Arcus Hyper Local Weather (Free)
Arcus uses the Forecast.io API – as seen on iOS app Dark Sky – to predict weather in a specific location with unnerving accuracy. About to leave the house and not sure if those clouds are ominous enough that you need to pack a brolly? Consult Arcus and it’ll tell you exactly what’s going to happen over the next hour: when the rain will start, when it will stop and how heavy it’s going to be. Because of its hyper-local focus, we’ve generally found it far more useful than more wide-ranging weather apps.
Reddit Now (Free)
Reddit is a rich source for all sorts of great stuff on the web, but reading the web version on a phone is a total pain in the eyes. Enter Reddit Now, which makes subreddits far more visually appealing. You can swipe along the top bar to move between different subreddits, and if you login with your own Reddit account you can customise the layout as well as comment and post from your phone. It’s ad-supported, but you can remove those by shelling out £1.50.
Android Device Manager (Free)
The Android version of Find My iPhone, Device Manager is an official Google app that allows you to locate a misplaced phone or tablet (as long as it’s associated with your Google account, that is). You can view the device’s location on a map in order to find it, and if you can’t you can remotely reset its screen lock code or erase all data on board. One of those apps you’ll hopefully never have to use – but one that everyone should have on their Android phone.
Hungry Oni (Free)
A cutesy, twitchy puzzler in which you control Oni, an ogre who eats items falling from a tree. Controlled simply with your thumb, the game allows Oni to eat only items coloured the same as the tree leaves – and these can be changed by consuming special rainbow leaves. It’s a basic premise, but as you rise through the levels things become thumb-testingly frenetic.
Facebook paid out US$19 billion for this messaging app, and once you’ve started using it you can (sort of) understand why: it’s robust, supports swift cross-platform IMs and group chat, incorporates emoji and allows you to attach all sorts of useful – or just fun – things to messages including sound clips and location data. And it’s free. You just have to cross your fingers that Facebook is doing something totally innocent with all your data.