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!
Jerry Hildenbrand — Cool Circle watch face
A friend turned me on to this watch face, and I'm glad he did (thanks, Don). It's a great change from the ones included on my Moto 360, allows for a good bit of customization, and isn't shredding the battery like some others I've tried.
Cool Circle gives a nice modern look (with highlights in the color of your choosing) and has all the "standard" watch information right on the screen — time, day and date. Other options allow for 12 or 24-hour time, smooth second hand flow, and screen timeout. It's free, and looks good on all round Android Wear devices.
Phil Nickinson — One More Line
Far be it from me to recommend one of those completely frustrating apps that makes you want to throw your phone against the wall but you just can't put it down even though I can stop anytime I want and it'll be OK just you wait and see and ...
Yeah. That's One More Line. The idea is to go as high as you can. Tap on the screen anywhere to latch on to one of the anchor points and start spinning around. And the closer you are, the faster you spin, so be careful. Then release to keep on keeping on. It's fast. And it's not easy. And it's completely addictive.
Justin Duino — Wear Mini Launcher
I have worn an Android Wear device since the first day Google gave them to us developers at I/O last June. One of the must have applications that I use every day and recommend to everyone I see wearing an Android Wear device is Wear Mini Launcher. This simple and clean launcher both keeps the normal look and feel of the watch's interface but also adds a quick access menu to all of your applications as well as a quick toggle menu to control your phone's settings.
While I normally dislike modifying the pristine look of Android on any device, Wear Mini Launcher is the perfect companion to any Android Wear device. With the price tag of free, there is no reason not to download this launcher and improve your experience with your smartwatch.
Russell Holly — Thingiverse
Long before Ultimaker sent us a 3D Printer to play with, I've had a thing for browsing Thingiverse. The folks at Makerbot built Thingiverse to act as a place for users to share their creations and post requests for things they lack the tools to design themselves, and it has grown into a sort of social network for 3D Printer owners the world over. Browsing this site and seeing all of the incredibly clever things people are doing with their 3D Printers, as well as other users who have left messages thanking creators for their designs or suggesting enhancements and remixes is incredibly cool. Plus, now that there's a 3D Printer within arms reach I can make a queue of all sorts of things to print.
Alex Dobie — ITV Player
Not long ago, the ITV Player app for Android was, well, pretty dire. Things have improved recently, though, with a new, snappier and more attractive interface for the British broadcaster's streaming content. A simple tabbed layout lets you switch between channels, then either watch live or scroll through catch-up content. There's also search functionality and parental controls included.
Live ITV's regular broadcasts, the app is ad-supported, and you'll get a couple of pre-roll ads before each show, as well as regular ad breaks once you start watching. On the whole, though, the app is a huge improvement on earlier versions, and worth checking out if you're a regular ITV viewer.
Sarah Wagoner - Angry Birds Stella POP
I've always been a sucker for a bubble shooter game, and while I've never been able to dive into Angry Birds like most users have, Stella Pop might actually be catching with me. Especially since I played it for an hour straight the first time I opened it.
Rather than flinging birdies, you fling colored bubbles and the occasional powerup towards a stacked mountain of bubbles, ice, wood, and other sturdy materials you have to break down on your way to save woodland critter and send the piggies tumbling to their doom. This start getting a little difficult pretty quick, and the bounce shots will take some work getting the hang of.
Angry Birds, like Free Fall and most of the other casual games I tend to flock to, is a freemium model that seeks to make levels easier with special bubbles, extra lives, and extra bubbles (should you run out at the end of a level), and there comes a point where those purchases start looking reeeeal friendly. I'm not sure how long I can afford to have Stella POP on my Moto X, for my writing or my wallet, but while it's here, I can guarantee you my nights will be longer and full of colorful language. Seriously, who knew bubbles had that kind of gravity?! How did it pull that bubble in, it should've zoomed straight past it!