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132 Awesome apps for Android Tablets (August 2014)

Welcome to our brand spankin’ new Android tablet apps listing. If you’ve ever been here before, you’ll notice that things look a lot different. We’ve gutted and remodeled our apps listing from top to bottom to give you the best tablet apps for Android no matter what you’re looking for. The list below is comprehensive, and links back to the Google Play Store, which is the best place to download apps. Right now we have north of a hundred different apps and seven different categories, but we still have a lot of work to do. So does Google, honestly, because Android tablet apps still don’t look nearly as good, on the whole, as iPad apps, and that’s not an opinion; it’s a fact.

Let us know what you think and leave a comment if you have something nice to say or have some constructive feedback. We’ll add new apps on a regular basis, so this list isn’t set in stone.

Update by AJ on 8-13-2014: Added six new apps to the list: Snapseed, Sketchbook Express, Feedly, TeamViewer, HotelTonight, and Level Money.

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New Apps Added! (August 2014)

Snapseed

Snapseed

(Google Play)

Instagram might be the name you associate photo editing, but Snapseed holds its own. With a powerful set of tools to tweak your images and an autocorrect tool, it will make any shot look professional.

Sketchbook Express

SketchbookExpress

(Google Play)

Tablets can be an artist’s best friend with the right tool. Sketchbook Express is the canvas you’re looking for, built with 15 brushes all capable of producing unique strokes and lines.

Feedly

Feedly

(Google Play / Amazon)

Feedly brings you all of your favorite parts of the Web into one continuous feed. With user interface tailored to the tablet, it makes the content you’re after fit perfectly on your screen.

TeamViewer

TeamViewer

(Google Play / Amazon)

Your tablet is powerful enough to act as your primary computer, but it probably doesn’t have all your files and programs. You can get to them through TeamViewer, acting as your remote control.

HotelTonight

HotelTonight

(Google Play / Amazon)

Traveling can be stressful, especially if you’re doing things at the last minute. HotelTonight makes those day of decisions easy and rewarding by hooking you up with a hotel on the cheap just for tonight.

Level Money

levelmoney

(Google Play)

Keeping track of your money can be complicated. Level Money simplifies everything. With clear visualizations of liquid assets and budgets, you can see where all of your money goes and learn how to save.

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Entertainment

If you’re looking for apps to use in your leisure time, you’ve come to the right place. Entertainment is one of our largest categories, covering everything from movies to games to sports games. If you sit and listen, read, or watch it, you’ll find it here.

Movies and TV

Netflix

(Google Play / Amazon)

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With a constantly changing library of thousands of TV shows, movies, and exclusive content that you can stream direct to your tablet, Netflix offers a whole lot of entertainment for $8 a month.

IMDb

(Google Play / Amazon)

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Satisfy the film-buff inside with this virtual encyclopedia of movie facts, actor biographies, and fascinating trivia. Millions of people rate regularly and chat about their favorite movies at IMDb.

Crackle

(Google Play / Amazon)

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It won’t cost you a cent to stream movies and TV shows from Crackle. All of the content is completely free. You won’t find the latest blockbusters, but there are some gems tucked away in here.

Books

Moon+ Reader

(Google Play / Amazon)

Moon+_Reader_Android_tablet_app_screenshotLoad up your ebook collection and enjoy it in this fully customizable reader which lets you define your preferred aesthetic and even tweak gestures and keys. It supports every format under the sun.

Kindle

(Google Play / Amazon)

Kindle_Android_tablet_app_screenshotFrom the classics of yesteryear to contemporary bestsellers you’ll find over a million books to browse through in here. There are also magazines, newspapers, and a built-in dictionary to try.

Nook

(Google Play)

Nook_Android_tablet_app_screenshotBarnes & Noble offers more than 2.5 million books through this app and 1 million of them are free. You can also enjoy free trials and subscribe to all the top newspapers, magazines, and comics.

Comics

DC Comics

(Google Play)

DC_Comics_Android_tablet_app_screenshotFans of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, or the rest of DC’s line-up won’t want to miss this. There are 80 titles published monthly and well over 1,000 comics and graphic novels every year.

Marvel Comics

(Google Play)

Marvel_Comics_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIf Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, The Hulk, or any of the Marvel superheroes float your boat then opt for this app. There are more than 3,500 comics on offer, including a few freebies.

Perfect Viewer

(Google Play / Amazon)

Perfect_Viewer_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis is a free, fully-customizable comic reader app that you can use to organize and read your existing collection. It supports most DRM-free formats, including PDF via a plug-in.

News

Flipboard

(Google Play / Amazon)

Flipboard_Android_tablet_app_screenshotFilter out the noise and hone in on the news that interests you most with this beautifully animated personalized magazine. Pull in social media posts and online articles from your favorite sources.

News 360

(Google Play / Amazon)

News_360_Android_tablet_app_screenshotA nice clean layout offers a window onto the world of news, pulled in from a wide variety of top sources online. Choose your favorite topics (there are thousands) and it learns what you like.

USA Today

(Google Play / Amazon)

USA_Today_Android_tablet_app_screenshotYou’ll find all the news headlines from politics to sport, tech to travel, and everything else right here. Push notifications for breaking headlines are optional and you can save articles offline.

Feed Readers

Feedly

Feedly

(Google Play / Amazon)

Feedly brings you all of your favorite parts of the web into one continuous feed. With user interface tailored to the tablet, it makes the content you’re after fit perfectly on your screen.

Radio and Podcasts

TuneIn Radio

(Google Play / Amazon)

TuneIn_Radio_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThere’s no better radio and podcast app than this. Music, sports, talk, news, and more can be found with over 100,000 worldwide radio stations to choose from and more than 2 million podcasts.

Stitcher

(Google Play / Amazon)

Stitcher_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIf you’re not sure what you’re looking for, then let Stitcher choose based on your interests. This app will stitch together all your favorite radio and talk shows together in a playlist of your choosing.

Internet Radio

(Google Play)

Internet_radio_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIt’s not designed for tablets, but it’s a good option if you just want to select from a wide variety of popular, free radio stations from across the world. You can use it to record tracks as well.

Music

Poweramp ($4)

(Google Play)

Poweramp_Android_tablet_app_screenshotEvery feature you could want in a music player is packed in here. There’s support for all sorts of formats, a 10 band graphic equalizer, crossfade support, and a lot more. It costs $4 after the trial.

SoundHound

(Google Play / Amazon)

SoundHound_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis app can recognize any tune, even if you hum it yourself, which could prove invaluable for identifying that melody that won’t go away. You can play songs in Rdio, Spotify, or YouTube.

Rdio

(Google Play / Amazon)

Rdio_Android_tablet_app_screenshotMore than 20 million tracks to play or you can enlist this app to serve up music you’ll like by selecting tracks, artists, or genres. Favorites can be synced for offline listening. Monthly price is $10.

Photography

Snapseed

Snapseed

(Google Play)

Instagram might be the name you associate photo editing, but Snapseed holds its own. With a powerful set of tools to tweak your images and an autocorrect tool, it will make any shot look professional.

Games

Badland

(Google Play / Amazon)

Badland_Android_tablet_app_screenshotVisually stunning and powerfully addictive, this atmospheric gem deserves a space on every Android tablet. There’s even a multiplayer mode in this physics-based platform puzzler for group fun.

Dumb Ways to Die

(Google Play / Amazon)

Dumb_Ways_to_Die_Android_tablet_app_screenshotSilly, free, fun for the whole family; the challenge is to save a collection of ignorant cartoon characters from unnecessary stupid deaths. It has a seriously catchy theme song too.

Dead Trigger 2

(Google Play / Amazon)

Dead_Trigger_2_Android_tablet_app_screenshotCan you survive the inevitable undead uprising, yet again? Slaughter zombies using over 30 different weapons across 15 different environments in this visually impressive apocalyptic bloodbath.

Pro Sports

Sports Republic

(Google Play / Amazon)

Sports_Republic_Android_tablet_app_screenshotGet all the latest news and scores from the sports you love with this aggregated one-stop-shop for the world of sports. You can personalize the selection and get articles, photos, and video content.

Thuuz Sports

(Google Play / Amazon)

Thuuz_Sports_Android_tablet_app_screenshotYou can find the latest scores and news about the sports you love in this accessible app that’s legitimately optimized for Android tablets (a rarity). You can even watch video highlights of games.

CBS Sports

(Google Play / Amazon)

CBS_Sports_Android_tablet_app_screenshotFull scorecards and real-time stats for football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, and a whole lot more can be found in this organized package. It can pull video, radio, news, and social media.

College Sports

College Football SC

(Google Play)

College_Football_Scorecard_Android_tablet_app_screenshotGet up-to-the-minute scores and schedules covering all the major football conferences in the NCAA. It also has all the big news stories, and it’s easy to find what you want thanks to a solid layout.

Are You Watching This?

(Google Play)

Are_You_Watching_This_Android_tablet_app_screenshotA scoreboard, TV schedule, videos, and news covering all your favorite sports make this a must download. It covers college football, hockey, and basketball, making it a good choice for any sports fan.

iScore Baseball ($10)

(Google Play / Amazon)

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You can see scores for any baseball or softball game in real-time, as long as its broadcast live online. This tracking app aggregates everything you need to better enjoy college ball games.

Work and Organizing

When you’re done relaxing and having fun, it’s likely because you need to get stuff done. This is the category for you. We’ve got good apps for managing your email, cloud storage, calendar, task lists, and many other things. If you need it for work, it’s here.

Email

Boomerang

(Google Play / Amazon)

Boomerang_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIt only works with Gmail accounts, but this app is packed with useful features. You can schedule emails, snooze them, and track responses, so you know when you’re waiting for a reply.

K-9 Mail

(Google Play / Amazon)

K-9_Mail_Android_tablet_app_screenshotFully customizable and packed with every setting you could want in an email app, this is a great solution for keeping an eye on multiple email accounts inside one, combined, unified inbox.

Outlook.com

(Google Play)

Outlook.com_Android_tablet_app_screenshotMicrosoft’s app is your best bet if you want to grab email from your Microsoft account. It’s clean, almost elegant, and straight to the point. It supports notifications, conversation threading, and more.

Browsers

Chrome

(Google Play)

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If it’s not preinstalled on your tablet then seek it out, because Chrome is the best browser around. Fast, reliable, and efficient, it offers easy tab and bookmark sharing using your Google account.

Firefox

(Google Play)

Firefox_Android_tablet_app_screenshotReliable, robust, and speedy, Firefox is a great browser. It covers bookmarks, tabs, visual history, private browsing, and everything else you need. There are also lots of security add-ons.

Dolphin

(Google Play)

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All the basics are handled well by Dolphin, but the extras in the shape of customizable gestures, voice controls, and sharing features really suck you in. It’s an innovative and unique browser.

Word and Spreadsheets

Kingsoft Office

(Google Play)

Kingsoft_Office_Android_tablet_app_screenshotYou can find a good word processor without having to spend anything. Kingsoft is packed with features and it supports all kinds of files including Word documents, spreadsheets, and PDFs.

OfficeSuite 7

(Google Play / Amazon)

OfficeSuite_7_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIf you’re looking for a free way to view Microsoft Word, spreadsheet, PowerPoint, or PDF files then this is a good choice, but the editing features aren’t good enough to justify paying the $5 cost.

Smart Office 2 ($10)

(Google Play / Amazon)

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This app can handle all of your Microsoft Office documents. You can view, edit, print, export, and share Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. It also handles PDFs and images in various formats.

Cloud Storage

Google Drive

(Google Play)

Google_Drive_Android_tablet_app_screenshotYou can fit a whole lot of files into your free 15GB courtesy of Google. It is easy to use, it offers a quick way to share files across your devices, and it integrates seamlessly with Android.

Dropbox

(Google Play / Amazon)

Dropbox_Android_tablet_app_screenshotAs one of the earliest, best cloud solutions around, Dropbox is available for virtually every platform, and it offers fast and efficient file sharing and storage. You can also auto-upload photos.

SpiderOak

(Google Play / Amazon)

SpiderOak_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIf user privacy is important, snag your free 2GB of storage at SpiderOak. The app is basic, though it’s improving gradually, but the service is excellent, making it easy to backup and share files.

Money Management

Mint

(Google Play / Amazon)

Mint_Android_tablet_app_screenshotCreate budgets, track your cash spending, and see your checking, savings, and credit cards all in one place. Alerts will warn you about unusual activity, or bills. Mint is the best way to manage money.

My Budget Book

(Google Play / Amazon)

My_Budget_Book_Android_tablet_app_screenshotTake a really close look at your income and all your outgoings so you can budget effectively and save for the things you want. This app makes it simple to set good, realistic goals and limits.

Financius

(Google Play)

Financius_Android_tablet_app_screenshotWith this app, you can log all of your expenses in the relevant categories, thus solving the mystery of your vanishing money. It will reveal exactly where you’re spending everything at a glance.

Level Money

levelmoney

(Google Play)

Keeping track of your money can be complicated. Level Money simplifies everything. With clear visualizations of liquid assets and budgets, you can see where all of your money goes and learn how to save.

Task Management

Wunderlist

(Google Play / Amazon)

Wunderlist_Android_tablet_app_screenshotHere’s an easy system to add items and generate a to-do list. Extra features include the ability to set reminders, subtasks, notes, and add files. A winner on tablets thanks to the single page view.

Todoist

(Google Play / Amazon)

Todoist_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThe simple look is tempting, but the real attraction here is cross-platform support for all of your tasks and projects. The layout is made for your tablet and there are enough features for power users.

Tasks N Todos

(Google Play / Amazon)

Tasks_N_Todos_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIt’s not the most stylish-looking app in the world, but Tasks N Todos is accessible, lets you manage multiple lists, and you can directly pull in task list details from your Google account.

Calendars

Google Calendar

(Google Play)

Google_Calendar_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIf you want to sync your calendars and pull in dates and appointments from your Google account, then this is the simplest way to do it. It handles basic functions and has a solid layout.

DigiCal Calendar

(Google Play)

DigiCal_Calendar_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThere’s enough functionality here to drill down and get the style and overview you want, but it doesn’t overcomplicate things. The choice of widgets and built-in weather forecasts is very handy.

Business Calendar

(Google Play / Amazon)

Business_Calendar_Android_tablet_app_screenshotSync all your Google calendars into one fully customizable overview. There are various widget options, color-coding, and support for recurring events. The $5 pro version offers many extras.

Note Taking

Evernote

(Google Play / Amazon)

Evernote_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis is one of the best note-taking apps around and it’s great for making lists. You can create versatile notes and reminders with text, audio, annotated images, and links. It’s available everywhere.

Springpad

(Google Play / Amazon)

Springpad_Android_tablet_app_screenshotMake notebooks on topics that interest you, from movies and wine, to travel or recipes, and you can use this app to organize them and share them. It also handles to-do’s and reminders.

ColorNote

(Google Play / Amazon)

ColorNote_Android_tablet_app_screenshotHere’s a really accessible, simple, and straightforward notepad app with a list option for shopping or tasks. You can also set reminders and get a calendar view to keep your affairs in order.

Sketchbook Express

SketchbookExpress

(Google Play)

Tablets can be an artist’s best friend with the right tool. Sketchbook Express is the canvas you’re looking for, built with 15 brushes all capable of producing unique strokes and lines.

Remote Access

TeamViewer

TeamViewer

(Google Play / Amazon)

Your tablet is powerful enough to act as your primary computer, but it likely doesn’t have all your files and programs. But you can get to them through TeamViewer, acting as your remote control.

Security and Utilities

Properly securing and protecting your new Android tablet is becoming more important every day. These apps will help your stuff safe, track down your tablet if you lose it, and we’ve included an assortment of basic utilities — or small things like flashlights that you just want your tablet to do.

Secure Your Tablet

AVG

(Google Play / Amazon)

AVG_Android_tablet_app_screenshotHere’s a popular, free desktop anti-virus brand in a special version for tablets. You’ll find real-time scanning, anti-theft tools, safe browsing, performance and privacy advice, and lots more.

Avast

(Google Play)

Avast_Android_tablet_app_screenshotIt scans all your apps and files, including SMS or email attachments, and flags malware. Extra include app-locking, backups, remote locate and control, privacy advice, and the list goes on.

Lookout

(Google Play / Amazon)

Lookout_Android_tablet_app_screenshotAnti-virus and malware protection, backup support, and a device locator make up the free version of this effective app. It occasionally forces portrait view, but otherwise it’s good for tablet security.

Track Your Tablet

Android DM

(Google Play)

Android_Device_Manager_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis Google app tracks your lost or stolen device and pinpoints the precise location on Google Maps, assuming it can be tracked. You can also reset your PIN remotely and erase your data.

Avast Anti-Theft

(Google Play)

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If you don’t want the anti-virus portion of Avast’s security app then you can just install this tool. It can locate your tablet, remote lock or wipe it, play an alarm or take a photo, and has a stealth mode.

Prey Anti Theft

(Google Play)

Prey_Anti_Theft_Android_tablet_app_screenshotOpen source and completely free, Prey is a solid option for locating and tracking your missing tablet. You can also remotely lock, trigger an alarm, display specific text, and take pictures.

Home Screen Launchers

Apex Launcher

(Google Play)

Apex_Launcher_Android_tablet_app_screenshotResize your icons, hide unwanted elements, create a scrolling dock, and choose transition effects. That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Apex, which empowers you to achieve the style you’re craving.

Nova Launcher

(Google Play)

Nova_Launcher_Android_tablet_app_screenshotStriking a great balance between speed and customization, there really isn’t very much about the aesthetic of your home screen that you can’t tweak with the comprehensive Nova launcher.

Espier Launcher 7

(Google Play)

Espier_Launcher_7_HD_Android_tablet_app_screenshotMake your Android tablet’s home screen look just like an iPad with this awesome launcher. The bright iOS 7 icon style and the animation transitions are all there, with plenty of customization options, too.

Widgets

Fancy Widgets

(Google Play / Amazon)

Fancy_Widgets_Android_tablet_app_screenshotCustomize your clock and weather widget to get the exact look you want, or download a new one from the many options available in the built-in Fancy Widgets marketplace, which is plentiful.

Buzz Widget

(Google Play / Amazon)

Buzz_Widget_Android_tablet_app_screenshotYou’ll need Buzz Launcher to get access to the full range of community-created widgets, but there are a few good options in the basic app, and a powerful editor enables you to tweak them.

Zooper Widget

(Google Play / Amazon)

Zooper_Widget_Android_tablet_app_screenshotA few examples give you starting points and the in-depth editing options allow you to customize every aspect of your widget. The depth of this app is fantastic, especially considering it’s free.

Basic Utilities

Beautiful Timer

(Google Play)

Beautiful_Timer_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis app is a simple, but stunning, countdown timer. You can even set two timers at once. They’ll sound an alarm at the end and they stick in the notifications shade when you close the app.

HoloCalc

(Google Play / Amazon)

Holocalc_Scientific_Calculator_Android_tablet_app_screenshot

Concise in functionality and design, this is the only calculator app you’ll ever need on your Android tablet. Basic and advanced math options are covered and you can configure it to suit your needs.

Flib

(Google Play)

Flib_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis is unit conversion made beautiful with a minimalist design aesthetic in a color of your choice, and pretty animations. It covers angle, area, pressure, energy, mass, and a whole lot more.

Wallpapers

Premium Wallpapers

(Google Play / Amazon)

Premium_Wallpapers_HD_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThere are more than 13,000 categorized wallpapers in this app and it’s growing all the time. You can see the top rated and most popular options. Tap the HD symbol to download HD versions.

PicSpeed HD

(Google Play)

PicSpeed_HD_Wallpapers_Android_tablet_app_screenshotAn astounding choice of more than 1.5 million wallpapers divided into many categories, with a search function, virtually guarantees you’ll find something to make you smile with PicSpeed.

Backgrounds HD

(Google Play / Amazon)

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You’ll find more than 5,000 hand-picked wallpapers in here organized into a number of categories. The simple interface makes browsing a pleasure and image quality is generally very high.

Benchmarking Apps

Geekbench 3 ($1)

(Google Play / Amazon)

Geekbench_3_Android_tablet_app_screenshotThis cross-platform benchmark allows you to compare your Android tablet with various other devices and see how it performs in simulated scenarios that push the processor to its limits.

Vellamo Mobile

(Google Play)

Vellamo_Mobile_Benchmark_Android_tablet_app_screenshot

This set of benchmarks covers navigation, 3D graphics, video performance, Web browser performance, and more in a series of tests to assess your device. It only works in portrait view.

Quadrant

(Google Play / Amazon)

Quadrant_Standard_Edition_Android_tablet_app_screenshotCovering CPU, I/O and 3D graphics, this benchmark is very easy to install and run, and it gives you a comparison chart at the end so you can see how your tablet measures up to others.

And so ends page one! More apps await you on the next page