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September 3, 2020

Top 3 Apps for Android 2020

Some new developments and updates for Android users.

Every year there is a buzz from the mobile application community to come out with the best, most useful, and most convenient applications for consumers. Mobile application developers look at what their competitors are doing and try to find gaps in terms of information and knowledge management. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular applications so far for Android in 2020, and how these applications function from a web developers’ perspective.

1. Podcast Addict

From a development perspective, one thing that is unique about Podcast Addict, which has been around for a few years and has recently come out of the woodwork as a very popular app for Android (which is notorious for not having as many good Apps compared to iOS/iPhone) is the algorithm built into the Search bar at the top of the home screen. One feature is the Podcast Suggestions function, which actually searches for suggestions and then lists them with descriptions clearly visible to read.

The UX is pretty decent for this application, and when you open it up, it gives the overall presentation of something similar to Netflix, where you see the titles of Podcasts featured in rows of boxes. Each box has a cover photo derived from the creators of that podcast and gives the application an intentional Library feel.

The developers of this application have also engineered a Delete function that is unlike the podcast app for iPhone, which simply stores all of the episodes you have previously listened to. This saves space for your Android device and is a good overhaul of a classic podcast function that notoriously took up GB unnecessarily. This makes for binging podcasts guilt-free when using an Android device.

2. Bouncer

Most consumers when they are on an iPhone or Android device like to have time-wasting applications they can look at when they are commuting or before bed or something like that. From this perspective, smartphones have a passive usage model for applications, but then there are also applications like the Weather app, and general security applications that are used to make people's lives easier.  

Bouncer is an application that takes care of extra permissions that other applications request on Android for the user—the purpose is to improve privacy, battery life, and sometimes even security.

Once you’ve enabled Bouncer in the Accessibility options, a notification box will appear anytime you enable permissions in an Android app. As an example, one user uninstalled and then re-installed Twitter to show how the process works. When I opened up Twitter after the uninstall, the familiar permissions box appeared.

3. Google Assistant

This application is the prime example of deep learning and AI being used by mobile application developers to design a fully customizable and convenient application for a great UX.

It is a similar application to Siri for iPhone, but instead of saying “Hey Siri”, users use the microphone to say, “Hey Google”. The application has been engineered so that the more you use it, the more it knows and understands your voice, your inflection points when you speak, and your accent. Mobile application developers have been able to store information like sound-bits of what you have said in the past, and when you open up this application for daily use, Google is learning your behaviors, what’s in your record of questions, and so on.

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Michael Robbins
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Michael is a writer that helps organizations align their mission and values to a wide audience.

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DevelopersSeptember 3, 2020
Top 3 Apps for Android 2020
Some new developments and updates for Android users.

Every year there is a buzz from the mobile application community to come out with the best, most useful, and most convenient applications for consumers. Mobile application developers look at what their competitors are doing and try to find gaps in terms of information and knowledge management. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular applications so far for Android in 2020, and how these applications function from a web developers’ perspective.

1. Podcast Addict

From a development perspective, one thing that is unique about Podcast Addict, which has been around for a few years and has recently come out of the woodwork as a very popular app for Android (which is notorious for not having as many good Apps compared to iOS/iPhone) is the algorithm built into the Search bar at the top of the home screen. One feature is the Podcast Suggestions function, which actually searches for suggestions and then lists them with descriptions clearly visible to read.

The UX is pretty decent for this application, and when you open it up, it gives the overall presentation of something similar to Netflix, where you see the titles of Podcasts featured in rows of boxes. Each box has a cover photo derived from the creators of that podcast and gives the application an intentional Library feel.

The developers of this application have also engineered a Delete function that is unlike the podcast app for iPhone, which simply stores all of the episodes you have previously listened to. This saves space for your Android device and is a good overhaul of a classic podcast function that notoriously took up GB unnecessarily. This makes for binging podcasts guilt-free when using an Android device.

2. Bouncer

Most consumers when they are on an iPhone or Android device like to have time-wasting applications they can look at when they are commuting or before bed or something like that. From this perspective, smartphones have a passive usage model for applications, but then there are also applications like the Weather app, and general security applications that are used to make people's lives easier.  

Bouncer is an application that takes care of extra permissions that other applications request on Android for the user—the purpose is to improve privacy, battery life, and sometimes even security.

Once you’ve enabled Bouncer in the Accessibility options, a notification box will appear anytime you enable permissions in an Android app. As an example, one user uninstalled and then re-installed Twitter to show how the process works. When I opened up Twitter after the uninstall, the familiar permissions box appeared.

3. Google Assistant

This application is the prime example of deep learning and AI being used by mobile application developers to design a fully customizable and convenient application for a great UX.

It is a similar application to Siri for iPhone, but instead of saying “Hey Siri”, users use the microphone to say, “Hey Google”. The application has been engineered so that the more you use it, the more it knows and understands your voice, your inflection points when you speak, and your accent. Mobile application developers have been able to store information like sound-bits of what you have said in the past, and when you open up this application for daily use, Google is learning your behaviors, what’s in your record of questions, and so on.

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Michael Robbins -Writer
Michael is a writer that helps organizations align their mission and values to a wide audience.

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