Mobile phones and devices are changing the way we take pictures, communicate, organize and even consume our news. In other words, for many, our phones have become the center of our digital universe for just about anything we do. We've rounded up some of the best iOS, WP7, and Android apps to help mitigate all these tasks below...
Editions (iOS): Imagine having a magazine that was customized for you. AOL Editions serves up an online magazine tailored specific to your interests. No more having to sort through tons of uninteresting content just to get to the one article you want to read (at least in theory). What makes Editions truly amazing its ability to learn what you like and dislike, like TIVO, but for a website. So the more you use the app, the better Editions gets at finding stuff you want to read.
News360 (iOS, Android, WP7): News360 provides you with multiple points of view for everything going on in the world today. In addition to aggregating from a variety of news sources to deliver unbiased news, the interface for News360 is a joy to use. This truly is the best mobile news app available.
Facebook Messenger (iOS, Android): Despite being able to send messages from the original Facebook app for quite a while, it was never really a seamless experience. Now with the Facebook Messenger app for iOS and Android, messaging your Facebook friends is a cinch. With the simple and speedy user interface, there is a good chance you might avoid text messaging all together in favor of this great app.
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Happy Snapper (iOS): Photo sharing apps like Instagram have become hugely popular amongst smartphone users. But despite all of the craze, taking the perfect photo can be tedious work using your phone camera. However, Happy Snapper went in another direction. Instead of going for beautiful artsy pictures via filters, Happy Snapper allows you to have fun with you any iPhone photo by decorating them with stickers (mustaches are a must).
HeyTell (iOS, Android): There are plenty of messaging apps out there, but HeyTell sets itself apart by being a cross platform voice messaging app. With states cracking down on texting and driving, HeyTell is a great alternative. Send quick voice notes to friends. With HeyTell you have push to talk capabilities at your finger tips for the low cost of $0 per month. Now thats a good deal.
Cloud Recorder (WP7): are you a Windows Phone 7 user looking for a memo recorder that can do more than just capture your voice? The app itself is a typical audio recorder (very simple interface, which we prefer); it's when you're done recording where the app distinguishes itself. Audio recordings can be automatically uploaded from the app onto SoundCloud.com (free) where sharing your recording and embedding it onto Facebook, Twitter or your blog is made super simple.
Picture Lab (WP7):We're still waiting for Instagram for our WP7 device, but this app does a great job of mimicking many of the same effects with a lot more control. It doesn't have the social/community aspect, but it's easy enough to upload your tweaked photo via Facebook or Twitter.