No iOS? No Problem: 9 Hot Android Apps from 2014

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Whether you are rocking the Samsung Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 6 or another Android phone, these nine releases from 2014 should keep you busy for awhile.

Afterlight for Android

Afterlight — Instagram images not dreamy and old-fashioned enough for you? Afterlight, new this year to Android, features 59 filters and 128 frames to give your photos that special hipster touch. ($0.99)

Chrome Remote Desktop — Like magic, this app lets users access files from their desktop computer through their phone or tablet. (Free)

Muzei — Staring at the same wallpaper everyday can be boring. Muzei (Russian for "museum") will refresh your homescreen every day with a famous piece of art or a photo from your gallery. (Free)

BreakFree — Engage with something called "real life" with this app, which can automatically reject calls, disable the Internet for a set amount of time, monitor smartphone usage and recommend when people might need a break. (Free)

Google Fit — This is not the first app to track fitness goals. What makes Google Fit special is that it can take data from other apps — like Nike+ and Runtastic — to give you a more complete picture of how active you are. (Free)

Hype Machine Android
Hype Machine

Hype Machine — Get hip to what all the kids are listening to with Hype Machine, which finds new music from blogs around the world and lets you stream it. ($3.99)

Horizon — No matter how you tilt your phone's camera, this app will automatically turn it into a horizontal photo. (Free)

SpinMe — Sorry, no snooze button here. Instead, you have to stand up and spin around twice to turn off this alarm clock. (Free)

Oyster — The "Netflix for e-books" service comes to Android with access to more than 500,000 books for $9.95 a month. (Free, plus subscription)



— Keith Wagstaff