The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015
Finding the best mobile games and apps isn’t always easy, with so many new titles arriving on Android and iOS every week. We’ve done the legwork for you by picking out some of the best titles released over the last four weeks, covering games, productivity, photo management and more.

1. Fallout Shelter

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

You’ll have to wait until November for Fallout 4, the much-anticipated post-apocalyptic console game, but in the meantime Bethesda Game Studios has released Fallout Shelter to make the wait a little more bearable. It fits in with the theme of the main game by giving you a vault of human survivors whom you must nurture and protect. It’s imperative to maintain the right balance of food, water and power if you’re going to make progress, but it’s a lot more light-hearted and accessible than the console title. The graphics are brilliantly judged and the gameplay hits just the right balance between fun and challenging. [Freemium on iOS]

2. Google Photos

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

You may have already heard about Google’s newly revamped Photos app, launched a couple of weeks ago — it offers unlimited backups of your photos and videos, easy searching and access to your pictures from pretty much any platform or Web browser. This being Google, there’s plenty of smart automation: your pictures can be grouped together based on a date, a place or even an object. The Assistant tool, meanwhile, can quickly create montages and slideshows from your photos with just a few taps on the screen. If that’s not enough, the app comes with some excellent editing tools as well. [Free on Android and iOS]

3. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

The first mobile Geometry Wars game for some time, but it’s worth the wait — you’re guaranteed to enjoy yourself as you zoom around impossible geometric landscapes blasting away anything that you find. The controls are perfectly set up for touchscreen devices and quickly become second nature. One of the strengths of the game is its variety, with each level significantly different from the one before it, and plenty of different challenges and power-ups along the way as you make progress. Switch to the classic mode for several alternative game modes, including a pacifism mode where you reach target gates rather than killing enemies. [£3.99 on iOS]

4. Moleskine Timepage

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Trying to do something truly different and unique with a calendar app is a challenge, but credit to Moleskine: its new Timepage app really is worth a look, even if you’re happy with your current calendar tool. A big factor is the interface, which is beautifully minimal and sleek no matter which screen you’re on. The app seems to magically know which information you need and when, whether that’s the weather for tomorrow or the driving time to your next appointment. Everything is controlled with an intuitive series of swipes and on-screen gestures and there’s an Apple Watch extension if you’ve invested in Apple’s timepiece. [£3.99 on iOS]

5. Moments

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Facebook seems to be very keen these days on releasing small offshoots of its main app (like Rooms, Groups or Slingshot) and the latest of these is Moments: it groups your snaps together based on the date and time metadata saved with them and then lets you share them with people in your social circles. The idea is you can share pictures of a party or a special event with the people who were there, in as few taps as possible, and without having to open the main Facebook app. If you want photo sharing without the bloat then give Moments a go, although it’s currently only available to users in the U.S… [Free on Android and iOS]

6. Make My Day

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

This is a simple-to-use travel tips app from Lonely Planet, and the name suggests what it’s all about: fire up the app in one of the supported cities (Barcelona, London, New York City, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo) and it will give you some ideas for what to do that day. You can sample the content for free but you’ll need to pay to use it properly. The app looks great on screen and you can tap through to individual ideas to see more details about each one (including location, opening times and tips). Given the breadth of knowledge available in the Lonely Planet databases, we’d like to see more cities added soon. [Freemium on Android and iOS]

7. Dot

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Plenty of apps have tried to nail the mechanics of logging locations you’ve visited and sharing that information with friends, and Dot is the latest to have a try. Plot your favourite points of interest on a map, and collect them together into a series if you like (bars or restaurants for example). You can follow your friends as well as people you don’t know if you like the locations they’re tagging. Hashtags let you keep track of a series of similar places and there’s the option to add comments on dots left by other people. A novel and useful app whether it’s just for yourself or a group. [Free on iOS]

8. MixRadio

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Originally on Windows Phone and now available for iOS and Android as well, MixRadio learns from your listening behaviour and favourite tracks to mix a unique radio station that’s personal to you. There are lots of apps out there that work along similar lines but MixRadio is polished enough to stand out from the crowd. When you start up the app you can choose from some genres and artists that you like, and the app does the rest based on matches curated by music experts. You can even download your favourite mixes to listen to offline while you’re out and about. [Free on Android, iOS and Windows Phone]

9. Spark

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

The various app stores of the world aren’t short of a minimalist email client or two, so Spark must think it’s on to something to take on the likes of Gmail, Mailbox and the rest. To its credit, it does feature a clean and bold interface, and the smart sorting of messages works well (it can spot the difference between a junk newsletter and a message from a friend, for example). Among the more interesting features in the app are a quick reply tool for pinging back speedy response templates on the go, and an auto-archive option that buries emails when you read them. You can snooze, archive and flag your emails with a swipe, and the natural language search tool is impressive. [Free on iOS]

10. Skiing Yeti Mountain

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

You may well be sick of endless scrolling games by now, but you should make room in your life for one more, because Skiing Yeti Mountain is worth a look for its addictive gameplay and fun, blocky graphics. There are some great surprises hidden on the slopes and even when you fail it’s difficult to get frustrated with a game as well put-together as this. Like all the best mobile games it’s simple to learn but difficult to master and the touch controls are judged just right. There’s also a good vein of humour running through the app, and the timed levels give the game plenty of replayability value. [Freemium on Android and iOS]

11. Flipd

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Flipd is on a mission to break your smartphone addiction. It lets you lock yourself out of your phone (except for access to three emergency contacts) for a set period of time, with the theory being that you can gradually wean yourself off Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter or whatever else is taking up too much of your mobile time. You get the option to set an auto-response for people who try and contact you while you’re locked out, and Flipd can be used as a parental control app if you want to limit your kids’ time on their mobile devices. It’s basic but it might just do the job for you. [Free on Android]

12. Tayasui Memopad

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Tayasui makes a professional-level digital art program called Sketches, but the new Memopad is something a little more basic for the rest of us. Though there are fewer tools on offer (pencil, pen and paintbrush), the same attention to detail and smooth UI is kept from the more advanced app, and you can pay a little extra for some more tools. The idea is you can open it up and get sketching right away, and if you want space for a quick doodle then Tayasui Memopad certainly delivers. Your images are automatically saved and you can quickly clear the canvas or share your artwork with a few swipes of the finger. [Freemium on iOS]

13. Periscope

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Have you joined the live-streaming revolution yet? Meerkat is the other big app on the market but Periscope launched its Android app this month so it earns a mention in our round-up. The idea is you can broadcast a live video stream to as many or as few people you like. Anyone viewing your stream can leave comments or some appreciation for your efforts, and of course you can check out broadcasts from your friends or random strangers across the world. It does get quite addictive, so make sure you have some time to spare before installing. [Free on Android and iOS]

14. Inbox By Gmail

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

Our second Google app of the week, Inbox By Gmail is a smarter, more automated version of the Gmail app you’re probably aware of. It’s not a new app but we’re including it here because the service has just been opened up to all-comers, no invite required, and it works on the Web too. Essentially, Inbox tries to do as much for you as possible: organising similar emails together, picking out the messages that are the most important, integrating reminders from Google Keep, snoozing emails until later, and more besides. You can keep on using Gmail alongside it if you don’t want to switch fully. [Free on Android and iOS]

15. Halo: Spartan Strike

The 15 best new mobile apps for June 2015

We started with a mobile adaptation of a console classic, so we’ll finish with one as well: Spartan Strike is the follow up to Spartan Assault, and like its predecessor puts a touchscreen-friendly spin on the Halo franchise. There’s a new perspective and a new story but the backdrop and the enemies you come across will be familiar to seasoned Halo fans. A lot of the game involves straightforward aiming and blasting, but there’s enough variety in the weaponry, the assailants and the type of challenges to keep your interest. In addition, the length of the levels make it a perfect game to dip in and out of on your lunch break or at the bus stop. [£4.49 on iOS]

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