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

By Tom Pritchard on at

May has been and gone, bringing us into the summery months. It was an interesting month. We had bank holidays, another X-Men movie, the brand new remarkably average Top Gear, new Pebble devices, a delay to long-anticipated space-sim No Man's Skynew tobacco laws, news that BBC food is shutting down, and a new (excellent) Doom game.

June brings many things with it, including E3, festivals, and so on. To get you through the rest of the month, here are the apps you should download.


AppLock Face/Voice Recognition: Add some extra security to your apps, using biometrics. AppLock Face/Voice Recognition uses your face and a specific passphrase, keyed to the sound of your own voice, to keep your apps secure. Lock it behind your face, your voice, or both, with a back-up pattern lock in case you find yourself locked out (maybe you got a haircut or something). [Free]

Notifly: This one is a floating bubble, that lets you respond to any notifications easily and quickly – all without having to switch to another app. It's compatible with many popular communication apps too, including Gmail, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. [Free]

Android Pay: It took its time, but Android Pay is finally here. Unless you're with one of the banks that doesn't want to be involved, like Barclays. Just link up your cards, and you'll be able to pay for stuff using any contactless card reader – just make sure NFC is on and tap your phone against the reader. [Free]

VRidge: Since your Oculus and Vive probably haven't arrived yet, here's something to tide you over. VRidge lets you play VR games using your smartphone as a headset – just like Google Cardboard. It streams games to your phone wirelessly, so there's no need to sit around waiting for your pricey headgear to arrive. The only downside is that it doesn't seem to convert non-VR games into a form of stereoscopic 3D. [Free]


Sorted: Rather than just slapping a bunch of stuff into your calendar, Sorted makes use of little sticky-note type things that get slapped onto each day. Those notes are all list-based, ready for you to add in whatever information you like. It also has gesture controls, and reminders so you actually get stuff done. [£2.99]

Battery Share: A power-based social network, so to speak, that messages your friends when your phone is about to die – provided they have the app installed as well. You can also see exactly how much juice they all have in a timeline or sorts. [£0.99]

Opera VPN: A brand new free and unlimited VPN from Opera, designed to help you circumvent digital geographic blocks and unlock the web. It also blocks ads, and prevents trackers from tracking you. The one thing it doesn't promise is privacy, but it is going to be free from now until the end of time. [Free]

The Rock Clock:  A motivational alarm from the wrestler/actor, designed to give you a poke each day to get something done. Whether it's getting up (obviously), or getting a workout in, and so on. It has its own set of alarm tones too, including The rock-playing guitar, or simply shouting "beep" repeatedly. Just be warned, there's no snooze button. As the Rock says, "snooze buttons are for pussies". [Free]

Windows Mobile

Messenger: Facebook's messaging service, letting you converse with all your Facebook friends. Not only does this app mean you don't have to go to the website, Facebook is getting rid of that particular loophole - so if you use Facebook a lot you'll need this. [Free]

You-Doo: A to-do list app that prioritises what you should be doing based on your current location. So work-based stuff will be on top when you're at the office, and so on. Nice and simple, and it's all to make sure you use your time effectively. [Free]

Tiles for Outlook: A tool that use's Windows' Live Tile feature to bring your calendar over to your homescreen. It's basically a calendar widget for Windows Mobile. Everything is customisable, based on what calendars you use, what you want to show, and so on. Handy if you check your calendar a lot, and would rather not have to navigate into the app. [£0.79]

Unofficial Steam Authenticator: Valve doesn't have an official app on Windows Mobile, which makes it impossible for some users to access Steam Guard to protect their account (or unlock some of the marketplace features Valve locks away on new accounts). Luckily a third party has arrived to help you out, and linking to your Steam account grants you access to the two-factor authentication service. [Free]