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Be Smart With These 11 Android Education Apps

Stay sharp, fit, and always curious with the best Android education apps.

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From stargazing apps to fitness trackers, the best Android education apps can keep you sharp, fit, and inquisitive. You can learn a foreign -- or programming -- language, read a classic book, or getmore

From stargazing apps to fitness trackers, the best Android education apps can keep you sharp, fit, and inquisitive. You can learn a foreign -- or programming -- language, read a classic book, or get homework help right on your Android phone.

And maybe best of all, you don't need to step into a classroom to keep learning.

Can I track my health and fitness on my phone?

Google's Play Store is bursting with apps to help you get healthy and fit. You can find apps to track steps you take and distance you travel, monitor your heart rate, and chart your sleep pattern. You can also keep food diaries and track your calorie intake. Look for an app that is easy to use and will keep you motivated.

How do I read e-books on my phone?

Apple, Amazon, and Google, among others, offer dedicated e-book stores and reader apps for electronic books. If you are looking for free e-books, Project Gutenberg is a good source for finding titles in the public domain, with more than 50,000 books, ranging from The Prince to Moby-Dick.

What if I want to learn something?

Lynda.com offers training videos on everything from Microsoft Word basics to mindfulness. Khan Academy has a vast catalog of video lessons, ranging from simple math to music appreciation. Ted Talks videos span how to be a great leader to how to survive on Mars. And if you want to learn to code, Codecademy offers bite-sized interactive lessons covering HTML to data analytics.

Best Android Language Apps

Memrise

Memrise

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Study 25 language through 150 courses in this free and entertaining app.

Duolingo

Duolingo

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The free learning-language app helps you master nearly two dozen languages through 60-something language courses.

Best Android Sky, Earth, and Maps Apps

Maps

Maps

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Whether you are driving, on foot, or taking public transit, Google's essential Maps can get you to your location with little fuss.

Sky Map

Sky Map

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Point your phone at the sky and see a map of the stars, constellations, and planets. You can select which objects to view and even travel back and forth in time (between 1900 and 2100) to view the night on a specific date.

Google Earth

Google Earth

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If you are feeling more terrestrial, Google Earth lets you travel the globe from your phone. Search for landmarks, explore entire regions, read stories about cultures, and send postcards to friends.

Best Android Health, Fitness, and Ancestry Apps

Fitbit

Fitbit

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The Fitbit app syncs with your Fitbit tracking device to monitor your daily activities and allow you to participate in challenges with friends. You can track daily steps, heart rate, weight, sleep patterns, a calorie budget, and more.

23andMe

23andMe

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Spit in a tube, mail it off, and a handful of weeks later, explore your ancestry through the 23andMe Android app. The biotech company can generate reports on your ancestry composition, genetic health risks, carrier status, and more.

Ancestry

Ancestry

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Collect names, data, locations, and photos as you track your genealogy with Ancestry's Android app.

Google Fit

Google Fit

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With Google's aptly named Fit app, you can use your phone's sensors to track your activity time, daily steps, and distance traveled and see a timeline of your activities. You can also track your weight, but you need to manually enter it. Fit will also sync with other fitness apps, including the Strava Running and Cycling GPS.

Best Android Study Apps

Chegg

Chegg

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With Chegg, you can rent textbooks, get homework help, find textbook solutions and study aids, and work with online tutors.

WolframAlpha

WolframAlpha

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This answer app seems to know everything, from how to solve complex math problems to which planes are flying overhead.