App stores are crowded places these days, and because storage space on your phone is often at a premium, you’ll want to find and fill it with not only the best, but also the most helpful apps out there. Because they come and go quicker than the latest fashion trends, and digging through Google Play, the iTunes App Store, or any of the others is such a mission; a little nudge in the right direction is often very welcome. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.
When it comes to watching video on the Internet, it’s all about access. You want to be able to watch your favorite shows as soon as possible, as quickly as possible, and with as little interruption from the action as possible. We’re spoiled for choice, but it’s why services like Netflix and Hulu get into bidding wars for content. Providing access means snagging more viewers who will be pleased as punch to watch their shows how they want.
Now, we’re starting to see that same principle applied to YouTubers and other online content creators. Vessel is early access for the fanatics who follow their favorite YouTube personalities like tabloid readers follow celebrities. The fresh beta app for Android provides subscribers who pay the $2.99 monthly fee with an early look at the videos from channels like Epic Meal Time, Nerdist, Shane Dawson, and hundreds of others.
When it comes to digital publishing, there are plenty of options. You can start up a blog with any number of platforms or put your words on your website of choice. But it’s hard to beat Medium. The web publisher attracts some of the best writers of the digital age to host their work on the minimalist service. You can read what they’re writing or start up your own Medium account and share what you have to say with the world.
Most social networks are built around making it easy to communicate with other people, but that’s an idea that goes well beyond just text. Mave is taking the idea of social sharing to a new level, bypassing wall posts and hashtags and opting instead to give friends a glimpse at each other’s home screens. The service shows you what apps your friends use so you can mooch off their favorites and ensure in the world of fragmented messaging apps that you always have the right one installed to chat.
Geometry Wars 3
Geometry Wars has probably been around long enough that it doesn’t require much explanation, but if you’re new to the game, you couldn’t ask for a better time to pick it up. Geometry Wars 3 is the latest installment in the franchise that turned geometric shapes into a visually stunning display. The game requires a fast twitch reaction and an ability to stay focused as you fly your ship across a screen that quickly becomes filled with distracting blasts of color from other shapes that aim to destroy you.
Stick Tennis Tour
The Stick Sports franchise doesn’t chase the NFL, NBA, and MLB, but still cooks up some great games. The latest title from the company hits the court to serve up some tennis action. Stick Tennis Tour is a surprisingly in-depth tennis title that puts you in the shoes of a rising star trying to work their way up through the ranks and into the elite competitions. Upgrade your character and earn recognition.