It’s officially the holiday season. That means people are decorating, celebrating, and giving to others. It’s a wonderful time of year and, by far, one of the most colorful and engaging. There are no other holiday seasons where people do things like this. It’s a mostly external holiday. There is only so much your Android device can do. However, we have a list of excellent Christmas apps that should help this holiday season! We also recommend Pinterest and Facebook. They’ll have a bunch of gift and decoration ideas!
Christmas means a lot of traveling, going out shopping, and other outside activities. Knowing the weather is essentially important around this time of year. 1Weather is about as good as it gets. It shows the current conditions, a ten day forecast, and a 12-week forecast. The app also includes a radar, sun rise and set times, and more. It also includes multiple locations. That should cover just about every use case that we can think of. It's also relatively inexpensive. The free version comes with all of the features. It's not a bad way to go as long as you don't mind ads on the free version.
Christmas Countdown 2017 is one of the simple, but effective Christmas apps. It features a simple countdown timer to the big day. Some of the other features include several HD Christmas wallpapers, some classic Christmas music, and even a few widgets. The app unlocks HD wallpapers like an advent calendar. We thought that was a little charming. The pro version adds two widgets, additional music, and a few extra themes. It's not great for music or wallpapers, but the countdown timer and widgets are superb.
Google's Santa Tracker app is easily one of the best Christmas apps. It's at least better than the other Santa Tracker apps in the Play Store (sorry NORAD). The app includes several fun little games and activities for kids. That includes Google Cardboard VR support, Android Wear support, and a countdown timer. It then follows Santa's path around the world on December 24th. The app is completely free with no advertisements or anything like that. It's one of the best Christmas apps for kids too!
iHeartRadio is definitely among the best Christmas apps for music. It features a variety of holiday-themed radio stations that include new hits, old classics, and mixtures of the two. The app is also entirely free as long as you don't mind commercials. Other music streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, etc all have Christmas playlists as well. However, iHeartRadio is the easiest to fire and forget. It's also the easiest for people who don't generally use music streaming service already. Just open the app, search for Christmas, and find the station you like. Done.
Netflix is one of the best Christmas apps for video streaming. It includes a variety of classics like White Christmas, The Santa Clause Trilogy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 version), A Very Murray Christmas, and even some adult Christmas movies like Bad Santa. Netflix also has several Yule Log burning videos. A few of them are even in 4K. It's a great way to bring a classic into the 21st century. Since most already have Netflix, it's just a matter of searching for this stuff in the app to find it. Hulu and other streaming services also have Christmas content.
TickTick is a to-do list app. Christmas is a busy time of year. Apps like TickTick can make it easier to keep track of things. The app lets you add tasks, organize tasks into various lists, and even share tasks with other people with TickTick. It's great for Christmas gift lists, remembering to buy the right food, and remembering to pack for that trip to the in-laws. The free version includes all of the relevant features. The pro version is optional and really only necessary for business class use. We doubt you'll need the pro version.
Many people theme their devices for the holiday season. Apps like Wallpapers HD are helpful for that. The app contains a selection of wallpapers for most screen sizes, including the 18:9 aspect ratio of newer devices. There are usually holiday inspired wallpapers drifting around during holidays. That should make it easy to find good ones for your device. We include this one on almost every holiday list because it's that easy to use. It's also free with advertising. The ads aren't that bad, but they are a little annoying.
YouTube TV is one of several Internet TV apps. They let you watch actual cable TV on your smartphone instead of through a cable box. Christmas is one of those few times a year where having cable access is a good idea. Many stations play classic movies, have live events, and other such things. An app like YouTube TV lets you watch them without a cable box, subscription, or any complicated nonsense. There are other options in this space, including Sling TV and PlayStation Vue. They all work pretty much the same way at only slightly different prices. All of them would make for good Christmas apps.
Zedge is probably the best notification and ringtone app on Google Play. It has a ton of tones, sounds, ringtones, and other stuff. Of course, that includes stuff for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and other holidays. The ringtones and notification tones are usually fairly high quality. You can find all kinds of stuff here. The app also features wallpapers. However, their resolution and quality are highly inconsistent. We recommend a different app for wallpapers. However, this one is probably the best for holiday themed ringtones and notification tones.
Some of the busiest Christmas apps are shopping apps. Literally all of them are going to have a variety of sales, special events, special offers, and various other bric-a-brac. Those shopping for others or themselves can find all kinds of good offers on stuff they've probably been looking at all year. Many brick-and-mortar stores offer same day pickup on online purchases. Online shopping is as stable as it's ever been. Now is a great time to start your Christmas shopping.
If we missed any great Christmas apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!