With hundreds of thousands of smartphones apps available, how do you know what the best app to download from the Google Play (formally known as Android Market), BlackBerry World, or Windows Phone Store? Wirefly reviews the best smartphone apps for productivity and personalization of your smartphone. And, of course, we’ll tell you which games are more fun.
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For those of us who live in areas where the weather has been unbearably cold this year, this is just about the time most of us start dreaming about that beach vacation where we can soak up the sun and be outside for more than ten minutes without worrying about getting frostbite. The Winter Blues are officially here, and because good old Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, we still have many more weeks of winter ahead of us.
Candy Crush is by far the most addictive game that I have ever downloaded. Just consider that your warning. Candy Crush is a multi-level game full of switching and swapping sweet candy pieces to reach the goal of the level. I am currently on level 165 where I am STUCK and have been for the last few weeks. I am not sure exactly how many levels there are, but I think it is around 500. With that many levels the app will be able to keep you busy for a while! The app gives you only so many lives at a time, and you earn more as the clock ticks, I am glad that the game doesn't give you unlimited lives because I might waste my whole day playing the game. However, you can ask your Facebook friends to send you more lives and keep the game going.
The Candy Crush app is available for free... read more
Netflix is one app that I could not live without. It streams movies and tv episodes to your smartphone or tablet. There are thousands of titles available to meet every interest. It is perfect to catch up on a past season of your favorite sitcom or hand over to the kids to entertain them at the grocery store. You can pause, fast forward, rewind, and even re-watch anything in the Netflix library. After you log into the app with your Netflix account info you can set up profiles for each user.
This is my favorite feature of the app because I have young kids. I can set up their profiles with viewing restrictions to ensure that only age appropriate content is available to them. If they pause their program halfway through, the next time they log in it will be there for... read more
Valentine's Day is right around the corner and finding the perfect way to say "I Love You" is always hard and can be very expensive. The Candy Heart Maker app for Android smartphones is a free option that makes it easy to share your love with that special someone.
If you are one of those last minute shoppers when it comes to anything, it is pretty safe to say that you will need this app for your Valentine's Day shopping. 1-800-FLOWERS has a great free app for Android and Apple smartphones that allows you to send flowers, gift baskets, and more right from your phone. For those of you who are already familiar with the... read more
Would you like more from Facebook? To keep from going the way of MySpace and the dodo, the creative minds at Facebook HQ have launched Paper - stories from Facebook. This exciting new app is designed to make Facebook a place to go to get information from your circle of friends and a place to get information about topics that interest you.
Setting up Paper was very easy. After downloading the app and signing in, I was prompted to select from a list of categories that might interest me. I expected to only have a few categories to choose from but was delighted to see a large selection that included Headlines, Tech, Score, Enterprise, Pop Life, Creators, Flavor, Exposure, Ideas, Equalize, Planet, All City, Well Lived, Family Matters, Cute, LOL, Glow, Home, and Pride. Some of them... read more
Beats Music is the latest streaming music app to hit the Google Play, App Store, and Windows Phone App Market, but it is a little different than most streaming music services. While the new Beats Music app is free to download, it has a monthly subscription fee of $9.99 per month and does not offer a totally free version that includes advertising.
Dr. Dre and the people at Beats really care about the listening experience and don't want commercials to get in the way of your workout mix or interrupt the vibe of the party. Setting up a Beats Music account is easy and while I don't normally like apps that ask me 20 questions before I use them, the Beats Music app does it with such style with their visually stimulating interface, I didn't mind answering the few questions. The Beats... read more