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Top 25 Android Apps

Discover 25 of the best Android apps available on Google Play today.

You’ll find a little something for everyone in our Top 25 Android Apps. We’ve got apps to suit gamers, creatives, fitness fanatics and TV addicts alike!

1) Angry Birds Transformers

Angry Birds Transformer

Imagine what would happen if the irritated avians were suddenly transformed (see what we did there?) into giant robots from the planet Cybertron, and dropped into a side-scrolling shooter that, while it may be a bit grindy, is great fun. That’s Angry Birds Transformers!

Download Angry Birds Transformers

2) Periscope

Periscope

Vine is a ridiculously popular video-sharing app, but Periscope has a hook that we reckon is even more compelling: live broadcasting. Yes, with Periscope, you can now stream live to your followers!

Download Periscope

3) Opera Mini

Opera Mini

Every Android phone out there has a web browser, but what if you’re on a tight data bundle, and want something a little more streamlined. That’s where Opera Mini comes in; it renders everything on Opera’s own servers, displaying the result to you, which means that it uses less data, which will bring your bill down!

Download Opera Mini

4) Facetune

Facetune

Facetune is not, as you might think, a way to make music with your own face. Instead, it’s a photo editor dedicated to the art of making selfies look more glamourous!

Download Facetune

5) BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer

Do we really need to introduce BBC iPlayer? Catch up on last week’s Countryfile or Doctor Who without being tied to your PC!

Download BBC iPlayer

6) Netflix

Netflix

Let’s be honest, we don’t really need to introduce Netflix either, but we’ve added it to this list because it’s now finally available to use on smartphones as well as tablets! Watch movies on the go, or choose from a range of exclusive Netflix shows.

Download Netflix

7) 7 Minute Workout

7 Minute Workout

Doing exactly what it says on the tin, the “7 Minute Workout” is designed to give you an intensive workout, equivalent to an hour’s workout in just over 7 minutes. It’s the efficient way to get in shape!

Download 7 Minute Workout

8) Steam

Steam

Any PC gamer worth their salt will know Steam, and the Android version of Valve’s platform will allow you to buy games (so you don’t miss out on Steam sales even when not at home), manage your account, and chat to your friends.

Download Steam

9) talkSPORT

talkSPORT

Do you want to keep up to date with the Barclays Premier League, or, erm, all the other football? Or the cricket? Rugby Union? F1? Then you need talkSPORT, with live match match commentaries, and tons of coverage for all your favourite sports!

Download talkSPORT

10) HD Widgets

HD Widgets

One of the best bits about using Android is the homescreen widgets, and one of the best sets of widgets we’ve ever come across is to be found in HD Widgets. Add these to your homescreen, and jazz up your Android phone today!

Download HD Widgets

11) Nova Launcher

Nova Launcher

Perhaps you want to change your entire homescreen, and not just your widgets? Then give the supremely customisable Nova Launcher a try, and find out why it’s one of the most popular replacement interfaces for Android!

Download Nova Launcher

12) Yahoo Aviate Launcher

Yahoo Aviate Launcher

On the other hand, perhaps you want a simpler homescreen experience. In that case, you want Aviate Launcher by Yahoo. By using smart algorithms and learning your routine, your homescreen can automatically present the info you want, when you want it, without being asked to.

Download Yahoo Aviate Launcher

13) Swype

Swype

There’s a range of keyboards on Google Play which allow you to type by swiping your finger across the screen. For our money, the best of those is Swype, a replacement, swipy keyboard that’s an absolute dream to use!

Download Swype

14) Kindle

Kindle

It’s a given that ebooks are awesome, just as Amazon’s Kindle is the best place to read them, and since Amazon is a massive supporter of new, independent authors, it’s also a brilliant place to find new books you might love!

Download Kindle

15) Audible for Android

Audible for Android

Imagine Kindle, right, but for audiobooks instead of ebooks. And then, imagine that it’s synced up with Kindle, so your progress through a book is synced up between reading and listening, no matter where you leave off. That’s Audible!

Download Audible

16) Reuters

Reuters

It’s always a good idea to keep abreast of the news, and for fair, unbiased reporting, you really can’t beat the most famous news agency in the world. Get the Reuters app, and keep up to date with the world!

Download Reuters

17) TED

TED

If you’ve ever seen a TED Talk, you’ll know that they’re fascinating looks at where the world might be going, technologically and scientifically. Now you can watch every single TED Talk with your phone!

Download TED

18) ES File Explorer

ES File Explorer

If there’s one app that’s more or less essential when you own an Android phone, it’s a file explorer. We recommend ES File Explorer, because it can also open, and let you look inside, compressed .rar files!

Download ES File Explorer

19) Comixology

Comixology

Do you read comics? With comics from Marvel, DC, IDW and, well, pretty much every publisher, and with a Guided View that makes the whole experience exponentially cooler, you need the Comixology app!

Download Comixology

20) Avira

Avira

Malware is on the rise on Android, and while it’s still easy to stay safe (don’t touch anything suspicious, and keep your wits about you), it’s always nice to have another layer of protection. Plus, Avira comes with tools to remotely kill your phone, if it’s ever stolen.

Download Avira

21) Aviary Photo Editor

Aviary Photo Editor

It would be nice if PhotoShop was available for phones as well as tablets, but it’s not, and since Aviary does just as good a job at editing and retouching your photos, we heartily recommend it!

Download Aviary Photo Editor

22) Assassin’s Creed Pirates

Assassin’s Creed Pirates

Sail round the Caribbean! Engage in epic naval battles! Sing sea shanties! Drink lots and lots of rum! Plunder! Pillage! Be the most fearsome pirate that’s ever pirated, with Assassin’s Creed Pirates! Yaarrrrrrrrr!

Download Assassin’s Creed Pirates

23) Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals

Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals

Personal feelings on Jamie Oliver aside (he is, shall we say, divisive), this excellent collection of recipes will have you cooking healthy, tasty grub in no time. Plus, if you have a waterproof phone (like the Sony Xperia Z3), you can safely use your phone in the kitchen, as an actual electronic cookbook!

Download Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals

24) Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft Pocket Edition

Everyone has heard of Minecraft. Even non-gamers have heard of Minecraft, and the Pocket Edition will let you mine out entire continents and build new worlds (while running away from creepers) while you’re out and about.

Download Minecraft: Pocket Edition

25) Battery Doctor

Battery Doctor

If you’re using all these apps, then you’re going to be caning the battery, so the final app on this list is essential: Battery Doctor, the perfect app to increase your battery life, and give you more time to play with all the other apps you’ve downloaded!

Download Battery Doctor

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