Duo is Google's answer to Apple's FaceTime, and the company swears that the video-calling app is totally different than Hangouts.
With a good selection of free TV shows and movies to stream, this app is a worthwhile download, even if the videos are in standard definition.
With an interface that lets you browse headlines quickly, customize your channels and read the news offline, SmartNews is an excellent free alternative to other popular news apps.
TwoDots is one of the best games you can play this year, just watch out for those in-app purchases.
Google serves up a new app for music lovers called YouTube Music that organizes all the different versions of your favorite tunes into a central hub with guided paths for artists discovery and new music curation.
The popular digital automation service IFTTT comes to Android to do all of your tedious tasks for you.
If you're looking for an app to help you name that tune, SoundHound is it.
If you like the original Temple Run or enjoy running games, Temple Run 2 is an excellent sequel with tons of new content, beautiful graphics, and more heart-pounding escape game action.
SwiftKey is, quite simply, the best Android keyboard we've used.
For sharing files across platforms, Dropbox is a must-have that's incredibly easy to use with a quick, free download and minimal setup time.
Its streaming video quality may not be perfect, but HBO Go for Android is still a must-have for anyone who already subscribes to HBO at home.
For watching live video streams and broadcasting your own content, Ustream is clearly a top choice.
Navfree USA is about as basic as navigation apps get, but its ability to store local map data, its frequent updates, and the fact that it's free make it an invaluable tool for Android navigation.
If you're looking for a free first-person shooter, look no further. Dead Trigger is top-notch.
It's not perfect, but the Hulu Plus app offers great sound and video quality, which make it a must-download for any paying subscriber.
If you like puzzle games, The Room is a unique and addictive app you should get right away, with great visuals, pitch-perfect sounds, and plenty more to keep you struggling to figure out just how to unravel the mystery.
If you're looking for something beyond simple photo retouching and filtering for your late-model phone, Photoshop Touch hits the mark, but look at user reviews before you leap.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is probably the best arcade racing game I've seen yet, with tons of light-hearted racing fun, but you'll have to fight the urge to spend your money.