It's been a very long week and a half. IFA kicked off last week in Berlin, bringing with it about 15-20 miles of walking around trying to see all the weird and wonderful gadgets on show. Also all the phone cases and handbags that were there for some reason. But things are getting back to normal. Aside from the iPhone launch due next Tuesday, it's finally starting to quiet down. Until Christmas rolls around, anyway.
But the apps keep coming, even if it's fairly slow, so here's your lot for this week.
Amazon Prime Video
Finally, finally, Amazon has released its video service on Google Play. It's been available on Android devices for a while, but only via Amazon's own app-store which are technically 'unapproved' apps that need side-loading. That means you can enjoy all Amazon's streaming service has to offer (provided you have a subscription), like American Gods, The Tick, The Grand Tour, and so on.
Clockwise Smart Alarm
More than just a basic alarm clock app, this one actually reads out posts from various social media feeds and other content sources to wake you up in the morning. That includes news, weather, travel information, and more. There are 10 modules to work with, and you can customise what each one does for you. Who needs to listen to a shrill alarm tone, or the same song over and over again? Not you.
One for anyone lucky enough to have a device running Oreo, this one lets you add various different gestures to your fingerprint scanner for a more customised phone experience. The gestures involve single or double swipes, letting you access different things or complete different actions. Basic, for sure, but a nice little addition that puts the fingerprint scanner to good use.
A whiteboard app that lets you sync up with other users, letting you see all the changes and notes that are added in real-time. There are drawing tools, options for loading in images, voice and video communications. It's almost like being in the same room, working on an actual whiteboard.
Free (with premium purchase): iOS
This one is going to be very useful, letting you take control of your phone's metadata. With it you can remove information like the date it was taken, any location data that got attached, camera information, and so on. That way you're not accidentally oversharing, regardless of where you're sharing your photos to. Some of the features are locked behind a £3 paywall, though, so bear that in mind.
Microsoft has its own streaming platform, did you know that? Until now it was limited to Microsoft products like Windows or the Xbox One, but now you can access the platform from your Android and iOS devices. That means you can livestream directly from your phone, whether it's footage of yourself or some game you're playing. You can also chat with viewers, moderate comments, and have group streams with three other people. This is a companion for the streams, though, so if you just want to watch you'll have to do that elsewhere.
This is a bit of an odd one, but it's a pretty cool idea none the less. It's an AI-powered social network designed to understand human facial expressions, letting users actually react to things with their face. When you post or react, the app looks at your face and offers up an emoji that mimics how you're actually feeling. So no more writing "lol" or "hahah" when you actually look stone-cold serious.
The alternative to Shazam, which I personally think is better, just got a big hefty update this week. The whole thing has been completely overhauled, making it easier to use, faster to recognise songs, and includes the "OK Hound" hands-free commands. You can also connect with Spotify for full-song playback and lyrics.
The Galaxy Note 8 has a new feature called 'App Share', which lets you pair up two apps for split-screen multitasking. This app lets you do that on other Android phones running Nougat (7.0) or above. You can create an unlimited number of shortcuts that will launch two different apps (or the same app twice, if that's what you want) side-by-side. So you don't need to spend close to £900 for improve split-screen fun.
Tinycards by Duolingo
This one has been around on iOS for a while now, but it's finally available to Android users. It's a flashcard system, letting you memorise anything you want, gamifying the process by making it fun and letting you unlock new levels along the way. There are 200,000 flashcard decks built in, or you can create your own.