The browser of the American search engine Google offers many applications. Among all the obvious and popular apps, the Google wing of the PlayStore has some hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Here are seven off-the-beaten-track Google apps that help do all kinds of cool things with an Android device.

sound amplifier

The tech giant has something out of the box called Sound Amplified. This application eliminates distracting ambient noise and amplifies important sounds in the environment. It is designed with accessibility in mind and gives superhero hearing powers to ensure that a single word is not missed during a call.

Scanning photos

PhotoScan blurs the boundaries between our physical and virtual worlds. It allows users to capture impressive quality, glare-free images of physical photos with a phone’s camera and save those images as digital files. This app walks users through the process of capturing multiple print angles and helps even more with cropping, straightening, and overall improving the quality of the file.

Action blocks

Action blocks allow you to create your own custom home screen buttons to watch actions or combinations of actions connected to the assistant. For example, it helps adjust smart devices around the home/office, jump straight into specific functions in apps, or do most anything Google Assistant can handle.

Google One

This app helps manage Google storage allocation as well as device backups. It significantly provides an option to enable a free Virtual Private Network or VPN to add an extra layer of security to data connections.

Find my device

For those who often keep their devices somewhere and forget about them, this app is a lifesaver. Google Find My Device can find a missing Android device on any phone or computer a user has logged in to.


Google has Snapseed explicitly for on-the-go image adjustments and it’s way ahead of Photos in a much more significant way. It’s an independent app purchased by Google years ago and continues to be a free option that users can use anytime.

Google My Business

This application is useful for people who run their own business. It provides users with a single simplified portal to control their company’s presence within Google.

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