The Week's Top Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Mobile Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

As someone who's wanted to see a stand-alone Deadpool movie since the cinematic shit-fest called X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it makes me insanely happy that the Deadpool film has made over $600 million worldwide.

For a film Fox didn't really seem to want to make, that's seriously impressive. This is the same studio that threw out the much derided Fantastic Four reboot last summer. It just goes to show how well things can go if you don't do everything possible to piss off hardcore fans before release.

Bring on the Blu-ray release, and the inevitable barrage of outtakes and deleted scenes. Until then, lets look at some apps.

Android: Tengi (Free)

What would you say if using WhatsApp was like playing the lottery? The more you talk to your friends, the more chance you have of winning yourself some money. That's the idea behind Tengi, a communication app that promises to give away half its income to users, as thanks for using their app.

There's a weekly prize draw, with the top prize of £1,000 (plus hundreds of other prizes) up for grabs. Tickets are earned for using the app each day, using the app for more than five minutes, and getting your friends to sign up. One thing to consider: Tengi is not like WhatsApp, in that the devs earn money from ads. So don't go in expecting an ad-free experience. Thankfully during my use they all seemed fairly unintrusive. No fullscreen ads and all that bollocks.

As for the use, it's really not too dissimilar from other messaging apps. You sign up with your phone number, you send messages just like texting, and you're able to send images, voice and video messages, plus your location. There's also a group chat so you can talk to everyone at once and annoy the hell out of the majority of them.

There's nothing too special about Tengi, but the fact that you could win real money for using it is a big draw. The only major downside is, of course, that you need all your friends to be using it if you want it to live up to its full potential.

Tengi is also available on iOS

You should also try:

Flurry Analytics: Track all the nitty gritty details about your apps in great detail, see how much usage you get out of them, and get notified if there's any change in performance. [Free]

Rewind: Reverse Voice Recorder: This one records everything in the background, letting you actually save anything important you might have heard. [Free]

Airport app by FLIO: Take all the hassle out of having to sit and wait in the airport. It makes accessing Wi-Fi easy, has a bunch of offers to save you money in shops, tips for each airport, and a departure/arrival board. [Free]

iPhone: Kommute (Free)

It doesn't matter where you live, but if you get public transport to work there are bound to be times where lack of signal cuts off your access to the internet. Or, you turn it off deliberately to save yourself some data on the way in. What if there was a way for this not to be a problem? Kommute wants to be there to help out.

How it works is this: You tell it what time you travel to and from work, along with your favourite websites, and it will download new content for you to enjoy - even when you're not connected to the internet.

The main brunt of the app is a feed of different news websites that it suggests, but it's possible for you to add in custom URLs as well. Giz UK, for instance, has to be added in manually for you all to enjoy out fabulous content on the way into work. It also mentions that it might have problems with custom URLs, but it'll do its best. I did find this, since Giz UK wasn't keen on loading, but I pulled the Guardian from the feed and it worked just fine. So you'll have to play around and see what you can get working.

One problem some people might have with Kommute is that the free version is quite limited. For starters only lets you add one website at a time, and it'll only pull down the front page. If you want more websites to read (and to be able to actually read more than the links on the front page) then you're going to have to cough up £2.29 for the premium version. That feels a little bit much, but think of it this way: the free version is just a free trial to make sure it works before you part with your cash.

It's not perfect, but Kommute should make your boring data-less commutes much more interesting. It sure beats that boring book you got free from the Kindle store.

You should also try:

Foodie: People can't stop taking pictures of their food, so make sure your photos actually look good. This one has a bunch of features (and filters) to try and make them look more appealing. [Free]

Park My Fine: Just got yourself a parking ticket? Well this app could have it paid for you. Just register and enter the details of your fine, and you'll be entered into a prize draw to have it paid off for you. [Free]

VidMod: Need a video editor but don't know where to look? VidMod is here to help. It pulls video from your device/the cloud and helps you find a professional you can hire to get it done. [Free]

iPad: Spark (Free)

Email is pretty much the way to communicate these days. Provided, of course, that it's not someone you're close enough with to text each other. The problem is that inboxes can get incredibly full, and some people have issues keeping on top of things. Spark has been a popular email management system for iPhone, and now it's available on the iPad.

The first thing is does is automatically organises all your emails into three categories: personal, notifications, and newsletters. From there you can organise all your emails using a number of different swipes, letting you pin, archive, mark as read, and delete your emails in an instant. The point of it all being that you can quickly see how important your emails are, and sort them out with minimal effort.

Those swipes, along with everything else, are completely customisable too, so you can decide what happens when. If you have no need to pin emails, you can set one of your swipes to snooze, or spam, or send it to any number of apps. The rest of the customisation goes beyond changing things like colour as well. You can alter what goes into your side bar, what widgets appear (and where), and so on.

It can be a little tricky to get your head round things at first, but it doesn't take long to figure out what's where. Plus, the customisation features mean that anything you don't like can be altered. So if you need some way to keep on top of your emails, this is well worth a try.

You should also try:

BBC Music: A music app from, you guessed it, the BBC. Designed to offer personalised music from everything the BBC has, which is apparently quite a lot. It also lets you export the playlists from the app into Spotify, Deezer, and YouTube. [Free]

Grid - Multiplayer Creative Workspace: A tool for building and organising your creative ideas, either with collaborators or by yourself. [£1.49]

Windows Mobile: Huetro (Free)

If you have Philips' Hue smart bulbs in your house, you no doubt have an app to control them with. Well, with it's latest update, Huetro wants to usurp that app. Not only is the new app a universal Windows app, it's also had a brand new design and a whole bunch of extra features to entice you into downloading.

The big one is that it now features Cortana commands, meaning you can use Microsoft's virtual assistant to control your lights. You know, just in case you were too lazy to use actual controls. Or you have her set to always listen out for your commands, and you're not within reach of your device.

There's also a brand new colour picker, ambience settings, and dimmer switch support, so you will always end up with the exact type of light you want.

You should also try:

Slack Beta: (Update) The popular collaboration and communication tool just got a small update, fixing lots of bugs and new performance improvements. [Free]

Microsoft Power BI: (Update) An app designed to help you interact with your business data more easily, now letting you open and view reports. [Free]