With the release of Android Kitkat and the new OS, Android Lollipop, the Google App Store has seen a great rise, largely due to the proliferation of affordable smartphones and tablets. The only problem is that there’s possibly too many apps to choose from! Even with filters like Editor’s Pick, Top Paid and Top Free categories to help you choose, it’s still very difficult to find the best mobile apps to give you an ultramodern experience on your device.

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With the roll out of Android Lollipop, a number of new cutting-edge handsets, wearables and smart watches, 2014 was a great year for all Android users. With new hardware and updates to the operating system, the Google Play Store has had its own share of high quality, new applications. From innovative keyboards, new productivity tools, new calendars, etc., you will be hard pressed to choose the best one to fit your needs.

Below are the 15 best tested Android applications for 2015 that will make your mobile life and experience more productive and more fun!

1. Afterlight

iOS users love Afterlight, thus Android users were very excited to see this powerful photo editing application make its way to Google Play. Afterlight makes it easy to do quick adjustments like adding borders, rotating and cropping images. The app also comes with other more powerful tools to let you edit your pictures with ease.

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2. Agent

Motorola has the “Assist” feature and for all Android users, Agent is a worthy substitute. Say you’re driving your car, Agent can read your text message aloud and let you dictate your reply by voice. It can also automatically leave a marker where you have parked, can automatically silence your phone during meetings and it can also set certain contacts that can get through to you at night time.

3. BiTTorrent Sync

BiTorrent Sync fulfills the need for a more secure cloud storage by automatically syncing any folder from your phone PC, or tablet over your local WI-Fi network. Set the app for your phone’s folder and your important files will always be saved on your computer’s hard drive.

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4. Clean Master

One of the best maintenance apps for Android, Clean Master comes with a “Junk Files” tool for cleaning your phone apps and system cache and temporary files. The app also features a memory saving Phone Boost, an app manager and antivirus if you purchase the premium version. The application also allows users to make APK backups, move downloaded apps to the SD card and uninstall apps.

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5. BBC Weather

This free app was launched in 2013 but still is one of the best weather apps available today. The app delivered a completely classy meteorological experience. The app features a variety of stylish widgets, location-aware settings, long-range forecasts and support for multiple locations. Now you can know where it’s raining or not.

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6. Viber

Still one of the best communication apps around, Viber sets itself apart from other free voice and texting apps by adding your computer as another communication device. From your Android phone, you can easily transfer a voice call to the Viber computer app and keep on talking. It can also pick up text messages that were already in progress.

7. Estar Battery Saver

Your phone’s power is a precious resource and its not always obvious which application is chewing up the most power. The Estar Battery management provides recommendations of the most power-efficient apps in Google Play. It also analyses all the apps that are already installed on your phone. It lets you know what apps are using the most juice and also gives estimates as to how many minutes you phone’s battery will be saved by killing some apps.

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8. Chrome Remote Desktop

Chrome Remote Desktop is a simple, unlimited and free remote desktop app for Android. You don’t need additional software, you just have to have the Chrome browser installed, set up a PIN for remote access and you can quickly access your entire desktop. This will be very useful if you’re sending a file or just want to check your desktop.

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9. CloudMagic

Stock Android has two e-mail apps installed, one id Gmail and the other as the native email app for everything else. Now, CloudMagic is a good alternative because it combines all your existing emails in a single app. The app supports Gmail, IMAP, Yahoo, Exchange to name a few. It can also be integrated with other apps like OneNote, MailChimp and Pocket.

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10. CCleaner

CCleaner is one of the best PC maintenance tools for Windows computers. Now CCleaner is also available for Android devices and it simply helps clean the crap out of your device. Just like its PC version, the app is a multipurpose cleaning system that can clean out your application system cache, browser history, download folders and temporary files. It also has the option to clean your calls and SMS log in bulk or selectively. CCleaner also comes with temperature tools, battery, storage meters RAM and CPU.

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11. Dropbox

It’s essential for anyone who juggles work across their work PC, Laptop, home PC, phone and tablet. Dropbox lets you access all your saved files anywhere. It also automatically uploads pictures taken using your phone to your Dropbox account and access it using any device that has Dropbox installed.

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12. BBC iPlayer

If you’re a fan of Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 or other BBC radio stations, then this app is for you. You can use it to browse all BBC radio and TV stations wherever you are as long as there is a good internet connection.

13. Sunrise Calendar

The Sunrise app has long been the most popular iOS app. And now, Android users can take advantage of its very useful organizational features. The calendar supports iCloud, Google Exchange, Todoist and Trello accounts. This gives you access to all your daily tasks and appointments in one place. The app also integrates location information from Google Maps, automatically adding maps to uploaded events. The Android widget also makes sure that your schedule is always showing on your home screen.

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14. Spotify

Check out the free Spotify version, recently overhauled and lets you listen to any artist, album or a specific playlist on shuffle if you’re using an Android tablet or phone. This is much better compared to other free streaming music apps or services. If you want to go premium, it will only cost you $10/month and gives you on-demand listening with no ads, enhanced sound quality and offline playback.

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15. Microsoft Office Mobile

It used to be a paid app for $99/year with an Office 365 subscription, but for Android users, it is now free. You can view Office documents clearly and make light edits. Additionally, if you access your One Drive cloud storage, all documents will be saved there for later reference.

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Download these magnificent apps to your Android phone today!

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