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Top 10 essential Google apps for every Android user

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The essential Google apps for every Android user. (Image source: Android Pit)

When you buy an Android smartphone, you are buying into a rich set of applications, services and products from Google, the developer of the Android ecosystem. There is far more to Google than its search engine and operating system—it has you covered for most of your needs from navigation to cloud storage and email.

Google’s apps run better on Android. This is because Google and the Android operating system are so tightly intertwined. They’re also easily accessible on your PC, irrespective of whether you are a MAC or Windows user. Alcatel has compiled a list of the must-have Google apps for every Android user:

1. Google
Find quick answers, explore your interests and get a feed of updates on what matters to you. You can use the search engine for almost any question – Google even responds in voice.

2. Google Play Music
Google Play Music features millions of songs for every taste and mood. Instantly start radio stations based on songs, artists, or albums, or browse by genre, mood, activity, decade, and more.

3. Google Docs
Google Docs allows you to create, edit and collaborate with others on documents from your Android phone or tablet. Never worry about losing your work – everything is saved automatically as you type.

4. Maps – Navigation & Transport
Going somewhere? Go with Maps, the official Map app, that gives you real-time GPS navigation, traffic, and details about millions of businesses, including reviews and popular times.

5. Google Drive
Store your files in Google Drive and access them from any smartphone, tablet or computer. Files in Drive – such as your videos, photos and documents – are backed up safely. You can invite people to view, edit or leave comments on your files or folders.

Find My Device
Can’t find your Android device? Find My Device will be able to assist. While looking for your device the app keeps your information safe. With Find My Device you can secure your device remotely and help someone get in touch. Find My Device helps you find your device when you are near by playing a sound.

6. Waze – GPS, Maps, Traffic Alerts & Sat Nav
Waze tells you about traffic, construction, police, accidents and more in real-time. If traffic is bad on your route, Waze will change your route to save you time. Waze gives you real time updates based on other users’ input.

7. Gmail
Gmail is an easy-to-use email app that saves you time and keeps your messages safe. Instantly receive your messages via push notifications, read and respond online or offline and find any message quickly.

8. Clock

  • Clock combines the functionality you need into one simple, beautiful package.
  • Set alarms, add timers and run a stopwatch
  • Keep track of time around the world using the World Clock
  • Pair with Android Wear devices to bring your alarms and timers to your wrist.

9. Google Keep – notes and lists
Google Keep makes it easy to capture a thought or list for yourself, and also allows you to share it with friends and family. Record a voice memo on the go and have it automatically transcribed. Snap a photo of a poster, receipt or document and easily organise or find it later in search.

10. Gboard – the Google Keyboard
Gboard has everything you love about Google Keyboard – speed and reliability, Glide Typing, voice typing and more – plus Google Search built in. Search Google while you have your keyboard open – which means no need to switch between apps.

Edited by Fundisiwe Maseko
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