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 - Evoland
I absolutely adore games that refuse to take themselves seriously, and Evoland is most certainly that. It's also a Zelda clone, a Final Fantasy Clone, a Chrono Trigger clone, and its own game all at once. There really isn't a better way to explain what is happening in this game than that, which is fantastic.
The actual story you play through is a little on the short side, but it's such a wild ride through the history of RPG/dungeon crawler games that you're not likely to notice unless you try to play it in one sitting.
2. Ara Wagoner - AutoWear
Ever look at your Android Wear watch and wish it could do just a little more? Well, now with a little know-how and a little luck, you can make it happen with the latest of Joao Dias's marvelous AutoApps, aptly titled AutoWear, allows you to setup custom apps and interfaces, allows you to make always-visible buttons and trigger tasks based on whether your watch screen is on or off, and you can shake your wrists to trigger tasks as well. But that's not why I'm really excited.
It brings AutoVoice to your wrist without root. Hallelujah.
I have the Moto X, so I can already get hands free commands, but now any Android user with an Android Wear watch can get the hands-free awesomeness of AutoVoice on their phone, too! I've only just begun to play with it, but there are some more advanced projects here I'm looking into for my meteorologist to possibly use while storm chasing. For those just getting started, AutoWear has a slightly longer setup than most AutoApps, but don't freak out! There's a step-by-step to help you through all of it. As always, you can download AutoWear for free and then after testing out some if its features, you can upgrade to the full app with either an in-app purchase or by subscribing to AutoApps. Best dollar-something a month I spend.
3. Phil Nickinson — Yahoo Weather
It almost feels a little dirty using another weather app on an HTC phone. Maybe that dates me, but HTC used to have the weather app. Nowadays? It's Yahoo. Yes, Yahoo. The app is gorgeous, pulling in background art from Flickr. It's fast. It's powered by Weather Underground. It puts everything I want to see in a single, scrollable screen. And it's still one of the first things I install on any new phone.
4. Andrew Martonik — Aircharge Qi Wireless Charging
If you're out of the house and your Qi-compatible device needs a battery top-up, Aircharge can hopefully point you in the direction of a place with free Qi charging stations. The number of publicly-available wireless chargers is still small in the grand scheme of things, and there are probably fewer out there than standard plug-in charge stations, but more and more retailers and restaurants are getting up to speed with it. Aircharge says its database has over 3000 charging locations around the world, so there's a decent chance you'll find one if you're in a major city and in need of a wireless charge. Just don't rely on it as your only source of charging just yet.
5. Alex Dobie — BBC Weather
We've just recently covered the best weather apps for Android, so it's worth highlighting my weather app for choice: BBC Weather.
The app is fast, simple and powerful, giving you weather forecasts for your current location, as well as cities you can pin to the slide-out menu bar. And for each of these places you'll get daily and hourly forecasts for the next several days. The app's also recently been updated with support for UK weather and flood alerts, which could be useful if you live in a flood-prone area. On top of that there's a selection of widgets available to bring the weather to your home screens.