PlayStore is 10 years old: Google’s most innovative and least known applications to download

The American search engine Google has many applications. Amidst all the obvious and popular apps, Google’s PlayStore wing has some hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Here are seven unusual Google apps that help you do all sorts of cool things with an Android device.

Sound amplifier

The tech giant has something out of the box called Sound Amplified. This app removes distracting ambient noise and amplifies important sounds in the environment. It’s made for accessibility purposes and provides superhero-like hearing powers to make sure you don’t miss a single word on a call.

photo scan

PhotoScan blurs the lines between our physical and virtual worlds. It allows users to capture stunning, high-quality, glare-free images of physical photos with a phone camera and save these images as digital files. This application walks users through the process of capturing multiple angles of printing and further assists in cropping, straightening, and generally improving file quality.

action blocks

Action Blocks help you create your own custom home screen buttons to launch Assistant-related actions or combinations of actions. For example, it helps adjust smart home/office devices, jump directly to specific functions within apps, or do just about anything else Google Assistant can manage.

google one

This app helps manage Google storage allocation as well as device backups. It significantly provides an option to activate a free virtual private network or VPN to add an extra layer of security to data connections.

find my device

For those who often store their devices somewhere and forget about them, this app is a savior. Google’s Find My Device can track down a lost Android device on any phone or computer where a user is logged in.


Google has Snapseed explicitly for on-the-fly image adjustments and it’s a step ahead of Photos in much more significant ways. It was a standalone app that Google bought years ago and continues to remain a free option for users to use at any time.

google my business

This application is useful for people who operate their own business. Give users a single, streamlined portal to control your company’s presence on Google.

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