This is the best of 2015, as determined by you, our readers.

Thousands of you weighed in over a couple of week on what’s changed how you work and play. These are what replaced the devices on your wrists, in your pocket, on your laps or desks, and in your living rooms. They’re what dictates the look of your home screens and our docks.

They’re the devices and features, gear and accessories, and apps and games that filled us all with surprise and delight, got us to forget what came before, and made it impossible for us to imagine how we ever lived without them.

They’re your 2015 Android Central Readers’ Choice Award winners!

Devices

Android Smartphone of the Year: Nexus 6P

No real surprise here, and it won by a large margin. You can argue whether the Nexus 6P truly is the best phone around — the Note 5 certainly should be a close second, and LG’s definitely in the conversation. But for most folks who frequent this site and chime in on the year-end awards, the Nexus 6P certainly is the phone of choice. And for once we’ve got a Nexus phone that absolutely can hold its own in that argument.

Runner-up: Galaxy Note 5




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In an effort to reduce overhead costs, HTC has sold its Taoyuan City factory and land to Inventec for $174 million. HTC’s Taoyuan City factory was temporarily closed in the fall of 2013 due to a decline in sales of HTC phones. At the … Read More




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Square Enix has announced that it will be bringing Final Fantasy IX to Android in 2016. Beyond that, the company has not specified when the game will launch.




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Generally speaking, the longer a video has been public the more views it’ll get. So things that land earlier in the year usually do better than something that hits in, say, early November.

But 2015 was different. This year we saw the return of … BlackBerry?

Let’s take a quick look at our top 5 videos from 2015, as ranked by your eyeballs on our YouTube channel.




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If you love music, you’ll love the LG V10.

When we talk about smartphones, we focus on things like processors and screens and RAM and software. That’s all fine and dandy, because those are important things to talk about when you’re looking for the best phone-slash-pocket-computer you can buy. We all want the best.

But I’m going to totally ignore all of that and tell you, right now, that the LG V10 is the audio player you’re looking for — even if you never put a SIM card in it.




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Following a period of AT&T exclusivity, it looks like the BlackBerry Priv may be coming to T-Mobile in late January, according to a new report.




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The best tool in a themer’s app drawer isn’t a launcher or a widget. It’s the cloud.

When developing a theme, you tend to gather a lot of elements. Wallpapers, widget configurations, sounds, custom icons, launcher layouts… they all add up. You need a place where you can keep things organized and access them across your devices. You need a place to sync up the custom icons from your desktop to the phone you intend to use them on. You need a place to share them when someone asks how you pulled your theme off.

You need Google Drive.




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Welcome to the HTC theme of the week, a series where I spotlight a theme I’ve found in the HTC Theme app, from a user I follow, a recommended theme, or eventually ones I’ve made myself. The Themes app runs … Read More




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Cameras aren’t so much getting smarter as they are getting easier to use and nicer to look at.

There’s a lot of connected cameras out there, for users who want to keep an eye on their home or office from their phone. The key to a lot of these experiences is a quick and painless setup with a convenient app that will keep an eye on things for you. A quick notification lets you know when you need to look at your cameras, but otherwise these systems live in the background until you need them. Canary is a perfect example of a quick and easy connected camera, but the company is aiming a little higher than just streaming video and motion sensing. The goal of Canary is to act as an all-in-one security system, and to look great in the process.

Lets take a look.




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To say that 2015 has been a bad year for HTC is a massive understatement. Its flagship HTC One M9 was a disappointment when compared to the competition, the HTC Grip fitness tracker launch was scrapped and even the HTC … Read More




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