Die besten apps 2015

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Google hat im Play Store eine Aufstellung mit den besten Apps und Spielen des Jahres 2015 sowie den Topsellern und Favoriten aus den Kategorien Musik, Film und Bücher veröffentlicht. 50 Apps und 58 Spiele haben es in Googles „Best of Play Store 2015“-Liste geschafft. Darunter befinden sich einige bekannte Gesichter wie die WhatsApp-Alternative Threema oder der Outdoor-Routenplaner Komoot, die es schon letztes Jahr in Googles Bestenliste geschafft haben.

Google hat die besten Android-Apps, Spiele und Unterhaltung 2015 gekürt (Screenshot: CNET.de)

Außerdem hat Google unter anderem Microsofts VoIP-Dienst Skype, den Instant-Messenger Telegram, der von russischen Programmierern entwickelt wurde, die der staatlichen Überwachung in ihrem Heimatland entgehen wollten, die App des Game-Streamingportals Twitch, die App Musixmatch, die Songtexte zu Liedern liefert, den Nova und Smart Launcher 3, die Sprachlern-App Babbel, Microsoft Word, die Foto-Apps Candy Camera und Retrica, die App des deutschen Wetterdienstes WarnWetter, die Fitness-Tracking-App Runtastic Me oder GPS-Navigation von TomTom ausgezeichnet. Die komplette Liste des besten Android-Apps 2015 findet sich im Google Play Store.

Ausgezeichnet wurden beispielsweise Fallout Shelter oder Colorfy (Screenshot: CNET.de)

Zu den besten Android-Spielen 2015 zählen sich Candy Crush Soda Saga, Clash of Clans, Minecraft Story Mode, Need for Speed No Limits von EA, Rovios Angry Birds 2, Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft von Blizzard, aber auch weniger bekannte Titel wie Lifeline, Taichi Panda, Unblock King oder Running Circles. Zu Googles kompletter Spielehitliste geht es hier.

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Hinter unserem Adventskalender verstecken sich auch dieses Jahr wieder vom 1. bis zum 24. Dezember jede Menge attraktive Gewinne. Jeden Tag werden die Preise unter allen Teilnehmern verlost, die sich für diesen Tag von 00:00 Uhr bis 23:59 für die Gewinne hinter dem jeweils passenden Türchen registriert haben.

Am meisten verkauft haben sich in den Kategorien Musik, Film und Bücher beispielsweise die Alben Muttersprache von Sarah Connor, 25 von Adele, 7 von Paul Kalkrenner, die Filme Fifty Shades of Grey, Die Tribute von Panem (Mockingjay Teil 1), Fack ju Göthe oder Mad Max: Fury Road und die Bücher Fifty Shades of Grey (Band 1 bis 3) oder Böser kleiner Junge von Stephen King.

Alle besten Apps, Spiele und Unterhaltung des Jahres sowie Topseller aus 2015 und Favoriten der Google-Redaktion hält der Android-Macher im Play Store bereit.

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15 best Android apps available right now!

Here it is ladies and gentlemen. The crème de la crème. The Android apps that stand alone at the top of the pantheon. These apps have become ubiquitous with Android and if you’re looking for good stuff it’s assumed that you have some of this stuff already. There are a ton of amazing Android apps out there. However, their usefulness is usually limited to the habits of the people using them. These apps shouldn’t have those problems. Everybody can use these. Without further delay, here are the best Android apps currently available! This is not a diamond-in-the-rough kind of list. You should be relatively familiar with all of these.

1Weather

Price: Free / $1.99

1Weather is arguably the best weather app out there. It features a simple, paginated design that shows you the current weather, forecast for up to 12 weeks, a radar, and other fun stats. Along with that, you’ll get a fairly decent set of lightly customizable widgets and the standard stuff like severe weather notifications and a radar so you can see the storms approaching. Perhaps its best feature is its minimal design which just shows you the weather. The free version has all of the features with advertising. The $1.99 charge removes advertising. Otherwise the two versions work the same way. Most will also likely enjoy the range of weather fun facts as well when you open the app. Other great weather apps include Dark Sky, Weather Underground, and Today Weather.

Bouncer

Price: $0.99

Bouncer was our pick for the best new Android app from 2018. It’s a security app with a unique premise. The app lets you grant temporary permissions to applications. So, for instance, you can let Facebook access your location long enough to check into a place, and Bouncer disables the permission once you leave Facebook. This is a great way to use all of the features of a social media app without digging into your settings to disable those permissions or giving those apps permanent access to your information. The app runs for $0.99 and should work on most (if not all) apps. It’s rumored that this could be an Android Q feature. If that’s true, then even Google really likes this app.

Google Drive

Price: Free / $1.99-$299.99 per month

Google Drive is a cloud storage solution available on Android where all new users get 15GB for free permanently upon signing up. You can, of course, buy more if needed. What makes Google Drive so special are the suite of Android apps that are attached to it. They include Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Photos, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Keep. Between the office apps, the Photos app (which allows unlimited photo and video backup), and Keep Notes for note taking, you have apps for practically anything you need to do in terms of productivity. Some of the features of these apps include live collaboration, deep sharing features, and compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. Microsoft Office has a similar setup with OneDrive and Office.

Google Maps and Waze

Price: Free

Google Maps virtually owns the navigation apps scene and it remains of the best Android apps ever. It gets frequent, almost weekly updates that seem to only add to its incredibly generous list of existing features. Aside from the very basics, Google Maps gives you access to places of interest, traffic data, directions to things like rest stops or gas stations, and they even let you have offline maps now (albiet temporarily). If you add to that the Waze experience, which includes tons of its own features, and you won’t need another navigation app. Ever. Google also owns and operates Waze. It’s unique and fun in ways that Google Maps isn’t and we also highly recommend it.

Google Assistant / Google Feed / Google Search

Price: Free

This is one seriously powerful app. It also works on most Android devices. You simply download the app and then enable it. From there, you can ask it whatever you want. It also supports a variety of commands. You can control lights, ask about population control, and it can even do simple math problems for you. There are a variety of products like Google, Bose QC II Bluetooth headphones, Home and Chromecast that extent the functionality even further. There is also a second Google Assistant app for those who want a quick launch icon on the home screen. The hardware stuff costs money, but Google Assistant is free. Amazon Alexa is another excellent app in this space, but it doesn’t support Google Android quite as much as we would like, yet.

LastPass Password Manager

Price: Free / $12 per year

LastPass is one of those must-have Android apps. It’s a password manager that lets you save your login credentials in a safe, secure way. On top of that, it can help generate nearly impossible passwords for you to use on your accounts. It’s all controlled with a master password. It has cross-platform support so you can use it on computers, mobile devices, tablets, or whatever. There are others, but LastPass always feels like it’s one step ahead. Additionally, the premium version is cheap. You can also grab LastPass Authenticator to go along with it for added security. There are other great options like 1Password, Dashlane, Bit Warden, KeepassDroid, and others that are just about as good. However, LastPass feels a little more friendly and secure (usually), especially with its extra authenticator app.

Nova Launcher

Price: Free / $4.99

Initially, we weren’t going to put any launchers on this list. Nova Launcher seems to be extend beyond what normal launchers are. It’s been around for years, it’s been consistently updated, and thus it’s never not been a great option for a launcher replacement. It comes with a host of features, including the ability to backup and restore your home screen set ups, icon theming for all of your Android apps, tons of customization elements for the home screen and app drawer, and more. You can even make it look like the Pixel Launcher if you want to. If you go premium, you can tack on gesture controls, unread count badges for apps, and icon swipe actions. Those looking for something simpler may want to try Lawnchair Launcher, Hyperion Launcher, and Rootless Launcher as well.

Podcast Addict

Price: Free / $3.99

Podcast Addict is an excellent podcast app for podcast fans. It features almost every podcast you can think of. In addition, it has a simple and effective UI, plenty of organizational features, plenty of playback and download features, and a single-cost premium version. You can browse podcasts by category or search for them individually. You can also set download rules, create playlists easily, and it supports both Chromecast and SONOS along with Android Auto and Wear OS. The UI isn’t the most elegant thing we’ve seen. However, the app makes up for it by hitting literally every other box we could think of. Pocket Casts, Doggcatcher, and CastBox are other excellent options in this space, but we like Podcast Addict the best.

Pulse SMS or Android Messages

Price: Free / $10.99 once / $0.99 per month

There are a ton of great SMS apps. However, two stand above the rest. They are Pulse SMS and Android Messages. Pulse SMS features theming, GIF support, password protected conversations, a blacklist for spammers, dual-SIM support, and more. Android Messages is a little more basic but it’s simple and it gets the job done. Both of these apps also offer SMS messaging from your desktop. Pulse charges either a monthly subscription or a single $10.99 charge while Android Messages is free. Pulse SMS uses a server structure while Android Messages live streams your messages. Both methods have their pros and cons, but they’re both still excellent options to access your texts everywhere. Textra is another great option if you don’t need desktop texting. Pulse SMS also went open source in early 2020.

Solid Explorer

Price: Free trial / $2.99

File browsing is something everyone inevitably has (or wants) to do, so you might as well do it with a capable, fantastic file browser. Solid Explorer is pretty much as good as it gets in the file explorer apps realm. It features Material Design, archiving support, support for the most popular cloud services, and even some more power user stuff like FTP, SFPT, WebDav, and SMB/CIFS support. It looks great, it’s incredibly stable, and it just works well. There is a 14-day free trial with a $2.99 price tag at the end of it. This is, by far, the best file manager on Android for most people.

SwiftKey

Price: Free

SwiftKey Keyboard is one of the most powerful and customizable third-party keyboards available. It hit the market several years ago with a predictive engine unlike anything any other keyboard had and the app has grown a lot of over the years. It’s a free download and you can purchase themes for it if you want to. Other features include a dedicated number row, SwiftKey Flow which allows for gesture typing, multiple language support, cross-device syncing of your library and much more. It’s about as good as it gets in the keyboard space. It’s true that Microsoft now owns SwiftKey, but so far they have managed not to mess it up. Gboard, Google’s keyboard app, is also exceptionally good and is an excruciatingly close second place here.

Tasker and IFTTT

Price: $2.99 and Free, respectively

Tasker is a glorious application if you have the patience to learn how to use the app. What it does is allow users to create custom made commands and then use them in various places. There are many apps out there that have Tasker support and you can even use Tasker to create very complex commands for NFC tags. It’s difficult to truly explain what this app can do because it can do so many things. Between the apps supported, plugins you an add, and the sheer volume of stuff that you can do, there aren’t many apps out there as useful as this one. IFTTT is another excellent automation app. In some cases, it may even be better than Tasker thanks to its simplicity and wide range of uses.

TickTick

Price: Free / $27.99 per year

TickTick isn’t as popular as other to-do list apps. However, it may be the best one. It covers the basics like recurring tasks, reminders, push notifications, various organizational features, and categories. The app also lets you share tasks and entire categories with other people. This makes it great for family use, small teams at work, or other such groups. It’s also great for stuff like grocery lists, honey-do lists, or any other list. You get all of the features for free, albeit in a somewhat limited capacity, such as two reminders per task (premium makes that infinite). Some other excellent options in the space include Todoist, Microsoft To Do, Any.do, and Ike.

YouTube and YouTube Music

Price: Free / $12.99+

We don’t typically recommend streaming services to people. After all, everybody has their own preferences and there are plenty of great options out there. However, we really like the combination of YouTube Music and YouTube. For one price, you get unlimited music from YouTube Music with more than enough tracks to compete with Spotify and Apple Music. However, you also get ad-free YouTube along with background video play and offline downloading. That one-two bunch is right up there with the Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+ bundle for $12.99 per month as one of the best deals for video and audio streaming. In fact, the two combined should cover basically all of your video and audio streaming needs. Our only complaint is lower than average music quality on YouTube Music. Audiophiles may want to check out Hi-Fi options like Tidal or Deezer.

Ever wish you could download YouTube for offline use? Is it legal?

Zedge

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Last, but certainly not least on our list is Zedge. This is a wallpapers, ringtones, notification tones, and alarm tones app that gives you an unbelievable number of options to customize the most basic parts of your device. On top of having an exhaustive collection of things, Zedge also promotes various items during holiday seasons making it easy to theme your phone up for Christmas, Halloween, and other holidays. It’s not 100% perfect. It does have the occasional bug and some irritating advertisements. Zedge Premium is a new initiative to provide premium content at a reasonable price. You watch ads or fill out surveys to earn Zedge credits. You can buy them as well with in-app purchases. It’s a good way to support the developer and the artists. We also recommend Walli (with an i) for wallpapers.

ExpressVPN (Sponsored)

ExpressVPN is one of the most trusted, secure brands in the virtual private network industry, and that’s for good reason. It’s super fast and extremely safe, boasting an SSL-secured network with 256-bit encryption and, get this, unlimited bandwidth and speed. ExpressVPN has servers in 94 countries (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and others) in over 145 locations around the world, so there will always be a location near you to give you the best experience possible. What’s more, the service even has stealth servers in Hong Kong. They are to evade the GFW specifically. It doesn’t even look like you’re using a VPN!

There’s never been a better time to get into Android apps, as the Google Play store has exploded in recent years, with a proliferation of titles that can cater to your every need.

The problem is: there are just too many of them, even with Editors‘ Choice, Featured and Best Selling, Top Paid and Top Free categories there to help.

You can filter, see Google’s lists or read the reviews – but the easiest (and best) way to find top quality apps is to have someone else do the searching for you.

That’s where we come in. Like you, we want the best apps for our Android phones. The apps that are going to revolutionize functionality or, at the very least, offer something so great that it becomes one of the must-have apps that has to be downloaded whenever you get a new handset.

The following apps will be constantly updated and are a mixture of paid and free ones that have been chosen by our Android experts. So, even if you do dip into actual cash for one of these apps, you can be safe in the knowledge it’s a worthwhile purchase.

We’ve also sorted them into categories, so you can find what you’re looking for more easily. Click through to the following pages for those or check out the best Android app of the week below.

Best Android app of the week

This is the latest app we’ve chosen to highlight, refreshed every two weeks. Our choices are usually new apps or apps that have recently received a major update, but occasionally hidden gems and other essentials will also be highlighted.

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Stadia

Free

Stadia is Google’s big play to get into gaming, and more specifically game streaming. It essentially allows you to play AAA console and PC games on a phone screen, a TV, a laptop or a tablet, without having the high-end hardware that would usually be required to run them, as instead Google’s hardware does the heavy lifting and then streams the games over an internet connection.

That also means you can seamlessly pick up on one device where you left off on another, and you don’t have to wait for games to download or update, you just need a fairly fast Wi-Fi connection.

Well, that and compatible hardware, which at the time of writing limits you to Pixel handsets, a Chromecast Ultra, and a handful of other devices.

So if you have, say, a Google Pixel 4, then the Stadia Android app can give you access to the sorts of games that would usually be found on an Xbox One or gaming PC. And going forward you can expect more phones and other devices to get Stadia support.

The best Android camera apps and photo editors

Our favorite Android apps for shooting, sorting and editing photos and videos.

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Glitch Lab

Free + $6.49/£5.99 IAP

Glitch Lab is a photo editor packed full of digital glitch effects. You’ve probably seen apps like this before, and the style of effects offered won’t appeal to everyone, but if you like making your pictures look a bit glitchy or retro, this is one of the most capable and versatile ways to do it.

There are over 100 effects here, and many of them are customizable, ensuring that your glitches won’t look like anyone else’s.

As if to demonstrate the power, it’s even possible to generate an image from scratch, building it up through a number of effects and tweaks.

There’s plenty here even for free, but to get the absolute most out of Glitch Lab you’ll need to grab the Pro IAP for $6.49/£5.99. This at the time of writing adds 42 extra effects, 37 new parameters for the free effects, increases the output quality, and more.

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DoodleLens

$1.99/£1.89

DoodleLens is perhaps a bit of a gimmick, but it’s a fun one. Simply doodle something, then point your phone’s camera at the doodle from within the app, and you can copy it and paste it on top of the world around you in augmented reality.

You can also change the color of the doodle and even make very basic animations by copying multiple doodles and having the app cycle through them. You can then record and save the results.

DoodleLens probably isn’t an app you’ll use often, and we found it a bit hit and miss at recognizing our doodles, but when it works it raises a smile, which is all you can really ask for at $1.99/£1.89.

Pixtica

Free + various subscriptions

Pixtica is one of many tools hoping to replace your phone’s default camera app. Camera apps vary a lot, and their success largely depends on your phone make and model, but Pixtica is a decent option if you’re looking for something new.

It’s packed full of features, including numerous filters, a GIF recorder, panorama, hyperlapse, manual controls, and oddities such as a ‘Planet’ mode, which warps images into a sphere-like shape using Pixtica’s “advanced stereographic projection algorithm”.

There are all sorts of other modes too, whether you’re taking photos or shooting video, and the app is laid out intuitively. However, while many of the functions are free, you have to pay to unlock higher resolutions and to remove watermarks when using filters.

The payment gets you other things too, but those are the main things that make the purchase close to essential if you plan to use Pixtica. And that would be fine, except the app opts for a subscription fee (of $1.25/£1.25 for one month with discounts for six months or a year) rather than being available as a one-off purchase. We’re not fans of paying a subscription for a camera app, but if any such app is worth it, it’s Pixtica.

Scribbl

Free + $5.49/£5.49

Scribbl is a photo editor that lets you add animations to your pictures. By ‘animations’ we mean basically light trails, but there are various different ways they can be animated, numerous colors you can choose, and you can pick exactly where they appear on images and how large they are.

Essentially, it’s an app that does one thing but does it quite well. Once you’ve added an animation you can save the result to your phone’s gallery, ready for sharing.

The basic app is free, but for either a one-off fee or a monthly subscription you can remove adverts and unlock additional customization options, as well as unlocking the ability to remove the Scribbl watermark from your creations. If you like the app this is worth paying for, but you can get a good taste of it without spending anything.

Photo Watermark

Free + $0.99/£0.89 monthly subscription

Photo Watermark does exactly what the name suggests – it lets you add watermarks to photos – but the types of watermarks you can add are quite varied.

Not only can you add custom text as a watermark (including changing the font, size and color), you can also use your signature (or any other hand-written text) as a watermark by writing on the screen.

You can also apply stickers, a timestamp, a location, a mosaic effect, or ‘graffiti’ (which basically just lets you go wild on your images with a digital paintbrush). Whether you want to protect your photo or just log when and where it was taken, there should be a tool here to suit.

Photo Watermark is free, but it’s quite heavy on adverts. For $0.99/£0.89 per month you can get rid of them, but unless you’re adding watermarks to a ton of images it’s probably not worth it.

StoryZ Photo Motion & Cinemagraph

Free + $1.99/£1.79 monthly subscription

StoryZ Photo Motion & Cinemagraph is a photo editing app in two parts. The first of these is ‘Ripple’, a mode which lets you add motion to a static image by drawing the area and direction that you want the motion to happen.

This can be an effective way to make it look like water or smoke is moving for example, or simply to add a slightly trippy effect to things that you might expect to be static.

The ‘Motion’ mode, which lets you blend a video with a photo, leaves you with an ‘image’ that’s partially static and partially in motion.

In both cases it can be hard to make the effect look convincing, but it’s doable, as evidenced by all the impressive public submissions shared on the app. StoryZ also holds contests with specific themes, such as ‘stairs’ or ‘sand’, which you can enter by submitting a relevant creation. The best ones will be featured on the home page and competition page of the app.

You can use StoryZ for free, but if you find that you have more of a talent for it than we do then there’s also StoryZ Premium, which for a monthly subscription removes adverts and watermarks, increases the allowable length of videos in Motion mode, improves the toolset in Ripple mode and lets you save and share in high resolution.

KineMaster

Free + £2.91 (roughly $3.70) monthly subscription

KineMaster is probably one of the most powerful video editors on Android, but it’s also intuitive enough that anyone could enjoy using it.

The app lets you add audio and visual filters to footage, add text, stickers and other overlays, alter and trim videos frame-by-frame, adjust the speed, add transition effects and a whole lot more. You can also record videos straight from the KineMaster app. It can feel a little cramped on a phone screen, but otherwise everything works well.

You can use KineMaster for free, but all your videos will have a KineMaster watermark and you can’t use them commercially. To remove the watermarks, allow commercial use and unlock additional assets (such as effects and overlays) you have to pay a subscription, but at £2.91 (roughly $3.70) per month it remains affordable.

Moment – Pro Camera

$1.99/£1.79

A truly great camera app arguably needs to both avoid clutter and be packed full of manual controls, so you can capture an image exactly as you want it, but that’s a tough balance to strike, and few manage. Moment – Pro Cameraarguably does though.

It gives you full manual control, including RAW shooting, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, exposure compensation and focus. There’s also tap to focus, a timer, a grid and several different lenses. It’s an impressive toolkit, with the app focusing more on powerful utilities than gimmicky filters, but it all has a very clean, minimalist look.

And it’s designed with ease of use in mind. You can double tap any setting to return it to auto or double tap the viewfinder to turn everything back to auto and all the controls are within easy reach.

The main downside of Moment is that it can’t currently shoot videos, but for photos there’s a good chance you’ll want to replace your current camera app with this, and video is apparently in the works.

PhotoDirector

Free + optional subscription

Your phone might have a powerful camera, but chances are it doesn’t come with much in the way of photo editing tools. Fortunately, PhotoDirector can fill in the gaps.

This app lets you adjust the tone, saturation, white balance and colors of photos you’ve previously taken, as well as adding filters and effects, which you can adjust the strength of and apply to all or just part of an image.

You can also add text, stickers, frames, change the perspective, mirror the image, cut sections and a whole lot more.

There are lots of tools, but PhotoDirector is easy to navigate and you can always undo your changes, so you’re safe to experiment.

And that’s just the editing part of the app. There’s also a built-in camera, which lets you shoot new photos with various effects and see live through the viewfinder how they will affect the image.

PhotoDirector is largely free, but if you want to direct to your best there’s a premium version that costs £2.59 (around US$3.70) per month, with discounts if you commit for three months or a year. This unlocks additional tools, boosts the output quality and removes adverts.

LightX Photo Editor

Free + $3.69/£3.49 IAP

If you want an all-in-one photo editor for Android then LightX Photo Editor is a good choice, not least because most of the features are free.

You can merge photos, add effects and filters, selectively apply colors to regions of an image, adjust the color balance, smooth and sharpen images, crop them, rotate them, draw on them, add frames and stickers, add text, create collages and a whole lot more.

That’s all handled through an intuitive interface; bring up the main menu with a tap, select the category of edits you want to make (filters or frames, for example) and you’ll be taken to a menu with all the relevant options.

Most of it is fairly self-explanatory, but there are also tutorial videos for if you get stuck, and for a one-off $3.69/£3.49 IAP you can get rid of adverts, unlock additional stickers and frames, and add the ability to save images in PNG format.

SKRWT

$1.49/£1.39

There are plenty of photo editing apps, but while most offer filters and effects few allow you to alter the perspective of a photo in the way SKRWT does.

There are no stickers here, no makeup modes and no real effects. Instead there are tools to shift the perspective, change the ratio and correct lens distortion.

You can also flip, rotate, mirror and crop images, but SKRWT isn’t interested so much in modifying photos in unnatural ways, as in making them look exactly as you envisioned when you took them.

It’s a professional tool, but it’s easy to use and you can always undo your changes if you don’t like them.

Angry Birds, Pokémon, Super Mario und Co. – Spiele-Apps sind bei Kindern sehr beliebt. Aber nicht alle Apps sind für Kinder auch geeignet. Das liegt nicht nur an ihren Inhalten. Worauf Eltern achten sollten, lesen Sie hier.

Die Experten von „jugendschutz.net“ testen regelmäßig Spiele-Apps für Kinder. In einer Stichprobe von 2018 von insgesamt 100 Spiele-Apps waren 99 laut „jugendschutz.net“ hinsichtlich ihres Umgangs mit Kinder-, Daten- und Verbraucherschutz kritisch, über 60 Prozent zeigten sogar so gravierende Mängel, um in mindestens einer Prüfkategorie als sehr riskant eingestuft zu werden. Bei den Apps wurde besonders auf Kinderschutz, Werbung, In-App-Käufe, Datenschutz und Verbraucherinformationen geachtet.

Die Stiftung Warentest kommt zu einem ähnlich ernüchternden Ergebnis: In einer Untersuchung für die Zeitschrift „test“ (10/2019) fanden die Experten in einigen Handyspielen für Kinder sogar Naziparolen und Pornografie. Die Tester prüften insgesamt 14 beliebte Spieleapps, eins davon bezeichneten sie als bedenklich, die übrigen 13 stuften sie als inakzeptabel ein – darunter Minecraft, Clash of Clans und Fortnite.

Worauf sollten Eltern bei Handyspielen also achten? Wir sagen Ihnen, welche Apps für Kinder geeignet und welche eher ungeeignet sind.

Was macht eine gute Spiele-App für Kinder aus?

Marlen Korn leitet bei „jugendschutz.net“ den Bereich „Internet für Kinder“. Sie nennt die Aspekte, die eine gute Kinder-App ausmachen. Eine für Kinder geeignete Spiele-App

  • ist altersentsprechend und enthält keine ängstigenden Inhalte,
  • ist leicht zu bedienen,
  • ist für Kinder ansprechend gestaltet,
  • regt im besten Fall Kinder zum Mitmachen an und
  • bietet einen Lerneffekt,
  • verzichtet im Idealfall auf Werbung und In-App-Käufe,
  • verlangt keine oder zumindest nur wenige Berechtigungen (wie z.B. einen Zugriff auf das Adressbuch),
  • fragt nur die nötigsten Daten ab und gibt diese nicht an Dritte weiter,
  • erzeugt keinen Spieldruck.

„Gerade Free-to-Play-Apps erzeugen einen Druck und drängen Kinder dazu, In-App-Käufe zu tätigen“, sagt Marlen Korn. Der Download solcher Apps ist kostenlos, man kommt schnell in den jeweiligen Spielmodus rein und hat schnell Erfolgserlebnisse. Spieler stoßen aber nach kurzer Zeit an Grenzen: „Dann gehen ihnen im Spiel die Ressourcen oder Leben aus, was sie zu Käufen drängt.“ Für ein paar Cent oder Euro können sie virtuelle Ressourcen erwerben, die sie im Spiel voranbringen. Zudem erzeugen Push-Nachrichten einen Druck, weiterzuspielen. Und auch lange Wartezeiten, die nur durch In-App-Käufe umgangen werden können, können den Druck verstärken.

Worauf sollten Eltern bei der Wahl einer App achten?

Die ersten Informationen zu einer App können Eltern im App-Store einsehen. Eltern sollten auch auf Zusatzinformationen achten und sich die Kommentare durchlesen. Die Altersangaben zu den Apps sind zwar sinnvoll, allerdings beziehen sie sich ausschließlich auf Spielinhalte. Datenweitergabe, Werbung und In-App-Käufe schlagen sich nicht in diesen nieder. Deshalb sei es sinnvoll, sich darüber hinaus an anderen Stellen zu informieren, rät Korn. Möglichkeiten hierfür bieten die Stiftung Warentest oder auch die Seite „www.app-geprüft.net“ von „jugendschutz.net“. Mithilfe von Ampelfarben erkennen Eltern dort auf einen Blick, wie Apps in Sachen Kinderschutz, In-App-Käufen oder Datenschutz abschneiden.

Wo liegen besondere Risiken von Apps?

Besonders riskant können Spiele-Apps mit integrierten Kommunikationsfunktionen sein. In den Apps sind sie meistens schlecht oder gar nicht gesichert. „Kinder sind hier der Gefahr von Cybermobbing oder gar -grooming (das Ansprechen Minderjähriger im Netz für sexuelle Kontakte, Anm. d. Red.) ausgesetzt“, so Korn. „Man kann meistens niemanden melden oder blockieren und es gibt kein erkennbares Moderationskonzept.“

Ein weiteres Problem stellt das Datensendeverhalten der Apps dar. Bei 90 der 100 von „jugendschutz.net“ getesteten Apps wurde Nutzertracking festgestellt. Zudem kennzeichnet kaum eine App Werbung angemessen.

Was sollten Eltern zum Schutz ihrer Kinder noch tun?

Zunächst einmal sollten Eltern die App für ihr Kind runterladen. Am besten spielen sie diese selber einmal an oder entdecken sie gemeinsam mit dem Kind. Dabei können sie erkennen, wie das Kind mit der App umgeht und ob sie ihm eventuell noch etwas erklären müssen.

Viele Apps können auch im Offline-Modus gespielt werden. „Eltern sollten diesen aktivieren, sodass das Kind nicht durch einen Klick aus der App herausgeführt wird und im schlimmsten Fall auf andere Inhalte stößt“, so Expertin Korn. Sie rät Eltern zudem, mit dem Kind im Gespräch zu bleiben. „Und auch wenn es mühsam ist: Ein Blick in die Datenschutzerklärung lohnt sich.“

Zudem sollten Eltern die Push-Nachrichten in den Apps ausschalten und In-App-Käufe deaktivieren beziehungsweise mit einem Passwortschutz versehen.

Ab welchem Alter sind Apps für Kinder sinnvoll?

Kinder unter drei Jahren sollten noch keine Bildschirmmedien nutzen. Das rät die Initiative „Schau hin! Was dein Kind mit Medien macht“. In diesem Alter sei es wichtiger, die reale Welt zu erkunden. „Gerade Kleinkinder brauchen ganzheitliche Erfahrungen wie gemeinsame Spiele in der Familie, Entdeckungen in der Natur und Sport“, heißt es auf der Webseite der Initiative. Durch die frühe Nutzung elektronischer Medien können solche Erfahrungen zu kurz kommen, sodass die Kinder auch nicht mit jenen in der medialen Welt umgehen können.

Eltern sollten Kindern für die Nutzungsdauer von Handyspielen klare Regeln aufstellen. Die Initiative empfiehlt zum Beispiel einen Kompromiss: Der Nachwuchs darf bis zum Ende eines Levels spielen oder sich ein bestimmtes Zeitbudget selbst einteilen. Bei Kindern unter fünf Jahren reichen maximal eine halbe Stunde Mediennutzung. Eltern sollten Wert darauf legen, dass getroffene Abmachungen eingehalten werden.

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Bewertungen einiger beliebter Apps

„Die Maus“
In dem Test von „jugendschutz.net“ fiel diese App rund um „Die Sendung mit der Maus“ besonders positiv auf. Bei ihr hatten die Experten als einzige von den 100 geprüften Apps nichts zu bemängeln. Die App verzichtet komplett auf Werbung und In-App-Käufe.

„ZDFtivi für Kinder“
Mit der App der ZDFtivi-Mediathek können Kinder Sendungen aus dem TV auf Smartphone und Tablet überall anschauen. Auch an dieser App hatten die Experten so gut wie nichts zu bemängeln.

„Candy Crush Saga“
Bei diesem Spiel muss der Spieler Süßigkeiten einer Farbe in eine Reihe schieben und dadurch zum Platzen bringen. „app-geprüft.net“ kreidet an, dass Kinder permanent mit Kaufoptionen konfrontiert werden. Rabatt-Aktionen und lange Wartezeiten verstärken diesen Druck.

„Pokémon Go“
Der Spieler kann mit dieser App kleine Monster fangen. Es handelt sich bei „Pokémon Go“ um ein Augmented-Reality-Spiel. Die App ermittelt die Standortdaten des Spielers und positioniert dessen Avatar auf einer Karte. Kritisch sieht „app-geprüft.net“ dabei das Risiko von Fremdkontakten in der „realen Welt“. Dazu schreiben die Prüfer: „Spieler können zum Beispiel durch Lockmodule Pokémon und damit häufig auch andere Spieler anlocken, die die virtuellen Monster fangen wollen. Bei solchen spontanen Versammlungen besteht für Kinder immer die Gefahr, von Fremden angesprochen zu werden (…).“ Die virtuellen Ressourcen, die in diesem Spiel benötigt werden, können Spieler entweder im gesamten Stadtgebiet sammeln oder kaufen. So geraten laut den Experten besonders jüngere Kinder in Versuchung, In-App-Käufe zu tätigen – denn gerade sie sind im Alltag eher an ihre häusliche Umgebung gebunden.

„Plants vs. Zombies 2“
In der farbenfrohen App müssen Zombies mit Pflanzen bekämpft werden. „app-geprüft.net“ bemängelt die Werbung für weitere Apps, die Kinder wegen der optischen Gestaltung nicht vom Spielinhalt unterscheiden können. Außerdem werden Kinder mit Pop-ups direkt zu In-App-Käufen aufgefordert.

„Angry Birds 2“
Der Spieler muss bei „Angry Birds“ zielgenau Vögel auf Schweine schleudern. Auch in dieser App ist Werbung kaum vom Rest des Spiels zu unterscheiden. Wer Werbevideos anschaut, erhält dafür Belohnungen für das Spiel. Pop-ups ermuntern, etwas zu kaufen. Ebenfalls kritisch: Es findet vergleichsweise viel Datenaustausch statt.

„Magic Kinder App“
In Überraschungseiern befinden sich QR-Codes, mit denen Nutzer in dieser App Spiele freischalten können. Manche Inhalte sind auch ohne die Codes nutzbar. Wie bei den Ü-Eiern selbst könnten Kinder immer mehr Codes haben wollen. „Die App überträgt das Prinzip vom Überraschungsei vom Realen in die digitale Welt“, sagt Marlen Korn. Positiv ist, dass die „Magic Kinder App“ keine In-App-Käufe enthält. Und auch keine Werbung – „wobei natürlich die App an sich eigentlich Werbung ist“.

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Im Google Play Store gibt es eine Vielzahl an Android-Apps für Grundschüler zum Spielen. Doch App ist nicht gleich App. Schön ist es, wenn Spiele-Apps für Kinder nicht nur Spaß, sondern auch einen gewissen Mehrwehrt mit sich bringen. Für Grundschüler eignen sich vor allem spannende Abenteuer-Apps und Spiele-Apps, bei denen sie aktiv beteiligt sind. So werden gleichzeitig Geschicklichkeit und Denkvermögen der jungen Spieler herausgefordert. Zudem sollten Eltern bei der Wahl einer passenden Grundschul-Android-Spiele-App auch immer Kriterien wie eine kinderfreundliche Benutzeroberfläche, altersgerechte Inhalte und Sicherheit achten. Die Suche nach geeigneten Spiele-Apps gestaltet sich für Eltern daher oft als eine kleine Herausforderung. Wir testen und bewerten die beliebtesten Grundschul-Android-Apps zum Spielen, um Ihnen die Wahl der passenden App für Ihren Nachwuchs zu erleichtern. Unsere Ergebnisse stellen wir hier für Sie zusammen, sodass Sie sich in aller Ruhe mit unserer Meinung zu einzelnen Android-Spiele-Apps vertraut machen können. Seien also Sie gespannt auf unsere Spiele-Apps-Bewertungen für Grundschüler und lassen Sie sich von unseren Favoriten inspirieren. Haben Sie sich für eine passende App für Ihr Kind entschieden, können Sie diese bequem im Google Play Store kostenlos oder zum entsprechenden Preis herunterladen.

Service: Apps für Kinder

SENDETERMIN Di., 12.11.19 | 05:30 Uhr | Das Erste

mit Dennis Horn, Multimedia-Experte

Service: Apps für Kinder | Video verfügbar bis 12.11.2020 | Bild: WDR

Kinder und Jugendliche sind in Apps erheblichen Risiken ausgesetzt. Vor allem bei vermeintlich kostenlosen Spiele-Apps kann es böse Überraschungen geben – sowohl finanziell wie sicherheitstechnisch. Das zeigt eine Studie des Portals jugendschutz.net., das gemeinsame Kompetenzzentrum von Bund und Ländern für den Schutz von Kindern und Jugendlichen im Internet. Danach sind 60 Prozent von 100 getesteten Apps problematisch für Kinder.

Kommunikations Apps

Die Nutzung beliebter Dienste wie WhatsApp, Instagram und TikTok ist für Kinder besonders riskant. Gerade die Kommunikation in den Apps birgt für Kinder und Jugendliche Gefahren. Die wenigsten Anbieter sorgen dafür, dass ihre jüngsten Userinnen und User ihre Dienste unbeschwert nutzen können. Wo Fremde uneingeschränkt Kontakt aufnehmen und private Informationen einsehen können, sind Übergriffen Tür und Tor geöffnet. Das schränkt den positiven Nutzen der Angebote erheblich ein und gefährdet die Entwicklung von Heranwachsenden.

Kostenlose Spiele Apps

Spieleapps für Handy oder Tablet werden nicht von der Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) geprüft. Der Spieleanbieter ordnet sein Spiel in einer Art Selbstkontrolle selber altersgemäß ein, mithilfe von Richtlinien der International Age Ration Coalition (IARC). Dabei werden allerdings Kriterien wie Werbung, In-App-Käufe und Datensicherheit nicht beachtet. Viele dieser Angebote sind nicht Kindgerecht.

In-App-Käufe besonders problematisch

Viele der Apps sind zwar kostenlos, während des Spielens wird der Spieler aber oft aufgefordert, Geld zu bezahlen, zum Beispiel für Rüstungen oder Waffen, die einen Spielvorteil verschaffen sollen. Dies ist das sogenannte Pay-to-Win-Modell. Einige Apps verzögern sogar das Weiterspielen, wenn kein Geld bezahlt wird. Kinder neigen auch schnell dazu, aus Versehen etwas im Spiel zu kaufen.

Mangelnde Datensicherheit

Viele Apps fallen auch durch mangelnde Datensicherheit auf. Es werden beispielsweise Standortdaten von den Kindern bzw. Nutzern gesammelt und bei rund ein Viertel der getesteten Apps muss eine Telefonnummer angegeben werden. Dadurch haben Kinder keinen Schutz vor Fremdkontakt.

Sicherheitseinstellungen im Betriebssystem iOS

Nutzen Sie die Kindersicherung ihres iPhones. In den Einstellungen von iOS (unter „Bildschirmzeit“/“Beschränkungen“) gibt es Möglichkeiten, bestimmte Apps und Funktionen zu sperren oder zu beschränken. Sie können so zum Teil auch anstößige Inhalte, Käufe und Downloads sowie Datenzugriffe einschränken.

Sicherheitseinstellungen im Betriebssystem Android

Machen Sie Ihr Smartphone kindersicher. Nehmen Sie die Jugendschutzeinstellungen im Play Store (unter „Einstellungen“/“Jugendschutz“) vor. Installieren Sie „Google Family Link“ oder vergleichbare Apps, um die Geräte Ihrer Kinder zu sichern und zum Beispiel mit Nutzungszeiten zu versehen. Prüfen Sie außerdem, ob Ihr Gerät zusätzliche Einstellungen bietet. Samsung-Geräte zum Beispiel stellen einen speziellen Kindermodus in der Software zur Verfügung.

Tipps:

Reden Sie mit ihren Kindern. Wichtig ist, dass Kinder frühzeitig Medienkompetenz im Umgang mit Apps und Spielen erwerben. Machen Sie sich mit Smartphone und Software selbst vertraut und sprechen Sie mit Ihren Kindern regelmäßig über die Inhalte der Apps und darüber, wie sie sich sicher im digitalen Raum bewegen.

Entfernen Sie Zahlungsinformationen. Dort, wo es möglich ist, sollten Sie bereits hinterlegte Kreditkartendaten und andere Zahlungsinformationen löschen, so dass Ihre Kinder keine Einkäufe über Apps oder App Stores tätigen können.

Sperren Sie die Möglichkeit für In-App-Käufe und richten Sie eine Drittanbietersperre ein. Damit Ihre Kinder nicht aus Apps heraus Käufe tätigen oder Abos abschließen können, sollten Sie über die Einstellungen Ihres Smartphones die Möglichkeit von In-App-Käufen abstellen. Bei Ihrem Mobilfunkanbieter können Sie außerdem kostenlos eine Drittanbietersperre einrichten, um vor teuren Überraschungen auf der Telefonrechnung geschützt zu sein.

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Stand: 12.11.2019 06:37 Uhr

According to analyst firm Forrester Research, smartphone owners spend 85% of their time on those devices using apps, but 84% of that time is spent using just five apps that weren’t already preloaded on their devices.

That’s why it’s so tough for new apps to become WhatsApp or Candy Crush-sized hits: even if their developers can persuade people to download them, getting them to use them regularly is another challenge entirely.

Still, plenty are trying, and 2015 saw some inventive ideas launch on the App Store. Here’s our roundup of 25 best brand-new iOS apps from the year. If Android is your platform of choice, there is a separate year-end list for that here. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for the best iOS games of 2015, read this roundup.

What have we missed though? The comments section is open for your recommendations for iOS apps that were new (or even just new to you) in 2015.

25. Star Walk 2

Some apps’ main benefit is that they help you spend more time not looking at a screen, and Star Walk 2 is one of them. Aimed at amateur stargazers, it helps you identify stars, constellations, planets and comets in the skies above, with 3D models of notable nebulae and a night-time mode to cut screen-light to a minimum.

24. Grayout

Strictly speaking, Grayout is a game, but I’m filing it under “interactive fiction”. However you classify it, this is marvellous: a prequel to the same developer’s thought-provoking censorship game Blackbar. Set in a hospital, it sees you negotiating “post-traumatic aphasia” to find your way through the story.

23. Moodnotes

Mindfulness was much in the news this year, with Moodnotes one of the apps hoping to capitalise. It’s a digital moods journal that gets you to track how you feel, while suggesting some tips for avoiding “thinking traps” that could plunge you into a gloom. Its design ensured the process was never a chore.

22. Layout from Instagram

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.

21. Vessel

Who would pay to watch YouTubers’ videos, given that they’re all available for free on YouTube? Vessel was a well-designed attempt to find out, offering new content from a range of online video stars before it hit YouTube. Its mixture of music, vlogging and comedy for £2.29 a month had plenty of appeal.

Vessel

20. MyHeart Counts

Apple’s ambitions with its HealthKit initiative are some of the most interesting things about iOS right now, including its partnerships with medical researchers. Stanford University’s MyHeart Counts app – which crossed from the US to the UK in 2015 – was a good example: putting your heart data to good use.

19. Electricomics

iPad-only Electricomics was the latest attempt to rethink comics and graphic novels for touchscreen devices. Complete with comics from Alan Moore, Garth Ennis, Leah Moore and John Reppion, and Peter Hogan, it showed how careful (rather than show-offy) use of interactivity really could add to the medium.

18. Arcadia by Iain Pears

More interactive fiction with a novel written by author Iain Pears specifically for this medium. Its branching storyline traced 10 characters’ intersecting tales, and while its almost tubemap-like interface was very clever, the quality of the writing ensured this always felt like a novel, rather than a digital gimmick.

17. Office Lens

If you’ve ever found yourself taking a photo of a scribbled-on whiteboard for later use, Office Lens is well worth a look. As good for scanning in documents as for turning business cards and receipts into digital notes for safe archiving, it’s become one of the most useful work-related apps since its launch in April.

16. Pacemaker

In 2014, Pacemaker was a slick DJing app for iPad that tapped Spotify for its music. In 2015, though, it became something even more interesting: an iPhone app with its own artificial-intelligence helper (called Mållgan) that will construct mixes for you – complete with the ability for you to tweak them at will.

Pacemaker

15. WifiMapper

For frequent travellers who often find themselves hunting down internet access that won’t shred their mobile bill, WifiMapper is invaluable. It provides a map of Wi-Fi hotspots (both free and paid) with data on how decent their connections are, and the locations they’re at.

14. Apple News

There are lots of questions around what Apple News becoming a gatekeeper to news means for publishers, but judged strictly as an app, it made a strong start. It pulls in news from a wide range of sources, displays them neatly, and in just a few months has shown a decent ability to tune its feed to your preferences.

13. YouTube Gaming

Alongside music and children’s videos, games has become one of YouTube’s three main pillars of content. Accordingly, this year it got its own standalone app, providing quick access to the latest Let’s Play videos, reviews, developer uploads and – an area of increasing focus for YouTube – Twitch-esque live streams.

12. Camera51

Already a hit on Android, Camera51 has been just as impressive on iOS as an alternative to the built-in camera software. Its emphasis is on helping you with your framing and composition, whether you’re snapping objects, landscapes or people (selfies included, this being 2015).

11. MixRadio Music

MixRadio was once Nokia’s music-streaming service, before being sold to Microsoft, and then sold again to Japanese social network Line. Under its new owner, it came to iOS for the first time with a polished personal-radio app. Tap in a few artists to whip up a channel, or dig deep into its impressive collection of themed playlists.

MixRadio Music

10. Apple Music

What to say about Apple Music that hasn’t already been said at length – not least in our in-depth review? The Spotify rival wasn’t as bad as its harsher critics claimed, nor was it as groundbreaking as its creators suggested. But excellent playlists, a very-listenable live radio station and a smart recommendation engine made a decent enough start.

9. Inbox by Gmail

For those of us who swear by Mailbox, 2015 ended with the disappointing news that Dropbox is canning that email app. For Gmail users, Inbox may be the answer in 2016. Having learned from Mailbox’s user interface, it adds in features like bundling similar messages together, and separating out reminders from emails.

8. Google Calendar

The problem with inventive calendar apps is that they’re often likely to get bought and shut down by a bigger fish: as Sunrise did this year. At least that won’t happen with Google Calendar, but the app had plenty to recommend it as an alternative to the default iOS calendar, with a simple interface and handy reminders.

7. Vrse

If you’re interested in how virtual reality (VR) can be about more than gaming, Vrse is well worth a homescreen slot on your iPhone. It provides access to the growing number of short VR films being produced by interactive filmmaker Chris Milk’s Vrse startup – from Syrian refugees to U2 music videos.

6. Eve by Glow

Apple thankfully remembered that women have needs beyond discovering music this year, and added period-tracking to its Health app. But Eve (formerly called Ruby) is worth a look as an alternative for tracking everything from periods and stress to sex, with a wider community to tap for advice.

Eve by Glow

5. Detour

A fine daytime complement to Star Walk 2’s night-time stargazing, Detour is an app for on-foot wanderers. It offers a selection of audio tours, starting with San Francisco but now with London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona among other cities. From Backstage Westminster to Radical Clerkenwell, it could shed new light on London for Londoners, not just tourists.

4. Dubsmash

Strictly speaking this was released right at the end of 2014, but it was in 2015 that lip-sync app Dubsmash became a bona-fide mobile craze – leapfrogging tech early-adopters to go straight to the mainstream. Which is why your friends and family members were regularly sliding in to your social feeds mouthing along to music hits or movie dialogue.

3. Google Photos

The re-energised Flickr remains a force to be reckoned with when it comes to storing and sharing mobile photography, but Google Photos provided some stiff competition this year. It’s easy to use, offers unlimited storage for standard-resolution shots, and has some helpful editing and sharing tools built in.

2. Enlight

One of 2015’s most impressive apps in both its iPhone and iPad incarnations, Enlight was the latest attempt to improve photo-editing on mobile devices. At its basic level, it’s really easy to use, but the more you explore its creative features, the better your resulting shots will be.

1. Periscope

Live-streaming video often doesn’t make sense … until some live video turns up that does – from breaking news events to celebrities chatting to fans. Acquired by Twitter before its launch in March on iOS then May on Android, Periscope is quietly becoming a very interesting addition to the media: as our piece on how Bild reporter Paul Ronzheimer used it to cover the Syrian refugees story showed.

Periscope

• The best apps of 2014 for Android, iPhone and iPad

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Die besten Apps 2015 für iPhone & iPad

Welche Top-Apps für iPhone und iPad hat dieses Jahr hervorgebracht? Welche Apps wurden 2015 am häufigsten geladen? Welche sind empfehlenswert? Apple hat heute die erfolgreichsten Titel bekanntgegeben. Welche die umsatzstärkste App ist, wollt ihr gar nicht wissen.

Jede Menge Apps sind dieses Jahr wieder erschienen, viele davon sehr gut.

  • Seite 1: Die besten und meistgeladenen iPhone-Apps 2015
  • Seite 2: Die besten und meistgeladenen iPad-Apps 2015

Ab Seite 3 empfehlen wir weitere Top-Apps 2015 für iPhone und iPad, die in diesem Jahr neu veröffentlicht wurden oder ein grundlegendes, umfangreiches Update erhielten. Dauerbrenner ohne konkreten Jahresbezug gibt es hier:

  • Must-have-Apps für iPhone
  • Must-have-Apps für iPad

Die Hits aus dem letzten Jahr siehe hier: Top-Apps 2014 für iPhone & iPad.

Vorab: Erstmals gibt es Anwendungen für die Apple Watch und Apple TV. Folgende Titel haben die Goldmedaille gewonnen:

  • Apple Watch-App des Jahres: Runtastic
  • Apple Watch-Spiel des Jahres: Rules!
  • Apple TV-App des Jahres: Kitchen Stories
  • Apple TV-Spiel des Jahres: Rayman Adventures

So, kommen wir nun zu den…

Bilderstrecke starten(11 Bilder) Kostenlose und reduzierte Apps für iPhone, iPad & Mac zum Wochenende

Enlight – Das Beste aus 2015 – Platz 1

Ein bisschen stolz bin ich ja schon – mein Tipp für die beste iPhone-App 2015 war Enlight. Denn auch ich finde die Foto-App sehr gelungen. Und tatsächlich, Apple hat sie auf Platz 1 gehoben. Enlight bietet zahlreiche gute Tools und Filter, die gehobeneren Ansprüchen gerecht werden – Beispiel Maskierung, Gradiationskurven für einzelne Farbkanäle, Überlagerungen etc. Mehr zu Enlight.

Die App konnte im App Store nicht gefunden werden.

TransferWise – Das Beste aus 2015 – Platz 2

TransferWise ermöglicht Auslandsüberweisungen, „einfach, günstig und sicher“.

QR-Code Entwickler: TransferWise LTD Preis: Kostenlos

  • Lara Croft GO – Das Beste aus 2015 – Spiel Platz 1

    Apple hält es für die „perfekte Mischung aus brillianter Grafik und spannenden Abenteuern – das bedeutet Platz 1 unter den iPhone-Spielen.

    QR-Code Entwickler: SQUARE ENIX Preis: 5,49 €

    • Weitere Auszeichnungen:

      • Innovativste iPhone-App des Jahres: TransferWise*
      • Innovativstes iPhone-Spiel des Jahres: Dark Echo*

      Hier geht es zu der Übersicht mit allen Preisträgern:

      Die beliebtesten iPhone-Apps 2015 im App Store

      Neben den Auszeichnungen „Das Beste aus 2015“ hat Apple die Download-Charts des Jahres veröffentlicht:

      Top-Downloads kostenpflichtige iPhone-Apps

      Top-Downloads kostenlose iPhone-Apps

      Umsatzstärkste iPhone-Apps

      Wer ist Sieger auf dem iPad? Siehe nächste Seite!

      Erfolgreich, beliebt, gefördert
      Das sind die besten Apps des Jahres

      Zum Jahresende präsentieren Google und Apple die meistgeladenen und finanziell erfolgreichsten Apps des Jahres und pushen die aus ihrer Sicht besten Anwendungen. In den Listen finden sich viele Dauerbrenner, aber auch ein paar Überraschungen.

      In Google Play und Apples App Store gibt es zusammen rund drei Millionen Apps. Doch nur sehr wenige Anwendungen sind wirklich erfolgreich oder machen ihre Entwickler sogar reich. Die, die am Jahresende in den Bestenlisten stehen, haben es geschafft. Sie wurden am häufigsten heruntergeladen, waren die meistverkauften Apps oder generierten die fettesten Umsätze. Einige Anwendungen finden auch durch die Gnade der Store-Redaktionen den Weg in die Best-ofs, für die Entwickler ist das fast wie ein Sechser im Lotto.

      Messenger auf dem iPhone vorne

      Threema kann bei Apple und Google Siege einfahren.

      (Foto: Threema)

      Die meistverkaufte iPhone-App 2015 ist der Schweizer Messenger Threema, der unter anderem durch eine Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung einen „kompromisslosen Schutz der Privatsphäre“ verspricht. Auf dem zweiten Platz landete Blitzer.de PRO, eine App, die Autofahrer Echtzeit-Warnungen vor Geschwindigkeitsmessungen verspricht. Bronze geht an Facetune. Mit der App können Nutzer schnell, einfach und effektiv Selfies und Porträtfotos verschönern. Bei den iPad-Apps eroberten Minecraft: Pocket Edition, Bau-Simulator 2014 und Monument Valley das Treppchen.

      Unter den Top-Gratis-Apps fürs iPhone hat wieder einmal Whatsapp die Nase vorne, keine andere App wurde häufiger aufs iPhone geladen als der US-Messenger. Vize-Meister ist Dubmash, eine App der Berliner Mobile Motion GmbH. Mit ihr können Nutzer schräge Promi-Sprüche, Politiker-Blabla oder andere Sound-Schnipsel mit einem Selfie-Video kombinieren. Den dritten Platz konnte Facebooks hausinterner Whatsapp-Konkurrent Messenger erobern. Microsoft Word, Skype und Amazon Video machten das Rennen auf dem iPad.

      In-App-Käufe bringen Geld

      Am meisten Geld lässt sich mit Apps machen, die zwar kostenlos zu laden sind, im Anschluss aber für alle möglichen Extras und Zusatzinhalte kräftig zur Kasse bitten. Hier tätigen die iPhone-Besitzer immer noch besonders gerne In-App-Käufe des Strategie-Spiels Clash of Clans. Platz zwei der umsatzstärksten Anwendungen gehört dem Puzzle-Abenteuer Candy Crush Saga, gefolgt vom Clash-of-Clans-Konkurrenten Game of War – Fire Age. Die ersten beiden Spiele machen auch auf dem iPad am meisten Umsatz, Platz drei geht hier an Hay Day.

      „Need For Speed: No Limits“ ist eines der grafisch anspruchsvollsten Spiele in Google Play.

      (Foto: Google)

      Die iTunes-Redaktion bestimmte die Bildbearbeitungs-App Enlight zur App des Jahres, zum Spiel des Jahres wählte sie Lara Croft Go. Am innovativsten findet das Apple-Team die App TransferWise Money Transfer für einfache Auslandsüberweisungen und Dark Echo, ein Spiel, in dem Geräusche den richtigen Weg zeigen. In Sachen iPad votierte die Redaktion für Airbnb, Prune , Tandem und ebenfalls Dark Echo.

      Google macht’s einfach

      Google gliedert seine „Best of 2015“ weniger konsequent als Apple und trennt die Favoriten der Redaktion nicht von den durch nüchterne Zahlen ermittelten Top-Apps. Die Listen sind daher eher Empfehlungen als echte Bestenlisten und es gibt auch nur zwei Kategorien: die Spiele des Jahres und die Apps des Jahres.

      Bei den Spielen platzierte Google Piano Tiles 2 auf dem ersten Platz. In der App geht es im Prinzip darum, simultan zu Klaviermelodien durchlaufende schwarze Tasten zu tippen, ohne die weißen Felder zu berühren. Der Zweitplatzierte Roll the Ball: slide puzzle ist ein Puzzle-Spiel, bei dem quadratische Felder so zu verschieben sind, dass am Ende der Weg für eine virtuelle Kugel frei wird. Auf den Bronze-Rang der Google-Charts raste das Rennspiel Need For Speed: No Limits. Wie beim überwiegenden Teil von Googles-Spiele-Favoriten handelt es sich auch bei den Top 3 um kostenlos installierbare Anwendungen, die In-App-Käufe anbieten.

      In der Spiele-Kategorie reichte es für die App zum Disney-Pixar-Film Alles steht Kopf nur für den sechsten Platz. Bei den Apps des Jahres hat es der Bubble-Shooter aber aufs Treppchen geschafft. Er musste sich nur Threema geschlagen geben, der Messenger ist auch im Play Store siegreich. Komplettiert wird das Spitzentrio durch Googles eigene Fotos-App, die Nutzerbilder online und auf dem Smartphone verwaltet.

      Übrigens: Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) hat in seinen aktuellen „Digital Facts“ ermittelt, dass n-tv.de plattformübergreifend mit 2,5 Millionen Unique Usern jetzt die Nummer 1 unter den deutschen Nachrichten-Apps ist. Vielen Dank!

      Can Your iPhone or Android Phone Get a Virus?

      Traditional viruses — normally defined as a damaging computer program that copies itself when it runs — are rare on iPhones, but Android phones are occasionally infected by viruses, so it makes sense to protect your device.

      Other kinds of harmful software are a much bigger risk for mobile phone users. Viruses are just one type of malicious software (malware for short).

      Criminals take advantage of vulnerabilities in out-of-date operating systems or browsers to target your phone, or exploit weaknesses in Wi-Fi networks. Alternatively, they might try to con you into accepting malware by downloading a fake app or by clicking a link in a bogus text message or email, or on a dubious website.

      There’s a lot to be aware of, and the techniques and tactics that criminals use are evolving all the time.

      Viruses vs. malware vs. threats

      Put simply, a virus is a type of malware, and malware is a type of threat.

      But these terms are often used loosely. It’s not unusual to hear all types of malware referred to as “viruses”. And you can find articles online where a security threat to your phone that doesn’t involve harmful software is described as a “virus” or “malware”.

      To get a better idea of the difference between the three terms, let’s look at them one by one:

      • A virus, as we mentioned above, is a specific type of malware that copies itself onto your computer or phone.

      • Malware is the general name for any kind of harmful software, including viruses.

      • A threat is the catch-all term for any kind of security risk to your phone, including mobile phone malware.

      How do viruses infect phones?

      Viruses on phones are relatively rare, but there’s a much higher risk of your phone being infected by other kinds of malware. The most common ways that malware gets onto your iPhone or Android device are:

      • Downloading apps to your phone

      • Downloading message attachments from an email or SMS

      • Downloading content to your phone from the internet

      • Connecting your phone to another device

      Can a phone get a virus from a malicious app?

      Downloading a malicious app is the most common way for Android malware to get onto your phone. For iPhone users, app-based malware is much rarer but is still a risk.

      Android phones are more vulnerable to malicious apps than iPhones because, unlike Apple, Google allows the downloading of apps from sources other than the official Google Play app store. By default, though, Android disables the downloading of apps from other sources. Don’t change this setting unless you’re sure you know what you’re doing.

      Google and Apple are occasionally tricked into hosting malicious apps, so you should be cautious even if you’re downloading from Google Play or the App Store. The best way to avoid downloading a malicious app to your phone is to do a little research. Ask yourself these three questions:

      • Is the app popular?

        If an Android or iOS application has thousands or even millions of users, there’s a very good chance it’s legit. Check, for example, how many times an application has been downloaded from the Google Play Store or the App Store.

      • Does the app have good reviews?

        Take the time to read an app’s reviews on the Google Play Store or the App Store. Are they positive? Do they sound like they’ve been written by a genuine user? Cybercriminals often post short, fake reviews to try to trick you into downloading an app containing malware.

      • What other apps has the developer created?

        Genuine app developers often create more than one app. If they have, read the reviews of those apps too. If not, be wary.

      Stay on the lookout for potential risks after you’ve downloaded an app to your phone. Signs that an app could be used to deliver a virus, malware or some other type of threat include:

      • “Urgent” updates

        If a phone app asks you to download an urgent security update, stop, think and do a little Googling. Have other users downloaded this update? Were they happy with the result? If not, don’t download it.

      • Poor-quality “look and feel”

        Does the phone app you downloaded look and behave like a professional app? Spelling mistakes, badly reproduced logos, and poorly designed interfaces are all signs pointing towards a fake app that delivers viruses, malware or other threats.

      If you think your iPhone or Android device has been compromised, you’ll probably need to perform a virus scan.

      There’s a relatively simple way to find malicious apps and remove viruses from an Android phone. First, run a virus scan, such as Avast Mobile Security for Android, to resolve any immediate threats, then manually uninstall the malicious apps.

      It’s essentially impossible for a virus to break into the iPhone’s iOS operating system. The only way a hacker can get a virus onto an iPhone is through software downloaded from outside the official iOS App Store, on a device modified to avoid Apple’s normal download restrictions. This modification is known as “jailbreaking”.

      The most common route by which a virus infects an iPhone is for hackers to target a set of tools known as a software development kit (SDK). An SDK allows the owner of a jailbroken iPhone to create and install unofficial apps on their device but makes iPhones vulnerable to viruses.

      Finding and removing malicious apps and viruses from an iPhone is relatively straightforward. First, remove any suspicious apps or SDKs, then simply clear your phone’s history and data, and restart. (If that doesn’t work, try restoring your phone from an earlier backup or, as a last resort, restoring your phone as a new device.)

      Can you get a virus from a text message?

      Text messages are just one of the ways that criminals try to persuade people to download malware.

      Simply opening and reading an SMS text message is unlikely to infect your phone, but you can get a virus or malware if you download an infected attachment or click a link to a compromised website.

      If in doubt, avoid downloading any unknown attachments or clicking any strange links, and delete the messages that contain them from your phone.

      Can you get a virus from opening an email on your phone?

      A questionable email alone is unlikely to infect your phone, but you can get a virus from opening an email on your phone if you actively accept or trigger a download.

      As with text messages, the damage is done when you download an infected attachment from an email or click a link to a malicious website.

      Can phones get viruses from websites?

      Yes, your phone can get a virus from websites, which are another potential source of malware.

      Clicking dubious links on web pages or even on malicious advertisements (sometimes known as “malvertisements”) can download malware to your cell phone.

      Similarly, downloading software from these websites can also lead to malware being installed on your Android phone or iPhone.

      Drive-by downloads

      Sometimes you don’t even need to click a link or download button on a malicious website for your Android or iPhone to be compromised. A website that contains a “drive-by download” can take advantage of vulnerabilities in your mobile phone’s operating system, web browser or app to install malicious code.

      Once on your phone, the drive-by download’s only job is to contact another computer and download the rest of the code needed to launch a cyberattack.

      The good news is that protecting yourself against drive-by downloads is usually a case of taking some simple precautions:

      • Avoid clicking sketchy links or visiting suspicious websites

        The most obvious way to avoid drive-by downloads is to stay away from websites that harbor malware. That’s sometimes easier said than done but it’s a good idea to be skeptical of links in unsolicited emails or text messages, or in social media posts from unfamiliar sources.

      • Keep your phone software up to date

        Drive-by downloads only work if there’s a security flaw in your mobile phone’s operating system or web browser, or in an app you use. Once identified, those vulnerabilities are usually fixed in updates, so make sure you keep your phone’s software current to avoid drive-by downloads.

      • Install an antivirus app on your phone

        A good free antivirus app, such as Avast Mobile Security for Android or Avast Mobile Security for iOS, can help prevent drive-by downloads and, if worst comes to the worst, can help find and remove malware from your phone.

      What do viruses do to your phone?

      Knowing what a virus can do to your phone can help you prevent and detect problems with malware.

      Different types of malware affect iPhones and Android phones in different ways, but viruses and other threats are most commonly used to steal sensitive data.

      Hackers, for instance, can use malware to collect personal information when you use your cell phone to write text messages or emails, or when you fill out online forms. Malware can even record your voice calls and send those recordings to hackers, in the hope of revealing information they can exploit for financial gain.

      Another common scam is using malware to send text messages to premium-rate telephone numbers from a victim’s phone, often without their knowledge. The victim pays the bill; the scammers pocket the money.

      Viruses and other malware can also have a negative impact on your phone’s performance, slowing down your device and making everyday use unbearable.

      Types of attack can vary across mobile phone operating systems, so read on for Android- and iPhone-specific advice.

      Viruses on Android phones

      Android phones are at greater risk of being infected with malware, mainly because Google allows Android users more freedom than Apple gives to iOS users.

      As we’ve mentioned, Google allows Android users to download apps from outside the official app store, which can open the door to malware.

      Also, because many mobile phone manufacturers customize the Android operating system to suit their own requirements, it’s more difficult for Google to ensure that all its users are using the most secure version of the Android OS. Important security updates can take months to roll out to Android customers, leaving phones exposed.

      How to tell if your Android has a virus

      Signs that your Android phone might be infected with malware or a virus or another type of threat include:

      • Unfamiliar apps suddenly appearing on your phone

      • Apps crashing more often than usual

      • Big increases in the amount of mobile data that your phone is using

      • Your phone battery draining more quickly than usual

      • Your phone overheating

      Getting rid of viruses on an Android phone

      If you think your Android phone has been infected with a virus or other malware, a mobile security app is your chief ally.

      Run an antivirus scan then follow the instructions on how to detect and remove an Android virus.

      Get the best virus protection for your Android phone

      We now use our Android phones in virtually every aspect of our lives, making them an increasingly attractive target for hackers, virus-writers and other cybercriminals.

      With so much valuable information at risk, it makes sense to have an additional layer of security and install virus protection for your phone. It’s not always possible to recognise and react to every threat your phone faces, and the default protection offered by the Android operating system is often slow to update.

      A trusted mobile security app like our free Avast Mobile Security for Android is an essential tool for keeping your phone safe from harmful viruses and other malicious software.

      Viruses on iPhones

      Viruses and malware are rare on iPhones, but the idea that Apple’s iOS operating system is entirely immune to malicious attacks is mistaken. Malware targeting iPhones does exist, and sensible precautions are needed to protect yourself from other threats.

      Phishing attacks, for example, are more common than viruses. One technique uses bogus pop-up ads in an attempt to persuade iPhone users that their phone is infected and they must download additional (malicious) software to fix the problem.

      How to tell if your iPhone has a virus (or threat)

      Signs that your iPhone might be infected with malware, a virus or some other type of security threat include:

      • Frequent pop-up adverts, often disguised as system warnings

      • Apps crashing more often than usual

      • Big increases in the amount of mobile data that your phone is using

      Getting rid of viruses on an iPhone

      If you suspect your iPhone has been compromised by an external security threat, the best advice is to simply uninstall any software you think might be to blame.

      As we already mentioned, removing malware and viruses from an iPhone is relatively straightforward because it’s virtually impossible for a virus to infect the iPhone’s iOS operating system.

      Normally, you’ll just need to delete any unwanted apps or downloads, then clear your phone’s history and data, and restart. A good iPhone antivirus app, such as Avast Mobile Security for iOS, will guide you through the process.

      Full protection for your iPhone

      To keep your iPhone safe every time you go online, we recommend Avast Mobile Security for iOS, a free suite of tools that gives iPhone users the security they need.

      While not technically an “antivirus,” Avast Mobile Security for iOS keeps your iPhone protected from all the threats you’re likely to encounter.

      Features include the ability to check the security of the wi-fi network you’re using, and to keep your passwords and photos safe from intruders.

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