Best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of December 2014

Best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of December 2014

After a busy start of the year with CES 2015, we're a bit late with our final look at the new apps of 2014, but better late than never. These are the best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of December 2014.

This past month has marked the arrival of Nokia's HERE Maps to Android, an app that we've all been waiting for as it allows for a completely free offline navigation. Just download the map for your country, and you won't need to worry about navigation in a place where there's no cellular signal.

Other notable additions include Wire, a cross-platform new messenger from a former Skype executive with big ambitions and big investor dollar behind it. For students with Windows Phone, we'd recommend checking out Wolfram Alpha's new helper maths apps. These three are just scratching the surface, though - take ashift look at our full selection right below. Keep in mind that we're starting off the selection with the new and notable Android apps first, followed by apps for the iPhone and iPad, and finish up with the new Windows Phone applications.

Best new Windows Phone apps

HERE Maps

Price: Free
Category: Mapping
Download on Android

Some of the strongest and most notable features of Nokia's HERE Maps is that it supports offline navigation thanks to your device's in-built GPS. This allows you to explore the map and navigate yourself to a desired location without an Internet connection, and Nokia touts that you can use all features of HERE Maps on Android while being offline. The app will allow you to download detailed maps of various areas, regions, or even countries (more than 200 are available for download as of now). Said maps are kept on your device and pave the way for fast access. More than 100 of the maps in question allow you to make full use of turn-by-turn navigation, while 40 of the maps will provide you with traffic information (we suppose that this feature won't work offline, though). HERE Maps will work in a seamless concert with Glympse, too.


Microsoft Office (for Android tablets)

Price: Free
Category: Office
Download on Android

Back in November, Microsoft decided that it was high time it made the all-new version of its Office suite available for Android tablets as a closed preview. Fortunately for all those Android fans, the previews of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now openly-available for free on your tablet of choice, bringing Android on par with iOS in terms of availability. As a refresher, the Microsoft Office productivity apps have been around on Android smartphones, yet their launch was marred by Microsoft's requirement for an Office 365 subscription, which eventually put off the users. Certainly, the nitty-gritty of Microsoft Office ensures that the suite will be times more useful on a large tablet screen.


Auto Math

Price: Free
Category: Education
Download on Android

AutoMath allows you to solve math questions simply by taking a photo of your math equations.


Shift

Price: Free
Category: Photography
Download on Android | iOS

Until now, photo filters have been limited to what someone else has created for you. Shift lets you create your own personal photo filters with one tap of a button. Shuffle through an endless combination of textures, colors, and blends to produce stylish effects like gritty textures, vintage, light leaks, and high contrast black and whites.


DeviantArt

Price: Free
Category: Art and media
Download on Android

DeviantArt is the largest online social community for artists and art enthusiasts, allowing people to connect through the creation and sharing of art. We entertain, inspire, and empower the artist in all of us. The DeviantArt mobile app moves the experience to hand-held devices exposing a full range of exciting, fresh, culturally relevant content from traditional media of painting, drawing, photography and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, anime and fan art.



FreeFly881

Price: Free
Category: VoIP / Messaging
Download on Android

FreeFly881 is an app designed for businesses - no matter if you are incorporated, or a part-time babysitter - to make free voice calls globally. Its creators picked up the consumer-friendly philosophy that voice calling should be free nowadays (thanks to data networks), without roaming fees and limited plans.


Data Status

Price: Free
Category: Tools
Download on Android

Install the app, start it, and tap the "monthly allowance" button where you'll punch in your data cap information. Then, write the start date of your monthly billing cycle. This is how Data Status learns your data plan and when it should automatically reset your data counter. You can also enter the amount of data you've already used up so the counter starts off right.


Action Launcher 3

Price: Free
Category: Launchers
Download on Android

Android's renowned Action Launcher just received a completely overhauled third edition that got released as a new app in the Play Store. Besides the obligatory Material Design redraw, Action Launcher 3 has kept on its tradition to introduce new and brave takes on the Android launcher concept, too. Developer Chris Lacy has above all added more personalization and flexibility to its launcher project, such as the awesome Quicktheme idea, which pulls color schemes from your current wallpaper, and applies them throughout the interface for a more complete skinning. It even supports rotary backgrounds like Muzei.


Power Flashlight

Price: Free
Category: Tools
Download on Android

Start flashlight by pressing phone's Power button 3 times within 3 seconds! If screen is currently on - press it 4 times.


UA Record

Price: Free
Category: Sports
Download on Android

UA Record is a personalized health & fitness platform that provides tailored instruction, information & inspiration based on your data.



EFF

Price: Free
Category: Media
Download on Android

The EFF Alerts app notifies you when there's a new action you can take to support EFF. Here are a few ways you can use the app to defend freedom and privacy:
- Calling or emailing the U.S. Congress to help advocate for better technology laws.
- Tweeting at the White House to ask for better policies.
- Helping get the word out about a specific project or campaign EFF is running.
- Taking actions internationally to help preserve digital rights in your country, and around the world.


Humin

Price: Free
Category: Caller
Download on Android

Humin remembers all of your relationships, just like you do. Search the way you think (“met last week, “lives in New York”) instead of scrolling through an alphabetical list. Your new phone and contacts app shows you the people who matter right here and now in the context of your daily life (like the person in your next meeting or your friend that is visiting town).



Evernote Scannable

Price: Free
Category: Notes
Download on iOS

Scan fast: Point your camera at documents, Post-it® Notes, or whiteboards. Scannable immediately captures them. Scannable automatically rotates, crops, and adjusts images so your scans are clear and easy to read.



Addr

Price: Free
Category: E-reading
Download on iOS

We drew the next generation of ePub reader: with Addr you can read, take notes in context and share them with your friends. Also, you can read a book with your friend’s annotations in context.


Jamie Oliver Recipes

Price: Free
Category: Cooking
Download on iOS

Jamie Oliver's recipes are now coming in a completely redesigned app for iOS.


Wire

Price: Free
Category: Texting
Download on iOS

Wire, a multi-platform communications app, is available for iOS, Android and Mac OS X. While some of the improvements compared to Skype are under the hood, the fresher UI relies more on gestures. For example, to call another user, swiping a flashing cursor to the right reveals the options.


Fused

Price: Free
Category: Editing
Download on iOS

Fused is the first app that allows you to blend videos, photos, or a combination of both.


Impossible Draw

Price: Free
Category: Drawing
Download on iOS

Test your drawing skills, while your mind will be carried to an ever-changing computer space made from relaxing elements. Impossible Draw was built upon the basic concept that even the world's most trivial looking symbol can be challenging if you try to draw it accurately.


The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd

Price: $2.99
Category: Learning
Download on iOS

A liff is a familiar object or experience that English has no words for. Douglas Adams and John Lloyd’s much-loved humour classic corrects this disgraceful oversight by recycling the names found on signposts.


7-minute Superhero Workout

Price: $2.99
Category: Fitness
Download on iOS

Superhero Workout is an app that can use your device’s front-facing camera to track your reps and calories. It adds a superhero plot to help you workout and be stronger.


Rise and Shine

Price: Free
Category: Alarms
Download on iOS

Rise and Shine is a terrible app. It's terrible because it's an alarm clock that keeps on ringing until you smile at it. Nice idea, but won't that alarm just ring forever?



Perfect Note

Price: Free
Category: Notes
Download on Windows Phone

An easy-to-use Note app that helps you organize all your tasks, work projects and personal to-dos.



Photo Marker

Price: Free
Category: Photography
Download on Windows Phone

A picture is worth a thousand words. Following this motto, Photo Marker allows you to take notes on your photos, so that you can make it more expressive. Mark words of a scanned or photographed text, easily explain the way on a map or highlight and share the things that are important for you.



Perfect Flashlight

Price: Free
Category: Flashlight
Download on Windows Phone

A simple and straightforward flashlight app with no ads.



Wolfram Alpha Course Assistant

Price: $1.99-$3.99
Category: Learning
Download on Windows Phone

A suite of apps that will help you with any tertiary course in maths (advanced high school students will also find it useful), Wolfram's Alpha Course Assistants currently include Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Linear Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, and Statistics.



Clock O’ Matic

Price: Free
Category: Calendar
Download on Windows Phone

Bringing the Android 5.0 Lollipop Clock Experience to Windows Phone with changing shades and elegant design.


Perfect Recorder

Price: Free
Category: Voice recording
Download on Windows Phone

An audio recorder and player application with advance playback controls.

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11 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

HERE Maps is best. Recently I got the update which enhanced it more.

2. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

HERE Maps works really great with a Moto E I picked up for $10. Using as a cheap standalone GPS device in a waterproof RAM case for my motorcycle. Never pass up a $10 Android device with GPS.

3. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Noice !! :)

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Love deviant art. I am a terrible artist myself, not able to draw for the life of me. But the people there are really talented. That's where I get all my wallpapers.

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Not sure why it says Microsoft Office (for Android tablets), since I can install it only on my Nexus 5. Somehow the tablets are not compatible. Also the description states: Microsoft Office Mobile is the official Office companion optimized for your Android phone. Even the official Microsoft site says it's Android phone only.

6. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

There are 2 versions of Office for Android - older one for phones and nexly released for tablets. On a tablet you will see another set of apps on PlayStore that are designed for tablets with more functionality included in opposite to pretty basic phone version - WORD/EXCEL/POWERPOINT PREVIEW for TABLETS. (3 extra apps) So on your Nexus 5 you see just the phone version. On a tablet you will see then those NEW released preview builds.

8. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I didn't click on the link on my Nexus 5, I clicked it on my pc. Where you can install them to any device added to your G account. Also I searched the Play store on several tablets for Microsoft Office Mobile with no hit at all (apart from Office apps from the competition). And working with two separate entries in the Play store is rather unique, since you can have one entry that installs the appropriate apk files for phone or tablet. Furthermore, the official Microsoft site (http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/mobile/) doesnt mention an Android tablet version at all.

10. archit6371

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 06, 2014

Somerthing wrong on your side dude. I have a nexus 9 and it clearly shows me Microsoft office (for tablets). May be it's not showing you the tablet version because you didn't link a tablet to your Google Account. In that case it will only show you supported device apps.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Never mind, the link goes to Office mobile, but there are preview versions of Excel, Powerpoint & Word that are able on my tablets. Those are the ones I need.

7. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Perfect studios are doing good to wp

9. Cyagocaliz unregistered

I couldn't find Xperia Transfer. Why? What the hell is wrong with this article

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