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The 10 best new apps of 2015

These days there are apps for almost anything, but rarely enough time to try them all. A lot of them are free, but many of the best ones you have to pay for – so which are the best?

We’ve trawled through the past 12 months of apps to bring you the best of 2015. Missed your favorite? Then let us know in the comments below.

The 10 best new apps of 2015

1. Dark Sky

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Most weather apps are able to give you a pretty accurate picture of the day’s forecast, but Dark Sky is different. It gives you updates down to the minute, so if the weather is about to take a turn you’ll receive a notification so that you never get caught in the rain. The icing on the iOS cake? it’s all wrapped up in a beautiful interface, complete with maps and stats to help you get to grips with the day’s outlook.

Platform: iOS

Price: $3.99

2. Her Story

Genuinely innovative smartphone games don’t come along every day, which makes Her Story all the more exciting. From the creator of Silent Hill, the app reinvents the detective puzzler, asking you to trawl through video interviews to piece together the case. It’s completely engrossing, and like nothing else you’ve ever played.

Platform: iOS, PC

Price: $4.99

3. Hopper

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Flights are constantly fluctuating in price, so it can be difficult to know when to buy tickets. Hopper could be the solution, using a complex algorithm to predict when prices are likely to rise (or fall!) so you can swoop in and pick up a bargain.

Platform: iOS

Price: Free

4. The Everything Machine

Looking to download an app for your kids with some substance? Look no further than The Everything Machine, which teaches the basics of programming without boring them to irritation. The excellent TinyBop studios has created a fun and addictive app that also lays the foundations for an interest in tech.

Platform: iOS

Price: $2.99

5. Apple Music

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Between Beats, Tidal, Spotify and Apple Music, streaming services battled for market share in 2015. Apple Music may not be the biggest or even best option (yet), but with its curated playlists and excellent Beats One radio station, it’s a welcome addition for iOS and now Android users too.

Platform: Android, iOS

Price: Free

6. Periscope

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We already live in a sharing society, so it’s a surprise it took until 2015 for Periscope to come along. The app allows you to broadcast live video, so you can practice for a career in TV, hold your own press conferences and slowly turn your life into the Truman Show. What could go wrong?

Platform: Android, iOS

Price: Free

7. Lara Croft GO

After a successful reboot on PS3 and Xbox 360, Tomb Raider’s reinvention continues on smartphone. The game finds Lara Croft confronted with a familiar mix of action and puzzles, but, most of all, we’re impressed at just how good this looks on a smaller screen.

Platform: Android, iOS

Price: $4.99

8. Google Photos

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It took a while, but Google finally has a photos app to be proud of. What’s great about Google Photos is just how easy it is to navigate and search, smart enough to identify colors, places and and objects so you can simply type what it is you’re looking for and let the app do the rest.

Platform: Android, iOS

Price: Free

9. Hotel Your Phone

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Say you lose your phone or its battery dies. This app forwards your calls and texts to a friend’s phone – as long as they have the app, of course – so people can still reach you. You can even make calls using your number. You’ll never be stranded again.

Platform: Android, iOS

Price: Free

10. Truemessenger

Truemessenger is like a personal assistant for your messages. Install it on your Android smartphone and it will clean your inbox, identify unknown numbers and even help keep your device free from spam. Once you’ve tried it, you”ll never go back the default app.

Platform: Android

Price: Free

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