As the year comes to an end, it’s time to start reflecting back and for the annual “best of …” or “favourite things of 2017.”

Some of these apps are just available on only one platform (just Android or just iOS) but some of them are multi-platform in which they are on both Android and iOS and have a web app as well.

Action Launcher

Action Launcher continues to be my favourite launcher, which just recently celebrated its fifth birthday.

It brings the best features from the Pixel launcher with a unique twist of the Quick Drawer, which gives you quick access to your apps.

Action Launcher is available on Android with an optional Pro upgrade.

Sync for Reddit (Pro)

Sync is a great reddit app for Android. It is the most fully featured and offers the best value for the money and keeps getting better with each update.

Sync for Reddit is available on Android with a paid version (the Pro) and a free version with ads.

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is still my favourite podcast apps with its great design, multi-device support and more.

The company behind the app, Shifty Jelly has continually made the app even better over the past year, with quick updates (with hilarious changelogs).

Pocket Casts is available on AndroidiOS for $5.99 CAD. There is a web app that is available for $9.

Plex

Plex is a great way to organize your media collection. Plex will automatically pull-in metadata so you have more information about your movies, tv shows, and music.

The mobile apps make it so then you can watch your stuff while on the go or even cast it to a Chromecast or Apple TV.

The Plex app is available for Android and iOS but you’ll need to set up a Plex server on your Windows or Mac first. Plex also offers a Plex Pass subscription which gets you access to features early.

Quik Video Editor

Quik allows you to create automatic edits and beautiful videos in a just a few simple taps.

Quik is available for Android and iOS.

Instapaper

Instapaper is one of my favourite apps to use when reading articles. It makes everything so simplified and no intrusions like ads to break up the reading flow. And you can also read articles offline with Instapaper.

Instapaper was originally acquired by Pinterest in 2016 but it is now independently owned and operated by Brian Donohue and Rodion Gusev.

Since going independent, Instapaper has re-introduced their premium service which costs $2.99 USD per month or $29.99 USD per year.

Instapaper is available on AndroidiOS and on the web.

Solid Explorer

Solid Explorer is one of my favourite file managers on Android. It has a clean design that is easy to use.

The app is free to download but you only get a 14-day trial then you’ll need to buy the $1.99 in-app purchase to unlock everything permanently.

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