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18 Best Android apps of 2015

Authored by: Scott Adam Gordon — 3 weeks ago

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

Best unknown Android app

Ask Me Anything, brought to us by Reddit AMA, is a unique and surprisingly low-key app which lets you read the latest celebrity AMA inteviews, and also send over questions that you'd like to ask those celebrities. Strange that an app involving celebrities would be fairly unknown, right? But it's possible that they don't want to be over-flooded with questions. You can also vote on questions other people present, and help decide whether those questions get asked to famous faces from the worlds of film, sport, science, and more.

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Throw questions at your favorite (or most hated) celebrities in AMA. / © reddit Inc.
Ask Me Anything - reddit AMA Install on Google Play

Best porn app for Android

AndroidPIT's porn correspondent scoured the internet far and wide, and spent many lone hours in a room with the curtains closed in his search for the best porn apps for Android. Out of all his dirty discoveries, we've picked out Pornhub as our favorite. Its video collection is huge and varied, accounting for all tastes, and the app is presented in a way that'll have you ogling your preferred sexual fantasies in seconds. It's also filled with interesting statistics, but our guess is that you won't spend too much time looking at those...

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PornHub - a portal to all your carnal desires. / © ANDROIDPIT

Best cloud storage app for Android

Cloud storage is so commonplace now that its name doesn't sound quite as mystical and ethereal as it did a few years ago. That doesn't make it any less useful, as storing your personal data online is - for the most part - much safer than keeping it on a fragile old hard drive. We're prepared to accept accusations of bias here, as our favorite cloud storage app is Google Drive. it's baked into most Android devices, Google is always giving extra GBs of storage space away for free, and it's synced up with the handy Google Docs office suite. It's the undisputed champ.

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Google Drive is a great cloud storage option, with tons of free space and Google Docs syncing. / © ANDROIDPIT
Google Drive Install on Google Play

Best messenger app on Android 

There are some obvious contenders for 'Best messaging app' on Android - WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger to name a couple - but Drupe is the one messaging app to rule them all. If you haven't heard of it, that's because it's relatively new on the scene. Drupe displays your whole contacts list, then lets you contact people using any of the most popular messaging services - WhatsApp, SMS, Skype, you name it. So from this one app, you can essentially contact anyone using any messaging app you want. It's ingenious!

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Drupe lets you contact people instantly using any messaging app on your phone. / © ANDROIDPIT
drupe – Contacts. Your way. Install on Google Play

Best dating app for Android

Whether you're looking for love, companionship, or something more - ahem - 'carnal', there are plenty of Android apps out there to help you find what you're looking for. In fact, you could say there are Plenty of Fish, which is one of our favorite dating apps out there. Sign-up is free, and you're matched up with people well-suited to you based on some inscrutably complex but effective algorithm. It even advises on good places to go on dates in your area. It makes finding a date easier than shooting fish in a barrel.  

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Whether you're looking for love or companionship, Plenty of Fish will help you find it. / © Plentyoffish Media Inc.
POF Free Dating App Install on Google Play

Best offline Android app

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
Pocket Install on Google Play

Best Android lock screen app

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 Play Store alternative

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 in the Amazon app store for example).

Our favorite Google Play Store alternative is SlideMe, where you can find a whole bunch of cool, hand-picked apps that have been individually tested to ensure that they work on AOSP (Android Open-Source Project), and are not tied into the Play Store's services.

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SlideMe is an individually tested, hand-curated app store. / © Slide Me / 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
Dolphin Browser for Android Install on Google Play

Best Android camera app

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
Camera360 Ultimate Install on Google Play

Best Android keyboard app

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
SwiftKey Keyboard + Emoji Install on Google Play

Best music app for Android

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
Poweramp Music Player (Trial) Install on Google Play

Best video app for Android

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
VLC for Android Install on Google Play

Best productivity app for Android

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
Expensify - Expense Reports Install on Google Play

Best app 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
Smart Launcher 2 Install on Google Play

Best security and maintenance app

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
AntiVirus Security - FREE Install on Google Play

Best weather and GPS app

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
Yahoo Weather Install on Google Play

Best fitness and lifestyle app

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
Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal Install on Google Play

... and there's more!

We are at the end of our list of the best Android apps. Still hungry for more? Then click the links below to check out one of our many other 'best of' lists.

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

Updated by Robert Zak on April 30, 2015

Originally from the UK, Scott graduated in Popular Music Studies at Newcastle University and attributes most of his success there to his beloved Samsung Galaxy S2. A lifelong Android fan, Scott has never owned an Apple device, of any kind, and doesn't see this changing anytime soon.

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  • Xochitl Shatt 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Wow it's amazing and perfect. Best video app it's awesome.

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  • Krish Mazumdar 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    You can also add Noom Coach to the fitness club. It has got a brilliant look and is too well organized. And what about CM Security? it does more than what you want it to do. Its time to refresh your list by adding the new apps :P

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  • Pratik Sharma 1 month ago Link to comment

    Cools apps loved the Magic Locker Main app !! I discovered one more cool app which saves alot of my time when I want to find something on the net . The app acts as an expert and finds answer to any of the questions you ask from the net and comes back with in moments with a exact or usable answer saving lot of my timing which i spend on the net searching for answers. The app is named TheLightApp check out its vid on youtube or www.thelightapp.com

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  • Amir Ganjeii 1 month ago Link to comment

    Check Unique Widgets, it really worth to be in the list

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  • The App Guy 1 month ago Link to comment

    You MUST checkout TapIt Launcher. Lets you Tap the back of your phone to perform actions. Makes life better :)

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  • Anupam Das 2 months ago Link to comment

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

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  • Mel Fox 2 months ago Link to comment

    WhatsApp phone update were is it I have the latest version but I can't receive the phone update.
    I now have the phone, The WhatsApp is great. Thanks to the people that helped.

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  • Madhav Biradar 2 months ago Link to comment

    these are really good apps

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  • amr ahmed 2 months ago Link to comment

    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) 2 months ago Link to comment

    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 2 months ago Link to comment

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

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 2 months ago Link to comment

        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 2 months ago Link to comment

    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 months ago Link to comment

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

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  • SW Apps 2 months ago Link to comment

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

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  • Flavio Battocchio 2 months ago Link to comment

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

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  • breakbeater 3 months ago Link to comment

    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 3 months ago Link to comment

    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. 3 months ago Link to comment

    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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