Android apps: Best of the best

Our Android expert highlights the standout apps in the categories that matter most to busy professionals.

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Trying to find the right app for any given area on Android is a lot like trying to order dinner at a restaurant with way too many options on the menu. How can you possibly find the right choice in such a crowded lineup? With the Google Play Store now boasting somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 gazillion titles (last I checked), it's no simple task to figure out which apps rise above the rest and provide the best possible experiences.

That's why I decided to step in and help. I've been covering Android from the start and have seen more than my fair share of incredible and not so incredible apps. From interface design to practical value, I know what to look for and how to separate the ordinary from the extraordinary. And taking the time to truly explore the full menu of options and find the cream of the crop is quite literally my job.

Bit by bit, I've been figuring out the best Android apps for a variety of areas relevant to you, the modern mobile professional. Whether we're talking broad themes like organization and collaboration or specific needs like password management and note-taking, I'm making it my mission to find the best of the best for the categories that really matter.

You can find links to stories with all my recommendations below — and be sure to check back regularly, as the recommendations will be revisited routinely and the areas I cover will keep expanding over time.

The best Android apps for organizing your life

From projects to places and to-do lists to travel, these Android apps will help you organize all the important areas of your life.

The best Android apps for team collaboration

Stay connected and productive wherever you are with these first-rate collaboration apps for Android.

The best privacy and security apps for Android

Forget malware scanners or over-the-top security suites: These are the apps that'll actually improve your security and protect your privacy on Android.

6 efficiency-enhancing Android apps

These clever tools save you time so you can get straight to work.

The best note-taking apps for Android

Note-takers, take note: Whether you want gobs of features or uber-simplicity, these are the best apps for collecting and managing info on Android.

The best travel apps for Android

Save yourself time, headaches and even money with these standout Android apps for business travel.

The best password managers for Android

Not all Android password management apps are created equal — so which one makes the most sense for you?

The best Android file manager apps

From optimizing your phone’s storage to integrating your device with the cloud, these standout Android apps will let you juggle files like a pro.

Android apps for Chromebooks: The essentials

Turn your Chromebook into a uniquely versatile modern computing machine with these Chrome-OS-enhancing apps.

Related video: Now that you've built up your app arsenal, watch the tutorial below to learn how to get around Android in a snap.

This story, "Android apps: Best of the best" was originally published by Computerworld.

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