10 Of The Best Mobile Apps From 2015 Source:

Apps have become the cornerstone of the iOS and Android platforms, and each year an ever-growing number of new additions are brought to the mobile marketplace. With such a huge selection to choose from, it can sometimes be difficult to pick out the truly remarkable apps that offer tools or services that far exceed the other available offerings.

Sometimes the best apps are completely free, other times you’ll have to pay a little bit for them. But if you’re looking for quality, you need not look further than this collection of some of the finest first-rate apps from 2015.

10. Star Wars: Card Trader

Thanks to some added buzz generated from a few popular bloggers and tech news sites, Star Wars: Card Trader skyrocketed to top of app stores shortly after it was released it March. Anyone who can remember trading cards with their best buds as a kid will immediately see the appeal of this digital card trader.

Imagine if you were not only able to trade cards with your close-knit circle of friends, but also the entire world! Topps, the trading card company behind the app, does a great job of bringing everything appealing about physical card collecting to the digital landscape. And the fact that they’re using all the characters from Star Wars makes this a must-have for many fans who are in full hype mode for The Force Awakens. The app has even spawned its own economy of sorts, with some people willing to pay over $200 for a highly sought after Han Solo card. Source:

9. HBO Now

HBO Now is an app specially made for people who don’t have cable service. It’s currently available for both iOS and Android; all you need to do is download it from your chosen app store, sign up with your e-mail address, and you’ll receive your first month of viewing completely free. After that, it’ll cost you $15 a month to continue subscribing.

Even though it costs almost twice as much as other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus, it does include every episode of all of HBO’s most popular series like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and the John Oliver Show. You also get access to dozens of on-demand movies with the promise of frequently updated content. Source:

8. YouTube Gaming

For years now Twitch has pretty much been the only name when it comes to live-streaming video games. That’s all set to change now that YouTube Gaming has arrived.

Taking advantage of YouTube’s massive online presence, the YouTube Gaming app is perfectly designed for both professional game streamers and casual observers. The app has a ton of games to choose from as well, and each game is displayed on its own page divided into sections featuring live video, reviews, and “let’s play.” In fact, the interface is so robust you might even prefer it to Google’s actual YouTube app. Source:

7. Layout

Layout certainly isn’t the first photo-collage app, and it doesn’t have as many features as some other options, like Framestatic and Diptic. But it’s nice that Instagram finally came to its senses and made their own app so we don’t always have to go through the trouble of scouring the app store to find something to stitch our photo collages together.

With its simple click and drag interface, Layout lets you move frames and photos around until your composition is perfectly arranged to your liking. It also includes sharing options so you can post them immediately to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and pretty much any other social media site you can think of. Source:

6. Drupe

With the advent of smartphones and social media, we now have more ways to communicate than ever before. You can call, text, FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or even just post on your friend’s Instagram. Drupe is an app that aims to makes it easier to interact with all your contacts. Once it’s installed on your Android device, it’s available to be pulled out at any time just by swiping. Once the app is open, all you need to do is drag one of your contact bubbles over to the app you want to use, be it a Skype call, Google Hangout, or SMS Message. It might sound simple, but it’s an incredibly efficient way to get in touch with people. Source:

5. Arrow Launcher

Having recently released a number of apps for Android and iOS, Microsoft seems to be quickly expanding into mobile environments on devices other than Windows Phones. While they’ve produced quite a few interesting apps in 2015, the one that really stands out is Arrow Launcher. This Android app lets you get in and out of your phone as quickly as possible by putting your most used info front and center, giving you fast access to things like frequently used contacts and to-do lists. True, it’s pretty comparable to other existing apps like Nova Launcher and Google Now, but it’s always nice to have new options available. Source:

4. Robinhood

Formally known as Robinhood Financial, LLC, Robinhood is the app that lets you take money from the rich and give to the poor. Well, no, that’s not actually what it does, but it does allow you to make stock trades for free. The app is publicly available on iOS and Android, and it functions as a good starting point for anyone interested in getting into the stock trading game, since its simple interface and zero commission trading make the whole experience a lot less intimidating.

Currently, Robinhood appears to only be targeting bread-and-butter stock trades, but there are plans to eventually introduce more advanced trades and security types. It does not yet support trading options, OTC securities, warrants, or mutual funds.

And yes, it is true that Robinhood technically launched in late 2014, but at that time it was only available to a limited number of invitees. Source:

3. MakerBot PrintShop

The MakerBot PrintShop app not only gives users the ability to actually create custom 3D prints, but also gives you access to what the company calls a selection of “handpicked” designs from the Thingiverse—MakerBot’s online storehouse of designs. Users can then make modifications to those existing designs and save them in their own personal Thingiverse cloud for later use.

In recent years there’s been an outcry from the community for 3D printer manufacturers to make efforts to bridge the gap between the professional industry and the casual hobbyist. MakerBot PrintShop looks to be a great first step in that direction. Although it’s currently only available for the iPad, this is an extremely innovative app that can essentially transform any drawing into a 3D print without having to use complicated and expensive software like AutoCAD, ZBrush or Maya. Source:

2. Enlight

Every year seems to bring with it about a million new photo editing apps, and 2015 was no exception. But Enlight just might be the best photo editor of them all. It has an extensive feature set, but fortunately lays it out like a list so it’s easy for you to scroll through each option. Whether you snap a new photo from within the app or pick one from your library, you can tap on either the picture itself or a little menu button in the upper right corner to bring up the menu. There you’ll find options like Canvas, Image, Filters, Tools and Brushes, and each of those has additional sub-options that let you do even more fine tuning.

Enlight also comes with all the usual features you’d expect in a photo editor—filters, cropping, color correction and the ability to share with other media platforms. But it also has features you won’t find in other apps in the category. For example, the Refit feature lets you freeze the subject of your photo in place (let’s say it’s your cat), then move other objects in the photo closer so that it all fits in the image. It might sound strange, but when you think about all those times you’ve had to retake a picture just because Instagram cropped something out, it actually becomes very practical.

With a $4 price tag, this app might sound a little costly—especially when you consider that there are so many other free options available—but Enlight does offer more than anything else does, and with people taking more and more mobile photos, it’s definitely a practical purchase. Source:

1. Periscope

Owned by Twitter, Periscope is a live video-streaming app that came out hot on the heels of Meerkat, another similar app that was released in mid-February which immediately skyrocketed up the most-popular-app lists. It has since dethroned Meerkat to become the number one live-streaming app available to the public. It’s been widely adopted by journalists and media outlets as a means to show instant coverage of events to the world through the convenience of a smartphone.

Though Meerkat and other apps like YouTube Live still offer a viable alternative, Periscope’s easy-to-use interface and quickly growing community have helped make it one of the most (if not the most) successful apps of the year. Source:
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