We’re back with our pick of the best new and updated apps for you to download this February…
Seeking a seat on the train, a new game to play or the best fried chicken wings on the block? February’s here and it’s brought with it a lengthy list of great new apps. Here are this month’s essential downloads…
Babee on Board | iOS, FREE or £3.99 with seat request
A boon for expectant mothers, the new Babee on Board app allows pregnant passengers to commute in (relative) comfort without the awkwardness and confrontation of requesting a seat. The paid app contains the request seat function, while the free app allows willing passengers to offer their seats in response to alerts. Because it uses Bluetooth technology it works underground, while all profits are donated to Project Healthy Children, making for commuting that’s never felt better.
Chicken2Me | iOS, FREE
Fancy yourself the next Chicken Connoisseur? Londoners could just try spinning in a circle to spot their nearest three chicken shops, or download new app Chicken2Me. Like Google Maps for chicken, this simple app from Nuwave Limited pinpoints all the fried chicken outlets in London alongside ratings and essential info like opening hours and price. While only available on iOS right now, we hear it will be winging its way to Android soon. You’ll never be at a loss for fried chicken again.
Slang N’ Friendz | iOS, Android, FREE
If you think a scrabble-esque puzzle game where a rapper awards you bonus points for your slang skills sounds ridiculous, think again. It’s actually Ludacris. Slang N’ Friendz puts your slang vocabulary to the test as you face off against players around the world for points handed down by the superstar rapper. You can customise your tilesets and backgrounds, represent your country and learn new words as you go. It’s almost educational, and a great way to pass the time.
According to road safety charity Brake, drivers aged 17-19 make up 1.5 per cent of all UK licence holders, but are involved in nine per cent of fatal and serious crashes on our roads. Sobering statistics and a great reason to check out the new Shotgun app by Direct Line. In an effort to encourage safe driving, Shotgun uses GPS to track routes, monitor braking and record speed on each journey a young driver makes. It then uses this information to calculate points, which users can redeem for rewards like pizza, smoothies and days out.
Find an eager young backpacker and you’ll find a well-thumbed Lonely Planet guidebook. At least that used to be the case before the advent of smartphones and Wi-Fi. Now, the ever-essential resource is even more portable, thanks to Guides by Lonely Planet. Updated for 2017, the app now features 23 new cities (taking it over the 100 cities mark), a ‘Top Choices’ function to easily identify an author’s favourite spots, and an improved filter screen allowing you to search by neighbourhood, distance and popularity. Plus, all info’s curated by experts so you can make the most of your travels.
Mimicker Alarm | Android, FREE
In the habit of hitting snooze? Mimicker Alarm by Microsoft Garage Project could be just the app you need. This free alarm clock helps you wake up – and get up – by requiring you to carry out a simple and random action such as snapping a selfie or speaking a phrase before it will turn itself off. Be warned, if you don’t play along within the time, the alarm will start again. Slightly torturous, but effective, this one’s bound to get you out of bed.
Posture | Android, FREE
It’s no secret that hunching over screens and smartphones is wreaking havoc on our backs and necks. But it doesn’t have to. Posture is a screen overlay designed to keep your back and neck in line. It works by sensing the position of your phone and sending a reminder when it’s in a neck-straining position. You then lift your phone back up to eye-level and voila! Neck strain be gone!
Weather Wiz | Android, FREE
February’s wintry weather may not always be pretty, but Weather Wiz sure is. Featuring all the basic weather info like current temperature, hourly forecasts, a 10-day forecast and precipitation, Weather Wiz provides interactive weather radars with eye-catching graphics and animation. You can track weather in multiple locations and assign one of the beautifully designed themes that change with the conditions and time of day. Combining form with function, it’s easily one of the best weather apps out there.
Splitter Critters | iOS, £2.99
If you were a fan of Lemmings back in the day, Splitter Critters should be right up your alley. In this game, you hold responsibility for guiding a bunch of cute but hapless little critters back to the safety of their spaceship. To do so, you must split up their world with a swipe of your finger and drag it around to create a clear path through a myriad of colourful levels. Play this one with your headphones in to make the most of Splitter Critters immersive soundscapes.
Cover – Comic Reader | Windows Phone, FREE
Manage your comic book collection with this great app for Windows Phone fans. With crystal-clear library management, Cover lets you to store and read all your favourite comics on the go. It supports a wide range of file formats and you can even customise your view. Whether you’re more manga or Marvel, this app will have you sussed.
Make the most of your month… with these time saving apps and gain two extra days in the process.