The Google Play app store is a little bit like a galaxy of software. From a distance, the sheer number of apps is staggering, and it's hard to take them all in at once. But zoom in on any one of those apps, and the distance between them, in terms of features and quality, is vast. Consider: If you looked at an app from Google Play every second, without stopping, it would take more than 40 days to see all 3.4 million. That's hardly a good use of time. Instead, start by picking your favorites from this list of 100 apps for your Android phone.

Available on mobile and desktop in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, South Korea, and the U.S., With expansion to more countries soon, our new editorial pages take out the guesswork so that you can quickly decide what apps and games fit best for your travel plans.