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

Best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps of November 2014
This is our selection of the best apps for the month. Take a look at our picks for best Android, iOS and Windows Phone games for November 2014.

With another month behind us, it's time for our usual recap of the best Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows Phone games for the past month of November 2014, but what's not habitual is that we've had some fairly exciting new applications arrive to the Android and iOS platform. 

As for Windows Phone? Some key players from the two largest platforms have made their way onto Microsoft's app catalog, and that's always welcome news.

From a surprising new launcher by non other than Nokia (yes, an Android launcher), to a major update to one of the best cooking apps out there, a fresh new live wallpaper application, and also new entrants in various other categories of apps, you can check out the best new Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone apps right below.

Z Launcher Beta

Category: Launcher
Price: Free
Download on Android

The Z Launcher Beta is an innovative solution from Nokia's emerging platforms group, which aims to omit the use of multiple home screens. The launcher only has one page, which displays a list of apps that it "thinks" you might need for the particular time of day. Of course, as with every prediction-based app – this one will need some time, before its guesses get more accurate.

Secondly, the launcher allows users to look for specific apps by scribbling letters on the screen. For example – if you are looking for the "calculator" app, just scribble a "c" anywhere over the screen, and you will be presented with a list of apps, starting with the letter. Typing out a second character (in our case - "a") will further narrow down the list of choices.


Minima Live Wallpaper

Category: Customization
Price: Free
Download on Android

For all lovers of minimalist shapes in motion, the Minima Live Wallpapers brings a truly good looking and fully customizable wallpaper experience. You get to pick all aspects of your live wallpapers and it all moves as you swipe between home panels. If you like the app, you might want to also get the premium version where all 'Pro' themes are unlocked.


C Notice

Category: Productivity
Price: Free (in-app purchases)
Download on Android

C Notice allows you to receive floating notifications from selected applications and keep track of everything that is important to you, directly from the lock screen, without needing to open the status bar. Plus, all notifications are styled in the Lollipop material design language and color coded. Nice!


QKSMS

Category: Messaging
Price: Free
Download on Android

Texting apps are not the most inspiring field right now - all with fairly plain uninspiring looks. Many people would love to see more color and liveliness in their texting app, and that's what QKSMS delivers.


Lumific

Category: Image gallery
Price: Free
Download on Android

A smart gallery app, Lumific organizes your images in a neat manner and does all this without annoying ads. It does a few things for you: automatically picks the best photo from similar photos and automatically enhances, straightens and crops all photos. Let us warn you - the results are not always admirable, but it does no harm and often improves images.


Getaways by Groupon

Category: Deals/Travel
Price: Free
Download on Android | iOS

If you're looking for good deals on travels, as well as ideas about where to spend a few blissful days off work, the new Getaways app by Groupon is a great place to look for ideas.


Facebook Groups

Category: Messaging/Social
Price: Free
Download on Android | iOS

With the new Facebook Groups app, you get to see all of your Facebook Groups, collaborate on them and follow them.


Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box

Category: Cooking
Price: Free
Download on Android | iOS

Yummly is one of the best cooking apps available for both iPhone and Android, but what makes it even more appealing is the filtering capability, allowing you to choose between recipes for each occasion, by cuisine (Asian, Mexican, Italian, etc), taste (sweet, sour, salty), diet (Pescetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free), nutrition (low carb, low fat, low cal, etc.), and so on.


Sleep Better with Runtastic

Category: Health
Price: Free
Download on Android | iOS

Sleep Better offers you a simple and engaging way to improve your sleep quality, whether you struggle to fall asleep, want to learn how your daytime activities influence your sleep efficiency or simply want some new alarm sounds to help you wake up feeling refreshed.


Lollipop Screen Recorder

Category: Utility
Price: Free
Download on Android

The option to record screencasts on Android without the need to root your device is something that many new apps exploit, and this one in particular is a free, straightforward, no-root-requiring one.


Divide Productivity Preview

Category: Business Suite
Price: Free
Download on Android

A preview of an app suite that basically aims to bring all productivity tools together into one, Divide Productivity is to the point and helpful to the corporate user.


Material Manager

Category: File Manager
Price: Free
Download on Android

This new file manager is designed in the new Material language style, and has all the right doings of a rich file manager.


Keezy Drummer

Category: Music
Price: Free
Download on iOS

A very easy and fun drum machine, Keezy Drummer makes beat-making approachable by even complete newbies (such as ourselves). You can start experimenting and finding your inner drummer, with the beautifully drawn interface.


Straw

Category: Social polling
Price: Free
Download on iOS

Not sure which shirt looks best on you? Wondering if you take the Seahawks or the 49ers this Sunday? You can now ask your friends with the Straw social polling app.


Next Glass

Category: Food & Drink
Price: Free
Download on iOS

Get personalized beer and wine recommendations that use science and technology to predict how much you’ll enjoy any bottle. The Next Glass apps uses objective chemical data to provide personal recommendations.


Molecules

Category: Science explained
Price: $12.99
Download on iOS

A book about molecules, and a chance to touch, stretch and twist them.


snowbuddy

Category: Travel advice
Price: Free
Download on iOS

Built by a bunch of snowsports enthusiasts and instructors, the snowbuddy app is the most social winter sports app with stats, piste maps and challenges to play with your friends.


American Express Unstaged

Category: Music
Price: Free
Download on iOS

Taylor Swift's new album app might no longer be available on Spotify, but the singer has her own app to complement the experience on iOS.


Glose

Category: eBooks
Price: Free
Download on iOS

Glose is a ebookstore built like a social network for readers and authors.


Duolingo

Category: Language learning
Price: Free
Download on Windows Phone

The famed language learning app has finally arrived on Windows Phone, where users can join the community in learning a new language effortlessly.


WolframAlpha

Category: Search engine
Price: $2.99
Download on Windows Phone

The Wolfram Alpha knowledge engine has gotten its own Windows Phone app.


Threema

Category: Messaging
Price: $1.99
Download on Windows Phone

If you care about secure messaging on Windows Phone, Threema is one of the best options available right now.


Wunderlist

Category: To-dos and lists
Price: Free
Download on Windows Phone

Wunderlist comes to Windows Phone with a design that is fitted to modern paradigms.


Chronos Calendar

Category: Calendars
Price: $1.99
Download on Windows Phone

Chronos Calendar optimized for the 8.1 phone version, a complete remake from the ground up supporting the new WinRT/universal app mode.


Movie Creator Beta

Category: Video editing
Price: Free
Download on Windows Phone

Movie Creator helps you quickly and easily combine videos, photos, music and even cinemagraphs into stylish movies for sharing anywhere.

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5 Comments

1. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

wow! Great apps came to Windows Phone!

3. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

hey which lumia u r using?

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

wow! Great apps came to Android and iOS!

4. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

All these app designs are so similar, I wonder what the next evolution beyond apps will be.

5. revampmybrain unregistered

QKSMS looks a lot like Textra, and judging by the reviews, Textra performs better too. Imo, with material design rolling in, sms apps are going to have to step up something, stand out in extra features or slightly different appearance. Because I love material design, but honestly it's making a lot of apps look way too similar to each other.

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