The Week's Best Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Phone Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

Blimey, September's closing up quickly isn't it? It's only a week and a half before we reach October, which is a bit rubbish, but that does mean we're heading into new game season. Halo 5, Fallout 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lego Dimensions, and so on. Hopefully it'll be a pretty great few months.

But enough about that, let's get onto the other kind of software people enjoy. The apps.

iPhone Apps

Nusiki: Social networks are everywhere, but not many of them really do the whole music sharing thing correctly. Except SoundCloud, but that's not really a social network. Nusiki is a tool for sharing your music with your friends easily and quickly. As the people behind it put it, as easy as sharing a 140-character post or liking someone's status. There's a huge library of songs that you can listen to and share, and with the latest update comes a shuffle mode and the option to listen in the background. [Free]

addappt: Keeping track of everyone's contact information as it changes is tough to do, so why not have an app that does everything for you? Provided they also use addappt, whenever your contacts change something, be it a phone number, an address, or whatever, it'll update automatically in your contacts list. It's just been updated too, and now it has a brand new UI for you to enjoy, helping it match the Apple Watch. [Free]

Launch Center Pro: 'Speed dial for your apps' is the simplest way to describe Launch Center Pro, and its incredibly handy time-saving tools have just been updated. It's not got support for over 100,000 new apps, and the Today widget means you can access it in your Notification Center. Just pull down the menu and you're good to go. [£2.99]

vhoto: Want to make your own GIFs on the go? Of course you do! Who doesn't love GIFs? Vhoto lets you create your own custom GIFs from your videos, and lets you edit them (and add text) to make sure they're perfect for use online. Who needs a library of reaction GIFs from the internet when you can just create one using your actual reaction? [Free]

Citymapper: Citymapper is a fantastic tool for navigating a lot of the world's biggest cities, but with such an essential tool what happens if it doesn't work with iOS 9? Never fear, because it's just been updated and should be running perfectly. Now you can see real-time public transport information and maps to help you get round the likes of London, Manchester, Birmingham, and more. There's also something about a secret robot... [Free]

iPad Apps

1Password: Password managers are important, and the mobile versions are great because they lock away your stuff from prying eyes. 1Password is one of the better known password managers, and it's just been updated with new stuff and iOS 9-compatible features. It bears a brand new design, Spotlight search for finding things without opening the app, Force Touch on the Apple Watch, an improved password generator, split view support for iPads, and more. [Free]

BBC iPlayer: Ah yes, BBC iPlayer. The one place we all need to go to watch Doctor Who and The Great British Bake Off because nobody watches live TV anymore. iPlayer is nice and updated now to work with iOS, meaning it takes advantage of the OS's window-in-window feature. That means you can watch live and on-demand BBC TV while doing other things on your iPad. [Free]

Trainline: There are many places to buy train tickets, but one of the most popular is through Trainline. There's been an iPhone app for a good few years, but now it's finally come to the iPad. That means you can use your tablet's nice big screen to search through train tickets and buy yourself passage to other parts of the country. [Free]

Houzz Interior Design Ideas: This is one for those of looking to renovate or redecorate your home, and need some ideas on what to throw in. It has over 7,000,000 high resolution photos to give you some inspiration. Obviously that's a huge amount, so they're all nicely organised based on style, room, and location. It's just been updated for iOS 9 too, making it easier to search with Spotlight and Siri, and you can use multitasking on the iPad for a more productive search. [Free]

Android Apps

Move to iOS: So say you've been an Android user for some time, but the new iPhone 6S has you tempted to move to Apple. I'm not sure why you would want to do this, but if you do then you need this app. You connect your Android to the new iPhone, and it will pull over your messages, contacts, pictures, calendar events, emails, and bookmarks. It also deals with the apps it can find on the iOS App Store, automatically downloading the free ones and adding the paid ones to your wish list. [Free]

Spotify: A little while back, Spotify introduced a feature called Spotify Running on iOS. Now it's arrived on Android. So what is it? It's designed specifically for runners (funny that!) and crafts playlists based on your running tempo, so you're not going to finish up one song and disrupt your pace by suddenly finding yourself listening to smooth jazz. [Free]

Contacts+: We all know the rage that arrives when you answer the phone to find it's a robot trying to tell you you're owed PPI compensation. If only you could tell it was a nuisance call before you answer? That's where Contacts+ comes in. It's a universal caller ID system that crowdsources information and lets you know when you have a scam call coming. It also lets you block numbers, and backs up your contacts and text messages. It's just been updated with a Lollipop-inspired design and a new speed-dial system. [Free]

Lounge Buddy: Airports are interesting places, but there tend to be a lot of places where the public can't wander through. Some you can pay to get into, other you need some sort of membership. So how do you know which airport lounges are worth it? Lounge Buddy has an in-depth look at the lounges in 600 airports across the world, letting you know what's inside and how you can get in to see if it's worth it. You can even book and pay for entry from within the app. [Free]

Microsoft Send: Email is a bit of a hassle isn't it? I mean you've got to deal with subjects, greetings, and sign offs. Who needs all that? Microsoft Send does away with all that, turning email conversations into something more akin to texting. You can email anyone, but you can only see messages you've sent through Send. But all emails you receive go to your regular inbox as well. [Free]

Windows Phone Apps

Calculator Power: All phones have calculators these days, contrary to what your maths teacher may have told you in primary school. Sadly stock calculators are boring and bland, so try something a tad more interesting. Functionally Calculator Power is very basic, but you can actually personalise it to match you. Throw in a background from your photo gallery, change the colours, make your calculator your own. [Free]

Total Commander: There are a lot of file managing apps out there, but this one actually comes from a 22-year old line of Windows file managers. Total Commander is just the latest version of Windows Commander, which launched back in 1993, and it's got everything to help you explore your phone's storage. See details, move things around, transfer to cloud, zip, unzip, and a heck of a lot more. You couldn't ask for anything better. [Free]

Groove Music: Microsoft still doesn't quite have the brand awareness in the world of music streaming, but maybe this update to Groove will help? The updates are fairly basic, but if you have a Groove Music Pass you now have radio playlists and an explore function. Radio creates playlists based on your favourite artists, just like other streaming services, and explore lets you find and experience new artists and songs. I feel like this stuff should have been there from the beginning, but it's better late than never. [Free --with subscription]

Outlook Groups: With this app Microsoft is getting into the business of, well, business. Outlook Groups is an app designed for the workplace so that colleagues can collaborate with one another more easily. It's got group conversations, photo sharing, the ability to view and collaborate on Office documents, and work together with a shared OneNote notebook. It all sounds pretty good, but there is one downside: all users need an Office 365 subscription. [Free -- requires Office 365]

VLC: VLC is that magical media player that lets you play any type of media file you come across, no questions asked. Well the desktop version does, but clearly the mobile apps aren't so comprehensive. That's changed a bit this week, because the Windows Phone version now plays .m4a files. That's not all, though, because it also has new gesture controls, an updated interface ready for Windows 10, a new mini player design and widget, plus control over delays to video, audio, and subtitles. [Free]