5 Essential Android Apps for Beginners

Firing up your new Android device for the first time is exciting, but it can also be daunting for people new to the platform. iPhone users would have you believe that Google Play doesn’t have any great apps, and that the good ones are tough to find.

While the latter may be true, Google Play has plenty of amazing apps from top-notch developers and to prove it we’ve put together a list of 5 Essential Android Apps for Beginners…


tweetdeckSocial Media is all the rage and has become an important part of our daily routine. Facebook and Twitter are the big two, and TweetDeck lets you stay up-to-date with those as well as your Foursquare account. It’s simple to setup and it’s much easier than having four separate Android apps installed; it’s also an official app from Twitter, so you know it’s legit.

You can pick up TweetDeck for free on Google Play.


evernote for androidEvernote is one of the handiest Android apps you can have on your device… especially if you’re forgetful. The app can help you keep your life inline as you can take notes, make to-do lists, capture photos, and record voice reminders. One of the best features of the app is its ability to sync up your notes up to other devices which means you’ll never have to worry about leaving anything behind.

Evernote is free to download, and we highly recommend checking out the free Evernote Widget as well.


feedly for androidIf you like your news and want to browse your favorite sites in style, Feedly is a great way to do that. This handy RSS news reader is blazingly fast and easy on the eyes to boot. It looks great on phones or tablets which gives helps to give the app a real magazine feel, and it also makes sharing the stories you enjoy a breeze with it’s social integration.

Feedly is one of the best newsreaders out there and it’s free to download.

Alien Shapes

alien shapes for androidOne of the first things a lot of Android newbies do when they get their new phone is to change up the homescreen or the stock wallpaper. Android kicks things up a notch by giving their users Live Wallpapers, and Maxelus.net makes some of the best. Their Alien Shapes pack gives you a slew of 3D Wallpapers as you’ll get 50 skins and around 30 different color schemes. With well over 1000 different combinations, you can customize till your hearts content and there’s even a free version of the pack you can check out.

If you like what you see in the free version of Alien Shapes, the full version will only set you back a buck which is a small price to pay for some funky animated visuals.

Pandora Internet Radio

pandora for androidThere are several different Internet Radio apps out there, but Pandora is a great choice it’s available across a wide range of platforms which means your “stations” can be used on multiple devices. Pandora for Android lets you create personalized radio stations based on your listening preferences, and you can listen to 40 hours of music for free each month. If you want more time, you can get a subscription for a small monthly fee. Needless to say, it’s well worth the subscription if you dig the service.

Pandora Internet Radio is free to download.

Google Play may have a “Wild West” type of atmosphere when compared to Apple’s shiny App store, but there are plenty of great Android Apps out there to choose from.  

One thing’s for certain, the Android platform is here to stay, and we’ll be around to keep you updated on any cool Android Apps that can make life easier.