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5 of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 apps

Looking forward to the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4? Here's a selection of apps to feed it the moment you've ripped off the packaging

So, you’ve pored over our hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and you like what you see? We don’t blame you, especially with its jam-packed spec sheet. To help pass the agonising wait until its April 26th release, we’ve rounded up five of the best Samsung Galaxy S4 apps that you’ll want on your phone as soon as you have it in your eager little mitts.

Temple Run: Oz

£0.65Google Play

The Samsung Galaxy S4’s gorgeous 5in Full HD AMOLED screen, coupled with its Octo-Core processor, should provide the ultimate portable Temple Run experience – with eye-gasmic visuals and nary a stutter or frame drop to be found. This Oz-infused offering should be a solid place to start for your casual gaming kick.

Ultimate Custom Widget

£Free Google Play

Not a fan of Samsung’s TouchWiz Android overlay? This simple-but-powerful app, combined with a launcher like Apex Launcher, will turn you into an Android customisation god. The example above is one of limitless possibilities. Ultimate Custom Widget will, among other things, can create invisible buttons to layer over wallpapers – which lets you, for example, turn a watch face wallpaper into an interactive app launcher. Throw in the ability to make custom widgets from scratch and you’ve got a powerful tool indeed.

Photoshop Touch

£2.99 Google Play

Take advantage of the Galaxy S4’s gorgeous 5in full HD screen with Adobe’s powerful on-the-go iteration of Photoshop. Mistake this for an Instagram-like filter machine at your peril. With the power of layers, filter brushes and finger-friendly effects, as well as the ability to work seamlessly between your PC, tablet and Galaxy S4, your imaging needs will be forever sorted.

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Real Racing 3

£Free Google Play

What better way to put the Galaxy S4’s powerful innards to the test than by loading up one of the best looking mobile games around? With over 45 gorgeous cars from the likes of Bugatti, Lamborghini and Porsche, along with real tracks from Silverstone to Hockenheimring, this is a AAA racer for speed demons and graphics-oglers alike – though it’s worth bearing in mind that a fair bit of the content is locked up behind an in-app payments system.

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Sidebar Pro

£1.28 Google Play

Sidebar Pro adds a Ubuntu OS-like app switching feature which we wish was built into every Android phone out of the box. Simply swipe in from the side on any screen and you can have instant access to your most used apps, with faster switching and multitasking than the S4’s usual ‘hold done the home button’ method.

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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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