The 10 Best Google Pixel Apps of 2020

Streamline your life with these apps

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The Google Pixel showcases stock Android software without the bells and whistles added by other smartphone makers.

Although there's no such thing a Pixel-only app—all Android apps work on Pixel hardware just as they do on any other manufacturer's hardware—the superior specs of Pixel devices gives it a performance edge that makes even resource-intensive Android apps run with ease.

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Now Playing History: Remember Your Songs on Google Pixel

Now Playing History app
What We Like
  • 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, other apps 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 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.

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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 people actually require professional-grade photo editing software when they're on the go. For this need, 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 works in conjunction with other Adobe apps, such as Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Fix, and Lightroom. People 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

Simplenote
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 people nearly as organized as they'd like. Simplenote aims to buck this tendency.

You need not manually save notes when you use Simplenote, as all inputted information is automatically saved. The app becomes more efficient as you add more notes because you organize your thoughts with searchable tags and pins. 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
  • Access details about the artwork shown on your home screen.

What We Don't Like
  • Some devices may not center images properly.

If you can't decide what image to select as the wallpaper on your Pixel smartphone, the Muzei Live Wallpaper app may help. 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.

You set the rate at which wallpapers rotate, from every 15 minutes to every three days. It optionally blurs and dims the artwork so the icons are more prominent. There's also an option to select and rotate your own photos.

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Zedge: More Look and Sound Customization for Google Pixel

Zedge
What We Like
  • Several options for device customization.

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

Zedge is a good option for customization in general, as it offers millions of wallpapers, ringtones, notification sounds, and alarm sounds that can be previewed before downloading. With this free app, you'll customize many of these wallpapers and sound themes to suit your 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 displays a widget on the Pixel's home screen, freeing you from frequent checking of your calendar app. Additionally, this free app displays important dates, such as birthdays and holidays, and upcoming weather forecasts. It syncs with Google Calendar, too.

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Android Auto: Hands-Free Driving Navigation

Android Auto
What We Like
  • Great compatibility with other 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. Get directions by saying, “OK Google,” and receive real-time updates on your route and arrival time. It'll even alert about major detours arising from accidents or other hazards.

With this free app, leverage other Google Assistant features to make driving more interesting while remaining safe. Android Auto offers voice control for messaging 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 mode while you're 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 people opt for the desktop version when they're in the office, there's also a mobile 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. 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 upload or attach from Google Drive and Dropbox. Take advantage of Trello for your own work projects, or add other people 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. Gain access to several 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. The app is free to download and use but it's also available in monthly and yearly paid subscriptions.