Mobile Apps:

Best Android apps of 2014

Updated

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.

If it's a specific category of apps you're looking for, we also have our best Android apps for photo editing, our best apps for streaming audio, and our best apps for streaming video.

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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

Streaming stations galore

Slacker Radio (Android)

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

Excellent cloud service

Google Drive (Android)

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

Restaurant and retail reviews

Yelp (Android)

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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