Best new Android, iPhone and Windows Phone apps of June 2015
These are the best new appsWhile this month brought us heaps of great new games, it was not exactly the strongest month for applications - at least, there were no ground-breaking new apps that would capture everyone's attention. Is that in preparation for the upcoming busy season as we're getting closer to the fall craziness? We don't know, but while there were no major releases, there was no shortage of useful and neat apps by indie developers.
Polarr Photo Editor
Polarr is a pretty cool editor that gives the user a wide variety of ways to edit their pictures. Employing a unique UI, the app looks a bit cluttered and confusing at first, but we can easily forgive this once we get acquainted with the wide variety of options that it manages to pack right under our thumbs. It's free, but there is a $5 unlock for users who want to create custom filters and selective area editing.
In the wake of Google's huge Photos update, which allows users to search for pictures by entering places, events, weather, et cetera in the search field, and Apple announcing similar functionality for iOS 9's Photos app, Picjoy comes as an alternative. This 3rd party offering taps into iCloud, with Dropbox, Google Drive, and Amazon Photos support coming soon, with the idea being that you wouldn't have to move your memorabilia from one storage to another just to be able to use it. Picjoy also puts emphasis on privacy and promises to not use any of your personal information for marketing.
Your photos will automatically be categorized by date, season, holiday, specific landmark or event. You can also add custom tags and short stories to any picture from your gallery. The downside is that the search engine is not as advanced as Google's (for example, you can't just search for “dog”, “flower”, “girl”, etc), but since the app is still a work in progress, we have high hopes for it.
Next Keyboard is a successfully backed Kickstarter project that seems to include a lot of things that iOS users would miss. For one, the keyboard displays upper and lower case letters, effectively indicating when the shift is pressed or depressed. It also allows the user to accurately move the text cursor by sliding a finger across the spacebar key. Other features include text prediction, swipe typing, easy emoji access, and emoji prediction. Sure, some of these features are not going to be so missed once iOS 9 rolls out, but for the time being – you may want to give Next Keyboard a go!
Take Me There
Take Me There lets you add your favorite locations and then access turn-by-turn navigation to them with a single tap. This should be especially useful with the Apple Watch on-hand, as the app supports the new wearable, too.
A pretty neat cooking app that contains more than 120 recipes, categorized into starters, mains, and desserts. It also features instructional videos by chef James Martin (from BBC's cookery series "Saturday Kitchen") for all the cooking newbies out there. Through the app, enthusiasts can participate in monthly competitions, get links to free online literature, or participate in developer Canned Food UK's social media channels.
NextScanner is a neat app to help you get documents or pictures into a black-and-white printing format. Great if you need to quickly capture the notes from a whiteboard, or to “scan” a document for printing. It employs an image processing tech that tries to “flatten” an image, remove unneeded details and leave only the accents (such as text) in black-on-white format. The amount of processing can be easily tweaked via two sliders. The app also allows you to crop the image as you desire.
Take 5 on the Go
With all the health talk that has been going on in recent years, you've probably heard about, and even contemplated on, taking up meditation. But where does one start, and how do they go about it? Take 5 tries to guide you through the process of getting in the habit of meditating by issuing a 30-day challenge. The app will remind you to “take 5” minutes to meditate, and will guide you in case you don't know how to do it (no, it doesn't involve levitation). You can skip up to 5 scheduled sessions out of all 30 days. If you drop out of any more, you “lose” the challenge.
For the purists out there – Google released its own Clock app to the Play Store. If you own a skinned phone, but are looking for as many Material Design-compliant applications as you can find – you can now add it to your collection and enjoy flat, colorful alarm settings.
Lollipop brought many changes, one of them being the iOS-like heads-up notification badges. They are quite convenient, really, but if you find them too distracting, but do not wish to disable notifications altogether, you can use HeadsOff. It's a free little app that will let you choose which apps can and can't use heads-up notifications.
Apparently, apps developed for Android M no longer notify the user if they require Internet access – a side effect of the new permissions control, no doubt. Watchdog will keep you up to speed – just in case some small apps that shouldn't really be uploading or downloading anything actually try to.
PBS' official app allows users to view videos from new and old shows. It also gives viewers access to online series, such as Secret Life of Scientists and FutureStates.
An app, which allows you to either free-play, or learn the piano. It can slow down or speed up an excercise, display music sheets, record your performance, play samples from 9 different instruments, and supports external MIDI keyboards via USB.
Microsoft Music Deals
Fat to Fit
Bizview allow you to access real-time informations and add tiles about your favourite analytics.
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