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For tech lovers, there are few greater things on this earth than getting one's hands on a shiny, new gadget. Plenty of tech toys are drool-worthy, but an Android device certainly earns a spot near the top of the list when it comes to mobile gear--especially according to some data.

Naturally, we understand the overwhelming joy at unpacking that feature-packed smartphone for the very first time. You pop in the battery, fire it up, and--whoa--this thing does a lot. Where is a gadget-happy Android newbie to begin? As it turns out, we've got some ideas for you. Namely: fill it up with some fun and useful apps.

To that end, we've churned out a fresh update to our Android Starter Kit to help you take advantage of all this OS can do. Even better, the vast majority of the 31 options are totally free, which means you can try them out without making a commitment in cold, hard cash.

Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list, and everyone has different needs for their Android devices. We know that many of your favorite apps are going to be very particular to the functionality you're after. In that spirit, we invite you to share your own tried-and-true selections in the comment section below.