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Best Android Apps: 23 essential Android apps

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Looking for the best Android apps? Our round-up of the best apps for Android includes categories for the best social media apps, best travel apps, best news apps and many more. We include free Android apps and paid apps and we add a new App of the Week every week.

APP OF THE WEEK: Duolingo

What is Duolingo?
There are a lot of options out there for people wanting to learn a new language, but most of them are either costly, gruelling, or both. Duolingo is as convenient an education tool as we’ve come across, and it somehow costs absolutely nothing.
 
While it’s got a couple of shortcomings, it’s still a must-have app as far as we’re concerned. You’ll fall in love with it in no time, especially if you’re a keen traveller or just want to pick up something new.
 
What’s good?
It might make you feel like a child with a CGP science book again, but everything in the Duolingo app is split into bite-sized, easily digestible chunks. You can set your daily learning targets too, and the entire experience is gamified, which we like.

There are also loads of different languages available through Duolingo, including all of the usual suspects and some less mainstream options, such as Dutch, Irish and Swedish. Completely free, too.

Duolingo
 
What’s bad?
Our biggest peeve is that there’s no option for offline use, which is a pain because this is an app that’s otherwise perfectly-suited for using on the go. You might also struggle to use it on a consistent basis, since it doesn’t deliver daily reminders, despite making you set your learning timetable.

A final criticism is that there doesn’t seem to be much middle ground, with lessons flitting between overly easy and bafflingly difficult seemingly at random. On closer inspection, we think this has something to do with the fact that it doesn’t tend to explain the technical details, such as why certain forms of verbs are used in some cases and not others.

Score: 9/10
Price: Free
In-app purchases? No
Download Duolingo

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Best Social Media Apps for Android
If likes, favourites, retweets and shares make your world go round, make sure you peruse our selection of the best social media apps. As well as all the major social networks, we’ve included the best apps for communicating with the people dearest to you.

Best Productivity Apps for Android
Despite what your parents, teacher or boss might say, smartphones can help you get stuff done. Our favourite productivity apps could save you time and money too.

Best News and Reading Apps for Android
Whether articles, novels or video reports are your poison, our picks of the best news and reading apps will make your commutes a little bit more bearable.
 
Best Video and Music Apps for Android
As smartphone screens have become sharper and larger, and speakers more powerful than ever, entertainment apps have grown in quality and popularity. It’s now perfectly acceptable to watch movies and TV shows on your mobile (though it’s never okay to blast out rap music on the back of the bus).

Best Travel Apps for Android
Our favourite travel apps cover planning, booking, dining out and events, as well as taxis and public transport. Great if you’re on holiday, looking for things to do or if you just need to get around the city.

Is there an app you love that you think should be our Android App of the Week? Let us know in the comments below.

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