Here's a breakdown on apps you should download immediately to get started with your iPhone, iPad, tablet or Android devices. Also enjoy apps such as Pinterest, LinkedIn, Netflix, emojis and messaging and more. There are also various apps to download for the latest music and hottest radio stations across the country. We also shine the spotlight on back-to-school apps.
If you're trying to call customer service, you'll likely have to deal with an annoying phone tree -- the term for the endless automated menus you must climb when calling customer service at major companies. This app can help ease some frustrations by giving you the best phone numbers to reach a real live human at thousands of companies.
Miitomo was recently named Top Trending App, which means it's hot and getting hotter. Developed by Nintendo, Miitomo is a somewhat strange mashup of a social media communications app with characters from the game maker's Wii system. Nintendo says the characters "act as social go-betweens" between you and other Miitomo users.
My Little Pony: Harmony Quest(Credit: Budge Studios)
This latest entry from the My Little Pony franchise was named Best Family App. Goal of this game, which is aimed at kids 8 and younger, is to "spread the spirit of friendship across Equestria" while making sure to rid the territory of the evil minions. The game includes relatively expensive in-app purchases beginning at $4.
Violin: Magical Bow(Credit: rubycell)
There are simulators galore that let you play keyboards, guitar and drums, but this app can make you feel as if you're ready for the Metropolitan Opera. Choose a selection from the included songbook and play along with a violin or cello -- the "magical bow" makes it easier. Google Play picked Violin: Magical Bow as the year's Most Entertaining App.
Named Best App of the Year by the editors at Google Play, Prisma stands out in the crowded photo-editing field by allowing you to release your inner Picasso -- almost literally. The app lets you transform your pictures by using filters that overlay the styles of great masters like Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gough and Edvard Munch onto your photos.
Family Locator by Life360(Credit: App Store)
This app can help you keep tabs on your young trick-or-treaters. After you input your "circle" of family members, the app uses GPS to locate their smartphones and you can view where they are on a map. You can also set up real-time alerts to let you know when a person in your circle arrives or leaves a certain destination or is overdue.
The Waking Dead: Dead Yourself(Credit: App Store)
Don't have time to dress up as a zombie this Halloween? This novelty app from the popular AMC series "The Walking Dead" can zombify you in seconds. Take a new photo or import an existing picture and add horrifying eyes and snarling teeth. Not gruesome enough? Add a knife to the eye or a hatchet to the head. You can share the photo, albeit with an ad for "The Walking Dead" emblazoned on your creation.
Whether you're an avid marathoner or just bought your first pair of running shoes, Runkeeper can help keep track of all of your runs and running-based statistics -- distance, time, pace, calories burned, and more.
Google Photos(Credit: John Callegari)
Internal storage limits disappear with Google Photos, a cloud-based solution for quickly backing up and accessing your photos and videos. Additional features allow you to search by the people, places and things in your photos, and have Google automatically create videos, collages, GIFs and panoramas from your photos.
Skype for Business(Credit: Skype)
Unlike the free Skype, which limits 25 people to a conference call, as many as 250 employees can attend a Skype for Business conference call with high-definition video. Because it's owned by Microsoft, Skype for Business interacts seamlessly with Word and PowerPoint. Skype for Business costs $5 a month per user.
Pokemon Go(Credit: Niantic)
The world of Pokemon heads outdoors, as you can hunt for them around your neighborhood or around the world. Join the hunt as you can use maps and your camera to find and capture various Pokemon, and then battle friends at Gyms.
You can broadcast live video from your phone with Periscope, as well as watch other video feeds from around the world.
The communications app to help employees communicate easily, both in public and private channels, Slack is helpful for workers to keep in touch on projects.
Do you want to see what you were up to this date last year? The year before? Timehop pulls out your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and stored photos for you to check out and share on social media, along with a dose of pop culture.
Are you looking to buy tickets? Stubhub is one-stop shopping for concert, sports and other event tickets, both locally and nationwide, and allowing you to search for the best deals available as well as least expensive tickets available.
Crossy Road(Credit: Google Play)
Crossy Road is an adorable, free game from Yodo1 Games. How did the chicken cross the road? Very carefully. The game will remind you of Frogger, and it's as much fun.
FlashCards + by Chegg(Credit: App Store )
Flashcards+ by Chegg is a fast, free, flashcard maker designed to help you learn things fast. If you're looking for a study assistant, consider this app.
Evernote(Credit: Google Play )
Write notes of all types, from short lists to lengthy research, and access them on any device. Also, collect Web articles, handwritten notes and photos to keep all the details in one place.
Google Maps(Credit: Google Play )
The Google Maps app has comprehensive maps in more than 200 countries and includes a voice-guided GPS navigation and live traffic conditions. It's free in iTunes and the Google Play store.
Yelp(Credit: Google Play )
Whether you are looking for an open pizzeria or a coffee shop nearby, Yelp is your local guide to finding just the place to eat, shop, drink, relax and play. You can discover local businesses, search for nearby restaurants, shops and services and filter results by neighborhood, distance, rating, price and what's open now.
StockTwits(Credit: App Store )
Use StockTwits to stay up to date on stocks you follow and market trends. Get insight from thousands of investors and traders.
Minecraft - Pocket Edition(Credit: Google Play)
Minecraft pocket edition is routinely the top-selling game at the App Store. Users can play in the survival or creative mode.
Words with Friends(Credit: Google Play )
New Words With Friends is a free social word game where your skills are tested. Find the best opponent for you by browsing players’ profiles in Community Match, or sharpen your skills anytime and anywhere with offline Solo Play.
Kricket is a map-based social network that allows users to post comments, emojis and more in their current location anonymously. Meant for public political discussion while remaining anonymous, each message or emoji lasts 24 hours, then is erased from the map forever.
Selfish - Selfy Camera(Credit: Google Play)
How bad are you at taking selfies? Real bad? Well, this app will save you and take the pictures using one of three automatic modes to choose from: Face Detection, Self-Timer and Voice Command. It worked for the fish, so ...
Star Wars Card Trader(Credit: App Store )
Topps, the famous sports card company, continues its digital expansion with Star Wars Card Trader. Collect and trade more than 1,000 Star Wars digital cards, including your favorite characters. You'll be able to take your digital cards everywhere you go.
Kingdom Rush Origins(Credit: App Store )
The addicting tower defense game has returned with a new adventure, Kingdom Rush Origins. The $2.99 game is part of the Kingdom Rush series, which has collected all sorts of accolades, including the CNET Editor's Choice Award, Apple's Editor's Choice Award and a Pocket Gamer Gold Award.
Miss Hollywood Showtime - Pet House Makeover(Credit: App Store)
Miss Hollywood and her friends live in an animal shelter that has gotten a bit run down. But a little creativity could solve that problem. The young children's game is free, but includes in-game purchase opportunities.
Facebook Messenger(Credit: App Store )
If you're on Facebook -- and nearly everyone is on the social media behemoth -- the Messenger app has become its companion. If you're sending private messages back and forth to your friends via mobile or tablet, you will want this app.
GasBuddy(Credit: App Store )
Join more than 40 million drivers who are saving money every time they fill up by using GasBuddy. The app helps you find the cheapest gas near you.
2048(Credit: Google Play)
The fun and addictive math-puzzle game is simple to use and will challenge your abilities. Swipe to move the tiles, when two tiles with the same number touch, they merge into one. When a 2048 tile is created, the player wins. Before you know it, you'll be muttering 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 around the house.
Collect and share cocktail recipes with this unique beverage app from Studio Neat. Import recipes or create your own to share with friends.
iHeartRadio(Credit: Google Play )
iHeartRadio lets you listen online to the best live radio, sports, news, NPR, podcast, and streaming music stations based on your favorite artists and songs. The app is also great for streaming live AM and FM radio.
JellyKing(Credit: Google Play )
In JellyKing: Rule the World, your goal is to help Jelly bounce through mazes. The game is simple ... touch and hold down to move your jelly. Just remember, if he doesn't get to rule the world, it's on you.
Retail Me Not(Credit: Apple)
For the compulsive coupon shopper, Retail Me Not allows you to redeem coupons directly from the app, see a map of the best deals nearby and curate a list of your favorite sales and stores.
LinkedIn Job Search(Credit: Google Play )
Along with the main LinkedIn app, this app helps you find career opportunities wherever you want with location-based search, while getting automatic recommendations and notifications based on your job searches. A user can also apply to jobs directly from the app.
Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. You can use the social site to plan trips, plan improvement projects or share recipes.
Disney Movies Everywhere(Credit: Google Play )
With Disney Movies Anywhere, you can watch your Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies anywhere you go. The app includes exclusive videos and special offers. With Disney planning another Frozen movie, it could make sense to get used to this app now.
Waze(Credit: Google Play )
Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app. Join drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info to save time and gas money and improve daily commuting for all. It's a free app.
Netflix(Credit: Google Play )
Netflix is a popular subscription service for watching TV series and movies, including on your phone. This Netflix mobile application delivers the best experience anywhere, anytime. Get the free app as a part of your Netflix membership and you can instantly watch thousands of TV episodes and movies on your phone.
Weather Whiskers(Credit: Google Play)
There are plenty of weather apps, but how many are dedicated to cats? Yeah, you read that right. Cats. This kitty-themed weather app includes current updates and ... a four-day Furrcast. The app is free on Google Play and Apple's App Store.
Zite(Credit: Google Play)
Zite is a free app that provides articles tailored to your interests. Just like Pandora's music site, Zite caters to readers' preferences: You get more of what you like across countless categories.
YouTube Kids(Credit: Google Play )
Google recently launched the YouTube Kids app, which is loaded with age-appropriate videos, channels, and playlists. YouTube Kids features popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers and creators.
Zoobe(Credit: Google Play)
The Zoobe messaging app is fun for the whole family. Send animated video messages to loved ones and celebrate things like birthdays, weddings and graduations with an all-star 3-D character cast: Paddington, Om Nom from Cut the Rope, Papa Smurf as well as Grouchy Smurf and Smurfette from The Smurfs. The app will make you smile, and it's free on Google Play and Apple's App Store.
White Noise(Credit: Google Play)
Do you struggle to fall asleep because of outside noise? Are hotels too loud? White Noise has a large catalog of sounds that help block out distractions. The looped sounds include rainfall, crashing waves, a train ride or water dripping. The app is $1.99 on Google Play and Apple's App Store.
Charades!(Credit: Google Play )
The classic party game gets an electronic makeover with this app that will keep you hopping. A player puts the phone to his or her forehead, where a word or title is displayed. Team members yell out hints or are prompted to physically act out clues. Cards are in decks grouped by several themes, including trivia, TV shows and dance moves. There are several apps using the name "Charades," but the one tested here is from developer FatChicken Studios. The Charades! app is free on iOS and Android.
Whether you've lost power due to a storm or you're walking on a dark street, this handy app turns your camera flash into a small but power emergency light source. It's free for iPhone and Android.
Longform Stories(Credit: Google Play )
A solid app that features free longform articles, magazine articles, feature stories and more.
The Weather Channel(Credit: Google Play )
The simple-to-use and popular app allows you to check today's forecast, or take a look at the long-term forecast. The app is free in the Google Play and iTunes stores.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock(Credit: Google Play )
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is 99 cents in the App Store and Google Play, and it may be worth the money if you're struggling with daylight savings time. The "smart" alarm clock tries to sense when you are in a light sleep phase before it sounds. How does it work? Don't question that, because with one less hour of sleep, you might need all the help you could get.