Want to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S when it launches on 25 Feb? Check out the 9 essential Android apps for your shiny new smartphone...

Got a lush phone that goes with you everywhere? Looking to snag yourself the new Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus? Then you need to get acquainted with the best apps for the Samsung S9 and S9 Plus.

Best apps for Samsung S9 and S9 Plus

Seeing as everyone’s talking about the new Samsung device, let’s focus on 9 essential Android apps that’ll work perfectly on the hottest smartphones of 2018 so far (we’re drooling here).

Life hacks (free)

Whether you’re looking for money savers, technology tricks or life tips, this app taps into today’s rising need to simplify our lives. The variety of categories means that there’s usually something for everyone. You might get the odd random suggestion, but it’s a useful android app to have on-hand.

Replika (free)

Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant…the list of virtual PAs is growing by the day. So why not get your smartphone set up with an ultra-helpful pal? Bixby Intelligence is an awesome built-in feature on the Samsung Galaxy S9 (it’s worth checking this out when you get your shiny new Samsung) but Replika is also brilliant. This AI chatbot is more advanced than many because it gets to know you by asking you questions. Your responses are then saved and sorted by date, so you can build a journal and reflect on life. Poignant stuff.

Amazon Kindle (free)

It may not be one of the latest additions to the apps on Android, but Amazon Kindle is a prime example (see what we did there?) of an app that’s recently been revamped. It has new themes and a really straightforward interface. Plus, it’s the perfect partner for Samsung Galaxy devices . With their large display and crisp, sharp graphics, you’ll be laughing (or crying, depending on what you’re reading). Who needs a Kindle to enjoy Amazon e-books! Just get stuck in on your smartphone and then pick up where you left off on any device.

Rabbit – Watch together (free)

There’s something comforting about watching TV with family and friends. Rabbit hones in on this love of sharing. Rabbit lets you set up a chat room with your mates and play videos from YouTube or from the internet. You’ll be able to see them and talk to them in the same way you would if they were sat on your sofa. Or, if you find that too off-putting, you can simply use the chat function. This app works perfectly with Go Binge and your fabulous large Samsung Galaxy S display.

Fitbit Coach (£6.30 a month)

OK, so there are loads of fitness apps out there, but we thought this one was worth a mention. You can access some workouts for free to get a taste of the app before you part with any money, too.

Fitbit Coach (previously Fitstar) has loads of workouts that cater for all abilities. There are at least 24 different treadmill workouts, so if you don’t fancy braving the elements you can still use Fitbit Coach as a PT in the gym.

Many of the workouts are videos that you can watch on your phone or TV, but you can select audio options for runs and walks. You also get built-in soundtracks from Fitbit Radio, so now there’s no excuse not to be motivated. Oh, and you don’t need a Fitbit to use this one – just make sure your slinky new Samsung is working out with you.

If the money puts you off, don’t worry. Samsung Health is a free app that will also help you achieve your wellbeing goals. From losing weight and watching your diet, to creating healthy habits, and recording your exercise, this app has the added bonus of being made specifically for your Samsung. Dubbed as ‘Smarter health care’, Samsung Health is definitely your go-to app if you’re serious about making long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Gratus (free)

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative”, as Bing Crosby once said. And he’s right. In our fast-paced world it’s easy to forget all the stuff we should be grateful for (like that flash new Samsung Galaxy S9…).

Gratus is designed to remind you of all the things you’re grateful for. Build up your own collection, which you can check out whenever you need a little boost.

It may all sound a little random, but acknowledging and reminding ourselves of things we’re grateful for can really make you happier. And if you’re not too sad about paying £2.59, you’ll get automatic reminders and notifications. So, if you’re in the worst mood ever and gratitude is not on your radar, you can rely on your phone to keep you grounded.

UVLens (free)

If you’re fed up of getting sunburnt on a cloudy beach in Bognor, this could be the app for you. We’re all different in terms of how much UV we can take, and sometimes the predicted weather conditions won’t feel like an issue. But UVLens tells you the UV index throughout the day, so there’s no excuse for that lobster look.

Once you’ve told it some details about your skin type, it’ll estimate how quickly you’ll burn and how you can avoid damage. Don’t forget to download UVLens before you jet off to sunnier places, and check out Go Roam to put an end to your data roaming worries.

Geocaching® (free)

The treasure-hunting craze that’s sweeping the nation has an official app that you need in your life. If you’re new to the concept, Geocaching is basically a game where you hunt for hidden items, known as ‘caches’ using GPS coordinates. And you can hide your own for others to find.

Whether you’re hunting for hoards on the high street, or searching out stashes in the depths of the New Forest, this app will get the whole family out and about. All you need is a trusty GPS device – so the new Samsung Galaxy S could be your perfect partner. What are you waiting for?

Snapseed (free)

Today’s smartphones make portable cameras a thing of the past. Samsung have taken camera phones to the next level. So, whether you’ve got an S8, or you’re in the running for the newest model in the Galaxy S range, you can be sure of capturing some awesome images.

If you want to take your photos to the next level, make sure you download the Snapseed app. It’s got a unique interface which is based on gestures – so you can control effects and filters with a swipe. With tools like spot repair, brush, lens blur and zoom controls, all your photo editing needs are sorted. Perfect for serious and amateur snappers alike, we think this is the best camera app for Android.

So, there we have it – 9 essential Android apps for your Samsung. But don’t just take our word for it, download them now and see what you think.