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 — VR Free Climb
We're all hopped up on the sweet news about Daydream, but there's still plenty of great things to do with Google Cardboard. A recent demo from the folks at BrickSimple is a perfect example. VR Free Climb is a simple Cardboard game where you scale a rock wall. You use the Cardboard button to move from brick to brick, but if you miss you'll fall quite fast. It's a fun, quick experience that will absolutely turn your stomach if you fall, but ultimately makes for a fantastic quick thing to show someone new to Cardboard.
2. Ara Wagoner — My Disney Experience
The apps for Disneyland and Walt Disney World have some overlap, just as the parks themselves do. The effect that app can have on your vacation is worlds apart. Whereas the Disneyland app is at most a superfluous map with some wait times, My Disney Experience is damn near required for a vacation to sunny Orlando.
Thanks to fastpasses being shoved into an app or kiosk instead of physically going to a ride and getting a pass, the app is essential to getting fastpasses and securing a decent wait at new or highly popular attractions like Seven Dwarves Mine Train or Toy Story Midway Mania. It's also the best way to make restaurant reservations. Disney puts a lot of features into this app... But some visitors aren't quite aware of how freaking important it is to have up and running before arrival. Two of my family members didn't even have Disney accounts yet, much less have their MagicBand linked to their account and their app. This led to an extra visit to Guest Services when the app errored out on them in the park. Well, at least it's an app with in-person tech support.
When it works and it's set up well in advance, My Disney Experience will help you make the most of your expensive Walt Disney World vacation. But if you don't have this set up... you're gonna have a bad time.
3. Andrew Martonik — MLB Ballpark
If you follow baseball at all you're probably aware of the MLB At Bat app, but for those who live near a major league team and attend games, MLB has a separate app called MLB Ballpark to enhance your in-stadium experience.
The MLB Ballpark app offers information on stadium amenities, concessions (even at-seat ordering at some parks) and public Wi-Fi. You can also see game stats, replays and even upgrade your seats once you're in the stadium. As someone who doesn't go to games in person all that often, it's super useful to have an app like MLB Ballpark to put everything in one place.
4. Daniel Bader - Lumi News - Tinder for news
Fancy a way to source high-quality news stories the same way you swipe right on that potential date? Lumi promises just that, with a personalized feed of news articles that improves the more input you give it. And how do you give it that input? You guessed it: you swipe right for articles you like, and left for ones you'd rather not see again.
Similar to the popular Nuzzel News, Lumi has a social element, too, allowing you to follow your friends' likes as well. It's a simple premise, but like Flipboard and other card-based news apps, it's a refreshing and fun way to discover great reading material. Let the app plug into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and the recommendations become even more accurate as it scans for sources, like Android Central, that you already follow.
5. Jerry Hildebnrand — SB Security Booster
I'm reluctant to recommend this app, because I know not everybody reads all the words in a blog post. You need to read them so it makes more sense.
Unless you disable the built-in security on your Android, you probably don't have any need for a "virus" scanner. Likewise, apps that do things like kill background services always lead to problems, and will have you searching through forums for ideas about what's wrong with your phone. SB Security Booster is a virus scanner that has a tool to kill apps in the background. But that's not why I'm recommending it.
The app also has a feature that sniffs out apps that do really shitty things with ads. Things like add them to your lock screen or as a notification. Nobody wants that, and nobody needs apps that do that. Use SB Security Booster to ferret them out so you can uninstall them — then uninstall SB Security Booster once you've found them.
I've seen several cases where SB Security Booster was able to identify apps that smother you with ads and other apps designed to find them couldn't. If you're in that situation, give this one a try.