This week’s edition of our Apps of the Week roundup features a new messaging app with an AR twist, a new ‘what’s happening around me’ app, and a fun flashcard app for learning languages. And as always, we’ve selected two great new games for you to check out.
Here is an interesting concept. Kydy uses AR animated characters to deliver messages for you. Want to ask out your crush? Tell a friend you lost his favorite sweatshirt? Let Kydy do it for you. Simply open the app and scan a flat surface to summon any 3D character of your choice. Record your voice message (up to 15 seconds) and hit send. The recipient receives a notification and scans their palm with their phone’s camera to view the message. Of course, as with all new social apps, the problem is traction—you’ll have to convince everyone in your circle to download it for it to be useful. But I still think it might be fun to play with on a Sunday afternoon. Kydy is available for free.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Qurb allows you to discover fun things to do, locate restaurants nearby, coffee shops, pubs, find out about the hottest events and happenings in your area or anywhere in the world. But just because there are a ton of other apps that do this, doesn’t mean others aren’t worth checking out. Qurb features a beautiful and intuitive interface, instant notifications for local announcements, and there’s no login or registration required to start exploring. If you find yourself bored this weekend, check this app out! Qurb is available for free.
Here is a not-so-new app, but it’s one I didn’t know about (and if I did, I forgot about it). Remember serves up language flash cards that help you study a new language at any level. Learn up to 3,650 words a year studying just 5 minutes a day. Features include fun mini-games, thematic card sets, intelligent auto-suggestions, smart notifications, audio pronunciations, and support for 23 languages. Again, I know there are other apps out there with similar features, but this one seemed worth checking out. Remember is available for free (with some IAPs).
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
Pile into a fancy car on a road trip. Sneak past giant bird monsters. Battle packs of fierce beasts. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is packed with excitement, perilous surprises, and heartwarming moments as you journey through a beautifully rendered fantasy world. When the story stops and the fighting starts, you’ll zip across the screen in action-focused combat, relying on your quick reactions to knock out enemies rather than the traditional menu-driven, turn-based tactics found in past versions of Final Fantasy. It’s a bold new vision for a beloved franchise—and not to be missed. Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is available for free (with some IAPs).
The world of Salt hangs on the brink of collapse. The citizens, once free sprits, now stand oppressed and isolated. But not all is lost, for out of this aether of fear arises a heroine, a ray of hope. Her name is Dandara. Welcome to a unique 2D metroidvania platformer full of mystical creatures and boundless exploration. Defy gravity as you jump across floors, walls, and ceilings alike. Discover the mysteries and secrets hidden throughout the world of Salt and its diverse array of characters. Yes, the price is pretty steep, but early reviews suggest it’s worth every penny. Dandara is available for $14.99.
More apps to check out
- Instagram confirms it’s testing resharing option
- Outlook for iOS adds new search features and filters, simplified navigation bar & other perks
- Adobe Spark Post for iOS brings content-aware layouts & other improvements
- Microsoft Cortana is now available on iPad
- Uber brings back Siri and Maps integration [u]