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

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's been over a week since Easter, and (if you're lucky enough to be able to find any) it means the Easter chocolate is now cheap as chips. Seriously cheap. I managed to grab a box of five creme eggs for 50p. That's a damn good deal, and it's a good thing Cadbury aren't using that nasty recipe like last year.

Anyhoo enough about my gluttony, let's get onto the topic at hand: your weekly dose of apps.

Android: younity (Free)

So you want access to your files remotely, but you need it to be easy and cheap. Thankfully younity is here to give you quick and simple access to all your media and files. To be honest, it really couldn't be any easier. Just download the app and the server, log in, and everything connects automatically.

That's pretty much all you need to do. Once the server is up and running it'll automatically scan for all your media files so you can access them through younity's menu. There's a set place for music, videos, photos, and then a separate place for accessing your other files. Conveniently there's also a media player built in so that you can play your media in-app, too.

There's not much else to it than that. Your files are readily available as if they were on your mobile device, they're never stored online, and there's no need for any sort of syncing. There's even a search function so you don't have to go hunting through your labyrinthine folder structure.

You should also try:

Polite: An app for silencing your phone during important time periods, based on calendar events. Just tell Polite which key words to look for (like 'meeting'), and it'll find them in the calendar and make sure your phone doesn't go off at those times. [Free]

Pi Manager: A handy tool for monitoring your Raspberry Pi remotely. Control what it's doing, see all the system specs, and more. [Free]

DroidID: Macs still don't have fingerprint scanners, but previously you could use an iPhone's TouchID for similar purposes. Now Android users can get in on the fun, as long as they have a device with a scanner and Android marshmallow. [Free]

iPhone: Miitomo (Free)

Smartphones have been around for 8+ years right now, and it's taken this long for Nintendo to realise that it's not just a passing fad like motion controls. So here we have it, Nintendo's first ever smartphone app : Miitomo.

Things don't start off well, since Nintendo prompts you to log into your Nintendo account – even those with a recent Nintendo console are unlikely to remember those details.

Thankfully, there's an option to skip this step. I tried that, but apparently you can't log in with a Nintendo Network ID on a non-Nintendo device. So that's utterly pointless. Nintendo needs to sort that out pronto.

You start off by creating your own Mii, which can be done with your camera or from scratch. Being a caricature Mii, the likeness is not crazily detailed, but the camera thing does the trick well enough. You've always got the option to edit it afterwards to suit your narcissm, too. You also get to name your Mii, and tell the app how your nickname is pronounced. So even if you call it Ghtdfc, you can still declare that's pronounced 'Steve'. You also get to change your Mii's voice and personality using various adjustable settings.

The whole app is based around the Mii and getting your hands on new clothes and accessories. All those new things have to be paid for with coins, a virtual currency you earn by answering questions and talking to your friends' Miis. You can also play games to get new stuff, though each playthrough costs 500 coins. It seems to take a while to get a lot of coins, and as you might have expected getting a lot in one go will cost you real life money.

It's pretty basic, but if you want a new way to interact with friends and waste a few minutes each day, this isn't so bad.

You should also try:

WhatsApp (Update): A small update to WhatsApp this week, finally letting you apply formatting to your text. Bold, italic, and more. About bloody time. [Free]

Conrad Wise: A fun little app, with a pseudo-AI that claims to know everything. So ask him questions, and see what he has to say. [Free]

Mapstr (Update): An app to keep track of all your favourite places on your own personal map, now integrating with Uber and Citymapper. [Free]

iPad: Sky Kids (Free)

The internet's not a particularly safe place for children, but with TV quickly migrating over to the web they're going to have to have some sort of online presence. Thankfully the content providers realise this, and have been working to make sure kids can access kid-friendly content. Sky Kids is the latest offering, from the people behind Sky Television, obviously.

The app's full to the brim with a selection of kid's TV, or what passes for it these days, all available on-demand. Well, it would have been nice to have that sort of access when I was a child, rather than having to scour the TV guides and find the times all the good cartoons were on. Content is available from the likes of Cartoon Network, Nick Jr, CBBC, CiTV, and various Disney channels, freely available to existing Sky customers with a Family bundle, variety bundle, or Sky Q subscription.

Design-wise it's pretty simple. Everything is nice and big so kids of all ages can control things (the app is specifically designed for kids as young as three years old) without any hassle. Plus, kids can have their own individual profiles so things don't get mixed up.

You should also try:

Sky News (Update): Sky's very own news app has had a very big update in the iPad, with a brand new UI and multi-tasking features. [Free]

Roger: An audio messaging app that works a bit like a walkie-talkie. Tap the button to speak, and speak for as long as you like. You also tap to hear messages, which are kept for 48 hours. [Free]

Windows Mobile: TuneIn Radio (Free)

Who needs a radio when you have the internet? Certainly not when you have TuneIn Radio installed on your phone. It has over 100,000 internet radio stations for you to listen to wherever you are - regardless of where the station is actually located. Stand aside FM, you're old news.

It's not just about music, either, and hitting the discover tab lets you browse radio stations based on a number of different categories. Stuff that's trending, local stations, sports, news, podcasts, languages, and so on. Plus, picking certain categories lets you pick subcategories to sift through, like music genre, sport type, and things like that. So really it's not difficult to find something vaguely related to something you enjoy, however niche.

Each station also tells you what's playing at that given moment, so you don't have to pick something and hope they're not playing rubbish tunes or shows. Plus, unlike that pesky service called YouTube, it plays in the background so you can do all the other wonderful things your phone has to offer.

Forget those boring internet radio stations that nobody listens to *cough*Beats1*cough*, this is pretty much all the proper radio stations you'd throw on in the car on the way to work. All you're limited by is your data allowance.

You should also try:

HP All-in-One Printer Remote: The tool for managing your HP printer remotely. You can check its status, perform maintenance, and (of course) print stuff. [Free]

OneNote (Update): Microsoft's free note-taking app just got an update, and now lets you record audio notes. [Free]