The iPhone 6 is finally here and already people are queuing out of the door to get their hands on the latest offering from Apple.
While some critics have said that the two newest devices are lacking in innovation, the new iOS 8 operating system has brought about a whole host of new changes that are making app developers squirm as they act quickly to update their software.
Thankfully, some app makers have been pretty on the ball and have already updated their software to accommodate the changes. Here are a few apps you can’t be without in 2014.
The newest iPhone has been optimised for gaming thanks to its crystal clear Retina HD display, giving users the perfect excuse to indulge in a few games. For something a little different from Angry Birds, Uptown Aces offers the chance to win a few prizes with a simple flick of a finger. The site’s daily freeroll tournaments are particularly exciting, making this app perfect for passing the time while commuting.
This free app takes the 21st century capabilities of an iPhone camera and enhances them even more so. Short for Visual Supply Company, the app features advanced camera controls that have been specifically designed for iOS 8, including manual focus, adjustable shutter speeds, white balance, a VSCO Grid and exposure compensation.
We might be venturing into the winter period now, but Hipmunk is still encouraging users to get away by helping them to plan their vacations. The app helps to compare prices on flights, trains and hotels and even directs users to sites like Airbnb. The app was already pretty useful to iPhone users, but with new updates, booking a trip away is about to get a whole lot easier.
One of the biggest changes to which we had to adapt when the smartphone revolution happened was touch screens. Typing on smartphones has been the topic of much satire in popular culture, but SwiftKey is here to change all that. The app has now been updated for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’s adaptive keyboards, and offers a third-party keyboard which adapts to the user’s writing style to give a more accurate auto-correct style. The app uses intelligent next word prediction and improves with time as it gets to know the users better – so you’ll never be sending an awkward curse word again.
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The 2014 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup tournament was a huge success. In the end we saw Germany prevail and the host nation’s demise coming in the most unexpected fashion possible. Brazil were beaten by Germany 7-1 in a night that the Brazilian fans will want to forget about – a result that was their worst in a competitive international.
For many, the World Cup was the perfect time for game developers to market their innovative apps and games, for the consumer to keep up with all the latest news and scores. Also, to immerse themselves in games centred around football. You only have to look at premium video game maker Electronic Arts who released a companion app for football fans called FIFA 14, where they received up-to-date scores and news. We also released our very own app called the “World Football Calendar 2014: the free fan app for Brazil,” which collected all the matches adjusted to your local time, so you’d be prompted when to stream the tournament games.
And with preseason in full flow, fans need resources to keep in touch with the breaking news and transfer activity, regarding their teams. If you’re a hardcore football fan, we’ve got you covered in this post. Below, we will feature this year’s top football apps you can download for playing the sport, streaming live tournaments, and for getting the latest updates/scoreboards on the ongoing prestigious sporting event.
Real Football 2014 Soccer Game
If you’re looking for a football game with a complete package in terms of all-round sporting entertainment, look no further – the Real Football 2014 Soccer Game for Android and iOS is your ultimate companion. Enthusiasts are treated with real, free fantasy simulation, and a comprehensive game manager with this app. Apart from providing you with a set of intuitive on-screen touch controls, you can also build your own team and play either as offense and defense with this game.
The most interesting part of the Real Football 2014 is that it also allows you to play as a team manager. At the start, you will be given a rookie team, which you need to train and improve to increase your players’ physical agility and technical skills. Afterwards, your team can now qualify for top league and compete with the best teams around the world. Most popular teams like the United Kingdom, Brazil, USA, and Argentina are included in the package. The game has realistic sounds and stunning graphics.
Soccer Showdown 2014
If working with a league is not your idea of fun, the Soccer Showdown 2014 for Android and iOS is a first-person point-of-view multiplayer penalty kick app. No players are shown in the game. The interface only shows a football field with a view of the penalty area. You have the power to aim the ball using your point-finger. The game is entirely physics-based — with a single swipe, you can command the ball’s trajectory, spin, power, and lateral curve.
Though there’s no player shown in the game, you can customize your nation by choosing a ball or a pair of gloves featuring your country’s flag. You can also challenge your friends or anyone online through the international tournaments to earn coins, unlock levels, and achieve superstar status.
Being on the “go” shouldn’t prevent you from catching live games. The news portal of O2 highlighted on their “App Lab – how to follow the football” story that major international broadcasters have mobile apps where you can stream broadcasted football matches through your phone, tablet, or laptop. O2 recommends:
It allows you to watch live BBC TV shows (not limited to sports channel) while on the go. Alternatively, the BBC Sports app offers sports-centric content such as news, highlights, and live actions on Football and other international sporting events.
This Android and iOS app is where you can stream live games from all the major leagues and tournaments such as the FA Cup and the Champions League. The app also keeps you up to date with all the league standings.
Both of these apps require WiFi or 3G connection and a cable TV subscription.
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One Stadium Live Network
The avid football fan, can now scan across various social media platforms and news portals so they can catch the latest results, news stories, and interesting facts about your favoured team. The One Stadium Live network, as featured by Brand Republic, is a mobile responsive web app that curates football topics from Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. It’s being offered in 32 languages and being maintained by Sony. It has more than 20 million followers to date.
This amazing new app is available in 12 different languages, supplies the user with all the breaking news on the top European leagues (Premier Leagues, Bundesliga, La Liga) and the Champions League. It covers international news as well as all the transfer news that happens in the transfer windows.
The app has been developed by MagicSolver and is free to download.
World Cup Calendar 2014 is the ultimate application for Brazil 2014!
It provides you all the info you need for this year’s events & matches – and plenty of surprises, too.
1. Calendar of all the matches adjusted to your local time
2. Instant access to all the latest football news in 6 languages
3. Info on the 32 countries: match calendars, flags, players, and national anthems
4. Live results with Push Notifications
Enjoy the games!
Some people embrace the most romantic day of the year while others struggle under the pressure of trying to pull out all the stops to make Valentine’s Day memorable. If you’re one of the latter always scrambling around to come up with a big romantic gesture then you should check out the three apps below to give you some last minute ideas.
With only two days until the most romantic day of the year everyone should be getting in the mood for a little romancing. At MagicSolver, we got the love bug early, taking an arrow from Eros on the 7th Feb when we released our app Valentine’s Day 2014: 7 free gifts to fall in love with. Free on iOS and Android this app offers a new app surprise, for gratis, every day from 7th February until the big day.
Users have already been enjoying the daily gifts and even if you’re late to our app you can still retrospectively download the apps our crack editorial team have chosen for Valentine’s week. So far iOS users have enjoyed the likes of addictive match-three game Jelly Splash, Pokemon-inspired game Battle Camp and the Postcard app that lets you send a physical postcard to your favourite Valentine from your phone.
Those using Android have been falling in love with the Cupid-style scroller Daemon Amor, retro playground love game MASH Valentine and the platform adventure game Amy in Love. So make sure you don’t miss out on the free app countdown to Valentine’s Day. XX
The future of mobile is a hard one to predict but hats off to network operator Three for having a go. It’s rather splendid infographic tackles the big topics such as how many global internet users there will be (5.4 billion by 2015, thanks for asking), the number of internet connections made via mobile devices (expected to reach 80% by 2025), smartphone and tablet growth, the number of mobile money transactions and the new buzz phrase ‘The Internet of Things’. And let’s not forget a subject close to our heart: how may apps will be downloaded. With 81,442,000,000 downloaded in 2013, Three projects this will grow to more than three times to a staggering 309,606,000,000 by 2016. Take a look at the infographic below for a full run down. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s nearly time for the arrival of the most romantic day of the year and what better way is there to count down than with MagicSolver’s newest app: Valentine’s Day 2014: 7 free gifts to fall in love with.
Counting down to Valentine’s Day from the 8th February, users of the app will receive a number of free surprises every day they return to the app.
With a free mini-game to play, a romantic free gift to discover and some exclusive romantic wallpapers to unlock, Valentine’s Day 2014 is packed full of content that you’re bound to love at first sight.
App analytic and market intelligence specialist, App Annie released its 2013 retrospective report on the key trends from last year and it reveals some major shifts in terms of download market share and emerging app markets. Definitely take time to download the free report and read it. You can get it here.
In the meantime, here are the potted highlights: Read the rest of this entry »
According to a stat embedded in this informative infographic from Bizness Apps, “by 2015 more than 780 million people will be mobile only users, not owning a laptop or desktop computer.” This astounding stat has repercussion for any business, especially SMEs, that are putting together a mobile strategy. With mobile commerce expected to be worth $30 billion but 2016, it is clear more and more people are leading with their smartphone and tablets when it comes to making purchase and transactions.
So with these stats in mind what ‘mobile’ path should a small business take? Based on its research, Bizness App has asked the question of whether a business should develop a mobile website or mobile app? Looking at the results there is clearly a case for doing both.
Source: Bizness Apps