App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out every day that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. It’s difficult to usurp the best of the best but if you’re getting bored with what you’ve got and want to try something new.

Adobe Apps 

[Price: Free (may require Adobe CC subscription)]
Adobe released three new apps in the month of November. The first was Photoshop Fix. This app lets you retouch photos and it also comes with some restoration features. The second was Adobe Photoshop Sketch. As the name implies, this app gives you a variety of tools to sketch and create original pieces of artwork that can then be ported to Adobe’s desktop apps. The last one is Adobe Comp CC. This one allows you to design wireframes using images, text, shapes, and fonts. They’re all free to download, but you’ll need an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription to use all of the features.

Android Auto

[Price: Free]
Android Auto was released to the world this last month. It was out previously but only for a few devices whereas this release is for pretty much everybody. It integrates Android Auto directly into your device so you won’t need a smart car in order to use it. You’ll be able to to a basic set of tasks including checking and sending messages, navigation, and listening to music and playlists, and more. It still needs quite a bit of work. That said, it is free and we expect the platform to get better sooner rather than later.


[Price: Free / $2.99]
AutoTools is a no-root extension for Tasker. It allows you to easily create some stuff in Tasker that would otherwise be a little more tedious or difficult. You can have it create toasts, badges, time calculations, and even gestures. AutoTools also has support for data processing, Chrome Custom Tabs, a flashlight, and more. You can try the app out for free for 30 days. After that, you can buy the app for $2.99.

Brave Browser

[Price: Free]
Brave Browser had actually been out for a while. However, it was re-re-branded as Link Bubble and a new Brave Browser was released in its stead. This browser comes with built-in ad-block as well as a range of security features and battery optimizations to help keep things running smoothly. Along with that, it supports the usual range of features, including private tabs, bookmarks, history, and more. It’s a fairly decent little browser if you’re in the market for one.

Fingerprint Gestures

[Price: Free / Optional donation]
Fingerprint Gestures is a fun little customization app. It allows you to use your fingerprint sensor as a sort of track pad. You’ll be able to assign gestures along with various tap patterns to perform various tasks. For instance, you can have it show your notifications if you swipe down. It seems to work well for the most part, although some devices have better luck with it than others. It’s a free download so you can see if it works for you. You’ll need a device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow at the very least.

Learn How to Draw

[Price: Free / $0.99]
Learn How to Draw is a simply named app that, to the surprise to no one, helps teach you how to draw. It features lessons for beginners, intermediates, and even some advanced lessons if you already know a little bit about drawing. The tutorials were created by Will Sliney who is a known comic book artist. There are hundreds of tutorials to go through. The app is reasonably priced and you can try it out for free before you dropping the $0.99 to get the full version.

Microsoft Selfie

[Price: Free]
Microsoft Selfie is a simple camera app that takes selfies. It features a very simple interface that allows you to get in, take your selfie, and then send it where it needs to go. It has an editing tool that lets you move a slider back and forth. According to Microsoft, the slider is backed by technology that takes into account things like age, skin tone, gender, lighting, and other variables. It works pretty well if you need something simple.


[Price: Free]
PhotoScan is an app by Google that helps you port your actual photographs into your device. Basically, it’s a scanner app that you use to scan your photographs. It has a tool that lets you outline the photo so you can easily remove things like the frame or any background that you may get. Once it’s digital, you can back it up or post it to social media if you want to. It takes a moment to get used to, but otherwise it’s a simple app to use. It also works pretty well.

Pulse SMS

[Price: Free / Subscription / $10.99]
Pulse is an SMS application that also has cross-platform support. On its own, on a single device, it functions like a simple SMS app. However, you can install it on your computer, tablet, and other devices and sync your SMS between all of them. You can pay a recurring monthly subscription for multiple device support or you can buy a lifetime license for $10.99 and not have to worry about it again. It works pretty well although there are some bugs as you’d expect with a newer app. It’s worth a shot.


[Price: Free]
SnipBack is a voice recording app with some unique features. It gets the basics right. You can record your voice, share or backup that recording, and recordings are listed by session for easy organization. However, the app also includes background noise reduction and the ability to record audio before the app starts running. It runs as a service and you can actually recover the last 30 seconds of audio even if you’re not recording. It works well enough, although running it as a constant service may not always be the best idea.

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