Best new Android and iPhone apps of the week (February 16th - 22nd)
In case you are just tuning in, this article is part of a new column – we will be eyeing the new apps that come out weekly, and update you on anything worth checking out every Monday. If you missed last week's pick – it's here. We're also doing it for games in a separate column – here's this week's pick.
So, without further ado, let's check out some interesting apps that came out this week, 02.15.2015 – 02.22.2015, on the App Store and Play Store
New for both platforms
"Do..." apps by IFTTT
IFTTT specializes in "script" apps, if we could call them so (IFTTT calls it "recipes"). The idea is that a single tap can be programmed to do a few different actions. For example, Do Camera can be set to instantly share the photos you take to select social medias / email. Do Note can save your note to Evernote and/or post it on a social media of choice as soon as you save the note. Do Button can be programmed to control your smarthome appliances (set thermostat, lights, etc.) with just the push of a big onscreen button.
IFTT's first app – IF – is also worth checking out – it executes automatic scripts, such as controlling your smarthome appliances automatically, based on your location (turn lights on as you approach), can send you text notifications about a forthcoming weather change, or post for you on all your social medias, if you only post on facebook.
New for Android
Gallery Doctor – Phone Cleaner
Remember you were planning to comb through your pictures and finally delete some of those blurry, dark, or just repetitive shots? You haven't gotten around to it yet, have you? No worries, neither have most of us. Gallery Doctor by Flayvr Media Ltd. is here to help – the app analyzes photos and suggests the ones that it deems unworthy for your phone's sacred storage space. Don't worry, it won't auto-delete anything – for images that it's not sure about – it will present them in the form of a card stack, where swiping right on a card saves the photo, while a swipe to the left deletes it (Tinder-esque); this process has auto-learning, which will try to better guess your preferences next time around. As far as images that the app is sure about – it will show them to you in a list of thumbnais, allowing you to "check" the unneeded ones and delete them all in one tap.
Speaking of storage, here's an explorer that makes it very easy to determine which files take lots of space on your device. DataSize presents your phone's contents in a tile format, each tile proportionally sized to represent the size of the respective file. A single glance over its graphical interface can give you a lot of insight on what's going on.
DataSize Explorer is currently only available in a free, ad-supported format, but will have a premium version soon, or at least that's what the developer promises.
New for iOS
There are so many cloud services today, it could get mind-boggling – Box, Dropbox, Drive, OneDrive, iCloud, et cetera and so forth. It is very probable that you have accounts for at least two such services, and it can sometimes get confusing, when trying to remember which files you stored where.
Well, Cloudz is an interesting solution – it acts as a hub for all your cloud service accounts, combining their storage in one large bulk, and easing your file-storing woes. Pretty neat!
Want to use your iPhone's camera as a video podcasting tool? Shoot will activate your back-facing camera and show only the captured image on the phone's display – nothing else – as well as prevent the phone from auto-sleeping. From there on, it's a matter of streaming the phone's screen to your computer via AirPlay.
Jealous of the Galaxy Note 4's Screen Write feature, which allows users to make annotations on screenshots, before sending them out? Well, Screen Muncher brings just that to iOS – take screenshot, draw or write on it, send it away.
It's a great function for those who often find themselves explaining stuff, making guides, or just trying to share something from the screen of their iDevice.
Tandem is a sort of a language-learning social network. You set the language you are looking to practice, and set desired topics for some refined results. The service will try to connect you with like-minded folk, who speak your target language and, in turn, are looking to learn your language.
The app allows for text, voice, and video calling, and is an interesting redux of the 20th century's "pen pal" fad, or at least that's what it deminded us of.
Art Finger Creative Draw
A drawing app, which obviously had a lot of thought behind it – Art Finger offers many, many options to play with – brush shapes and sizes, color opacity and saturation, pressure sensitivities, painting dimensions up to 2048 x 2048, auto-saving so you don't lose your work, unlimited undo, and a lot more. The painters out there who are not entirely pleased with their current apps should give this one a whirl.
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