So, we have a new powerful photo editing app, a fresh new music discovery app, MSQRD finally makes jump to Android, and the allegedly super-smart voice assistant HOUND is out of beta on Android. Those are among some more interesting new apps, of course! Check them all out below, let us know which ones you liked, and certainly speak up if you know of a super-awesome new app, which we managed to miss.
New for iOS
New apps for iOS
Evertoon lets you create custom 3D avatars and slap any face from your own photos on them. Then, you can create short clips with the figurines, add your own voice to the action, and share to Facebook, Evertoon's own community, or just save the video to your phone, of course.
Viki is a Wikipedia client, which makes the Internet's encyclopedia much more accessible for iPhone users. With an easy way to look through articles, and nicely formatted text, it's a very pleasureful app to use.
LumaFX is a powerful video editor, which allows you to add quite a bit of flair to your iPhone-shot clips. The user can add and combine color effects, styles, blurs and distortions in any order, crop, position, and rotate clips with easy gestures, even change aspect ratios.
Medly is an app for musicians, which allows for quick song composition. A great tool to scribble down tune ideas, it makes an attempt at making MIDI editing and composition on a small display easy. Of course, you won't be making masterpieces on this one, but it's great for quick, simple ideas.
5. Playlist a Day
Just as the app's name suggests, this one will connect to your Spotify account and feed you a single music playlist per day. You don't know what's on the list, and can't set any prerequisites for its arrangement. Thankfully, you can still fast forward through songs that shouldn't be there.
6. Mimi Music
Mimi Music connects with its sister app Mimi Hearing Test to change the way your music sounds, supposedly for the better. In order for it to work at its best, the user is required to take a quick test with the Mimi Hearing Test first. Then, the app "knows" your hearing profile – like which frequencies you've lost through the years, and Mimi Music will try to compensate for that by adding an equalizer touch-up to songs from your iTunes library. It's worth a try, if only to just take the test and see where your ears are at. Unfortunately, the app doesn't work with Apple Music (yet?).
New for Android
New apps for Android
One of our favorite selfie camera-using apps has finally arrived to Android. MSQRD is what one would call a "live makeup" app, which uses some impressive algorithms to find your face and slap something on top of it. You can turn yourself into a monkey, a scary skull, a celebrity, and more. Unfortunately, the Android version is still in beta, so the fancy-pants animated scenes that can be seen on the iOS edition are not here yet. In fact, the choice is a bit limited at the moment.
2. BBC Music
This is an Internet radio service, which will feed you content based on your pre-set genre and artist favorites. What's cool about it is that you will get live performances from the BBC sessions and interviews with your favorite artists, too.
You may remember some of last year's buzz about a voice assistant made by SoundHound's creators. Shown on impressive demo videos, the app HOUND was able to recognize a few questions within a sentence and show incredible contextual awareness. The app was in closed beta back then, but has recently been released in its first full version. You can check it out now and see if it's as smart as they say it is!
4. Boost for Reddit
Boost is well on its way of being one of the most comprehensive and powerful Reddit browsing apps. It supports multiple accounts, customizable browsing interface (cards / list / slide show), customizable post filters (images / gifs / videos), messages, color-coded comments, and a lot of other nifty things. It's still in beta, but definitely worth checking out for avid Reddit users.
5. Hands Free
Another take on electronic payments by Google, this app allows you to pay without even having to touch the smartphone. You just need to have your device nearby (like in a pocket or purse) when you utter the line "I'll pay with Google". The cash register will then connect with your smartphone for a secure transaction. Naturally, not many places will have the equipment for this type of payment, but it's still a cool concept (if not a bit of a scary one).