Congratulations, you’re in possession of the best Android phone on the market. The Google Pixel has the cleanest and most powerful experience right out of the box, offering great battery life, zippy performance, and a truly wonderful camera. But to truly maximize its potential, you’ll need to download some third-party apps.

We made a list of ten apps you should download for the iPhone if you’re a first-time owner, and we’re going the same thing for the Pixel. If you’ve been in the smartphone game for any extended length of time, chances are you already use many of these apps. If not, hopefully we’ve helped you find something new.

These aren’t just for Pixel users either. The beauty of the Android market is there are dozens of different options, from the OnePlus 3 to the LG V20. Whatever device you’re using, below are ten apps worth checking out.


Note-taking apps are a dime a dozen, but none are simpler to use than Simplenote; it’s in the name for crying out loud. While Google’s stock note-taking app is good, the cartoonish design may be a turn off for some. Simplenote is great because it offers light and dark modes, is available on virtually every platform, and syncs across all your devices. Best of all: it’s free.

Price: Free (link)

Weather Timeline

Looking at the weather shouldn’t be complicated, yet the majority of weather apps feature cluttered designs, confusing graphs, and more information than the average person needs. Weather Timeline is a simple, elegant weather app that uses bold colors and a wealth of customization options to create a beautiful, informative experience. Exactly what weather apps should be.

Price: $1.49 (link)

Flamingo for Twitter

If you’re going to use Twitter (not recommended), there’s no better way to do it than with Flamingo. Created by the same developer that made Weather Timeline, Flamingo is a highly customizable Twitter client that’s simple, easy to use, and incredibly powerful. It puts Twitter’s own app to shame, and is friendly to both beginners and power users. If only there was a counterpart available for iOS.

Price: $2.49 (link)

Calendar Widget: Agenda

Google Calendar’s widget is clean and informative but it offers virtually no customization options. That’s where Calendar Widget: Agenda comes in. Not only does it offer a lot of customization but it’s clean, beautiful, and integrates with your Google account. It also displays weather forecasts for that extra bit of information. Once you put it on your home screen you won’t want to live without it.

Price: Free; in-app purchases (link)


Choosing the right wallpaper for your phone is like choosing what outfit to wear. With Muzei, you can let the app do the picking for you—and you can learn about famous works of art in the process. In addition to cycling through classic paintings like van Gogh’s Starry Night, you can also choose your favorite photos from your own gallery. If you constantly change your wallpaper, this is the app to get.

Price: Free (link)

Android Auto

You no longer need a fancy in-dash system to use Android Auto. Just dock your phone, open Android Auto, and you’ll be met with a simplified interface that features enlarged buttons and powerful voice support. In addition, you can send customized reply messages with a single tap, easily navigate with Google Maps, and more. Want to see what apps work with Android Auto? Just look here.

Price: Free (link)


The Pixel has the best smartphone camera on the market. Snapseed, an app developed by Google, will help you get the best out of said camera with tools, filters, and other editing features usually found in powerful desktop software. The beauty of Snapseed is not only is it powerful but it’s really easy to use, whether you’re touching up a photo for Instagram or editing for a project. And it doesn’t cost a dime, making it that much better.

Price: Free (link)


Alto is an incredibly powerful email app developed by AOL. No, seriously. I know AOL might seem uncool in the smartphone era, but Alto is a genuinely thoughtful, clever, and fun email client that supports a number of today’s biggest services (Google, Outlook, Yahoo!, iCloud, etc.). That’s not even the best part. Alto also features a cool Dashboard feature that acts as a hub for flight information, dinner reservations, shopping receipts, and more. Why aren’t all emails app like Alto?

Price: Free (link)


Whether you’re a student or working professional, Trello is a great way to stay organized. The app allows you to work solo or in teams to create boards, customize workflows, add checklists, and more. We use it for large projects at TechnoBuffalo and have found it to be an invaluable tool for keeping things neat and organized.

Price: Free (link)


I wanted to keep this list different from our iPhone suggestions but I couldn’t help but include Wunderlist. What I love most about Wunderlist is being able to create shared lists with friends and family, and everything sync perfectly across multiple devices. In addition to regular to-dos, it offers more powerful features such as the ability to attach photos, PDFs, and more. Wunderlist is the only to-do app you’ll ever need.

Price: Free; $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year for a Wunderlist Pro subscription (link)

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