With more than 1 million apps available, the Google Play store offers a varying array of titles, ranging from best-ignored downloads to genuinely funny to useful apps and games. Yet for every popular favorite such as Kindle or YouTube, there are just as many new, underrated, unusually fun, or plain overlooked gems. Whether you want to fill up a new Android phone with apps or just try out something new on your current device, check out the apps you're not using but should that can be found in Google Play.
Google Trips turns your smartphone into an all-in-one travel assistant, consolidating travel itineraries and reservations from your emails into automatically sorted trips. Google automatically collates your flight details, hotel and car reservations, tour itineraries and other information available in your emails. The app also provides recommendations, suggested day plans, and related local sights and attractions based on your tastes, interests and local travel tips. Users can save their trip details locally to their smartphone, allowing for offline use away from local Wi-Fi or pricey roaming rates.
If you're going to be spending time abroad, you can breeze through a few lines with the use of Mobile Passport. It's a U.S. Customs and Border Protection-approved app that helps speed you through lengthy immigration lines by letting you submit your passport control and customs declarations from your phone (assuming you've got a U.S. or Canadian passport). By replacing paper forms and providing faster processing in a number of major US airports that support Mobile Passport service is supported, the app will save you a good amount of time in line. Just remember to bring along your paper passport, as this app isn't a replacement for that.
Google's new Datally utility is a free data management tool that lets you selectively view and manage the data use of your installed Android apps, leading to up to 30 percent in data savings. Datally's data usage metrics reveal total and per-app data usage over time so you can understand trends in your data usage, and a Data Saver mode allows you to control usage on a per app basis, restricting background app data use without limiting the real-time data usage of active apps. While many of Datally's features have been incorporated in various Android OS versions, the app puts them in a single app interface for ease of use and understanding.
Designed with the selfie addict in mind, Selfissimo is a cute experimental app that's designed to take a snap shot every time you strike a pose. Once you start a photo shoot, Selfissimo automatically takes a photo whenever you stop moving. Change your pose or move the phone, and the app gets ready for another shot. Once you're done, you can select the entire reel of photos you just shot to save or share.
Nerial's Reigns combined royal intrigue, quirky humor, and the swiping simplicity of Tinder. Reigns: Her Majesty continues the fun, only this time, you’re playing as the queen, and you've got to outwit your kingdom's powerful factions and those who wish to depose you and the king. Every new year brings new problems, and you pick your response to each new crisis by swiping left and right. Her Majesty has the familiar simplicity of Reigns, but tells the tale from a new perspective, with expanded options for your choices.
While numerous mapping apps offer turn-by turn-navigation options, not all of them are as effective at incorporating public transportation options into their recommended routes. Citymapper is a commuter's best friend, with a trip planner that can quickly and efficiently find the best route from point A to B using a combination of transport options, such as trains, buses, cabs, ride sharing or walking. Routes come complete with step-by-step directions and live bus times. (The app will even notify you when to get off the bus!) In addition to the multimodal trip planner and offline mapping, Citymapper coordinates with transport agencies to report line and service disruptions, rates and other alerts.
While there are a lot of exercise trackers and personal fitness apps out there, few focus on holistic body and mind improvement. Enter Fabulous, a self-improvement app aimed at upgrading mind and body to help make you feel... well... fabulous. Based on scientific principles and incubated in Duke's Behavioral Economics Lab, Fabulous starts you out with simple goals like trying to lose weight, get better sleep, or improve your concentration; the app helps with simple exercises, scheduled notifications and activities, and other coaching tools designed to build healthy habits for body and mind.