Android Apps

Top games, apps and services make the cut in Logical IDEA’s pick of the best free and paid-for Android apps

Looking for a new app for your device? Here’s Logical IDEA’s pick of the best of the paid-for and free Android apps available through the Google Play store.

If you’re looking for Android apps then check out our guide to the best downloads.

Creativity and Photography


SprayScapre app help you to create abstract panoramic landscapes for others apps to experience in virtual reality. It uses the phone’s gyroscope to overlay images. Free Download


SketchAR Art made easy. Sketchar helps everyone to draw and create stencils by placing a virtual image on a real-world surface. You can trace it everything on it.


If you’ve ever wondered what goes in your house when you’re out of home, Perch is the answer. Connect your phone with a strategically placed laptop, tablet or phone camera and watch live action from anywhere. Free Download


Find recipes for dinner and learn to cook – using Gifs. This app pairs recipes with videos that showcase ingredients and cooking times. Swiping displays new recipes, making it a more appealing version of Tinder. Free Download

A Walk Through Dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK simulates the experience of life with dementia with this VR app, made for Google Cardboard. Free Download

Productivity and Tools


Fluenty an AI engine trained on 700 million online public conversations, send relevant “smart replies” to messages with a single tap. Free Download

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The Shazam of gardening lets you take a picture of a plant and it let you know what it is exactly. Connect with other gardeners for tips. Free Download for Android and iOS

Mimicker Alarm

Snoozing is an impossible with this sadistic alarm clock, which makes you play games to prove you are awake. The default puzzle in app is used to take a selfie while pulling a face. Built by Microsoft’s Garage Team – using APIs from UK-based Project Oxford – the app’s facial recognition software detects your expression. Free Download


Donate your spare mobile processing power to fight against cancer with this app, which downloads genetic sequencing profiles and processes them during the night when phones aren’t in use. Free Download

MoodCast Diary

MoodCast Diary is an app that recognize your mood by allowing you to input diary entries throughout the day. Once it collects enough data on your day-to-day emotions, it can offer advice as it is to trends in your happiness or sorrows. The ‘intelligent mood prediction’ might make it a bit easier to combat the bad-weather blues. Free with in-app purchases.

Nasa GLOBE Observer

Everyone can get participate in Nasa’s scientific experiments. Collect cloud and temperature data through the app. Free Download for Android and iOS

Social and Messaging

On Second Thought

Have you ever sent a text and regretted it? This app allows you to embargo messages with a delay allowing you to change your mind. Free Download


Receive anonymous feedback about you from family, friends and colleagues. Perfect for self-growth – or if you need a good cry. Free Download  for iOS and Android. 

Games and Distractions

Egg, Inc

Join the chicken gold rush in this increasing clicker game, which asks you to sell eggs, build henhouses and commission farm research. Free Download iOS, Android, free


SpaceHub uses real-time video feeds and GPS to keep tacking amateur space-watchers up-to-date with astronauts and asteroids. It also aggregates tweets from industry insiders into a single feed. Free Download


Hungermoji turns on notifications system on Android phones’ screens into a game. Feed your character fruit or seafood while swiping away the bombs in this clever OS twist. Free Download

Look up

Nigerian-American artist Ekene Ijeoma wants New Yorkers to involve with their city instead of looking down at their phones. This app runs in the background and, once you reach a busy street intersection, alerts you to “look up” and allow something accidentally to happen. Free Download


Create AI for your robots! Redefine a strategy and crush your rivals. This app gives a smart insight into character programming. Free Download


Cardboard Camera

Cardboard Camera converts panoramic photos into a format which can be viewed through Google Cardboard VR viewers. Send photos and audio to family and friends or keep an album to relive awe-inspiring moments. Free Download


  1. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of any of these. I thought that I was fairly knowledgeable of popular Android apps but I guess not, LOL. I’m going to check some of these out.

  2. I actually havent heard of any of these, but I don’t have an android phone. My family does however, and I think they will really enjoy some of these. especially the cardboard camera as we are always taking pictures!

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  4. It’s amazing how far technology has come! Some of these apps don’t even seem possible! I could definitely use “On Second Thought” for all the errors I make!

  5. I would love some of these apps. Unfortunately, I don’t have a android, but I’m still going to see if they offer them for my phone.

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