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. Ara Wagoner — Disney Movies Anywhere
Disney Movies Anywhere is already the best system for digital copies in that you don't technically need the app to take advantage of the digital copies, since they're added to Google Play Movies and TV (and iTunes, yay cross-platform!). But their app is pretty great, and an update last week made it a little bit better.
The navigation has been smoothed up a little, and now you can spend all your time in one section if you're not looking to shell out $10-$20 for new (or newly added titles). Watch Now now hosts Explore and Your Library, meaning you can watch the Frozen Sing-Along for the quintillienth time or you can watch the featurette about Frozen Fever and the magic of short film animation. (Which reminds me, I still need to buy Frozen...)
2. Russell Holly — Hue Gen 2
Philips has performed a massive overhaul of the app that drives their smart lighting, and it is glorious. The app follows Material Design now, allows for room-by-room designations for bulbs, and still plays nice with all of the other apps and smart home tech in the house. It is exactly what I have wanted from Philips for two years now, and I finally don't feel the need to install a third party app just to use the lights.
3. Jen Karner — Musical.ly
I have spent more time than I'm actually willing to admit watching videos on Vine, or compilations of Vine videos on Youtube. So when I started seeing videos of original music, or cute new sketches on a new app I had to check it out. Musical.ly is a short video app similar to Vine, except that it revolves around music.
You can find music from popular artists, and people trying to make it big alike. There are filters, and you can even lipsync to your favorite songs and post them up for the world to see. All of the videos have a 15 second cut off, but if you're a fan of music there is some awesome content just waiting to be discovered.
4. Daniel Bader — Realtor.ca
Buying a house is a lot of work, and across Canada — especially in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver — the market is extremely competitive.
Until recently, the best mobile tool for surveying available homes and condos to purchase, Realtor.ca, was one of the ugliest apps ever designed. Thankfully, in late April the app received a Material Design overhaul, with new features befitting the large, speedy phones many Canadian Android users carry with them every day. Working with all of the major brokerage and listing firms, Realtor.ca aggregates practically every public listing in the country, and provides tools for planning a weekend open house tour, or just a casual stroll through a specific neighbourhood.
It would have been indispensable when I was buying my first house, but I'm happy the Android version finally got the sprucing its iOS and web-based versions have had for some time.
5. Jerry Hildenbrand — Google I/O 2016
You're probably reading this post because you're an Android fan. Cool. We are, too. Every Android fan is going to have something to talk about next week when Google holds their annual developer conference in Mountain View, and discussing everything laid out on stage is something we all like to do.
Since there's so many different things going on at Google I/O, the best way to keep up with the schedule is with the Google I/O 2016 app. You can look at all the sessions and presentations to see exactly what time you should visit Android Central (we've got a whole troop of flying monkeys going to I/O this year and our fingers are ready to talk about it all) as well as check to see when live streams or replays are posted to YouTube so you can check it out yourself. It's free, so go ahead and grab it.
6. Andrew Martonik — FOX Sports GO
The cable and sports channels historically have pretty horrible apps, but Fox Sports GO has really stepped up its game with the latest update. The new interface is smooth and easy to navigate, and it's dead simple now to do the most important functions — watch streams, set reminders and share streams with friends.
But beyond the new interface, Fox Sports GO is downright blazing at bringing you a live stream of the sporting event you're trying to keep up with on the go. It also offers crystal clear HD streaming ... which unfortunately isn't a given on these kinds of apps.
As is often the case here you'll need to sign in with a cable subscription to get these popular live streams. If you're a sports fan you're okay with that, and Fox Sports GO has to be in your arsenal of apps.