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 S4, the HTC One and tablets like the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 and Google Nexus 7 2 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.
Want to see what the future of Android smartphones could hold then check out this concept video of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5:
A great way to stay up-to-date with all the goings on in the world. Circa has a great minimal UI, a picture led front page and loads of news categories to delve into. You can follow a story, so you’re always updated when new info comes in and then easily share it with others. It’ll even download the latest content to your device, so even when you have no signal, the latest news will be waiting for you.
Free | Download Circa
There are so many great TV shows on these days and sometimes it can be tough keeping up with them all. This clever app lets you input your favourite programmes (it’ll search the net and find basically anything) and then it’ll update you when it’s on next. A handy diary function means you can tick off the episodes you’ve seen and all this is encased in a well designed app. Bravo.
Free | Download Cliffhanger
Android 4.4 Kit Kat gave us the ability to set out favourite default SMS app and our current top Hangouts replacement is Evolve SMS. Along with all the usual messaging app additions, Evolve has some nice shortcuts that let you reply to a message without leaving another app, along with starting to write one with just a swipe down from the notification bar.
Free | Download Evolve SMS
Jotter Pad X
Simple document creator Jotter Pad X is a stylish way to quickly knock up notes on your Android device, then easily sync them with Dropbox – so they’re accessible anywhere. One really clever addition is ‘Versions’, which keeps a track of all the alterations you make to a doc, so you can always go back if you change your mind.
Free | Download Jotter Pad X
Movie Roll Pro
Combining a cinema locator, movie charts and an almost endless list of recommended titles, this app will become your one stop shop when it comes to film night. It’s pretty much completely visually based, so you’ll see movie posters everywhere – tap on one to get everything from full actor info, to loads of ratings and even a personalised discussion feed.
Price: £1.76 | Download Movie Roll Pro
The latest update to the official Twitter Android app was pretty bad, but fear not, there are plenty of replacements available. Talon takes advantage of the transparent menu bars in Kit Kat to reduce the amount of wasted space and increase the number of tweets you see on one screen.
Price: £1.21 | Download Talon