The beauty of Android is choice. Unlike other software operating systems, which limit what apps can be offered in an app store, Google allows for duplication of the apps it develops itself for Android. Given that, it can sometimes be confusing which app you’re actually using. For example, Samsung offers its own Gallery app for its photos taken with the camera smartphone, while Google offers Photos which can be backed up to your Gmail account with unlimited and free storage. Another example of duplication can be Samsung’s own web browser which is different from Google’s own Chrome and this duplication can cause confusion between users.

While duplicate apps offer similar functionality, you might actually be missing out on some features that Google bakes into its own programs. Google Photos is a rarity in photo backup as it offers free unlimited storage of photos, as long as they are kept to a certain size(still high-resolution). These photos are accessible when you’re using Chrome on your desktop or laptop, which makes it easier to share your files with friends and families, versus using the Gallery app that came with your Galaxy device. Sometimes photos or videos are too large to send in an email, in which case Google provides a hyperlink to avoid that problem. Google has a lot of manpower developing apps and usually offers the best options over the duplicate apps.


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Another app I find useful is Google Docs which is a powerful replacement for Microsoft Word(word processing tool) and is completely free of charge. It offers full cloud backup, which means if you start a document on your smartphone, you can access it later on a tablet or computer with an internet connection at anytime. If you want to add a photo to your document, just access the photo from Google Photos and you avoid having to use micro USB drives to transfer files. Just like MS Word Google Docs allows to change fonts and colors, has built-in spell check and offers the ability to translate your document into another language to name a few of the major features.

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One of my personal favorite Google apps is Google Opinion Rewards which is a simple survey app that ask you a few questions from time to time. The best part is Google actually deposits money into your Google Play account which can then be used to buy games, movies, TV shows, books, magazines and apps.


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I’m sure many of you know this kind of information already, but as a blogger, I frequently get asked these types of questions on a regular basis so this confusion is more prominent than I once believed.

If you’re interested in where to find the latest official apps by Google, head on over to the Play Store following this link.

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