The Week's Top Android, iOS, and Windows Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

I, like many people, am a terrible procrastinator. I always put off work in favour of doing other things, even if the other things include preparing for something that isn't happening for two months. I'm moving in January, and my brain has started whirring about telling me I should get prepared. Even though it's two months away. Crazy, right?

Apps, being work, are also subject to my procrastinating needs, but they always get done eventually. Without further adieu, here is this week's list.

Adobe Photoshop Fix

FreeAndroid

This one has been out for iOS for a while, but it's just come to Android. Available to Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers, Photoshop Fix is a simpler version of the software designed for basic photo retouching on the go. It's not really going to replace the full version of Photoshop (or even the mobile version), but it is going to make simple image editing much easier to do on your phone. Plus, the basics of it are free. No Creative Cloud account required.

AppChecker

Free: Android

There is a bit of a fragmentation problem with Android. While that might not seem like an issue for most, it is for developers who have to target specific versions of the OS. While this generally isn't a problem, it can mean certain features won't be compatible with older versions of the software. AppChecker tells you exactly which version of Android your apps have targeted, so you know if you're getting everything that's on offer.

Android Auto

FreeAndroid

We all know Android Auto, but taking advantage of it always depended on your car having the system built it. Those days are gone, with Android Auto now available for all cars using the power of your phone. It'll either connect to your car's dashboard display, or if it doesn't have one everything will stay on your phone. It's all designed to make it easier to use your apps while driving, though it will require an active data connection.

Author

Free: iOS

One for musicians, letting you create your own guitar tab sheets right there on your iPad. The built-in tools are there to make the whole thing easier, and simpler than using a run of the mill text editor. Once you're done you can publish them to the Ultimate Guitar community, and see what other people think.

Fingerprint Gestures

FreeAndroid

The Google Pixel (and the iPhone 7, for that matter) has a number of fingerprint gestures that let you use your device's fingerprint scanner for a bunch of other things. This app brings that idea to non-Pixel phones, letting you do various different actions to perform actions that would otherwise be unavailable to you. Some of the built-in things require root, but most of them do not - which is always a good thing.

GAMEYE

FreeAndroid | iOS

This one is part encyclopedia, part organisation tool. Essentially it's a place for you to keep tabs on your ever-growing video game collection. It's capable of scanning individual cartridges and barcodes, so adding something it as easy as taking a photo of your phone. GAMEYE also contains a great deal of information about the game sin question, including how much they're worth - so you're never going to find yourself getting ripped off.

Hardbound (Update)

FreeiOS

Want to learn more about the world? Hardbound is a visual storytelling app, with weekly updates designed to help you learn something new about the world. Each one takes about five minutes to read through, and if that's not enough there are daily updates with stuff the curators think everyone will love. All the new stuff is free, but you can sign up as a Patreon subscriber to access the entire back catalogue, unlock mystery boxes in the daily content, and receive the app's newsletter (if you want it).

Laundrapp (Update)

FreeiOS

If you don't have time to go out and take your clothes to the laundrette or dry cleaner (assuming you don't have the means do deal with it at home), Laundrapp is something that should have been on your radar for a while. You can have your stuff picked up from home, cleaned, and then returned to you - all while tracking its progress along the way. This week the iOS version got a nice update (Android was not so lucky). It's got a brand new interface to improve performance, and Apple Pay support to make paying easier and more secure.

Microsoft Authenticator

FreeWindows

This one has been on other devices and as a beta on Windows for quite some time, but now Windows Authenticator is getting a full release on Windows phones. It's designed to facilitate two-step authentication, and give your accounts an extra level of security at the log-in stage. Microsoft accounts, naturally, get the most out of it, with notification alerts allowing you to approve or deny access with the touch of a button. It works for other accounts as well, but you'll have to enter a constantly-changing security code instead.