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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring music discovery, HDR photo editing and a custom browser for your apps.

Image: App Preview/App Store

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week features music discovery, HDR photo editing and a custom browser for your apps.

Large Heap App Detector
For: Android
Cost: Free

- On a platform like Android, memory is everything. Sure it helps load things up faster but if you have too many apps relying on RAM, it causes problems further down the line.

- Large Heap, despite its less than appealing name, identifies all apps that use the line of code android:largeHeap=’true’ (In English, that allows apps to terminate other app processes so it can run properly). Some apps that use this end up slowing down a phone’s response time when they don’t need to.

- It’s a simple app, just listing those which have this in their own code. Depending on the type of apps you have on your phone, this could be a long or short list.

- The issue is it just identifies said apps. Tapping on one brings you to its Google Play page where you can uninstall it.

- If your phone is running slowly and you want to figure out which apps you should remove, it’s not a bad one to have.

Large Heap Source: Large Heap/Google Play

Enso Music 
For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Discovering new music isn’t exactly a straightforward process. Unless you have some clued in friends or use a service like Spotify Discover weekly, it’s tough.

- Enso music tries to fix this by breaking down music discovery into a Tinder-style system. Yep, it’s a swipe right to keep, left to skip and you choose the category of music you want to hear.

- The key is it plays a 30-second segment of the song. It’s enough to give you an idea of what a song is like so you can decide to save it or skip it.

- You can listen to your songs on Spotify or through YouTube if you don’t have an account so you know what they’re like (you connect to your Facebook account first).

- Handy if you’re on the lookout for some new music but don’t quite know where to start.

2Q== Source: Enso Music/App Store

For: Android
Cost: Free

- When you open a link on Facebook or Twitter, you use that app’s browser instead of Chrome unless you turn it off.

- Chromer creates custom tabs on your phone, giving every app you use its own custom internal browser.

- Setting it up is a case of installing it and choosing to open it when prompted. Since each tab is dedicated to the one app, it means there’s little crossover between the two

- It also helps that it’s a fast browser and non-intrusive, which is always a good thing, and in some cases, the experience can be faster than normal browsers

- A good browser in its own right, but very handy if you only visit links from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.


For: iOS
Cost: €0.99

- HDR can be useful for landscape photos or pictures of anything that isn’t moving (since it stitches photos together) but there’ll always be a case where you’ll want to tweak it a little without ruining the effects.

- Relight is an editing app which corrects any lighting and exposure issues you may be having with a HDR image.

- The app has more than 50 different modifications that are completed across eight different modes like overexposure, fog, enhance and dramatic.

- You can even set it up so you can see how your photo will look before you take it, handy for those who don’t have much storage space to play around with.

- Those who like to tweak their landscape or city photos will find this useful.

download Source: Relight/App Store

For: iOS, Android
Cost: Free

- Rust Bucket is the latest game from Nitrome. It’s a dungeon crawler and puzzle game rolled into one, and you don’t have to be a fan of either to enjoy it.

- All you do is swipe to move, swipe into enemies to attack them and make your way through different levels. Yet it’s smarter than that.

- When you move, all the monsters move, and since there are many different types to face, you will have to learn the differences between them.

- If it needs a comparison, it would be any classic board game like Chess. You need to plan out moves in later levels as careless swiping will bring you back to the start. You’ll finish it rather quickly though which is a pity.

- Those who would like a humorous puzzler that’s not afraid to be tough will enjoy this.

Source: App Preview/YouTube

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Quinton O'Reilly

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