10 best Android apps released in 2015!

by: Joe HindyDecember 22, 2015
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We’re nearing the end of 2015 and it’s time to take a long, hard look at the Android apps that made the biggest impact this year. It was a big year with large projects leaving beta and gigantic holes in the Android apps ecosystem that have been filled. These selections were not made lightly, and the majority of these apps have already become mainstays on tons of devices all around the world. Without further delay, let’s look at the best Android apps released in all of 2015!


adobe photoshop mix best android apps of 2015A ton of Adobe apps

[Price: Free]
Adobe long ago promised that they would take Android a lot more seriously and they definitely proved it in 2015. They released a ton of apps, including Lightroom Mobile, Capture CC, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Mix, Shape CC, Brush CC, and Color CC. These apps all have a range of functionality from photo editing, advanced photo editing, illustration, design, and other creation tools. You’d be hard pressed to find a better suite of tools for designers, photographers, and other creative types and they’re all free to use.

Get it now on Google Play!


Apple Music best android apps of 2015Apple Music

[Price: Free app, $9.99/month]
Apple Music may not be what Android fans want to see on this list, but it actually is a decent little service. It boasts 30 million songs, radio stations, live radio, and a bunch of content. It competes head-to-head with the likes of Spotify and Google Play Music in terms of content available, although individual features may be more tempting based on personal taste. The app itself still needs work, but we assume Apple will eventually take care of that.

Get it now on Google Play!


cortana best android apps of 2015Cortana

[Price: Free with subscription options]
After a long wait, Cortana landed on Android in early December. Microsoft’s cross-platform virtual assistant now gives Android users a second big choice aside from Google Now that can do things like put things on your schedule, text and call people, and even tell jokes. It’s a long way away from being complete and it’s been well documented that the app has some problems right now, but it is totally free and it’s almost certainly going to greatly improve over the course of the next year.

Get it now on Google Play!


khan academy best android apps of 2015Khan Academy

[Price: Free]
Khan Academy is an online learning resource that can help either teach you things or help you brush up on things you haven’t studied in a while. There are a variety of subjects you can check out, including math, science, economics, history, and plenty of others. In the application, you can watch videos about various subjects and bookmark your favorite content. Of course, the phone and the site sync so you can almost always start again where you left off. Learning is a lifelong endeavor and this is a decent app to help you keep going.

Get it now on Google Play!

khan academy best android apps of 2015


kodi best android apps of 2015Kodi

[Price: Free]
Kodi is a media center application that was once known as XBMC. Of course, legal things happened that caused a name change, but Kodi is still the epic and powerful media center app that it always was before. The official version was released to Google Play this year and includes a full interface where you can browse your TV shows, movies, music, and more. There is also third party plugin support, it is entirely open source, and completely free to use. Like the developers, we don’t recommend using it on smaller screens.

Get it now on Google Play!

Kodi best android apps of 2015


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Microsoft Word best android apps of 2015Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

[Price: Free]
Microsoft’s iconic Office suite took its sweet time making it to Android but it was worth the wait. All the way back in January, we saw the apps released for tablets, with phone releases coming some months later. Each application is entirely free to use for the most part and they’re all extremely solid and functional. You can get additional functionality if you use an Office 365 subscription, but either way, this is a seriously powerful Office suite and we’re happy to have it on Android, finally. To download, click the name of each app above or click the button below to browse all of Microsoft’s apps!

Get it now on Google Play!


periscope best android apps of 2015Periscope

[Price: Free]
Periscope is one of the most unique applications to come out this year. It allows pretty much anyone to live stream what they’re doing through their phone camera and pretty much anyone can watch the streams. It’s been a favorite of bloggers, web stars, and even one dude who Periscoped himself brushing his teeth. The name of the app has already become a verb and that’s how you know you’ve done something special in the software space!

Get it now on Google Play!

periscope best android apps of 2015


SlingTV best android apps of 2015Sling TV

[Price: Free app, $19.99+ per month]
Sling TV made some serious waves when it was released earlier this year. It is not the first service to offer live streaming TV, but it is among the first and among the largest to offer it without an existing cable subscription. You can get about two dozen channels with a basic subscription with add ons for things like sports and kids channels at an additional cost. The app needs some work, but the premise is amazing and we hope they expand on it in 2016.

Get it now on Google Play!

slingtv best android apps of 2015


youtube music new Android Apps WeeklyYouTube Music, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Kids

[Price: Free, $9.99/month]
Google spent a great deal of time expanding YouTube this last year. They introduced YouTube Red, a subscription service that removes advertising and gives you additional features. They also released YouTube Kids, YouTube Gaming, and YouTube Music. These specialized versions of YouTube take away the general bric-a-brac and gives you a leaner collection of stuff you actually want. They’re all free, but can be enhanced with a subscription, and each comes with their own set of nifty features. Click the app names above to download each one or click the button below to see all of Google’s apps.

Get it now on Google Play!


google photos best android apps of 2015Best Android App of 2015: Google Photos

[Price: Free]
Our pick for the best Android app released in 2015 is Google Photos. This application changed the game when it came to online photo storage, sharing, and backup. It provides free, unlimited photo and video storage as long as you don’t mind them reducing the quality a little bit. There are also a variety of sorting features, editing features, sharing features, and labeling features that make this a truly powerful application that literally everyone can appreciate.

Get it now on Google Play!


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If we missed any great Android apps released in the year 2015, we want to hear about them in the comments! To see our complete list of best app lists, click here.

  • S.Yu

    The Microsoft suite sucks. None of the apps could open even slightly large files, connecting online every run slows startup time considerably (the thing is no amount of hardware would solve the slowdown, that’s what’s most annoying about the connections)and making what could be 1 app 3 is stupid. I had a PPT and an XLS that wouldn’t open that didn’t cause me any problems on PC. I switched to Polaris Office (which is a single app) and bam everything’s solved, though the interface isn’t as pretty.

    • Antony

      I don’t know what problem you ran into, but I have a great and positive experience with the new Excel and Word app. I recently open a 150 pages long word document, and the Word app opened it up like a champ (the only complaint is that I do not know how to type “Tab” key to insert a new row in a table)

      Excel works just as awesome for me, I could finally see drawings that was missing in the prior Microsoft Office integrated app.

      You should send feedback to Microsoft if you run into problems.

      • S.Yu

        Maybe it’s better these months. Office for Android caused me problems back in September and I already got rid of it back then.

        • Antony

          Office for Android is shitty (the one with the Orange icon). But the individual app (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) are great (I don’t use PowerPoint, so really I should only comment on Word and Excel app)

          I do not like the fact that Word and Excel apps are huge to download for Android. (This is the same case with Mac version)

          • S.Yu

            I was using the separate versions.

  • TJ

    Is this for real? This has to be the worst list of apps ever seen. FYI there’s other developers besides ms and goog.

    • Steve Brain

      I think Joe Hindy needs to be banned from making a list of best anything.

    • JosephHindy

      Hey, it’s not my fault the indie devs did nothing but revamps of calendar and sms apps all year. It’s also not my fault the big dogs stepped up and actually released good stuff this year. This is a best apps of the year, not “let’s support the indie talent”. Giving away spots on this list for pity mentions insults their intelligence. Maybe next year we’ll see some more interesting indie stuff.

      • TJ

        Ahh I see. So pointless voice assistants, more of the same music service, a TV service that has problems playing videos, a rehash of a photos and music app, and more ms bloat office apps. So revamps of photos, music, and TV apps are the best thing this year? Gotcha! How can I be a useless writer? I usually write about facts and services people can actually use with peace of mind. Now, I want to write complete garbage. Can I see your resume?

        • JosephHindy

          See this is why having conversations on the internet with people is so difficult. You obviously have some serious anger problems and you’re taking them out on me because you don’t know me so there’s no guilt there in tearing another person down. I’m just an IP address to you, so you can disassociate yourself from your own actions.

          Go ahead and insult me all you want to, I really don’t care. Before you respond with “I can’t believe you don’t listen to your readers” or whatever nonsense troll statement is coming next, I want you to note that you got a response out of me so you know I listened to you loud and clear.

          However, calling me “useless” is not “constructive criticism” and you’re not backing up any point you’re trying to make, you’re just saying it over and over again with a different insult, which is quickly making your points degenerate to a level to where they aren’t worth listening to.

          Being rude doesn’t (and shouldn’t) get you anywhere in this world and it certainly isn’t going to get you anywhere here.

  • MervynBunter

    Well… I can see a couple of these… but really?

    Cortana – a third-rate voice assistant (demonstrably inferior to google now, siri, and in many senses alexa…) whose always-on feature got pulled from the market for hosing people’s phone. Nice. App of the year if ever there was one.

    AppleMusic: a late-to-the-game service with a smaller library than google play music that streams at a notably lower quality and costs as much or more than the competition? Oh, and with a wonky interface and brought to us by a company that routinely takes pot-shots at android and google. Dang, move over cortana, we’ve got a new app of the year!

    Whoever compiled this list.. well… Isn’t there supposed to be an editor who oversees content on this site? Adult supervision, perhaps?

    • JosephHindy

      In both of your criticisms, you refuse to acknowledge that Cortana and Apple Music will be iterated and improved over time to become extremely competitive in their respective spaces. Just because you can ignore what happens 1, 2, 3, or even 4+ years from now doesn’t mean that I will and yes, I took that into account when I made the list. They’re going to get way, way better.

      Do you walk through the maternity ward in hospitals telling newborn kids that they’re “demonstrably inferior” to 5 year olds in kindergarten? You lacking patience doesn’t mean these apps suck, it means you need to learn how to wait for the payoff.

      • SirNiXXon

        Then include those apps in your future lists when they’re actually good. Right now you’re not only playing futurology, you are ignoring the present situation. Guesses for the future can be interestings reads, but that’s not what lists of “best apps of the year” are for.

        • JosephHindy

          And I suppose you have some documentation that provides guidelines for what a “best list” should be? From an internationally recognized group of lawmakers that know these things best? What a best list “should be”, lol that’s a laugh. There’s no rule book for this kind of stuff. You’re literally making stuff up right now to try to turn your opinion into fact and you cannot possibly do that because there is no factual evidence to support what you’re saying.

          10s of thousands of people have read this. I can count the negative comments on two hands. That’s a “I hate this” rate of about 0.0002%. You’re mad, I get that, and I’m sorry you don’t like my selections, but trying to say my opinions and analysis is not valid and that your opinion is correct is like arguing over which flavor of ice cream is better. Everyone loses and we both look stupid for even trying. Maybe you’ll like the selections more next year.

          Have a nice day.

          • SirNiXXon

            1 – There’s a thing called common sense, you could refer to it. If you say “best apps from 2015”, that’s what people expect, now you could say “the most promising apps of 2015” of “2015 apps which will become great” or something like that. Or, if insisting on a misleading name for bait clicking purposes, at least state, right at the beginning of the text (and video) what the list is really about (“hello people, in this feature we’re listing the apps we believe show most promise in the years to come instead of…”. Just like that, clearly stated from the start). But you got that already, you just refusing to admit your mistake. Maybe you still think admitting to a mistake is shameful? I couldn’t possibly guess.

            2 – As an internet writer, you should know that most people, in any internet environment, just don’t participate or add content in any form, so don’t cheat yourself thinking “most people didn’t say anything negative because my list is good”.

            3 – I’m not discussing your selections, those would certainly be personal, I’m discussing what the list is, what you wanted it to be, what it claims to be, what people expected it to be and it should be. Granted, there is some subjectivity involved in all of those definitions, but when writing to a certain public, the writer should have reasonable knowledge of the expectations and rough characteristics of said public.

            4 – Cut the sarcasm, it won’t help your case or add anything to the discussion.

            You too have a nice day, and may this whole discussing with your readers add anything to you.

          • JosephHindy

            I wanted the list to be the best Android apps released in 2015. Not the most improved apps from 2014, not the best updated apps from 2009, not “ode to the indie devs who gave it their best shot” of 2015. The fact that I take into account more than “how good it was the day it was released” really should be more of a comment on how I look at the big picture instead of some mysterious, fallacious thought that I’m somehow incompetent because you don’t like what I wrote right now.

            In that, I made no mistakes. This list was 12 months in the making based on a ton of factors. You’re trying to invalidate 12 months of work because “you don’t like it”.

            It’s the best apps of 2015. Plain and simple. It may take time to mature, but these are the best apps released this year. I made no mistakes there. It is also not my fault that these will take a while to mature in the market. I don’t tell developers what to do, I write about what they do.

            As for your “most people” this and “everyone” that. I want documentation. Unless there’s a super secret advocacy for everyone that I’m unaware of, you’re just tossing generalizations into the wind and putting the burden of proof on me. Sorry, I don’t play that game. You represent you and I already told you that I’m sorry you didn’t like them. That doesn’t change my opinion on my selections, simply an acknowledgement that I can’t please everyone. That ends any obligation (real or imaginary) that i have to assuage your concerns. You didn’t like them, I get it. I heard you. You have been listened to. What the else could you possibly expect me to do? Break down and cast away my list? Not happening, I’m proud of this piece and my selections were carefully selected. I stand by my work, even if you don’t like it.

            I write stuff, people read it. Some of you won’t like it. It happens. You can’t name a writer in all of writing history that had 100% approval rate from everyone. I’m no different and what you don’t seem to get is that you’re not a fan of this one and I understand that, so I have no idea what you’re trying to accomplish by repeatedly blasting me while citing this imaginary “everyone” that you seem to represent all of a sudden.

          • idunnot

            I am an aspiring writer with much room available to learn. Your advice is sound wisdom, I am taking it with me, if you don’t mind.

            Did you profit from contributing your knowledge? Negative? Yet you took time from your life to place an investment to anyone else in the world. A gift that appreciates in value with time. Knowledge: steps to the master level. Open the windows, take the final blow. Wind was knocking on the last door to the hall of clarity. Is it empty? Open space for a new wise one to build an annex in this legoland of meshed dream blocks.

            Our wealth is what we arrive on as result of what we gave hand to set gear. You never know….it may be only you who could wind that gear. If we continue burrowing blind through our agenda tunnel we are just hitchhikers traveling solo down the robbers’ highway toward no way. I am almost landing on it. I have a foot left to go, this downward spiral escalator I climbed for so long. Each hand to pull me up I will embrace.

          • idunnot

            Insert “I” after apps, before released.

    • HotelQuebec

      Apple Music for Android is very buggy and crashes without ever playing one song. Plus, it keeps wanting me to sign up for a subscription when all I want to do is listen to free radio. Spotify, Google Music, Soundcloud, etc. are all better and free for radio.

      • JosephHindy

        At no point did Apple Music ever promote that they were free to use lol.

  • Berry Bear

    seriously?

  • M.C.

    Only three of these are available here. Maybe the year 2100 will bring all these apps available for everyone!

  • Antony

    I may be the only person who would thank Joe Hindy for the list. I don’t follow the trend, and even if the list doesn’t make everyone happy, it is better than nothing

    • JosephHindy

      They’re mad at me because I put down a list of apps that are a little rough now but are going to be amazing in 2-3 years. Instead of being patient and looking at the big picture, they’d rather stomp on me right now because they can. Some people can be patient, some people can’t. All the complainers right now are those who are impatient and can’t see the big picture. On the video, my like/dislike ratio is over 90% likes, less than 10% dislikes, so while the angry people are loud, they are few and most people enjoyed this list.

      • SirNiXXon

        No, we are mad because you said you’d give us a list of best apps of the year and, instead, made a list of “best apps that I guess will be good someday in the future”.

        • JosephHindy

          No, they’re the best apps of the year, it’s called “recognizing potential”.

          • SirNiXXon

            …or, futurology, a.k.a. “hocus pocus”.

          • JosephHindy

            You know, Google Now sucked when it first came out. So did Siri. So did Android. So did 98% of software. A lot of people have this weird “it must be perfect” vibe because they dive into software months, sometimes years after initial release and assume it’s always been that way.

            You ever used Photoshop CS1? Trash. Day 1 Google Now? Trash. Day 1 Now on Tap? Trash. Android day 1? Trash.

            All software is pretty bad when it’s first released. That’s what makes lists like this so difficult. In 3 years, when (most of) these apps rock, no one’s gonna be complaining about this app list then. I’m not saying I can see into the future and I’m willing to admit that a few of these might be busts, but that’s the chance you take.

      • TJ

        You can tell he loves Google and Microsoft. He knows it takes these companies that long to produce a useful app, then gets abandoned a few months later.

        • JosephHindy

          Well hey, if you want to start your own blog and write about all the clone apps that add nothing of value to the market, then do it and have fun.

  • YaPaY

    Ahaha, I haven’t seen for a long a time so worst list.

  • Stakker

    Kodi! <3

  • fingertrick

    Honestly, You really went out to pick the worst apps. buggy? they’ve been developing 9 mo before official release, I’m on the beta for ms and Adobe. This list is terrible i didn’t think you could pick an app that’s not good, because its highly unstable and most of these work like crap for most people unless you’re including Google who makes a decent app!! as they should
    Best apps aren’t usually ports and if they are they better rewrite it if they can’t get any of these to mainstream public without error or refusal to use the app as it already was unnecessary

    • JosephHindy

      Lol you think 9 months is long enough to fully develop an entire app/game. You’re so silly. Literally every new app/game is buggy when it first comes out and takes a while to get into that sweet spot.

      • fingertrick

        and you probably don’t know how much testing is done for apps before pro devs actually release them and if its buggy there’s a reason. Poor planning top to bottom due to the developers not being able to code since kids can program apps these days