There was once a time when Android was considered to be second best to iOS and smartphones running the Google operating system were inferior to what Apple was producing with the iPhone. In 2012 things are must different, phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X are leading the way in mobile technology and Android phones are now dominating the market share. The app market, Google Play, is now every bit as good as the Apple app store and is full of great apps. Here are top 10 must-have Android apps that you need.

10) Documents to Go

Documents to Go is a free app that lets you view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive and other cloud storage systems. The app may have an ugly user-interface, but is really useful for accessing your files on the move.

9) Kindle

Since the Amazon Kindle revolutionised the way we access and read books, there has been a whole host of apps appearing in the Google Play Store allowing you to read on your smartphone; few though can match the Kindle app. This app lets you snyc with Kindle apps on other devices and saves the last read page so that books can be continued from where you left off. You can also customise your reading experience by changing background colours and font size.

8) Twitter

I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with Twitter already; well, this app lets you do everything that can be done on the desktop website, on the move. The free app mimics the Twitter mobile website and lets you switch between you different accounts.

7) Instagram

The social photo-sharing app that has been a huge success on iOS has become equally as big on Android. Instagram lets you take photos and edit them to give them a vintage feel, making ordinary stills look spectacular. The app makes it easy to share photos immediately after taking by giving the option to upload them to social media sites, or the Instagram site.

6) Facebook

Like Twitter, there are very few people that do not know about Facebook. The social network giant has well over 900 million active users, a large proportion of who access the site via their smartphones. The free Facebook app is well designed and easy to use, keeping you up-to-date with the goings on of friends and family, and letting them keep up-to-date with you.

5) Seesmic

If you’re a heavier user of both Facebook and Twitter, you will find Seesmic very appealing. The number 5 application on our list of the top 10 must-have Android apps is designed to let you access multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts at once, effortlessly switching between accounts and keeping updated with all that is happening in your networks. You can update profiles, share photos, and reply to mentions, all from one place.

4) Evernote

Evernote is the app that is like an extension of your brain. If you have trouble staying organised and are constantly forgetting things, you need Evernote in your life. The app lets you input text, audio, and pictures, and syncs with all of your other devices. Using this app will make your life better.

3) Dolphin Browser HD

There is nothing really wrong with the native Android browser; however, Dolphin Browser HD is just a better all-round program. The free to download app lets you sync with Google bookmarks, has custom gestures and supports a wide-range of plugins. The fact that it is designed solely for mobile use makes it the ideal choice for your Android smartphone.

2) Google Sky Map

If you have ever had an interest in astronomy, or even if you haven’t, Google Sky Map is a must-have app. By using your phone’s orientation features, the app provides you with an accurate picture of the constellations directly on to your screen. All you need to do is point your phone at the sky!

1) Layar

Layar is the brilliant augmented reality app that has taken Android by storm, providing users with pop data related to real-life locations. With the added addition of an online shop, this app now lets users buy various different content – a must have.