It’s already the beginning of a brand new year, and 2015 has indeed seen an eventful year in the Android ecosystem. Not to be overlooked is the Google Play Store, where we have also seen some new development and had much-anticipated apps being released.
So, here is the AndroidGuys Top Apps for 2015. Ordered into categories, we gave each section a winner and a runner-up. Thanks to those of you who took our social media poll; we managed to come up with our final selection.
No surprise here, really. Nova has been on the top charts for quite a while, and there’s a reason for that. It’s feature packed, fast, smooth and works across many devices. Compared to other launchers, it is really the best out there.
Google’s popular desktop browser is also quite popular on mobile, it seems. Utilizing a clean user interface along with a fast app, Google has also built it into the Android system, meaning it can perform things that other browsers cannot. The ability to synchronize content across other Google products is also an advantage.
A relatively new competitor to the scene, Tidal impressed us in our Music App Battles of Android knockout and review. Its ability to stream high-quality music along with a large library gives it the edge over the competitors. Although it did not win our app battle and it is not the most popular service, we believe that it is deserving of the title.
SwiftKey has been around for a while now and has always been on the top charts. The fact that it is fast, easy to use and offers themes to customize the keyboard means it is popular amongst the community. It has an advantage over Fleksy as it has a bigger user base.
Although WhatsApp is still the favored instant messaging app for the majority of people, we believe that Slack should should take the prize here. Slack offers so much more features than WhatsApp, although it is more suitable for teams than your normal two person conversations. 2016 should bring several new features to both apps.
Again, an app that isn’t necessarily the most played, Fallout Shelter created much excitement when iOS received a mobile game based of Bethesda’s Fallout 4. The Android version was shortly released thereafter and gained much appraisal for the gameplay.
Best Android Productivity app/series: Google Apps (Slides/Docs/Sheets etc.)
Again having the advantage, Google’s suite of productivity apps is our preferred set here. Easy to use, lightweight and the fact that they are free (compared to Microsoft’s required subscription to the service) means that they are used widely.
Although I personally prefer Snapseed to edit my photos, PhotoDirector is one of the most advanced image tweakers available on Android. Designed for professionals, it offers the most precise and intricate editing tools. The controls that can be found within PhotoDirector make it extremely easy to use for even the novice editor.
Having a good reputation, Avast! is our choice here. It offers a wide range of features, from phone cleanups to extreme anti-theft (root required). Clean, simple and non-obtrusive means it stands out amongst most the competition.