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.


Google Allo

Google is going all in with their multiple messaging strategy with the official release of Allo. Designed to be an alternative to other popular messaging apps that allow drawing on photos, emojis/stickers, yelling and encryption, Allo lets you get creative when you’re talking to friends. But the biggest selling point of Allo is the preview edition of Google Assistant which lets you find restaurants, get answers and share videos without ever leaving your chat window. iOS | Android



Six!, the latest addicting game release from Gram Games, plays kind of like a combination of reverse Tetris and Jenga. The objective of the game is to guide the hexagon to the bottom of the tower of blocks without falling off either side by removing one block at a time. It seems easy enough at first… until the hexagon starts rolling around. Six! is simple, fun, infuriating and addictive all at the same time. iOS | Android



At its core, Digit is a smart savings app that will move small amounts of money (typically $2 – $17) from your attached bank account to your Digit savings account every few days. Why should you trust a free app with your money and personal information? All funds can be removed from Digit at any time, and they’re FDIC insured up to $250k. They use bank level SSL 128 bit encryption. They are so sure that they’ll never transfer more than you can afford that they have a no-overdraft guarantee. It’s a great way to save up for that new piece of tech. iOS | Android


LinkedIn Learning

Everyone’s favorite professional social network is finally giving you another reason to log in regularly with the launch of LinkedIn Learning. More than 5,000 courses in everything from SEO and Sales fundamentals, to storytelling prototyping that can also be downloaded for offline watching. Personalized course recommendations. Guided learning experiences. You can even add completed courses to your LinkedIn profile to boost your digital resume. iOS | Android



With a combination of Google, Pinterest and DIY blogs you can tackle just about any home project out there, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. DIYZ is a one-stop shop for all kinds of home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to tackle forever. With easy-to-use, step-by-step instructions, material lists and the ability to live video chat with a Pro Advisor if you need help, DIYZ is an essential tool for your next project. iOS | Android


Amazon Music

Amazon Music isn’t a new app, but with the release of Amazon Music Unlimited it’s worth talking about. For $8 a month, Prime members get access to tens of millions of songs with the same features you’ll find in the other music subscription streaming services (no ads, downloads for offline listening, curated playlists, etc.). There’s even a $4/mo plan that can be used on a single Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap. If you have Prime, this is worth investigating. iOS | Android


Leaf for Twitter

Leaf for Twitter is the perfect alternative to the native Twitter client on your iOS device. Packed with interesting features like tweet images as backgrounds, swipe navigation (including to navigate the DMs), night mode, easy profile switching and a unique profile view, Leaf provides a visually appealing, well designed Twitter experience for those of you that don’t need all the features you’ll find in some other third party apps. iOS



Looking to give your phone running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or higher a Google Pixel-esque face lift without buying a whole new phone? Check out Wallpapers. Deck out your device with beautiful wallpapers pulled from your own photos and apps, Google Earth, Google+, 500px, and other partners across a number of different categories that you can even set to change every day. Android

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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