10 Google Apps you’ve probably never heard of

Considering that Google is the mastermind behind the evolution of Android as it has happened over the years, it only makes sense that it would also be one of the most profound app developers. Google does not go out and about creating gimmicky apps and games, but the ones it does back are worth looking into.

We all know the basic ones that come packed with Android devices by default, but since Google has multiple creative app development programs, you’ll find dozens of Google apps that are virtually unknown to the mainstream users. We’ve sieved through the Google Play Store (APK here) to bring you some of the most useful and interesting Google apps that you’ve probably never even heard of.


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1. Wallpapers

We’ve always been huge fans of wallpapers on mobile devices, especially now that they come with AMOLED displays and cutting-edge resolution. Google knows this all too well and with the Wallpapers app, you will never feel the need to download a single HD wallpaper no your mobile device ever again.

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With a humongous collection of mind-blowing scenic images sourced from Google Earth, magnificent artwork created by users on the Google+ community, and several other photography partners, Google brings you the ability to set up Daily wallpapers, so your home screen never gets too boring.

2. Snapseed

Since mobile devices today offer camera hardware worthy of praise, the only thing that makes it better is an image editor that is available directly on your phone. Adobe has already released apps like Photoshop Express to garner image editors, but Google has silently steamed up the competition with the Snapseed app.

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This powerful image editing app comes with 29 tools such as healing, brushes, HDR and more, you can directly edit JPG and RAW files. You don’t even have to be an expert to handle Snapseed, as it comes with everything from White Balance settings, Perspective modes, Vignette effects, Lens Blur effects and so much more.

3. PhotoScan by Google Photos

For all of us all-timers out there, those old memories from the old camera roll mean a lot more than the digital ones. Google has found a way to help you preserve those fading memories with the help of PhotoScan, which helps you turn the old film photographs into digital copies and make them last forever.

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Packed with smart AI image detection and rendering from Google, it takes you less than a few seconds to create glare-free digital images. Simply open the PhotoScan app, use it to align the four corners of the film photo and the app will do the rest, along with ensuring that the images upright no matter the way you scan them.

4. Google Primer

In the modern world where the competition is tighter than ever and every brand is fighting to the teeth, you need to be tech savvy to get ahead in your business. Google is big on promoting brick and mortar businesses and wants to help brands bloom with the Google Primer app to help you become a marketing guru.

This quick and educational app consists of several categories such as Business Planning, Business Management, Website, Customer Engagement and so many more. Google Primer is built not just to help you become more business-savvy but offers a personalized approach to help you and your business grow together.


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5. Androidify

If you ever made the mistake of assuming that Google isn’t fun enough to create crazy cool apps, Androidify will change your opinion for good. Giving you a handle on how the decade-old Android Droid bot looks and helping you create your very own Android avatar similar to the Bitmojis you see everywhere today.

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While Androidify has existed for years, it has recently been updated to bring animations and more to make it more social media friendly. From choosing the skin tone, physique, clothing, and accessories of your personal Droid bot, you even get to turn them into GIFs and share them online with your friends.

6. Google Spotlight Stories

During the early days of virtual technology and release of Google Cardboard, the company was experimenting with interactive 3D videos, which is essentially the idea behind Google Spotlight Stories. Today, this ingenious app has become an award-winning platform for mobile 360 videos and immersive VR entertainment.

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Google Spotlight features some incredible original content, along with some star-studded Emmy award-winning content. You’re not just a bystander in Google Spotlight Stories, as you get to watch, listen, and even explore the environment around you in virtual reality for an outlandish experience.

7. Google Trips – Travel Planner

For the thirsty travelers out there, finding the cheapest flights to everywhere, managing your bookings and making it to the airport on time can be quite the hassle. Google is eliminating the middleman by putting its search engine magic to the test to find you the best and most affordable fares online with Google Trips.

Syncing your details from Gmail, all your previous trips and upcoming ones are organized along with complete controls to find flights, get yourself a hotel, renting a car, managing restaurant bookings and so much more. You even get to plan out your day there with the top places to visit organized through Google Maps, and even find you things to do while you’re out wandering the world.

8. YouTube Kids

YouTube is the largest open video sharing platform is the world, and just like the internet, it comes with a bunch of entertaining and educational content, along with videos are not suitable for younger audiences. To help you easily sort out the right content for the younger minds, Google offers a safer and toned-down version with the YouTube Kids app.

The next time you have an unruly toddler on your hands, all you need to do is fire up the YouTube Kids app and leave them be. The simplified user interface is designed especially with the young ones in mind and is limited to just four categories offering entertaining cartoons and educational videos from the most popular channels on the platform.

9. Trusted Contacts

Apple has a useful service called Find My Friends which helps you keep a watchful eye n your loved ones and always stay connected with them. Google has brought very own version of this service in the form of Trusted Contacts, giving you a direct line of communication with those who matter the most.

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With added trusted contacts, you can easily share and receive their location even when the phone is offline and even an emergency mode to share your whereabouts actively. Once installed on both devices, users can not only request to find out each other’s active location, but receive it automatically if not approved or denied by the user within 5 minutes.

10. Google My Maps

Another ideal app for the adventurers who like to pave their very own path, My Maps by Google lets you draw out of the lines and create custom maps. You get to create your maps with marked favorite places, setting up spots across cities for your next trip, and even mapping out your entire vacation ahead of time.

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You can set up new routes, set up points on the geographical map and even add descriptions for the places. You can even access the My Maps service online to make edits and create new ones from the web as well.


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Which ones of these relatively unknown Google apps is bound to find a permanent spot on the list of your favorite apps? We’re excited to know, so do hit us up in the comments section right down below.                                    

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Sharing a love-hate relationship with Biotechnology in college, Husain moved on to his true calling of being a tech geek through and through. While briefly being persuaded by the iPhone, he made it back to the Android camp with the OnePlus One and has been a loyal comrade since.