When we actually hear the word Google, a lot of things come to our mind. You relate things like Google search, Android, Google Drive, Chrome, Google Photos, Blogger and a few others.

But, there is a whole lot of great apps from Google that 80% of Android users don’t know about and these Google apps have very interesting and unique features.

I just found out about some of them lately.

These apps can make your Android device do so many tasks, look beautiful/unique, run faster and very user friendly.

If you take your time to read this post till the end, you will surely get the best out of your Android device and would be so happy that you found this post.

The list might contain some already familiar Google apps like Chrome(it comes pre-installed on most devices), Drive, Photos, Google Docs etc., but, the rest will wow you.

To use most of these apps, you might need a Google account.

I am going to start with the popular Google apps and gradually unfold the not so popular but powerful Google apps from Google. This list could also mean the best Google apps for you.


Best Google Apps For Your Android Smartphone


Google Chrome: Fast & Secure

Google chrome browser android pc

Google Chrome is an Internet browser from Google Inc with a bunch of powerful features to make your web experience safer,faster and very user friendly. Google Chrome mostly comes baked in Android devices and can also be installed manually.  It’s one of the best browsers and a favorite for many web surfers.

Google Chrome is also available for both PC and Android phones and Tablet users. Google chrome packs a lot of features like data saving, search suggestions, synchronizes across all your devices, recognizes your voice, personalized news articles on the front page, incognito Browsing, faster downloads, saves pages for offline use, translate web pages seamlessly and a whole lot.

Google Chrome – Download


Google +

Google plus apk android app

Google + is the official app from Google to help you discover amazing things and also connect with people. Google Plus is a kinda social network from Google and the app is pre-installed on most Android devices.

Google Plus has a lot of benefits for students, teachers, teens etc.

Google + – Download



Google Photos

google-photos apk android app

Google photos can comfortably replace your stock gallery app and a good number of features. Google Photos intelligently organizes all your photos and puts them in one place, back up and view a lifetime of photos across all your devices. Edits made once appear on all your devices.

Google + enables you to see all your photos organized by people, places, and things. You can easily search by what you remember about a photo, no description needed. It also has a built-in image editor and can share your photos with other devices.

Google Photos – Download


Google Drive

Google drive apk android

Google drive is very known even to non Android users. Google Drive is a cloud storage which is either paid or free(15GB Free). It gives you the option of backing up anything like photos, videos, music, recordings, documents and a lot of other files.

With the app installed on your device, you can comfortably access all of your files at any location and be able to upload more files.

Google Drive – Download


Google Play Music

Google Play Music apk Android

As the name implies, it’s Google’s own music player app for it’s OS users.

Google Play Music provides free, ad-supported radio for what you’re doing, how you’re feeling, or what you want to hear. Instantly start radio stations based on songs, artists, or albums, or browse by genre, mood, activity, decade, and more. Bring your own music collection with you by uploading 50,000 of your own songs; then listen to them across Android, iOS, and the web, for free.

Subscribe to get on-demand access to millions of songs and download anything to listen even when you’re not connected – or sign up for the family plan on Android to provide access for up to six family members for one low price. Plus, subscriptions come with membership in YouTube Red, so you can enjoy YouTube ad-free, in the background, and offline.

Google Play Music – Download


Google Now Launcher

Google now launcher apk android

Google Now Launcher is Google’s own default Android launcher which is very simple and fast. It’s available on all devices with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher.

Key features:

• Swipe right from your Home screen to see Google Now cards that bring you just the right information, at just the right time.
• Quick access to Search from every Home screen.
• Say “Ok Google” to search with your voice, or tell your phone what to do: send a text message, get directions, play a song, and much more.
• A-Z apps list, with fast scrolling and quick searching of apps on your device and the Play Store.
• App Suggestions bring the app you’re looking for to the top of your A-Z list.

Google Now Launcher – Download


Google Translate

Google Translate App, A Great Tool For Webmasters And Bloggers

With Google Translate app on your Android device, learning foreign languages would become a thing of the past. You can get offline translations, web translation and a whole lot of others. Google Translate  supports over 100 different languages. Key features of Google Translate includes:

• Translate between 103 languages by typing
• Tap to Translate: Copy text in any app and your translation pops up
• Offline: Translate 52 languages when you have no Internet
• Instant camera translation: Use your camera to translate text instantly in 30 languages
• Camera Mode: Take pictures of text for higher-quality translations in 37 languages
• Conversation Mode: Two-way instant speech translation in 32 languages
• Handwriting: Draw characters instead of using the keyboard in 93 languages
• Phrasebook: Star and save translations for future reference in any language

Google Translate – Download



Google Mail app Gmail Android

Gmail is an easy to use email app that saves you time and keeps your messages safe. Get your messages instantly via push notifications, read and respond online & offline, and find any message quickly.
With the Gmail app you get:
• An organized inbox – Social and promotional messages are sorted into categories so you can read messages from friends and family first.
• Less spam – Gmail blocks spam before it hits your inbox to keep your account safe and clutter free.
• 15GB of free storage – You won’t need to delete messages to save space.
• Multiple account support – Use both Gmail and non-Gmail addresses (Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, or any other IMAP/POP email) right from the app.

Gmail – Download



Google Calender Android app

Google Calender can be a comfortable replacement for your calender’s app. The official Google Calendar app for your Android phone and tablet packs a lot of features to save our time and keeps you updated. Below are features of Google Calender.

• Different ways to view your calendar – Quickly switch between month, week and day view.
• Events from Gmail – Flight, hotel, concert, restaurant reservations and more are added to your calendar automatically.
• To-dos – Use Reminders to create and view to-dos alongside your events.
• Goals – Add personal goals—like “run 3 times a week”—and Calendar will schedule time for them automatically.
• Quick event creation – Smart suggestions for event titles, places and people save you time when creating events.
• All your calendars in one place – Google Calendar works with all calendars on your phone, including Exchange.

Google Calender – Download


Google Earth

Google Earth allows you view different 3D/2D areas on earth as if you right there. Fly through landmarks and cities like London, Tokyo and Rome in stunning 3D, then dive in to experience them first hand with Street View. See the world from a new point of view with Voyager, which brings you one-of-a-kind experiences from Sesame Street, BBC Earth, NASA and more.

Google Earth – Download


Google Street View

Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants, and small businesses with Google Street View.

Also create photo spheres to add your own Street View experiences. Start with your phone’s camera or add a one–shot spherical camera (like the RICOH THETA S) for easy 360º photography. Then, you can publish to Google Maps to share your photo spheres with the world.

Content galleries:
• Browse — or be notified of — Google’s newest special collections
• Explore all of Street View (including contributions from others)
• Review your public profile of published photo spheres
• Manage your private photo spheres
• Immerse yourself in photo spheres with Cardboard mode

Creating and sharing photo spheres:
• Use your phone’s camera (no camera accessories required)
• Connect to a spherical camera to capture in one tap
• Share to Google Maps as immersive photo spheres
• Share privately as flat photos

Google Street View – Download


Google Maps

Google Maps android app

Whether you are traveling or not, with Google Maps, you can always get real-time GPS navigation, traffic, transit, and details about millions of places, such as reviews and popular times. Below are features of Google Maps

  • Beat traffic with real-time navigation, ETAs and traffic conditions
    Catch your bus, train, or ride-share with real-time transit info
    Save time with automatic re-routing based on live traffic, road closures and traffic incidents
    Navigation with lane guidance so you don’t miss a turn or exit
    Find pit stops along your route like gas stations and coffee spots
  • Discover places and explore like a local
    Find top-rated restaurants and local businesses, wherever you are
    Decide on the best places to go with reviews, ratings, and pictures of foods and interiors
    Plan your visit and see menus, make reservations, and find when places are typically busiest
    Help others discover the best places by sharing reviews, photos and more
    Save places you want to or often visit, and quickly find them later from any computer or device
  • Experience the Google Maps difference
    Offline maps to search, get directions and use navigation without an internet connection
    Street View and indoor imagery for restaurants, shops, museums and more
    Indoor maps to quickly find your way in big places like airports, malls and stadiums
    Comprehensive, accurate maps in 220 countries and territories
    Transit schedules and maps for over 15,000 cities
    Detailed business information on over 100 million places

Google Maps – Download


GBoard – The Google Keyboard

Google-Keyboard-android app

Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard—speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing, and more—plus Google Search built in. No more app switching; just search and share, right from your keyboard.

Gboard also has emoji search to help you find emoji faster, plus GIF search, and multilingual typing to let you switch languages on the fly.

Glide Typing — Type faster by sliding your finger from letter to letter
Voice typing — Easily dictate text on the go
Search and share anything from Google: — Press on G to search and share:
• Nearby stores and restaurants
• Weather forecast
• News articles
• Sports scores
• And anything else you’d search on Google
Emoji Search — Find that emoji, faster
GIFs — Search and share GIFs for the perfect reaction. (Available in apps that have implemented image keyboard support)
Multilingual typing — No more switching between languages manually. Gboard will auto-correct and suggest from any of your enabled languages, without the need to tap on the globe key.
Google Translate — Translate as you type in the keyboard

Google Keyboard – Download


Google Docs

Google-docs-android app

With Google Docs installed on your compatible Android device, you can take care of all your documents on the go. Create, edit and collaborate with others on documents from your Android phone or tablet with the Google Docs app. With Google Docs you can:

– Create a new document or edit existing files
– Share documents and collaborate in the same document at the same time.
– Work anywhere, anytime – even offline
– Add and respond to comments.
– Never worry about losing your work – everything is saved automatically as you type.
– Research, right in Docs with Explore
– Open, edit and save Word documents.

Google Docs – Download


Google Slides

google-slides-android app

Create, edit and collaborate with others on presentations from your Android phone or tablet with the Google Slides app. With Slides, you can:

– Create new presentations or edit existing files
– Share presentations and collaborate in the same presentation at the same time.
– Work anywhere, anytime – even offline
– Add and respond to comments.
– Add and rearrange slides, format text and shapes and more.
– Present straight from your mobile device.
– Never worry about losing your work – everything is saved automatically as you type.
– Make beautiful slides, instantly – with Explore.
– Present slides to video calls – scheduled meetings will automatically appear
– Open, edit and save PowerPoint files.

Google Slides – Download


Google Sheets

googlesheets-android app

Just like Google Docs, with Google Sheets you can create, edit and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from your Android phone or tablet with the Google Sheets app. With Sheets, you can:

– Create new spreadsheets or edit existing files
– Share spreadsheets and collaborate in the same spreadsheet at the same time.
– Work anywhere, anytime – even offline
– Add and respond to comments.
– Format cells, enter or sort data, view charts, insert formulas, use find/replace and more.
– Never worry about losing your work – everything is saved automatically as you type.
– Get insights, instantly, quickly insert charts and apply formatting in one tap – with Explore.
– Open, edit and save Excel files.

Google Sheets – Download


Google Keep

Google-Keep-Andoid app

As the name implies, Google Keep helps you keep whatever is important to you and reminds you whenever you wish. It’s just like a virtual diary. Keeps enables you capture inspiration when it strikes! Google Keep is simply the quickest way to offload ideas, thoughts, and to-dos without losing focus.

More of its features are below.

• Create notes and lists, set time and place reminders, and check off your completed tasks.
• Add a collaborator to your notes and lists, then get things done together.
• Add photos and drawings, or just draw on your photos.
• Dictate your thoughts, Keep will transcribe them for you.
• Search notes by automatically created topics.
• Group notes together with labels.
• Color notes for easy scan-ability.
• Access your notes on any device synced automatically to your phone, tablet, watch, and laptop via the Google Keep website, or Chrome app.
• Use “Ok Google” voice commands to “take a note” or “add to to-do list”.


Google Keep – Download


Google Duo


Google Duo is Google’s own video calling app. It’s very easy to use and doesn’t require a Google account. Although it’s video calling quality is pretty, it doesn’t pack much features like Skype, WhatsApp, IMO etc.

Google Duo has also been integrated into Truecaller, so you can now make Video calls via Truecaller. Google Duo also has a special feature called Knock Knock which allows you to see the caller’s state before answering the Video call. You can also invite your friends via an SMS download link.

Google Duo – Download



Google apps android youtube

This is the official YouTube app for Android phones and tablets.  You can comfortably access/watch the hottest music videos in gaming, entertainment, news, and more. Subscribe to channels you love, share with friends, watch on any device and save some offline, to watch later.

YouTube – Download


Google Play Newsstand


Google Play Newsstand is a personalized news reader that provides a single destination for browsing the topics, news sources, and magazines you care about.

Enjoy free and premium news sources, leading magazines, and specialized publications from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, The New Yorker, Quartz, Vox, Refinery29, People, Fast Company, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, Vanity Fair, and much more…

Google Play Newsstand – Download


YouTube Creator Studio

YouTube creator studio

The official YouTube Creator Studio app makes it faster and easier to manage your YouTube channels on the go. You can check out your latest stats, respond to comments, create, update, and store your video thumbnail images, and get notifications so you can stay connected from anywhere.

* Monitor channel and video performance with easy-to-use analytics
* Filter and respond to comments
* Get notifications when something important happens
* Update video details, including thumbnail images and monetization settings
* Manage playlists

YouTube Creator Studio – Download


Google PDF Viewer

Google PDF Viewer android app

The Google PDF Viewer is a standalone PDF viewer which can view, print, search and copy text from PDF documents while you’re on the go. It naturally installs without any app shortcut but automatically runs when you open a PDF file. Although it is not the best, you can still give it a try.


Google PDF Viewer – Download


Google Home

google-home-android app

The Google Home app is one app to set up, manage, and control your Chromecast, Chromecast Audio and Google Home devices conveniently. If you own a Google Home device, then you probably need this too.

Google Home – Download


Google Allo

Google Allo Android messaging app

Ever heard of this? Well, you just did. Google Allo is a smart messaging app that helps you say more and do more. Express yourself better with stickers, Smart Reply, and HUGE emojis & text. Allo brings you the Google Assistant too. Below are features that will make you love and share Google Allo.

Smart Reply – Respond to messages without typing a single word. Smart Reply learns over time and suggests responses to text and photos, in your style.
Ink – Get creative with the photos you send by doodling on them or adding text.
Stickers – Say it all with the perfect sticker. Stickers in Google Allo are designed by independent artists and studios from around the world.
SHOUT or whisper  – No more typing in ALL CAPS to get your point across. Say it louder or quieter by changing the size of your text with a quick swipe.
Meet your Google Assistant – Google Allo brings you the Google Assistant. Find restaurants nearby, share videos to watch, and get answers, right in your conversation with friends. Add @google to your group conversation or chat one-on-one with your Assistant. It’s your own personal Google, always ready to help.
Incognito mode – Send messages with end-to-end encryption, use private notifications to help keep your chats more discreet, and control how long your messages stick around with expiring chats.

Google Allo – Download



Wallpapers by Google Android apps

Make the most of your display with beautiful wallpapers and advanced features. Choose one of your own photos, an image from the Google Earth collection, a scenic landscape from Google+, and more. Change it as often as you like, so your phone always represents your style.

Enjoy a collection that keeps on growing. Access images from Google Earth, Google+, and other partners.
Double your fun. Show the world one wallpaper on your lock screen, and keep one for yourself on your home screen. (Requires Android™ 7.0, Nougat, and above.)
Start each day fresh. Pick your favorite category and you’ll get a new wallpaper image each day.

Wallpapers – Download


Google Goggles


With Googles installed on your Android device, you can take a photo of anything that interests you and Google will give you all the information you need to know, provided it’s in the database.

Goggles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.

– Scan barcodes using Goggles to get product information
– Scan QR codes using Goggles to extract information
– Recognize famous landmarks
– Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text
– Add Contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes
– Scan text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
– Recognize paintings, books, DVDs, CDs, and just about any 2D image
– Solve Sudoku puzzles
– Find similar products

Google Goggles – Download


Google Authenticator

Google apps authenticator android

This app adds another layer of security for most of your online activities. Google Authenticator generates 2-Step Verification codes on your phone.

2-Step Verification provides stronger security for your Google Account by requiring a second step of verification when you sign in. In addition to your password, you’ll also need a code generated by the Google Authenticator app on your phone.

* Generate verification codes without a data connection
* Google Authenticator works with many providers & accounts
* Support for Android Wear
* Dark theme available
* Automatic setup via QR code

Google Authenticator – Download


Google Classroom

Google Classroom is a free service for schools, non-profits, and anyone with a personal Google account. Classroom makes it easy for learners and instructors to connect—inside and outside of schools.It saves time and paper, and makes it easy to create classes, distribute assignments, communicate, and stay organized.

There are many benefits to using Classroom:
• Easy to set up – Teachers can add students directly or share a code with their class to join. It takes just minutes to set up.
• Saves time – The simple, paperless assignment workflow allows teachers to create, review, and mark assignments quickly, all in one place.
• Improves organization – Students can see all of their assignments on an assignment page, and all class materials (e.g., documents, photos, and videos) are automatically filed into folders in Google Drive.
• Enhances communication – Classroom allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provide answers to questions on the stream.
• Affordable and secure – Like the rest of G Suite for Education services, Classroom contains no ads, never uses your content or student data for advertising purposes, and is free.

Google Classroom – Download


Google Analytics

Google Analytics Android app

The Google Analytics app is a must have for bloggers and webmasters. The official Google Analytics mobile app helps you monitor your internet business on the go. With this app, you can:
1) Check key metrics in built-in reports
2) Compare date ranges and apply segments
3) Monitor real-time data
4) Explore to build your own reports with any combination of metrics, dimensions, and segments that you care about
5) Save any reports to your dashboard so you can easily come back to them

Google Analytics – Download


Google Adsense

Google Apps Google Adsense

The Google Adsense app provides an easy way to view key data from your Adsense and AdMob accounts. It allows you to access reporting features anywhere, directly from your mobile device. The app provides you with an account overview, as well as access to detailed performance reports on all key metrics.

Available reports include: top ad units, channels, sites, countries and more. The account earnings report is also accessible via a resizable widget.

Google Adsense – Download


Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and culture android apk

Keep exploring with Google Arts & Culture. Meet the people, visit the places and learn about the events that shaped our world. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums. Be moved by stories depicted in thousands of photos, videos, manuscripts and artworks on every type of screen and in virtual reality. Find your favorite artworks, create your own collections and share them with friends.

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with over 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries to make their exhibits available for everyone online.

– Zoom Views – Experience every detail of the world’s greatest treasures
– Virtual Reality – Grab your Google Cardboard viewer and immerse yourself in arts and culture
– Browse by time and color – Explore artworks by filtering them by color or time period
– Virtual tours – Step inside the most famous museums in the world and visit iconic landmarks
– Personal collection – Save your favorite artworks and share your collections with friends
– Nearby – Find museums and cultural events around you
– Exhibits – Take guided tours created by experts
– Daily digest – Learn something new every time you open the app
– Art Recognizer – Learn more about artworks by pointing your device camera at them, even when offline (at select museums)
– Notifications – subscribe to receive updates on the top arts & culture stories

Google Art and Culture – Download



Google Hangouts android apk

Hangouts gives you the same Whatsapp or Skype-like experience. Message contacts, start free video or voice calls, and hop on a conversation with one person or a group. Features of Google Hangouts are:

• Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
• Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
• Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
• Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free!).
• Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
• Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
• Message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline.

Google Hangouts – Download


PhotoScan By Google Photos

PhotoScan by Google Photos Android app

PhotoScan By Google Photos makes it possible to take pictures of pictures in a professional way. You can take the photo of your government ID card, driver’s license, childhood photographs etc, and PhotoScan will automatically crop the photo, remove glare and rotate it normally. This app will certainly be a useful one if you give it a try.

PhotoScan By Google Photos – Download



snapseed-android app by Google

SnapSeed is a professional photo editing software for your Android phone, developed by Google. Just like Photoshop, Snapseed has a lot of features that will give your photos a new pro look. More of it can be seen in the download page.

Snapseed – Download


All of these apps will certainly make your Android device more smart and very user-friendly.

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