Best apps for the Samsung Galaxy S3
Looking for something to download onto your Samsung Galaxy S3? Why not check out our top 10 apps
So you've just got your Samsung Galaxy S3, but Google Play can be a bit of a minefield.
Here's our guide to the top 10 apps you need to download on your Samsung Galaxy S3.
What other way is there to keep up to date with all the latest news than to use Google's own Reader application. The app syncs with your own Google Reader RSS account and is really quick, thanks to its RSS-based interface. You can view the full story in a basic format, or click on the article's headline to view the whole story on the original website. There are options to share the stories, mark as read/unread, favourite and change the section tag if you have your Reader organised beautifully.
The Sky+ app is a must-download if you have Sky TV at home. The app presents the full planner so you can choose what to watch, get a synopsis of the programme and then set your Sky box to record. Unfortunately, it's not as fully-features as the iPhone/iPad application which allows you to set up a series link and view on demand TV on the go, but it is pretty useful if you're out and remember you're missing the latest episode of Eastenders.
BBC News is the place to head for all the important headlines of the day. Although very simple, and not the full website's content, it ensures the top listings of the day are ready for you to read from the off, split into sections, including Top stories, UK headlines, World headlines, Sport, Technology, Entertainment & Arts, but you can also edit the homepage to pull in exactly what you want to see when you first fire it up.
We use Skype a lot here at Know your Mobile and the ability to use it on your phone, whether you're at home or abroad is a fine thing. The Skype app for Android syncs with your Skype account, including contact lists and if you have a credit on your Skype account, it'll sync that too. Providing you have a decent data connection, you'll spend hardly any of your free minutes - if your friends use Skype too, that is.
Forget about the stock browser on your Samsung Galaxy S3, the Chrome browser is faster, better looking and packs in a whole barrage of features. If you use Chrome on your desktop, this is definitely the browser for your Galaxy S3 too. Sign into your Google account and all your bookmarks will be synched. Unlimited tabs are supported and you can send whole web pages to your phone or tablet instantly.
If you've missed your favourite BBC programme on the goggle box, why not catch up on the move? The BBC iPlayer and BBC Media Player allow you to watch any programme available on the desktop iPlayer on your phone. The only problem? Streaming does use up a lot of data so make sure you have an unlimited plan or high cap before starting the stream.
If you use Google Drive on your computer, you'll want this app to access all of your documents on the move. You can view and edit documents, upload docs from your Galaxy S3, print files on the go using Google Cloud Print and share files with any of your contacts. It's pretty simple, but effective if you use Google Drive for all your cloud storage.
Are you an eBay fanatic? Then download the official eBay application for Android to get the best deals online on your mobile. eBay's app for Android allows you to not only find the best deals, but bid on them, buy them and list your own items for sale. With a section for My eBay, you can keep track of your bids and push alerts will ensure you always know when a listing is coming to an end, meaning you'll never miss out on anything again.
Amazon Mobile for Android is a must-have for any online shoppers. With a simple to use, made for mobile interface, it's so quick to find the latest bargains. You can also check your account and sign up for one-click ordering for the ultimate in online shopping. It's not the most attractive offering available, but it's good enough for us and way better than just using the mobile Amazon site.
You may completely disagree with Starbucks in the UK, after the company admitted it was using loopholes to avoid paying tax, but for those obsessed with the coffee-maker, Starbucks is a must-have app for your Galaxy S3. You can load vouchers onto the app, top up your balance, pay for your coffee with one barcode swipe and collect stars with every purchase. Simple, but essential for Starbuckites.