Got a new Android phone or tablet as a holiday gift this year? Let us help you pick the right apps to make your new hardware shine.
Maybe you just got your very first Android device, or maybe you've been using the best Android phones since they first came on the market. Or maybe, by choice or circumstance, you've factory-reset your phone and are looking at a completely blank slate. Either way, finding the best apps to get your Android device ready to take on the world can be a daunting task. Consider: If you looked at an app from Google Play every second, without stopping, it would take more than 23 days to see them all. Hence this list—a gathering of apps, some new and some old, that represent the very best that Android has to offer. Our 14 categories are presented alphabetically, and you'll find a little bit of everything from productivity and utilities to food and travel. Note that you won't find any games in this hallowed hall of Android excellence. That's not because we don't like fun. In fact, we love mobile games so much that we've made a separate list for the best Android apps.