Feel that holiday spirit in the air? It smells like pine trees and whatever toy parents are beating each other up over this year. Share the giving spirit and present your phone with some sweet new apps.
This week's update brings the ability to make VoIP phone calls to any phone number, landline or mobile, for an allegedly low rate (calls to other app users are free). The app also displays your phone number on caller ID, so your far-flung friends need not know you're calling them on the cheap, and the app is 100% free, no ads involved. [Android] [iOS]
Microsoft's try at social media (it's even pronounced "social" — get it?) has a new app for Android, iOS and naturally, Windows Phone. The search-based social network focuses on the visuals, letting you create collages and respond to others' images by making your own changes. Let's see where this one goes. [Android] [iOS] [Windows Phone]
This is one of those rare, pleasant apps that does just one thing, and does it exactly the way you'd want it to. Think of a parameter — seriously, any unit, be it shoe size or kinematic viscosity. Convert Everything will let you convert between standard units of measure with ease. The lite version is ad-supported, but if you work in a field where you've got to juggle standard and metric, this app will totally justify itself. [Free]
A smart lockscreen that promises to give you the right apps for whatever you're doing, Cover gives you quick app access based on the time of day and your location. It's also got a smooth single-swipe app switching function to make for quick navigation. [Free]
Android's formerly desktop-only device locator now has an accompanying phone and tablet app. Like the desktop version, the app shows you where your misplaced device is, and offers to blast its ringer, change the lockscreen password, or nuke it entirely. Now you can use your Android to find your other Android. [Free]