The Google Play store has an enormous collection of more than a million mobile apps. These include all the apps you could possibly need (or even think of!) to get the most out of your Android device. Hunting through the multitude of apps can be sometimes a bit challenging and tedious. To make your choice easier, Google has posted a list of the best mobile apps released in 2014, just as this year is drawing to a close. These include all the fan favorites across different categories like education, music, news, productivity, travel and more.
Here are the best apps of this year handpicked by Google:
Productivity: These apps will help you make your phone more useful for day to day activities like creating task notes and lists, improving web browsing, simplifying emails and personalizing calendars; all that will make your life simpler.
- Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks
- SwiftKey Keyboard + Emoji
- Sunrise Calendar
- Todoist: To-Do List, Task List
- ( OFFTIME ) – Life Unplugged.
- Locket Lock Screen
- Link Bubble Browser
- SlideShare Presentations
Education: Learn something new every day right on your phone through education apps. From new languages and crafts to memory trainers and life lessons, these apps will keep you sharp and updated.
- Duolingo Test Center
- Craftsy Classes (beta)
- Monki Chinese Class
- Child Mode & Time Education
- Amazing World Atlas
- Money Tracker by BillGuard
Communication: Chatting with your friends is no longer boring and monotonous. With these apps, you can make your chats more colorful and interesting, be it through emojis and stickers or through videos and group chats.
- Skype Qik: Group Video Chat
- Bitmoji – Emoji by Bitstrips
Shopping: Shopaholics will rejoice at the apps designed especially for you. Make shopping easier and more fun with shopping apps right at your fingertips. You can browse through products, get deals and save money through these apps.
- Wish – Shopping Made Fun
- Groupon – Daily Deals, Coupons
Music & Audio: Music apps give you large collections of songs, radio stations, and full tracks. You can also enjoy lyrics, videos and discover the best music from your favorite artists. Listen to music anytime and even buy music from stores through these apps.
- musixmatch Music Player Lyrics
- djay 2
- TuneIn Radio
- edjing – DJ Music Mixer Studio
- Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords
- Equalizer + mp3 Player Volume
- Pandora internet radio
Photography: Photography apps make your pictures more interesting. Take photos, edit, add text, share and do much more through these amazing photo apps. These apps are a must have for all mobile photographers.
- EyeEm: Camera & Photo Filter
- Carousel – Dropbox Photos
- Video Collage Maker
- Camera ZOOM FX – FREE
Social: Social networking is on everyone’s list to connect and share with friends anytime and anywhere. These apps help you to keep in touch with your buddies and at the same time makes networking fun. Be it sharing, chatting, posting, everything can be done with these apps on your smartphone.
- OkCupid Dating
- Secret – Speak Freely
- LINK – with people nearby
- Obscure – Share what you want
- Samba: Videos + Reactions
News & Magazines: Get all the latest news headlines, highlights and stories on your phone to stay updated with what’s happening in the world. News apps bring to you breaking news along with images, multimedia and more.
- Yahoo News Digest
- The Economist Espresso
- CNN Breaking US & World News
- NYTimes – Breaking News
- Watchup: Your Daily Newscast
Health & Fitness: Make health your priority by being more active and fit daily. These apps will be your faithful pocket companions and help you track activities, reach your fitness goals and manage your health.
- 7 Minute Workout Challenge
- Google Fit
Travel & Transportation: Plan your next trip easily and without hassle using one of these apps. Travel apps give you the option to book flights and trains, get travel deals, reserve hotel rooms and help you with directions and maps.
- Expedia Hotels & Flights
- Maps.Me–Offline Maps & Routing
- Anywayanyday: Flights Hotels
- minube: Your travel app
Sports: For all the sports lovers, these apps are a must! Live streaming, sports scores and results, teams and players, coverage of matches, alerts, stats, videos and photos; all are made available through these easy to use sports apps.
- Onefootball – Pure Soccer!
- Univision Deportes
- Golfshot: Golf GPS
TV & Media: Now you can watch all the latest movies, TV shows and videos on the go through these apps. Your favorite shows are just one click away, on your phone.
- Comedy Central
- Cartoon Network Anything
- Disney Movies Anywhere
- DramaFever – Dramas & Movies
Google believes that these are the apps that every Android owner must use. How many of them does your device have? If your smartphone is missing any of these, then you can download them at the Play Store here.
Do you think that Google has missed out any awesome app that didn’t make it to the list? Share them with us in the comments!