Best new Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps of February 2014

Best new Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps of February 2014
This is our selection of the best apps for the month. Feel free to also take a look at our picks for best Android, iOS and Windows Phone games for February 2014.

With another month behind us, it’s time to once again take a look at what new apps have arrived on the world’s largest app stores - Android’s Google Play Store, the Apple App Store and the Windows Phone Marketplace. From all the new arrivals, we pick just the best new apps for each of the three platforms, and this time around there was no shortage of great apps.

We start off with a collection of the best new Android apps, where you’d find our personal favorite - Muzei Live Wallpaper, but also Google’s own Now Launcher, Samsung’s new Milk Music streaming app, and a lot of other apps that you should definitely try out.

For those of you who have an iPhone or an iPad, you’d better get ready - the iTunes Festival starts tomorrow in Austin, Texas, and if you are not there, you’d be able to livestream concerts and stay in the loop with the official companion app that you can find below.

The third platform is still far off from the big two in terms of applications, but it’s steadily building up critical mass, and we also have 5 picks for those rocking a Windows Phone.

With no further ado, take a look at the best new Android, iOS and Windows Phone apps right below, and feel free to share your favorites in the comments section.





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38 Comments

1. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Why isn't there a list for BlackBerry?

3. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

BB = noapz nogamez

4. Victor.H

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 27, 2011

We'd love to periodically update you on BlackBerry (and we occasionally do), but sadly - for the monthly app recaps - we include the 3 major platforms only. We might do something for BlackBerry in the future as well, so stay tuned.

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I think BlackBerry should be featured regularily. Since Windows Phone just recently passed BB in marketshare, they should be around the same level.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Must hurt you to see WP apps on the list.

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Why should it hurt me?

10. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You don't need an answer for that; you know exactly why.

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

His next device is going to be a MS branded Lumia.. We all know that.. He just likes to complain.. But, he really loves WP.. He loves it!

17. Arirank

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Just a little :D

26. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Precisely, every brand has the rights to compete. He mention BB software library should be around the same level as WP not zero like some were lead to believe. BB is around longer even compare to Android.

28. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Because they reached 4% selling the premium 520 lol windowns phart

2. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

IOS is the best when it come to store ..everything else is 0

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

As well as security.

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Indeed. iOS has the best app store, in quality of apps and quantity of them and also safety. Google Play is very good also, but many apps are not as refined and number of quality apps is not as high. Windows side, both app stores are growing fast, especially WP, and safety is on par with iOS (I guess). However, there is still much catching up to do, and instead of quality, Microsoft is tried to get quantity as high as competition (not sure about WP, but definitely on W8).

18. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Can't argue with iOS being at the top... But, you lost credibility when you said that everything else is zero.. I would actually say that Android has the best app store overall.. More free content, more choice of useful apps, less restrictions.. Some of those things come at a price, but this app store is the most diverse.. That doesn't appeal, or work, for everyone, but it is what it is...

24. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

As an Android user, I admit that the iOs app store has more quality on its apps. The good point of Google Play Store is more free apps. But it wasn't well refined. I'd like to see the iOs app store which has more quality apps, so the mobile apps developer couldn't just easily published their poor apps on the app store.

25. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That's also the reason why the WP app store isn't larger.. Because of the rules of the certification process to ensure more quality apps... I guess my point was that it's not about app count, and I didn't like his comment about other stores being zero.

31. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Lol you're wrong. There are a lot of junk apps in m*crosoft store, less quality apps. One year ago, my college tells their student to create the windows 8 apps for its store in hackathon. My college made it mandatory for each student in my program. Could you imagine us, around 1000 students forced to create apps by our college? I'm sure that my college had been paid from m*crosoft per app. How fishy m*crosoft is. It's very easy to publish our own apps in the store. My friend apps are very not good enough to be published, but it's published sucessfully. M*crosoft is not selective as you thought. They only think the amount of apps in their store, not quality.

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Are you replying to the right person?.. What are you talking about?... Who said anything about that?

36. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

You said its full of quality apps, he is telling you about how its easy to publish any app, go to hell with your nokia it cant sell and its crappy, old guy

5. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Gosh, how can people stand Windows Phone? All apps are forced to have the same basic font and layout! No differentiation, no soul!

11. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

So???

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Not true.. Apps can look like they want, but the modern look is what a lot of developers go for... ..................... The problem with PA is that they put Zero effort into posting the really good designed WP apps.. I mean look at the ones they choose.. Bing, CBS, Facebook.. Those are all pretty commercial apps.. And, another indication of their lack of showcasing good WP apps like they do for iDroid is the amount that they post.. Only 5?.. That's sad.. Trust me there's a lot of really great designed WP apps that are released every week.. There's no excuse for PA to post no less than 15-20 apps for WP as well.. Do you really think that we would enjoy our devices if what was just showcased was all WP ever had to offer?.. No, and it's smart to realize that PA isn't showing you guys what WP is about, and obviously being extremely biased.. ................... Just look for yourself! http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/camera360/38397f3d-e54c-40d3-ae35-cebbaa23be1b http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/hardfox-sixpack/a336fbfb-a53c-4aed-8f4e-cae0baa895fe http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/6tag/7d795cdf-fb1b-4bdf-8f5e-76eb19f7079e http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/mymixtapez/8f762c45-7a28-441f-88c5-420253f97cb3 And, while WP apps do usually stick to a basic underlined theme, that's the point, that is the soul of WP... This makes for a more streamline way of apps being familiar in function, and the way they behave.. For a lot of people that familiarity makes for a more fluid experience.. ................ But, I do agree that some WP apps can just look too dead, and plain.. Too flat!.. Nevertheless, this isn't the case for all WP apps, and once you start to pick and choose which apps you prefer visually you just get it.. WP is extremely soulful in the way that it has it's own personality, and the apps have a direction that they generally follow... Not to say that everyone has to like it, but there's no doubt that with WP we have seen some cutting edge design.. But, everything is subjective...

19. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Reading your post made me certain that I'll open something that'll change my mind..just to realize every single app on your link is JUST AS uniformed in following the WP design guidelines. WTF? Windows phone ecosystem is a dreadful, depressing prison

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Only a fool would look at these apps and say that they aren't appealing... Get real.. I'm not falling for your immature, super biased, ignorance... The majority of developers obviously agree that the modern design is the way to go.. But, you don't... Well, I'm sorry for your loss.. But, it's not really my problem... If its not for you then fine, but that doesn't mean it's poor design....

21. Victor.H

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 27, 2011

rodneyej1, we'd love to feature better apps and we do put in a lot of effort to pick the best apps. However, all those apps that you so conveniently point out are not new at all. Some of them are more than a year old. Keep in mind that this is a selection of NEW apps from the past month - apps that have been released in February. Can you point out at least one such app, or are you just talking trash?

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Wow!.. Read the original comment made by the guy that I'm replying too... I never meant for those to be taken as new apps.. That's besides the point of our specific conversation.. His point was that all WP apps use the same font, and basic format, so I replied accordingly with some examples of beautifully designed apps... ................... And, no I'm not just talking trash.. If PA really wasn't biased then they would make sure that WP received the same respect as the other platforms.. If I can find more than 5 good apps for the month of February then you can to.. It's really easy,, watch..... ............................... First of all.. FilmOnTv has been around since before February.. Ok.... http://www.wpcentral.com/geico-insurance-windows-phone-app http://www.wpcentral.com/official-lic-insurance-windows-phone-app http://www.wpcentral.com/poki-picks-first-update http://www.wpcentral.com/meru-cabs-official-app-windows-phone http://www.wpcentral.com/mbank-releases-official-app-polish-windows-phone-owners http://www.wpcentral.com/spondle-local-discovery-windows-and-windows-phone http://www.wpcentral.com/meet-stack-beautiful-and-functional-buffer-app-windows-phone http://www.wpcentral.com/glancescreenscom-hits-windows-phone-store http://www.wpcentral.com/rockradio-windows-phone http://www.wpcentral.com/kaspersky-safe-browser-now-available-windows-phone http://www.wpcentral.com/tunebites-music-trivia-windows-phone-8 http://www.wpcentral.com/brick-collection-helping-you-keep-track-all-your-lego-parts http://www.wpcentral.com/sense-color-adding-little-pop-your-windows-phone-photos http://www.wpcentral.com/office-lens-brings-notes-onenote http://www.wpcentral.com/review-pinit-pinterest-client http://www.wpcentral.com/movie-blaze-entertainment-database-windows-phone-8 http://www.wpcentral.com/1clock-windows-phone-8-keeping-track-world-times-and-more http://www.wpcentral.com/anghami-windows-phone-mena-regions-music And, that was just a few of the apps that are worth while from February 19th-28th.. There's much more... That took me 5 min.. Now, I don't expect you guys to go copying WPCentral articles, but if you can find 15-20 apps for iDroid then you can do the same for WP..... Should I feel that there is extreme bias against WP by the PA staff, or should I not

29. Victor.H

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 27, 2011

So first of all thanks for taking the time to make that list, rodneyej1, appreciate your passion for Windows Phone. I've looked through those apps before publishing this article and some of them are okay, but most are too specialized or not good enough for this collection of 'best' apps for one reason or another (a world clock, or an alternative pinterest client that is not as good as the official one just won't make it). Simple as that. There is no bias against Windows Phone here, and we try our best to cover every platform. Problem with your argument about the 15-20 apps is that the WP Marketplace has far less applications to put it on equal footing with the two big ones as you may wish. With that said, we'll still do our best to expand our WP app coverage, especially after the Build conference in early April.

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Fair enough!

34. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Wow how biased can you be victor? You manage to find 20 apps on the 900 000+ app stores for android and ios then why cant you find atleast 15 on WP store that has about 200 000 apps?

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