Looking the best paid Android apps on Google Play? The following apps are new, newly updated, or simply worth a second look. All five apps are definitely worth paying a premium price to download.
See a comparison of SoundHound versus Shazam in the video above.
This song identification app makes it easy to figure out what you’re listening to, and even easier to buy your favorite new tracks. Unlike most other apps of its ilk, you can sing or hum into your device to get a song identification. New features added this month include redesigned Song, Artist, and Album pages.
Quickly identifies songs playing on the radio or TV
Also identify songs by singing or humming
See lyrics move in time with the music
Has a handy homescreen widget
Also optimized for tablets
Features may not be robust enough to warrant using a paid app versus a free app with similar abilities
Some users will not value the social networking integration
Some users have lost settings after updating
Additionally, some users have found the app takes longer to identify songs than it used to
A few users have complained about the updates to the UI
Designed for, well, race addicts, this app allows you to track your upcoming running races, as well as your past races. You can see event details, as well as your run times. If you are a passionate competitive runner, this app will help you keep track of your stats and push yourself to do even better. Updated on May 16, the app now has a “reset” button to reset the filter/order options on the My Races and PR screens.
New reset button is very convenient
App has a five star rating on Google Plus as of this writing
Works on Android devices running 2.2 or higher
Takes up very little space on your device
As a relatively new app, there may be some bugs that still need to be worked out
Pink-colored interface may be a turnoff for some male runners (however, this can be changed in settings)
Only worth paying for if you race frequently
It’s time-consuming to enter your race data
Actually seeing how much money you spend on race fees may surprise you
Check out CNET’s overview of this app in the video above.
While many Android fans are excited that IFTTT has finally been released on Android, there’s another automation app that is arguably more interesting. Tasker was updated in late April, and already has over half a million downloads. This app lets you automate all kinds of tasks, from adjusting your settings to sending texts.
More established on Android than IFTTT
Tons of “triggers” to automate various tasks
Loops, variables, and conditions can be programmed
200+ built-in actions
Great for productivity
Interface is somewhat dry and technical
Some limitations on duration of tasks
May be somewhat intimidating to those with limited tech experience
May takes weeks to learn the app fully
Some users dislike the low-res icons
4. Waterlogue Pro
One satisfied fan of this app shares his hands-on experience in the video above.
Waterlogue Pro allows users to create watercolor-inspired art and build unique photographic creations. This app lets even the most un-artistic person create a real work of art. Image export at high resolution is possible, allowing your more flexibility when it comes to sharing your work.
Fast processing time
Lots of cool effects
Makes your photos look like handmade art
Share your watercolors on Instagram or Twitter
12-preset styles take the guesswork out of making art
Some users may prefer the free version of the app
A handful of users have reported a laggy experience
Some user reviews indicate iOS version is superior to Android version
Some users have had issues simply getting the app to run on their device
Relatively new app, may have undiagnosed bugs
5. SwiftKey Keyboard
Some people don’t get the appeal of a keyboard app, but SwiftKey can convert even the most fervent of dissenters. This app allows you to more quickly type on your phone.
SwiftKey has been called a “mind reader,” as the app is capable of learning your writing style based on your messages from your Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo, and SMS. Your language can be further enhanced daily by using Trending Phrases, which are based on current news and trending Twitter topics.
Has over 330,000 five-star reviews on Google Play
Accurately learns your language peculiarities
Enable up to three languages at once (ideal for people from multilingual backgrounds)
Multiple layouts that can be undocked and float
Awesome app community
Some users reported loss of functionality after the most recent update in late April
Some users report app is slow to learn some apostrophe and capitalization quirks
May not appeal to frequent emoji users
May not be compatible with all apps
App runs slowly on certain Android phones
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