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The Google Play app store for Android. Image credit: ymgerman/Bigstock.com

Our smartphones are powerful tools that make it incredibly easy for us to do many things. Without them, it would be difficult to do many of the things we do. Likewise, without applications, our smartphones would be all but useless. You need the right applications for your phone to get the best out of it.

However, with so many apps in the store, the question of how to choose the best one crops up. Ideally, you should go with the app that has the best reviews. But then, there are a lot of apps with great reviews. In selecting the best app, you’re better off considering more fundamental features of the app like the team behind it.

It’s true that all applications and software are developed by a team of developers who write the code and design its user interface. However, not all of them are designed the same way and for the same purposes. For starters, some software is only developed for ad purposes.

That’s to say that the developers only created the software to try and generate traffic to a particular site. This invariably means that most other features in the app will be subpar. Downloading an app like this often leaves you stuck with minimal functionality, an ugly user interface, and an awful lot of annoying ads.

On the other hand, apps that were developed to create something long-term and useful are constantly being updated and improved to incorporate the newest and most sophisticated features. This means the developers are concerned about how their apps are used and enjoyed by the public. As a result, they undergo extensive mobile app testing to produce the best versions of the software.

It’s much better to get apps like these because you’re sure they will always contain the best features. Even though these apps display ads, the ads are always subtle and minimally invasive, so you still get to enjoy plenty of the app’s functionality. A simple search on the app will tell you all you need to know about the team behind it.

Speaking of functionality, you should always look out for the editor’s choice apps. These are apps recommended by online stores and product review blogs. The Play Store, for example, always displays the “editor’s choice” tag right next to recommended app’s name when you view them. This app’s functionalities have been tested and shown to be so good that the store is bold enough to give it a seal of approval. If you add this to all the apps’ reviews, you can make an informed decision to be proud of.

Furthermore, when you’re faced with numerous software doing much of the same things, it’s a wise choice to pick the one that gets constant updates. When apps were first introduced, their updates were very infrequent and usually followed a new addition to their range of functions.

These days, many smartphone apps are updated every other week for various reasons–to add new functions, fix bugs, improve the user interface, or make the app more lightweight. As a result, these are always better than the ones with rare updates. It stands to reason that the more an app is updated and improved, the better it’s likely to be, which is a good thing because in the continually changing world of technology, you need all the functionality and versatility you can get.