Next week is going to be an absolute onslaught of tech—Oneplus Two, Moto X, and finally Windows 10. Before we’re consumed in all that gadget-y goodness, let’s take a look during the dying days of this week at some of the great software recently making all our smartphones even better.
Paste was one of my favorite magazines in high school because I loved getting the packaged CDs that came with it featuring songs from artists in that issue. Although that analog version of music discovery is now extinct, its DNA survives in digital counterparts like Pause. Releasing for Android (and already available for iOS), Pause creates monthly issues selecting the best music journalism around and pairing tracks you can listen to while reading about the artist. In some ways, it’s little more than a glorified RSS reader that redirects you to websites content within the app, but the continuous player merges music and story into one, which is the way it should be. [Free]
Here’s another iOS favorite that’s made its way to Android. WifiMapper is as its name suggests—a map that helps you find nearby wifi. But the best part is the Android version comes with some exclusive features including connecting to wifi spots in app, learning more information about a hotspot, and keeping a log of places you’ve connected. Neat! [Free]
Many of my very best friends don’t live in my city, and sometimes it can be a real bummer. That’s why apps like Pixcall exist. The idea is to gather all your far-flung friends into on app for one shared experience, a quick selfie to remember the moment (the exact second actually). I’m not one for selfies, but new ways to stay in touch with friends is always welcome. [Free]
Solving email. Some say it’s impossible (because we are the real problem), but Microsoft is going to try anyway with Send. It’s not quite a re-imagining of email as it is a useful sidekick in the battle to stay connected with friends and coworkers. All messages sent with Send are available for viewing in the app, but since it’s based on email, it’ll also be in your email so you can respond in app or on the desktop. Right now the app only works for 365 business or school accounts, but Microsoft wants to expand to different email as well as different operating systems in the near future. [Free]
AccuWeather has long been the go-to source for the best weather information you can get on your mobile device, and now the app is recruiting more help—you. Introducing a new feature, AccUcast, the app now has a feature that looks a lot like Waze for weather. That means real reported weather conditions by users that can then be viewed in a timeline so you can have more detailed look as a strong storm (or deliriously sunny day) forms. [Free]
Ever since Google Reader closed its doors, I’ve exclusively used Feedly as my news gathering resource, and while the mobile version is good—there’s always room for improvement. On Windows Phone, there’s Feedlab. Feedlab is a redesigned interface for your Feedly so you can keep all the news you follow organized (and hopefully read.) [Free]
Before I go any further, this app isn’t currently available—just a call for early testers. But the Todoist announcing Windows 10 support is exciting for Windows Phone users, who’ve long dealt with third-party alternatives, and a good sign that Windows 10’s multi-platform approach may just draw a few much-needed big names into Windows Phone’s deflated pool of apps. Exciting times for Microsoft right now.