9 Apps You Should Be Using In 2020
Barring a massive natural disaster, there’s pretty much no chance that smartphones and apps won’t continue to dominate our lives in 2020 as they have done for many years. With that in mind, you should probably be thinking about which apps you’re using and whether you’re spending your time as effectively as you could be. Don’t get us wrong: we’re huge fans of the Instagram filters. Still, even we think we could be more efficient with our app time. Here are 9 apps you should be using in 2020 and beyond.
- Google Chrome
Chrome is, simply speaking, the best internet browser out there. Safari may be better for Mac-heads, Firefox might be a better option for privacy-conscious users, but Chrome has them both beat on functionality and convenience. Whether you’re wanting to check your Aries horoscope for today or head off the beaten track to buy your family some exciting Christmas presents, you should be using the browser on your phone regularly (which you almost certainly already are).
Smartphones have their precedent in personal digital assistants (PDAs), which would often contain office suite software and offer note-taking facilities. Evernote – and other note-taking apps like it – are the natural extension of those devices. You can create notes for yourself, set reminders, add shopping lists, and even sync your notes between devices. Evernote isn’t the only app of its kind, but it’s almost certainly the best one on the market right now.
If you’ve got any kind of privacy concerns about the browsing you’re doing, then ExpressVPN is the app for you. VPNs are basically private networks that dummy out your location, meaning websites and other places can’t track your IP address. They’re not completely foolproof, but they’ll work for the vast majority of purposes you might need them for, and they’re great for maintaining privacy. ExpressVPN is the easiest of them all to use, so start there.
These days, the vast, vast majority of us consume our music either via streaming service or via YouTube. The age of downloaded music has ended, it seems, and the age of streaming has begun. With that in mind, Spotify is probably the best of the bunch, offering a huge selection of music, highly customisable playlists, and a competitive subscription model. It won’t offer the bitrate of Amazon Music Unlimited or the Apple integration of Apple Music, but it’s a great all-rounder.
Digital creative types, take note: KineMaster is one of the most powerful video editing tools on Android and iOS, and it’s an app you should add to your heavy rotation for next year (if you haven’t already, of course). This feature-rich app offers frame-by-frame editing, effects, and overlays, among other things. If you’re looking to become the next TikTok celebrity, then KineMaster is an absolutely essential app for you. If you don’t want the watermark, you’ll need to pay for a subscription, but it’s only around £3 a month.
- Fluent Forever
Duolingo may have garnered its fair share of cultural cachet for its hilariously aggressive owl mascot, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best app for learning languages. That accolade arguably goes to the underrated Fluent Forever, which has a much less fun and much more scientific approach to learning languages. It’s still enjoyable – mostly because the act of learning languages itself is fun – but if you think Duolingo doesn’t take itself seriously enough, Fluent Forever is where you should be.
2020 is officially the year in which we all improve our eating habits and become better people. Well, maybe not; we are always saying these things to ourselves, after all, and we haven’t yet managed to stick it out. Still, why not? MyFitnessPal is the perfect way to realise your health dreams. It offers workout tracking, food management, and bespoke tips to help you get better at eating and working out. Again, there’s a paid tier which adds more features.
- The Economist
In 2020, it will be more important than ever for you to have as neutral a news source as you can get. Enter The Economist. While it can’t claim true political neutrality, it’s definitely much less biased than sources like Fox News or The Guardian. Stay abreast of political developments, arts news, and more with The Economist, safe in the knowledge that you’re getting good journalism without any outside interests. The app itself is pretty beautiful, too.
While the default keyboards on both iOS and Android are perfectly fine, there’s no substitute for SwiftKey. The range of customisation options on this app are astounding; from the size of the keyboard tray itself to the size of individual keys and even capitalisation, SwiftKey is the keyboard app for the customisation connoisseur. It even learns how you type and tries to adapt in response. It’s a bit more bloated than stock keyboard apps, but it’s much more fun to use as a trade-off.