Top 10 BEST Android Apps - January 2017
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Hey guys, Dan here from CLE Tech and today we're going to take a look at some of my top apps for the month of January.
So getting right into it with our first app, which isn't a new app by any means but it's one that you all should still check out if you haven't already! This is Newton Mail, which was formerly known as CloudMagic. Newton is by far my personal favorite email app and for many different reasons. Not only is it beautifully designed, able to hold all of your different email accounts, and syncs across all devices and platforms, but it's packed with a lot of features that I use daily.
My favorite feature is definitely the ability to see when people read your emails and get notifications when it happens. This is useful for me because I do send a lot of emails and it’s nice to know if people actually received them. It also helps remind me to follow up with said person too.
Newton also integrates with other productivity apps like Trello, Evernote, and Wunderlist, which is my current task manager app of choice. So, for example, if I want to follow up with an email but can’t do it right at that moment, I can send the email to my follow up inbox in Wunderlist and set that as a task so I don't forget.
All of these features do come at a subscription based price but there is a free trial for all new users and it’s definitely worth signing up for and giving it a shot.
Forest Live Wallpaper
Next up, we have the Forest Live Wallpaper app and this app is pretty cool if you're into live wallpapers. Now I generally don't like to use live wallpapers but this one is pretty cool. You can customize these cool cartoon looking mountains to your liking by making them any color, setting the time of day or having it work off your current time of day, change the precipation levels, etc. There's a lot of customization that this live wallpaper app has to offer. It looks really cool and the parallax effect makes the live wallpaper even cooler.
If live wallpapers aren't your thing but you're still looking for something cool, then the Wally app is going to be perfect for you. There are tons of wallpapers uploaded by different users with tons of different categories to choose from. All of these wallpapers are super high quality and can all be downloaded and saved straight to your device.
Wallpaper Modder will help you customize your newly downloaded wallpapers with a pretty easy slider interface. Adjusting the various sliders will help you change the color of each wallpaper along with the saturation, brightness, contrast and even add a little bit of a blur to your wallpaper so you can see your homescreens a little more clearly.
Next up we have screenshot utility, which is a really useful tool for those who take a lot of screenshots but also like to edit their screenshots. With this app, you can crop, draw, add boxes, and circles, and even add some text. I find myself using the draw tool a lot so I can draw attention to certain parts of the screen shot.
Next up is the newly updated ADW Launcher. This launcher has been around for awhile and I must admit, I haven't really used it a ton until now. The new update makes everything very Android Nougat friendly with the same long press actions and the new Google pill widget. I was also pleasantly surprised at the amount of customization that's offered in the ADW Launcher. You change tons of different aspects of your homescreen and it really gives Nova Launcher a run for it's money with all of it's customization options.
Fingerprint App Lock
Fingerprint App Lock is a pretty simple app but it works great. This app gives you the ability to choose which apps can be unlocked via your fingerprint. You first have to set a pin or pattern but then can choose fingerprint once that's all set up. Then simply choose the apps you wish to lock and unlock with your fingerprint. Once you go to open said apps, you will be prompted to use your fingerprint scanner in order to unlock. This will happen everytime you open the app. You can also mess with some of the settings in order to tweak it to your liking. If you wish to remove the finerprint security, simply tap on the lock and it will turn off.
This next app is a new, fresh way to take in the top news of the day. It's called Quartz and what it does is bring you the latest news in a conversation style UI. It’s pretty similar looking to the Google Assistant on the Pixel but once a story is presented to you, you have a few pre populated answers in order to find out more about the story or move on to the next. If you want to read more about something, you can tap the chat bubble and the the app will take you to the corresponding article or website the information was curated from.
It's a pretty cool app but I recommend messing with some of the notification sliders in the settings because it will give you a lot of notifications throughout the day which might become a bit obnoxious.
So if you're like me, and you love shopping on Amazon then you're going to want to check out Canopy. What this app does is help you find cool new products that you might be interested in purchasing and then will take you right into the Amazon app if you want to purchase it. It curates a lot of cool and interesting products that you might not know about and will help you get some shopping ideas for your next few Amazon purchases. You can even leave comments within the app about the product and essentially get some reviews about each product before heading over to the Amazon app.
Finally, if you need your display on for long periods of time, download Caffeniate. What it does is set up a quick tile in your quick toggles that will keep your display awake for 5 minute intervals. Need more than 5 minutes, hit it again for 10, or 15, etc. You can do this all the way up to an hour. This is so much more useful than going into your display settings and manually changing it to something longer than the 30 second default screen on time. Once you set your timer, your display will stay awake until the timer runs out or until you turn the display off, which will cancel the timer.
Thats it for this months top Android apps for January 2017, please dont forget to subscribe and hit that like button if you liked this video, thanks for watching guys and I will see you in the next one.