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Best Android Apps: 39 best apps for Android

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We add a new Android app to our round-up of the best Android apps every week, so check back for a new suggestion on Fridays. Got an idea for our list? Leave a comment and we'll take a look.

APP OF THE WEEK: World Around Me (WAM)

Discover new local hot spots with augmented reality app World Around Me.

What is it?

World Around Me, or WAM, is a tool for finding out about places of interest around you. Winner of the Google Play Awards ‘Early Adopter’ category, this app uses your phone’s camera to highlight local restaurants, parks, museums, cinemas, and other interesting places in your immediate area.

What’s good?

So what exactly is the ‘Early Adopter; award? Well, according to Google it rewards adopters of a nascent technology or platform – in this case the use of a very basic augmented reality. The main feature of WAM is the ability to point your phone’s camera at the surrounding area and see small cards appear next to places of interest. The cards will include the name of the place, a review rating, and the distance to that particular location.

In the top left of the screen there’s a small radar icon, with dots representing the location of nearby attractions. Point the camera in the direction of a dot, tap the card that appears on-screen, and you’ll get more information and options.

Taking the app for a spin in central London, I tapped on the card for Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for example, which would give me more information, the option to call the venue or visit its website, read reviews, or view the location on Google Maps.

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And it works straight away. You just download the app, choose from a list of categories such as ‘Eat’, ‘Money’, ‘Enjoy’, and more, and the app will load up your camera viewfinder. That’s it, you’re ready to start finding interesting places around you. There’s also a list view for those that don’t want to use the camera, which will simply show a list of the nearest places of interest, and a map view.

One of the cool features is the real-time distance indicator that appears on the various cards and which decreases the closer you get to the location. The other great thing about WAM is the sheer amount of places you’re able to search for. Pretty much anything you can search for on Google Maps is searchable within the app.

What’s bad?

There’s no question that there’s a novelty factor to WAM that some will find wears off fairly quickly. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat nearby, WAM isn’t going to offer any more suggestions than Google Maps.

It’s cool to see the augmented reality view in practice at first, and for many it might prove to be more usable. But it’s essentially the same functionality you get from any map app, just implemented in a more visually striking way.

You also have to pay if you want the Pro version, which gets rid of the ads and includes higher-quality photos of the many places of interest.

Verdict

WAM is something a bit different. It’s no more useful than a decent map app when it comes to finding local services and places of interest, but it’s undeniably cool to see even this very basic form of augmented reality working, and may even prove to be a more intuitive way to discover local hot spots for many.

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

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John

March 22, 2015, 7:43 pm

Ivona would get my vote. You haven't heard TTS until you've heard this incredibly realistic sounding human voice. I absolutely love it for Pocket, Google Books etc

And how is Kindle on there and not Google Play Books? Kindle as an app is ridiculously basic and simply leverages Amazon's bookstore coverage. Play Books is more flexible eg. TTS.

Amer Zaveri

April 2, 2015, 9:30 am

I would like to add one cool Android app for file transfer - Mesh It Up which transfers file at a very fast speed among Android devices within minutes. You can even transfer heavy files of video among the devices.

Alphajoe

April 2, 2015, 1:50 pm

You haven't covered one of the most important features of MailWise: The option to have the emails displayed as simple and easy to read conversations without any clutter.

But I agree on the lack of IMAP push support.

navigator

April 3, 2015, 10:10 pm

This is what Blackberry 10 has by default... called Hub.

Amshu Patel

June 11, 2015, 7:47 pm

Uniq Mobile Finder is a great application for getting your lost or stolen mobile phone. I got my lost phone and I just loved it, it worked like a magic for me for getting back my phone when I lost it. I challenge this is going to be one of the best app in 2015. Must use app for every device.

Replay Creation

June 15, 2015, 9:23 am

Full Battery Alarm Pro is an unique android app which prevents mobile phone battery from being overcharged by sounding an alarm.

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Djibril Camaro

June 23, 2015, 7:52 pm

One of my favourite apps is:
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Kodi Configu

July 1, 2015, 12:13 am

My favourite app is the CONFIGURATOR FOR KODI

tsr g

July 11, 2015, 6:39 am

'Everyday Calculation' is easily one of the best productivity App in the Play store

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Den Watsons

August 19, 2015, 1:02 pm

MyAudioStream should be added, a s a good audio player and streamer.

DPLight

November 8, 2015, 9:29 pm

Office lens works wonders in a museum .. if you cannot get in front of it .. use lens (providing the painting is not too big)

FreeAppIn

November 20, 2015, 7:04 pm

Check out LIVING CELLS, it is interactive and very customizable live wallpaper. Try it now and watch those beautiful and colorful patterns, you can get it here: https://play.google.com/store/...

Jade C

November 21, 2015, 12:56 pm

Cool little addictive game/language learning app.

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generic etcetera

December 18, 2015, 8:28 pm

A very creative idea

Ben

February 20, 2016, 12:13 am

Great app for checking Lotto results, faster than the official app.
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itb-development

March 7, 2016, 8:29 am

Can anyone tell me the best selfie apps please? When i had windows there was lumia selfie ,the most incredible one and soon to be coming to android please god!! I need all the filters and beautifying i can get these days know its vain but took my firsy selfie in my late thirties and it made me look like i was in my late twenties yay!

DarthDiggler

March 8, 2016, 4:28 pm

I'd try that camera app that comes with the phone. :)

toboev

March 12, 2016, 9:53 am

How quickly are disused Vyke numbers recycled? What is the chance of getting somebody else's discarded number, or of them getting one of yours? You'd need to be careful about what you used these numbers for.

Odd but Awesome

March 31, 2016, 3:18 pm

How do I submit an app for you to review please?

Armaan Modi

April 14, 2016, 5:27 pm

Candy camera, Camera 360..

Erik Caso

April 15, 2016, 9:01 pm

Chromecast on younity is on its way, so stay tuned. Thanks.

Rukaji Akira

May 14, 2016, 11:11 am

Quipsphere is the mobile app for sharing ideas, comments and opinions in the form of recorded voice message.. way better than twitter in my opinion.

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