Best Android apps of April 2014

April showers bring May flowers and sweet Android apps

Not unlike Phil's Atlantean hometown, you may need a bucket to deal with April's deluge of high-quality of Android app releases. Lucky for you, we've wrung out the Play Store for our top five picks. There are quite a few big names this go-around, including some apps straight from Google. Ready? Let's dive in.

Best Android apps of April 2014

Lingua.ly

Lingua.ly is a hugely popular way of learning new languages. In addition to being a straight-up translator for over a dozen languages, users actively add words from their Android device or home web browser to their vocabulary collection to practice and master new tongues. An audio guide helps ensure you are pronouncing new words correctly, a quiz system keeps you on your toes, and a reading widget is built in so you can read interesting stories in languages you're trying to learn. If reading web stories turns out to be too difficult, you can just tap on the word to see what it means, and add it to your collection for future reference. It doesn't seem like there are any ads, subscriptions, in-app purchases yet, so there's really no catch (for now). Anyone looking to pick up a second (or third, or fourth) language should pick up Lingua.ly.

Chrome Remote Desktop

Google Chrome Remote Desktop

Google's Chrome Remote Desktop exited beta this month, providing smooth, painless access to your desktop computer from your Android device. Once paired up, you can pan around the desktop, pinch to zoom in (highly important for managing a precise mouse pointer with a finger), and type away on the keyboard. You can also pair up with multiple computers if you have more than one in the house, or if you've got a family member that regularly needs tech support. It would be nice to see some mobile-friendly shortcuts to browsing the file system at some point, but so far this is a great utility. Google deserves extra brownie points for also opening up the Nexus camera to all device this month.

Carousel

Dropbox announced and released a standalone image gallery and backup app in April called Carousel. Uploads are intelligently sorted by location or date, and offer a finger-friendly view of everything you've shot with your Android device and otherwise stored in the cloud. Social elements are baked in, including sharing and commenting. This is a logical extension of Dropbox's existing automatic backup function for photos, and serves as a great alternative to the cloud-based photo album offered by default on Google+. If you also happen to be shopping around for a replacement to your e-mail client, Dropbox announced and released their Mailbox app at the same time as Carousel. The only catch to Carousel is that, like Dropbox, they'll try to upsell you on extra storage beyond the free tier.

IFTTT

IFTTT for Android

IFTTT is the glue that brings together the mind-boggling array of online services. Buy building recipes in the form of "if this, then that", users can create all sorts of useful automatic actions. For example, e-mail yourself a copy of every text message, but mark it as read and stash it in this specific folder. Flip on my Philips Hue or WeMo lights when I get close to home. The brand spanking new Android app helps you manage these recipes with editing and creation functions, and opens up six new Android device-based channels. Though these can easily become tangled and complicated webs, especially when dealing with services that are already connected to act automatically elsewhere, there's a vibrant community of users that are already sharing their creations. Idle tinkerers and Android power users should definitely give IFTTT a try.

Yahoo Screen

Yahoo Screen

Yahoo Screen found its way to Android later in April, offering exclusive access to Saturday Night Live archives, plus you can watch clips from The Daily Show, Colbert Report, The Onion, and South Park. Yahoo is also broadcasing their original content here too. There's no Chromecast support and it's U.S. only, but at least it's free with barely any ads. Yahoo also announced that they're going to be putting two shows on TV proper, so obviously they've got an interest in keeping this app and the service as a whole supported. If you're looking for some new shows to watch, but don't want to deal with subscriptions or cable providers, Yahoo Screen is bound to keep you entertained, at least for a little while.

Your favorite Android apps of April 2014?

Those are but a few drops in a Google Play Store overflowing with Android app and game releases for April 2014. Be sure to also check out our round-up of the best Android games of April 2014, and as always, keep your eyes peeled for our weekly editors' picks. Besides that, leave a comment with your new favorites for this month, and check out what others are downloading below.

 
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Carousel is an awesome app! I just wish it had a way to delete images without having to go through dropbox to delete them.

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Ah! Thanks for sharing this great news. I had this app on my iPhone. I wanted an Android version of it so bad when I converted back.

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Separate for games! Those are both definitely on the list. We're still debating whether or not to do two posts or one for these monthly round-ups.

Please keep them separate. Or at least one post with two different sections. Not all of us care about gaming to much.

personally I think Hover Browser is a good mention.. it's kind of like the link bubble app.

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I love fenix as well. I was switching between talon and fenix and fell in love with fenix

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I have a question. What twitter app do you guys use? I tried using tweetcaster but I didn't like the UI. I'm trying to find something similar to the iOS Tweetbot app for Twitter

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I'm still loving the BeWeather app with loads of customization along with the many BeWeather sets I've accumulated over the last couple of years.

We must be using different versions of Chrome Remote Desktop. I have yet to find a better remote desktop app - and this one is the freest.

I'd add Pushbullet to the list. Man, is it useful. Let's you push links and files to and from your device and computer. Browser extension that mirror notifications. Tons of stuff.