App Week: Skype for Windows Phone, Photoshop Touch for iPad
Microsoft has finally launched its recently-acquired Skype platform for Windows Phone, while Photoshop Touch brings the best photo editing experience ever seen on iPad. Plus new reviews from the T3 App Chart.
Windows Phone App News: Skype Beta finally lands
It's rare that we kick off this round-up with news from a Windows Phone launch, but this one is big. Microsoft has finally unleashed its most potent weapon with the arrival of Skype for Windows Phone. The Metro-inspired app features improved profile pages for your contacts, in-call instant messaging and a jump list for easy access to your favourite contacts. The Beta is out now, while the full version will arrive in April.
iPad App News: Photoshop Touch brings desktop quality editing
Apple has been talking about the iPad being a post-PC device for two years now, and the arrival of content creation tools like Photoshop Touch are beginnning to add weight to those claims. The £6.99 app brings the key selection tools, the ability to add layers to images and a host of effects is available to download now.
iPad App News: Flipboard adds Cover Stories to iPad app
When the Award-winning Flipboard launched on iPhone last year, it brought an exclusive Cover Stories feature, which intelligently brought the most relevant content to the forefront, meaning users always had instant access to the feeds and news most important to them. The company has now added the feature to its all-conquering iPad app.
Android/iPhone App News: Euro 2012 countdown app launched
Following Wednesday night's somewhat shambolic yet typically heroic defeat against the Netherlands on Wednesday, many England fans will have stopped counting down to this summer's European Championships. However, official sponsor has launched an app, attempting to get the juices going once again with exclusive news, videos, stats and more as we move within 100 days of the first game in Poland and Ukraine.
APP REVIEWS FROM THE T3 APP CHART
iPhone App Review: Deezer
While Spotify seems to be dominating the streaming landscape, there are plenty of contenders looking to seize its throne. One of which is Deezer, which not only offers some stiff competition but "surpasses Spotify in just about every way," according to our reviewer. The £9.99 a month premium service brings faster downloads and a neater interface. Check out our Deezer for iPhone review.
Android App Review: The Times and Sunday Times
The Times was one of the first newspapers to embrace the tablet medium on the iPad and, while it has been far surpassed by The Guardian's tablet offering, it still offers a mighty-fine physical representation of the News International broadsheet rag. Both apps (yes you need to download both) are executed well, but slow download times are a hindrance. Check out our Sunday Times for Android review.
Windows Phone App Review: Nokia Drive
With Nokia and Windows Phone now ultra-cosy bedfellows, the Finns are adorning Microsoft handsets with its prized application, Nokia Drive. The app is only available on Nokia Lumia devices and offers competition for Android's Google Maps Navigation. There's 2D and 3D maps, while buildings also feature in 3D, but it needs a lot more work if its to rival Google's offering. Read our Nokia Drive for Windows Phone review
iPad App Review: Blue Defense: Second Wave
Taking a leaf out of the timeless Space Invaders playbook, Blue Defense sees you take control of a planet armed with a big gun and forced to defend itself from attackers surrounding it from all angles. It's up to you to tilt and twist the device to decide which targets to attack, while multi-touch can launch assaults against multiple targets. Read our Blue Defense: Second Wave review.