Editor’s Picks: 11 apps we think you should try right now

One of our favorite things to do here at AndroidGuys is to help Android users get the most from their devices. Whether in the form of app reviews, news and rumors, or something else, we aim to please.

Our Editor’s Picks column is designed to help existing Android owners discover apps and games. What you’ll find below are some of the apps that we at AndroidGuys enjoy using ourselves. Some of what follows are new titles while a few are classics we can’t let go of. We understand that we won’t get every single app that crosses our path but we hope to filter things a bit and pass them along to you. Whatever the case we’re certain you will find something fun to play with this week. Let’s get to it!

Nova Launcher

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Nova Launcher is one of the few apps that needs no introduction. From changing your stock looking boring icons to fine tuning the system animations, Nova Launcher is best in its category for doing that. Nova Launcher comes in two flavors: free and Prime. The free version does more than enough for basic users but the paid version includes gestures, unread counts, drawer folders and much more. We definitely recommend you try out this launcher.

reddit is fun

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With so many different Reddit clients available on the Play Store, reddit is fun, is our go to client of choice. It looks the closest to the actual web version and is extremely easy to navigate through to get to different sub-reddits. If you’re looking for a Reddit client, be sure to check out reddit is fun. There’s also a beta that you can join, so you can be a part of the cutting edge of updates for the application.

Tapet

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Tapet is a wallpaper aggregator (static, not live), but only of Material Design styled wallpapers. It is a first of its kind app that automatically generates high-quality wallpapers. You can either select a random wallpaper or let the app generate one for you hourly or daily. You cycle through the variety of wallpapers with a swipe, you can give them and thumbs up or down and it will tune the suggestions to your liking. The images are of high quality, they look great on my QHD screen. You can even download your favorites.

Notific Lockscreen Notifications

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Notific is a lockscreen notification app that displays your notification in an intuitive manner when you need it. It will automatically turn the screen on and display your notification in one of the three themes along with quick action buttons if expansion is enabled. If the phone is in pocket, don’t worry. Notific is intelligent enough to understand that and will not turn on the screen. But if you take out the phone from your pocket within 10secs (customizable) it will turn on the screen for you. Notific comes in free and paid version. The paid version includes Blacklist/Whitelist feature.

Next Lock Screen

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Next Lock Screen, a Microsoft Garage project, is a time-saving lock screen for busy professionals. Looking for a way to lock your phone but still have quick access to your apps? Next Lock Screen shows you important notifications at a glance and gives you app shortcuts right on your screen, all while keeping your Android lock screen beautiful and organized your way. Overall, this a great replacement for your Stock Android lockscreen.

Polycon – Icon Pack (Beta)

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If you are looking for an Materialised icon pack but don’t want to try Moonshine. We introduce you to Polycon icon pack. This new icon pack offers vibrant and creative icons for your device. Polycon uses the Material Design colour palette as well as the Flat Design colour palette, this is why the colours of all the icons blend in so well with one another. The icon pack is still in beta and lot of icons are not available yet. Overall, this is great icon pack even it is still in beta and we definitely recommend you to try out this app.

NextSong – Music Notifications

 

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Want to know what song just started? Want to skip to the next song, but without leaving your current screen? NextSong Pro notifies you via a heads-up notification when you are listening to music and a new song starts playing on your device. You can see the song and artist name, as well as the album art on the notification. You can skip to next or previous songs, and pause and play music. You can also pin the notification, so it becomes a floating music widget!. The free version only notifies you which song is playing at the moment but the pro version will also give you music controls. We highly recommend you to try this neat little handy app.

Bird Climb

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If you were ever caught up in the hype that was Flappy Bird then you’ll know just how addictive and maddening games can become. This one, from BoomBit Games, is right in the same wheelhouse. You’re in charge of a bird that continuously flies left and right. It is up to you to tap the screen to give said bird elevation. Be careful, though, there are obstacles on the walls that you need to avoid. As you fly up the board you’ll be able to pick up gems which can be used to purchase additional birds. Go it alone or connect with friends to see who can get the highest marks. Don’t have any friends? Challenge a random opponent.

Shadow Fight 2

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Shadow fight 2 is an amazing fighting game having a great storyline and good gameplay. It involves two players fighting in a one on one battle style game. It has several upgrades and power ups and a hoard of weapons and equipment to choose from. Shadow fight 2 contains in app purchases for all the items as well if you feel you need to advance a bit more faster. Overall, it’s one hell of a game which will keep you fixated for hours!

One More Dash

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One More Dash is another casual time waster game that worth’s definitely a try. You just have to touch the screen in order to move the dash “ring” from one circle to other. Nice and straightforward, right? It’s not as simple as it sounds. There is time limit for dash ring to stay in the circle, so you have to jump continuously from one circle to another. There are more than 2,000 mission available to complete and there’s plenty you can customize for a more personal touch.

Pot Farm – Grass Roots

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Have you ever wanted to grow your own weed(marijuana) farm? The answer is most likely a definite NO, but that doesn’t mean you cannot find hours of entertainment in the game app Pot Farm – Grass Roots. Pot Farm is definitely a time killer app where you can play the game for any amount of time and put it down if something comes to steal your attention. Similar to other farming games, this one is easily just as addictive as you plant seeds, cultivate, harvest and then sell either to other gamers from around the world. This game won’t get you high but it will offer you a ton of fun as Pot Farm already has surpassed over 1 million downloads in the Google Play Store.