The ecosystem of Android component manufacturers has long eclipsed iOS as the most popular mobile operating system in the world. However, application developers still tend to improve in the Applesphere-financially speaking. Although Google Play often outperforms the App Store in the total number of downloads, Apple users are much more willing than their Android counterparts to pay money for their applications.
This is not surprising, given what we know about the users of each ecosystem. Speaking very broadly, Apple is a premium brand that attracts users who will spend more for what they believe (with or without reason) than a superior experience, while Android is the mass appeal brand for those who are good with the basics (at least For low-end models).
To put it another way: iOS is Nirvana to Android’s Candlebox; Quentin Tarantino to Guy Ritchie; Or maybe even 1980 Apple to the 80s Windows.
My fellow Android users, it’s unfortunate that I’m not buying apps. Your doubt is one of the reasons why iOS users get the best applications first. The community of Android application developers is growing by leaps and bounds, but is based on the large number of Android users there. Imagine how dynamic our shared ecosystem would be if there was a correlated financial incentive!
It’s not that the applications are so expensive-they rarely go north of the $ 5 mark. And consider that these applications are, in many cases, much more useful than PC-age software that would cost $ 40 on a regular basis. $ 50
Actually, when you think about it, the applications, which are really worthwhile, are some of the best deals available.
The alternative is barf-inducing mobile ads or sly freemium models that take advantage of the ignorant. Everyone wins when he is willing to pay a little for the applications he uses every day. Here we present 16 applications available for download on Google Play that are worth the small entry cost.
(If you’re an iOS fan who is on the fence about buying apps, check out this list.)
1. Pocket Casts
( $ 3.99 )
Do you switch, do household chores, or travel? Even if you do not do any of these things, you should still make time to fill out some podcasts in your earholes. Podcasting is a wonderful medium that is finally maturing and having a cultural moment. Unfortunately, most podcasting programs lack functionality or design. Pocket Casts is one of the few pod applications that feels fully realized.
The application has a sleek and flat design and is very intuitive to use, making it easy to discover, organize and synchronize your podcasts across multiple devices. Pocket Casts will automatically download the last episode of your favorites as soon as they are available, or you can download several episodes on demand. If you spend some time with podcasts, do yourself a favor and download this friendly and well designed application.
(Free to download, $ 2.99 to update)
The phrase “mobile pinball game” can not automatically inspire emotion, but the PinOut pinball luminescent infinite pinball could change your mind.
How is an “infinite” pinball game? You can control the left and right fins along the ever-expanding board, which is used to propel your ball forward before the time runs out. Among the different obstacles are hidden mini-games that consist of 8-bit interfaces (like the pinball of the old school) that allow you to collect extra time.
It’s free to download, but I recommend unlocking the game through a $ 3 purchase in the game. This will allow you to save your progress at several checkpoints. My only meat with this game is that I would like there to be more levels. I want more!
3. Runtastic PRO
( $ 4.99 )
When you run, your partner for all those hours is likely your gadget of choice. Therefore, why not invest in the best partner. Runtastic Pro Quantify and improve your training by tracking your favorite statistics, using GPS to map your route, and even an audio coach to push based on your personal preferences. If $ 4.99 of commitment is too much for you, there is a free version with ads and limited functionality.
4. Monument Valley
( $ 3.99 )
There are many free games available on Google Play. You can spend hours and hours absorbed in a well-designed mobile game. So, why do not you throw a few dollars to a talented developer? Otherwise, you will be bombarded by ads or bombarded with “update” requests.
One of those games that we think is worth a dollar is Monument Valley. The announced puzzle game will keep you entertained for hours, days and weeks in a beautiful and imaginative dream world.
Note: Monument Valley 2 was released for iOS earlier this year, but is not yet available for Android. You can find a similar surreal puzzle game action on Google Play in the form of Samorost 3 for $ 4.99
5. Swype Keyboard
( $ 0.99 )
For all the benefits that the touch screen allows, it has not been able to improve the old reliable physical keyboard, but that does not mean that we should not strive for greatness (you know, if we want to remain free of the periphery). The option of our editors for virtual keyboards is Swype. It is highly customizable and offers benefits such as voice dictation and handwriting recognition.
And the best part is that you learn as you write, so it improves over time. If 99 cents is too much for you, a good free alternative is SwiftKey, but you’ll have to pay for additional themes and functions.
( $ 2.99 )
Your smartphone is a powerful device that fits in your pocket. Unfortunately, you’re limited by what Google and your phone’s manufacturer will allow you, unless you’re willing to spend the time rooting and coding your device. That’s where an application like Tasker comes in.
Tasker allows you to extend the personalization of your phone, does not require coding. It gives you the ability to specify what types of alerts (for example, vibrations, notify LEDs, pop-ups, sounds) any individual digital action will cause. This makes it much easier to sort through your computer files (including zip / unzip capabilities), and much more. If you want to get smarter from your phone, this is the application for you.
7. Star Walk
( $ 2.99 )
This augmented reality application will use your device to present an overlay in the sky with information on all the bodies you see, all updated as you move your device in real time. You do not even have to be outside, you can give a view of the sky based on your location. Would not I pay $ 2.99 for the solar system?
8. Wolfram Alpha
( $ 2.99 )
Wolfram Alpha is a bit like Google, but centered around data and mathematics. While Google will help you find the best website to tell you about Portugal’s seafood cuisine, Wolfram Alpha will generate a graph comparing Portuguese seafood consumption against that of Americans, classified by different types of fish . And now that power is available in the form of practical application! While this official Wolfram Alpha app will be a welcome tool for anyone working in STEM, there are a lot of interesting things you can do with it, some that do not even require an advanced degree in mathematics.
9. TuneIn Radio Pro
( $ 9.99 )
TuneIn has a collection of over 100,000 AM and FM radio stations from around the world, directly to your phone or tablet for free. You can even record audio directly on your device and play it later. It’s like a global radio DVR. How have you not bought this yet?
10. Spotify Premium
(Free to download, $ 9.99 / month for the bonus)
There are several video streaming services out there, which are very good and I would personally recommend them, but only to send them to the big screen in their living room. It’s a waste to watch movies and shows on a small screen, IMHO. However, when it comes to transmitting some songs, any capable connected device (paired with a good pair of headphones) will bring magic!
Spotify is a cool cloud-based music streaming service that replaces the need to save local or physical copies of the music you love. There is a free level available, but you will have to deal with the occasional audio announcement (or video) and you only have the possibility to shuffle through albums or playlists (at least on one phone, the tablet has the same application to La Carte as the web application).
If you consider yourself a true music fan, it may be worth upgrading to Spotify Premium for $ 9.99 month . The Premium level nixes the ads, gives you a la carte music, allows you to download songs to listen online, and gives you unlimited jumps when shuffling. In effect, you are paying to improve your life with (almost) all the music in the world. If you value the role that music plays in your life, then definitely consider an update.
11. Bitdefender on Android
(Free to download, $ 14.95 / year / device after 4 days of testing)
As buggy and frightening as the Android ecosystem may be, it would be prudent to spend a little more for our editors’ choice for Android mobile security. You can download the Bitdefender application for free to try it for four days, but then you will have to pay the $ 15 fee for one year of coverage (or $ 1.49 per month) to continue.
12. Norton Family Parental Control
(Free to download, $ 49.99 / year to subscribe)
The world is a place of fear for children (and that includes the virtual world as well). Fortunately there are tools like Norton Family Premier (the application is called Norton Family Parental Control), which can make it a little less scary.
For $ 49.99 a year, the service gives parents the power to monitor (and even block / ban) their children’s online activities, from websites to text messages / social media calls and other activities within the application ( including the ability to block access to certain applications together).
That fee includes unlimited help from the device, so it can cover the whole family. The service even has an IRL function called “location monitoring,” which allows parents to track the physical location of their child (or at least their child’s device) from anywhere.
(Free to download, with several plan options)
An antivirus program is not the only thing you need to protect yourself online. You should also consider a mobile VPN to stop making it harder for nefarious actors to spy on your communications or track your behavior.
And yes, you are being observed. That’s not delirious, while the NSA will most likely not care how absurd they are doing, online marketers and invisible robots are watching their behavior in order to target micro-ads and other corporate messages. A VPN helps make you invisible online by masking the IP address of your device.
There are some faster VPNs out there, but for people who want basic functionality with an easy-to-use interface, NordVPN it’s a good option. It can mask up to six simultaneous devices (works on multiple platforms) when accessing the Web.
(Free to download, $ 12 / year after 14 trial days)
You are asking for problems if you do not have unique and hard-to-guess passwords for each of your online accounts. You are aware of this very basic principle of online protection, right? Good! Because you do not want to be one of those idiots who gets all your online accounts accessed when one is inevitably compromised.
But keeping all those long passwords in order can be difficult to handle real fast, especially when they are entered into a mobile device. That’s why a service like LastPass is useful: you can save securely and create difficult-to-guess passwords for all your accounts. Previously, he had to have a Premium account so his passwords would be saved on all his mobile devices, but starting in November, LastPass will allow people to use the service on all their Internet-enabled mobile and desktop devices for free.
15. Pudding Monsters Premium
( $ 0.99 )
You definitely do not want your children to submit to some mobile ad algorithm. So for a fun simple puzzle game like Puzzle Monsters, why not get rid of those annoying ads (in fact, video ads) for only a dollar? Advertisers will have enough opportunities to reach them in other ways.
16. Weather Timeline Forecast
( $ 1.49 )
There are a lot of weather applications out there. In fact, there are a lot of free time apps out there. So, why pay for one? It’s about intensifying your digital environment.
Your application of time, undoubtedly, will be one of the pieces of mobile software that access most, so it is worth paying a little more for a soft, sexy design (ad-free). And what the matter of fact-folded “Weather Timeline-Forecast” lacks brand, which compensates in minimalist, easy to navigate aesthetics. In addition to the design, I have also found that this application is much more accurate than any of the cheap weather applications-or that I have used in the past.
17. Small World 2
( $ 4.99 )
This used to be $ 6.99, but even at that price, it was a bargain when you consider that the popular board game that is based on costs of $ 50. Currently $ 4.99, this game allows you to jump multi-civilization, The multi-generational fantasy war against friends in the table or online battle (or you could play alone against the game itself). Here is an opportunity to vent all that suppressed energy of the Game of Thrones!