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Top 10 fun Android apps at Christmas

The best stuff to download for your new Android device
Wed Dec 26 2012, 09:00

IF YOU'RE AMONGST the lucky bunch who got a shiny new Android device this Christmas, we bet you're wondering what apps to get?

Fear not, as The INQUIRER is here, bringing you a list of the top 10 apps to download on your new Android device. What's more, these are all tried and tested - so no need to worry about downloading guff.

Xbox Smartglass
If you're lucky enough to own an Xbox as well as a new Android device, then Xbox Smartglass is a must-have app.

Putting the Nintendo Wii U to shame, Microsoft's Smartglass app turns your Android device, be it a 3.5in smartphone or a 10in tablet, into the ultimate Xbox companion. Fire open the app and the app turns your device into an interactive second screen for your gaming console, delivering unique and exclusive content to your smaller display.

For example, if you've got some friends over and you're playing Dance Central 3, you can compile playlists using your Android device, lining up songs so you can strut your stuff. If you're more a Halo fan, your Android phone can be used to display maps, for example. 

Xbox Smartglass is available to download for free from Google Play

Whale Trail Classic
Whale Trail may not be as well known as the likes of Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, but it's just as frustratingly addictive.

Whale Trail Classic for Android

You play the game as Willow the Whale (stick with us) and you fly through a 'magical rainbow land' collecting bubbles and avoiding clouds. The more bubbles you eat the more points you get, which means you can unlock new characters and costumes, or fork out on some power-ups for the game. If that hasn't sold it to you, the Whale Trail theme song was created by Gruff Rhyss from The Super Furry Animals

It's not just ridiculously addictive, it's also one of the most beautifully designed apps available for Android, which looks great on high-resolution devices such as the Google Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. 

Whale Trail is available to download for £1.99 from Google Play.  

Flipboard, Steve Jobs' self-proclaimed favourite app thanks to its prompt arrival on IOS, finally arrived on Google's Android operating system this year, and quickly climbed to the top of download charts.

If you've yet to try out the much-talked about app, now is the perfect time to give it a spin. Dubbed 'a news magazine', Flipboard takes news from your Twitter timeline and Facebook feed, as well as from news outlets such as BBC News, and compiles all of your top stuff into a swish, touch-optimised magazine. 

Unfortunately, the app isn't yet optimised for Android tablets, but if Santa has brought you a new Android smartphone, Flipboard is sure to look great. What's more, if you've got a Samsung device this Christmas, you may find that Flipboard is already preloaded.

If you haven't, Flipboard is available to download for free from the Google Play Store

Angry Birds Star Wars
Do we really need to say more? Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, has teamed with Star Wars for the latest version of its ridiculously popular application. 

Angry Birds Star Wars for Android

The app, much to our delight, does exactly what it says on the tin. You play the game as your favourite Star Wars character/bird, with a choice of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca, R2D2 and C3PO. As you'd expect, you attack pigs that look like Star Wars baddies too, such as Darth Vader, Tusken Raiders and Stormtroopers.

Taking tips from Rovio's previous Angry Birds release, this app takes place in space, which means there's plenty of frustrating gravity-defying levels. As if that wasn't enough, the app also lets you use a light sabre and 'the Force' to attack the pigs, making it a must-have for Star Wars fans. 

Angry Birds Star Wars is available to download for free from Google Play.

There's no way we could compile a list of our favourite 10 apps without mentioning Spotify, the perfect source for crap Christmas music over the holiday season.  

While you'll need a Spotify subscription to make the most of the app, costing either £4.99 or £9.99 a month depending on whether you want offline listening chucked in, Spotify is giving away a 48-hour free trial for those who install the Android app.

Spotify, and its catalogue of millions of songs (including Metallica as of this month), lets you stream music on the go, compile playlists of your favourite tracks and send songs to your friends on Facebook. One downside, though, is that what you're listening to is also displayed on the social network but thankfully this can be turned off, for when you have a sly listen to Justin Bieber. 

Spotify is available to download for free from Google Play


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