50 best Android apps 2015

The best free and paid-for Android apps

34. Runtastic PRO

Runtastic Pro

£4.99 ($4.99, $AU9.25)

A hefty price, but what cost you not dying of obesity at age 52? That fitness promise is what you pay for here, with the RunTastic Pro. It is able to map you, track you, automatically cheer you on, generate live feedback and more, also covering interval training and letting users create their own regular routes to attack again and again. Serious stuff for competitive people.

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Tasker, Photoshop and Pocket

35. Tasker

Tasker

£2.99 ($2.99, $AU5.53)

Tasker is one of the first, and best, task managers for Android. It does it all. Turns stuff on or off depending on location, manages multiple schedules for changing phone state depending on the time of day, even letting users have their phone automatically reply to text messages if it's set to a quiet state. It's complex, vast, and you'll wonder how you lived without it.

Ask Me Anything

Reddit s AMA

Free

Subtitled Reddit AMA just in case you don't get the reference, this is a simple front end that allows easy access to the discussion site's insanely popular AMA Q&A sessions, where people (including celebrities of the very highest order), set aside a bit of time to stop taking selfies to answer questions from members of the public.

The results of which are usually fantastic, as the truly fanatical fans know all the right questions to ask.

37. Pocket

Pocket

Free

Hands down the best offline reader app on the market, Pocket (formerly Read It Later) offers up a simple and effective way to read long form articles without the need of a web connection. A recent update has made the app feel more like a website, complete with carousel, which makes finding older articles a little easier. Couple this with a regular newsletter updating you on decent reads to Pocket and it's simply a brilliant app.

38. TuneIn Radio Pro

TuneIn Radio Pro

£2.40 ($3.99, $AU4.40)

Forget the physical side of radios, the best way to listen to random tunes and the occasional bit of travel news is online. TuneIn Radio is the most comprehensive internet radio player by far, offering masses of stations, favourite lists, and, in this paid upgrade, the ability to record direct off the radio.

39. Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts

£2.70 ($3.99, $AU5.00)

The podcast is another option when it comes to being entertained through your ears, with the stylish Pocket Casts one of the newest listening apps to hit Android. It comes with simple cloud syncing of your favourite subscriptions, variable speed playback for skipping the boring bits, themes auto downloads and… everything.

40. SoundHound

SoundHound

£3.99 ($4.99, $AU7.39)

SoundHound is best described as a companion app for music, letting users ID tracks by recording a clip and also attempting to guess the names of songs you sing and hum to it. It can also stream in lyrics, sell you stuff and bring in news feeds covering artists you like, making it a really swish hub for people who are 'into' music.

41. Jamie's 20 Minute Meals

Jamie s 20 Minute Meals

£4.99, ($7.69, $AU9.25)

Bosh this beauty on your phone, right, yeah? Jamie's 20 Minute Meals is a bit of money, but there are 65 recipes, photographs so you don't get the aubergines and cucumbers mixed up, plus a guarantee that you can have something a bit fancier than cheese on toast for dinner in 20 minutes. As long as you've got more things than cheese in your fridge to start with.

42. Press

Press

£1.93 ($2.99, $AU3.50)

Press is a super-stylish RSS reader, one that comes with support for several of the services that sprang up to replace the sadly departed Google Reader. Import your stuff from Feedly, Feedbin and others, to see it presented in a huge variety of layout options. Offline support, background syncing and the ability to save articles to Instapaper and Pocket make it a superb hub for serious news fans.

43. gReader Pro

gReader Pro

£3.19 ($4.69, $AU5.95)

A more traditional method of scouring web site RSS feeds, gReader successfully updates the simplistic style of Google's Reader, compete with a custom layout for reading on tablets, offline reading, gesture actions, a widget and much more. It's properly jam-packed with ways to stare at endlessly updating lists of words.

44. CrossDJ

CrossDJ

£3.29 ($4.99, $AU5.80)

Describes itself as a 'pro' DJ app for people who enjoy nodding along and pumping their fists in the air while someone else's record plays. Cross DJ comes with specialist features such as BPM tracking, pitch shifting and a split audio output for previewing tracks before they're mixed in, with filter effects in here too for adding a bit more oomph to whatever party you're ruining with your rubbish music.

45. Evernote

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Evernote - note taking amplified

Free

Evernote is the original and the best note-taking app. It allows you 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 organise your probably very messy life.

46. Reddit Sync Pro

Reddit Sync Pro

£1.69 ($2.00, $AU3.00)

That internet site you may have heard about, the one that does good things, interesting things and bad things, doesn't have an official app. But it does have heaps of unofficial ones, including Reddit Sync Pro that has the killer ability to sync threads for offline access. Never miss a celebrity pandering to the masses to promote a film or book again.

47. Facebook Messenger

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And suddenly we are all using Facebook messenger

Free

It actually pains us to put this app into our top 50 but, because of Facebook's rather snide antics, it is a must-have app. That is, in the sense you need to have it to use Facebook Messenger on your phone. Yes it's annoying, yes there are lots of scare stories about what the app can read on your device (ignore those) and yes it's cynical but because of Facebook's popularity this will stay in the top 10 of downloaded apps for some time to come.

48. Snapchat

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Snapchat isn't just about naughty pictures. Honest!

Free

Snapchat is the current darling of the social media world, allowing users to send pictures that will eventually disappear and leave no trace. This aspect of the app has meant that it has been given a rather porny moniker but there is much more to the app and this is why it is currently bigger than Twitter in terms of users.

49. Pushbullet

Pushbullet

Free

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.

50. Sketchbook Express

SketchBook Express

Free

The bigger your phone the more you'll get out of this, but SketchBook Express is an invaluable tool for travelling artists and doodlers. A basic set of tools including 15 preset brushes, multiple layers and a colour wheel ensure that you can easily capture what's in front of you or in your head.

It won't replace SketchBook Pro, but it's simple, easy to learn and has just enough features to be genuinely useful when a phone is all you have to hand.