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. Jared DiPane — True Skate
True Skate is a skateboarding game that you control with your fingers, like you are riding a mini skateboard. The game is super realistic, which means that it can be rather challenging to get started with. Once you get a hang of the controls, and skating around, the possibilities are endless.
There are various skate parks that you can unlock with in-app purchases, tons of user challenges, and much more. If you are looking for something new to check out, be sure to give this a shot.
2. Jen Karner — Disney Gif
There are plenty of apps out there that get you access to tons of gifs. There aren't however tons of gif apps that give you access to the Disney collection, including Star Wars, Marvel Movies and Pixar. Disney Gif gets you access to hundreds of gifs separated by category or production company. It's only become available on Android devices recently but I'm already a huge fan. It's even got a built in share capability that lets you easily embed your chosen gif in Facebook Messenger, Hangouts, or various Social Media. There some in-app purchases, and these come in the form of specific themed emoji packs from Tangled or Frozen. So if you're a fan of conversation using mostly gifs, and you're a fan of Disney, then this app should definitely be in your wheelhouse.
3. Russell Holly — Agar.io
Remember the early parts of the game Spore, where you're a microbe just trying to get by with other microbes. Eating to survive, escaping things that want to eat you, and changing slightly with every move you make? Agar.io is kind of like that, only at about 5x the pace and almost everything you see on the screen is another player trying to do the same thing as you in real time.
It's a ton of fun, but so fast that you'll be starting a new character ever couple of minutes until you figure things out. Once you get the hang of it, things get a whole lot more fun.
4. Andrew Martonik — Citymapper
Whether I'm at home or traveling, it's always useful to have a few apps on board ready to help me get places. I spend a lot of time using Google Maps and OneBusAway here in Seattle, but when I travel I realize there are other apps to help me in those places — Citymapper is one of them. Citymapper is an all around great choice for helping you get from place to place in a variety of different ways, with step-by-step instructions, transit information, multi-modal directions and travel alerts — everything you need for getting around when traveling.
Citymapper unfortunately isn't in every major city around the U.S., but it does have many of the big ones like New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston, as well as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in Canada. (You can find a full list of supported cities on the Play Store page.) I'm a firm proponent for using public transit when traveling — both to save money and better experience the city — and apps like Citymapper can absolutely make that an easier experience.
A bonus is Citymapper has just been updated with full Marshmallow support as well, including optimizations for Now On Tap, runtime permissions, and full app backups. It's always great to see apps updating with these new hooks right away.
5. Richard Devine — Wunderlist
I've been a happy Todoist user now for some time but before renewing my premium account for another year I thought I'd check out the competition first, see what else is out there. Wunderlist isn't a new app but it's one I've never really paid much attention to before now and it's pretty good. It's a solid to-do list manager with folders, lists, support for attached files, collaborations and more.
What I'm liking right now is the balance of simplicity and features. My Todoist account has got pretty messy through plug in all of the things and I'm quite happy right now not to have any of that. Just the important stuff, where I want it, when I want it. The cross platform support is superb, and it's actually the new app for Windows 10 that drew me in to try it out. Most features are available for free but you can get access to everything with a Pro account for $4.99 a month or $50 a year.
6. Jerry Hildenbrand — Custom Quick Settings
If you're running Marshmallow on your phone or tablet, and like to mess with the UI, Custom Quick Settings is a free app you need to try.
Using the System UI tuner settings, you can add a shortcut to your quick settings panel for just about anything you can think of. The process isn't the most simple thing out there, but the app walks you through and spells out all the steps in regular human-language. When you're all done, you'll be able to have shortcuts to your apps, a web url, or a custom toggle for most settings right where you can get to them.
The app is free with ads or a one-time purchase of $1.53 will remove them. You'll also need to be running Marshmallow to use it.