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Best Android Apps: 21 best apps for Android

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Looking for the best Android apps? Our round-up of the best apps for Android includes categories for the best social media apps, best travel apps, best news apps and many more. We include free Android apps and paid apps and we add a new App of the Week every week.

APP OF THE WEEK: Office Lens

What is Office Lens?

Office Lens is a new app that transforms your smartphone camera into a full-blown scanner. Created by Microsoft, it’s designed to work best with the company’s productivity programs, such as the Office 365 suite, OneDrive and OneNote.

What’s good?

You can use Office Lens to digitise almost anything you’d like to, including whiteboard notes, receipts, business cards and documents. It automatically identifies the object you’d like to capture, surrounding it with a bold white line. When you press the camera button, it cuts out anything lying outside that virtual border.

Office Lens also offers you a broad range of options. You can make use of Whiteboard, Document and Picture modes, and save your scans as PDF, PowerPoint and Word files. Whiteboard and Document are the most useful settings. The former lets you quickly create digital versions of the physical notes you might jot down in a meeting, while the latter automatically recognises printed text with optical character recognition (OCR).

This essentially means that you have the power to edit physical documents on your mobile or laptop, as well as copy text and search for words in them.

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What’s bad?

Pictures are sometimes dramatically over-processed in Whiteboard mode, leading to the odd bizarre-looking image dotted with bright blue and red. While impressive, OCR also needs a little work, as Lens misreads characters from time to time.

Verdict

Office Lens is a genuinely handy app, especially for those of you who don’t have regular access to a scanner.

Score: 9/10 | Price: Free | In-app purchases? No | Download Office Lens

Hit the ‘Next’ arrow to see more of the best Android apps, or select from the categories below to jump to a section:

Best Productivity Apps for Android

Despite what your parents, teacher or boss might say, smartphones can help you get stuff done. Our favourite productivity apps could save you time and money too.

Best News and Reading Apps for Android

Whether articles, novels or video reports are your poison, our picks of the best news and reading apps will make your commutes a little bit more bearable.

Best Video and Music Apps for Android

As smartphone screens have become sharper and larger, and speakers more powerful than ever, entertainment apps have grown in quality and popularity. It’s now perfectly acceptable to watch movies and TV shows on your mobile (though it’s never okay to blast out rap music on the back of the bus).

Best Travel Apps for Android

Our favourite travel apps cover planning, booking, dining out and events, as well as taxis and public transport. Great if you’re on holiday, looking for things to do or if you just need to get around the city.

Best Lifestyle Apps for Android

Is there an app you love that you think should be our Android App of the Week? Let us know in the comments below.

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