If you listen to podcasts, Pocket Casts is your go-to app. It’s beautiful, functional, and makes discovering new podcasts easy. It also offers cross-device syncing, which is huge if you want to switch devices mid-podcast. I’m constantly listening to podcasts, and Pocket Casts makes it easy to do so.
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For 7.99, users can get endless hours of entertainment with no commercials or banner ads by signing up for a subscription to Netflix. Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, two popular and award winning shows created by Netflix, are reason enough for the subscription fee. Included in the subscription are hit movies and tv shows from most networks.
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Google Now Launcher
Being a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 user, I am one of the many who do not have an appreciation for Samsung’s complicated and overwhelming user interface. Rather than using the very popular Nova launcher, the Google Now launcher offers a simplified experience with the ability to access the “Okay Google” voice command on any home screen. If you don’t mind Google tracking your search history, you will love Google cards which offer a plethora of quick links to recent topics you may have searched, scores of favorites sports teams, most recent parking location as well as current and future temperatures in your area to name a few.
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That wraps up the first installment of the AndroidGuys Essential Apps Picks. What are some of the apps that you install when you get a new device? Let us know in the comments below, and let us know if you’ve tried out any of the apps that were featured today.