Best mobile apps
Mobile phones are more powerful and versatile than ever before, and developers -- from massive software houses to bedroom coders -- are stretching their limits with innovative applications. In this irregular series, we test the latest apps for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian to find out if they're worth your time and money.
Here are the best iPhone apps that should make up the discerning iPhone owner's home screen. Lovingly cradling your iPhone for the first time? These are the apps you need.
We pick the best Android apps we think should be on your home screen. Just bagged a new Android phone? Install these essentials.
From voice control to podcasting, we judge some of the best of the BlackBerry apps ripe for the picking from the BlackBerry App World and beyond
We look at five of the best iPhone games to see if they measure up to the Sony PSP's strongest suits -- rich graphics and long-lasting gameplay
You may think Apple invented the app, but Windows Mobile is the greatest mobile app platform there ever was -- and we have the apps to prove it
Apple has ramped up its gaming offensive this year, arguing the merits of the iPhone and iPod touch over the traditional handhelds. Here are five games giving the Nintendo DS a run for its money
This is a story about two people who joined the iPhone app goldrush to make a million dollars from a game idea. Its developers give their advice on App Store success
Park the petrol with Android apps that help find a bike near you from London's Cycle Hire scheme, which launches tomorrow around Zone 1
Two tings for the London cycle hire scheme, which has already spawned a suite of iPhone apps to help your find a trusty steed within the wilds of Zone 1
If music streaming isn't the future, we'll eat our own hands. Carphone Warehouse is the latest company to hop on the bandwagon with a service called My Hub
If you want to access the BBC's iPlayer service on your mobile phone, but aren't blessed with Flash support on your handset, you should check out the myPlayer Android app
Worried you're not getting the best speeds on your mobile Internet? Let thinkbroadband.com either allay or confirm your fears with its new Android speed-testing app
iBooks for iPhone vs Kindle for iPhone. What is it like to read a book on a screen as small as the iPhone or the iPod touch? We find out
Swype, an alternative keyboard for touchscreens that uses an innovative method for typing on the run, is now available to all Android phones as a free beta
With perfect timing, Microsoft has launched Windows Live Messenger for iPhone on the day iOS 4 is set to arrive
You Are The Ref, the legendary quiz testing your knowledge of the beautiful game, has arrived on your iPhone, in the nick of time for the World Cup
DoubleTwist, the iTunes killer for your Android phone, has released a music player app that could prove to be a must-have -- so download it while it's still free
Nothing can stop felines' meteoric rise to digital stardom. Join us as we review the six greatest cat-based iPhone apps of all time!
Qype Radar aggregates user reviews for restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs on your phone to take the hassle out of finding somewhere good to eat
Carpe Diem Daily is an Ovi Store app developed by Nokia that gives users a task to perform every day using their phone. The goal is nothing less than inner peace
An official Twitter app for version 2.1 of Android puts tweets in your address book and shows previews of your tweeted photos
Alan Partridge's greatest idea has now been realised: Monkey Tennis has arrived on the iPhone
Opera Mini has arrived in the Apple iTunes App Store. But which browser will rule the iPhone? We pit them against each other to find out
Last Tube tells Londoners when and where to find that all-important last train home -- vital for anyone who doesn't fancy braving the night bus, or splashing out on a taxi
Cream teas and Victorian follies are yours for the finding with the National Trust iPhone app, fresh to phones just in time for the long, rainy Easter break
Google has updated its YouTube app for Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile phones to include user account support and search suggestions. We went hands-on
A new version of Vlingo for the iPhone lets you update Twitter and Facebook and send emails just by talking to your phone like a crazy person
You can now search the contacts on your Android phone using gestures -- but is there any reason to replace a keyboard with our childish scrawls?
Continuing our irregular series of user reviews, forum regular David Gilson tests the Symbian Twitter app Gravity
If you fancy a stroll across Abbey Road with The Beatles, or a look at the iconic buildings springing up around London, Layar 3.0 will augment your world
Natwest, RBS and Ulster Bank have launched the first mobile app that lets you log into your bank account. What a great idea! Shame it's a bit rubbish
Alternative mobile browsers tested: Skyfire vs Opera Mobile vs Fennec vs Safari vs Internet Explorer vs BlackBerry
Mobile browsing is better than ever, but you're not necessarily limited to the Web browser that came on your phone. We compare the alternatives to the best of the built-ins
Firefighter 360 is an augmented-reality game that lights fires all around you and shows the potential -- and the pitfalls -- of AR
Windows Marketplace has ramped up its Web site, offering the ability to browse and buy apps online instead of just on your WinMo phone
TomTom has submitted a cornucopia of new features to its iPhone sat-nav app, and as soon as they're approved they'll be winging their way to your pocket -- for free
Apple has added a feature to its developer centre that tells you where your app is in the development process
If you take loads of photos on your phone, you're probably in need of a little extra re-touching help. If you have an Android phone, Adobe is on hand with its new Photoshop mobile app
Two-for-one cinema tickets on Wednesdays from Orange? Sweet. Future Orange iPhone owners can find and exploit this little treat with the Orange Wednesdays app
Locatorz installs on Nokias and BlackBerries and pin-points your location on an Ordinance Survey map, allowing companies to keep track of their employees and grandmas
Movies, an iPhone and Android app from the people at Flixster, takes the hassle out of going to the pictures. All you have to do is decide whether you want salted or sweet popcorn
Want a top new job? Make new friends? Maybe even meet that special someone? Then bust out your iPhone and let Noel Edmonds help -- with a little assistance from the cosmos
O2 has launched My O2, an official iPhone app to monitor your usage, and see just how much money you threw away when you signed that 18-month contract
Spotify's mobile application has arrived in both the iTunes Store and Android market, and it's packing a level of win that could fell a moose -- although there are some problems...
Layar, the much-hyped augmented-reality app, has hit Android. We took to the streets of London to see if it will blow our minds, or at least find us a decent pub
TomTom made a splash when it announced a sat-nav app at the launch of the iPhone 3GS, but we've been waiting to see it in the App Store. Finally, it's here
In the first of a regular series focusing on mobile apps of every stripe and OS, we look forward to the football season with Sky Sports Football Score Centre for iPhone
Every single member of the CNET UK team felt their eyebrows raise this morning, thanks to the upwards-pull of intrigue over an iPhone app: Prenvo's Mobile Allowance
Augmented reality promises to slap the knowledge of the Interwebs on to everything we see, and Nearest Tube is a new example. But is Apple going to hand AR to Android on a platter?
On Wednesday, Apple allowed a developer to add images of topless women to the Hottest Girls app, potentially ushering in a new era of nudity on the App Store
Sky+ has created an iPhone app to access program guides and record your stories from wherever you are
BlackBerry addicts can now fill up their handsets with fake pints and farting apps with the launch of App World. Prices are in dollars though, so UK users may get a surprise at the checkout
With background processes, free application downloads and a location-aware recommendation service, Nokia's brand new app store -- the Ovi Store -- is a compelling offering
Microsoft has completely rebranded its entire mobile software platform -- Windows Mobile incorporates the new Windows Mobile 6.5 OS, IE Mobile 6, an app store and a free backup service
We take a look at our three favourite apps for the iPhone and iPod touch for this week, including a seismometer, the best movie application in the world, and a totally pointless GPS-enabled app that measures your current speed.