Your homescreen deserves a shakeup. Luckily, we’re back with another monthly roundup of the very best in new apps...
Each month we scour Google Play and the App Store to find the best digital morsels that are worth re-organising your homescreen for. This month we’ve got apps for bringing out your inner Star Man, games to help while away the hours, and some exciting beta programmes to join.
Here are February’s essential downloads…
David Bowie Is | Android & iOS, £6.99/£7.99
An innovative recreation of the V&A museum’s record-breaking 2013 exhibition, ‘David Bowie Is’ is a must-have for Ziggy fans and anyone with a keen interest in pop culture’s modern history. It uses your phone’s camera to project AR versions of the displays in front of you, and offers narration from Gary Oldman. It’s a fantastic look back at a 20th century icon.
Hit the Light is an chaotic mix of Breakout, Pinball and the Las Vegas Strip that tasks you with destroying a series of neon light fixtures using a differing array of bombs, balls, bullets and throwing stars. It’s a simple idea done well, and makes for a perfect one-handed time-waster for train-based commutes.
Our other game recommendation this month is a touch deeper. Mobile Royale is a huge, global, multiplayer strategy game in which you build up a kingdom and battle it out with others. There are five fantasy races and 10 clans to choose from – spread across a gorgeous 3D landscape – while the game’s unique translation tool lets you trade (or trade blows) with players from around the world without any language barriers.
Women Who Changed the World | iOS, £2.99
Designed to teach kids about some of history’s most influential, powerful and inspiring women, Women Who Changed the World is an interactive storybook that’s been designed, illustrated and programmed by women. Covering everyone from Rosa Parks to Amelia Earhart, this is a great learning resource for children with big dreams.
(Update) Tayasui Colour 2 | iOS, £1.99
Feeling stressed? Dip your toes into the world of therapeutic, mindful colouring in – and do it without the clearing up. Tayasui Colour 2 offers a digital colouring book with a massive selection of patterns and designs to get to work on, and a set of pencils that never need sharpening. Its recent update includes soothing background music, new patterns, and Apple Pencil support for iPad.
00:37 (Beta) | Android, Free
Some people need workout apps that deliver complete routines for them, while others already have a regime and just need help keeping track of their reps. 00:37 is for the latter group, offering customisable timers and counters for reps, sets and laps. It’s currently in Beta, which means you can get early access and help shape the app’s features.
Upgrade Pack (Beta) | iOS £99
Upgrade Pack is an app all about unlocking the finer things in life. Namely: better seats on flights. Join up to the app’s Beta programme now and you’ll be first in line for the UK launch, which will get you further up the queue for business and first class upgrades
Find this month’s best digital entertainment… Check out our pick of the month’s mobile highlights: