We’re back with our pick of the best new and updated apps for you to download this November...
If colder days have got you feeling like Grumpy Cat, you’re looking for a way to streamline your wallet, or you just need a bit of inspiration for your latest Insta post, look no further than our wrap-up of the best new and updated apps for November. Here are this month’s essential downloads…
FaceRig | iOS, Android, Free
Transform yourself into the virtual character of your choosing with FaceRig. Simply pick your character and your background and watch as a fox or vampire mimics your every expression, then capture and share a photo or record entire videos in-character. While the concept may sound eerily familiar to anyone up to date with the latest series of Black Mirror, FaceRig actually got its start with the help of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. And, once you get past the spookiness, you’ll find it’s a whole lot of fun.
Grumpmoji Grumpy Cat Stickers | iOS, £0.79
Darker evenings and cooler climes getting you down? Internet sensation Grumpy Cat knows them feels. With 75 static stickers and 16 animations, this official Grumpmoji Grumpy Cat sticker pack lets you share your bad mood with your friends via iMessage. Whatever the cause – birthdays, traffic, work, weather or even Christmas – it’s never been more fun to be a curmudgeon, so go on and get your grump on.
Fit in the Hole | iOS, Android, Free
Kind of like a modern day Tetris, Fit in the Hole is taking app stores by storm, and that’s probably because it’s a fantastic time waster. While its description sounds like it could be the start of a meditation session: “You are a cube on a journey through the walls,” it actually involves tapping left and right to ensure your cube passes smoothly through the gap in the approaching blocks. See how many you can get through when you next have a few minutes to spare.
Bink | iOS, Android, Free
Loyalty cards. They’re great wallet fillers, but if you’ve ever missed out on valuable rewards by leaving your card at home then new loyalty app Bink could be just the ticket. The process is fairly straightforward – scan your loyalty and payment cards into the app to automatically link the two and ensure you pick up points on every eligible spend. It also allows you to keep track of your most recent transactions and see where you’ve earned the most points.
(Update) GIPHY CAM | iOS, Android, Free
Who doesn’t love a good GIF? They’ve become as essential to our digital dialogue as filters and emoji, but what do you do when you can’t find the right animated loop? You guessed it – GIPHY CAM. After a lengthy wait, GIPHY CAM is finally available on Android, where users can now experience all the joys of recording their own GIFs, applying filters and effects and sharing them via every social media channel going. GIPHY CAM has also rolled out a new version for iOS, allowing users to overlay graphics in real life.
(Update) Prisma | iOS, Android Free
Prisma burst onto the photo app scene in July with its ability to turn photos into works of art in the style of famous artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Levitan. Now it’s added support for video in iOS, allowing iPhone owners to turn their videos into comic-book style animations in less than a minute. Tap the Facebook or Instagram buttons when you’re ready to share and wow your friends with your creative flair.
Vinci | Windows Phone, Free
If you’re on Windows Phone and hankering to get in on the Prisma action, Vinci’s the app you need. With dozens of filters, you can easily transform your photos from mundane to magnifico in mere seconds. Add effects and try different art styles for maximum impact as you unleash your inner artist.
(Update) Outlook | iOS, Free
With Christmas fast approaching, our work and social calendars are filling up fast. Make sure you’re on top of things with Outlook’s new in-app meeting scheduler. After creating an event in the calendar section and adding your friends or coworkers via the people section, you can now tap on the date picker to see a calendar for the next 30 days that shows the availability of all the people you’ve added. White means everyone’s free and able to attend, yellow means one or more people can make it, while red is a no-go for everyone. You can then drill down even further to choose an exact time. It may not be groundbreaking, but it’s definitely a handy addition, and rumour is it’s coming soon to Android and Windows Phone soon as well.
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