20 Must-have Android apps for 2014

On this page, you’ll find the best Android apps that cater your needs. We’ve taken the effort to list only those apps that we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you. Check out the best of the new tools that hit Google Play in 2014.

Must have Communication and Social Apps for your Android Phone

1 . Google Voice

Google voice is an amazing suite of tools and can greatly enhance your productivity and ability to stay in touch with those who you care for. The app is particularly powerful when coupled with an Android phone. You can use Google voice for free texting and also to make domestic and international calls at low prices. Other interesting features of Google voice app include call routing, call recording, online voice mail, voicemail-to-text transcription and more. You can straightaway download the app from the Google Play Store for free.

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2. Facebook

Free

This official Facebook app makes it easy to stay in touch and share information with friends. You can share updates, photos and videos from your home screen, check out your news feed, see what friends are up to, share links, review your upcoming events, check your mail box and view posted videos. The app also supports text, chat and group conversations. You can save your favourite photos to your phone via the photo viewer.

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3. Viber

Free

Viber sets itself apart from other free voice and messaging apps by adding your computer as a communication device. A good-looking, easy-to-use messaging app that lets you send free messages, make free calls, and share media and voice messages provided the other person uses viber as well. Overall viber proves to be a handy app for communicating with friends or family and help cutdown on your phone bill.

Security

The freedom of Android also makes it easy for hackers to target you. Stay secure with these handy apps.

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4.  Bitdefender

Free, $9.95 per year

Bitdefender has always been the number one when it comes to mobile security. The app comprises of four parts: Malware Scanning, Application Auditing, Web Security, and Anti-theft Protection. Its varied options ensure your browsing and device bug-free all the time. Also, each time you install an app, Bitdefender will quickly scan it and warn you if there are any bugs with it.

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5. Avast

Free

Avast tops the list of desktop anti-virus software. Now you can enjoy the same free, high-end security on your Android device. Avast mobile security can protect you from malware, inform you about their permissions, and even help you locate your lost phone. It’s an excellent antivirus package for Android.

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6. Mr. Number-Block calls, texts

Free

If you’re tired of receiving calls or messages from specific people or a company, Mr. Number Call Block is a perfect app that can block unwanted calls and SMS with ease. You can also block the numbers from a particular geographical area using the country codes.

Health and Fitness

You no longer require a pencil-and-paper workout plan or a crash diet book to reach your fitness goals. The following apps boost your health and wellness and offer you endless support and motivation

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7. Cody

Free

Why do your workouts alone when you can get fit with your friends. They cheer us on, challenge us and make workouts more social. Cody is a free iPhone app that lets you record and share workout-focused content with your friends- be they pictures, images or tips.Friends can like and comment on each other’s fitness achievement.

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8. SleepBot- Smart Alarm

Free

We could all have quality sleep at night, and the key to getting there is the use of sleep tracking apps like SleepBot. The app tracks your sleep patterns and measures how the quality of your sleep over the course of several nights. It also tracks your movements including how you snore or if you’re suffering breathing problems overnight. Moreover, it is designed to wake you up during the lightest part of your sleep cycle, promising good quality sleep and more wakeful mornings.

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9. WebMD for Android

Free

Whether you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong with your health, locate a pharmacy or a hospital, or learn about health care professionals, WebMD is an extremely helpful Android app that gives you 24/7 access to health information. And you don’t have to be connected to an internet.

Cooking and Food

If you’re trying new recipes or looking for a place to eat, these apps promise you delicious food.

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10. Allthecooks Recipe

Free

The social cooking app helps you collect and share recipes from friends and neighbours. Discover great recipes by just saying ingredients you have. You can also upload your favourite recipe from your tablet and phone and get instant feedback from the community.

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11. Yelp

Free

Yelp makes it easy to locate and review the destinations closer by while you’re on the go-from restaurants and bars to shopping and cultural events. Many businesses have list their timings, contact information, and menus, making it smoother to locate the perfect spot in your neighbourhood or a new city.

Travel

Make your travelling fun and exciting with these Android apps.

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12. iOnRoad Augmented Driving

Free, premium for $4.99

An augmented reality driving app that puts up safety alerts for vehicles too close to yours, and tracking incoming dangers in real time. The only thing you need to get started is a generic windshield mount for your Android phone.

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13. Google maps

Free

Google maps is a fantastic app that shows you where you are and gets you to your destination. Get voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation. It also supports walking or public transit. It shows the estimated time to your destination based on current traffic info.

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14. Google Goggles

Free

Instead of using words, take a snapshot of anything to search the web. Google Goggles is an image recognition app that bypasses keywords for camera pictures instead. The app does the brainstorming to figure out whatever is that you see be it a painting in a museum, bar codes, or corporate logos.

Shopping

Not sure about getting the best deals or choosing the right gift while shopping? Well, these apps will help you find what you want and also save you some bucks.

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15. Shopadvisor

Free

You simply watch products you’re interested in. Later, when the time is right, or when there is a perfect deal, ShopAdvisor notifies you- on your phone, in your email, or on your tablet.

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16.   Amazon

Free

Amazon is an online marketplace, the one stop shopping where you can shop for anything and it’s easy on the wallet too. Compare prices and check availability instantly by scanning a barcode or typing your search. Search products, get their descriptions, and read reviews on millions of products available on the site.

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17. Google Wallet

Free

Google Wallet acts as your smart, virtual wallet that saves you time and money. You can send money to a friend in US with an e-mail address while on-the-go.

Productivity and Finance

Keeping track of your finances and help you stay organised is much easier with these apps.

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18. Mint

Free

Mint does an excellent app of managing your finances. Once you’ve entered all your information, the app gives you real-time access to all your financial account balances and transactions much like your bank’s own app and your credit card’s apps .

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19. OfficeSuite Pro

$9.99

The app allows you to view, create, edit, print and share Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the go. You can also open attachments and view PDF files on your Android device.

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20. Trello

Free

Trello is a free Android productivity app that helps you organize anything with anyone. With the use of lists and cards you can share your work ideas and plans with your team. It also lets you update information on your Android , or communicate with co-workers on computers and other smartphones.

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