Best new Android and iPhone apps (January 26th – February 1st)
This time around, we have a couple of social media solutions, the mandatory cooky camera app, a pretty cool email client for iOS, and a bunch more. Check them 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 Android
This is a really cool education app, which will turn every letter in the alphabet into a beautifully animated object in order to help youngsters learn the sound that each letter represents. The presentation and fluid motions of the app are so nicely drawn that we'd understand if you find yourself playing with it more than your youngling does.
Fast is a single app, which wants to aggregate all of your social media feeds. If you happen to have accounts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, and a few more, you can have all your news, wall posts, statuses, et cetera in this one app, instead of having to go through 5 different ones each time you are doing the daily (hourly?) social media round.
This app will let you find new friends and interact with them via text, voice, and video chat as well as play a few in-built games together. You can look for contacts either nearby or anywhere in the world, so it's not an explicit meetup app.
A standard keyboard with a flat look, swipe-type functionality, and support for 60 different languages. The spin on this one is that it changes color depending on the app you are using and the ambient light around you. Also, there's a ton of emojis.
Special Mention: Mimicker Alarm
Microsoft's Mimicker slipped right past us when we were building last week's "New Apps" pick, so it gets a special mention now! It's an alarm clock that'll require you to make a specific grimace before shutting up. So, those of you that have a bit of trouble getting out of bed in the morning – you may want to give this one a spin!
New for iOS and Android
This is a passionate little project that we hope to see grow big one day. It's an app, which helps you discover local bands that are yet to reach the mainstream. You can see what gigs are about to be played near you and you can listen to the bands' demo tracks right from the app. A great way to find local bands to support for live music fans, and a great way for yet undiscovered bands to reach more potential fans.
From the makers for Lifesum, this app wants to help you move around more throughout your day and sync your activities with your diet. Luckily, Lifesum is an app that helps you track your means and calories, so we can see how the developer wants these two to sync up and work together. If you haven't decided on health and lifestyle apps to use yet, we do recommend testing both of these out.
New for iOS
This app gives you over 50 humorous hand-drawn animations that you can attach your (or anyone else's) face to, using the phone's camera. Operation is extremely easy as the app is meant for use by children and grown-ups alike, and we have to say – it's a blast of silliness. You can record your newly animated self in a video clip and share it with friends, as can be expected.
A no-nonsense, straightforward to-do list. Clarity lets you load up to five tasks per day, so that may be a bit limiting, but it's only meant to give you a quick glimpse of the most important things you need to take care of. The app will also serve you a quick weather report at the bottom of the screen, but unfortunately, this is limited to Australian cities, at least for the moment.
This cool little app will place your favorite contacts in a widget in the notifications shade. But it's not limited to phone numbers – after you tap a contact's picture, you will get an extended menu with their Whatsapp, Instagram, Facebook, Skype, Twitter and many other profiles, so you can quickly reach them on any of your favorite social media.
Airmail strikes as Inbox on steroids. It's an app that has been available for Mac for a while and finally makes the jump to iOS. With that, it brings full Apple Watch support, 3D Touch support, and customizable swipe gestures. Then, you've got your standard VIP mails, thread and single message support, bulk editing, full iCloud synch, aliases and multiple signatures, et cetera. It's certainly a powerful email client, and it should be with that $5 asking price.
Rebtel is an old app, but it recently got a major update, which may pique your interest. It now offers super-cheap international calls, no Internet required (it uses the phone lines). You can test-drive it for domestic calls for free throughout 2016, after which time a $1 monthly subscription plan will kick in. For international calls, you need to purchase a separate subscription, which is a bit costlier (~$10/month), but still an absolute bargain if you call out a lot. The only prerequisite for a phone call is that both parties have Rebtel on their handsets.
Rokk! lets you add some funky effects to your camera, attach one of many included soundtracks, and shoot a video. The app is kind of basic, but we found ourselves having fun with it, especially when recording with the "phantom motion" filter. You can certainly make a couple of trippy videos to share with friends with this one.
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