The Best New Android Apps Released in 2017

Mihir Patkar 19-04-2017

Google’s Android operating system recently beat Microsoft Windows to become the world’s most popular OS. It’s no wonder then that developers are clamouring to make new apps for the platform. This year hasn’t even reached its halfway mark, and we already have some amazing new tools out there.

One of the good things about Android compared to Apple’s iOS is that most apps are free, and you can choose to pay to remove ads. Of course, you can always try a paid app in this list and get a refund from the Play Store How to Get a Refund From the Google Play Store Bought an app from the Google Play Store and don't want it anymore? This is how to get your refund. Read More if you don’t like it. But it’s nice to avoid that hassle.

So here are some of the best new Android apps that came out in the first few months of 2017.

Meteor: Test Internet Speed and App Performance

new android apps meteor

Meteor tests the internet speed on your phone and tells you how well a certain app will perform. For example, knowing your speed is 2 Mbps is one thing, but Meteor will quantify it to show whether you can watch 480p, HD, or Full HD videos on YouTube. It supports the popular apps you have installed, such as Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, and so on.

This is a better representation of streaming quality than what usual download tests will give you Start Testing Your Internet Speed Right From the Desktop We all know about Speedtest's online interface, but now you can test your internet even more conveniently. Read More . Additionally, Meteor remembers the geo-location of every test you run, so you will know where you get the best speeds.

DownloadMeteor for Android (Free)

FastKey Launcher: Type to Launch

You can ditch the Android homescreen and get a replacement easily. The question is, which launcher is right for you? What Is the Best Free Android Launcher? Nova launcher, Apex launcher, and dodol launcher are all solid free launchers, but which is the best? We put them to the test. Read More FastKey brings something new to the table. Instead of a mess of icons on your homescreen, you’ll get a permanent keyboard.

Type the name of the app and you’ll see its icon pop up. Tap to run it. You can still keep shortcuts to a few of your favorite apps on your homescreen, of course. FastKey also searches your contact list, so if you want to call someone, the same keyboard search will return results from your address book.

Download — FastKey Launcher for Android (Free) [No Longer Available]

Today Weather: The Best Free Weather Forecast App

If you’re looking for a free weather forecast app The 9 Best Weather Apps for Android Looking for the best weather apps on Android? Here's a collection of great apps for checking current conditions and much more. Read More , Today Weather is the best you can get. This gorgeous app provides accurate weather forecasts for any city in the world, giving you temperature, air quality, humidity, visibility, wind speed, and more.

It complements this data with beautiful photos corresponding to the weather conditions. You can even share these photos with the weather info on them. Honestly, it’s hard to believe that this app is completely free.

DownloadToday Weather for Android (Free)

YouTube Go: YouTube for Bad Internet Spots

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After Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite, it’s now YouTube’s turn to cater to viewers with bad internet connections. The YouTube Go app lets users download videos You Can Now Test the Brand New YouTube App YouTube Go is hiding in plain sight on the Google Play Store right now, so it would be rude not to give it a quick spin, right?! Read More to save streaming costs. Users can also set a limit for how much data the YouTube Go app can use. Apart from that, it’s pretty much like the regular YouTube app, so you aren’t losing out on any major features.

YouTube Go is currently available only in India on the Play Store, but you can download the APK and install it manually.

DownloadYouTube Go for Android (Free)
DownloadYouTube Go APK from APK Mirror (Free)

APKUpdater: Update APKs Easily

android app apkupdater

Speaking of APKs, the major problem with side-loading apps on Android How to Manually Install or Sideload Apps on Android Want to sideload apps on your Android phone? Installing APKs manually on Android opens up a whole new world of apps, and it's easy to do. Read More is that you miss out on updates. Since it’s not an app from the Play Store, it won’t auto-update. So you need to check regularly if you updates are out.

APKUpdater makes the process a little easier by scanning your list of installed apps and showing you which ones have updates available. It also includes direct links to APK Mirror. APKUpdater doesn’t auto-update the apps, though — you’ll still need to download and install them. But it’s a much faster process than before.

DownloadAPKUpdater for Android (Free)

Truecaller 8: Now With SMS Support and Video Calls

Truecaller got a major update this year, making it better than ever before. The v8 update now includes the best features of Truemessenger Identify Unknown Numbers and Block Spam Text Messages with Truemessenger for Android Truemessenger is a fantastic new app for sending and receiving text messages, and it can tell you who an unknown number is and block spam. Read More . such as identifying SMS texts from unknown numbers and blocking spam.

A new feature called Flash is like a quick messaging service built into Truecaller. It lets you send common messages (like “Where are you?”) or emojis with a few taps, no writing necessary. Truecaller 8 also integrates with the new Google Duo app to make video calls.

DownloadTruecaller 8 for Android (Free)

BatON: See Battery Levels of Bluetooth Devices

android app baton

If your Android connects to a wireless headset or some amazing Bluetooth speakers The Best Bluetooth Speakers Under $25 and Up to $300 You can't beat the convenience of going wire-free. Great audio quality may always need wired speakers, but for music on your phone Bluetooth speakers are a must-have accessory nowadays. Read More , then you know how annoying it is to find out that accessory’s battery life. On iPhone, you can see the battery levels for many such devices on the screen. BatON brings that to Android, showing the current battery level of any Bluetooth device you connect to.

There are some caveats, like the device needs to use Bluetooth 4 or later and have a hands-free profile. But most modern Bluetooth gadgets meet these requirements.

DownloadBatON for Android (Free)

Podcast Go: The Best Free Podcasts App for Android

android app podcast go

There’s no question that PocketCasts is the best app for podcasts The 8 Best Podcast Apps for Android Looking for the best podcast app for Android? We have you covered with apps that help you download, discover, listen, and more. Read More . But it’s a paid app, which makes Podcast Go the best free app for podcasts. It includes most of the features you love in PocketCasts. You can easily find and listen to your podcasts and get updates as new ones release.

For offline listening, Podcast Go can download episodes to the phone or to the memory card. If you’re on Android Marshmallow, you can even change the playback speed to get through your podcasts faster.

DownloadPodcast Go for Android (Free)

Laughly: Spotify for Stand-up Comedy

android app laughly

If you can’t get enough laughs from watching stand-up comedy, listen to it on Laughly. It’s a humongous audio collection of stand-up acts, including big names like Louis CK, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, George Carlin, and more. Laughly is a subscription service ($3.99 per month) much like Spotify, Netflix, or others.

Once you sign up, there are no restrictions on how much you listen to. And yeah, it’s completely ad-free.

Download — Laughly for Android ($3.99/month)

Google Family Link: Control Your Kids’ Phones

android app google family link

There are several apps for parents to control kids’ phones 5 Best Parental Control Apps for Android If you want to control what your children are able to do on their Android phone or tablet, you need one of these apps. Read More , but nothing comes close to what Google’s new Family Link offers. First of all, it lets parents open Google accounts for children under 13 years of age, which the search giant currently disallows. The app can set daily “screen time” limits so you know the children aren’t using their phones when they should be sleeping.

If the kids are glued to the screen instead of socializing with guests, you can remotely lock their devices. The app monitors usage and creates reports for parents. And you can make a child ask for permission before downloading any apps from the Play Store. Family Link works only in the U.S. and requires the child to have a phone running Android 7.0 (or select Android 6.0 devices).

DownloadGoogle Family Link for Android (Free)

What Did We Miss?

Have you come across any new app in 2017 that wowed you? What’s missing from this list? Tell us which apps released in 2017 have been your favorite so far?

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  1. Ben Leverett
    May 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    You did miss ONLY THE BEST APP EVER (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). I would highly recommend everyone try out and seriously consider and app called Snaptube.

    You'll have to grab the APK file because it does break (only that I know of, at least) one major policy Google Play has; but just give it a search on Google, and you're well on your way. Those of you that aren't familiar with "sideloading apps" on Android, you're? going to have to "enable unknown sources", but those of you that are familiar with the process, should have no problem.