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189 Awesome Android Apps for 2015

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This is not the Voldemort/Sauron section (we don’t play favorites, fantasy geeks), but if Voldemort or Sauron did own an Android phone, they’d definitely come here first. We’ve got bitcoins, hacks, alternative app stores, apps you must root your phone to use, and some sly apps you can only get by side loading.

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Bitcoins

Bitcoin Wallet

Bitcoin-Wallet-Android-apps-screenshotHere’s a solid wallet app for your bitcoins which allows you to make and receive payments and shows up to date conversion rates. You can also scan QR codes to pay up more quickly.

Available on:

Google Play

Bitcoin Paranoid

Bitcoin-Paranoid-Android-apps-screenshotIf you can’t take your eyes off the value of your bitcoins, this app is for you. It provides you with a constantly updating exchange rate in the notification shade, based on your chosen currency.

Available on:

Google Play

Mycelium Wallet

Mycelium-Bitcoin-Wallet-Android-apps-screenshotThis wallet gives you control of your bitcoins and offers PIN security, local storage of private keys, and encrypted PDF backup/restore. It’s easy to manage your bitcoin balance with this app.

Available on:

Google Play

Hacks and Add Ons

Android Tuner Free

Android-Tuner-Free-Android-apps-screenshotThink of this as a comprehensive toolbox that lets you to fine-tune your phone’s performance. You can kill background processes, change memory settings, and tweak CPU settings.

Available on:

Google Play

Gmote 2.0

Gmote-2.0-Android-apps-screenshotThis simple app turns your phone into a remote control for your computer. It uses Wi-Fi to enable you to use your phone like a touchpad or keyboard, and you can also stream music from the PC.

Available on:

Google Play

ES File Explorer

ES-File-Explorer-Android-apps-screenshotExplore your files and apps, organize them, move them, edit them, and share them. This versatile file manager also works as a task killer, app manager, and cloud storage client for backups.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Alternative App Stores

Amazon Appstore

Amazon-Appstore-Android-apps-screenshotA fully curated subset of Android apps can be found in Amazon’s Appstore. It’s no Google Play, but it’s the next best thing, and has user reviews, ratings, charts, and a free app of the day.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Getjar

Getjar-Android-apps-screenshotThere’s a big selection of categorized apps in Getjar, and you can earn reward points by trying new apps, which can then be spent on in-app purchases for selected apps and games.

Available on:

Google Play

Slide Me

Slide-Me-Android-apps-screenshotYou’ll find a wide range of free and premium apps on offer at this global app store and they’ve all been screened to ensure quality. It also supports alternative payment options including PayPal.

Side-Loading

Grooveshark

Grooveshark-Android-apps-screenshotThis unlimited, free music streaming service has been banned from the Play Store after some copyright lawsuit, but with millions of users worldwide it’s a popular alternative to Pandora.

TubeMate

TubeMate-Android-apps-screenshotThis YouTube downloader was blocked from the Play Store, but you can get it at the Amazon Appstore. It lets you to browse and download YouTube videos, and convert them to MP3.

Available on:

Amazon

AdAway

AdAway-Android-apps-screenshotYou’ll win no prizes for guessing why you can’t get this in the Google Play Store. As the name suggests, this app blocks ads from appearing on your Android smartphone (requires a root).

Apps For Rooted Phones

Greenify

Greenify-Android-apps-screenshotCarrier and manufacturer bloatware is a common complaint. It’s frustrating when you can’t remove problem apps, but you can freeze them with this app, and improve your phone’s battery life.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

Wi-Fi Tethering

WiFi-Tethering-Android-apps-screenshotIf you want to share your 3G or 4G LTE data connection with your computer, you’ll find that carriers often charge for the privilege, but this app lets you to do it for free. Give tethering a try.

Available on:

Amazon

Google Play

ROM Manager

ROM-Manager-Android-apps-screenshotWhen you root you’ll want to back up your existing ROM and flash all sorts of new ones to get the features and interface style you want. This is the app that helps you manage all of that.

Available on:

Google Play

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