18 Best Android Apps from January 2015


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Previous Best Apps of the Month

We’re back with another round-up of the best Android apps from last month. App releases slowed down a bit during the Holidays, but they’re picking up speed again now. If you’re currently snowed in we’ve got a great list of apps you can check out. There were even a bunch of new Android Wear apps, and one important Android TV app. Here are the best 18 apps from January.



Asana is a teamwork app similar to Trello. It keeps everything your team is working on and talking about in one place instead of scattered across email threads. You can create tasks quickly for yourself or a teammate. Add to-dos, reminders, and requests. Get updates on the progress of your team’s tasks and projects, track due dates, and much more. [Download]



CoffeeNotes is the ultimate coffee app for the coffee connoisseur or simply for those that would like to brew coffee like a barista. This app predicts coffee strength upfront for the selected brewer and coffee type. Based on the “Science of Coffee”, you will immediately see how adjusting the grind size will effect the coffee brew ratio while maintaining the same coffee strength. [Download]

Facebook at Work

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Facebook at Work allows businesses to create a local social network for only their employees. A Facebook at Work account is not connected to your own personal Facebook account. You can stay up-to-date with a News Feed that shows what’s new and relevant at your company, create and join groups to collaborate with co-workers, and send messages to chat with one person or small groups of co-workers. [Download]

Facebook Lite

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Facebook Lite is designed for 2G networks and areas with limited network connectivity, but it’s also great for people who hate the bloated full featured Facebook app. It’s less than 1MB and uses very little data. If you live in the U.S. you can’t install Lite from the Play Store, but it’s easy to find an APK to use. [Download]

Google Translate

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Google Translate is certainly not a new app, but it received a big new feature called “Word Lens.” You point your camera at a sign, menu, or what have you, and it’ll transform any foreign words on it into the language of your choice as it would show up on the actual sign. [Download]



MakerBot fans finally have a mobile app to go along with their 3D printer. With this app you can choose a downloadable digital design from Thingiverse or any 3D model file stored in your MakerBot Cloud Library, then use MakerBot cloud servers to optimize, scale, and slice your design for 3D printing, layer-by-layer. Aall you have to do is confirm the print on your MakerBot 3D Printer. [Download]

Manual Camera

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Android 5.0 Lollipop has a bunch of new camera API’s available, but very few apps are actually using it (including Google’s own camera app). Manual Camera takes advantage of the API’s so you can control Manual Shutter Speed, Manual Focus Distance, Manual ISO, Manual White Balance,and Manual Exposure Compensation. [Download]

Microsoft Office for tablets


When Microsoft first began previewing Microsoft Office for Android tablets, you needed an invite to even use it. Now they’re letting anyone with an ARM-based Android tablet (almost all tablets that don’t use Intel processors) between the sizes of 7 and 10-inches in on the fun, and you can grab the download right from Google Play. [Download]

Outlook Preview


More and more Microsoft apps just keep making their way to Google Play. The latest is Outlook, Microsoft’s email platform for those who aren’t fans of Gmail and Yahoo. The app is in open preview status for Android phones and tablets. With this app you will get easy access to your Microsoft-handled mail, calendars and contacts. [Download]



If you fee like you’re spending too much time on your phone or tablet you need this app. QualityTime is a fun, visually engaging and easy-to-use app that allows you to monitor and get real-time reports on how much time you spend on your mobile device and specific apps. You can set your own time restrictions to help you manage and control your usage. [Download]



Roadie is like Lyft for your mail. With this app you can pay other people to “ship” stuff for you. Say you need to send something to the next city over but you don’t have time to do it yourself. You can use Roadie to find someone who is already driving that way and pay them to drop the item off for you. How cool is that? [Download]



Shyp aims to be the easiest way to send your items anywhere in the world. All you do is take a photo of the item you want to ship, enter the destination address on your phone, choose a shipping speed, and request a pickup. Then for $5+shipping Shyp will send someone to pick it up, professionally package it, and ship it to your destination. [Download]

Next: Android Wear and Android TV apps

Joe Fedewa
Ever since I flipped open my first phone I've been obsessed with the devices. I've dabbled in other platforms, but Android is where I feel most at home.

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  1. Where can I get the cheapest android wear watch? New or used. I just want to try it out.. So I don’t want to spend too much money…

  2. I hope ‘Little TV’ works well. And I’ve been looking for something like ‘Wake up Well’ for a while, looking forward to using it but now I’ll have to be more conscientious about my battery life.

  3. Any reason you guys didn’t do a Best Apps of December 2014?

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