Mobile Apps:

Best Android apps

Updated February 14, 2014 10:20 AM PST

One of the best parts about getting a new Android phone or tablet is downloading new apps. But with an ever-growing selection on Google Play, it can be near impossible to cut through all the clutter. To help get you started, I've distilled some of our favorites down to just five must-haves.

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Best bookmark manager

Pocket (Android)

Better than Instapaper and other competitors, Pocket is the app to beat when it comes to bookmarking and managing links.

5 stars Spectacular

Smarter keyboarding

SwiftKey 4 (Android)

SwiftKey is, quite simply, the best Android keyboard we've used.

5 stars Spectacular

Excellent cloud service

Google Drive

For Android users, Google Drive is a must-have download, as it offers convenient cloud storage space, Google Docs functionality on the go, and file-sharing capabilities to boot.

4.5 stars Outstanding

Streaming stations galore

Slacker Radio

With its impressive menu of listening options (particularly for premium subscribers), Slacker Radio is one of the best streaming-music apps on the market.

5 stars Spectacular

Restaurant and retail reviews

Yelp

Even with its slow performance and lack of search filters, Yelp's incredible database of business listings and user-submitted data make it a must-have app for every mobile user.

4 stars Excellent
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