New Year, new phone, and new possibilities.
Apps to keep you on-point for this new year.
As we prepare to welcome 2017, put your new phone to good use and make this New Year one to remember. Whether you're the proud owner of a shiny new iPhone 7 or Android device, these handy hints will help you get the best from this year's celebrations.
The easiest way to discover what's on.
To find the best events taking place across the city, you need an app to rely on. For tickets to all the evening's best parties, Eventbrite's app (on iOS and Android) is an easy way to find the right place for you. You can search by event type, location or date, and it even provides recommendations based on your previous searches and purchases. If you fancy a night being wined and dined, Chope (on iOS and Android) has all the best restaurants covered. The app provides searches by cuisine type, date or location and allows you to reserve your table straight away.
Getting to where you need to go.
Making your way to the party is easier with apps, too. If you’re taking the bus, MRT, cycling or driving, the official MyTransport Singapore app (iOS/Android) provides the most up-to-date information for the best routes, stops, traffic and parking spaces. Alternatively, save yourself the hassle of trying to hail a cab with the ever-popular Grab (iOS/Android) or Uber (iOS/Android) apps. As well as allowing you to book standard and premium taxis, these apps also let you book private cars or carpool, to save on the cost.
Capture the evening and the fireworks.
No matter where you spend the evening, you'll want to capture the memories, whether it's selfies of you and your friends, the fabulous spread of food or the fireworks in the bay at midnight. Updated to make use of features on the iPhone 7, Camera+ (iOS) offers extended functions for iOS users, such as scene modes, separate exposure and focus points, and manual adjustments. Android users should look at ProShot, which offers a similar array of features to further your phone camera's abilities. .
Share the memories.
To polish those pictures, the Snapseed app (iOS/Android) provides desktop-level image editing in a mobile-friendly form. Not only can you add a range of powerful photo filters, but you can also perform selective adjustments to fine-tune your results before sharing. For a one-click option, the Prisma (iOS/Android) app gives a range of weird and wonderful effects to photos and videos that can turn your snap into anything from a cartoon to a surrealist painting.
Wish those who can’t be with you, a happy New Year.
If you've got family or friends overseas, you can't beat being able to hear their voice to say happy New Year. Whatsapp (iOS/Android) is one of the most popular messaging apps around, but as well as sending encrypted text and images it also allows you to make video and voice calls to other Whatsapp users, anywhere in the world. For those friends and relations in China, WeChat (iOS/Android) is the app of choice. This app provides text, image and voice messaging but also provides in-app games and lots of emoticon-stickers.
Staying in has never been so good.
If you're planning to celebrate in the comfort of your own home, there are plenty of apps to bring the party to you. Catch the latest must-see series and shows on StarHub Go (iOS/Android), or one of the thousands of films on Netflix (iOS/Android). With a subscription, these apps let you stream shows you love to your phone (and in the case of the former, without data charges while on a StarHub Mobile postpaid plan!) For your food requirements, food delivery service Deliveroo (iOS/Android ) has a burgeoning list of top restaurants, ready to bring dishes and drinks, direct to your door.