The digital landscape changes so quickly these days, it’s easy to get left behind when a new app hits the iOS or Android store.
There are stacks of new apps out there, and these can enhance your life in many different areas. From getting fit and eating healthily to listening to the latest tunes, mobile applications can enrich your days and, often, you won’t have to spend a penny on them.
Here are five apps that you can add to your device that may just help you to achieve your goals in 2019 or, at the very least, have some fun in your spare time.
According to their marketing slogan, Tasty is the world’s largest food network, and you will surely be inclined to agree as you work your way through thousands of unique recipes at your fingertips.
Brought to you by Buzzfeed, the Tasty app also serves up step-by-step recipe videos so, whether you’re planning a romantic meal for a loved one or a family feast, you can follow along and ensure nothing gets burnt. It’s like having a chef and a home economics teacher in your pocket!
If you are planning on a new dietary regime in the year ahead, Is It Vegan? has a useful tool that enables you to scan barcodes of products to confirm whether are vegan-friendly or not.
Health and Fitness
If 2019 is going to be the year where you get fit, then Couch to 5K is a fine accompaniment to the Tasty app described above. Couch to 5K is a running app where you can improve steadily at your own pace and in achievable increments.
From jogging for 10 minutes to completing a full 5K run, the app focuses on consistent, gradual improvements that could – no hyperbole here – change your life for the better.
If you prefer to tackle workouts in real time with a fitness trainer, Blogilates is run by Cassey Ho who sweats, gurns and struggles along with you.
It’s no secret: listening to music while you exercise “can improve power, strength and endurance.”
There are lots of music apps out there, with Spotify and Apple Music world renowned applications for streaming music from your favourite artists and those who might just be your next favourite.
But, for audiophiles, who want to listen to higher quality music files via their chosen device, give Tidal – the platform from rap icon and Beyonce’s other half Jay-Z – a try.
Tidal uses MQA – that’s Master Quality Authenticated – technology to produce a finer quality sound, which is boosted by lossless FLAC files streaming at a bit rate of up to 1,411Kbps.
After all that exercise you deserve some downtime and, clearly, there are lots of apps out there designed to act as time fillers.
Both of the app stores from Apple and Android are packed with games that will keep you entertained while on the move.
Clash Royale is a multiplayer battle game that combines elements of skill and luck, and is tipped to be as big as the global sensation Fortnite.
For a gentler experience, try The Stillness of the Wind, a sort of post-apocalyptical title that focuses on Talma, the sole survivor in her village. You must subsist by looking after your farm, while trying to solve the riddle of the mysterious letters being sent from your family members in the city.
Sports fans, in particular, have plenty of options, including the betting and casino app from MoPlay.com.
You can wager on all of the latest sporting action from around the world, as well as spinning the reels on a range of slot games and taking your seat at the blackjack and roulette tables.
And now for something completely different.
In short, Retrospecs allows you to upload your photos and see how they would look if reproduced by old-school games consoles, including the Game Boy and Commodore 64.
And it’s not just plain old images that can be given the 8-bit treatment. Retrospecs allows you to modify video content too, so next time you upload something to your YouTube channel be sure to give it the retro treatment first.
If you are serious about editing your images in a more traditional fashion, did you know you can get a version of Photoshop on your mobile device? Photoshop Express offers many of the same tools as the ‘full fat’ version, so you can tweak your photos until you are happy with the results.
What are the hot apps on your device this year?