You probably use plenty of Google apps. Android is a Google product, apps.all. And your phone almost certainly came with some apps like Google Maps and Gmail. Honestly, you may think that you have too many Google apps.
But you’re wrong.The Google apps that came pre-installed on your device are just the tip of the Google app empire. Google develops lots of apps beyond what comes with your phone. Some are good, some are bad, and some are surprisingly useful and intriguing. Here are 6 of our favourite Google apps that you won’t find already on your phone.
The Google apps that came pre-installed on your device are just the tip of the Google app empire. Google develops lots of apps beyond what comes with your phone. Some are good, some are bad, and some are surprisingly useful and intriguing. Here are 6 of our favourite Googlefavouriteat you won’t find already on your phone.
Here is the Best Google Apps:
Inbox by Gmail:
The official Gmail app is pretty good, but Inbox by Gmail might be better. In typical Google fashion, Inbox by Gmail is designed to “change the way you do email.” It attempts to do this (and mostly succeeds) by incorporating a slew of handy features you definitely won’t get in any other email app.
With Inbox by Gmail, you can do things like “snooze” messages for later (they’ll disappear from your inbox and reappear at a set time or when you enter a specific area), organize messages into bundles, and add reminders to your inbox. The app also makes a better effort to auto-organize your messages by consolidating things like travel reservations and purchases. Inbox by Gmail isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth a look.
Google Opinion Rewards:
Seriously, there’s no good reason not to have the Google Opinion Rewards app on your phone. This lightweight survey app is unobtrusive; it just sits in the background until Google has a survey for your demographic.
When an eligible survey pops up, the app will send you a quick notification and you’ll be asked to answer a handful of questions (often related to marketing and advertising, and none of which are personally identifying). When you’re finished, the app will award you some cash (up to $1) which will be deposited into your Google Play account. You can then use this free money to make purchases on the Google Play store.
I first fell in love with Google Translate when they introduced handwriting input for Japanese characters (the app now supports handwriting input for 93 different languages), because it’s much easier to identify stylized kanji when you can just write them down. And the app has just gotten better and better.
Google Translate now supports 103 languages and multiple forms of input—including the ability to translate text instantly via your phone’s camera. The instant camera mode (courtesy of Google’s 2014 acquisition of Word Lens) lets you point your camera at any written text (in 30 languages) and see the words translated before your eyes.
Snapseed is just about everything you could possibly want in a photo-editing app. It’s got tons of features (including the ability to “stack” different edits and create your own Instagram-like filter).
You can use Snapseed to open and edit both JPG and DNG files, and it’s free! For the less detail-oriented photo manipulators, Snapseed also features a collection of preset filters that you can easily apply to your pictures with just a tap. It’s not quite Photoshop, but it’s pretty close.
If you travel a lot (or at all) and you also use Gmail as your primary “travelling” email account, you’ll find the recently-launched Google Trips app surprisingly useful. Google Trips combines multiple travel-friendly features in a single app.
Google Trips scours your Gmail account to pull out reservations and confirmation emails; it offers up information about each city you’re planning to visit, including “insider” tips and things to do; and it features curated lists of places to eat and drink, complete with the location on Google maps and Google user reviews. In other words, Google Trips is sort of like TripIt, TripAdvisor, and Yelp rolled into one cool-looking app.
If you’re an Android user, so you’re probably a pro when it comes to alternative keyboard apps. But Google’s keyboard app, Gboard, has something other keyboard apps do not: Google search. Which makes sense, because Google’s biggest strength is, well, search.
In addition to search, Gboard has a lot of other features for you to play with: Glide-typing, the ability to modify/customize (or turn off) auto-correct, voice input, and even a built-in Google Translate module that translates your text in real-time so you can carry on long and probably confusing conversations with people who speak a different language.
There’s also built-in GIF searching, predictive typing (when you’re texting and when you’re searching), and plenty of free themes and customization options. And it’s getting better all the time…