What to download
    20 February 2019

    Megan Ellis

    5 handy apps available now

    With so many apps out there, how do you know which ones are really worth downloading?

    With millions of apps available on the Google Play Store, it’s hard to find the best of the best. However, Google does this when it awards its annual honours for exceptional apps. The company recently announced some of the best daily helpers available for users to download. From their handy features to their helpful functionality, here are 5 of the most useful apps out there.

    1. Tasty

    Buzzfeed's Tasty video series is known for its unique recipes and easy-to-follow instructions. The Tasty app bundles 3,000 of these recipes in an easy-to-navigate hub that allows you to filter according to meal types, dietary restrictions, speed, difficulty and other categories. It allows you to swipe through steps individually with recipes that include video snippets to help you get each step just right. 

    If you want to get into cooking, but find recipe lists and instructions daunting, the Tasty app is an awesome way to get started. Of course, it’s also great for cooking and baking enthusiasts who want to try out unique recipes such as banana split ice cream pie and spicy masala veggie burgers. 

    Tasty is available on Android and iOS.

    2. Canva

    The Canva app turns you into your own designer, helping you to create social media images, posters, banners, wedding invitations and other design elements for free. The app provides thousands of templates to choose from, while its easy grid and drag-and-drop interface make it simple for anyone to create fantastic designs. Use it for social media posts, YouTube videos and more!

    Canva is available for Android and iOS.

    3. Notion


    Notion stores notes, tasks, checklists and even wikis in one central cloud hub. Useful features include its drag-and-drop functionality, which makes it easy to write up documents and organised notes in the app. It’s even possible to create spreadsheets and databases within the app, supercharging your notes beyond simple checklists or text-only documents. The app also includes a calendar, which allows you to see all your tasks and their due dates. It’s an all-in-one workspace.

    Notion is available for Android and iOS

    4. Otter Voice Notes

    Another note-taking app, Otter Voice Notes sets itself apart through its use of audio. The app creates notes using your voice, audio, transcription and the highlighting of important phrases. The app is focused on helping business people, journalists and students, providing them with a way to record and transcribe things like meetings, interviews and lessons. It can even identify individual speakers in a recording. While it’s unlikely to be used for simple notes such as your shopping list, it's definitely a powerful tool for students and professionals. 

    Otter Voice Notes is available on Android and iOS.

    5. FaceTune

    With so much exposure to flawless photos on social media, some people may feel pressured to look their best on platforms like Instagram. But no one looks great every moment of every day and many of us don’t have the free time to achieve a flawless look. It’s no wonder then that FaceTune was named among Google’s Best Apps of the Year for 2018. It allows you to remove blemishes from your selfies, add filters, and even apply makeup and teeth whitening to your pictures. 

    FaceTune is available on Android and iOS.

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    Megan Ellis