December 27, 2011
If you want to give yourself a gift this holiday season, look no further than the app store. Many iOS and Android apps are discounted for the holidays, and others are completely free (see below). These are limited-time offers, so download them while they’re hot!
Free iOS Apps
- Flashlight LED: Turns your iPhone into a flashlight, instantly
- BarTunes: Control iTunes from your Mac’s menu bar
- Battery Boost (only until December 27): Improves battery efficiency and records usage
- Awareness! The Headphone App: An app that monitors background noise while you’re busy watching a movie or listening to music, and filters in any outstanding sounds you should hear (like a car honking at you, or someone calling your name)
- Cost2Drive: Calculates how much gas will cost for your next trip, where it’s cheapest to fill up, and whether flying is less expensive
- The Fourth Day: An astronomical clock with sunrise and sunset times, stages of the moon, and equinox and solstice dates
- Comic Boom: Transform yourself and your friends into comic book stars by uploading photos and adding backgrounds and captions
- FedCtRecords: Houses federal court records from the PACER database
- Am I Alive?: Tells you if celebrities, athletes, politicians, and others are still alive, along with information on their lives
- Pool Boy Lite: Helps pool boys keep track of the tasks required in maintaining a pool
- Weapons of Planet Earth Handguns Edition: A database of 1,866 handguns from 21 countries
- LoveCalc:Photo: See how compatible you are with someone based on your photos
- OctoPaul: Get your fortune told by an octopus
- Coloring Maker: A kid’s app for scanning and coloring drawings
- Letters App: A kid’s app for playing with letters and forming words and pictures
- Spellix!: A kid’s app for spelling and writing
- Reverse Math: A math-learning app for kids ages 5-15
- Games like Happy Hills, Aurum Blade, Zenonia and Zenonia 2, Babo Crash, and Call of Atlantis (from TUAW’s app coverage)
- Other games like Coin Dozer, Words in Space, Arcade Jumper, MinoMonsters, Andy Run Run, Angry Piggy, RuneMasterPuzzle, SpaceJong, Fatcat Rush, Note Ninja, Boom Boat, and Huntville
Free Android Apps
- Camera360: A camera app with filters, skin touchups, and professional camera settings
- Bluetooth Baby Monitor: Turns your phone into a baby monitor
- Smart Battery Widget: Monitors your battery level and usage
- Lions Gate Bridge: Displays the traffic on Vancouver’s Lions Gate Bridge
- 100 apps are available for free download through GetJar, an independent app store. They include lots of games, the Twitter app Tweetcaster Pro, Memory Booster, and Fake Call Me Out of Here (to generate an incoming call if, for example, you can’t stand the office holiday party)
- A bunch of top games are free for many Samsung Galaxy users on Samsung Apps, including Android games
Enjoy and let us know which ones you like the best in the comments below.
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