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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a Game of Thrones app, an app for numbers, and one for people who travel a lot.

Image: Apple

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 an easy way to translate languages, an app for Game of Thrones fans, and way to keep on top of the numbers in your life.


For: Android, iOS

Cost: Free

- If you’re ever stuck needing to translate text or speech from another language, this will do the job.

- New from Microsoft, it lets you translate text/speech into 50 different languages.

- It also works with Apple Watch and Android Wear gear too. With a clean interface, it’s handy for travelling.

- You can pin translations, and also get it to read out translations in some of the languages.

- Is it reliable? The Next Web says that mileage may vary, but overall it’s good.

app 1 Source: Microsoft Translator


For: Android

Cost: Free

- This is already available on iOS, so now it’s Android users’ time to learn the lyrics to their favourite songs.

- The app lets you listen to songs while reading the lyrics, so if you were wondering what Taylor Swift is saying when she sings about Starbucks Lovers, this is for you.

- It supports videos, audio and Gifs, but you can’t make annotations (unlike on iOS)

- It looks nice and makes good use of images, but might be an app you pretend you don’t have, so you can wow your friends with your knowledge.

app 2 Source: Android


For: iOS

Cost: £2.99

- First things first: this is described as “a digital plant in your pocket”.

- Yes, it’s a bit esoteric, but if you want to download something completely different, try this.

- You have to try and grow and shape your tree while avoiding “the dangers of a hostile world”.

- It offers minimalist art, and you can even share screenshots of your tree creations with friends.

- In addition, it has meditative music, to help you zone out. If you want a bit of game-based mindfulness, try this.

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For: iOS

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Cost: Free

- These days we tend to be driven by numbers a lot – and this app capitalises on them.

- From how many days left in the quarter, to how many days left in the year, to how many steps you walked using your FitBit, this tracks and catalogues them all.

- One for those who love their data.

- It offers customised numbers and you can get ‘subtle’ notifications about changes to your most important numbers.

- Connects to apps like Google Sheets, Stripe, and more.

screen322x572 (1) Source: Apple

A Game of Thrones: Get Into the Books

For: iOS

Cost: Free

- Fan of the Game of Thrones series, and want to get into the book but not sure how? This was created by the book’s publishers, HarperCollins, for you.

- You can access over 40 extracts from the books – and it even comes with anti-spoiler settings so nothing is revealed that you haven’t already seen in the show. Handy.

- The design is clean, with a lovely colour palette. The text size is adjustable, and you can even read when offline.

- This is one of a number of similar apps by HarperCollins, so you might find yourself tempted by more.

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