Best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of January 2015
Microsoft’s Outlook application in particular has arrived on Android and iOS as one of the most feature-rich and good-looking email applications, while in the creative world companies like Adobe have introduced their industry-standard apps like Lightroom to Mobile.
We also have the usual infusion of great single-purpose apps with some entries that will help you find the cheapest plane ticket, and an app that helps you navigate around your city on that micro level.
This and plenty more you can find in our selection of the best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps for January 2015.
This new Outlook is all the more quite different from Microsoft's Outlook Web App for Android - it's a much more functional and well-designed solution for those who can't live without their Outlook email client. Well, we were quite sure that this will be the case indeed, as Outlook for Android is nothing else but slightly redesigned Acompli, a former iOS and Android mobile email app, as Microsoft acquired its eponymous developer roughly two months ago. We have no gripes with this - after all, Acompli was among the better email clients available, so it's natural that Outlook Preview follows suit.
Adobe Lightroom Mobile
Price: Free (req's subscription)
Category: Image editing
What does Lightroom for Android allow you to do, exactly? Provided that you have one of the required Adobe subscription plans, you can sync the photos you have inside the full-blown Lightroom 5 program on your desktop to your smartphone and edit them directly from your phone. The true strength of the app, however, lies in its ability to edit RAW images that you've taken with your DSLR camera.
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) for tablet
Microsoft's Office for tablets is a fully functional office suite that has finally arrived to Android tablets boosting the productivity of users. You have separate Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, with all the editing power attached to them.
The tragic events around the Paris shootings have consolidated the civilised world around the defense of freedom of speech, and the French Charlie Hebdo magazine has become a symbol of that idea. What the shooting did actually had an opposite effect as Charlie Hebdo is now widely available on iOS and Android, and more popular than ever.
Category: Flights reference
Hopper is a true gem for frequent travelers. It not only allows you to search for flights, but it also tells you when you can buy the cheapest ones and when travelling could be more expensive, so that you can adjust your plans accordingly.
Category: City mapping
The Citymapper is the perfect companion app for those of us who live in a busy city. Whether, you need to find transit times or just get directions for your city, this app covers both.
Hide My Phone!
The option to buy a foreign number and use it to hide your real one could be invaluable for businesses and some individuals, and this is exactly what this app does.
Manual Camera does one thing well: give you a full manual control over your camera including control over ISO, shutter speed, and white balance. Android 5.0 Lollipop required.
Camu is another brilliant, straightforward app with a live preview of filters that look great.
Category: 3D sculpting
You can create 3D sculptures with Autodesk 123D Sculpt+, design your creation, then add detailed features or paint on skin, fur, and feathers.
Category: Image storage
With Trunx, you can store and share all your pictures in what the company claims is a safe, private and secure photo vault without worrying about space on your device.
StubHub is a mobile app that allows you to buy tickets for all the interesting local events.
Price: Free ($9.99 monthly sub req'd)
Category: Spotify for ebooks
Oyster is often called the Spotify for eBooks for its $10 monthly subscription service that gives you all-you-can-eat books. It's not exactly a new app, but it has picked up pace with over 1 million books in its catalog, has a brilliant UI, and is on its way to revolutionize book reading.
Category: Contacts management
What if there was a way to have all your contracts from all your various online ventures including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more? FullContact does a great job integrating all of them in one place.
Lazy Swipe is a nice tool that brings all your apps in an easy to reach dial interface.
Facebook Lite (on APK Mirror)
Facebook Lite is just a lighter version of Facebook that runs on even most basic phones and uses a minimum amount of data.
Category: Image management
This is a free app for you to manage screenshots and grab images, text and links from them.
Built around the great idea to bring your electronic photos to print, WhiteAlbum allows you to shoot 24-frame sets of images and have them printed and sent to you anywhere in the world for a price of $20 (with free shipping).
Category: Cloud storage
When we speak about the sore lack of core apps, we think about apps like Dropbox missing on Windows Phone. Luckily, that's no longer the case - the cloud storage company has released its official app for Microsoft's platform.
Category: Music streaming
Spotify has been on Windows Phone for a while now, but only in January was it really updated to a modern and actually pleasant to use version. It still does not have all the latest bells and whistles that the iPhone and Android apps have, but at least it no longer looks pre-historic.
Remember to Drink
Staying properly hydrated has a big importance for our well-being and this app allows us to not forget about drinking H2O.
This is our favorite weather app! Just kidding, there are just too many such apps, but 8-bit Weather has irresistably nostalgic looks that are transformed to be practical, and just look great when applied to the weather.
Category: Media Players
The VLC player is one of the most popular video players on the planet, and it arrives in a beta form on Windows Phone.
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