We are back with our new app suggestions for November. If you want to make the most of the remaining two months of 2022 with a few new apps, you are in the right place. This list features apps that will help you find good content to read, customize your device, and even write code on your Android phone. To know more, here are our choices for the best free Android apps for November 2022.
Hundreds of apps are uploaded to Play Store every week, but the ones that are featured are the ones that are already popular. Therefore, finding a few hidden gems is a task. That’s exactly why we plan to write this list of the best free Android apps every month so that you stay updated with the latest apps for Android. Besides, all of these apps are free to use. Let us begin.
1. Always On: Edge Music Lighting – Cool App to Visualize Music
Always On: Edge Music Lighting is a live music visualizer around the edges of the screen while you listen to music from any music app. Quite a cool and aesthetic feature for your lock screen. The visualizer is in the form of a continuous line that moves around the edges of a screen. You can change the style of movement, and modify other parameters like thickness, speed, colors, etc.
It was indeed fun playing around with this feature. You also get to set the colors of the album art for the edge visualizer, but this is available in the pro version only. The app also provides an always-on display feature which is also highly customizable.
However, there are a few concerns regarding the battery drain from this app. Besides, the pro version also unlocks all styles of visualization, customization, and editing features for the app. While we’ve always looked into custom launchers, wallpapers, and widget apps for customization, a music visualizer app was a refreshing change and we’d highly recommend this app.
Price: Free; Pro Version: $0.99 onwards
2. Substack Reader – Best App to Read Newsletters
Newsletters have always been a great way to read content written by independent writers. We’ve seen a meteoric rise in the number of popular newsletters that have blown up in the last few years. And Substack has been a major driving force, and only very recently, they released an app for mobile devices.
Upon signing up, Substack automatically recommends a few authors to who you can subscribe. And once you subscribe, you can read their work in your Substack feed, and each new post or article will also be sent to you via email (which can get annoying after some time).
It has a simple, and fluid user interface that is quite easy to navigate. Substack has a great collection of free newsletters, and premium ones from top-rated journalists as well. You can also listen to podcasts bundled with a newsletter within the app itself.
To help you discover newsletters, Substack provides a list of categories to pick from and then recommends newsletters based on them. This is something we appreciate, as most of us are new to this format of reading, and this feature helps us get accustomed to it. All in all, Substack deserves all the praise from us and has rightfully made it to this list of best free Android apps.
3. Light Meter – Lux Meter – Measure Intensity of Light
Light Meter – Lux meter is a simple Android app that does what the title says – it is a light meter that helps you measure the intensity of the light around you. This app claims to provide the functionality of the physical meter, and acts as a digital replacement for it, by using the ambient light sensor on your phone.
If this is accurate, this can definitely help you save some money and not buy an actual meter itself. It has a simple user interface. To get started with the app, you need to place your phone where the light intensity needs to be measured, and it will immediately display the measured brightness value.
A use case that we can think of goes back to our days in college when we tried to perform experiments, where the setup had to be present in dim lighting conditions only, with minimal light intensity.
You can also switch between the digital and the analog interface, change units (lux or Fc), and calibrate the sensor. You can also save, view, and delete the history of your measurements. We are also fans of the visually pleasing charts that display statistics of your measurement. Further, this app is fully free and does not require an internet connection.
4. Replit – All In One Code Editor and Compiler App
Code and Content are the two most prominent fields one can make a living over the internet. The latter can be comfortably developed on a smartphone but there was a dire need for a good app that could help you code on your phone. But finally, Replit- the all-in-one IDE, code editor, and compiler is here to save the day.
Replit is quite a reliable app to code and ship all your projects. They support over a hundred programming languages, therefore all the popular ones are obviously included. Replit also has a provision to code live with others through real-time collaboration.
You can also clone and remix your projects from other popular software developers on Replit. In terms of sharing your code, you can also set up custom domains and import/export code to GitHub. What programmers would really love is the fact that it is easy to host code, with a bare minimum setup process.
If you are someone who is still learning to code, Replit has thousands of templates for beginners to understand and learn how to code. This has to be the most interesting one on this list of the best free apps for Android, and we’re sure the engineering gang will love this one.
5. Reduce VideoMB Size – Compress Videos Easily
Smartphone cameras these days are capable of recording videos in quite a high-quality resolution. While that’s good, however, the size of it is something that is concerning, especially when it comes to sharing it on social media platforms that have file size restrictions. Hence, you can take a look at this app called Reduce VideoMB Size.
The app lets you choose between the following compression modes – small, medium, and large size. There is also another advanced compression mode, but that is available only in the pro version of the app. The pro version also removes advertisements. You can also set custom resolutions for your video, and also compress the video by specifying your preferred size.
However, we felt that the user interface could be a bit better, and also noticed that the compression process took quite some time. Having said that, it still manages to get the job done, hence, it’s one of the newly released apps that we can recommend.
Price: Free; In-App Purchases: $4.99 onwards
6. Handwriting to Text Converter – Convert Written Material to Digital Text
If you are a student and have hundreds of images of handwritten notes and want to type some of them out, it is certainly a time-consuming task. Noticing this difficulty, engineers developed a technology called OCR. Now, it is available within apps that you can download on your phone too. One such cool Android app is Handwriting to Text Converter.
You can directly capture an image and convert it to text, or also upload an image from your gallery. If you do not want to convert all the handwritten material to the text, you can just select a specific area to convert. The app also has multi-language support, and you can easily save, copy, or share your converted text. There is also a pro version that lets you scan unlimited images, with higher accuracy, and enables batch file recognition. It also disables ads.
In our experience, we found this app to convert handwritten text with a decent amount of accuracy, and errors like converting the number ’21’ to ’24’ were quite common. We also observed that it usually converts two lines of written text into a single line. Having said that, this free Android app is user-friendly and has an interface with a simple learning curve.
Price: Free, In-App Purchases: $5.99 onwards
7. Super Status Bar – Powerful App to Customize Status Bar
While most Android skin developers put in a good effort to make the status bar feature-rich, some miss out on it. If your phone falls into the latter, you can check out this third-party app called Super Status Bar.
This app adds interesting tweaks, gestures, and tools like volume and brightness sliders right onto your status bar. You can also choose from presets like the MIUI status bar, or even the iPhone 14 status bar to make it look the same.
The app also lets you add a notification ticker text and whenever a new notification arrives, it will be displayed along with your status bar. You can also use gestures like tap, double tap, long press and swipe left or right to toggle operations like rotation, flashlight, open apps, power off menu, and more.
However, you would need some time to get adjusted to using the app as it does not come with a user-friendly interface. But overall, we’d still recommend this app as it does a good job helping you customize your status bar.
Price: Free; In-App Purchases: $0.99 onwards
Missed out on our best Android apps for September? Don’t worry! Scroll down to see the best apps.
7 Best Free Android Apps for October 2022
These days, app developers strive to enhance your user experience. And once you read this Android app list, we hope you discover new ways to do so. The list packs everything from a cool launcher to a super-helpful productivity app. Besides, all of them are free to install on your Android device. Let’s begin.
1. Infinity for Reddit: Best Android App for Reddit
Reddit is a very interesting and unique social media platform. However, the official app for Android does not do justice to this cool platform. It is filled with ads, is ever so sluggish, ends up sucking a lot of RAM and Data, and refuses to work at times.
However, Reddit allows developing third-party apps to use the platform. Consequently, we have a few apps that fix the problems with the original app. But the best third-party Reddit app for Android that we have come across, is Infinity.
Infinity enhances your Reddit experience to another level. It is ad-free and provides a very snappy, and smooth user interface. This is mostly because Inifinity is quite a lightweight app.
It also gives you a lot of options to customize the user interface the way you like, with both pre-installed and custom themes. We also like the lazy mode feature to automatically scroll posts, as you sit back and relax.
However, we feel the video viewing experience could be better and other apps like Sync for Reddit do a better job. But given how it fares well in most areas, it is our favorite app for Reddit and deserves a big applause. Hence, it makes its way onto our list of best free android apps for October.
2. Otternal Life: A New Habit Tracking App
In 2022, there are so many activities that we do daily. It gets difficult to keep a track of your health, and other healthy habits that help you create a sustainable lifestyle. And just like how every other problem is solved by a smartphone, we have a few apps to help you take care of yourself too. One such app we are focusing on today is Otternal Life.
Otternal Life is an all-new and simple habit/mood tracker for Android. It helps you track habits across different areas like health, finance, mindfulness, and relationships.
Once you pick an area, the app will suggest a preset of habits. You can either pick and track a few of those or create some of your own. To help you maintain consistency, the app provides you with timely reminders. To visualize the same, you can maintain streaks of your habits, so that you are motivated to keep them alive.
Further, you are also allowed to track your moods along with your habits. This way, the app provides you useful insights and an overall outlook of your mood over a period. It comes with a neat, snappy user interface and we liked it in our usage, hence it has made its way onto this list.
3. Destiny Lights: A Calmer Social Media App Built For Relaxation
Social media apps tend to get overwhelming for all of us, after an extended period of usage. There’s so much to read, watch and listen to. But what if there was an app to simply express your thoughts, and read what others have put out, one message at a time? Oh no, we are not talking about Twitter. We are talking about something calm, relaxing, and free from rants and arguments – Destiny Lights.
Destiny lights let you express all your thoughts, ideas, and anything you want to vent in the form of ‘lanterns’. These lanterns fly around the world, and fellow users can catch them and read your message. You can read other lanterns too, and like, save or leave a comment on them.
The more likes it gets, the faster it flies around and reaches different locations. If a lantern reaches around 370 cities, it will be included in the top 50 lanterns in the app.
It also lets you anonymously post lanterns. And if you find a lantern in a foreign language, it has a built-in translator too.
However, we feel the archaic UI needs a revamp. The content also needs filtration at times, as we did come across some spam. We like this idea overall, and with a little bit of reach, and marketing by the developers, it might just be the next popular social media app on the internet.
4. Screen Master: Powerful App to Take Screenshots
Screenshots are a great way to capture and share content on the screen. However, on most Android devices, you do not get many options to tweak your screenshot. And eventually, the search for a third-party app begins, but we are here to put an end to it by suggesting Screen Master.
Screen Master is a great app to capture screenshots, as it provides plenty of additional options. A major issue we face in standard screenshots is the compressed quality. But using Screen Master, you can capture lossless screenshots. This is a feature that deserves huge praise.
At times, it might get difficult to reach the buttons of your phone to capture a screenshot, hence this app provides you with a floating button, that is visible at all times. We also like the feature to stitch two screenshots and reduce the image count in your gallery.
Once you capture a screenshot, you can easily edit and annotate them using a lot of different tools. If you wish to crop the navigation bar or the status bar on the screenshot, you can easily do it within a click. Lastly, a very underrated feature of this app is that it lets you take screenshots of web pages by pasting the URL within the app. We love this app, and we’re more than glad to include it in our list of best free Android apps for the month.
Price: Free; In-app purchases: $0.99 onwards
5. Extra Volume Booster Equalizer: Increase Volume Beyond 100%
Your device might boast of best-in-class stereo speakers, but some content always plays with very feeble sound, despite increasing the volume to 100%. Our fifth suggestion today, Extra Volume Booster Equalizer lets you fix this issue.
It is a simple app that lets you increase the volume beyond 100%. It has four levels – 100, 130, 160, and a maximum level. It also has an equalizer with a surround sound option, but that is limited to the paid version of the app.
You can also add music to the application, and test how it pays with an extended range of volume. However, keep in mind that increasing the volume beyond a level will damage your speakers. The app is free, but a pro version unlocks extra features and removes advertisements too. However, the free version should suffice for many.
Price: Free; Pro Version: $3.99 onwards
6. Wattz: A Simple Battery Stats App
With the advent of high power charging speeds, the charging time for smartphones is barely an issue anymore. Few smartphones even support charging speeds of more than 100 watts and charge from 0-100 in 45 minutes.
While this is insane, some of you might want to track the exact rate of charging and discharging of the battery. This is so that one can keep a track of the battery’s health, and understand more on a deeper level, provided you are familiar with battery science. This is exactly why we have Wattz on this list of the best Android app for October.
Wattz does nothing but provides you with a few battery-related stats. You can access it on the main screen of the app, or on the status bar on your phone. It does what it says, but we wish it gave us more controls, like at least enabling or disabling the status bar icon.
However, we don’t seem to have any other complaints as we are indeed happy to see an app that sticks to what it is supposed to do. Note that this app is not available on the Play Store, and you need to install it as an ‘apk’ package from a third party, albeit a reliable source. So, go download this one of the most efficient Android apps.
7. Photoleap AI Art: Generate AI-Driven Graphics on the Go
If there is anything that has worried visual designers the most in the recent few weeks, it is Dall-E 2. It does an unbelievably good job of creating visuals from text-based prompts within minutes. At first, there were rarely any alternatives to it. But now, we have so many more, including an app called Photoleap AI Art, which is our last choice for this month’s edition of the best free Android apps.
Photoleap AI Art lets you generate AI-driven images using text-based prompts. All you need to do is to add the text for which you want to generate an image and wait for the AI to work its magic.
However, if you are not happy with the result you always get to try it out another time. This app also lets you add a base style to the visual you want to generate so that your ideas are in sync with the output. If you do have trouble writing prompts, the app provides you with tons of examples to help you get better at it.
In our experience, it did a decent job at generating images and it gets an easy recommendation from us.
Time to Enhance Your Android Experience
These were our recommendations for the best free Android apps for November. We hope you give all of these a try. We’re certainly sure some apps will stick to your phone for a while. Meanwhile, if you found a new app that you like, leave it in the comment section below and we will test it and recommend it if it’s a great find. That is it for this month. We can’t wait to compile a new list for December. Stay tuned!