Google Play is packed with a multitude of apps that cater to your every need. With over a million apps to choose from, how do you uncover the cream of the crop? You know, the ones you’re actually going to use. We know it's quite overwhelming even with the help of Top Free, Top Paid, Editor's Picks, Featured and Best-Selling categories. That's why we're here to break it down for you.

This week, we're dipping into the latest, hottest and most downloaded lifestyle apps of 2017. Given that you would have to shell out some money for some of them, you can rest in the knowledge that they're worth every penny.

Without further ado, here are the top Samsung Galaxy apps --the best of the best, the pick of the litter, the mainstays and those you won't be able to live without.

Best Travel Apps

1. Google Trips

If you're one to micromanage your travels (as we all should), then this app is perfect for you! All the details of your trip minus the sticky notes, print outs and scribbles in one convenient virtual place. Google Trips compiles all your travel information, including flight details, hotel reservations, maps, walking directions and schedule, then organizes them into categories.

This Samsung Galaxy app is especially perfect for leisure trips as it gives you personalised suggestions of places you can check out or things you can do in a certain place based on your Google history. Best part? It works offline! You can simply download your travel details before you hit the road so you don't have to worry about looking for a Wi-fi spot at every stop.

2. Waze

Getting caught in your usual hometown traffic is stressful enough. Being stuck in a traffic jam on your out of town R&R is a whole new level of buzz kill. Waze should solve that problem for you. This GPS navigation Samsung Galaxy app is the most accurate and up-to-date of its kind. It guides you to your destination, giving you the best route and sharing information about traffic, accidents or hazards along the way. Trying to get to a new tourist hot spot for the first time and have no clue how to get there? No problem! Just type in the location and let Waze take you there. Again, this awesome must-have travel app is absolutely free!

3. AroundMe

If you put together the number of hours you spend looking for a bank, a convenience store, a café or whatnot, you'd probably come close to about a day. All that wasted time can easily be avoided with the help of this really cool Samsung Galaxy app called AroundMe.

AroundMe identifies your location and provides you with a list of the closest restaurants, hotels, hospitals, supermarkets, theatres, bars and gas stations to name a few. This app can be a life saver when you're in desperate need to get to the ER, badly need to fuel up or just plain HANGRY.

Best Photo Editing Apps

1. Snapseed

One of the most popular photo editing apps in Google Play, Snapseed, has the ability to enhance any lacklustre photo of yours. With a 4.6 average rating, you can tell that this Samsung Galaxy app is a premium one. Thankfully, you can now download it for free and enjoy a bunch of really neat features such as lighting effects, texture addition, crop, colour enrichment and so much more. You can also apply filters or tune your image with its one-touch tools. It's surprisingly easy to use for such a powerful app.

2. PicsArt

PicsArt isn't exactly a newcomer. In fact, it has been around for quite some time now, garnering over 250 million downloads. It isn't new in the business, but it's features aren't old either. PicsArt has all the essentials plus more. It's been constantly updated by its developers to keep the filters, stickers,frames, shape overlays and all of its 100 editing tools up to date. You can even draw on your photos and create animated gifs. Plus, it's totally free!

3. Cymera

The perfect portrait photo editing app! Cymera allows you to edit photos from your gallery with over 20 filters, trendy stickers, frames, advanced red eye removal, portrait features and even true-to-life makeup effects that make use of face recognition. It can also instantly edit your selfie as you snap a photo with its 7 camera-like lenses in various shooting modes. With Cymera, you can instantly share your photos over to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Tumblr directly from the app! Best of all, it's absolutely free!

Best Health and Fitness Apps

1. Endomond

With all the fitness apps out and about, Endomondo is one of the best. It tracks your performance, provides you with good support system, and gives you a list of things to try out. Endomondo specializes in, but is not limited to distance sports like running, walking and cycling.

You can download this Samsung Galaxy app for free. But, if you want more out of it, there's a minimal subscription fee. This will allow you to get rid of those ads, create a personalized training program, measure your heart rate and more.

2. MyFitnessPal

You can work out all you want, and that's good, but if you eat a whole box of pizza and drink a litre of soda after, you're going to have to rethink your whole health and fitness scheme. What you eat is just as important as getting enough exercise, maybe even more. MyFitnessPal allows you to keep an eye on your food intake. As long as you’re being honest, it accurately counts your calories using its massive database of over four million kinds of food.

3. Lifesum

If you need more than a calorie-counting diet app, Lifesum is the way to go. More than counting the calories of the food you eat, Lifesum analyses your meals and lets you know if it’s the kind you want in your body. It also reminds you to drink enough water, and if you avail of the pro version, you get more thorough food facts and a more in-depth diet plan.

Best Foodie Apps

1. Yelp

If there's one Samsung Galaxy app you should have on your phone that will lead you to your one true love --food, it's Yelp. While it's true that Yelp is designed to locate businesses and establishments in general such as a 24-hour garage and financial services, Yelp is primarily busy locating bars, cafes and the hottest new restaurants in your vicinity. It provides you with pertinent details such as address, contact numbers and opening hours. You also get to view photos, ratings and reviews, which should help you decide if a particular food joint is worth checking out.

2. Chefs Feed

From the name of the app itself, you can tell you'll be getting info from the food experts themselves –chefs! Chefs Feed shows you worthy restaurants and delicious dishes to try out recommended by top, high-profile chefs in the country. If you find yourself often overwhelmed by endorsements and contradicting reviews from locals, perhaps you should go with whatever Michael Mina suggests. Download Chefs Feed today and get recommendations straight from your favourite chefs!

3. Fork It by Kitchenbowl

Cooking at home can be quite a chore. Thankfully, there's an app that can turn your cooking woes around. Fork It is an app that allows you to set cooking goals, encourages you to eat healthier, save money, and even join challenges with friends and other users. You simply check-in by uploading a photo of your home cooked dish. The more you cook, the better you get!

Best Budget and Finance Apps

1. Mint

Nothing is more stressful than dealing with your personal finances. Make it more fun with a cool, organized app –Mint! Manage your bank statement, credit card bills, investments and more using colourful interactive graphs and charts. Let Mint do all the hard work of logging your income and expenditures and keeping an eye on your transactions and accounts. You can even pay your bills through this app. Budgeting has never been this easy and enjoyable! Download Mint for free and it will sure be one of your favourite Samsung Galaxy apps!

2. Wallet

Wallet is a budget tracker that efficiently handles your income and expenses. It's one of the most comprehensive and reliable financial apps you can find on Google Play store. Wallet allows you to keep track of your personal finances from your smartphone, tablet, computer or even your Android wear. You can manage your cash flow, budget, shopping list, debts and warranties with your significant other or family and sync your transactions directly with your bank. Get your finances under control with this really cool and helpful app for free!

3. My Budget Book

This financial app is a serious one. My Budget Book means business and is not about to let you go overboard on spending. Budget mode lets you set limits on how much you would like to spend on certain categories such as clothing, food and entertainment. You can set a goal, a monthly cap or a weekly limit. It allows you to see your recurring expenses and transactions using dynamic graphs and charts. What's more is that it completely works offline!

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