The Best Android Apps

On this page, you will find the best Android apps for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.

Automation

Gravity Screen

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Llama – Location Profiles

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A handy automation utility, less versatile than Tasker, but free.

NFC Task Launcher

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Lets you use NFC tags and stickers to control your phone, put it on silent mode when you put it on the bed stand, and more.

Sanity

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Filters calls, announces callers via audio, records calls, and can even automatically answer calls.

Shush! Ringer Restorer

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An application that lets you silence your phone for a set time, and then un-silences it.

Silent Time Pro ($1.99)

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Silences the phone according to a weekly schedule, in case you find Tasker too complex.

Tasker ($6.49)

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The ultimate automation utility — some people buy an Android device just to use it.

Communication

EvolveSMS

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A slick, beautifully modern take on what an SMS app should look like.

Go SMS Pro

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A fancy replacement for the built-in SMS utility, with theme support.

imo.im

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An IM client for Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber, Myspace. Woah.

Postman: SMS Spam Blocker

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A simple, powerful way to filter spam text messages. Helps tune out the noise.

Skype

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It’s bloated, it’s quirky, but it’s Skype. Absolutely essential for long-distance calls.

SMS Popup

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If you don’t use Go SMS Pro, install SMS Popup to instantly see new SMSes.

Telegram

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A serious WhatsApp competitor that stresses privacy with strong encryption features.

Textra

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Another modern SMS app with a strong emphasis on emoticons and light/dark themes.

Viber : Free Calls & Messages

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A VoIP client that lets you call and text other users for free, worldwide. Very popular.

Xabber

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A simple chat client for XMPP (Jabber) networks like Google Talk, Facebook chat, and more.

Reading

AnkiDroid flashcards

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Memorize information efficiently while on the go with Anki’s smart algorithm.

AnyMemo Free

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A flash card application for memorizing information.

Kindle

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A fantastic reading experience. Stays in sync with your “real” Kindle.

Kobo

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If Kindle isn’t your cup of tea, try this alternative reader.

TED Air

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Provides a way to watch TED talks on your device. Get smarter on the go.

Wapedia

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Wikipedia’s mobile website is good. Wapedia is better. Also supports other wikis.

WolframAlpha ($1.99)

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Amaze your friends with crazy facts and figures. How much sodium is in a banana?

Aldiko Book Reader

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A customizable book reader which also lets you purchase books from within the app.

Moon+ Reader

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An very customizable ebook reader with full-screen support, rich gestures, and lots more.

Homescreen

Beautiful Widgets ($1.99)

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Check out the weather or the time in style with these huge, gorgeous widgets.

Colors

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Lets you set a solid color as your wallpaper. Nice and simple.

FreshCoat Wallpaper Creator

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A fun and versatile way to create custom wallpapers right on your device.

Origami Live Wallpaper

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A simple, geometric, live wallpaper.

Pattern Wallpapers

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A collection of beautiful, soothing pattern wallpapers. They say there are over a million of them.

Yahoo Weather

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A surprisingly beautiful weather app from this aging Internet giant.

WeatherBug

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Check out the weather everywhere in the world in excruciating detail, synoptic maps and all.

WP Clock

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A huge, in-your-face, live wallpaper with the time, date, battery and Wi-Fi network.

Health

Endomondo

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Social sports training. Compete against your friends, get real-time feedback.

Evernote Food

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A gorgeous way to remember your favorite meals and restaurants.

Gentle Alarm ($2.85)

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The best alarm clock money can buy, at least for Android.

KeepTrack Pro ($2)

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Lets you track just about anything, from weight to happiness.

Libra – Weight Manager

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Log your weight. An essential part of my morning routine. Syncs with DailyBurn and Withings.

My Tracks

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Uses the GPS to plot your whereabouts on a map. Great for jogging and hiking.

Petometer

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Track your walks with your dog — time, distance, pace, and route.

RunKeeper

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Fantastic guided fitness training, with a powerful website. Not just for running.

Strava Running and Cycling GPS

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A powerful bicycling app with GPS, stats, and everything else you need to map out your rides.

JEFIT

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Massively popular weight training and bodybuilding app, with a workout planner, workout logs and a companion website.

Launchers

Action Launcher

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A powerful and modern launcher, with a side-sliding app drawer.

AppDialer

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A super-fast way to launch any app on your system.

Nova Launcher

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Another powerful launcher for ICS; the one I personally use.

Gesture Search

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Draw letters on the screen, and it finds the app you want to launch. By Google.

GO Launcher EX

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Launcher of choice. Feature-packed, yet still lean.

SwipePad

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Launch your favorite apps in a flash, from any app. Transformed my Android experience — a must-have.

Themer

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A cutting-edge launcher from MyColorScreen that lets you apply themes to your homescreen in moments.

Music

AntennaPod

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A free, powerful, open-source podcast manager.

MX Player

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A do-it-all video player with zooming, multi-core decoding, and more.

Tuner - gStrings Free

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A handy app for tuning many musical instruments.

doubleTwist Player

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Sync your Android device with iTunes. Requires free Windows/Mac companion app.

Google Play Music

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Google's own music player. Syncs all of your songs to the cloud, simply excellent.

Jango Radio

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A free, unlimited personal radio application

PlayerPro ($4.99)

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A powerful, skinnable audio player with advanced filtering capabilities. Pricey.

Pocket Casts ($3.75)

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A powerful podcast client with cross-device sync.

Shazam

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Competes with SoundHound. Tries to figure out what music is playing in the background.

Slacker Radio

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Unlimited, free, customizable radio. US-only.

SoundHound

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Identify any song playing in the background. A direct competitor to Shazam.

Winamp

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The classic audio player for llama lovers comes to Android. Free and awesome.

PowerAMP

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A powerful audio player, supports multiple formats, downloads missing album art, and much more.

TuneIn Radio

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Listen to radio stations from all over the world; a great way to discover new music.

NodeBeat

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Create beautiful soundscapes with this visual musical instrument; great for jamming.

Photography

PicsArt - Photo Studio

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A lovely, simple, photo editor with effects and clipart.

Camera360

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A very powerful camera app with built-in effects.

Handy Photo ($2)

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A powerful and creative photo editor.

Instagram

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Oh, just a little phothography app you may have heard of. Owned by Facebook, installed over 50 million times.

Line Brush

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A free, fun way to draw on photos and create paintings.

Little Photo

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Add funky effects to your photographs. Insanely popular and free.

FxCamera

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A free (ad-supported) camera application with several effects.

Snapseed

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An amazing photo editor with tight Google+ integration and gorgeous effects.

VSCO Cam

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A slick, hipster-friendly way to apply retro effects to your photos.

Vignette

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A powerful, menu-driven camera app with lots of manual control options, 84 effects and 59 optional frames.

QuickPic

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A photo gallery replacement with a strong emphasis on speed and responsiveness.

Productivity

Do it (Tomorrow)

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A simple, effective to-do list with a nice bit of style.

Draft

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A supremely excellent notepad app, supports Dropbox sync and Markdown.

TouchDown for Smartphones

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For corporate types: Syncs contacts, email, and calendar with Exchange.

Out of Milk Shopping List

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An easy to use shopping list app that can double as a to-do list.

Google Keep

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A simple, lightweight way to keep personal notes in sync across devices and the Web.

Gtasks

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A swanky-looking to-do list that syncs with Google Tasks.

Google Tasks Incredible Lite

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A slick, elegant Google Tasks client.

Call Blocker

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Keep pesky callers out of your phone with this simple app.

AnyDo

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A slick to-do list utility.

Barcode Scanner

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Makes sense of those square squiggles everybody’s pointing their phones at.

Call Log Calendar Free

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Saves calls and SMSes on to Google Calendar, optionally with location info. Great for billing clients.

Diaro - personal diary

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A powerful and easy-to-use personal diary app, with tags, categories, and an online companion website.

Dropbox

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The official app. Doesn’t support continuous sync, but allows access to your files when you need it.

DropSpace

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Uploads files from SD onto Dropbox whenever they change. Backup to the cloud.

Evernote

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The do-it-all notes application. If you use Evernote on Windows/Mac, this is a must-have.

Floating Stickies

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Name says it all, really. Sticky notes for Android! Well implemented.

Habit Streak Pro

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A fantastic way to keep track of daily habits using Seinfeld's chain method. There's a free version, too, but Pro is worth $3.

LightPaper

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A beautiful, elegant note-keeping app with strong Dropbox support.

Mr. Number

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A call and text blocker, aids in the fight against spam.

Ovo Timer

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A super-slick and elegant timer app, with simple, one-handed operation and speech recognition.

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

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Scan barcodes on store products and compare prices on the go.

Simplenote

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The official client for lightweight note service Simplenote.

Simple Notepad

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A beautifully simple, powerful notepad app. Supports Dropbox sync, and is a joy to use otherwise.

Springpad

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Gives Evernote a run for its money. Has a Web-based client too.

Transit

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A great way to get around public transport, if your city is supported.

Waze

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A crowd-sourced GPS app, aware of traffic conditions. For drivers only (not pedestrians).

Security

App Protector Pro ($1.99)

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Selectively block access to certain applications. Can toggle locking as needed.

KeePassDroid

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If you use KeePass on the PC, this is a must-have. Manage your passwords with absolute security.

Lookout Mobile Security

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Scan for malware and manage your device remotely.

No Lock

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The simplest way to toggle your device’s lock-screen. Widget included.

SeekDroid ($0.99)

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Find your device if it’s ever stolen.

Social

GetGlue

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A social recommendation engine for books, movies, and more. Available on the Web too.

HootSuite

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A single app for Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. The mobile companion for HootSuite.com

Reddit Is Fun

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A Holo reddit client with an optional premium version.

Seesmic

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Supports multiple Twitter accounts, as well as Facebook and Buzz. Features fast shortcuts.

UberSocial for Twitter

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A powerful, customizable Twitter client. Used to be known as Twitdroid.

Plume

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A Twitter client with a multi-column mode for tablets and extra-shiny graphics.

WhatsApp Messenger

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A messenger application, like SMS but without SMSes.

Twicca

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A beautiful, minimalistic Twitter client. Multiple accounts are 'experimental'.

System

AirDroid

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Lets you manage your phone without touching it, from the comfort of a browser.

Fancy Widgets

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Gorgeous clock and weather widgets for your home screen.

File Manager

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An elegant, Holo file manager that keep things lean and clean.

Google Drive

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Access your Google Drive files right from your smartphone.

Lux Auto Brightness - Lite

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Automatic brightness settings as they should have been in the first place. Powerful and customizable.

Minimalistic Text

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Lets you create stylish text widgets showing time and system data.

Hide It Pro

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Protects your privacy by letting you hide photos and videos.

Amazon Appstore

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An alternative Market. Offers a free daily app.

ES File Explorer

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A powerful file manager. Supports cloud storage, FTP, and of course, managing your device's local files.

File Expert

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A powerful file manager with a built-in FTP/HTTP server, SMB client and more.

Hola Accelerator & Unblocker

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Unblocks geographically restricted or censored websites so you can enjoy them from anywhere in the world.

ROM Manager

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Download ROMs and flash your device seamlessly. Requires root access.

Root Explorer ($4)

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An excellent file exporer for rooted devices.

Stats Free

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Monitors and saves SMS, call and data usage so you don’t exceed your plan.

SwiftKey 3 ($1)

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A powerful keyboard with predictive text abilities. It knows what you're going to type next.

Swype

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A sexy sliding keyboard. $1

Titanium Backup

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The must-have backup utility. Saved me numerous times. Rooted devices only.

DiskUsage

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For visualizing what is taking up all of that precious space on your SD card.

WiFi Analyzer

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Use your phone to see in-depth info on all WiFi networks in range, and configure your own network for best connectivity.

Web

Drippler

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Keeps you up-to-date with news about your Android phone.

Dolphin Browser HD

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An alternative browser with a dedicated following.

Flipboard

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A dynamic, customizable magazine. Looks great and pulls in content from many sources.

Pulse News

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A beautiful news reader, can sync with Google reader. A joy to use.

Pocket

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Mark things to read and watch later on the PC, then read and watch them with this app while on the go.

YouTube Remote

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Control YouTube on any computer or Internet TV with this free app from Google.

Viral Floating Youtube Popup

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An alternative YouTube client that's miles better than the default one.

mVideoPlayer

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A powerful video player with subtitle support and built-in IMDB search.