Android and iOS apps you should try this month
Our pick of the best new and updated apps on the market this month
Are you on the hunt for some new apps to freshen up your smartphone or tablet? Welcome to our monthly round-up of the most intriguing and useful new (and updated) downloads - this month featuring an Android debut for Periscope, an iPhone game that will teach your kids physics and even an app that will turn your old phone into a CCTV system...
Yep, we featured Periscope in last month's round-up when it launched on iPhone - but it's worth another mention this time around thanks to it quick-smart arrival on Android. This video streaming app, which is owned by Twitter, makes it possible to easily stream footage of whatever's going on in your world. If you're not in the mood for sharing, you can instead browse through the thousands of streams being shared by other people on the network. This Android version has all the functions and features of its iOS counterpart.
One of the downsides of living in the future - as we now do - is being able to play games online. Sure, it seems like a good idea at the time, but pretty quickly most of us are led to the dispiriting conclusion that, huh, we're actually not very good at gaming. Whether it's getting constantly popped in the head on CoD or consistently served on FIFA, the world is full of expert gamers just gagging to whale on a noob. Twitch is full of these people, but instead of getting battered by them you get to watch their skills. It's basically a TV channel full of gamers. Great for seeing how the top players do their thing, as well as for getting a feel of a game before you buy it.
How many photo-editing apps does one phone need? Well, if you fancy a change from your current picture perfecter of choice, you could do worse than giving this slick effort a go. Pixlr Express puts the emphasis on adding filters that emulate the look of 35mm film, along with all the standard tools you would expect.
Tinybop makes lovely apps for kids aged 4+, and this arty number is all about teaching them physics. It's not a game as such but it is playful in the best sense of the word. There are six simple machines to explore and playing around with them reveals how they work and how they interact with the world around them. Suddenly levers, pulleys, pivots and the like all start to make sense.
Smartphones and tablets have been around for long enough now that most of us have an old one knocking around, unused, at the bottom of a drawer somewhere. This home safety app gives that forgotten gadget a purpose once more: as a surveillance camera for your home. Point its camera at the area you want to keep an eye on and connect to it via the app on your everyday phone. You'll now be able to keep tabs from wherever you are.
What makes EyeEm stand out among the throng of other image-editing apps is its community. Among its 13 million or so users is a loyal fanbase of serious photographers - and the app makes it possible to explore how they edit their own photographs for the best results. Once you get the hang of things you can get involved with EyeEm's other standout feature: its marketplace where you can sell your photos for cold hard cash.
Let's sign off with another video streaming app. Perisfind, as you may guess from the name, is a companion app for Periscope. Its purpose is to make that huge mass of video streams somewhat more manageable, so you can filter by language, save your favourites and share streams via your social network.