Featured: Top 10 Android Apps - December 2015

Every day we come across new apps on the Play Store we may or may not give a second thought to, and that's understandable given the nature of how many there are and how cluttered our app drawers might already be. If you're someone who likes trying out new things and are always on the hunt for thext great app that could help enrich your user experience, or if you've just been searching for something very specific, this list might help you find what you're looking for. Here's our December picks for the top Android apps.

Squarespace Commerce

This could be an invaluable tool for businesses especially if they already have Squarespace intergrated into their systems. The app lets manage inventory and respond to customer issues on the go, and you can also make sure that any order you need to fulfill using the built in barcode scanner.

Snap Swipe Drawer

For the longest time one of the best things about Android were the widgets, as they allowed plenty of quick access to app features without actually having to open the app. Things have changed some and while widgets are still as functional as ever, they don't always fit in with the style and design language of Lollipop or Marshmallow. Snap Swipe Drawer gives you a way to access your widgets effortlessly from the notification shade so they aren't filling up your homescreen yet are still easy to get to. Simply touch and drag to scroll through them and use a double finger swipe to scroll through a single widget's content.

ASUS Router

The nature of this app may only be useful to those with an ASUS router, but it's extremely useful ion this regard as it allows for management and control of fewatures and functions without having to login to a desktop web interface. It's fairly easy to configure and setup, and once you do you can do anything from boost your routers performance for gaming purposes to update the router's firmware.

Cardboard Camera

If you own a Google Cardboard VR headset or one that was based on the design, this app is for you. It lets you take VR photos which you can later view with the Cardboard headset for some truly awesome images. There's not much to it, simply install, take pictures, pop your phone in Cardboard and check them out in virtual reality.

Swiftkey Symbols

Swiftkey already provides one of the best keyboard apps available on Android, and now they have one aimed at assisting those who are non-verbal and have special needs. It lets users communicate easier and quicker with specialized  hand-drawn symbol images, and just like the regular Swiftkey keyboard it learns from the user to gain more accuracy over time.

Google Santa Tracker 2015

Google's cool little Santa Tracker is back and it's filled with all kinds of fun stuff to celebrate the season, including a new series of games and interactive features, and of course the countdown to Christmas with the tracker to see where Santa has been and will be going.

ASUS Themes

It seems like more and more OEMs are coming up with ways for users to customize their devices by adding their own unique themes options, and ASUS is the latest to join the pack with a specialized app to theme your ASUS smartphone. The app is simple enough to use. Just open it up, scroll and find a theme you want and hit the "apply" button to skin your device with a new look.

Yahoo Video Guide

If you need an app which tells you which shows are streaming where before you open the app up and scroll through to browse what's available, then Yahoo Video Guide is here to help. The app searches all the popular streaming apps like HBO GO, Netflix, Hulu, and more, and once you've found what you want you can tap the stream button to play the content. This makes it so you don't have to flip back and forth between multiple apps to see what's on. Think of it like a TV guide for streaming services.

PlayStation Messages

If you own a PS4 and you were looking for an easier way to communicate with your friends, Sony has given the community a standalone messaging app for talking with friends when away from the console. Messages were already available through the official PlayStation app, but with the standlone version messages feel much more fluid, it has a material design UI, you can add groups, and insert stickers from a collection of themes. It looks great and works great. A must have for PlayStation users.

Cortana

Rounding out the list is Cortana. Technically, this isn't a completely new app, but now it's out of beta and available to anyone on the Play Store. You can use the app to location reminders and get alerts for tracked packages and flights among other things. If you use Cortana on a Windows 10 machine, this is a great little companion.

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Justin Diaz

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Lover of food, craft beer, movies, travel, and all things tech. Video games have always been a passion of his due to their ability to tell incredible stories, and home automation tech is the next big interest, in large part because of the Philips Hue integration with Razer Chroma. Current Device: Google Pixel.
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