The phrase “there’s an app for that” has become a somewhat tongue-in-cheek quip, but let’s face it… it is the truth! There are apps that just plain amuse us and apps that are so useful we wonder what we ever did without them. We even have our own magicApp, which allows you to do unlimited calling to the U.S. and Canada from anywhere in the world. The iOS version has unlimited texting (with Android coming soon).
If you are looking to add a few apps to your personal mobile device, here are a few of the newest and most innovative options available.
Have you ever run into something because you were attempting to walk while texting? Problem solved! Iris will use your Android device’s camera to record what is happening in front of you and superimpose the video feed as a semi-transparent background for any app. Whether you are texting or checking social media, you can multi-task without fear of running into a wall.
Wakie is basically an alarm clock with a quirky little twist—it has a complete stranger call you to wake you up. You get a sixty-second conversation with your new friend and then the call cuts out. No phone numbers or other personal information is displayed on either end of the call, so your privacy is safe. It is available for Apple, Android, and Window devices.
If you have an Android device, Tasker can help you control your apps and features. For example, Tasker can open a certain app at the same time every day or read out your SMS text messages to you while you drive. Tasker has been around for a while, but is still outshining other automation apps.
Another app that has been around for a few years, but still possesses the wow factor is iTranslate Voice, available for both Apple and Android devices. This impressive app will translate your words into over forty languages, both in text and speech. That’s right – instantaneous translation from your phone. Traveling the world is sounding more possible than ever.
This fun new iPhone app allows you to connect with people across the world by comparing pictures of something you are seeing or doing at a particular moment in time. You give Tworlds, short for “two worlds,” a category like as cat, horizon, or work and the app will connect you with another user who is sharing a similar experience. Each party shares a picture and you get to compare a visual moment with another person who could be right around the corner or half a world away.
A current trend in wireless communication is the shift from text to visual—think of the rising popularity of Instagram over other social media sites. Pop is jumping on board by providing iPhone users with a platform for simple, short video communications that they are referring to as “video texting.” It makes sending and receiving video messages faster and easier than sending a text. Not to mention that it allows you express your real emotions, without resorting to smiley faces and acronyms.
Struggle with math? You guessed it…there’s an app for that! Photomath uses your mobile device’s camera to scan a picture of that troublesome math problem and solves it for you. It is like a calculator, but better. It can also walk you through solving the problem, turning it into a teaching device rather than just a shortcut. Photomath is available for Apple, Android, Window, and Amazon devices.
If you have been relying on the same old apps for utility or entertainment on your mobile device, now is a great time to experiment with some of the new and innovative apps. The listed apps are only a tiny fraction of the exciting new apps available. Break out your phone or tablet and discover new fun and creative technology that you will soon wonder how you lived without.