Best new Android and iPhone apps of January 2016
#1: Music Memos
Last week, Apple brought a major update to Garage Band. Together with it, the company also released Music Memos. A very simplistic, yet helpful app for musicians to be able to quickly record a musical idea before it's gone from their heads forever. The app uses the device's microphone to record whatever you are playing, then analyzes the chords and rhythmic patterns to automatically add some drums and bass to the idea. Everything in this app is so one-tap, set-and-forget that musicians literally have no excuse for not jotting down their ideas.
#5: Microsoft Selfie
Yet another app to touch-up your mug in that almost-perfect selfie. Microsoft's offering employs a number of algorithms, making its effect smoother and less in-your-face (pardon the pun) than your average everyday “beautify” app. There are plenty of presets to toy around with and it's highly probable that you will find a favorite or two among them. Give it a whirl!
Proud is a to-do app on steroids, combined with productivity scheduling, and bundled up with a highly usage-friendly interface. Certainly a useful app if you are more of the... let's say creative type that tends to get distracted a lot.
#7: Action Launcher 3
A light, almost stock-like launcher, with a number of enhancements and improvements. You can add favorite app shortcuts to pop up when you activate the Google search bar, you can have a Quicktheme setting enabled, which will draw color palettes from your wallpaper and apply them to widgets and icons. App folders can be turned into “covers” – tapping on one of these will open an app, while to open the folder, one needs to swipe on it. Apps that have widgets will have a “shutter” mini-icon on them, showing that the user can swipe on top of the app shortcut to open its widget. Lots and lots of stuff to play with for launcher aficionados!
#8: Wi-Fi Transfer
With iOS 9, Apple brought split screen and picture-in-picture video to the iPad Air 2. That's awesome and all, but one of the most viewed video-streaming service doesn't really support that out of the box. We are, of course, talking about the YouTube app.
CornerTube is one of many solutions for this problem. Much like the name suggests, this app will let you stick a YouTube clip in the corner of your iPad's screen, so you can have it running while doing various other tasks. Supports iPad mini 2 / iPad Air and above, as long as they are running iOS 9.
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