10 Must-Have Apps for 2016

These hardworking, interesting Android applications are our top picks for 2016, with new updates, features, and capabilities to help you stay on top of your life in new ways.

Cortana

This incredibly useful app works as your personal assistant – and helps your PC and phone work together to get the job done, better.

What it delivers:

Cortana is designed to help organize your life and deliver needed information. You can ask Cortana to make appointments, send email, open apps, track flights and packages or answer questions – either serious or lighthearted.

Why it’s a must-have:

Cortana integrates with Windows computers in a way that Google Now and Siri can’t. You can set up quick replies from your PC if you miss a call on your phone – or get a reminder on your phone about an event that you’ve set up on your PC.


Habitica

Habitica turns your to-do list into a game to add some fun as you accomplish your daily tasks and goals.

What it delivers:

If you like games, this productivity app is made for you. Create a custom avatar and treat your goals like challenges to be conquered. Fight off monsters and unlock specials features as you accomplish tasks throughout your day.

Why it’s a must-have:

Everyone could use some extra motivation and fun feedback to help get things done.


Mimicker Alarm

This inventive alarm clock wakes up your brain – as well as your body – for a new way to make sure you get out of bed in the morning.

What it delivers:

If you routinely hit snooze, this alarm will cure you of that habit! To turn off Mimicker, you have to mimic the action requested  – whether that’s completing a tongue twister, making a face for the camera or getting out of bed to complete a task.

Why it’s a must-have:

The Mimicker Alarm requires you to be awake, alert and smart right off the bat. Mildly annoying and definitely fun, it’s a powerfully effective way to get your brain and body ready for the day.


Kickstarter

If you are connected to a creative community, Kickstarter is a great way to help bring new projects to life by crowdfunding.

What it delivers:

The Kickstarter portal makes it easy to find new creative projects and get updates on projects to which you’re already connected, as well as see what projects your friends are supporting.

Why it’s a must-have:

If you’re a creative type, this app provides great information and inspiration to get things done.


Hermit

Hermit offers “lite” versions of the most data-hungry apps on your Android to help you reduce storage space and save on battery life.

What it delivers:

Any app that has a mobile website – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon or any news service – can be used through Hermit.

Why it’s a must-have:

Lite apps take up very little space, don’t run in the background, save your battery and can still send you notifications. Plus, it has a free ad-blocker!


Bandlab – Music Community

BandLab is a cloud-based app that lets you capture all your musical ideas and collaborate with others.

What it delivers:

This creative app offers quick, easy ways to save and store your song ideas to share with others — as well as built-in mix editing tools to help develop your ideas into songs – whether you’re a serious player or a musical hobbyist.

Why it’s a must-have:

Creating music works better in a creative community.


Eat This Much

Eat This Much is a new food scheduling app that helps you plan your daily meals.

What it delivers:

Just input your diet goals, weekly budget and what kinds of food you like, and Eat This Much will create your customized meal plans. It also provides recipes and tips to help you achieve your goals.

Why it’s a must-have:

Planning healthy, delicious meals often feels like work. Eat this Much does the planning work for you – leaving you more time to enjoy great food.


Cinematics

Cinematics is a movie database app that combines current cinema listings, cast and crew info, as well as reviews from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

What it delivers:

If you need fast and easy answers about movies and actors on your Android, Cinematics delivers the goods.

Why it’s a must-have:

It’s an all-purpose, easy to navigate app that makes searching for movie listings and reviews a simpler process.


Giphy

GIFs use animation to help you enhance your digital communication – and Giphy offers fun, easy ways to add GIFs to a variety of messages to add more detail and emotion.

What it delivers:

The Giphy app, which works similar to the web version, allows you to search and find GIFs for every occasion and share them via Twitter, Facebook, Messenger, email – or whichever platform you choose.

Why it’s a must-have:

It’s the world’s largest library of animated GIFs for your phone.


quickReply

quickReply allows you to respond to messages from the notifications screen without needing to enter your messaging app.

What it delivers:

This useful app adds a reply button to your system notifications or heads-up notifications – and gives you the option to type a reply or respond by voice.

Why it’s a must-have:

Who doesn’t need to save a few extra seconds when responding to a message?


Relax, kick back and fine-tune your habits – with the newest version of some killer Android apps to help improve and streamline your life.

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