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 the last month! You can watch the videos from past months by clicking here! You can check out our selections for the best Android apps from 2018 in the video above!
Abstruct is one of two new wallpaper apps from the month of May 2019. This one is by Hampus Olsson, the designer of wallpapers for OnePlus. It houses over 300 4k wallpapers in a variety of designs and colors. The app includes all of the wallpapers from various OnePlus devices past and present. It should also get future OnePlus wallpapers as well. The app is free with an optional $1.99 in-app purchase for the pro version. The collection isn’t very big, but it’s quite good.
Artwalls is the second of the two new wallpaper apps this month. This one is by YASAN, developer of several AMOLED-friendly wallpaper apps. This one is another one of those. It houses a bunch of wallpapers specifically for OLED style displays. Nearly all wallpapers are abstract in art style, but feature plenty of black for that battery saving goodness. The selection is still a bit small, but growing. It’s another good, young wallpaper app.
Drivetime is a unique driving app. It helps take your mind off of your commute by conducting quizzes. You answer the questions with your voice so it requires no eyes or hands while you drive. The game also features social elements so you can challenge your friends to quizzes while you drive. It definitely has some stability issues, but it also has a lot of promise.
LiveXLive is the rebuilt remnants of Slacker Radio. It still streams music, but with a different focus. This version focuses mostly on live music, concerts, and similar types of content. However, it still does basic stuff like curated stations, playlists, on-demand music, offline support, and stuff like that. It’s a different, fairly engaging option for live music fans. It comes with some free features, a trial for the premium features, and a competitively priced premium version.
Montessori Preschool is an educational app for younger kids. It features over 1,000 educational activities spanning a variety of topics, including literacy, math, nursery rhymes, shapes, colors, and even some logic puzzles. It’s mostly for kids between the ages of three and seven. Thus, you have some more advanced activities for the older kids as well. We’re not crazy about the subscription price tag. Those looking for a kids educational app on a budget should try out Khan Academy Kids.
Peloton Digital is a fitness video app with quite a bit of options. You can stream classes for a bunch of exercises, including indoor cycling, running, outdoor running, yoga, and other types of workout regimes. It has daily workout videos along with a decent backlog of stuff. You can try the app for a couple of weeks before the subscription kicks in. We think the $19.49 per month price is rather steep, but it might be worth it for those who use the service every day. Otherwise, we might recommend cheaper options.
Splash and Bubbles is an interactive companion app for the Splash and Bubbles TV show. It lets parents check out things about each episode and provides things like fun facts, conversation topics, and other such things. That way parents can take a more active role in their kids entertainment and education. It’s a completely free app, but you have to actually watch the show to get any benefits from it. That’s entirely up to you.
Swoot is one of the more unique podcast apps. It works like any other podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, download episodes for offline listening, and manage your various feeds. However, there is also a social element as well. You can friend people and see what they listen to. It’s a fun way to find new podcasts and it can be a conversation starter with your friends. It’s not quite as powerful as your dedicated podcast apps like Doggcatcher or Pocket Casts, but it’s definitely good enough for casual podcast listeners.
Steam Chat is, well, the chat from PC gaming platform Steam. It works basically like the chat does on PC and includes single or group chats, emotes, file sharing, and almost everything except voice chat. The UI is a bit inconsistent and we think the security is a little intense for a gamer chat. However, with a little work and some time, this could end up being a great option for PC gamers.
We’ve talked about Tor Browser in this segment before. It was in beta back then and the developers launched its first stable version this month. That means it’s a full-fledged browser now. It excels in encryption and privacy. In fact, it’s one of the best browsers for that. It’s not quite as flashy or fancy as something like Google Chrome, but this works infinitely better than Chrome’s incognito mode. It’s also entirely free.
If we missed any great new Android apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!