Free Apps Friday: Paint FX, My Mixtapez, Volume Booster

Are you looking to make your smartphone or tablet more useful? Each week, we collect the latest productivity apps for Android, iOS and Windows Phone; all of which are 100 per cent free! Here are this week's highlights.

This is a hand-picked list of free apps we've noticed this week while assembling our regular App Deals roundup of new and discounted apps. We haven't reviewed them and we don't endorse them. As with the main App Deals column, apps can stop being free at a moment's notice if they're discounted, so grab them quickly if you're interested.

Android

Smart Rotation Control: FREE! From the publisher's description: "The app uses proximity sensor as an additional button. When you swipe over the sensor, rotation toggles appear. You do not need to swipe the notification all the way down and find the rotation toggle any more."

ClockChart: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Design inspired by the diagrammatic representation of graph. Enjoy the inventive concept of first ever graphical clock wrapped with a simple yet elegant design."

AmpMe: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Surround yourself with sound. AmpMe creates a giant, multi-speaker setup using just the phone in your pocket. Play your music in perfect sync across multiple devices to create one powerful sound system. Bring the party anywhere. Be the speakers."

Voice Synthesizer: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Voice Synthesizer allows you to change text or voice with 75 effects to edit, create, or use it as a recorder! Supports PARROT mode repeats your voice in real time with the effect you choose or have been created. Detects pauses between words and repeats his voice."

My Mixtapez Music & Mixtapes: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Phone Booster and Power Saver, Junk Remover, File Cleaner and Mobile Security."

Pizza Navigator: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Looking for Pizza? Look no further. The Pizza Navigator will get you there! It will point you in the direction of the nearest pizzeria. Works with your phone, and your Android Wear compatible watch!"

Volume Booster: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Boost your phone volume with Volume Booster! Just one tap to increase your device volume to maximum. Boost all phone sounds, including ringtone, alarm, notifications, games and multimedia sounds."

iOS

Week Calendar for iPad: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Does your ordinary iPhone, iPod or iPad calendar give you insufficient insight and options? Then Week Calendar is the solution for you. Whether you use iCloud, Exchange or Google calendar, Week Calendar is the most user friendly and the all-round calendar app worldwide for everyone that needs to get the most out of their calendar app."

Say&Go Memo Recorder: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Quickly save your ideas and to-do's! Just tap the icon, say a short note, and it becomes your reminder or you can find it on Dropbox, Evernote or e-mail. All in just ONE TAP!"

Commander Compass: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Commander Compass is an essential GPS toolkit for outdoors and off-road navigation. Packed with tools it serves as a milspec compass with maps, gyrocompass, tactical GPS receiver, waypoint tracker, speedometer, altimeter, Sun, Moon and star finder, gyro horizon, and coordinate converter."

Declara: FREE! From the publisher's description: "With the Declara app you can discover, curate, and share articles that you enjoy everyday. The app intelligently connects you to collections, articles, and people so you spend less time searching – and more time engaging."

Paint FX: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Apply filters, effects, colors, enhancements, adjustments or edit your photos any way, anywhere you want selectively in specific areas with the swipe of a finger. Dont need to change the full photo anymore "

Google Keep: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Need to remember to pick up some groceries? Set a location-based reminder to pull up your grocery list right when you get to the store. Need to finish a to-do? Set a time-based reminder to make sure you never miss a thing."

CodeBucket: FREE! From the publisher's description: "CodeBucket is the best way to browse and maintain your Bitbucket repositories on any iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad device! Keep an eye on your projects with the ability to view everything from followers to the individual file diffs in the latest change set. CodeBucket brings Bitbucket to your finger tips in a sleek and efficient design."

Windows Phone

CamCard: FREE! From the publisher's description: "CamCard is the easiest & fastest way to enter, manage, store and share your business cards. Whether you are a salesman, small business owner, or marketing person, it helps you maintain your business network and grow from there."

Spitzer Space Telescope: FREE! From the publisher's description: "100 coolest images taken by Spitzer Space Telescope."

Real Guitar: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Real Guitar is one of the most realistic guitar simulator apps featuring a user-friendly interface and an awesome sound quality. All the notes have been recorded from the live acoustic guitar."

Metro Drive: FREE! From the publisher's description: "Metro Drive is a cool and lightening quick, fully functional Google Drive client for windows and windows phone. Now you can open, edit and share your Google Drive files across your windows devices."


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