Best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of March 20156
Livestreaming arrives to mobile full steam aheadThe most notable and talked-about new title is arguably Periscope, an intuitive livestreaming client that makes it possible to forward your cameras recordings right to the big wide world. Unfortunately, Periscope is only available on iOS at the moment. Android users, however, have plenty of new apps to make up for this, and we take a look at that, along with the best new Windows Phone apps launched in March 2015 right below. Take a look and don't hesitate to let us know your favorites!
Twitter, Inc.'s newest offering is a live streaming app – yes, much like Meerkat. Of course, being developed by Twitter itself, this one integrates with the social media's platform just a bit better. The whole app is elegantly simple and can generally be controlled with a few swiping gestures. The point is simple – if you have something worthy of streaming to the world – launch the app and point your phone towards it. Viewers can chat (the broadcaster sees the messages, too) and “heart” the broadcast, but the focus of the app is always on the actual stream.
#3: HERE – Offline navigation
HERE Maps is a service provided by Nokia, which allows users to pre-download the maps of their region and then experience real-time turn-by-turn navigation without the need for any type of data connection. This is both great for users who are on a budget, and users who just so happen to be traveling and can't rely on fast data coverage at all times. The app has been available on the Play Store for a while now and has finally made its way to iOS.
#4: Google Calendar
Google's Calendar app is finally available for iOS – sync the appointments that you have saved on your Gmail account with your phone and vice versa. Material Design is, of course, in tow, though it may look a bit out of place with iOS 8's aesthetics. Still, this is great news for Google users with iOS mobile devices.
#5: Layout for Instagram
Made by Instagram, Inc. this handy little app will let you combine any pictures you may have uploaded to the social media and create your own custom layout. Tools like face finder (filters out the photos that don't have people on them) and recents are here to help you out to filter through the bulk, if you happen to be a heavy Instagram user, and, of course, it packs some filters, which you can apply to the layout after it's done.
#6: Adobe Photoshop Mix
Oh, yeah, there's going to be more photo editing – Photoshop is not a product name that we can just brush off. This specific Mix edition of the app takes care of cutting and merging different photos, together with a few adjustment tools for quick refinements. The app integrates with Creative Cloud and can pull and use projects from your pool at will. Of course, the Mix's functions will probably not be enough to sate a hardcore editor's hunger, so Adoba has also released Photoshop Express here.
#7: Tempo Video Editor
This neat little video editor allows you to really get groovy with the pace of a video: you can speed up parts (up to 8x) and slow others down (again, up to 8x). The effect is awesome, and on top of that the app gives you a list of music tracks you can put on top of the video.
#8: NoLocation - Easily remove EXIF data from your photos
Does it irk you that every picture you take with your smartphone stores information such as the camera you used, your settings, and most importantly – the location it was taken? Yeah, well, you are most definitely not the only one. This is called EXIF data and the app we have here is an EXIF data remover tool. Guessed what it's for already? Well, if you are hell-bent on keeping that bit of your privacy, you'd probably be happy to fork out $1 for NoLocation.
#9: CARROT Weather - Talking Forecast Robot
That's right – we're kicking the iOS list off with a weather app as well! We really liked CARROT Weather, as it tries to bring us the latest meteorological forecasts with a nice dose of humor. We just wish the app had some kind of trial version, so that users could check it out more extensively before shelling out $3 on an app, which promises to be funny.
#10: Weather Nerd
Another weather app? Yes, and not only that, but this one aims to be the Weather App to Rule Them All! It combines forecasts from multiple sources, instead of just one, and tries to calculate an accurate medium between any contrasting reports in an attempt to give you the most reliable weather info.
Flyp gives you additional phone numbers (the first number is free) and allows you to manage multiple numbers. That's particularly useful when you're trying to draw a clear line between your work and personal life, but you could have more numbers to use for other specific purposes. The following features are included in Flyp: creation of additional phone numbers in seconds, seamless calling, texting, and voicemail, custom voicemail greetings for each Flyp number, custom area codes for each Flyp number, personalized text-to-voice Quick Reply messages, Do Not Disturb for each individual Flyp number.
The livestreaming revolution on mobile is happening: Periscope for iPhone enabled it on iOS, and while the app is not yet available on Android, users of Google's mobile operating system have Stre.am, a similarly capable live streaming service.
If you are one who finds themselves constantly texting with people in a mixture of different apps, you'll probably find Drupe to be a useful offering. The app gives you quick access to your favorite / recent contacts via a pull-out bar on the left side of your phone. Once you get that drawer out, another one opens at the right side of the screen, displaying your communication apps – phone, SMS, Facebook, Hangouts, and whatever else you may have installed (WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, et cetera). All you need to do is tap on the portrait of the person you wish to contact and swipe it over to the app you want to use for that specific conversation. If not a much needed upgrade, Drupe is still a simple, elegant, and pretty fresh take on how we use our phones.
#4. GIPHY for Messenger
#5: Chrooma Live Wallpaper
With a selection of neat and moving shapes and colors, Chrooma is a fresh new take on live wallpapers and it looks great with the new Material Design language on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
This one is a bit more than a week old – sorry about that. Snapi allows you to take selfies by waving in front of the camera – that's right, it adds gesture-controlled snapping, which can be found only on some flagships right now. We can't say we are extreme selfie aficionados, but we enjoyed waving our hands in front of our handsets and glamouring at how the app recognizes whether our palms are clenched in a fist, or wide open.
#7: Google PDF Viewer
PDF viewing tools for Android are widely available, sure, but you know that the ones made by Google will have a special tone of simplicity and reliability attached to them. The Drive app has had PDF viewing capabilities for a while now, however, for instances where it is not applicable, or preferable, Google has split the same functions to a standalone app. As for functions – it allows for reading, copying of text, and printing of PDF files.
AIDA64 is a system/CPU reporting/status tool that gives you useful information in a glance with no junk.
#9: Simple Weather
Just as the name suggests – it's a “simple” weather app. Stylistically adhering to Google's new Material Design philosophy, and keeping things simple, intuitive, colorful, and modern-flat, this app may find its place in the hearts of many. For us – it was the widget that did it – Simple Weather has 4 differently sized widgets, which fit very well with a Lollipop home screen.
#10: CIA World Factbook
A quick guide to any country of the world. Without delving too deep in details, the app will lay out a short history of the country you look up, as well as some raw statistical info you may be interested in. We can't really confirm it's the information, which the CIA goes by, but the app developer seems to claim that his World Factbook does in fact tap into guides that have been prepared by the agency.
"Imagine your phone is lost or stolen. You can have peace of mind knowing that mSecure has safeguarded your website logins, bank account and credit card information. Your finances, identity and reputation would be protected, safe and secure."
#2: Fedora Reader
A clean and modern take on an RSS reader, Fedora Reader also allows reading not only truncated articles, but full ones as well. Awesome!
uTravaler is an offline trip planner app that allows you to chart your future adventures. Planning your route is made possible with support for Google Maps with routes, placemarks (with icons, captions and description), polygons and lines.
The AeroRadar app allows you to track weather conditions with HD satellite imagery and animations for 4, 8, and 12 hour time periods. You also have neat additional features like a precipitation radar (available in the US and other major Western markets).
#5: Foxit MobilePDF
The popular Foxit PDF reader has arrived on the Windows Phone Marketplace. It is a simple, straightforward and lightweight PDF reader.