Got a new phone? 10 apps to download now

As we near the holidays and the end of another year, many people will be celebrating with a brand new smartphone.

To make the most of your latest gadget, you'll need to outfit it with the year's must-have apps.

Get ready to make space on your new iPhone or Android for everything from streaming music to tracking storms, and even battling "pigtroopers".

Check out our full top 10 list of must-have smartphone apps (in no particular order).


Google Maps (FREE for Android and iPhone)

Apple created a big stir this year when it replaced the much-loved Google Maps application with its own mapping program.

The Apple maps drew major criticism after errors were discovered, and many smartphone owners gave up on the change entirely, instead opting for the more trustworthy Google Maps.

The app is now available with all its bells and whistles on both the iOS and Android platforms.


Angry Birds Star Wars (FREE for Android, $.99 for iPhone)

Ready for your next obsession? Meet the latest incarnation of the hugely popular Angry Birds franchise.

The layout of the game hasn't changed much, but the addition of "pigtroopers" and Han Solo and Luke Skywalker-inspired birds will definitely please Star Wars lovers.


10NEWS app (FREE for Android and iPhone)

Stay up-to-date with the latest news from around San Diego and the nation with 10NEWS' own mobile app.

We've got you covered when it comes to breaking news, weather and traffic updates, along with the day's biggest buzz, all on in an easy-to-navigate application.


What'sApp Messenger(FREE for Android, $.99 for iPhone)

Love sending texts but hate what it does to your phone bill? Download the What'sApp Messenger and you can send a million messages per day without racking up the massive charges!

The app serves as a messenger available on all smartphones and perfect for cross-platform messaging. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi to message with friends and family, essentially replacing your SMS and letting you chat without worrying about zapping your data plan.
 

Pandora (FREE for Android and iPhone)

It's been around for awhile, and you've no doubt heard your friends and family rave about ditching their iPod in favor of Pandora's simple and convenient music streaming.

The best part? You can program your own stations based on genre of music, artist, or even by a single song. The app comes in a free version -- which runs ads after every few songs -- or you can upgrade to a paid subscription.
 

Flipboard (FREE for Android and iPhone)

Looking for a personalized magazine that pulls in everything from around the web that you want to see? Look no further.

Flipboard is great for social media lovers and news junkies alike. This cool app aggregates links from your friends on Facebook and people you follow on Twitter, along with updates from your favorite websites, and shows them off in a magazine-style format perfect for flipping through on your phone.
 

Storm Shield ($4.99 for Android and iPhone)

Pat Brown and the 10News Pinpoint Weather Center team will keep you ahead of the storm with a weather app that will "wake up" with the latest alerts wherever you are.

10News Pinpoint Weather Center's Storm Shield is a life-saving app that acts like a NOAA Emergency Weather Radio on your iPhone or Android. You will receive critical alerts via voice and push notification regarding major weather events close to home and across the country.


Flashlight (FREE for Android and iPhone)

An oldie, but a goodie.

This flashlight app might sound like a waste of phone space, but it far surpasses the dim light that just the screen of your phone will give off. The app also comes with a compass, so you'll be heading in the right direction with your new flood of bright light.


Rayman Jungle Run ($2.99 for Android and iPhone)

Want a fun escape to the jungle in the palm of your hand? Check out one of Apple's top-rated apps of 2012 -- Rayman Jungle Run.

Take the title character on a massive adventure that rivals your favorite moments from Super Mario or Sonic the Hedgehog. Rayman traipses through a snowy jungle, waterfalls, interactive environments, and even a Land of The Dead challenge.
 

YouTube (FREE for Android and iPhone)

You would think the world's smartest phones would come programmed with the world's biggest video app, but you'll have to do that yourself.

Watch the web's hottest videos and keep up with your favorite YouTube channels with the official YouTube app for iOS and Android systems.

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