It is ten years since Android was announced and what a decade it has been. But there has never been a better time to jump on board, because the Google Play Store has grown explosively in recent years, with an increase in apps that meet all your needs.
The problem is: there are just too many, even with Editor's Picks, Featured and Best Selling, Top Paid and Top Free categories to help.
There are things you can do to filter the winners from the wannabes. Google builds up a list of apps that you recommend based on your previous downloads, so that's often a good start.
You can also filter for new releases if you only want to see the latest things that affect the store. Or, if you want something similar to an app you already have, search for that app and see what comes up.
And of course it is essential to use user ratings and reviews to ensure that the apps you download are of high quality. But the easiest (and best) way to find top-quality apps is to have someone look for you.
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And that is why we have made this list. Just like you, we want the best apps for our Android phones. The apps that will revolutionize functionality or at least offer something so great that it becomes one of the essential apps to download when you get a new device.
The following apps are constantly being updated and are a combination of paid and free apps chosen by our Android experts. So even if you are really raising money for one of these apps, you can be sure that it is a valuable purchase.
New this week: Toca Nature
$ 3.99 / £ 3.99
If you have mixed feelings about letting your child come off on a smartphone then Toca Nature could be a compromise, making them as interested in the outdoors as the screen in front of their faces.
The app gives you a largely empty grass plains in which you can build mountains, lakes, rivers and forests – all by selecting what you want and then sweeping your finger over the part of the landscape where you want it to appear.
This interaction is wonderfully tangible, with mountains rising as you repeatedly rub over the same area and trees that germinate when you hover your finger.
When you have finished creating your landscape, it is time to explore. With the app you can zoom in, walk around and even communicate with the animals that made this space their home, give them different delicacies and hunt more in the landscape. You can take photos of your world and there is even a day and night cycle.
Although Toca Nature is designed for young children, it shows how great it is that it can appeal to all ages – although older users will likely lose the limited toolset soon.