Countdown to 2016: Best Apps of 2015

The Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is a top app for 2015.

The Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is a top app for 2015.

It’s almost time to wrap up 2015 , but before we start swilling champagne and singing Auld Lang Syne, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the great apps that helped make life a little easier — and a lot more fun — in 2015.

10.) Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector – This charming game has become the latest Internet sensation with its Pokemon-style kitties and zen cat garden. The goal you ask? To catch all the cats, obviously. Good luck luring all 48 felines into your yard, but you’ll have fun discussing this oddly addictive game with your friends and family.

9.) Yummly – The perfect app for any foodie, filled with all sorts of recipes based on what you like to eat. When you sign up for Yummly it asks you a series of questions and records any allergies, so only appropriate recipes show up on your home page. Vegan? No problem. Don’t like mushrooms? You got it, boss.

8.) Periscope – This revolutionary app allows you to broadcast video to either a small group of people, or the whole world while your audience can choose to either replay the stream anytime they want, or leave hearts and comments in real time.

7.) Evernote Scannable – This app does exactly what it the name implies. Simply snap a picture of a receipt, recipe, business card, or contract and share it with friends and colleagues or save it right to your phone. This app is perfect for any businessperson on the go and was ranked the second best new free app of 2015 by appadvice.com.

6.) Twitter – Does this really surprise anyone? Teens ranked the social media giant among their top !0 faves for 2015.

5.) Spotify – Pandora may have been all the rage in 2014, but 2015 was the year Spotify took over. Spotify allows its users to create their own playlist while still offering pre-made playlists based on mood, activity or genre. While Spotify does have ads and limited skips like Pandora does, it allows you to play your selected playlist on shuffle and to look at the tracks on the pre-made playlists, so you know what you’re getting yourself into.

4.) Facebook – The universal family app, Facebook claims its spot as the fourth most-used app among teens here on Cape Cod. Once exclusively for kids, Facebook has taken over the world and ranks as the 7th most-downloaded free app on iTunes currently. (It would probably be higher, but everyone already has it.)

3.) Snapchat – Or as my mom likes to call it “Snapchatter.” Another social media giant that is most definitely the most-used app on my phone. Snapchat sends photos, videos, texts etc. to selected recipients that disappear in 1 to 10 seconds. For the limited attention-span generation.

2.) Instagram – Another family friendly app that has gained popularity with the older generation and is no longer seen as strictly a teen scene. Everyone from your mom to Gisele Bundchen has an Instagram account. Because who doesn’t want to be constantly updated on Taylor Swift’s cats?

1.) YouTube – Ah yes, here we have the No. 1 downloaded app of 2015, good old YouTube. The social media staple was a preloaded app on iPhones and iPods when they were first released. Chances are, YouTube was one of the first apps you chose to download when you got your phone, and it doesn’t appear that it will ever it budge from that top spot as long as singing goats and sleeping baby pandas rule the interwebs.

Tomorrow: Top TV Shows of 2015.

– By Kaitlyn Holzworth

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