The 10 Best Google Pixel Apps of 2019

Streamline your life with these apps

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The Google Pixel was made to showcase stock Android software without the bells and whistles added on by other smartphone makers. With a huge selection of apps from the Google Play Store, there are several features users can add to make their Pixels more unique. Here are some of the best Google Pixel apps to install to make your device right for you.

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Now Playing History: Remember Your Songs on Google Pixel

Now Playing History app
What We Like
  • You can connect your favorite music player to the app and redirect when you want to play a song.

What We Don't Like
  • It takes a few moments for songs to save in the app.

To complement the standard Now Playing feature on Pixel devices that helps users identify a song playing nearby, the Now Playing History app allows users to keep a record of those songs in one location.

Instead of taking a screencap of the Now Playing feature or jotting down the song details with a pen and paper, Now Playing History keeps a record of the song, as well as the time and location where it was identified. This paid app can be used in conjunction with several different music players to switch to those apps to play back newly discovered music.

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Snapseed: Powerful Photo Editor for Google Pixel

Snapseed app
What We Like
  • Professional grade brushes and filters.

What We Don't Like
  • No autosave function.

Google Pixel devices have some of the most powerful cameras on the market. Even with their many built-in photo editing features, there are other apps available that can take photo editing on Pixel devices to another level. One such app is Snapseed, which is also developed by Google, but it doesn't come pre-installed on Pixel devices.

Snapseed is a free app comparable to Photoshop or Lightroom in terms of editing quality but was developed specifically for mobile editing. Snapseed includes tools such as a DNG Raw image editor, healing to remove unwanted aspects in a photo, and double exposure to blend two photos together, among many others.

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Adobe Photoshop Express: Photoshop for Google Pixel

Adobe Photoshop Express app
What We Like
  • Easy cloud sharing between Adobe programs and apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks many functions from standard Photoshop.

Some Pixel smartphone users may just want the professional-like experience in a photo editor, but other users may actually need professional editing software when they're on the go. For this, there's Adobe Photoshop Express, which brings the high-powered editing experience of Photoshop to smartphones.

Tools in this free app include auto-correct for blemishes, watermarks, photo frames, Raw image support, collage makers, and easy sharing with standard social media apps. Adobe Photoshop Express can also be used in conjunction with other Adobe apps, such as Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, and Lightroom. Users who have an Adobe premium membership can log into their account to access even more features.

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Simplenote: The Most Efficient Note-Taking App for Google Pixel

What We Like
  • Can change fonts and formatting.

  • Can share notes with others.

What We Don't Like
  • Account registration required.

Smartphones are great for note-taking, but many notes apps tend to be rather basic and don't keep users nearly as organized as they'd like. For those looking for a little more order on their Pixel, there's Simplenote.

Users don't have to manually save their notes when using Simplenote, as all inputted information is automatically saved. The app becomes more efficient as users add more notes by allowing them to organize their thoughts with tags and pins and easily search for them. One of the best features of Simplenote is it will automatically sync notes across all installed devices, including other Android devices, iOS, and Mac, Windows, and Linux computers.

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Muzei Live Wallpaper: Fine Art Wallpaper Options

Muzei Live Wallpaper
What We Like
  • Users can access details about the artwork shown on their home screen.

What We Don't Like
  • Some devices may have issues with images centering properly.

If you can't decide what image to select as the wallpaper on your Pixel smartphone, the Muzei Live Wallpaper app may be able to help. Primarily, this free app rotates through images of fine art to use as wallpaper. At one moment, your wallpaper can be Van Gogh; another moment it can be Gaudi.

Users can set the rate at which wallpapers rotate, from every 15-minutes to every 24-hours to every three days. Users can also blur and dim the artwork so the icons are more prominent. There's also an option for users to select and rotate their own photos.

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Zedge: More Look and Sound Customization for Google Pixel

What We Like
  • Several options for device customization.

What We Don't Like
  • Ringtones can be pricey.

Aside from wallpapers, Pixel smartphone users may be looking for various audio customizations for their devices. For that, Zedge is a good option, as it offers millions of wallpapers, ringtones, notification sounds, and alarm sounds that can be previewed before downloading. With this free app, users can customize many of these wallpapers to suit their own tastes by cropping or adding stickers for a personal touch.

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Calendar Widget Agenda: Planning Shortcut for Google Pixel

Calendar Widget: Agenda
What We Like
  • Simple layout but still customizable.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited number of free themes.

Calendar Widget Agenda makes it easier for Pixel users to keep an eye on their most recent schedules. The layout makes it easy to have the widget open regularly on the Pixel's home screen, rather than constantly having to access the calendar app. Additionally, this free app easily displays important dates, such as birthdays and holidays, as well as user-inputted dates. It also displays upcoming weather forecasts and syncs with Google Calendar, keeping all schedules up to date.

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Android Auto: Hands-Free Driving Navigation

Android Auto
What We Like
  • Great compatibility with third-party apps.

What We Don't Like
  • Connecting devices in a car can be challenging.

While Google Maps is typically the go-to navigation app for most excursions, Android Auto takes the feature to the next level on Google Pixel. Users can get directions by saying, “OK Google,” instead of manually inputting a destination into their favorite navigation app, as well as receive real-time updates on their route and arrival time, and alerts if there are any major detours due to accidents or other hazards.

With this free app, users can take advantage of other Google Assistant features to make driving more interesting while remaining safe. Android Auto has voice control for a number of messaging apps and music streaming apps, as well as for more mundane tasks, such as checking your schedule or the weather. One of the highlights of Android Auto is its ability to enable do not disturb on mobile devices while driving.

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Trello: Organizational Workspace App for Google Pixel

Trello app
What We Like
  • Supports many users.

  • Works well with many apps and extensions for added features.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't account of deadlines.

Trello is one of the top organizational tools for major businesses. While many users may opt for the desktop version when they're in the office, there's also a mobile app version that works well on the Pixel smartphone. The app is free to download and use but also offers paid Gold, Business, and Enterprise options.

Trello's layout is simple, just like stock Android, and users can use Trello to create work boards for a variety of tasks, such as organizing projects and ideas, tracking current and completed projects, and giving feedback. Photos, video, and other file types can also be uploaded or attached from Google Drive and Dropbox. Users can take advantage of Trello for their own work projects, or they can add other users for team projects.

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PicsArt Photo Studio: Create Quality Memes on Your Google Pixel

PicsArt Photo Studio app
What We Like
  • Lots of creative editing options.

What We Don't Like
  • Projects can easily be taken by others if not specifically labeled as private.

PicsArt Photo Studio offers more simple, but still high-quality options for editing images in a fun way. Users have access to a number of quick-edit tools for touching up photos in a rush, high-quality preset filters to save time on adjusting individual filters, sticker brushes for whimsical effects, a collage builder for arranging several photos together, and templates to create memes, among many other features. The app is free to download and use but it's also available in monthly and yearly paid subscriptions.