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10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

The S3 is crammed with new features – but there's plenty of room for some essential Android apps. Download these ones first

So you read our Galaxy S3 review, got one for yourself, and are now busy acquainting yourself with your new best friend. Congratulations.

Start your relationship off the right way by loading it up with these selection of apps which make full use of all the goodies Samsung’s pocket powerhouse has to offer.


10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

One of the first things you’ll want to test out on your Samsung Galaxy S3 is its 8MP camera with super speedy response times, 3.3fps burst mode and the ability to take stills while you’re shooting 1080p video. When you’ve let the S3’s Best Photo feature pick out the shots where people are smiling and in focus, tidy them up a bit further with filters and photo tools in Instagram. And remember, black and white shots of your mediocre lunch aren’t compulsory.

£Free Get it

Onavo Extend

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

Looking at the S3’s seriously impressive additions to Ice Cream Sandwich – Siri rival S Voice needs a data connection, Pop up Play for viewing video while browsing and Dropbox pre-installed – we started to get a teensy bit worried about our phone bills. Onavo Extend will crunch down your data and provide you with colourful graphs to make you feel smug. Problem solved.

£Free Get it


10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

Spotify for Android has just had a complete overhaul with ICS support, a much improved redesign and high-res snaps of your favourite genre-hopping starlets (or however Jessie J’s describing herself these days). With a Spotify Premium account, you’ll be able to cache songs to your Galaxy S3 for offline listening and there’s even an ‘extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening. Not convinced? Try Rdio instead.

£Free + £9.99/month Get it

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

The Galaxy S3 might look sleek and sexy, but under the surface it’s a veritable geek machine that can handle big games like Minecraft. There are 36 different kinds of blocks for you to build just about anything you want – and you can choose between Creative and Survival modes, depending on your mood. Gigantic cat-in-a-top-hat, here we come.

£4.29 Get it

Scalado Album

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

Bored of the standard Android Gallery? Sort your pics by month, place or geotagging and scan the animated video thumbnails with Scalado Album. It’s a cut above the S3’s basic photo gallery – and perfect for showing off that stunning 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display to your mates.

65p Get it

Sky Go

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

Our Gadget Awards app of the year, Sky Go isn’t much fun if you don’t have a Sky sub (although you can pay monthly for access). If you’re a Sky subscriber, you can get on-the-go streaming of the packages you pay for, like News, Sports and Movies, straight to your Galaxy S3 over 3G and Wi-Fi.

From £Free Get it

Grand Theft Auto III: 10 Year Anniversary Edition

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

The Samsung Galaxy S3’s quad-core Exynos processor should eat GTA III for breakfast. By that we mean gameplay should run like a dream, the HD graphics will look incredible on that 4.8in Super AMOLED screen, and you can celebrate 10 years of Liberty City in style. By assaulting pedestrians with absolutely no regard fro traffic laws. Ah, GTA.

£2.99 Get it

Osmos HD

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

One of favourite chilled out Android games, we often recommend Osmos for tablets to give you a bit more screen real estate for some organism-absorbing action. But the Galaxy S3’s 4.8in almost edge-to-edge screen gives you more than enough room to play with. Hypnotic.

£1.99 Get it

Samsung Remote

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

We’re excited by Sammy’s Allshare Cast TV mirroring feature, which looks set to take down Apple’s AirPlay and shape up the Samsung ecosystem pretty nicely. But sometimes it’s good to start with the basics – so if you’ve got a lounge full of Samsung kit, download this free remote app and you can use your Galaxy S3 to control your Smart TV and Blu-ray player.

£Free Get it

Angry Birds Space

10 of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 apps

And finally, if your brain’s gone into overload from all the amazing Galaxy S3 features and hardware that you’re now wielding, and you just want some mind-numbing fun, what better than the gravity-defying Angry Birds Space?

£Free Get it

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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