A recent study conducted by the University of Southern California reveals that free apps aren’t actually good for your smartphone. Ad-supported apps on average consume 16 percent more energy, 22 percent more memory and 79 percent more network data. What’s worse, they reduce battery life by 2-3 hours, on average.
If you still need convincing, check out our curated list of some of the best selling apps on the Google Play store. Some of these apps have over a million paid downloads, which isn’t an easy feat. We've excluded games from this roundup, as our focus is on tools and utilities that make your user experience better. Any breakout apps we've missed out on in this list? Share your favourite picks in in the comments below.
For the aspiring graphic novelist, this app is a steal. Turn the real world into a cartoon or artistic sketch using this app. You can also apply the same filters to videos. Price
: Rs. 156.69 Download
With over a 100,000 5 star ratings, Poweramp’s full version is one of the most sought after music players on Google Play. The impressive feature list includes gapless playback, equaliser, crossfade, extensive file support, and auto-downloading of album covers.
: Rs. 62 Download
If you’re looking to spice up the look and feel of an old Android device, Nova Launcher Prime is worth a buy. The latest version provides the look and feel of Android 5.0 Lollipop, it lets you use gestures, provides unread counts on apps, and much more.
: Rs. 200
This app uses the GPS sensor to track your fitness activities. Runtastic’s extensive feature list includes live tracking on Google Earth view, voice coach, the ability to challenge your previous run, hydration recommendations and manual entry of workouts if you’re running on a treadmill.
: Rs. 300
For all you DIYers, Smart Tools lines up a virtual panel of tools that perform 16 functions - including measuring sound, distance and metal detection. Download Price
: Rs. 150
Plex lets you stream and sync photos, music and videos on any screen, from your Android phone to your home theatre. The lifetime subscription plan for Plex costs more than an entry-level smartphone; media junkies with terabytes of data would be hard pressed to find something as versatile. Price
: Rs. 310 Download
Rated one of the best backup apps for Android, the pro version lets you remove bloatware, take backups and sync them to Dropbox or Google Drive, migrate system data across different ROMs and much more. The app requires a rooted device, so it’s not for everyone. Price:
This app lets you listen to 100,000 real radio stations from around the world, record shows and save them for later.
This meditation app sets you up with 16 blissful music tracks, and comes with 7 days of guided meditation in the introductory program. In-app purchases, which cost $1 to $50, add meditation guides for improving focus, creativity, energy and sleep. Download
This award winning SMS spam blocker filters messages by sender and keywords. The Premium version provides a unique ‘Block my Ex’ feature, password protection and is ad free. Price
: Rs. 299Download
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