by Kahlia Meeuwsen, Lifestyle Columnist
Published in Lifestyle on 7th February, 2020
Technology has grown rampantly over the years, so it only makes sense that we'd already be looking into new apps that have released (or are planned to release) in 2020. We use apps for a plethora of things, from entertainment to organization and even protection.
If you're someone who wants to keep up with the latest entries into the app market, you're in the right place! Here, we're covering 18 of the best new 2020 Android apps. Android lovers, continue on and you're sure to pick up some handy new tools to use on your phone this year!
Those of us who like to stay up to date on the most recent technology may be interested in new apps that are being introduced in 2020. Some of these apps are already available, while others are in the early stages, being tested by a select number of users or having just completed that testing.
Malwarebytes is a well known name when it comes to computer protection. The program does a great job scanning your system for viruses and potentially-dangerous files. You can even use the software on your phone to ensure that it remains safe from viruses that may infiltrate the devices we rely on so much.
Now, you can also use Malwarebytes to protect your phone from scam-related calls and texts as well. Numbers that have proven to be dangerous will automatically be blocked by the app, as will texts that contain dangerous links. As a result, you'll get fewer annoying spam calls and text messages to deal with.
In 2020, Google is trying out a few new apps that are designed to help people become more mindful of their phone use. While there are others designed for all Android phones, Envelope is an experiment that involves only the Pixel 3A.
In accordance with this app, you can download and print an envelope that will make your phone simpler. You'll still be able to use the ability to dial as well as the camera, but nothing else. Consequently, there are fewer distractions when you need to engage with other aspects of your life. It's worth a shot if you feel you're on your phone too often!
Programming is a task that is already quite complicated. GitHub seeks to make it a bit easier by offering an app where you can go over pieces of code with coworkers, friends or people you are engaged in a project with.
This also means that if others have questions about code while you're not available in person, you can still assist them easily. Overall, the app is considered to be an easy one to navigate. As a result, working as a team to create high quality code is a much easier task, no matter where you are.
Some apps make work easier while others are designed as an effort to keep you and others safe. My Limit is an example of the latter. This app is designed to help with keeping people who are too intoxicated to drive off the street more easily.
Taking into consideration how many drinks you have had, My Limit estimates what your blood alchohol level may be. Consequently, you'll get a clear view as to whether you'll be okay after cooling down a bit with some water or if you should consider getting a ride from someone sober.
Organization can be an incredibly difficult thing. If you're anything like me, you may be a bit picky about the kinds of tools you use to help you get organized. Excess clutter in an app can make it less appealing when you're trying to use it to keep everything in order.
The good news is that Steno Notes strives to create a minimalist experience. That way, you can keep your notes organized in a way that isn't overwhelming. You can use tags and colors to create different note categories so that all your lists and notes will be easy to find.
Those who are familiar with Photoshop software that is used on the computer may appreciate the ability to use some Photoshop features on their phone. Thanks to this Photoshop Camera app, you'll be able to edit and filter your pictures so that they always look fantastic.
While the features may be simpler than what you'll find on a computer, the app does make an effort to be intuitive to use. Thanks to the Sensei technology, it will recognize what you're taking a picture of and suggest filters that will make the photo pop.
This is another one of the apps generated for the purpose of tracking how much you use your phone. If you want to see exactly how much time you spend using your phone, right down to the second, then this is a fantastic option for you.
Each time you turn your phone screen on, the stopwatch will begin counting. It acts as a live wallpaper, so you won't need to worry about starting or stopping it yourself. At the end of the day, you'll be able to see exactly how much time you used on your device, allowing you to decide where to go from there.
If you enjoy making your own little videos for Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok or other apps then Biugo may become your best friend. This application makes it easy to create videos from pictures with a huge variety of music and templates to make your selection from.
You'll be able to choose from a number of different categories to fit the kind of video you want to create. Whether you're making a funny, romantic or heartwarming video, Biugo provides options for you. It's simple to use and you're sure to be making fantastic videos in no time at all.
More and more, the whole world is learning just how important exercises like yoga and meditation can be for your health. Bloom seeks to make it easier to get those exercises in by providing a huge number of guided meditations, experiences and activities for your benefit.
As a result of these exercises, you can reduce stress levels, sleep better and enjoy overall better health. With just a brief look at this app, you'll see just how easy it is to navigate. Everything is intuitive and you'll find plenty of relaxing music when you want to calm down.
Those who want to be able to customize their phone in just about every way possible will appreciate the Tile Shortcuts app. For each tile, you can create a shortcut to an app, website or other location. As a result, you'll be able to get where you need to go more quickly just by selecting the tile.
When you need to use your tiles, you'll be able to find them by simply going into your phone's "quick settings". Make each tile stand out by giving it a special icon, name or color and navigation will always be a snap.
GesturePlus is another app that allows you to navigate your phone more easily. These days, most of us want to be able to get to our favorite apps, change certain settings and grab quick screenshots as easily as possible. With GesturePlus, you can do this all from your Navigation bar.
On top of making certain apps and settings easier to find, this app also combines with the Google Assistant so that you can verbally access those features as well. If you're looking to make your phone more easy to navigate, this app is free for you to download from the Play store.
If you're tired of the standard camera options provided by your phone, then you might want to take a look into something a little fancier. This app is ideal for those who love to explore new photo filters and share their pictures on Instagram or other social media sites.
The Fancy Camera app comes with a huge variety of filters that are already installed. You'll have an easy time just swiping around until you find the one that suits your photo the best. It's extremely easy to use and every picture is sure to look perfect with the help of this app.
Along with a new year often comes the desire to re-vamp your lifestyle. Why not make it easier by seeking out an app that provides recipes, meal planning, fitness routines, tracking and a whole lot more. With all of your resources in one place, it'll be much easier to stay on target.
From meditations to workouts, this app is made to help you get everything you need for a healthier lifestyle. The workouts offered are also designed for those starting at any point, so you won't be in over your head if you're brand new to a certain type of workout!
Music lovers are sure to get a kick out of this unique app. It's designed to add a visual context to each of your songs. Even when your phone is off, the visuals will move around the edges of the phone, creating cool designs and patterns as you enjoy your music.
This is an app that is free for you to download, but keep in mind that some of the design choices may require added purchases. Currently, you'll be able to find a large variety of different color options that can be combined with 5 different design options.
If you hate having to go to several different places to get your emails, reminders, notes and other day-to-day necessities, then Twobird may be a perfect choice for you. This app brings everything together into one place, making it easier to keep track of everything.
Those who have a lot to juggle are sure to find this app to be a great convenience. It cuts down on the use of too many excess apps and even allows you to generate notes that can be shared with others. Furthermore, Twobird is easy to use and makes handling the responsibilities of life much easier.
Activity Bubbles is yet another app designed to provide a clearer look at how much phone use you engage in daily. What sets this app apart is that it uses a more abstract design, creating bubbles on the home screen to represent phone use rather than timing activity directly.
By the end of the day, you'll be able to see the number and sizes of bubbles that have built up over time. Using that information, you can decide how you want to respond to your usage. At its core, this is just an app to help you with being more mindful about phone use.
Whether you enjoy doing it or not, there's no denying that math can be a tricky subject. In some cases, it can take a lot of time and practice to understand certain practices or equations. However, instead of seeking out a tutor when you're struggling, you can use this app.
Not only will this Math Solver provide the answers you need, it will also show you exactly what steps you'll need to take to get there. You can also opt to either type equations in or make use of the drawing board the app offers.
There are a wide number of different messaging applications already available, but Privy focuses on something that most do not. Privacy. As you might expect, this means being able to have private conversations. However, it also means privacy from 3rd party access.
On top of that, there is currently no advertising on this app. That is something many users are sure to appreciate from a free app, but it's uncertain how long that will last. Remember, apps are designed to make money just like any other product, and it's tough to do that without a fee or revenue from ads.