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Top 10 Mobile Productivity Apps of 2016

Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps of 2016. There are news apps, tools for photos and videos, tools to help your financial and mental well-being, a better keyboard, and a new tool to learn to code.

“Best of” lists are always subjective. If your favorite new app of 2016 did not make this list, be sure to include it in the comments below.

Gboard

Gboard.

Gboard

Gboard is a new keyboard from Google for your smartphone. The best feature of Gboard is the Google Search function built right in. No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard. In addition, Gboard has all the bells and whistles of a mobile keyboard — GIFs, emojis, and glide typing. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Albert

Albert.

Albert

Albert is a financial management app. Albert connects to all of your accounts, finds actionable ways to improve your financial standing, and lets you act on the advice directly from the app. Track your financial health. Receive smart notifications that alert you when things are happening with your money. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Quartz

Quartz.

Quartz

The Quartz app is a news chat bot that sends you messages, photos, GIFs, and links, to decide if you’re interested in reading more. Each session lasts just a few minutes, so it’s ideal for spare moments. Quartz is the news site owned by the publisher of The Atlantic. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Meditation Studio

Meditation Studio.

Meditation Studio

Untangle your mind with Meditation Studio. Get a diverse selection of over 200 guided meditations. Focus on your intention or dive deep into a meditation topic with exclusive collections and courses for boosting happiness, confidence, performance, relationships, and more. Available on Android and iOS. Price: $3.99.

Pix

Pix.

Pix

Pix is a smart camera app that helps you take better photos without extra effort. Pix automatically checks scene and lighting between each shutter tap, and updates settings between each shot. When motion is detected in your shot, it auto-creates a short, looping video called a Live Image. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Hardbound

Hardbound.

Hardbound

Hardbound is a tool to discover visual and interactive mini-stories covering news events, science, history, technology, business, and other topics. The overview stories take about five minutes to read and use a combination of photos, illustrations, and text. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Quik

Quik.

Quik

Quik is a tool to quickly compose edited video. Just choose your favorite photos and video clips from your photo library, Facebook or Instagram account, or GoPro Plus. Quik analyzes your footage to find great moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music. Customize your story with text, filters, music. Choose from 29 video styles. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds.

Swift Playgrounds

Swift Playgrounds is a new app from Apple for iPad that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code. Solve interactive puzzles in guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, while additional challenges let you explore code and create programs that are engaging and unique. Available on iOS. Price: Free.

Polaroid Swing

Polaroid Swing.

Polaroid Swing

Polaroid Swing is an app to create moving one-second photo moments that come to life when the viewer touches them or swings the phone. They combine the compositional quality of a still photograph with the vitality of a world in motion. Polaroid moving photos can be easily shared on the Polaroid Swing platform and beyond — via Facebook, Twitter, and web links. Available on iOS. Android is coming soon. Price: Free.

Airtime

Airtime.

Airtime

Airtime was initially launched in 2011 by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning (the co-founders of Napster), but this year it was relaunched as a free iOS and Android app. Video chat with up to six people at the same time. Share videos, music, GIFs, and more. Create rooms and regular chat groups. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.

Sig Ueland

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