The Week's Top Android, iPhone, iPad, and Windows Mobile Apps

By Tom Pritchard on at

After a short break last week, our usual Apps coverage is back to normal. After enjoying all those comics last week we get to see the latest and best apps for the major platforms. What do we have in store for you this week? let's find out.

Android: MyPermissions (Free)

Android has never been that great with letting you pick and chose what permissions apps were allowed. Unlike iOS it was everything or nothing until Marshmallow came along. Still, not everyone has Marshmallow meaning the apps permissions till go unchecked. MyPermissions is there to make sure you know what has access to what.

Unfortunately you can't use the app to deny permissions to apps (not that I can see anyway). It's more about making sure you know which apps are a serious threat to your privacy, and giving you the option to uninstall them there and then. It also offers much safer alternatives, and lets you whitelist the apps that you trust not to screw you over.

Severity is based on a colour system, using red, orange, green, and grey. Obviously red is the most severe and green is the least. Grey seems to be reserved for system apps and things you've side-loaded in.

The main page scans your apps to see what's a problem (apparently I'm 100% at risk. Fuck?) and from there you can see how many apps have issues and what those issues are. There are six different lists showing major problems (ability to track location, act on your behalf etc), and opening one takes you to a big list of at-risk apps. Tapping an app shows you exactly what problems each app has, along with the safer alternatives. It's here that you can ditch or whitelist each one.

On top of that, it can also be used to scan for any apps that are a risk to your social media and cloud accounts.

You should also try:

Last Pass Authenticator (Update): Last Pass is a popular password manager, and today it just got more secure with the introduction of a mobile two-factor authentication system. So whenever you log into your account, you'll need a code generated by this. [Free]

WhaToDo: An activities app that lets you book thousands of activities all across the world without ever having to stand in a queue. [Free]

Klara: A weather app that takes away all the needless complexities, and shows you all the relevant data with imagery and visualisations that are easy to understand and explain. [Free]

iPhone: Bookling (£0.79)

These days an awful lot of reading is done on digital devices, where keeping tabs on your page isn't exactly a problem. But, for those of you who prefer the real thing there's finally a 21st century update to the humble bookmark. It's called Bookling, and it wants to make sure you never lose your place again.

So how does it work? Sadly there's no catalogue of books for you to find your book in, so you have to add it in yourself. All you need is the name, the total number of pages, what page you're on, when you started, and maybe a picture if you can be bothered. All the books you're reading then get thrown into a feed, and tapping them lets you update and share your progress.

That's the brunt of it, but that's not all that's involved. There's a built in reminder system that you can use to prompt you to read certain books that you've added into the app. It also have a goals system, that you set yourself, and a number of different achievements that you can earn through all your reading.

It's very simple, and it fills a very specific niche, but if you prefer real books to the electronic version, then you've found the app for you.

You should also try:

Flyover Country: Ever wondered about the countries you're flying over when you're off on holiday? Worry no more. Flyover country showcases all sorts of interesting things, and should keep you happy for a while. [Free}

Proton Email: Sending encrypted email doesn't have to be difficult, and Proton Mail is a nice simple client for making sure nobody snoops on your communication. [Free]

TomTom Mobile: Not to be outdone by Google, Apple, and Nokia, TomTom just released a new version of its sat-nav app to help you get around. It works offline, has traffic information, and speed camera alerts. [Free -- requires subscription]

iPad: YouTube (Free)

Multitasking has been around on the iPad for a little while now, but that pesky YouTube app has only just caught up with the trend. Sort of. Don't expect any picture-in-picture modes, if what I'm saying. Not to worry, you can now have YouTube videos on in the official app while you do other things.

You can use YouTube with slide-over view, and split view mode. Split view mode is going to be the on you'll use, since YouTube has that nasty habit of pausing the video whenever the app isn't on screen. That'll be especially useful if you enjoy listening to music, or watching random videos while you do whatever else you do on your tablet. Slide-over view works as well, in case you need quick access to something.

It's a nice simple update, but if you're a big iPad user this should make using YouTube a lot easier and better.

You should also try

Desk Connect: Not fond of Pushbullet? No problem, because this app will do most of the same without any unnecessary features. Push images, files, links, and texts between your iOS device and Mac in an instant. No need for email. [Free]

Air Parrot Remote: A companion for AirParrot 2, functioning as a remote control for its Chromecast and Airplay features. If you use AirParrot to cast your content, you'll want this. [£3.99]

Windows Mobile: Reddify for Reddit (Free)

There's no official Reddit app on Windows Mobile, or anywhere really, so it's up to the third party devs to sort you out. Reddify is the latest Reddit client to appear, and it's well worth trying out.

It's got everything you need to browse Reddit, including the option to log into your own account and see your messages, subreddit subscriptions, and past activity. The main focus, however, is that you can view what's going on all over Reddit whenever you like without having to worry about faffing about to reach all your favourite sub-reddits.

The main page is the front page feed, showing you what's popular on the site at that exact moment. You can also see what was popular over the whole day, week, month, year, and so on. In case you like seeing viral content from days gone by. A secondary tab lets you deal with sub reddits, whether you've subscribed to them or just like exploring. The only downside is that you can't navigate directly to specific subreddits you're not subscribed to, but then again that's what web browsers are for.

The final point is that Reddify is that you get to customise the appearance, including font, text size, and colour, all to match your preferences while you browse pointless content.

You should also try

Glide: A video messaging app designed to make video messaging as convenient as texting. Now available as a universal Windows apps. [Free]

Prism Bills & Money: A money planning app that lets you keep tabs on ll your outgoing money, whether it's paying back friends, paying your usual bills, and so on. [Free]