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 — Navi Watch Face
Maybe it's my recent addiction to Elite: Dangerous, but I've been on a futuristic/sci-fi kick with a lot of my wallpapers and icons lately. When I stumbled across the Navi Watch Face by Tha Phlash, I had to have it.
The watch face includes a decent list of customization options, including colors for most of the face and how the second hand behaves, but the big things for me are the battery, date, and weather quick glances. It's not quite a hologram on my wrist for me to navigate through the docking station, but it looks great and the animations don't destroy my battery.
2. Phil Nickinson — Spring
I hate shopping. (But I don't mind spending money. Go figure.) I hate trying on clothes, I'm not crazy about stores, and I desire even less to be around that many people at one time. Spring may be a lifesaver, and it's now available on Android. Top brands. Top styles. (Because, believe it or not, I care about such things even if I only buy new clothes upon disintegration.) And it's ridiculously simple to use and nicely designed. Pretty much all I ever want to have to do to buy, well, anything. Plus you can save $20 through Aug. 16. Give it a look.
3. Andrew Martonik — Fox Sports GO
Fox Sports has a whole bunch of channels that cover several different sports and all of the major leagues, and its simple Fox Sports GO app lets you watch (pretty much) all of them. With a few restrictions, the Fox Sports GO app lets you watch NFL (tablets only), MLB, NHL, UFC, Nascar and in the case of my main use UEFA Champions League and MLS soccer. Just like every other one of these kinds of apps you'll need to authenticate with your (or someone you know, let's be honest) cable provider's credentials, which is a bummer, but we can't be surprised at this point that the sign-in process is still a thing.
The app isn't the smoothest out there, but it seems like every one of these cable-linked streaming apps have troubles with the interface. The important part is that Fox Sports GO can stream in high quality with good audio as soon as you hit the play button — and that's why I keep it installed.
4. Justin Duino — Bitmoji - Your Avatar Emoji
I do not tend to use many emojis outside of the basic smily and winky faces but one application that I had multiple friends using in chats with me was Bitmoji. If your emoji game is stronger than mine, you might sometimes want to send your friends more creative emoticons. When you first install Bitmoji you are taken through a tutorial to create your digital avatar. After the setup is complete you can scroll through dozens of emojis featuring you!
Bitmoji is free to download from the Play Store and will allow you to add some fun emojis featuring yourself to your chats!
5. Jerry Hildenbrand — Office Rumble
Ever wanted to get even with Susan in purchasing? Or how about those IT Department goons? Or Phil the boss? Yeah. That's the ticket right there.
Office Rumble is sort of like Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat, except you're battling against the nightmare people you might find in your office. Chauvinistic a-holes, or know-it-all co-workers, even the dude who steals your sandwich — you can fight them all. It's hilariously over-the-top simulated violence (probably not for some young'uns) and a load of fun. There are even different arenas, skills and finishing moves. It's crazy-fun and a great time and battery waster.
Of course there are in-app purchases and ads, but you can play without the former and the latter aren't the worst we've seen. A cool thing the publishers are doing is removing ads if you make any in-app purchase. I hope that catches on.