Our weekly app picks
It's Appday Sunday and that means we're back with more of our favorites to share. Every week we bring a handful of great apps to the table and share them with everyone. Sometimes they are new apps, sometimes old standards, but every time they are apps we love to use.
Give these a look and then take a minute to tell us all about the apps you are using and love so we can give them a try. We all find some of our favorites right in the comments on these posts!
1. Russell Holly — Steven Universe: Attack the Light
All he wants to do.
Is see them turn into.
A giant woman. A GIANT WOMAN.
I don't usually pay a ton of attention to themed RPGs. They're often pale imitations of proper RPGs so people can smile and remember the things about the show or movie being referenced in the game. Much in the same way that the show is much better than it looks, Attack the Light is a massive departure from that skinned RPG experience. It's a totally unique RPG that puts you right in the middle of an adventure that could easily happen in several episodes of Steven Universe.
If you like Steven Universe, you should play this game. If you like RPGs, you should play theis game and then go watch Steven Universe. Either way you win, because both really are that good.
2. Daniel Bader — Foodora - Finest Food Delivery
A shortage of app-based food delivery services there is not, but in a saturated market, some stand out more than others. Foodora, which entered the Canadian market in 2015 through its acquisition of courier startup, Hurrier, stands out with a slick and beautiful Android app that showcases the best food delivery options nearby.
Currently available in Toronto and Montreal in Canada, as well as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, and several Western European cities, Foodora makes a concerted effort to partner with small, independent restaurants that benefit from the company's robust supply chain of bike- and car-based delivery vehicles.
Despite the dominance of services like UberEats and Just-Eat, I keep returning to Foodora because its drivers are never late, the food is always hot, and delivery prices are reasonable.
3. Jen Karner — Wedding Escape
Marriage isn't for everyone, and in this matching game you'll be trying to escape your wedding. You'll need to pick an avatar — to start you can flee as either the groomsman, or brideswoman. Each level is spent trying to outrun the folks who have it out for you, from priests, and bridesmaids to police officers. To make matches you'll try for lines of 3, but unlike many matching games where you move pieces on the board, things are slightly trickier here. You'll flip items to make matches, and try to clear enough tiles to make it to the next level.
This is a strategy based game, which you'll realize when you have 6 moves to clear over 150 tiles from the board. Making bigger matches, and using power ups can make that much easier though. As you play you'll unlock upgrades for play, as well as 60 unique characters to play as. This game is really fun, and quite addictive, but even after 4-6 hours of playing I'm still trying to get through level 9 in one piece. If you're a fan of puzzle games, or matching games, this is one to check out.
4. Phil Nickinson — Hootsuite
We were recently discussing on the podcast what we use to post to the Android Central Instagram account. It's great that you can now use multiple accounts, but I still like to type on a keyboard more than I do on a phone. And so I've been using Hootsuite as a go-between. It's part clever and part clunky. But once you get the workflow down, it makes it pretty easy to post pictures from your computer (which is where I do most of my photo editing anyway) to Instagram on a phone. The instructions are easy to follow, and the app does a nice job of walking you through things.
5. Ara Wagoner — RadarScope
April showers might bring May flowers.... but they also tend to bring April hail, flooding, and the errant tornado. While there's probably some flimsy radar included in just about every weather app you'll come across, for those who want to dig a little deeper into the squall line of supercells that are heading your way, there's RadarScope. This is the radar app every meteorologist I know turns to when they're not in the storm center (and even when they are, sometimes). This is not a cheap weather app, by any means, but if you live in tornado alley (yo!), somewhere that needs to be more weather-aware, or you're just generally fascinated by mother nature and the hail she's about to bring down on your car, this is worth the investment.
Should you need to quickly check the radar while you're battening down the hatches around your property, or while you're stopped at the traffic light (and I do mean stopped. DO NOT use this while moving), Radarscope's recent 3.0 update added an Android Wear app. It's ready to ride out the storm from your wrist, with controls to loop radar and switch between radar stations/types.
6. Andrew Martonik — Fi Info
We've highlighted a few different apps to give you a peek behind the curtain of what's going on network-wise with your Project Fi phone, and after using SignalCheck for a while I've come over to Fi Info. The app is simple, but keeps a great log of what exactly your Project Fi phone is doing — showing when it switches networks, what speed the network is and what Wi-Fi access points it hits.
Even better, Fi Info gives you quick settings to make your phone switch manually between Sprint and T-Mobile if it's having a tough time figuring out which one to use, and has a couple of widgets that help facilitate the process. The app isn't flashy, but it's free and is now my app of choice for my Fi phones.
7. Jerry Hildenbrand — Miitomo
I have no idea what I'm doing here. Russell told me "Dude you have to try the Miitomo app. You'll hate it because you hate everything good!" Russell does that sort of thing, and I can't help but listen. Anyhoo, I've been using it, and he's right. I hate it. But that's because he was also right when he said I hate everything good. I think.
Miitomo is like a little virtual world Tamagotchi pet thingy of some sorts. You don't need to feed or pet your little dude or dudette, but you can do things like change clothes, visit friends and answer questions some Nintendo overlord beams into your screen. Your friends — you can find them from Twitter or Facebook — can see your answers and like or comment on them. Of course, you can also see your friends answers and do the same.
This game is not for me. I'm going to keep answering questions (I have no idea why) for a bit and see what else I can find out about it. Having said that, it seems that a whole lot of people do like Miitomo. I see the pictures getting shared (there's an in-app camera you use to create poses and backgrounds to share your Wii avatar thingy) everywhere and watch people ohhing and ahhing over it.
You might be like me and hate it. Or you might not be like me and love it. It's free (with in-app purchases to buy coins you can use to buy clothes), so there's only one way to find out.