Best new Android and iPhone apps of the week (August 18th - August 24th)

Another week has passed, and another heap of apps has been uploaded to the App Store and Play Store. For those who wish to try new apps on a regular basis, sifting through all of the new ones may be a daunting task. But fear not – we're here to help, as each week, we comb through the stores and pick some of the more eye-catching apps that are out there.

This week around, we have a cheeky spy-photo app to troll your friends with on Android, and a pretty cool, VHS-spoofing camera app for iOS. Of course, they are not the only ones on the list, so check below for details and do let us know – which ones did you download, did you like them? Also, if you know of a brand-new app that deserves to be in this list, but we overlooked – drop us a line and we will find a way to have it mentioned in the future!

New for iOS

VHS Camcorder

Price: $3.99

Who needs 1080p if you can have the good ol' VHS quality, right on your iPhone-captured videos? Well, OK, there's plenty of reasons to praise the current state of digital tech, but if you want to have some fun, maybe even add a touch of nostalgia to a certain scene, VHS Camcorder can help you. The app recreates a visual effect that is well-known to those, who remember the good ol' video cassettes from the 80s and 90s – that of a battered and used VHS Tape. You may have noticed the aesthetic of recently famous Internet movie Kung Fury to be a bit weird. Well, that's because it was simulating just that good ol' 80s and 90s VHS vibe.


Price: free

Lopeca is a video streaming app – much like Meerkat, Periscope, and their copies. What sets Lopeca apart is the fact that it is designed around locations, landscapes, and actual information. As a viewer, you can request to see a specific place; as a broadcaster, you can check out the requests for your area, pick one that you can do, and take someone on a virtual sight-seeing tour.

QuickKey - Custom Snippet Keyboard

Price: $1.99

QuickKey is a keyboard that can house a pretty respectable amount of pre-set phrases, covering different needs. You can have sentences for quick replies, or text initiation, you can have your name and email for quick form fill-outs, address for shipping details, et cetera.


Price: free (service)

FotoFoam is another one of those services, which allow you to easily bring your iPhone photos to the physical realm. You pick out the pictures you would like printed from within the app, select size and type of print, whether you want the picture to be glossy or matted, or to be printed on wood, aluminum, or plexiglass. Needless to say, FotoFoam does deliver lots of options that you may want to look at.

QuickPoll – The Simple Voting App

Price: free

Want to poll the world? Well, with QuickPoll – you can. Want to answer whatever ludicrous poll someone across the globe has managed to come up with? You can do that, too. Basically, if polling is your thing – check out QuickPoll.

New for Android


Price: free

NinjaSnap allows you to secretly take mugshots of your friends as they are paging through your pictures. Then, as they are carelessly swiping through, they will actually see all the selfies that they have unknowingly made of themselves. To top it off, you can have the app add “Kanye” to their photos – just as an extra troll touch.

You can set up a safe environment with just a number of your pictures, then hand your phone to your victim, and watch as they react.

9Apps Lite

Price: free

If you are reading this, chances are you love to dabble in new apps, at least from time to time. Well, you may want to take a look at 9Apps – it allows you to view and filter all the free titles in the Play Store, check them out by genre, category, et cetera.

ESET Stagefright Detector

Price: free

We've already seen Stagefright weakness-detecting apps on the Play Store, but hey, this one is made by ESET – developer of the famous NOD32 anti-virus system. So, if you wanted to try a name-brand scanner for the recently infamous Android weakness – you can give this one a go.

Ink Space

Price: free

Ink Space is part of the Android Experiments project – one that houses a bunch of interesting apps, which may not necessarily be useful, but would rather show some out-of-the-box thinking and some of the cool and yet unexplored things that Android is capable of. Ink Space does just that – it allows you to draw and doodle on the screen, but as you rotate the phone, the sketch becomes 3-dimensional. No practical use? Sure. Extremely fun and cool to play with – yeah!

Vurb: Apps & Friends, Together

Price: free

Vurb holds varying information about places, movies, music, landmarks, et cetera, and calls them "cards". For example, any restaurant is a "card" within this app. Opening said card will allow you to look at ratings and reviews for the restaurant (pulled from Foursquare), address and contact information (pulled from Google), and any other relevant details. You can also do this for songs and albums, artists, landmarks, movies, et cetera. The idea is to use said cards while in-chat with your friends, to share information and make plans easier.

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