Chromebooks have been around for quite some time now. These devices are incredibly popular and cost effective, putting them in the hands of several users across the world. It’s a viable alternatives to full blown notebooks sometimes with devices like the Chromebook Pixel packed with high-end specs. However, for the most part, one concern that customers have with Chromebooks is the lack of apps. But that’s changing, and fast, given the ability to run Play Store apps on Chromebooks. However, if you’re looking for specific Chromebook applications, there are quite a few of them out there as well.
We’re going to talk about five such apps today in the hope of helping you find the best of the lot. Not all of these are free however, and might require a subscription. But these are certainly apps that you need to have on your Chromebook.
So let’s check them out.
5 Best Chromebook Apps in 2019
My one complaint with traditional text editor apps are that there are a lot of tools and options visible at all times, although fullscreen mode does help sometimes, almost every text editor offers a cluttered experience, sometimes taking the focus away from what you’re writing. Calmly Writer is an app for Chromebooks that helps greatly with such distractions. The app is designed to make life easier for writers who just want to write on a blank page.
With the ability to add typewriter sounds to your keystrokes, writers can also experiment with a style that older writers were used to. If you’re typing in the night or simply want to switch up the experience, the app also offers a dark mode which changes the background to black and the font to white. The app also has a font meant to help with dyslexia, something that affects a lot of people around the world. You can even get an estimated reading time for the articles you write, making this an excellent app to have. Calmly Writer will set you back by $3.99 on the Chrome Web Store.
This is yet another necessary app for those seeking an app that can help you sync up your notes or files on the cloud instantly. Evernote has been around for quite some time, and has been the mainstay among utility and productivity apps. The Chromebook version is tailored perfectly for the platform and allows you to access all your files and documents simply by signing in using your credentials. One of my favorite features of Evernote is the ability to search through text as well as PDFs and images that you have stored on your account. This feature makes it easy to search for something even if you have a lot of files saved.
Evernote is a free app, but getting a premium subscription has some benefits. With Evernote Premium, you can even set a custom lock for the app to keep your notes secure and away from people who handle your phone. The app is free to download on the Chrome Web Store.
This app needs no introduction as it is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world. It comes with a fairly decent collection of artists, and undoubtedly has the most users among streaming providers, although Apple Music is quickly catching up. Spotify’s user interface on this Chrome app has been designed with a lot of care and thought, which we admire greatly. All the artists, albums and playlists are easy to access.
Unlike other streaming services, Spotify has a free version as well. This is not a free trial, but a somewhat limited version of Spotify Premium with ads and the inability to skip tracks. Spotify Connect allows you to play music on your TV or other connected device using your Spotify app as the remote. The app also has an excellent music discovery feature that is carefully adjusted to your music tastes. The free version of Spotify can be tried out for sure, but for continued usage, we highly recommend getting the Premium subscription valued at $9.99 per month. The app itself is free to download from the Chrome Web Store.
Rated as one of the best and highly powerful photo editing tool for Chrome OS, Polarr is an excellent app that can help you make edits and photo modifications even when you’re offline. The app is available in Express and Pro versions, giving you the choice between a free offering and a paid service. Among the slew of features that the app offers, Polarr allows you to superimpose and add layers to existing photographs, letting you convert your standard pictures into a modern day marvel.
You can also add photorealistic effects like clouds, water, rain etc to add a bit more spice to your pictures. The app also supports an auto enhance mode which allows you to make quick adjustments to the white balance and contrast of your photographs. Polarr is a free download on the Chrome Web Store. Be sure to check it out.
This is an official app by Microsoft, and brings you all the features of Microsoft Word with online editing and commenting abilities included. It’s basically the standard Microsoft Word, but with real-time editing and collaboration features included. The app works in tandem with Office Online, which consists of several Microsoft productivity apps, although the presence of Office Online is not a prerequisite for this app to work. All things considered, Word Online is a fairly decent text editing app for Chrome OS, and we appreciate the fact that it brings online editing which can be instrumental in the completion of group documents or projects.
Naturally, you can also choose to save the file natively on your desktop, which is ideal if you have no internet connection. But at its best, Word Online works as an online word document opener, specially tailored to work with multiple users at the same time. This app is a free download for Chrome OS.