Whether you have a new or existing smartphone, I’m sure you’ve sat and wondered what app’s are hot and trending now. Well think no further, I’ve compiled a list of the most popular app’s of 2015 that will cater to your every need. Please note the list is in no particular order.
Spotify now comes with a stripped-down playlist/radio combo for users who don’t pay for the service but still want to use it on mobile, accompanied by a swish new tablet interface that has much more in common with the free desktop browser player. So yes, it’s free. Hobbled a bit, but free.The premium version drops the annoying adverts, ups the audio quality and provides additional features such as offline play, so it’s worth splashing out for the subscription if you use the service often.
If you are serious about running or cycling then you should definitely try Strava. As smartphone fitness tools go it’s one of the best, allowing you to track your performance, set goals and see daily progress updates. There are leaderboards and challenges to give it a competitive edge and if you’re ever not sure where to run or cycle you can find user created routes on the app, or share your own. All of that comes free of charge, while the premium version adds even more tools.
Evernote is the original and best app for note taking. It allows you to save ideas for that book you are always nearly about to write, syncs across devices and you can also create to-do lists, record voice reminders and capture photos straight from the app. It’s a seamless way to organize anyone’s life.
Thanks to the excellent Pocket app, It allows you to save articles, news stories, blog posts, videos and much more, letting you read and watch them offline. You can also synchronise your saved articles across every device you’ve installed Pocket on, allowing you to pick up where you left off and continue reading.
If you spend a lot of time at a computer and don’t want to dig your phone out every time it vibrates then PUSHBULLET could be the app for you. Download it to your phone and get the extension for your browser and any notifications that appear on your handset will also appear on your computer screen. So not only will your calendar reminders pop up but you’ll also be able to see who’s texting or calling and decide whether it’s worth replying before you ever look at your phone. You can even reply to texts from your computer and you can easily mute notifications from apps which you’re not interested in seeing. But PUSHBULLET is a two way street, because you can also use it to easily send files and links from your computer to your phone. Just tap the icon in your browser, attach the relevant file or information and push it.
Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming app, has made its way to Android and it’s an essential download for anyone who likes the immediacy of Twitter but craves something more visual. You can easily create your own live streams or watch other people’s, send comments and hearts in real time and if you miss the action there’s a 24 hour window with which to replay streams. In short it’s simple enough to dive straight into but has enough to it that you’ll keep coming back, whether you’re more creator or viewer.
The instant messaging behemoth WHATSAPP is an essential Android install, especially if you can convince the people you message most frequently to use it too. The concept is simple – it takes over text messaging on your mobile, routing messages through any Wi-Fi connection instead. Which means no more SMS allowances, no size restrictions, plus images are sent at a decent resolution.
INSTAGRAM is the go-to app for quickly taking photos, adding quirky filters to them and sharing them with the world.Millions of people use Instagram and thanks to the social aspects and effortless interface it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit. You’re not limited to sharing your snaps on Instagram either, as you can easily add your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more with just a few taps.
Google’s free photo editing app Snapseed is one of the best tools you can get for your Android device to edit your photos and make them look better than ever before. You can manually tweak your images or let Snapseed do all of the hard work with settings such as Auto Correct as well as a number of ready to use filters and effects. How easy is that!
UBER is transforming the way we travel. You can quickly and easily request a taxi using the app and get picked up within minutes and you can compare rates and get quotes, as well as paying with Google Wallet, PayPal or by adding your credit card to a secure Uber account. The Uber service is available in over 50 countries, and it’s rapidly growing. Give it a try and you’ll never want to hail a taxi the old fashioned way again.
Google Maps is probably already on your phone, but as the best free mapping option around it’s well worth highlighting.Transit directions, live traffic updates, voice-guided GPS navigation, Street View and more are all included, making this more feature-packed than even most paid options. Most importantly, it’s detailed and accurate too, so you’ll never get lost again.
Keeping things simple is often key to success and that’s exactly what LAUNCHIFY does. The app does one thing and one thing only- gives you shortcuts to other apps from your lock screen and notifications bar.It means you’re never far from your favourite apps, with the ability to add six shortcuts with the free version and twelve if you pay to upgrade.It’s even a little bit smart, as it can learn which apps you access when and where, to present you with the most appropriate selection at any given time. But if you’d rather just choose which ones it displays you can do that too.
VLC is an incredibly versatile media player that can handle pretty much any file that you can chuck at it, so if you’ve ever struggled to open and play a media file, then make sure this is installed.It’s recently got a major update which brings bug fixes and new features, such as support for DVD menus from ISO files.
S HEALTH has been around for a while, but until recently this Samsung-built app was only available for Galaxy devices.There are any number of other health and fitness apps around, but few as jam-packed full of features as S Health. You can track everything from running, walking and cycling, to food, water and caffeine intake and even things like blood pressure and sleep.There’s also the ability to set goals and undertake training programmes to run 5K or 10K. So whether you’re gearing up for a marathon or just want to watch what you eat, S Health could help you out.
Think Instagram and you probably think photos, but the company is branching out into videos, or at least a series of photos combined into a short GIF-like clip which loops backwards and forwards endlessly.Rather than pollute the main Instagram app with this feature the company has launched a new app called BOOMERANG. You can share your creations on Instagram or other social networks with a tap though, so it’s not totally separate.If you’re addicted to Instagram Boomerang is a nice way to keep it fresh, but even if you’re not an Instagram fan it’s worth a look. You don’t need an Instagram account and it’s a bit more interesting than just snapping static images.
Pretty much essential for anyone juggling a work PC, home PC, laptop, tablet, phone and internet fridge, DROPBOX’s key power lies in letting you access any files anywhere. It can also automatically upload photos taken on your phone to your account meaning that, after a bit of uploading and downloading, all your shots are *right there* on your desktop without any tedious cable connecting.
SKYPE is an excellent app for keeping in contact with friends and family throughout the world via instant messages, voice and video calls. If you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network you can make calls to other Skype members absolutely free.You can also buy Skype credit to make calls to landlines and mobile phones, and it’s far cheaper to use Skype than make long distance calls on your mobile network.
VINE, the movie-making sensation, took a little while to appear on Android, then took a while for the numerous bugs to disappear – but now it’s all good. It’s a simple recording/stop-motion/animation tool, letting you shoot live video on your phone and share it via social networks. The app is also the best way of browsing Vines from others, as the categories and pages mean you can leaf through it like telly, favoriting users.
More than likely, you already have the app installed on your device, but if you don’t make sure you download it as it’s an extremely useful tool.It allows you to view all the files you’ve saved to the Google Drive cloud storage service, and you can share them all with friends and co-workers as well.
The idea behind Click Me is simple. Set up any reminder in just one or two clicks. You simply select a contact or a general reminder, optionally add a picture or text and tap a time that you want to be reminded.To make things as fast as possible you can even set it to automatically launch after calls end or screenshots are taken, instantly letting you set a related reminder. Once you’ve set a reminder the app automatically closes, saving you another tap and you won’t hear from it again until the appointed time.When a reminder appears it will also display shortcuts to call or message the relevant contact, keeping the number of taps down yet again. If you find yourself needing a lot of reminders this is faster than most calendar apps or to-do lists.
Chances are you already have Google Fit installed on your device, but if not – and you’re serious about getting fit – then it’s definitely worth a download. Not only does Google Fit track your activity, but it brings together information from numerous third party apps and devices to bring you a comprehensive view of your fitness so you don’t have to switch from app to app to get an idea of how you’re doing.
Another must-have for those who want to keep up to date with what’s going on in the world in 140 characters or fewer. Now that Twitter has put the shackles on most of its alternatives, the official app is one of the best to use, with functionality so simple anyone can use it.
Try as you might, there’s very little you can do to avoid Facebook, but thankfully the Facebook App has gone through a number of revisions to make using the social networking website on your device easier than ever. The app is fast and stable, with a simplicity that reminds you of the good old days when using Facebook used to be bearable.
Another app that’s been around for a while is EBay. The EBay tool has also been updated so much that it’s now a credible alternative to the desktop site. You can list items that you want to sell direct from the app, while there’s a simple PIN system that makes paying for your winnings via PayPal much simpler and less convoluted than it is on the full blown web site.
Sticking to a diet or exercise regime isn’t always easy. Tracking the calories that you’ve consumed and worked off can make it easier to stay on track but that in itself can be a bit of a chore. Thankfully, Lifesum is here to make it as simple as possible, allowing you to add foods and exercises with calorie estimates, work to specific goals and get prompts as to when you should be eating more or less, all with an attractive interface and an intuitive layout.