So, you've got that new Samsung Galaxy S7 or its larger sibling, the S7 Edge. You are booting them up, setting up the fingerprint, enjoying the camera and those gorgeous displays... but what's next? You need some apps, of course. With the vast catalog of the Google Play Store wide open, you have plenty of choice, but you don't have the time to skimp through all the apps.
To help you which apps to install, we have put together a list of some apps that will do great in replacing the stock Samsung apps, and others that will complement the experience. With no further ado, here is our selection of the best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
#1: Google Calendar: S Calendar replacement
Google Calendar is an excellent replacement for the built-in S Calendar application on the Galaxy S7 Edge, and it comes with a number of important advantages: a full integration with other Google services and a very convenient and easy-to-access desktop interface. As many recent Google apps, Calendar relies on color to make it easy to spot various types of events in your life and manage them better. It's got a schedule view, as well as daily, 3-day, weekly, and monthly views, enough for various types of uses. We use it in monthly view and haven't found a better, faster and sleeker calendar app so far. It also features a nice search option for those who have a calendar packed with events. Naturally, you can easily sync multiple accounts to it.
#2:Microsoft Outlook: a great email client
Outlook for Android is a sleek mail client that is based around swiping gestures so the you can quickly delete, archive, and re-schedule messages. It also allows you to easily switch between email and the built-in calendar feature, and send large files.
#3: Google Keep: best notes app
Google Keep is a note-taking app that is simple, fast, easy to use and packed with enough features to satisfy most users. Unless you are using notes as a pro in your daily job, chances are you don't need the much slower and more bloated Evernote. Google Keep allows you to color code your notes, so you can easily see what belongs where. You can also use tags to easier navigate around your notes when you amass more of them.
#4: Snapseed: basically, the Photoshop for Android
Snapseed was acquired by Google a couple of years ago for a good reason: it features an interface that allows you to edit images on your phone very easily using an intuitive swipe-based interface. You have the powerful option of selective adjustments, so that you can tap on a particular point and edit just a certain part of an image rather than the whole thing. Snapseed is ad-free, works smoothly, and is probably the best way to edit photos on Android.
After living with many weather apps, we found ourselves coming back to the brilliantly designed Yahoo Weather. It is a clean and clutter-free app, with no annoying ads. It starts you off with a full-screen image from your area, illustrating the weather conditions at the moment. Swipe down, and it reveals the weather forecast for the next few days, as well as essential details like humidity, visibility, and the UV index. Scroll further down, for even more settings: a cloud map, wind and barometer readings, chances of precipitation, and moon phases. Swiping left and right switches between cities, and overall, the experience is very clean and modern-looking.
Spotify is one of the first apps we install on every phone. After the streaming music revolution, we find it extremely hard to go back to regular music listening: we just love the convenience of playlists and amazing music discovery that come with those apps. And while there are a few apps to choose from in the space, all of them have some big flaws compared to Spotify. First, the big new contender Apple Music has a rich catalog and curated playlists that will help you discover new music, but those playlists are weirdly limited to just around 10 to 12 songs, which is not enough to get a good diversity in our subjective opinion. The app is also buggy and there have been countless little problems with it, and the interface itself does not feel completely thought out and feels more like an extension to the iTunes music app than a standalone app. Google's Play Music is a clean and simple app, but its buffering is simply too slow: it takes an annoying couple of seconds for songs to buffer, while on Spotify the process is instantaneous, and - of course - you have a far scantier choice of playlists and music discovery is not on par. With all this in mind, Spotify remains the best option on Android for the moment.
#7:Duolingo: learn new languages
Duolingo has brought a little revolution to language acquisition on a mobile device. Its simple, repetitive approach works well to introduce you to a language in all its four incarnations: reading, writing, speaking and listening. Duolingo currently allows you to learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swedish, and English. We're looking forward to a similarly simple way to learn Asian languages.
There are literally hundreds of custom Android launchers and many great ones among them, but Nova Launcher is the launcher that stands out with a wide set of features and smooth performance. It's also the consistent pace of updates and focus on great performance across a wide range of devices that make nova the de-facto standard when it comes to Android launchers and customization options.
#9:Yahoo News Digest
Yahoo has undergone some significant changes in the past few years under Marissa Mayer, and one of the most notable changes in the company was its renewed focus on mobile and apps. A lot of great apps have come from Yahoo during that time, and we're especially fond of the well-curated Yahoo News Digest that will serve you the most important news of the day in small portions and with a gorgeous layout. With no ads to ruin the experience, a meticulously well designed and fast application, the Yahoo News Digest is our favorite news reading application on the Galaxy S7 Edge.
#10:Khan Academy: lifelong learning
Khan Academy has amassed a huge number of lessons in both text and video to help you catch with all sorts of subjects: from basic maths to more complicated calculus, all explained within a system that makes it possible to continue only after you have mastered the content required. It's a great way to learn, especially for the sciences, but it also applies to the arts. Khan Academy offers articles in math (arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, linear algebra), science (biology, chemistry, physics), economics, and even the humanities with tutorials on art history, civics, finance, and more.
#11: Houzz: for home renovation and interior design ideas
Houzz is a great hub for ideas for home design and renovation with a myriad of images that will help you visualize what you want to construct or change before doing a lot of mistakes on your own first. With an excellent writeup in the form of a weekly newsletter, Houzz has become our go-to place for those times when only changing something at home can help us make sense of the chaos in our minds.
#12: Yummly: a great app for cooks
Yummly is our favorite application for cooking, and while there are many others that are equally great, we highlight Yummly because of its awesome filters that allow you to discover dishes from various styles and cuisines easily.
#13: 7-Minute Workout: get in shape
Finally, given that we have our phones always in our pockets, it's worth using them for something that will actually benefit our health: for our workouts. We have a hard time recommending a full-blown gym app for phones since we believe that a gadget has no place in the gym where you workout, but for light workout and as a reminder to go for a run or do those famous 7-minute workouts to energize you while at the office, 7-Minute Workout is a great application.
#14: TransferWise: send money quick and easy
Banks charge hidden fees and use unfair exchange rates when you transfer money, so a significant portion of what you are sending goes to the bank. TransferWise is built around the idea of charging a fair exchange rate - not the artificially low exchange rate that your bank charges - for your transfers to save you money. It's an easy and straightforward interface and will be particularly useful to those sending money regularly abroad.
#15: Pocket Casts: podcasts delivered to your phone
Pocket Casts is a great app for those who want to catch up with the latest podcasts during their commute or whenever you have a few spare minutes. It's worth the couple of dollars price since it's a consistently updated, solid app that works smoothly and reliably. Pocket Casts adds neat audio effects and the handy option to download podcasts, and it also syncs and backs up effortlessly. With a nice material design wrapper, Pocket Casts is our choice for a podcast player on the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.