Google Play is now chock full of quality free and paid for Android apps, that getting the best is difficult. That's why we're here, to cut through the noise and help you find the best Android apps of 2014.
Once the lowly second fiddle to Apple's bustling App Store, Google Play continues to go from strength to strength as more great Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, the HTC One M8and tablets like the Sony Xperia Z3 and Google Nexus 9 show what the Google-powered mobile platform is truly capable of.
If you've just bought a new Android smartphone or tablet and looking to pack it with the finest app offerings on Google Play, each month T3's app experts will bring you the very best free and paid for Android apps available right now. Here's what delights we have discovered this month.
With smartphones running Android becoming more and more advanced apps will no doubt have to keep up, whether it's a budget phone, current flagship handset or, like below, a state-of-the-art next-gen powerhouse which will use a 64-bit processor and be able to shoot 4K footage.
While we all have countless photo editing apps installed on our phones, Quick takes it a step further and lets you add a text overlay to your snaps. The range of fonts is impressive and when you’ve finished there are plenty of built-in sharing options.
Free | Download Quick
We all like to think we’re experts on wine, but most of us in reality only know the difference between red and white. Vivino, though, can make you an expert. The app scans the bottle of wine and produces loads of fact, right down to comparing it to other wines you like. You can even scan the entire wine list of a restaurant to see which is the highest rated by the 6 million Vivino subscribers.
Free | Download Vivino
Edjing DJ Music Maker
One of our favourite music apps for Android, Edjing gives you access to a pair of virtual DJ decks and pulls in music from both SoundCloud and Deezer, along with any music stored on your device, so you’ve alway got something to play. Your mixes can be stored in the cloud and shared with others and there are a whole load of effects to play with.
Free | Download Edjing DJ Music Maker
Trello is a slick, easy to use yet powerful to-do list organiser that lets you create combined lists and receive real time updates. It’ll show you who’s currently working on a task and you can each leave comments, ensuring everything is completed. Pictures and videos can be included and it looks great on tablets too.
Free | Download Trello
This is an entirely new way to organise your photos. It first groups your pictures automatically – by location, time taken, even by where they’re stored – and then borrows a bit of swipe magic from dating app tinder. Take a selection of grouped images and swipe right to make it an album, or swipe left to archive. Anything unassigned is marked as “untidy” and flagged for attention. It’s also as adept as a gallery as it is at organisation, although there are no sharing options yet. An update please, Mr Tidy.
Free | Tidy
Scan the barcode of an item to see its salt, fat and sugar levels. The app will track your daily intake and even has a gluten-free mode.
Free | FoodSwitch
Already a smash hit on iOS, now Androiders can join in the Sudokumeets-slidey puzzle fun, and obsess over multiples of three all bloody day.
£1.20 | Threes
Instant baby monitor action! Adjusts automatically to background noise and notifies you when your baby wakes up or starts crying. Very clever.
Free | Dormi
Meet Me Half Way
Always arguing with friends over meeting spots? This gives you both a route to meet halfway, and finds cool stuff for you to do in the middle.
Free | Meet Me Half Way
Shows you exactly which apps are hogging your data. Can compress your usage by up to 50 per cent, too. great for vine and YouTube addicts.
Free | Opera