Instead of wading through the massive amount of new app releases searching for a few diamonds in the rough, just let us be your guide. This is a collection of our favorite new apps for both iOS and Android for your downloading pleasure.
Exploding Kittens, the card game from the guys behind popular Xbox titles and the artist behind The Oatmeal, quickly replaced Cards Against Humanity as the go-to party game after smashing every Kickstarter game record ever. That raucous good time is now available as an app for iOS devices (Android release coming “very soon”) that promises the same hilarity with all new cards, digital animations and noises. You still have to be in the same room, but now no one has to carry a deck around. iTunes
The latest app release from Apple is one for musicians of all levels. Billed as “the easiest way for songwriters to capture and organize new musical ideas,” Music Memos is a robust recording suite hidden behind a simple UI that you’ll be familiar with if you’ve ever used Voice Memos. Record instruments or voices in high-quality, uncompressed audio, and then add backing instruments, tags, ratings and adjustments before you trim the fat and export to your content platform of choice. iTunes
There are plenty of third-party app options that provide more functionality than the stock iOS apps, but Interact is one of the first we’ve seen that’s specifically designed for Contacts. The contact management features are all great (especially default ordering of details), but the real gem is group management. With groups you can easily contact your family, friends, colleagues, etc. via message or e-mail, including data from Document Provider apps like Dropbox, iCloud Drive and Box. iTunes
Chelsea Handler is hilarious, but the comedienne’s app Gotta Go! that was built by Yeti is also quite useful. Gotta Go! is a digital version of the friend check in on date night and sends you excuses in the form of actual calls or texts from the contact you create for the excuse. You’ll never have to be stuck in a meeting, on a date or at a family function if you really want to get out of Dodge. iTunes
Are You In?
Skip the Evites, Facebook Events, and Paperless Posts in favor of Are You In? the next time you’re planning a party, gathering or shindig. Create an event with a title, date, hour and location (it plugs into Google Maps) and decide how many people you want to have over. Once you send the invites, your friends get a simple yes or no option if your awesome event hasn’t already reached max capacity. iTunes Android
The latest release from the Microsoft Garage is an alarm clock that’s as infuriating and hilarious as it is effective. In order to dismiss the alarms you set for yourself, you have to play a game called a “Mimic.” You might have to take a selfie, actually get out of bed, make a surprised face or speak a ridiculous phrase, but if you don’t finish in time the alarm just keeps ringing. And ringing. And ringing. It’s perfect for all of us with problems getting out of bed in the morning. Android
Weather Timeline is an intuitive weather app that focuses on the next hour, day and week in order to give you a simple way to access the weather information that’s important to you–without overloading you with images, meteorological data and ads that you don’t care about. In addition to the current weather, alerts and warnings for the locations you pick, you also get access to a time machine for past and future weather info. Android
Kickstarter is a name that needs no introduction around these parts, but if you’re an Android user you’ll be pleased to know that–after years of waiting–there’s finally a Kickstarter app for you. The fundamental premise of finding, pledging and getting updated on projects is the same as the site, but the interface is much prettier, cleaner and easier to use than the mobile browser version. Android