New apps for every plat­form

THE TECHLIFE TEAM RE­VIEWS THE MOST IN­TER­EST­ING NEW APPS FOR iOS, ANDROID AND WIN­DOWS MO­BILE.

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Android Auto TURNS YOUR PHONE INTO A CAR-FRIENDLY VOICE-DRIVEN TOOL. Free | goo.gl/MjLdzK

It’s il­le­gal to use your phone while driv­ing a car, for ob­vi­ous rea­sons: if you’re look­ing at your phone in­stead of the road, you might crash into some­thing. So it’s lucky the benev­o­lent over­lords at Google have cre­ated this app which al­lows you to access some pretty im­por­tant smart­phone tools with­out hav­ing to look at it. When you boot up the app, it’ll re­quest access to, well, pretty much ev­ery­thing (SMS, voice calls, con­tacts etc) and then ask for a Blue­tooth de­vice to pair with. It also cre­ates a much larger ver­sion of Google Play Mu­sic so that you can nav­i­gate playlists at the briefest of glances. You don’t have to look, though: voice recog­ni­tion can be ac­cessed with a sin­gle but­ton press, al­low­ing you to say “play (mu­sic)”, “call (friend)” or “nav­i­gate to (lo­ca­tion)” in­stead. With my Aus­tralian ac­cent, I didn’t en­counter any dif­fi­cul­ties, though any­one fa­mil­iar with Google’s pre­vi­ous voice recog­ni­tion out­ings will know it’s a pretty re­li­able tool, so long as you weed the ‘strewth’s and ‘dawg’s from your vo­cab. A very use­ful app.

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