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The best Android apps of 2015 – live-streaming video goes mainstream

The best Android apps of 2015 included Periscope, Google Photos and Dubsmash.The best Android apps of 2015 included Periscope, Google Photos and Dubsmash. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

Let’s be blunt: the vast majority of apps used by the vast majority of smartphone owners were not released for the first time in 2015.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Spotify, Skype, Uber ... all well-established before Big Ben struck midnight on 31 December 2014.Ninja Jamm As the years go by, the number of brand new apps that make a massive, global impact seems to narrow.

Here’s our roundup of the 25 most interesting new apps. If iOS is your platform of choice, there is a separate year-end list for that, which you can find here. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for the best Android games of 2015, read this roundup.

SwiftKey SymbolsWhat have we missed though? The comments section is open for your recommendations for Android apps that were new in 2015.

This Google-developed app won’t quite turn you into a virtual-reality director, but it will help you shoot 3D photos that can be panned around: including by people using a Google Cardboard headset. A good way to experiment with a technology we’re going to be hearing a lot more about in 2016.

Will any news aggregation app find a successful business model if it’s not owned by ?YouTube Gaming The jury remains out at the end of 2015, but as competitors such as Circa bowed out, Nuzzel News emerged as one of the best Android options this year – whether you’re browsing stories shared by friends or using its theme-based feeds.

Adobe has released a succession of handy creativity tools for mobile devices, with Premiere Clip one of the most accessible. It’s a speedy way to edit your mobile video footage, tweaking the lighting and audio, and even adding soundtracks that synchronise with your cuts.

Twitch and YouTube aren’t the only live-streaming services in town for gaming: Kamcord is trying to build a community around watching people play mobile games.VRSE Its Android app has two uses: you can browse current streams and watch them, or record and stream your own gaming sessions to the world.

Released by pioneering independent label Ninja Tune, this is a pitch-perfect mobile remixing tool that digs in to the company’s back catalogue. Expect sample-packs from artists including Coldcut, Roots Manuva and Mr Scruff among other artists, and a touchscreen-friendly interface for turning them into tunes.

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It’s a fair question to wonder why this is a separate app and not simply a feature within Instagram, but that doesn’t stop Layout being a slick and accessible photo-collage tool. Choose your shots, arrange them in a multi-image frame, and then share or save them – the latter handy for sharing on non-Facebook social networks.

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