Bought an Android tablet and looking for the best Android apps to download first? Whether you’ve bought a Nexus 7 or an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7, we pick 5 Google Play essentials you need in your life pronto.
Another year, another barrage of Android tablets all trying to pose as better alternatives to the iPad Air or iPad Mini. From the second generation Google Nexus 7 to the surprisingly decent Tesco Hudl, there have been plenty of highlights to go with some lowlights (ahem, Argos MyTablet).
Along with the rapidly improving hardware, the Google Play store is racking up a more impressive collection of apps and has finally made finding tablet-optimized apps easier with a new ‘Designed for tablet’ section.
If you own an Android tablet that’s not an Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 or 8.9, then you’ll have access to Google Play. Amazon tablet owners will have to make do with the Amazon Appstore that still offers access to Android apps but currently doesn’t match the catalogue of content available in Google’s own app store.
Most tablets will have a good selection of Android apps already pre-installed including Google’s own apps like GMail, Google Plus and YouTube. To help kickstart your new tablet life, we’ve selected five more Android apps available in both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore we think you should be packing onto one of the multiple homescreens as well.