We all know the Google apps that are standard on your Android device, but they are not the only apps of the company. So it’s high time to collect some of these less well-known, but very useful Google apps.
Top 7 unknown and useful Google apps
Popular Google apps such as Drive, Gmail, Maps, and Photos are indispensable for many Android users. Yet not everyone knows that Google has developed a lot of other applications in addition to these standard apps. We have listed seven of these lesser-known apps for you in this article.
Files by Google
Google’s Files app was first launched as Files Go, a lightweight file manager for smartphones running Android Go. Android Go is the operating system for phones with low-end hardware. The Files app is now also available for all regular Android devices. Thanks to this app, users can quickly access local storage and easily delete junk files.
Necessary? Maybe not. The Expeditions app from Google is especially fun and educational. Expeditions is a virtual reality learning tool that makes virtual travel possible. Users can get a closer look at historical sites, scuba dive, and float through space without gravity. It is also possible to put together and share your own expeditions.
Photo scan of Google Photos
Photo scan from Google Photos is a better app to save physical photos or documents in digital form. Thanks to Google’s well-developed camera software, the app turns a photo into an improved digital scan. The app makes it possible to digitize documents without dull light spots. In addition, Photo Scan from Google Photos offers functions such as automatic cropping and perspective correction. All scanned photos and documents are saved in the Google Photos app.
Google My Maps
With the Google My Maps app, you can add your own directions and details on a map. For example, you can mark favorite restaurants in the city and then share them with friends. The app also makes it possible to create different maps and save them for later use.
The Google Authenticator app offers the option to add two-step verification codes to accounts. With two-step verification, you add an extra layer of security to your accounts, because you also need a code when logging in, in addition to entering a password.
This is recommended (and very important) if you are looking for a way to keep your online accounts more secure. The app supports numerous services, works easily and quickly and offers extensive support. Of course you must enable this extra security layer within the relevant apps or services.
The biggest advantage of Google Authenticator over other apps in this ‘genre’ is the backup function. For example, it is possible to use ten backup codes to still log in to apps. This comes in handy when, for example, you lose your smartphone or cannot receive a code for some other reason.
Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture makes it possible to view more than 100,000 artworks from various museums worldwide from the comfort of your home. It doesn’t stop there. There is also a selection of artworks that you can view in detail and in high resolution.
In addition to gaining knowledge, the Google Arts & Culture app is also equipped with games, filters, and (of course) augmented reality. For example, children can get acquainted with art and culture by means of a puzzle or coloring picture – in an accessible way.
Measure is especially useful when you want to measure something quickly without a tape measure. The app uses your smartphone’s camera and augmented reality, enabling you to measure an object’s height, width, and length. Although the measurements are slightly less accurate than an old-fashioned folding rule, the app comes in very handy when you only need an estimated value.