With just a handful of apps, your smartphone can make your life far more convenient. Whether you’re looking for ways to save money, be more productive, or enjoy high-quality entertainment on the go, great apps make it happen. Here are five you’ll never want to be without again.
If you’re an iOS user, then you’ll want to treat yourself to the Enlight app, which is one of the best photo editing tools available. Special effects and customizable filters take your camera’s potential to whole new heights, creating impressive images and incredible digital illustrations. The sad news is that this app is only available for Apple users. Those who prefer Android devices should beware: There’s at least one copycat app designed for Android, which delivers nothing more than shoddy performance after charging a subscription fee. As with all apps, it’s a good idea to read reviews and ascertain that you’re getting the right app before downloading.
With Viber, you can communicate better than ever, and if you’re interested in saving money, the app can help you accomplish this worthwhile goal. One of the world’s most popular VoIP apps, Viber offers free calling, text messaging, and video calling between its users, along with other features meant just for fun. Users who want to make international calls to parties who aren’t using the app can do so for far less than the cost of traditional calls and calling card calls – even when recipients are still using old-fashioned landlines. The best part? Cheap international calling and other features are available even on devices that aren’t connected to a cellular carrier: So long as users have access to a good internet connection via Wi-Fi, they can communicate as much as they like. The Viber app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows devices. End-to-end encryption assures privacy, adding greater confidence to every conversation.
Heard a good book lately? With well over 180,000 titles (and more being added daily), Audible is an excellent source for audio books, entertaining audio shows, news content, and more. Listen to a motivating book during your daily commute or take in a juicy novel while you take care of boring tasks or hit the treadmill for your daily exercise. The options are endless, and you can increase or decrease narration speed to suit your taste or set a timer and listen for a specific amount of time. The Audible app was developed by Amazon.com, and is free to download. New users get a free 30-day trial, along with a free audiobook. Better yet, content can be sampled before being downloaded for offline listening, and once you purchase a title, it stays in your library. Audible works on iOS, Windows, and Android devices of almost every type.
Google Play Music
A free app for Android, iOS, and Windows users, Google Play Music provides an endless supply of free music, including tracks from top artists. Ideal for those times when you’d like to listen but have no service available, Google Play Music lets you download music for later enjoyment. Free, ad-supported radio is another feature: It allows you to choose music by artist, album, song, mood, and other parameters. If you like, you can store up to 50,000 tracks from your own music collection, plus you can check out interesting podcasts on an endless variety of topics. The free version is surprisingly feature-rich; when you subscribe, you get ad-free listening and much more.
It’s easier than ever to learn new languages, thanks to language learning apps like Memrise. This app is designed to provide users with quick fluency in basic conversational French, Japanese, Spanish, and more: In all, there are over 200 languages to learn. With an ingenious design that takes on the guise of a game, it helps learners pick up new words and increase their vocabularies bit by bit. If you’re looking for a fun way to spend time while learning a new skill, this is a great way to do it! The Memrise app offers a free tier with several courses, while the pro version offers an expanded menu of features including chatbots to help speed up the learning process and thousands of video exercises showcasing native speakers. Memrise won a coveted Google Play I/O Award for Best App of 2017. While it’s suitable for beginners, the app also includes plenty of content for intermediate and advanced language learners. It is available for Android, Windows, and iOS, and includes an offline mode that proves useful when you’re traveling off the beaten path.