Ultimate Apps

This section is for all you tech savvy readers with smart phones. Each month Gulf Coast Family will spotlight three new apps we found helpful, amusing, or entertaining. Whether you’re looking to load up a new smart phone or simply expand your collection, here’s our three favorite apps for July.

Google Voice

Google Voice
Android   iPhone, iPad

Sign up for a free Google Voice number and give it out to people instead of your cell phone number. Google Voice lets you use this new number on your cell phone and provides nice extras like voicemail transcription, free text messaging, call filtering, blocking, do not disturb settings, and more.

Google Translate

Google Translate
Android   iPhone, iPad

As close as you will come to a true on-the-fly translation machine, Google Translate allows you to speak English into your phone and have Spanish come out the other end—and vice versa. Other languages, too.

Ringdroid

Ringdroid

Android

Stock ringtones are okay but nothing says smartphone ownership like crafting your very own alert. Ringdroid lets you do just that. Use an existing music file on your device or record a sound using the microphone, then clip out the best part.

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