New apps for every platform
THE TECHLIFE TEAM REVIEWS THE MOST INTERESTING NEW APPS FOR iOS, ANDROID AND WINDOWS MOBILE.
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.