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Mobile apps round-up: Yahoo! Mail, Snapseed, more

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. This week's highlights include an iPhone 5-optimised version of the BBC iPlayer mobile service and the arrival of Instagram competitor Snapseed on Google Play.

iOS

New Yahoo Mail for iphone and android
Yahoo! Mail
Price: Free
Publisher: Yahoo!
Yahoo! this week unveiled its shiny new email service as the once-powerful web giant attempts to bring some competition to the likes of Google. In addition to an overhauled web-based platform, the firm has released a native app for iOS devices for its 150 million plus users to access on the fly.

The Yahoo! Mail iOS app comes with a range of platform-specific features, such as swipe to delete and the option to capture a photograph while composing an email. With a more intuitive interface and streamlined design, Yahoo's new service is sure to keep Google and Microsoft on their toes.

BBC iPlayer app screenshot
BBC iPlayer
Price: Free
Publisher: BBC
BBC iPlayer may have been around in app form for some time now, but the service recently received a significant update on iOS. The Beeb's latest update has brought iPhone 5 optimisation to its on-demand services, so users no longer have to tolerate those black bars at the edge of the screen.

Other new features include the option to stream BBC content by connecting your phone to a television set - a function iPad users will be familiar with. Live channel buttons for switching between stations while content is playing have also been introduced to the app.

The Orchestra screenshot
The Orchestra
Price: £9.99
Publisher: Touch Press
Touch Press's The Orchestra for iPad will strike all the right notes as far as classical music enthusiasts are concerned. This application brings an concert experience to your tablet, complete with an automatically synchronised score and note-by-note visualisation.

The app features eight compositions from legends like Beethoven, Debussy and Mahler, performed by the world-renowned Philharmonia under the conduction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. App Store users have rated this favourably, but if that's not enough to convince you, there's always the option to head over to the Touch Press website and sample preview videos before you buy.

Android

Sky Go screenshot
Sky Go
Price: Free
Publisher: Sky
The Sky Go application will surely be old news to owners of any of the 11 Android devices the native app was already available on, but the broadcaster has now released a major update to its on-demand service.

Sky Go now supports a total of 25 Android devices, including those running the Jelly Bean versions of the Google operating system. The new tablets and smartphones to join the fold are HTC's Desire X, One X, One XL, One S and One V, Google's Nexus 4 and Nexus 7, Samsung's Galaxy S3 LTE, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Note 2, Sony's Sony Xperia S and Xperia T, and LG's 4X HD.

Internet Radio screenshot
Internet Radio
Price: £1.16
Publisher: Ensight Media
Internet Radio is easily one of the better online radio apps on Google Play, providing access to more than 50,000 stations from around the world at a bargain-basement price. The Ensight Media software also come with a raft of bonus features, including alarm clock functionality and track information.

The service is powered by the SHOUTcast Radio Directory, a vast database of channels from various territories that users can search through using keywords. Internet Radio offers ad-free streaming, but a free edition is also available for users who would rather be served marketing than shell out for the premium version.

Screenshot of the Snapseed software
Snapseed
Price: Free
Publisher: Nik Software
There's a good reason why Google recently completed an acquisition of Snapseed developer Nik Software. The firm's digital photography service is one of the strongest competitors to Instagram, and now it's available on Android devices for free.

Snapseed allows users to enhance, transform, and share their photos using a sophisticated, yet intuitive toolset. Built-in Google+ integration means photos can then be shared over the up-and-coming social network. Eat your heart out, Facebook.

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