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

By Tom Pritchard on at

Easter eggs often feel like a rip off, but the most annoying thing is when the supermarkets don't discount them the day after. Imagine my shock to discover all the full-price Easter chocolate in my local Tesco Express, only for it to get discounted the next day. I don't get it really, is it now acceptable to give out eggs on Easter Monday? I'm not sure Jesus would be very happy about that. I know I'm not, I wanted some hollow chocolate shells without having to pay full price :(

Buuut as much as I love to complain, I could do with less shite in my diet. Somehow that relates to the apps, which are below.

CastBox

Free: Android | iOS

This is an interesting one, proclaiming to be the 'YouTube of audio'. Basically it's a place where you can stream all sorts of audio without having to pay for anything. While that sounds rife for piracy, it's designed to allow people to upload their own content and share it with the world, without having to pay any sort of hosting fees or subscriptions. It's filled with music, audiobooks, and more. So if you need more content that only requires your ears, give it a go.

Coastiality VR 

Free: Android (Daydream Only)

One of the the first thing developers started doing when VR started taking off was create simulated roller coasters for everyone to enjoy. Sure it's not quite the same as being on the real thing, but you can get a facsimile of the experience without having to pay obscene entry prices, then queue up for six hours for two minutes of action. If you wish that experience could last longer, then Coastiality is the one for you. Rather than having you pretend to ride a pretend coaster, it actually features real roller coasters around the world. All in lovely 360-degree video, which means you can also see what it's like to ride a roller coaster backwards, if that's your thing.

Farmdrop

Free: iOS

So you live in London. That means you're probably quite far from the countryside, and anywhere where people might farm anything that isn't marijuana. That means there are no farmers markets to potter around, only dull dreary supermarkets with their 'mass-produced' vegetation. What if there was a better way? Well Farmdrop is another way, and its designed to make sure people who live in London (and only London) can get their hands on organic produce. All locally sourced, naturally, with vegetables, bread, beer, gin, pastries, meat, and more, on offer. Use it as you would any other shopping app, book a delivery appointment, and then eagerly await your delicious delivery.

Microsoft Flow

Free: Windows

Everyone except Google seems to have their own automation app these days, and Microsoft is certainly no exception. It has Flow, which functions similar to services like IFTTT, and automates different tasks between various services without the need for you to code your own inbetween. It's been available elsewhere for what seems like forever, but not Microsoft's own mobile platform. In the past week that changed, and if you're one of the very small number of people that still uses a Windows phone on a regular basis (and have more than 2GB of RAM), make sure to give it a try.

Music Mate

Free: Android

Streaming services are great for listening to tunes, and the YouTubes of the internet are good for finding videos. But don't you wish there was some sort of inbetween? Music Mate connects to your streaming service of choice, and lets you find the right music video for whatever track you're listening to - without dragging you off into a different app. Well, not until you find the right video, in which case it opens up the YouTube app for you. Your favourite videos can be saved for watching later, sharing lets you show them all to your friends, and there's a preview mode to see what you're getting into before heading to YouTube.

Vanido

Free: iOS

Want to sing well but don't have the funds for a professional coach? Of course, who would? Vanido brings that sort of teaching to your phone, taking you through daily lessons while tracking your pitch in real time. Once you're done wit will review your performance and evaluate your progress over time. The lessons are all personalised based on how well you're performing too, so you don't have to worry about being left behind.

V for Wikipedia

£5: iOS

An interface for Wikipedia, optimised for iOS and watchOS devices, making it far more enjoyable to read. But that's not all you get for a £5 entry fee. V for Wikipedia will also show you articles about nearby locations, bookmarking and history functions, the choice to see the most read articles at any given time, and more. If you like Wikipedia, for whatever reason, this is an app you'll want on you at all times.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

Free: iOS

That one is a bit of a mouthful but with the London Marathon set to take place this weekend you might want to download the official app - especially if you know someone taking part. It's iOS only for some strange, probably stupid reason, but it lets you track people throughout the race, tracking their pace at 5km intervals. It also has features for spectators, letting them track various points of interest like first aid stations, drinks stations, and participating pubs.

Yahoo Mail (Update)

Free: Android 

Yahoo isn't exactly the first app to jump to mind when you're thinking of managing your emails, but Yahoo would certainly like you to reconsider those feelings. Now, in addition to Gmail support, the Yahoo Mail app is capable of supporting Outlook and AOL email accounts. Sure Yahoo doesn't have a very good track record where security is concerned (to put it lightly), but if you still have a Yahoo email for some reason, you have another option to bring everything together. Even if you're only using it as a burner email to sign up for porn. Yahoo Mail is also available on iOS, but this update is not.