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
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!
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!
3) 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!
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!
5) 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!
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.
7) 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!
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.
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!
10) 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
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!
12) 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
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!
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!
15) 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!
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!
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!
18) 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
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!
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.
21) 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
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
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
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.
25) 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!
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