New Apps on iOS, Android & Windows Phone
10th August 2016
Passing the time in the digital age is easy; whack out your phone, text your mum, call your friends, or dive into the latest games or apps. But when it comes to apps, how do you find the best amid a sea of pretenders?
In this week’s blog, Vodafone explores the best new games and apps hitting every major app store.
Messenger for Pokémon GO (Android)
Want to up your hunt for every breed of Pokémon going? This new, unofficial app integrates into the main Pokemon Go app and lets you speak to fellow trainers, share your location and point out where that rare Snorlax is. You can even opt to chat with just members of your team, but the best thing is there’s no need to exit the game to talk.
Battery GO (Android)
In a similar vein, Battery GO adds some much-needed functionality to your Pokémon hunting by adjusting how it attacks your phone’s battery. As is, the app needs to have the screen switched on and the app open to work. With Battery GO installed, the app will still work with the screen switched off, helping you save some precious power.
Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders (iOS and Android)
Whodunit? Figuring that out is your main task in the first instalment of a planned game series featuring Belgian-born Hercule Poirot. Explore the local community to collect evidence, interrogate witnesses, and solve puzzles to crack the case of exactly who “ABC” is in this point-and-click detective adventure game.
Open-source web browser Firefox has received a whole host of updates for iOS in the past month that’ll all work to give you a better Internet experience. For one, it’s faster than ever before, and offers reductions in CPU usage (40%) and memory usage (30%) – saving battery power. There’s now a “Close All Tabs” option to save you shutting each one manually, the ability to search for content or words within websites from the address bar, and more.
Deus Ex GO (iOS and Android)
Another gaming franchise to reach ‘GO’ status (Pokémon GO, Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO…) is Deus Ex; the hugely popular RPG series from Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk universe, humanity has discovered how to improve our natural capabilities using cybernetic augmentations, effectively turning people part-machine. You’ll play as the recent games’ hero Adam Jensen in this addictive turn-based puzzle game.
Apple TV Remote (iOS)
Apple’s Remote app has always been a good accompaniment to Apple TV since its keypad makes searching for movies, shows and music a breeze. The app’s refresh takes things to a whole new level, though, thanks to the addition of Siri. As long as you have one of the newest (4th gen) Apple TV boxes, you’ll be able to ask Siri for suggestions, control playback with your voice, and even ask ‘what did they just say?’ – Siri will scrub the back 30 seconds and temporarily add subtitles.
Rio 2016 (iOS, Android and Windows Phone)
The Olympics are go! The Rio games are now thoroughly underway, but with so many events how can you be sure you don’t miss your favourite? The official Rio Olympics app is the answer; it’s packed with schedules, results, facts about each event, info on the venues and stadiums, and – of course – that all important medal table.
Out There: Chronicles (iOS and Android)
Humanity is no longer how you remember it. Your life on Earth is over. Your successful stasis has propelled you into the future in an instant – relatively speaking, of course. But is life better? Nope. In this beautiful interactive graphic novel, you’ll find yourself as a minority among more advanced species who rule the stars. To find your own – now sparse – people you need to forge unlikely friendships and encounter ancient enemies.
Dyson Link (iOS and Android)
The Dyson Link app – which lets you control Dyson devices – has been around for ages, but it gets a mention here because it’s just been updated to let you keep track of the new Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner – the company’s first automated machine and one it’s been working on since 1998! Fire up the app and you can follow your little bot’s progress around the home.
Like movies? You’ll love Cinematics. It’s a one-stop shop for cinema buffs which combines the power of a Google Search, the informational prowess of IMDB, and the rating system from Rotten Tomatoes, and wraps it all up in a shiny Material Design coating. Just search for a movie, actor, director, etc., and Cinematics will bring up everything you ever wanted to know.
Starbucks (Windows 10 Mobile)
A long-time fan favourite on iOS and Android, the Starbucks app has made it to Windows 10 smartphones at last! With it you can check up on and redeem your rewards, and you can even use the app to pay for your cuppa in 700 stores throughout the UK.
For more information about Android, iOS and Windows Phone and all their associated apps, head to Vodafone in Salford Shopping Centre.