How to find the best Android apps

If you want to avoid wasting time on the dross then there are a few techniques worth adopting and some handy apps and services that can help you. Let’s take a look at Android app discovery done right.

The majority can’t be wrong

An obvious place to start is with the Play Store charts. You can find out what the top premium and free apps are, what the most successful new apps are, which apps Google staff recommend, trending apps, apps recommended for you (if you’re logged in), and there’s even a section for tablet optimized apps now. You also have the option of filtering by category and if you log into your account you can just queue up your choices from any browser and have them download automatically to your smartphone. The whole experience is much improved and it’s getting better all the time.

Play Store Apps - How to find the best Android apps

When you find an individual app you are considering, the reviews, aggregated user score, and the download chart on its Play Store page will give you a nice rounded snapshot of how popular it is. You’ll never find a dud with high review scores and high download numbers.

There’s really no need to go outside the Play Store to find great apps, but you might consider using alternative app stores to help you identify new apps and games worth downloading. Check out what’s popular in the charts at the Amazon App Store, GetJar, SlideME, AppBrain, or Handango and then find it at the Play Store to download. You’ll tend to see the same top apps pop up in the Play charts, but there are lots of other app stores out there with charts, ratings and reviews and they can help you to turn up some alternative quality apps.

App discovery apps

There are two apps that have really stood out over the last few months as great tools for finding new apps and games worth downloading.

The first is Best Apps Market and it’s a curated selection of the cream of the crop, fully categorized and easy to search or browse. The developer recently released a new and improved app called Fetch which takes the same formula and wraps it in a more attractive package. It’s good for finding apps, it can make decent suggestions based on what you have used in the past, it is well categorized, and it’s very easy to search. The trick is that it attaches traits to individual apps and games and so you can dig deeper than the typical categories you find in app store charts. It works best for games, which is unsurprising because it is powered by the Game Genome Project, and it allows you to layer up traits that you want in your game in order to create a very specific filter.

Fetch - How to find the best Android apps

The second is for tablet owners and it’s called Tablified Market. It’s a straight selection of apps and games that have been optimized for Android tablets and organized into categories. It also includes occasional offers for free apps, and it gives you an idea of what’s popular and what’s trending.

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