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Best Android Apps: 26 great Android apps

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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: MailWise

What is MailWise?
MailWise is a free app that lets you manage multiple email accounts from a single base. In principle, it could hardly be simpler. If you struggle to juggle the messages from your various inboxes, MailWise is here to help.

What’s good?
It’s really convenient and does what it says on the tin. You can add a wide range of addresses from different email providers, including Gmail, Outlook, AOL and Yahoo, and the process is straightforward and quick. You can also add different email signatures for different accounts.

mailwise screenshots

The UI is clean and slick too, feeling similar in use to the Gmail app. Different emails from the same conversation threads are automatically grouped together for less clutter, and swipes work as they should. For example, dragging your finger down from the top of the screen prompts a refresh, while swiping individual messages brings up options like archive, star and delete.

What’s bad?
Our biggest gripe is that MailWise doesn’t always check for new mail constantly, but at regular intervals. The option is there for Hotmail, but for Gmail the best you get is a scan that happens every minute. This doesn’t sound like much of a delay, but it could be a problem in those situations when every second matters.
 
It’s also not immediately obvious to identify which address some emails are actually from. You can set different colour schemes for different email addresses, but these only appear as small tags on right edge of the screen, which are easy to hide with your thumb as you scroll.

Verdict
MailWise is simple to use and cuts out the faff involved with keeping on top of your various inboxes. It’s worth using alongside the stock Android Email app for a while, which performs many of the same tasks but isn’t quite as slick.

Score: 8/10
Price: Free
In-app purchases? No
Download MailWise

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

Best Social Media Apps for Android
If likes, favourites, retweets and shares make your world go round, make sure you peruse our selection of the best social media apps. As well as all the major social networks, we’ve included the best apps for communicating with the people dearest to you.

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.

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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