Here are my favorite new mobile productivity apps of 2019. There are apps for image editing, secure browsing, graphic design, note-taking, task management, language translation, and more. Most of the apps are free, though several also offer premium add-ons.
Tonic provides a personalized selection of daily reads for an information alternative to social media and non-stop breaking news. Just select a few articles that interest you, and Tonic uses those inputs to build a daily, personalized collection of five items to peruse. Easily adjust inputs, or customize the timing to work with your schedule. Available on iOS. Price: Free.
Jumbo is an app to increase your privacy and security. Jumbo scans the apps and websites you use, providing actionable recommendations. Increase the security of your social media accounts and reduce your digital footprint by removing old posts. Monitor dark web for data breaches, and reduce unwanted robocalls. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Ablo is a language-translation app for text chat and live video calls. Meet new people and make friends around the world. Show your identity and your country. Video chat is translated with live subtitles. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Masse is a Q&A platform for people who want to stay current on the best brands and products without being subjected to sponsored content and paid endorsements. With Masse, people can share advice about the products they use in their daily lives. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Envision AI is an app that translates the visual world into spoken words, helping blind and visually impaired people to lead more independent lives. Instantly read texts in over 60 languages. Easily scan documents with audio-guided edge detection. Describe visual scenes around you simply by taking a photo. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Craigslist has released an app for iPhone and is beta-testing for Android. Users can buy and sell items or services, save favorite postings and searches, set alerts, and post, edit, and renew listings. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Duet delivers a retina display at 60 frames per second with zero lag. It works with smartphones, tablets, and desktops. Increase your productivity by reducing the time to switch contexts. Available on Android and iOS. See website for pricing.
Flow is an app that brings the Moleskin notebook experience to iOS. Create simple drawings, complex designs, and beautiful notes on your iPad or iPhone. Create your own set of tools, like a virtual pencil case, so you don’t need to adjust colors, size, and style. Have five markers in shades of blue or just a single black pen in the ideal size. Available on iOS. Price: Free.
Wisdo is a social network to get advice from others and share your experiences. Discover people to connect with based on shared experiences. Then, become a guide to others. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Spectre is a camera app that uses artificial intelligence to create long-exposure photographs. Spectre can also remove crowds, turn city streets into rivers of light, make waterfalls look like paintings, and more. Take hundreds of shots, save in an accompanying live photo, and apply live-photo effects. Available on iOS. Price: $2.99.
Microsoft To Do
Microsoft To Do has been around since Microsoft acquired Wunderlist in 2015. But this year, To Do released a big upgrade. To Do now offers increased design options, dark-mode. smart lists with a personalized daily planner, platform syncing, multi-factor authentication, and broad Microsoft 365 integration. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
The Post-it app from 3M released an update that includes handwriting recognition. Capture up to 200 individual square Post-it notes at a time with your camera. Collect and combine ideas from across boards. Share to your favorite apps. Syncs with all your devices. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.
Brave is a new browser that offers fast performance as it blocks ads and videos that slow your online experience. It also rewards you for ad browsing. Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution for users and publishers. Available on Android and iOS. Price: Free.