Samsung’s new hero Android phone, the Galaxy S4, is now available on all major carriers except for Verizon. (The Verizon model will ship at the end of May.)
If you’re going to get a new GS4, here’s a starter pack of Android apps to get you started.
Note: These apps will work on most other Android phones too, including the excellent HTC One.
Some Android smartphones come with the Google Chrome Web browser preinstalled, but if yours doesn't, you should download it right away.
Google Chrome is the best browser for Android phones. It syncs bookmarks and other preferences from your Google account across your desktop and other devices.
SwiftKey is one of our favourite Android apps. The keyboard app replaces the stock that ships with your phone.
One of the best features is SwiftKey's ability to learn from your habits across social media and email accounts to figure out exactly what you're trying to write.
Flayvr is the perfect photo gallery replacement app.
All your photos and videos are sorted based on time, and you can create and manage various albums.
One of our favourite features about Flayvr is how it stitches photo and video into the same stream.
Spotify is a great alternative to purchasing music. The service has a catalogue filled with millions of streaming songs. If you pay $10 per month, you can listen to your music on your Android phone and download tracks for offline listening.
1Weather is one of the highest rated weather apps in the entire Google Play Store. The beautiful weather app provides real-time local weather and forecasts for all over the world.
There are also hourly forecasts and precipitation information. One of 1Weather's best features is the app's ability to follow your location so that you can get updated weather info when you're on the move.
Instagram is the best way to share photos with friends and stay up to date with what your favourite people are doing.
The social photo network is addictive, simple to use, and packed with a ton of filters that really make your photos stand out.
Viber lets Android users call, text, and send photo and video messages across the globe for free over Wi-Fi or your smartphone's data connection.
Phone calls support HD sound quality, and you can have conversations with up to 40 people at once.
Google Reader is on the way out, replace it with Feedly.
Feedly is a great way to browse news and content from your favourite websites, blogs, RSS feeds, and even YouTube channels.
The app is well designed, fast, and easy to use.
IM+ is a great way to instant message friends from various services all in one place.
The app supports all the major chat services including Facebook, Skype (as in-app purchase), MSN/Live Messenger, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM/iChat, ICQ, RenRen, Jabber, MeinVZ, Gadu-Gadu, mig33, SINA Weibo, Fetion, Mamba.Ru, VKontakte, Odnoklassniki.Ru, Yandex IM and Mail.Ru Agent.
Volume Booster increases the standard volume on your Android device. Volume booster is supposed to make your phone 20-30% louder.
Its simple to use too ---- simply press a button and the app will calibrate your phone and increase the volume.