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The 10 best apps of the year so far (according to Google)

You've probably spent the better part of £400 on your smartphone - more, if it's from Apple - so you probably want to fill it with the best apps your thumbs can find, right?

Yet the sheer number of apps vying for our attention make the briefest of trawls through an app store the equivalent of trying to find a decent pair of jeans in a ransacked TK-Max. In the sales. It just won't happen.

To our collective relief, the inaugural Google Play Awards make the job of finding some really, really good apps that much easier. Having been rated by a panel of Google experts, these are the best apps of the past 12 months. Get downloading. 

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