At the end of every year, Apple and Google pour over their respective app stores and select their favorite apps to highlight in their own year-end collections.
These lists aren’t just the apps with the most downloads. Instead, they are handpicked by teams at each company, featuring a mixture of established apps that were influential that year and new apps that made a splash.
Though some of each list is made up of “exclusives,” there are plenty of the apps that have both iOS and Android versions. But that doesn’t mean that Apple and Google always agree on which of these apps are the best.
In fact, there were only three apps that Google and Apple both agreed were some of the best in 2015. Here are those standouts that got the seal of approval from both giants:
Robinhood is an app built around one promise: no-fee stock trading. The app makes trading cheap, intuitive, and mobile. The beautiful interface also won an Apple Design Award.
Jet is a shopping platform that promises to give you big savings. Jet calls itself the “ultimate shopping hack,” and with easy reorders, free shipping, and returns, its ultimate goal is to challenge the likes of Amazon.
HBO’s stand-alone app lets you access all its original programming, shows, and movies straight from your iPhone or iPad. The app has a sleek design that, according to Apple, “sets the standard for high-quality TV streaming services.”