The Best Android Apps of 2015With 2016 almost upon us, we at BQ bring you a look at some of our favourite apps of 2015.

Make sure you have your device to hand, we’re sure you’ll end up downloading more than one!

Periscope

This app allows users to stream live video using a Twitter account. If you haven’t tried it yet, why not download it and try broadcasting anything from a beautiful sunset, your cat playing with a piece of cardboard, a concert, or even a sporting event.

Some screenshots of the Periscope app

Some screenshots of the Periscope app

 

Happn

This app, which helps you to meet people you’ve crossed paths with, is becoming more and more talked about.

Word of mouth and advertising on social networks like Facebook have taken effect, and more and more people now have the app installed on their smartphones.

Not convinced? Download it now and see how many people you know show up!

Source: Warner Bros. and the Geffen Film Company

Source: Warner Bros. and the Geffen Film Company

Price: Free*

 

Minube

According to its description in the Play Store, Minube is the perfect travel guide, and we certainly think that is an apt description. With Minube you can easily and intuitively organise your upcoming travel, save previous trips, and share them with other users.

It offers heaps of practical resources such as directions to the places you want to go, the ability to download lists to view offline, and it lets you create maps with the routes you have taken on your travels.

It really is a nifty app, perfect for those who want to make the most of their travelsbefore, during and after every trip.

 

Twitch

You’re bound to have heard of this app by now: Twitch allows you to watch live or recorded broadcasts of videogames and communicate with your favourite players and other users. It also allows you to follow channels so you don’t miss out on any interesting publications.

You can also enjoy interactive shows by developers like Xbox, Sony and Blizzard, which are gaining a steadily increasing following.

It is also compatible with Chromecast, so you can see everything on a big screen.

Download Twitch and immerse yourself in the gaming experience.

Price: Free

Remember when YouTube Gaming emerged as a competitor to Twitch? Here’s our article on the subject.

 

Hole 19 – Golf GPS & Scorecard

If you’re a golf player then this is the app for you.

Choose your usual course from the extensive database (containing more than 36,000 courses), activate your device’s GPS, and begin playing as normal.

Hole 19 will show you information on the course and your game. Your key skills are displayed as graphics, allowing you to measure your progress.

Some screenshots from Hole 19 showing the selected course

Some screenshots from Hole 19 showing the selected course

You can also share stats with other users and publish photos and results.

Hole 19 – Golf GPS & Scorecard is the ideal companion for golf lovers, from regular players to those looking to get back into the game.

 

Fabulous: Motivate Me!

Want to exercise but lacking motivation? Need to catch up on sleep but early nights don’t appeal? Fabulous might not be able to teleport you to the gym or force you into your pyjamas, but it aims to help you along the way with its simple and effective design and sound notifications.

The aim of this app is to help you improve certain aspects of your life. Once you install it you’ll be asked what your goals are, and you’ll be given a series of rituals to help you achieve them.

Endless possibilities to make your life Fabulous

Endless possibilities to make your life Fabulous

Select those which best adapt to you, or those which you think you’ll be able to achieve easiest. The aim is to gradually include them in your routine so you end up having fabulous days, just like this cat.

Source: http://katiehorrible.tumblr.com/

Source: http://katiehorrible.tumblr.com/

 

Busuu

Busuu will allow you to tackle any language head-on.

Once you sign up you’ll be able to choose your preferred language (watch out, the free version only allows you to select one, so choose carefully) and begin learning.

The method is practical and fun and the app has you go over previous lessons every so often, meaning you’ll quickly hone your skills.

Busuu uses a method which is simple and managed to keep us interested.

Busuu uses a method which is simple and managed to keep us interested.

What’s more, you’ll learn the correct way to pronounce and write words. ¡Nos encanta!

 

Hearthstone. Heroes of Warcraft

The guys at Blizzard Entertainment were certain that collectible card games could also be successful on mobile devices. Judging by the success of Hearthstone, they were right.

According to Wikipedia, as of November 2015 there were almost 40 million registered Hearthstone accounts—more than the population of many countries.

Here’s a link to the trailer, but if you’re curious the best thing to do is dive in and discover it for yourself.

Price: Free*

 

Colorfy

Mesmerising and relaxing, the perfect way to put your mind at rest and improve your concentration.

The premise of this app may seem simple—colouring in the preloaded designs—but once you begin selecting colours and seeing your creations you’ll see why this app is approaching 10 million downloads.

 

Duet

Your goal in this intriguing and original game is to control two vessels which move in sync.

Duet’s atmospherewill totally suck you in, with its excellent soundtrack and challenges which you unlock as you progress, beginning with the first chapter “Ignorance”.

Concentration, spirituality, philosophy, and edgy fun.

Highly recommended.

Price: Free*

 

Todoist

The go-to list application. With Todoist, manage your tasks from any location, even when you have no internet connection. Organisation freaks can create sub-projects and sub-tasks to their hearts’ content. It’s also possible to collaborate on projects with other people and manage everything from the app.

You can get even more out of it by integrating it with Google Drive, Cloud Magic, Sunrise Calendar, Toggl or IFTTT.

Install it, but be warned: you’ll have no more excuses for missing your deadlines!

 

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

If you’re a photographer you’ll already be familiar with this one. Adobe’s professional photo editor is back in app form.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom contains all of the tools you need to create your own vision of the photos you take.

There are no predefined filters or overly basic features, giving you total freedom when it comes to creating.

Photo editing with Lightroom

Photo editing with Lightroom

This application, winner of the Professional Photographer magazine Hot One 2015 awards in the Photo App category, might just change your idea of what digital photography is.

 

Wallapop

It’s almost impossible not to find something interesting on Wallapop. This “virtual flea market” is being used by more and more people, almost certainly due to its intuitive and easy-to-use design.

If you want to sell something you don’t use any more, just take a picture of it and post your ad. It’s really simple and your ad will be published in just a few seconds.

What’s really great is that the results are displayed according to distance, so if there’s something you want to buy there’s a good chance you’ll find it just a few streets away from where you live.

 

GIPHY for Messenger

We wholeheartedly recommend installing this app if you use Facebook Messenger and are a lover of animated GIFs.

According to the app’s description on the Play Store, you’ll have access to the world’s largest library of animated GIFs, giving you an endless source of fun.

Source: NBC

Source: NBC

Price: Free

 

WPS office + PDF

Getting to the airport with a PDF plane ticket on your phone and then not being able to open it when you get to the gate can be a white-knuckle experience. If living life on the edge isn’t for you, the first thing you need to do is download WPS office + PDF from the Play Store.

With more than 500 million users and excellent reviews from critics, it’s clear that this one of the best apps when it comes to handling Office and PDF documents from any mobile device.

It’s fully compatible with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, meaning you can work effortlessly with documents, images and spreadsheets. What’s more, you can work with almost any file type.

As if that’s not enough, it supports 47 languages and allows you to export PDF files.

Price: Free*

And that’s it for our look back at our favourite apps of 2015. We hope you enjoyed our list, and don’t forget to comment below if you think there are any apps we forgot to include!

Marian Alvarez (@marianalvarezma on Twitter) is a reporter and has worked across multiple media. She has experience in various fields such as politics, society and its changes, fashion, decoration, and DIY. Her budding interest in new technologies and social media has brought her to BQ where she combines her work with her new passion.