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97.  Vevo

Price: Free

It used to be that to get your latest music video fix you would watch MTV and its spin-offs. With MTV now littered with execrable shows like Jersey Shore, it is the likes of YouTube and Vevo that now house the latest music videos.

View the latest pop videos, however awful they are, on your phone with Vevo

View the latest pop videos, however awful they are, on your phone with Vevo

Vevo isn’t well known in the UK but it is doing well in the US. Developed by Sony Music Entertainment. Universal Music Group and EMI, the service has now made its way to Android and it is a decent way to keep up with pop music.

The layout is simple - images of the big music video premieres take up most of the space, with options such as Videos, Artists and Playlists at the bottom of the app. Drill into these categories and you can search through the myriad videos on show.

While we weren’t enamored by the exclusive content (The Saturdays and Swedish House Mafia are strictly for the teens), the layout is great and the quality of the videos is decent - there is a high quality option for most of them. Each video comes with some info, the option to share and occasionally to buy.

98.  News Republic

Price: Free

News Republic

News Republic

There’s been a glut of news reader apps hitting Google Play, so to stand out you have to offer something a bit different - or the same thing but better.

News Republic does its job extremely well. There’s no hassle with the app once you load it up; all you get is a massive number of feeds, all customized in a great-looking interface.

It has feeds from Sports, Business, Tech, Celebrity and Entertainment.

The app does try to squeeze too much in. There is so much information on the screen sometimes that it’s tricky to switch from one story to another.

The customization of the app means it is a winner, though, because you can create your own news channel filters that cater to your tastes.

While Pulse may just top this app for sheer ease of use, News Republic is a smarter than average news reader for your Android smartphone.

99.  Photo Movie Creator

Price: $3.99

Photo Movie Creator

Photo Movie Creator

Sony has managed to carve itself a nice little niche in the app market. Relying on its expertise in the imaging field, it has released a smattering of applications that help you on your journey to becoming an imaging expert.

Photo Movie Creator is one of the simplest editing apps we have used. It pretty much does all the hard work for you. To use it, all you have to do is select a selection of photographs and the application does the rest.

And by the rest, we mean that it adds music and transitions to the photographs, so they become a moving slideshow.

The app doesn’t do anything breath-taking. This is very much keeping to the Ken Burns style of photo viewing but it is fun to use and takes just minutes to make up a montage - and when you are using a smartphone, then minutes is all you want to lose when editing images.

For those who want a little bit more detail, there is an HD version of the app optimized for tablets.

100.       Vaulty Free Hide Pictures

Price: Free

Vaulty Free Hide Pictures

Vaulty Free Hide Pictures

If you find yourself with a number of images on your phone that you wouldn’t want your gran seeing, Vaulty Free Hide Pictures is definitely for you. This is because it offers privacy that normal photo storage apps don’t. The way it works is that it will put any image you want in a vault on your phone.

Load the app up and to use it you go to any image, where you will find a button on the top that says ‘Hide’. Click this and that image is put into the vault. The vault itself is password protected, so no snooping eyes can get to your collection of Glee images, or whatever floats your boat.

101.       Posterous

Price: Free

Posterous

Posterous

We like simplicity. If an app or a device doesn’t work straightaway, there are a thousand other things that can replace it in an instant. That’s why we breathed a sigh of relief when using Posterous for Android.

For those who are unfamiliar with the website, it is a place where you can upload pretty much anything you want - though perhaps you should think about what may be acceptable to the general public - and it will add it to whatever social-networking site you want and will also put it on to your very own Posterous page.

Using the site through Android is really simple. All you have to do is log in, then click the green ‘Post’ button and add whatever you want. You can get to your video and image galleries from here and you can choose the image size for sending.

You can also add YouTube links and it will embed all of these into your Posterous site without you going near any nasty HTML.

And one of the best things about the app is that you can view all your previous posts in a really easy way.

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