multiplayer options that allow you to form alliances with other players, but those diplomatic partnerships can also be broken. Ultimately you must choose up to three hero units, each of which has his or her own characteristics and skills, so they lead your growing army. There are over 300 of these “Gairo” heroes to choose from and the game gives these characters better powers as your armies get larger.

Ultimately, Immortal Conquest will make you face your adversaries in huge battles, and the game itself has a huge world map made up of two million pieces of land. After one alliance wins, the map refreshes and the race to build a new army begins again. Keep in mind that while Immortal Conquest is free to download and play, it does have in-game purchase options.

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Towaga is a new, beautifully animated 2D shooter for Android

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If you’re looking for a new, addicting shooter for your Android device, you’re going to want to take a look at Towaga, a 2D game from Swiss-based developer Sunnyside Games. It takes an interesting gameplay twist on shooters and combines it with some great looking art design and animations.

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In the game, you’ll control a masked man who has to defend the temple from a host of different evil creatures. The character itself does not move from the top of the temple, instead using its special spells and powers to fire at the swarm of monsters that attack while standing still. You can access extra powers at times as you battle through five different worlds.

The gameplay video does a great job at showing off the visuals of Towaga, with some impressive art design for the main character, the creatures and even the spell effects. The game is available to download now for $2.99, with no in-app purchases. However, the developers have promised they have plans to update the game with free content in the months ahead, so you should get a lot of bang for your buck. Head to the Play Store link below for the download.

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