March's Essential Apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile

By Tom Pritchard on at

Well February is now over. A very short month that happened to have a hell of a lot going on. We finally found out how much the HTC Vive will cost, we got to see Samsung's new flagships, saw a whole bunch of new gadgets at MWC in Barcelona, the ever-pricey Hololens became available for developers, we tested bionic earbuds, had a bit of a fuck-up with the naming of Crossrail, and heard about new plans for the government to stop us from watching our beloved porn.

February also saw some nice apps for us all to enjoy, and here are the best ones that you should be downloading onto your phone for March.


Airport App by FLIO: Waiting in the airport is a huge drag, but it has to be done. You know, because they say you have to be there two hours in advance to check in. Rather than wasting the time you have in the terminal, FLIO's airport app is there to make it easier. Not only does it streamline the process of trying to get online, it also has tips and guides to the world's major airports, live arrival and departure information, and well as offers to save you some money in the shops. [Free]

Flyperlink: Designed to make opening URLs from within apps slightly less annoying, Flyperlink immediately loads each link as a floating bubble, ready for you to open up whenever you see fit. That way, you don't need to stop whatever you were doing because you found a potentially interesting link. It also opens them up in a quick-loading micro-browser for speedy access and reading. [Free]

iDisplay: A handy little app that lets you use your Android tablet as a secondary display for your computer, via USB and via Wi-Fi. It just got updated this month, and now includes lower latency to make wireless use a lot more usable than before. [£3.13]

Public Speaking for Cardboard: Virtual reality is a wonderful thing, and thanks to the cheapness of Google Cardboard you can finally practise your speeches and presentations in front of a real audience. Or, at the very least, the next best thing. Public Speaking creates a virtual audience in a variety of settings, mimicking how they might behave; such as them not paying attention, chatting, and so on. It also lets you import your own presentation slides, and has a timer so you can keep track of things. [Free]


Kommute: There are times when you don't have any phone signal on your commute, whether it's due to deadspots, tunnels, or you're trying to save data. Kommute sorts that out be downloading set webpages in advance, letting you read through article on the front page offline. The free version is limited to one site and whatever is on the front page, but the premium version lets you add as many as you want and links deeper within the website. [Free - with premium version]

Everalbum: We can't all keep our full-resolution photos on our devices, especially when iPhones and iPads don't have expandable storage. So what do you do? Compress them? Delete them? Nah. Upload them to Everalbum instead. It offers free unlimited storage for all your photos without compromising on resolution. The premium version also lets you upload all your videos. [Free - with premium upgrade]

CornerTube: YouTube is a pain, because once you leave the app videos stop playing. CornerTube takes advantage of the iPad's multitasking mode, and plays videos in the corner of your screen. That means you can do all your important iPad-related activities and watch/listen to YouTube videos at the same time. [£2.29]

Playlist a Day: How do you stop your music collection from getting boring? If you want to keep things fresh, sign up for Playlist a Day. It'll send you a brand new personalised Spotify playlist each day, so you can find brand new music to enjoy without having to do all the hard work of browsing through streaming catalogues. [Free]

Windows Mobile

Network Data: Windows 10's data-tracking settings are pretty basic, and if you want to keep an eye on things in greater detail you'll want to invest in this one. It displays all your data usage in graph format, and differentiates between different data sources (specific Wi-Fi networks, mobile data, etc). The only thing it doesn't do is break down data usage by app, but Windows does that anyway. [£1.09]

Voice Wake: Put Cortana to good use, by using her to remotely control (and keep an eye on) your Windows 10 PC. Not only can you boot up and set your devices to sleep, Voice Wake also lets you monitor your PC's processes remotely in real time. It's a little bit limited right now, but it's a handy way to sort out your computer without actually having to be in physical contact with it. [£1.49]

Glide: Video calling has been working its way into our lives for some time, but why does it always have to be full-on phone calls? Why can't it be more like texting? That's what Glide is aiming to be, giving you the chance to send short and sweet video messages to your contacts. It's easier than calling, and it's a lot more interesting than words. [Free]

Cover Comic Reader: Comics are amazing, but digital copies need to be opened in a specific comic-reader app if you want to be able to enjoy them. For Windows Mobile users there's this. It accesses comics from your phone's storage, OneDrive, and Dropbox, letting you download individual issues as and when you need them. Other than that, it's just like any other reading app - complete with a library and automatic bookmarking. [Free]