We’re back with our pick of the best new and updated apps for you to download this July...
Does your phone’s home screen need a shakeup? We’ve got your back! Every month we take to the App Store and Google Play to find the latest and greatest new apps that deserve an instant download.
For July, we’ve got apps that help you broadcast your life, space-saving stalwarts, and tools for discovering your next big listening binge. Here are the apps worth clearing some space for this month…
Can YouTube be toppled? Instagram’s certainly aiming to create some healthy competition in the video space with the standalone IGTV app. It’s essentially a video creation app for longer-form content, where you can upload portrait-oriented vids, follow your favourite creators, and lose hours of each day. And we think it’s got a big future.
Instagram Lite | Free, Android
Another sneaky list entry from the Photo-sharing giant, Instagram Lite has just started a phased global launch. It does exactly what it says on the tin: acting as a smaller, less power-intensive version of the app that does almost all of what its bigger brother can, but with a focus on trimming down data and processing needs. In fact, ‘Lite’ is only 573 kilobytes – more than 200 times smaller than the full-blown Instagram app!
Sanity & Self | Free, iOS
This is a new app from Moov, whose name you may recognise from the fitness tracking world. Sanity & Self is all about mindfulness and wellbeing, however, and it’s aimed squarely at women and mums who need some well-deserved ‘me time’ to de-stress. In it there are loads of different types of sessions to choose from – from breathing to beautification – along with a friendly chatbot to guide you.
Chatterbaby | Free, Android & iOS
Figuring out exactly why your baby is crying is probably the holy grail of parenting, but one app claims it’s solved the problem. Chatterbaby listens out for your infant’s wails and compares them to a database of over 1,500 others to find commonalities, using them to figure out if it’s feeding, sleeping or changing time. And, yes, there was an old episode of The Simpsons with this exact idea.
The BBC has always been pretty forward-thinking when it comes to streaming and delivering its content in new ways, and BBC Sounds is a great new continuation of that trend. The app offers podcasts, radio shows (both live and from the past week), along with music and extra content aplenty. And it’d be wise to jump onboard now – Sounds will eventually replace the existing iPlayer Radio app altogether.
Google Podcasts | Free, Android
Another one for podcast fans, Google’s new, more streamlined app makes finding and playing your favourite shows a doddle, whether or not you use Google play Music. Its best features are the ability to play or subscribe to shows straight from a Google Search, and tight integration with Google Home for hands-free playing around the house.
This month’s hottest entertainment… See what’s on offer this July from Sky Sports, Spotify, NOW TV Entertainment and Amazon Prime Video.