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Best Android Apps: 19 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: YOU-app

What is YOU-app?

YOU-app (with Jamie Oliver) is a wellness-focused social network, built around the premise that making minor changes to your everyday life will bring about a much larger positive impact. It encourages you to complete one small task each day, called a micro-action, and share the results with the wider YOU community through a picture.

What’s good?

Many people perpetually intend to improve their lifestyles, but find the entire process too overwhelming to actually make any lasting progress. By getting you to carry out a simple micro-action on a daily basis, YOU-app gently chips away at your laziness and slowly gets you to adopt better habits. The micro-actions relate to four separate categories: food (where Jamie Oliver does his bit), movement, mindfulness and the things we love.

It works too. As a result of using the app, I’ve improved my posture, my bedroom’s got a little tidier, and I’ve consciously taken a touch more time out of my day just for reflection (I did this beforehand anyway). You don’t ever feel like you’re being nagged, and the pictures you share are always received in a positive manner (likes and comments) by fellow users. Rather than competition, it uses encouragement to push you on. You’ll find yourself checking the app every day for something new to do, and if you miss an action out, you can always scroll back to find out what it was and then complete it. What’s more, the app itself is slick, attractive and easy to navigate.

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What’s bad?

Some might find its approach a bit too touchy-feely and pretentious, and its upbeat tone sometimes borders on sickly territory. A lot of actions are signed off with ‘love’ or kisses, which isn’t to everybody’s taste. However, none of this detracts from the app itself.

Verdict

Quite simply, it makes you feel good, and there isn’t a lot of technology out there that can claim to do this.

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

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 Fitness 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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