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Best Android apps for new smartphones and tablets

We hand pick the best set of apps to download for your new Android smartphone or tablet

Google Play Store apps for Android

So you've got a new Android smartphone or tablet but don't know which apps to install. Well here's our best Android apps for new smartphones and tablets list.

There are thousands of apps on the Google Play Store to choose from so it can be hard to seek out the best apps for your device, the ones you'll never want to delete. We've put together this list of 10 top Android apps to get your started. See also: Best Android Apps.

It's highly likely that your smartphone or tablet already has a number of Google apps such as Gmail, Maps, Google+ and YouTube so we've left them out of this list.

See also: Group test: what's the best Android tablet?

Here's our list of the best essential apps for your new Android smartphone or tablet. We've selected a wide range of apps so there's something for everyone.

FacebookFacebook for Android

If your phone doesn't come with the Facebook app pre-loaded then this is probably one of the first you'll want to download. That is if you're a Facebook user, of course. The Facebook app will give you access to your news feed, groups, photos and chat on your Android smartphone or tablet.

Download Facebook

TwitterTwitter for Android

Another must-have social networking app for your Android device is Twitter. The simple and well-designed app allows you to easily see what's happening on Twitter, upload photos and, of course, post tweets. If you're not a Twitter user, why not give it a try and follow us @PCAdvisor.

Download Twitter

KindleKindle for Android

All you book worms out there will want to get the Amazon Kindle app. You'll be able to choose from over a million eBooks, a lot of which are free. If you also have a Kindle eReader all your books, notes and where you left off will be synced between devices.

Download Kindle

Angry Birds Star WarsAngry Birds Star Wars for Android

Playing a game on an Android smartphone or tablet is a great way to have a bit of fun and Angry Birds is a great place to start. Angry Birds Star Wars is the latest in the series and, best of all, it's free on Android.

Download Angry Birds Star Wars

Amazon MP3Amazon MP3 for Android

If you like music then you'll want to download the Amazon MP3 app. You can use it to listen to music stored on your device and purchase music from Amazon's library of 20 million songs. Furthermore, you can stream music you've purchased or uploaded to the Amazon Cloud Player.

Download Amazon MP3

Lookout Security & AntivirusLookout security for Android

It's always good to keep your new device secure and Lookout is a great way to do so for free. The app includes antivirus, a phone number scanner and will even help you find your phone if, touch wood, it gets lost or stolen.

Download Lookout

eBayeBay for Android

If you want to do a bit of shopping from your new Android device, maybe you want a case or a screen protector, the eBay app is a good one to start off with. You can browse the items on sale, add them to your watch list, bid on them, pay for them and just about anything else you can think of.

Download eBay

Paper CameraPaper Camera for Android

Your new device will have a camera of some sort, we hope. However, the standard camera app can be limited so for £1.19 Paper Camera provides, aside from a funky interface, a range of real-time filter effects which can also be added to existing photos.

Download Paper Camera

TVCatchupTVCatchup for Android

You can use your Android smartphone or tablet as another TV screen in your home. The TVCatchup app give you access to live TV on more than 50 channels free of charge (if you have a TV licence). You can also just use the app as a listings guide.

Download TVCatchup

PC AdvisorPC Advisor for Android

We don't like to blow our own trumpet much but the PC Advisor app is a great way to keep up with the latest technology news, reviews, new products as well as tutorials, opinion articles and buying advice. And it's free.

Download PC Advisor

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