Apps completely changed the way we interact with our mobile devices, and admittedly, the way we live our lives. Whether you are an iOS die-hard or an Android fanatic, chances are there is an app for any task you can think of.
Fancy having some pasta for dinner? Yelp has some great Italian restaurant recommendations nearby. Want some info on your daily running routine? Runtastic will track how much calories you lose on your 5-kilometer morning run. Doing math homework? Fire up PhotoMath and see the solutions laid out for you. With millions of apps available for each platform, the choices are virtually limitless.
However, sometimes you just want to kick back after a strenuous day at work or fend off some late afternoon boredom. These entertainment apps are great distractions until your friends or family yank you back to the real world.
A no-brainer; Netflix is easily the best solution especially if you are considering cutting the cord. The compelling alternative to traditional cable TV, Netflix has thousands of movies and TV shows, as well as some nifty originals (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black) in its collection. There is a 30-day free trial, and you can choose to subscribe for $9.99 a month with options for multiple-screen streaming. Surf your Netflix library and prepare to lose hours of your life in its infinitely entertaining depths.
Seems like a cheat to include another media app, but Spotify almost always has that mood-maker you need. There is a free tier, but splash for the $10/month subscription to enjoy ad-free music streaming from the most popular artists down to the more experimental ones. The app has great design, now allowing you to download any song, album or playlist for offline listening.
Whether you just need to while away a long train ride or itching to replace the crappy playlist piping at your friend’s party, Spotify has you covered.
Owned by Google, YouTube is the repository of all manner of content captured on video (barring whole movies of course, but there are a few exceptions). YouTube has its set of personalities and celebrities, each with his/her/their own specialty. Makeup tutorials, cooking tips, movie reviews, and philosophical discussions are only a fraction of the user-generated content available on the site.
Tons of music videos, web series and movie trailers populate YouTube’s collection, and millions of users tune in every day. The app’s design is intuitive and uniform across platforms, with easy access to your handpicked channel ‘subscriptions’ and trending videos. You can upload and edit videos straight from your mobile and start your channel as well if vlogging (video blogging) is your thing. YouTube is ideal for bite-sized consumption of video content, with a diverse array of material on offer.
Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector
Less than a game and more of a feline-watching app, Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector has a simple enough premise. You have a yard, and the goal is to attract cats to populate it. You have various tools and lures at your disposal, like toys and a bowl of food to entice kitties into visiting. Then, you close the app and wait.
Seriously, Neko Atsume does not engage the player minute-by-minute; but rather like real life, the cats are not beholden to human whims. Patience is the key to Atsume, and coming back to the app periodically to check if any cats have come is the hook. Keeping the food bowl replenished is highly advisable, as certain cats scarf down the entire thing in one sitting. Cats that do come and play leave silver or gold ‘fish’ – the game currency exchanged for more items like food and toys.
There are 49 cats to ‘collect’ and take pictures of to add to your cat album, 17 of which are rare varieties. For cat lovers, Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector is the perfect app to satisfy their obsessive need for feline companionship.
These are just a sampling of hundreds of apps available for all the main mobile platforms. Scrolling through their app store’s Featured or Top Grossing sections might reveal your next favorite time-waster. Just remember to unplug and engage in social life occasionally.