Five new apps you need to try (March)
Are you looking for some new TV shows and movies to binge? The Epix Now app offers a $5.99-per-month subscription that gives you access to a range of on-demand TV shows and movies. If you’re new to the service you can try it out for free for seven days, too, which is always handy.
Is English not your first language? Or, do you have a number of apps on your phone that weren’t published in English? Language Navi is the app for you. Language Navi basically translates all the text in an app, including menu items and other text, allowing you to enjoy it in your native language.
Calculator Touch takes the calculator and modernizes it a bit. The app not only allows you to tap keys to enter your equations, but it also lets you write numbers, similar to the way gesture typing works on some smartphone keyboards. That makes it easy to do your calculations with one hand. The interface of the app is also pretty clean and clutter-free, which makes it easy to get to grips with.
Sound Amplifier is the first of two new apps from Google on this list. The app essentially allows you to filter or augment the sounds in your environment — meaning that you can use the app to turn your headphones into effective hearing aids. You can adjust the overall level of amplification through sliders on the app, and enable the feature through the accessibility menu on your Android phone.
Also new in March is the new Live Transcribe app, which will also come in handy for the hearing impaired. The app uses Google’s high-tech speech recognition technology to transcribe that speech into text in real time, and it does so with some pretty impressive precision.
Movies and videos
Netflix is one of the best video-streaming services. There’s a huge selection of movies and TV shows for subscribers and the performance is silky smooth. This is as entertained as you can get starting at $9 a month.
Hulu offers thousands of movies and TV shows — many which are updated with the latest episodes after they air. Hulu offers various subscription models, including one that opens up the entire streaming library for $8 a month, and another that removes midstream ads for $12 a month.
YouTube’s mobile app is sleek and intuitive, bringing the entirety of the video-sharing site to the palm of your hand. For those subscribed to YouTube Red, you’ll have access to all the premium content, as well as special features like audio playback while the screen is off.
HBO Now/HBO GO
Both HBO Now (HBO’s stand-alone service for $15/month) and HBO Go (a streaming app available to HBO cable subscribers) have apps that allow you to watch all of HBO’s streaming content directly on your phone.
Music and audio
Spotify is the best full-featured streaming service. With this app, you can stream any music from any type of device, make your own playlists, follow artists, and sync tracks for offline listening.
If you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat buffet of sound with no ads and no subscription fees, you’ve found it. You can discover new music and stream it from the cloud, but this is no Spotify replacement.
Bandcamp’s mobile app allows you to stream music from your collection, as well as the music offered by the thousands of artists who sell and stream their music on Bandcamp. It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to buy music directly from the artists and labels you follow.
Google Play Music
Google’s official streaming service is a worthy competitor to Spotify. Not only does the app provide a vast library of content, but it also allows users to upload up to 50,000 songs for online storage. This means you can download and stream your music on any Android device, at any time.
If you use a Mac or iPad on top of your Android phone, you may be better served with Apple Music over Google Play Music or Spotify. Apple Music offers access to Apple’s massive library of music, as well as Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, which plays both current hits and up-and-coming music. The celebrity DJs and exclusive album streams are just a plus.