Our pick of this year's best. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

These apps made 2014 better. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

It’s been a great year to be an Android user. Not only have we seen the release of Google’s massive Material Design makeover and all kinds of wonderful new features inside Android 5.0 Lollipop, but we’ve also had oodles of awesome apps to enjoy.

In this roundup, we’ve selected the best Google Play releases from the past 12 months. We’ve got great launchers, amazing email apps, terrific Twitter clients and lots more. (Some are also available on iOS.)

Invite your friends to use Inbox. Photo: Google

Invite your friends to use Inbox. Photo: Google

If you’re already using Inbox by Gmail, and your friends are always pestering you for invites, you can finally delivery. All Inbox users now have ten invites that they can share with whoever they want — so long as they’re using Gmail.

The Galaxy S6 could have curves like this one both sides. Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy S6 could have curves like this one both sides. Photo: Samsung

With the Galaxy Note Edge’s curved display being well received by both consumers and critics, you can expect Samsung to use the same technology in future handsets. In fact, according to some sources familiar with its plans, the upcoming Galaxy S6 will have a display that curves on both sides — as well as an all-aluminum chassis.

Project Tango packs a serious punch. Photo: Google

Project Tango packs a serious punch. Photo: Google

A select group of Android developers have been invited to purchase Project Tango, Google’s superpowered developer tablet that costs a whopping $1,024. Only limited quantities of the device are available, Google says, and only those chosen to receive an invite will be eligible to purchase one.

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Smartwatches are becoming increasingly popular, and there’s good reason for that; having timely information on your wrist and being able to perform simple tasks without pulling out your smartphone can be incredibly useful. If you haven’t already invested in one, why not try to win one of the best available in the Choose Your Own Android Smartwatch giveaway.

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