App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new, check out the best new Android apps from July!
- ARCore Depth Lab
- Discover from Facebook
- HEY Email
- JioMeet and JioChat
- Mi Control Center
- Oto Music
- Peacock TV
ARCore Depth Lab
ARCore Depth Lab is an AR app. It showcases various AR abilities, including the ability of ARCore to perceive depth. You can watch it snow on surfaces in your home or watch a ball roll down the stairs. None of the demos are overly mind-blowing but it is really cool to watch. It primarily supports the Depth API, it is API developers use to get similar effects to work in apps. It’s not really for the general public, but you can download it and play with it. It’ll be more fun when these kinds of effects show up in apps and games in the future.
Discover from Facebook
Discover from Facebook is Facebook’s next attempt at its Free Basics initiative to give people free Internet. The last attempt only let you use specific sites whereas Discover doesn’t care what you do. You can do web searches, read the news, or visit other websites. The only things you can’t do are streaming media and other data-intensive tasks. This one isn’t available to everyone. In fact, it’s not available to most people. Facebook is running trials in Peru and some other countries before it launches worldwide. Keep an eye on this one, though.
Price: Free / $99-$999 per year
HEY Email made quite the splash when it launched. It’s an email service from Basecamp and it saw a bit of viral success when it launched. It works like most email clients, except this one gives you a new email address (and charges you for it). The app does have some redeeming qualities. It’s Imbox (not a typo) sorts important emails from general spam filth. Additionally, HEY blocks email trackers from seeing when you’ve opened an email so you get a bit of privacy back. It also looks quite nice and worked rather well in our testing. The big downside is the price. At $99 per year, it’s more expensive than even Newton Mail and if you get a two-character email, the price jumps to $999 per year. This one obviously isn’t for everyone.
JioMeet and JioChat
JioMeet and JioChat are interesting apps. JioMeet is a video conferencing app that looks and acts suspiciously similar to Zoom. Meanwhile, JioChat is technically an older app with a refresh so dramatic that it might as well be new. JioChat looks suspiciously like WhatsApp. There are some good things, though. JioMeet can support up to 100 participants for up to 24 straight hours of video chatting. It’s also cross-platform and meetings are password protected. JioChat works a functional chat app but it’s very clearly made for folks in India. You can check out JioMeet at the button below and JioChat on Google Play here.
Keen is a new social network from Google’s Area 120. It’s actually not a native app, but a web wrapper for the Keen website. Keen works a lot like Pinterest. You can create a bunch of interests and save posts about those interests to your profile. It’s a young service so it still needs a lot of polish. Additionally, there are some functions that don’t quite work yet. However, Google labels this as an experimental app so you know what you’re getting into. The app is otherwise free to download and use.
Mi Control Center
Price: Free / $6.49
Mi Control Center is an Android customization app. It takes over for the Android notification and quick settings section of your phone. The app allows for an excellent level of customization and you can easily separate your notifications from your quick settings. You can change the background and colors of all the stuff there. Additionally, it groups notifications from the same app into the same notification and the music player is pretty decent as well. Finally, there is an official Telegram group in case you need assistance or ideas.
NotificationHistory is a tool for those who need better notification management. It captures your notifications and saves them on a device so you can recall them at will. This is great for folks who accidentally swipe away notifications they need. This one won’t be all that necessary once everybody gets to Android 11. That may be a bit for some folks, though, so this tool is still useful. It has a search function, a clear all function, and a sorting function by app. The app is entirely free with ad support.
Oto Music is a new, free music player with a decent amount of features. You get some basic stuff like a dark mode and Chromecast support. Some other features include gapless playback, an equalizer, a sleep timer, and some other neat stuff. The most unique features are the ability to edit lyrics as you need, a small 3.9MB install size, and a slick UI. It’s not as powerful as something like Poweramp, but it’s definitely a decent option for people who want something smaller but still highly functional.
Price: Free / $4.99-$9.99 per month
Peacock TV is a new video streaming service from NBCUniversal. It has a mixture of live TV elements along with binge-watching elements. There are Peacock channels that play movies all the time as well as thousands of TV shows you can binge. There are also Spanish shows from Telemundo, kids movies and video content, and original series for those who want that. The app has two tiers. There is a $4.99 per month subscription. It gives access to all of the content with some advertising. The $9.99 tier gives you unmitigated, ad-free access. The app itself still needs a bit of work, but recent updates have cleaned things up a bit.
Price: Free / $2.99 per month / $13.99 per year
RainViewer is a new weather app and a reasonably decent one. It contains the basics like current weather conditions, a 7-day forecast, and a 24-day forecast. However, this app’s big thing is its radar. It features over 1,000 radars all over the world. That makes this one an app for just about everybody. It lets you track storms in the original radar resolution for about 90 minutes. The app also supports 32 languages, a rain data archive, weather alerts, and a home screen widget. The subscription service is rather expensive for a weather app but includes faster radar updates, more granular forecasts, and some other stuff. The free version (with ads) is still perfectly serviceable.
Aren’t they just super amazing!!!! What do you think about these apps? Kindly leave comments below!