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Hello, my name is Rita El Khoury and I’m a TV series addict. As my Trakt.tv profile would attest, I’m not using the term “addict” loosely. I’ve seen over 4700 TV episodes (that I could remember) and collected more than 7600. And it doesn’t stop at TV series either, I’ve been passionate about movies for a long time as well.

It’s safe to say that I take my entertainment pretty seriously, and I always scour the Play Store looking for the best Android apps to help me discover and watch new material, enhance my experience, and organize my collections. Here are the best 30 apps I would recommend to any fellow movie or TV lover.

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One of the things I was most excited/curious about when I got my Nexus 7 was multimedia. How would the experience be for watching videos and using it for various media functions? My friend assured me that it was fantastic, but to be honest I was a little skeptical because a 7″ screen seemed a little small. Boy was I wrong! Watching videos and reading look great on it and it’s comfortable to hold in one hand to boot.

In honor of that, here are ten multimedia apps I’ve enjoyed using on my Nexus 7.

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There’s an app (or several) for everything, including core functions, to suit just about anybody’s needs and preferences. That applies to video playback apps in the Android universe too, and there are a ton of them to tackle your TV shows, movies and viral clips. But which one is right for you?

Today we’re taking a look at eight great free video players as well as one of the most hotly-anticipated apps coming to the Play Store. Android’s stock Gallery does a decent job of playing videos but can’t recognize certain formats and doesn’t allow you to set up playlists. Most of the apps in this group are similar, so it’s as much a battle as a roundup of the various options available to fit your needs best.

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I always thought I was the biggest gadget freak in the house. My wife hates them as much as she hates all the attention they get from me and the paranoia that follows with letting anyone else touch them. All that changed a few months back when my son – just about three years old at the time – decided to lay his hands on my Android phone while it was unlocked. It wasn’t too long before he claimed complete and absolute ownership of the device throughout my time at home.

There are advantages to this situation, as we have learnt over time. It is a great way to keep him busy in situations where he would otherwise be impatient and cranky, and with carefully chosen apps it is possible to convert that play time into a productive and enriching experience. We have since given in to the fact that he is better at navigating the device and figuring things out than we can ever be, and have decided instead to load the device up with apps that make sense for him. Here are my top picks from the seemingly endless trials I’ve had over the last few months.

Baby Android icons by Android.net

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Everyone loves a good laugh, and many of us find “memes” hilarious. (In case you’re not familiar with memes, I’ll give you a brief introduction below.) If you, like me, can’t get enough of them, then read on to find my favourite meme-related Android apps.

(“X all the Y” meme image originally from Hyperbole and a Half.)

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Over Christmas I often found myself in front of the television and, surrounded by selection boxes, tins of chocolates and a wealth of seasonal mince pies, I ended up watching a lot of movies. From the usual blockbuster movies that are shown at Christmas, to the many films I had pre-recorded and had never found time to watch, I had quite a lot of choice.

From my comfortable (call it “Christmas-Lazy”) position I realised there are plenty of cool and useful Android apps out there aimed at movie fans. So, here I present ten brilliant apps that are perfect if you like a good flick and a bucket of popcorn. So, flip back your seat, get comfortable, put your phone on silent and read on…

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Christmas has rolled around again, and of course so has a wave of wallpapers and themes in the Android Market. However there are also many other all-year-round applications which have great value at Christmas. In this roundup I have listed some of the best ways to keep your phone both festive and useful!
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Halloween is fast approaching, bringing with it the many frivolities like trick or treating. However, being a seasonal event, there’s also a ton of great Android apps that go along with it, from the spooky to the fun. Today’s roundup is all about ghosts, zombies, vampires, and, er, pumpkins: virtual ouija boards, augmented reality ghost hunters, creepy ringtones – it’s all here! (more…)

The Beano and the The Dandy are treasured memories of my childhood. I loved those comic books. To the best of my knowledge they were only widely available in the UK and Ireland and still are. Ask any British male, between the ages of ten and eighty years old what the first comic they ever read was, and I can guarantee it was either a Beano or a Dandy.

When I was thirteen or so, a friend introduced me to a comic book store named Forbidden Planet. I must have spend every spare cent I had in that shop over the next few years. We’d sift through hundreds of back issues, crammed into long boxes all carefully preserved in their protective plastic sleeves. Hours upon hours were spent flipping through graphic novels, buying back issues and admiring the various artwork on display.

I still occasionally drop into Forbidden Planet. But, if my memory serves me right, I was around sixteen when life, school, work and the opposite sex put comic books at the back of the shelf. I never lost my love of comics though. Web comics are a particular indulgence of mine due to their plentiful supply and high procrastination value. Having them on your phone can only be a good thing, right? With that in mind, here’s a few of my favorite Android comic book applications.
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Apparently, when books first became common, parents were reluctant to let their children have them, fearing that they would spend all their time reading, and rot their brains. Today our digital gadgets have the same bad rep. But electronic devices can be helpful for developing coordination, for learning, for safe entertainment… or just for keeping kids quiet for a little while. If you’ve got a child and an Android device, these 30 apps will help with all of those.

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