The 70 best Android apps in 2018: Get the best from your phone

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Best Android apps 2018: Travel apps

47. Airbnb (free)

Cut out the hotel middlemen

Thinking of taking a quick city break, but don’t fancy paying extortionate hotel fees? Airbnb is your saviour.

You could just log on to the Airbnb website, but its Android app makes the booking process effortless. What’s more, you can find everything you need within the app – no printing out maps, booking confirmations or emails. Perfect for a hassle-free holiday.

48. Citymapper (free)

An insider's map of your city

Google Maps is so 2016. In 2018, everyone should be using Citymapper – that is, if you’re lucky enough to live in a mapped city. That's currently only London and Manchester in the UK.

Citymapper provides you with an extensive list of public transport routes, working out how much each journey will cost if you use cash, card or city-wide travelcards. It also tells you which transport links are nearby, updating journeys with live transport data.

49. Duolingo (free)

Learn a new language in weeks

Always said you’d learn a second language but never got around to it? Well, Duolingo has swooped in to help you learn any one of nine European languages for free.

Using the art of gamification, Duolingo encourages you to learn through photos, speech, audio and typing. You’ll pick up the basics rather quickly.

50. Google Translate (free)

Get a quickfire translation on holiday

Of course, chances are you won't be able to learn every single word in every single language of the countries you travel, and that's where Google Translate comes in. At first, this may seem like quite a dull inclusion into the list – everyone knows you can get quite stiff and stilted direct translations online, so why the need for an app?

Simply because the Google Translate app throws in a bit of magic to the mix: point the camera at text, and you'll get the translation right there in front of you on your screen, with no need for fiddly typing and inevitable typos. Sure, the translations aren't flawless, but it's enough to tell if the dish you're about to order will trigger your seafood allergy.

51. TripIt (free)

Let this app automatically keep your holiday plans up to date

Planning a trip is stressful enough without having to deal with dozens of apps, printed confirmation emails and mental notes. That’s where TripIt comes in: it’s an app-based personal assistant that helps you stay on top of your holiday plans.

Just forward your hotel, airline, car rental and restaurant confirmation emails to [email protected], and your itinerary will be instantly available in the app – even offline – along with maps and directions to ensure you don’t get lost. If you use Gmail (and really, at this point, who doesn’t?), this will happen automatically.

52. Uber (free)

Modernising the taxi experience

Controversies aside, Uber is indispensable for anyone living in a big city, where hailing a black cab could be a quick way to bankruptcy.

Currently available in seven cities across the UK, Uber can get you a ride anywhere within minutes of making a request. There are also five tiers of vehicles to hire, so you can travel like royalty if you so wish.

53. Manything (Beta) (free – subscription required for multiple cameras)

A cheaper introduction to the Internet of Things

Internet of Things products are pricey. Who knew that future-proofing your home for the 21st century would cost so much? Rather than investing in the very best smart home sensors, though, you could dip a cautious toe in the water with the Manything beta. In short, it takes an old phone and makes it your personal connected security camera, so you can keep an eye on your house when you're away.

It's free for a month, and even then it only costs money if you connect more than one phone to it – and who has that many old phones just lying around anyway?

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