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Top 10 fun Android apps at Christmas

Wed Dec 26 2012, 09:00

Sketchbook Mobile
Ideal for those rocking a stylus-equipped Android device such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sketchbook Mobile is the perfect application for budding artists. 

It's a very feature-heavy application, as it comes with a host of different tools for you to use to create your drawings. For example, there's 65 different pressure-sensitive brushes for you to choose from, hundreds of different colours and the ability to doodle on images, be it touching up an image or drawing a moustache on your friend. 

We found the app great for a makeshift game of pictionary too, although you could always download Draw Something for that. 

Sketchbook Mobile is available to download for £0.61 from Google Play.

BBC Iplayer
Oh crap, you've only gone and missed the utterly-depressing Eastenders episode on Christmas Day! Fear not, as that's where BBC's Iplayer app comes into play.

BBC Iplayer logo

With the BBC Iplayer app, you can catch up with Eastenders wherever you want - even in a place where you have no access to the internet as BBC recently updated its app with a feature that allows you to download TV shows to watch offline.

We should point out that it's not just an app for catching up with Eastenders, as the app lets you watch programmes from the last seven days on demand, be it Question Time or Don't Tell The Bride. You can also catch up with radio shows, if you are so inclined.

It's worth nothing that if you have an Android device that doesn't support Adobe Flash such as the Google Nexus 4 or Nexus 7, you'll have to download BBC's new Media Player application. 

BBC Iplayer is available to download for free from Google Play.

Adobe Photoshop Touch
If you're more of a photo editor than a doodler, Adobe Photoshop Touch is a great little app. Sure, it costs £6.99, but when you think how much Adobe's desktop Photoshop application costs, you're buying yourself one hell of a bargain. 

Designed for tablets, this is a great app for those who acquired a Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 for Christmas. It doesn't come with all the features found on its desktop counterpart, but it does come with a handful of them including layers, selection tools, adjustments and filters to add to your images.

Another nifty feature is the 2GB of free cloud storage baked-in, which lets you transfer images easily from your tablet to desktop computer. There's a bunch of tutorials on board too, for those who need a bit of help getting to grips with the feature-packed app. 

Adobe Photoshop Touch is available to download for £6.99 from Google Play, although it comes preloaded on some Samsung devices.

Sky Map
Sky Map, developed by Google, is a must-have app for budding astronomers.  

The app, once installed, turns your Android device into a make-shift window. Pan around and you'll be greeted with images of the night sky, enabling you to spot stars, different constellations and planets. If you look outside and question which star that is, point your device at the sky and Google will reveal details about it. Impressive, huh?

Sky Map is available to download for free from Google Play.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
While it's not a game for the faint hearted, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for Android has quickly fled to the top of Google's charts.

The Android version is essentially a reworked version of the Grand Theft Auto game of old, allowing you to run around causing chaos from your smartphone or tablet device. While it's probably not a great app to install on your mum's new Android tablet, it's great for those that like driving (and violent) games. 

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is available to download for £3.74 from Google Play. µ


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