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Email app Mailbox has been a big hit on iOS, with its ability to reduce your email to a gleaming Inbox Zero by swiping the clutter out Fruit Ninja-style. You can "snooze" emails for set periods of time too, while its labels help you organise everything. It currently works with Gmail and iCloud – something tells me the former will be more useful on Android.
Mailbox is owned by cloud storage firm Dropbox, as is Carousel – the latter being its brand new app for storing and browsing your photos and videos. The app automatically uploads shots as you take them, and you can ping them to friends privately from within the app too.
Already a hit in the US, TaskRabbit is now available in the UK too. It's pitched as a way of "getting your to-dos done" – tasks that you don't want to do yourself, from cleaning and shopping to removals and flatpack-furniture assembly. The app connects you to people who can help, showing you their hours and pricing.
Karrimor may be best known for its hiking and adventuring kit, but now it's venturing into the world of fitness tracking apps. This one keeps tabs on your running and walking, measuring speed, distance, time and how many calories you're burning, with a built-in music player providing tunes too.
FarFaria is one of a growing number of apps offering libraries of digital picture books for children – it's the US equivalent of something like Me Books (although both are available globally). More than 700 stories are in FarFaria, with one a day available for free, with a monthly subscription for parents to get unlimited access to the catalogue.
Quite a few startups are trying to find new ways of delivering the news on your tablet. Watchup focuses on video, drawing stories in from a range of online sources, then packaging them up as a "newscast" at whatever time of day you prefer to receive it. A good idea, and very neatly done.
Scanners – whether handheld or part of printer/fax combos – are still A Thing in 2014, although a number of apps are trying to kill them off. Scanbot is the latest: an impressively-slick app that scans documents using the camera at up to 200dpi resolution, then can save them to Dropbox, Evernote and other cloud services.
Google's voice recognition software in Android is very good, and there are a number of impressive apps for dictating and/or recording interviews. Dictate! may have a tough job dislodging them, but it's worth a look: it records your words then can sync them to Microsoft's SkyDrive, or share them with other users.
Don't worry, it's nothing you couldn't show to your partner or boss. Intimate City is the latest app hoping to connect people to "local places, people and events", with a question-and-answer format trying to ensure you get the most useful information. This is a crowded field though: it remains to be seen whether it can cut through.
Telltale Games' Walking Dead games have won widespread critical acclaim, and for good reason. The series' debut on Android is reason for celebration, bringing a gripping storyline and believable characters to the not-quite-as-believable scenario of zombie apocalypse. The first episode is free, but you'll want to pay for the next four in-app.
The Simpsons have been a huge hit as a freemium mobile game, but now Family Guy is following in their footsteps. The setup is similar: Peter Griffin has accidentally destroyed Quahog, so you have to rebuild it, completing quests and unlocking short animations as you go. It captures the spirit of the show well.
Minimalist racing game Impossible Road sees you zooming down an undulating track, with a pitch-perfect control system giving you plenty of latitude to find the best path (or, more likely, to mess up and crash embarrassingly). It's hypnotic, and challenging in the best possible ways.
This is another game that's perfect for any Android gamers who relish a proper challenge. The sequel to the equally-good Wind-up Knight sees you exploring a carefully-crafted world of platforms, spikes and obstacles. It can be hard – really hard – but that's why people will love it.
Watching ITV's Tipping Point game show here in the UK? There's an official app for that, where up to four people can play on a single device. It includes rounds like On The Buzzer, Against The Clock, Head To Head and Jackpot Push from the show, with more than 1,000 trivia questions to answer. Fun for fans.
If you grew up with the Fighting Fantasy roleplaying books, you'll likely be aware already that developer Tin Man Games is updating the idea for smart devices in 2014. Its latest release is with FF co-creator Steve Jackson, and has a sci-fi theme – with Tin Man promising new Android app versions of the original books soon.
If fantasy-themed massively multiplayer online roleplaying games are your thing, and you're in the market for a new one on Android, give Celtic Heroes a try. There's a big world to explore, lots of quests, and a mixture of clans and player-v-player battles to introduce you to fellow adventurers. Much will depend on the community, but at first sight, this has plenty of potential.
Not so interested in 3D graphics? Groundskeeper2 is all about the pixel-art, in a colourful action-shooter where the enemies are "supernatural robots from outer space". It's fast, there are plenty of items to unlock along the way, and the music is just right for the retro nature of the gameplay.
Talking of retro... Crusader Elite is a marvellously old-school slice of hack'n'slash action, as you see how long you can last against hordes of pixelly monsters. This paid version – a free taster is available separately – includes more modes and the ability to customise your hero to your preferred survival tactics.
There's no conflict in revering Pelé as the greatest footballer ever, while questioning the height of his quality bar on commercial endorsements. Still, the latest game he's put his licence to looks pretty fun: a mixture of football challenges, in-app power-ups and little blue pills that... Okay, not those.
Experience tells me that if boils are on the agenda in Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies show, I don't want to be looking at the screen. Thankfully, this is a strategy game that won't put you off your dinner: it sees you diagnosing patients in a line-defence format: essentially Plants vs Zombies with less zombies and more diarrhoea and pubic lice. Actually, perhaps hold the dinner for now...
Those are our picks, but what have you been enjoying on Android this week? Post your recommendations (or feedback on these) in the comments section.
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