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.
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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:
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Free | Download Aviate
One of the great things about Android is that you can customise the launcher – this is basically the home screen and app menu. There are a few apps currently in the Google Play Store which take advantage of this; though we’d have to say Aviate is the most inventive. Taking cues from Google Now, Aviate constantly updates your homescreen, only showing information you need to see. It’s clean, quick and definitely an app to try.
Free | Download BBM
Nope, you’ve not gone back in time five years to a high school playground, Blackberry is looking for halt a dip in fortunes by offering the popular BBM messaging service out to rival platforms. The good old PIN system of gaining contacts is still around, as is a very BB10 influenced look and feel, complete with a whole host of gestures.
Microsoft Remote Desktop
To go with the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has gone ahead and released a free remote desktop app, allowing you to take control of a PC from anywhere in the world, all from the comfort of your Android tablet or smartphone. Multi-touch is supported, the connection is secure and there’s impressive bandwidth compression as well.
Free | Download HMV music
Google already offer a very well stocked music store, though if you’re looking to branch out a bit, high-street chain HMV has just released an app, with dedicated access to the HMV download service. All songs are DRM free, high-quality and if you don’t know the name of the song you’re looking for, the sound search tool will help you find it.
Free | Download Cluster
A bit like Photo Stream on iOS, Cluster lets you create photo albums, order your snaps and then share them with friends and family. Albums can be set to private, photos are sorted by location and time, plus you can view your shots on the web. The killer feature though is that you have unlimited storage options, so you can save as many photos as you want.
Free | Download Mercury browser
Android already has a bevy of browser options available, from Chrome to Firefox. However there is still plenty of room for competition. Mercury Browser, an incredibly popular iOS client, offers a load of plug-in options – like Dropbox and translate, along with a private mode and you can set even the app up to require a password before it starts.