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10 Best Android Apps of 2017

These are the greatest and latest apps for Android phones and the must-have Android apps for 2017, from the best Android entertainment apps to the best Android productivity apps.

Apps in this Guide

From entertainment to health, social media to productivity apps, and shopping to security, the Google Play Store is brimming with the latest apps for Android phones, stocked with roughlymore

From entertainment to health, social media to productivity apps, and shopping to security, the Google Play Store is brimming with the latest apps for Android phones, stocked with roughly 2.8 million to choose from. It can be challenging to separate the top 10 must have Android apps from the busts. So we've done it for you: Here are the Download editors' picks for Android's 10 most exciting apps for 2017. These may even be the best Android apps of all time.

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Security

Ring

Ring

After testing the Ring - Always Home app in tandem with the Ring Video Doorbell 2, we found that it exceeded expectations with its advanced motion detection, multi-device compatibility, and expansive high-definition video. Anyone who's concerned about their home security should purchase a Ring doorbell and download the app today.

Entertainment

Spotify

Spotify

Spotify is the perfect app for each day of the week. Mondays start off with the Discover Weekly playlist. Thursdays go better with #Throwbacks to some much-needed nostalgia, and Fridays I'm in love with new music from New Music Fridays and Release Radar. Not to mention the Your Daily Mixes and original podcasts. Spotify is also slashing prices for the holidays, offering an entire year for $100! That, according to my colleague Tom McNamara, means "you get two months free."

YouTube

YouTube

Whether you enjoy regular content from YouTube celebrities or want to watch a music video on the go, the YouTube app brings all this to the palm of your hand. Have no idea what to watch? YouTube's personalized recommendations are unparalleled. With offline downloading, you can watch even when you're out of Wi-Fi range.

Social Media

Twitter

Twitter

This year, 330 million people are active on Twitter, sharing and following news and events, 280 characters at a time. And it seems like we are all hanging on every character President Trump tweets from his Twitter account, @RealDonaldTrump. The good news: By doubling its character count from 140 to 280 this year, Twitter has given "SNL" twice the Trump material to parody.

Productivity

Gmail

Gmail

Gmail's multiple account support, efficient message handling, search, and integration with calendar and contacts make it the best email app on Android and iPhone today.

Google Docs

Google Docs

Google Docs is an incredible word processing tool, because it's so easy to use across devices, doesn't weigh you down with features, is great for collaboration, and most important -- is free.

Driving

Waze

Waze

Waze is the essential turn-by-turn driving app. Get up-to-the-minute alerts on traffic, cops, and hazards; automatic rerouting when a better route becomes available; an accurate arrival time; cheap gas; and with the latest update, hands-free navigation so you don't have to touch your phone to ask Waze for help.

Shopping

Amazon

Amazon

The Amazon app enables you to shop for millions of items from stores around the world. Search for what you want, read reviews, price match by scanning an item or even photographing it, and save your info to check out quickly and securely.

Payments

Venmo

Venmo

Venmo is still the easiest way to make or request secure peer-to-peer payments, no matter what bank you're with. It's also fun to see your friends' transactions when they don't set them to private. And now, you can even shop with Venmo online at select retailers.

Health

Fitbit

Fitbit

What's the point of walking so much and making sure you get enough Zs, if you can't gloat about it to your friends? The Fitbit app (along with a Fitbit device) lets you share stats with them, and if you feel up to it, challenge them to some friendly competitions. Jokes aside, it's also helpful for you to set and manage fitness, nutrition, hydration, relaxation, and sleep goals.