Last Updated on August 17, 2020 by Henry John
Artificial Intelligence technologies are being applied in so many aspect of our everyday technologies, and what’s surprising is that many of us don’t know that yet.
Nowadays, almost every major app we use in our phones and even PCs has a touch of artificial intelligence tech: It’s really amazing.
Talk of Netflix, Google App, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Gmail or even Google Chrome; they all use AI systems to function as they do today.
As we journey down 2020, we are going to experience more AI explosions (advancements), and these are highly welcomed. We want to see more advance AI introduced into our mobile apps, as it will definitely make life easier and better for us.
Generally, if you are a fan of AI, you will want to see these advancements not just in apps. You will love to see fully self-driving cars roll out (I’d love to see if Tesla will make good its projections).
In this article, I made it an obligation to list the best AI Apps that will help you experience less stressful, more exciting and productive life in 2020.
The apps listed below are broken down into different (well-diverse) categories including food, health, travel and personal assistants, to give you a broad yet, concise options.
An AI app is any app that relies greatly on AI systems to function.
Here is the list of the Best AI Apps in 2020 available for Android and iOS devices:
1. AI Personal (Virtual) Assistants
These are the most popular AI apps and it’s no surprise.
The big deal with personal assistants are that they are thought to be the closest we’ve gotten in imitating human intelligence, especially in form of mobile apps.
They can do most of the things a human personal assistant can do and even better in most cases.
Personal assistants can find information online at your command, help you control your smart home devices, manage your day-to-day schedules and even help you order for coffee at Starbucks so you can skip queueing.
Here are the best personal (virtual) assistants in 2020:
1. Amazon Alexa
Availability: Android and iOS
Amazon Alexa App is one of the very best (arguably the best) AI personal assistants. Although, it works best with Amazon Echo (a simple way to say, ‘if you want to get the best out of Alexa, get an Amazon Echo).
Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that can answer most of your questions, play music and help you control your smart home devices, among other amazing things.
Really want to enjoy Alexa’s fully capabilities, get an Amazon Echo or even a Mini Echo.
2. Google Assistant
Availability: Android and iOS
Google Assistant is the google version of Alexa. In its own rights, it has made a strong name for itself as one of the best AI Virtual Assistants apps.
“Hey Google” or “Ok Google” and the virtual assistant is activated ready to receive your commands.
The GA app can help you manage tasks and create a to-do list + remind you of it, help you make calls (“Hey Google, call Jeffrey”), provide local information (“Hey Google, find the closest ATM”), get quick answers, play music, tell you jokes and many more.
Google also has a smart speaker, Google Home, that help you experience the full services of AI Personal Assistants. They come in different sizes (check out the Google Home mini), and of course, different prices.
In short, Siri is Apple’s AI Personal Assistant made only for everything Apple. It comes pre-installed in iOS devices (like iPhones, MacBook and Mac Pros).
It’s currently the most popular Virtual Assistant in the World. They can do most of the things Alexa and Google Assistant can do. They are the Apple’s Alexa (sorry Apple, Alexa is way more advanced than Siri).
“Hey Siri, call my girlfriend”
That’s a popular line of words, at least amongst of us (meme lovers).
If you are an iOS user, just call out Siri (‘Hey Siri’) and receive one of the very best personal assistance AIs can provide today.
Apple for Sure has a smart speaker for those who are glued to the ‘ecosystem’, it’s the Apple HomePod.
Bixby is an AI Personal Assistant developed by Samsung for Samsung devices. It’s one of the highly rated Virtual Assistants in the world today. Definitely among the top 10.
Although Bixby can’t go toe-to-toe with the very best (the Alexas and Siris), it’s still one of the best.
Samsung also has a smart speaker that works as AI Personal Assisting wonders with Bixby, it’s the Galaxy Home.
2. AI Camera Apps
AI camera apps. I love pictures when they have a professional look, I guess everybody does.
The reality is, it’s really difficult to take a professional looking picture, except of course, you are a professional.
But, gone are those days. AI camera apps have revolutionized photo-taking, to the extent where almost everybody with a ‘great’ AI camera app, is a professional.
Here are the Best AI Camera Apps for 2020:
1. Spectre Camera
Availability: iOS only
It’s one of the best AI camera apps out there to help you take really cool pictures. The Spectre Camera is so good that Apple named it the best iPhone app in 2019.
In words of the app creators, “Spectre is an AI-powered shutter for your iPhone, letting you create amazing long exposures”.
Sadly, it’s only available for iOS users. Sorry android users.
2. Adobe Photoshop Camera
First released in December 2019, Adobe Photoshop Camera is already one of the very best AI camera apps.
It taps the power of Adobe Sensei to deliver high quality professional looking shots. All thanks to Adobe Sensei’s AI-power.
It’s a promising smart AI camera that introduces AI-filters recommendation into its system.
Picai detects objects and color brilliantly and is by right one of the best AI camera apps.
Camera51 has being around for long, having over 1 million downloads on Google Play.
It helps you (if you are an Android user) get the perfect shot, whether you are a pro or an amateur like me.
5. Google Camera
Google camera is one of the best AI camera app for Android users, it enables astrophotography mode (I didn’t know the meaning of that word ‘astrophotography’, until I googled it).
Astrophotography mode is a photo mode that enables you take a very long exposure shots.
Google camera also help you take great photos at night, courtesy of Google’s Night Sight Sky Algorithms.
3. AI Health Apps
‘Health is wealth’ goes the saying.
Artificial intelligence has been playing significant roles in many sectors and thus far, health is one of the sectors benefiting greatly from AI advances.
AI is changing the health sector immensely in so many ways, and one of those ways are reflected on our mobile phones, in the form of apps: AI-powered Health Apps.
Here are the best AI health apps in 2020:
K-Health is an AI health app that uses machine learning to learn how thousands of doctors diagnosed and treated people with similar symptoms and uses that knowledge to diagnose patients.
It’s a proprietary approach called “people like me”.
If you are not feeling well, using K-health is an easy and affordable way to get trustworthy answers and skip health anxiety.
Ada is dubbed your ‘health companion’. It is an AI health app created by certified and experienced doctors and scientists that exposes you to amazing personalized health service.
Ada is a symptom checker powered by artificial intelligence, it takes reported symptoms, matches them with symptoms of patients of similar age and gender and through machine learning, it reports the statistical likelihood that the patient with the reported symptom has a certain condition.
The amazing part is that, Ada was originally adapted for doctors to use in other to make easy medical reports for patients, until 2016 when it was adapted in ways even patients can understand.
It doesn’t hurt to have a personal doctor that is also relied on by certified doctors, checking you up, does it?
3. Babylon Health
Babylon health is a symptom checker like Ada that relies heavily on artificial intelligence. It gives you access to personalized healthcare and medical advice.
Using Babylon Health App also gives you access to a Doctor 24/7 (whether an AI doctor or a human doctor).
The Babylon Health App also offers subscriptions to two types of GPs (NHS GP and Private Services).
It’s a leading AI Health App, especially in the UK, where its creators are based.
Babylon health is best for monitoring your health and booking appointments with human doctors.
Yes the popular health site WebMD has an app and it’s powered partly by Artificial intelligence.
WebMD’s app is a symptom checker that integrates well with Amazon Alexa (that’s if you have the Amazon Smart Speaker, Amazon Echo or Echo Mini) to offer you a full (well-rounded) experience of Artificial intelligence powered personalized healthcare on the go.
It can also be used to set medication reminders, track your fitness and habits, and includes first aid tips, as well as educational contents.
4. AI Photo Editing Apps
These are apps that relies on AI systems to deliver state of the art and easy photo editing. AI editors help you make after shot edits for your images.
Here are the best AI photo editors for 2020:
Prisma photo editor is a popular AI photo editor and it’s one of the very best, having over 50m downloads on Google Play alone.
You can use Prisma to turn your photos into art, a feature I fancy very much; it has over 250 arts/styles.
Prisma is developed by Prisma Labs Inc., with a promise of ‘helping you unleash your creativity’. It comes with a variety of special filters with easy implementations.
Snapseed is a top rated AI photo editor initially developed by Nick Software but currently owned by Google.
It has over 10M downloads on Google Play store; a testament of how good and popular the app is among photo editors.
Snapseed can be used to apply different after effects and photo enhancements to your shots. And it has a unique feature that enables users automatically adjust color and contrast of their shots.
Like many other AI Photo Editors, Snapseed comes with special filters such as center focus.
VSCO is another popular AI photo editor available on Android and iOS. You can use the app to take shots and still edit the shots within the app using its numerous editing tools and preset filters.
VSCO is also quite not just an AI photo editing app, it comes with it very own community, where users can upload and share their photos; a little like Snapchat.
According to Digiday, VSCO is part photo-editing app and part social app.
Lensa is another AI photo editing app developed by Prisma Labs (developing AI-powered photo editing apps seems to be their trademark).
Lensa is quite different from Prisma app, as it was developed primarily to serve as an AI photo editor for portrait images (selfies).
It comes with a lot of AI based features, as it’s dubbed as a ‘one-button Photoshop’.
Lensa’s list of incredibly features includes face touch (which smooth skin texture and tone), teeth whitening, eyebrow tinting, eye contrast, background blur and lens distortion correction.
For me, it’s the best AI photo editing app for selfie takers.
5. Content Discovery Apps
Content consumption is a fundamental and constant part of our everyday life.
Content in media, is the information and experience that are directed to an audience (content consumers).
When we listen to music or podcasts, read news articles or watch videos, we are consuming contents.
Personally, I can’t imagine a day go by, that I don’t consume any form of content: not a day.
Artificial intelligence is playing a significant role in present day content consumption, as it helps us (content consumers) discover amazing contents that we love or will love.
Here are the best Content Discovery Apps in 2020 that are powered by AI:
For most of us YouTube is where we discover amazing video contents of our interest. From tutorials to music videos, there is quite a few limits with YouTube when it comes to video content discovery and consumption.
Perhaps not many of us know that most services we enjoy from YouTube are powered by artificial intelligence.
YouTube’s algorithmic video recommendations and search engine (the second largest search engine, after Google) are powered by artificial intelligence.
YouTube as a content platform breathes AI in and out.
Forget Apple Music or even the so called Google Music, Spotify is king when it comes to music discovery, it’s by far the best on the planet.
Spotify is an audio streaming platform that provides access to top-notch DRM protected music and podcasts.
And it’s for free!
Free as YouTube (the ads).
It also offers access to music videos and has a paid subscription plan that grants access to additional features such as improved streaming quality and ads free listening. * don’t like the ads, pay the bill.
Pinterest is a big gun in the content discovery industry. It’s most used by women (even though I don’t see why it should remain so).
The idea behind Pinterest is simply for it to serve as “Ideas Discovery Platform”.
Whether you are looking for creative ideas or general educational information, Pinterest is a go to platform.
Pinterest has its strength in ideas/topics related to recipes, home, health and fitness among others.
It’s a social app that has grown to become a search engine for amazing written and video contents.
Actually, Pinterest is better defined as a social app + search engine.
4. Google App
The Google app gives you direct access to Google’s almighty search engine, with which you can search for contents based on your queries.
Additionally, it also comes with an amazing feature, Google Discover, a great tool for content discovery.
I use Google Discover every day and so does billions of users world-wide.
Google Discover recommends contents to users based on their interest; personalized content on your fingertips.
5. Google Podcast
All things Google.
Google Podcast is yet again another content discovery platform developed by Google.
It is specifically created for podcast lovers, to enable them discover amazing podcast and subscribe too their favorite podcasters.
We all know Netflix right?
It’s an amazing video content discovery platform especially for those not available on YouTube.
Netflix is a streaming service provider for amazing movies and TV Shows. It streams right to your phone, even to your Smart TV, Game Console, PC, Mac and Tablet.
Get access to the latest movies and TV shows when you subscribe to Netflix (It isn’t for free, oh YouTube!).
Netflix uses AI to present personalized recommendations for their movies and TV shows to its users, by learning the user’s interest.
It also has strong competitions, home and abroad, such as Amazon and Hulu (a streaming service by Walt Disney).
But for me in 2020, Netflix is still number one.
6. AI Travel Apps
Do you travel often or once in a while?
AI Travel apps can help you have a simplified journey and a great travel experience.
Here are the Best AI Travel Apps:
Mezi is a great AI app for travelers, it was acquired by American Express and has seen drastic development ever since.
Mezi is a personal travel assistant that can help you plan and book flights for your trips. It provides great travel recommendations and helps with travel arrangement, flight request and hotel or restaurant reservations.
Mezi: The more you go, the better it gets.
Hopper is a travel app powered by artificial intelligence that helps you plan, book flights and most importantly, help you save money on flight tickets.
About helping you save money, Hopper’s AI predicts ticket prices with 95% accuracy up to one year in advance, how about that for helping you save money when you book flight tickets when it’s cheapest.
The deal is quite simple, the Hopper app helps you monitor prices, and book your flight at the cheapest possible price.
For me, with Hopper, it’s all about the money, getting the best value for my cents.
RoadTrippers is an AI travel app for road trippers. What a name!
RoadTrippers help you plan your road trips better, easier and faster. It can help you discover interesting places along your routes, get directions (turn by turn navigations), and save locations (like your favorite restaurants and hotels along that route).
It can help you get approximate value of trip mileage, fuel cost and travel time.
Hit the road with the RoadTrippers app.
“Every time you interact with Airbnb, you are interacting with AI in some way” Standard.co.uk
Airbnb use of artificial intelligence has revolutionized travelling experience, enabling us to go out there and see the world in a unique way, bye-bye hotels, Airbnb is the new deal.
For tourists and their likes, Airbnb app enables hosts rent out extra spaces in their house or apartment to travelers at a price cheaper than hotel lodging (typically).
The app simply uses AI to help travelers discover and book unique accommodations around the world.
So much for ‘Air Mattress B & B’: Airbnb.
7. AI Communication Apps
Artificial intelligence has transformed the way we communicate using our phones, and most people are not really aware.
Many major apps we use to communicate today uses artificial intelligence to make our communication experience what it is today.
From spam filters in emails to social media personalization we experience.
Here are the best of AI apps communication (whether private or mass communication):
Gmail at its core is an email service developed by Google. So, one may wonder why it’s an AI app.
Well, Gmail relies heavily on AI at its core, because really Gmail is not just about enabling you send and receive emails.
Gmail is today one of the best (if not the very best) email service, because of its many features that are powered by Artificial intelligence.
In 2019, Gmail spam filters was blocking more than 100 million extra spam messages (emails) per day using AI.
It also uses AI to spot terrible typos and grammar errors as you type mails.
There is also the smart reply feature which uses AI to scan receives email and suggest responses among other features powered by AI.
Gmail is much more an AI app.
TikTok is currently the fastest growing social media app that allows it users to create amazing video contents and upload them before an ever growing audience.
There are two (2) basic ways TikTok uses AI; on the creators’ end and consumers’ end.
On the creators’ end, TikTok uses AI to enable them create viral video with amazing special effects feature.
And on the content consumers end, it uses AI to learn about their preferences and recommend videos based on their interests.
So simple, yet complicated use of AI.
Twitter is an old strong dog that is still barking loud in 2020, and it doesn’t look as if is going down, anytime soon.
Twitter uses artificial intelligence in a number of ways and I guess it’s no news. At its core, Twitter relies heavily on AI.
Years back, Twitter was just as dumb as Facebook was but it now uses AI to rank tweets, crop images and prevent/block inappropriate tweets (hate speech, racist tweets, fake news and illegal content) among others.
Mark Cuban in 2017 said “They (Twitter) finally got their act together with artificial intelligence”.
And that has continued, Twitter as an AI Communication app is really getting their acts together.
The usual suspect.
I think, there is no hiding that Facebook as a social media platform evolved years back by the introduction of artificial intelligence into their system.
Today, Facebook at its core is an AI communication app. It has rapidly grown to a powerhouse of social media communication.
Facebook uses AI in so many ways, including Deeptext used to analyze text contents in order to decipher their meaning (making it easy for in-app translations), transforming photos and videos with artsy touches (similar to what Prisma does) and prevent/block inappropriate contents (hate speech, racist comments, fake news and their likes).
Reddit is still the front page of the internet. It currently deploys AI to fight inappropriate contents like Facebook and Twitter.
Reddit use of AI is quite reactionary rather than Visionary. And I am still struggling to justify its appearance on this list and as such it not really here.
But come on, let’s not forget, it’s still the front page of the internet, and a great platform of online communication.
8. Utility Apps
This is for me, they are apps powered by AI that helps us get around: “You don’t need them until you need them” kind of apps.
Here are the best AI Utility Apps in 2020:
Google’s keyboard app (Gboard) is one of the very best keyboards for mobile phones powered by artificial intelligence.
The only other app that comes to mind is SwiftKey, a very good keyboard bettered by Gboard.
Gboard is currently the default keyboard on my phone, and rightful so. Its AI features is second to no other, for what it stands for.
You can perform a google search and translate right from the keyboard. The keyboard also comes with images and gifs while also enabling GIF creation within the app.
Autosuggestions are no new or a big deal with keyboards nowadays, but Gboard has a very high rate of accuracy with its suggestions.
A very good utility app to have on the go.
Did I forget to mention its voice-to-text feature?
Gboard comes with a voice-to-text feature that does a simple job: You speak, it types.
2. iTranslate/Google Translate
iTranslate is an iOS app developed by Apple that enables you translate from one language to another, available only for iOS devices.
Google Translate is simple the Google’s (or Android’s) version of iTranslate, available on both Android and iOS.
Both apps work similar treats. iTranslate is best for iOS users while Google Translate is best for android users, as simple as that.
These translators are a very handy utility app to have on-the-go in a corner of your phone.
3. IonRoad Augmented Driving App
The IonRoad Augmented Driving app is a breath of safety for drivers.
It’s an augmented reality driving app with a primary purpose of protecting cars from being involved in accidents using artificial intelligence.
The app simply measures the car’s headway distance, alerting drivers of their speed, and the proximity of the traffic ahead.
It has been recognized with quite some highly regarded awards including the 2012 Most Innovative Transportation Product Award at the international CTIA.
IonRoad draws the power of computer vision and your phone’s camera to improve real-time driving in short, especially for people like us without the Teslas.
9. AI Video Editing Apps
Artificial intelligence has revolutionized contemporary video making processes more than most of us can imagine.
More precisely, it has revolutionized how we edit videos, especially with our mobile phones.
Here are the best AI video editing apps in 2020:
1. Adobe Premiere
Adobe, the developers of Adobe Premiere maintains a very high status in the creativity industry.
Premiere is another great product of the Adobe brand that taps on the power of Adobe Sensei, using its AI power to offer the very best of video editing features.
Adobe Premiere 2020 comes with a wide range of AI-powered features including an auto-reframing tool that zooms, pans and crops footage while adapting it to other ratios, and animation creating tool that enables editors to skip the need of After Effect software.
Adobe Premiere Pro is strictly for desktop users, hence, mobile users cannot enjoy some of its cool feature.
Although, Premiere Rush a multi-platform editing tool is available on mobile phones; it just doesn’t come close to Premiere pro.
Other AI Video Editing Apps
Artificial intelligence keeps revolutionizing techs, year-after-year, and 2020 is a testament to that.
I must admit that there are high chances that I missed very good AI Apps worth a mention in this list.
And I’d be glad if you mention them in the comments down below, so they could be reviewed and possibly added to this list for the benefit of others.
AI is growing bigger, watchout!