Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Download these 5 hot new apps for iOS and Android

best apps bumble badland2 app store closeup
ymgerman/Shutterstock
Bored with your apps and looking for something new? We’ve dug through Google Play, iTunes, and others app stores to find the best, saving you time. Here are the apps we think you need to check out this week.

Badland 2

badland 2
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The sequel to the popular and award-winning sidescrolling action-adventure game is finally here, albeit only on iOS. Badland 2 more or less feels the same as its predecessor, tasking players with floating through the map, avoiding obstacles and surviving until you reach the end. What’s different in the second iteration, though, is that instead of only going one right, you can now move in both directions. It still features only a single-player campaign, but there are global challenges, so you can complete against friends through leaderboards. It’s a little pricey, costing you $5.

ITunes

Storehouse

Storehouse
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The popular storytelling app has finally come to Android. Storehouse lets you upload photos, video, and text to make a personalized story about anything. The neat part is that you can embed your story on blogs or share it with your friends and family. You can also browse through other user stories. The features are pretty much identical to what you will find on the iOS version, so there’s no disparity.

Google Play

iTunes

Bumble

Bumble
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Bumble is a dating app brought to you by Whitney Wolfe, one of the co-founders of Tinder, and its primary focus is on making women the initiator. It works pretty similar to Tinder in that it only connects people who have swiped right on each others profiles. What’s different is that the woman must start the conversation within 24 hours before the connection is gone, and for same-sex connections, either person can start the conversation.

Google Play

iTunes

Tronko

tronko
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Need a movie recommendation? Your friends know you best, so why not ask them? That’s what Tronko is all about. It’s a messaging app built around your friends recommending and discussing movies with each other. You can start group messaging threads or have a conversation with one person. The app grabs its data using the TMDb API, and lets you rate movies on a scale of 1 to 10.

iTunes

Google Play

Elie

elie
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Selfie takers won’t have to rely on the front-facing camera anymore. Everyone knows the rear camera offers a higher quality photograph, and Elie is an app that lets you point the rear-camera and takes selfies without you having to do anything. It recognizes your face and takes multiple pictures, but only stores the one you choose. It offers a variety of other features as well, such as adding effects while taking a picture, not after. The app will cost you $3.

iTunes

Julian Chokkattu
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Julian is the mobile and wearables editor at Digital Trends, covering smartphones, fitness trackers, smartwatches, and more…
This new Android tablet is everything I wish the 2024 iPad Air was
Vivo Pad 3

China-based Vivo has introduced a new tablet, the Vivo Pad 3, and based on the specs alone, this could fast become one of the best Android tablets of the year. Perhaps more importantly, it could become an exciting competitor to the recently released iPad Air (2024).

The Vivo Pad 3 boasts a 12.1-inch LCD, a 2,800 x 1,968 resolution, and a 7:5 screen ratio. The display, with a P3 gamut, also offers 600 nits peak brightness and HDR10 support. As if that weren't enough, you also get a 144Hz refresh rate.

Read more
Your Google Chrome app is getting 5 helpful new features
An Android phone showing Android 15.

The Google Chrome app for iOS and Android is introducing numerous new features to make searching in Chrome easier than ever. These features are either going live now with the latest Google Chrome app update or launching on the iPhone 15, Galaxy S24, and other devices later this year.

Google is introducing additional Chrome Actions to help you find local places. When searching for a restaurant, you will see shortcut buttons in the search results that allow you to call the restaurant, get directions, and access reviews. Android users can access this new feature in Chrome now, while iOS users must wait for a fall update.

Read more
This magical new app is an AI Ron Burgundy for your phone
the ElevenLabs reader app on an iPhone

Even as OpenAI delays its text to speech feature for ChatGPT, AI audio startup ElevenLabs released its Reader app for iOS on Wednesday, a model that promises to read aloud the words from virtually any content source, including news articles, PDFs, ePubs, and newsletters -- even paste-in web links.

https://twitter.com/ammaar/status/1805628660017184868

Read more