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

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's June! And with June the weather has... worsened? Bit weird. It was bright and sunny last week, and I couldn't sleep without an open window ad a fan. This week I don't want to get out of bed because my flat feels like a fridge. Crazy how nature does that, but I'm certainly not complaining about being too hot when I'm trying to go to sleep.

While we contemplate the mysteries of the lovely British climate, let's take a look at this week's apps.

Adobe Scan

Free: Android | iOS

Adobe's just launched its own mobile scanning app, letting you use your phone's camera to digitise paper documents. There are plenty of these out there, but Adobe stands out because it isn't a mess of subscriptions and in-app purchases that it difficult to understand what you're paying for. It's got built-in editing features, automatic OCR, Adobe cloud back-ups (no third parties from the looks of things), document signing, and more.

Audio Factory

Free: Android (Daydream)

A Daydream VR app designed to show you just what Daydream's spatial audio engine can do. It's a simple app that takes you through different floors of a virtual factory, letting you experience various different sounds and visuals while completing a number of interactive puzzles and games. If you have a Pixel and a Daydream lying around, this might be worth checking out.

f.lux

Free: Windows

Blue light is supposed to be bad for your sleep, but since the sun sets at different times throughout the year you need something that takes that into account. f.lux has finally hit the Windows store and does just that, using your location to work out when the sun is going to set on any given day, and filters out the insomnia-inducing blue light at the right time. It's also got a customisable strength meter, and the option to turn it off temporarily if you want the proper display experience.

Hopscotch

Subscription: iOS

One for kids aged 9-13, teaching them to code through the use of interactive games. There's the option to create games from scratch, work through pre-made video tutorials, and even remix the work from other users. It's free to use and play through the tutorials, but if you want to do more then you'll need to pay up for a subscription.

Path Guide

Free: Android

An app from Microsoft, offering a map-free indoor navigation service. It uses information from a previous users that came through the same space, guiding to your destination with on-screen instructions, measuring your own progress and updating various little details about the path in real time. Might be worth a try ext time you get lost in Ikea.

PDF Assistant

£3.09: Windows

Rather than just letting you read and create PDF files, PDF Assistant offers a bunch more features that let you edit their contents (and more) while maintaining a simple interface that most people shouldn't have a problem with. It's also got the option of password protecting the files you work with, highlight text, add hand-written annotations, and more.

PhotoPills

£10: Android | iOS

Part camera app, part virtual assistant, designed to help you shoot the perfect shot regardless of what you're trying to do. Whether that's messing with settings, helping you scout the perfect location, or play with AR, this is there to help you. It's not cheap, but it's hardly expensive compared to other photographic kit you can buy.

Sweatcoin

Free: Android | iOS 

This one rewards you for walking, using data from your phone's sensors to see how far you're gone and offering special bonus points (called sweatcoins) based on how much you did. Those points are far from useless, however, since collecting enough lets you buy real things - though they are all health-related. Obviously the number of sweatcoins you get per step is quite small (0.95 SWC per 1000 steps), but this might just be enough to get you out a bit more.