Hello all you lovers of smartphone apps, enjoying your holidays? We have more great apps this week including Android launchers, a way to give your Lumia smartphone touchless superpowers and a group messaging helper for iPhones. Get ready for some downloadin'.
DeviantArt brings its massive online art library to the palm of your hand. The app opens up into a "Today" view, which delivers content curated by DeviantArt's editorial team. From there, you can explore what's trending, reaching into the untraveled corners of the art community, or browse through dozens of different categories. Once you log into your profile, you have access to your gallery, journal, activity, and a list of work that you've favorited. It's a great way to be an art connoisseur on the go. [Free for Android and iOS]
Have you heard? Esports is mainstream now, and if you want to keep up with all the matches in Hearthstone, Dota 2, League of Legends, and more, you're going to need the Strafe app. You can keep track of news and matches with the app, and if you don't want any of the excitement ruined for you, Strafe also provides a "spoiler-free" mode. The app is simply a list of matches, which you can be sorted by tournament, time, or game, and once you click on a match, Strafe serves up more info such as the team lineup, the format, and previous matches. If you're wired into the esports world, this app is absolutely necessary. [Free]
Action Launcher 3 is an alternative third-party launcher for Android. It comes in a Material Design package but offers customisable options you won't find with Google's standard offering. The coolest feature by far is Quicktheme, which extracts colours from your wallpaper to build a customised colour palette for the Quickdrawer, folder backgrounds, and Google search bar. You can give it a test drive for free. [Free]
Group messaging can be a nightmare in iMessages. Hunting for all your contacts, searching for the perfect GIF, pulling it in from your camera roll, etc. Group Text+ makes all that much easier by creating group iMessage or SMS sessions with just a couple taps. Group Text+ also works with other apps and can be launched from the Control Center. If you dig the developer's approach to group chat, you can also checkout Email+ that brings the same level of convenience in a similar package for $3.99. [$3.99]
Gestures Beta by Microsoft Mobile adds, as the name suggests, new gesture-based superpowers for Lumia smartphones. This app provides simple actions, mostly surrounding phone calls. You can flip the over face down to mute a call and face up to turn on the speaker. If you have an incoming call, you can just raise the smartphone to your face to answer or just flip it over to ignore. Not exactly groundbreaking, and on low-end phones like the Lumia 530, 630, and 635 it is even less so, but this is an app no Lumia phone should be without. It's simple convenience, free of charge. [Free]