Here at Vista Royale more and more people are getting smartphones, but many of those smartphone users have never installed an app. Apps are one of the many things that make smartphones indispensable tools.
Mainstream smartphones and tablets come with the platform's app store preinstalled. Depending on the platform Apple, Android or Amazon Fire, and the vintage of your device your app store icon may look similar to the icons shown here.
Many apps in the app store are offered for free, others need to be purchased from the app store, or require a subscription to use them. Free apps often contain ads or they have in-app sales. Apps uploaded to the major app stores have been scanned for malware and viruses and so have fewer issues than programs you might run into downloading software for a PC, but you should be vigilant in seeing what kind of permissions they require.
There are millions of apps in the app stores. Some apps are extremely useful, others not worth the time it takes to install them. One of the best ways to find good apps is to get suggestions from friends. Because many apps have virtually the same name, make sure that you get the one with the matching icon. Below are some of the apps that been recommended by our members at our weekly meetings. They divided into categories, Education, Entertainment, Health, Productivity, Travel, and Weather.
U-verse by AT&T Services Inc.
Take the U-verse experience with you with the U-verse App. Watch Live TV and On Demand shows, manage your DVR, and use the app as a remote control. Available on Apple and Android.
by Decisionmark Holdings, Inc.
The TitanTV app provides easy access to broadcast, cable, digital cable and satellite channel lineups as well as customized user lineups from the desktop version of TitanTV.com.
Roku - Official Remote Control
by ROKU Inc
Enhance the Roku experience with this IP based remote for your Roku. This app is a must have for ROKU owners. There are many ROKU remote apps, make sure to get this OFFICIAL version. This app is available for Apple and Android.
Amazon Fire TV
by AMZN Mobile LLC
Enhance the Fire TV experience with this IP based Remote control for your Amazon Fire Device. This app is a must have companion to your Amazon Fire stick. This app is available for Apple, Android and Amazon platforms.
No matter what your musical taste, the Stingray music streaming app has you covered. This app is compatible with android auto, Apple Carplay, airplay and Chromecast. Stingray music has an ad supported tier, and a premium ad-free tier. If you have the Stingray music channels from your TV provider, you already have a premium subscription to this service. Available for Apple and Android.
Sound Hound Music Discovery
by Sound Hound Inc.
SoundHound makes it simple to identify music playing around you. Whether you’re in the car or out and about — open the app, hit the big orange SoundHound button, let your phone listen for a few seconds, and it will tell you exactly what’s playing and provides the lyrics so you can sing along!
IMDb is the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV, and celebrity information. Watch trailers, get showtimes, and buy tickets for upcoming films.
Google Translate by Google LLC
Translate from data, speech recognition, or use the camera to translate printed documents and signs. Even though Apple has added a native translation app, it doesn't compare to the Google Translate App. Available for apple and Android.
Mopria Print Service
by Mopria Alliance
Mobile Printing is baked into most Android devices running Android 8.0 (Oreo) or later. If your Android doesn't have this service, the Mopria Print Service is a must have app. This app is available from the Google Play Store.
The VR computer club has two Apple AirPrint / Android Mopria compliant printers. Printing from your mobile devices is available when you are connected to the ClubMembers WiFi network. On apps that allow printing. Print will be under the Share options.
Note: Other apps or our desktop computers are better for printing pictures than the simple printing available from your mobile device.
Photoscan by Google LLC
PhotoScan lets you scan and save your favorite printed photos using your phone’s camera. It creates enhanced digital, glare free copies with perspective correction. This app is available for Apple and Android.
Scannable by Evernote
Scannable captures the paper in your life quickly and beautifully, transforming it into high-quality scans ready to save or share. This App is only available from the Apple store but there are similar apps in the Google play store.
Wifi Analyzer by farproc
Turns your android phone into a WiFi analyzer!! Available from the Google Play store, and the Microsoft store, There is nothing similar for Apple.
WASH-Connect from wash.com
The Wash-Connect app allows you to pay for the use of the washer and dryer in our laundry rooms at Vista Royale. This app is much more convenient than loading funds to the laundry card at the clubhouse kiosks. Available from the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
ZOOM Cloud Meeting
This Video conferencing app is for Zoom meetings and webinars like the ones put on by the Vista Royale Association. Available on Apple and Android platforms and available for Windows, Macs and Linux.