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Best Android apps of 2015

Scott Adam Gordon
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Searching for the best Android apps is a daunting task. Whether you're looking for an email app or a file manager, there are always tens of well-rated ones available - which is both a blessing and a curse. Here at AndroidPIT, we’ve spent years curating the best apps for every specific purpose, and we've now compiled them for our readers. We will continue to update this page as often as we can with links to the best Android apps available. This is what we've got so far.

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We've scoured the Play Store for the best apps, so you don't have to. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best alternatives to Google Play

The first thing you should know is that Google Play is not the only place you can get Android apps. Sure, it's the biggest and the most official, but there are lots of apps out there that never quite made it to Google Play or that simply exist elsewhere (like the Amazon app store for example).

Our favorite Google Play Store alternative app is SlideMe, where you can find a whole bunch of cool, hand-picked apps that have been individually tested and approved. Now that's something you'll never find in the Play Store.

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SlideMe is an individually tested, hand-curated app store. / © Slide Me / AndroidPIT

Best offline Android apps

When you don't have a Wi-Fi or data connection it's too late to download one. We've got the best of the best of offline apps for Android for your offline enjoyment. One of the very best offline Android apps of all is Pocket, and offline reader app that saves text and images for reading later on. No more bookmarking, link sharing or copy pasting when you've Pocket in your pocket.

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Pocket lets you save web articles for offline reading. No Wi-Fi required. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android lock screen apps

Lock screen apps are awesome - you can do things on your smartphone or tablet without even having to unlock it. From checking notifications, calendar reminders, music controls, missed calls, Quick Settings and more, Next Lock Screen lets you take control of your locked phone. Next will even suggest apps based on your location.

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Next by Microsoft brings a whole bunch of functionality to your lock screen. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best messenger apps on Android 

If you don't have this one already, we'd be surprised. WhatsApp features in our best Android messenger apps list for many reasons, including group chats, a great interface and of course the fact that everyone uses it. It's basically the default smartphone messaging app.

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WhatsApp is the undisputed king of messaging on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android browser

Dolphin Browser is one of the best Android browsers you can get. It's free, it looks great, it comes with tons of features, and it supports Adobe Flash Player - the multimedia player that just won't die. 

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Dolphin Browser is easily one of the most popular on Android. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android camera apps

Camera360 Ultimate made its way onto our best Android camera apps list because it houses so many features, including over 200 filters, NFC photo sharing, and a blissful absence of ads. It's a comprehensive free app that ensures you get the best out of your Android camera.

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Camera360 Ultimate comes with tons of downloadable extras. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best Android keyboard apps

One of best Android keyboard apps is Swiftkey, a free keyboard app which makes typing just about as simple as it can be, and has great swipe options, predictions, adaptive-learning and more.

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SwiftKey's layout can be customized in a number of ways. / © ANDROIDPIT / SwiftKey

Best music apps

The Walkman and the iPod are as good as dead, because our smartphones have taken over as powerful music players. While the default music apps on your Android device probably do a fine job, if you want to crank up the bass or other aspects of your music, you'll need something more.

One of the best music player apps for Android is Poweramp. It’s a great way to enjoy your favorite music, with a ton of options and support for almost any type of file. You can’t go wrong with Poweramp.

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With themes galore, Poweramp can be whatever you want it to be. Just grab a new skin ASAP. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best video apps

The default video player on your Android phone will probably 'do the job' and play most standard video formats without much fuss. But if you're playing some niche formats or enjoy tinkering with the video settings to get the perfect picture, then you'll need to branch out.

VLC for Android came out of beta back in December, meaning that it's now stable and ready for everyone to use. It supports a huge number of video formats. You can use hardware acceleration to take advantage of those four or eight cores on your device and really get the most out of your videos. The pinch-to-zoom feature is pretty neat too.

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Version 1.0 of VLC for Android is out now, and it's one of the best video players around. / © VLC

Best productivity apps

Smartphones might not yet be valid replacements for our PCs, but with their increasing power and screen sizes, they're getting there. As such, it's good to have the best possible productivity apps on your Android device, so you have the assurance that you can do some work when there's no keyboard-and-mouse computer around.

Expensify is one of our best Android productivity apps simply for managing your budget. You can make it as simple or as detailed as you want, and track all of your spending in an easy-to-use format. It’s  great free business travel app that you shouldn’t be without.

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Scan all of your bills into this cool app. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best apps for rooters and modders

Rooting and modding mobile devices was a terrifying prospect once upon a time. But more online tutorials have cropped up, and more apps have arrived to help. However, if you're not ready to go down the techy path of rooting (it's really not that bad), you can always do some modding using a variety of Android launchers.

When it comes to the best Android launchers, smart launcher is one of our favorites due to its unique, ultra-cool design. If you can’t find a theme to suit you here, we don’t know where you will.

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Smart Launcher gives you rings of the most commonly used apps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best security and maintenance apps

Android security is a contentious subject and arguments about the safety of the system crop up frequently. Keep safe out there and check out some of our recommended security apps. While you're at it, you might want to have a go at optimizing your system performance too. 

AVG is one of the best anti-virus apps for Android. Even if your browsing and app downloading habits are completely safe, you can never be too careful. Check out AVG for a discreet solution.

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AVG is a well known name in antivirus, and you can wipe your device remotely if necessary. / © AVG

Best weather and GPS apps

There are plenty of weather apps available that are more accurate than those pre-installed on your Android device. We've had a look at some of the best, as well as some GPS apps which might help you outdoors. 

Yahoo! Weather is one of our favorites at AndroidPIT because it looks great, it’s simple to use, and it presents all of the information you require at a glance. It also comes with a nice widget too.

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Yahoo Weather uses background images from the huge image database Flickr, which gives the app a really nice look. © ANDROIDPIT

Best fitness and lifestyle apps

Whether you want to lose a few extra pounds or meet some new people, we have some apps to help you out. 

Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal provides a great way to lose weight and stay in shape. Simply enter your weight and height, and Calorie Counter will tell you how many calories you can consume each day while losing weight. It requires a little effort on the part of the user, but it’s worth it.

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My Fitness Pal has a great user interface and makes losing weight perhaps a little more enjoyable (but only a little). / © ANDROIDPIT

Best of the rest apps

We are at the end of our list with some of the apps that wouldn’t fit any other category. But just because they are last, they are by no means the least.

The best apps to improve browsing experience should be useful for everybody, and the lock screen apps are incredibly cool, just check out Magic Locker Main, pictured below.

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There are over 3000 themes that you can download and use to personalize your lock screen. © ANDROIDPIT

What are your favorite Android apps? Let us know which you think the best are in the comments below.

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  • Anupam Das 5 days ago Link

    I think that the Chrome is the best browser for Android, not the Dolphin browser.

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  • Mel Fox 6 days ago Link

    WhatsApp phone update were is it I have the latest version but I can't receive the phone update.

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  • Madhav Biradar 1 week ago Link

    these are really good apps

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  • amr ahmed 1 week ago Link

    so ...after seeing that dolphin browser in this article there is no need to complete reading this ... I think it's a joke or just kinda of beginner class article cause when you ignore Firefox browser or chrome you must be kidding us

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  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 1 week ago Link

    isnt it WAY TOO EARLY no matter from which perspective to rate the best <insert something here> of 2015???

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    • kapil jhajhria 1 week ago Link

      I was going to say that myself. They can't even say best anything of 2015 Q1

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 1 week ago Link

        This is true as well...
        But ganes and such call themselves game of the year or whatever despite it sometimes even being January...
        Or what I already heard "the best whatever of the Millennium or the century" i mean seriously, WTF?

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  • Carolyn Flaherty 1 week ago Link

    Messenger apps makes communication easier and better. They are a must download for easy keeping in touch with your family and friends.

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  • Flavio Battocchio 2 weeks ago Link

    I recommend WWTuner:
    play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.WWTuner

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  • SW Apps 2 weeks ago Link

    I'd recommend Pixel Dungeon or Swipurr cat gallery (swipurr.com)

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  • Flavio Battocchio 3 weeks ago Link

    Look for WWTUNER in Play Store.
    The best Android radio player!

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  • breakbeater 1 month ago Link

    Does somebody if Poweramp is compatible with uFXloops? uFXloops is my favourite music creation app, but it has no EQ.

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  • Carolyn Flaherty 1 month ago Link

    Camera360 Ultimate gives you the perfect and most flawless picture. You can also edit it according to your style and taste as it features are diverse.

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  • Kevin G. 1 month ago Link

    I use Playerpro for my music, it has everything I need (edit, ID3 tags, multi EQ, customised sound settings etc, etc). I would highly recommend it, also X-plore file Manager is a must have!

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  • Steve Patten 1 month ago Link

    I have had Poweramp of all of my phones for years and just won't use anything else. At sometime though you have to pay for it so be prepared.

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  • Stuart Male 1 month ago Link

    I'm sick of reading about how good power amp is and me not having it. Time to get it I think

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