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5 Apps and Games to download for your new Android device

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You may have just got a new Android smartphone or tablet and be wondering exactly where to start in the minefield of apps and games that is the Google Play Store.

We’ve compiled some of the best apps and games to get you started.

Google Keyboard is one of the first apps I install to overwrite the stock system keyboard on Android devices. It is one of the best keyboards on offer and is super easy to use.

Gboard - the Google Keyboard
Gboard - the Google Keyboard
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Next up is Nova Launcher – the second app that usually gets installed to override the stock launcher that comes with devices. The experience of stock launchers varies greatly between devices so installing the third-party Nova Launcher brings that experience back under your control. There’s a ton of customization options and is well worth checking out.

Nova Launcher
Nova Launcher
Price: Free

Everyone needs a good photo editing app on their devices, and while Google Photos has some fantastic native editing tools, an app called Photofy provides some excellent photo tools. There’s some excellent collage features as well as stickers and custom text that can be used to enhance your photos.

Photofy Content Creation Tool
Photofy Content Creation Tool
Developer: Photofy Inc
Price: Free+

While there are many note-taking apps on the Google Play Store, nothing seems to come close to Google’s own offering. Keep is simple but works. It keeps notes in sync across multiple┬ádevices and offers a number of organization tools to format and pin notes.

Google Keep
Google Keep
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Last up is an app to replace the stock app that handles text messaging on your device. Textra provides an excellent experience to manage your SMS messages over the stock app. It is a must for anyone looking for an improvement in managing SMS.

Textra SMS
Textra SMS
Developer: Delicious
Price: Free+

These are just 5 of the apps that spring to mind as the first go-to apps to install when setting up a new Android device. If you have your go-to apps, please drop them in the comments section below.

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