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Best new mobile apps for iOS, Android: Swipe, Solid Explorer, more

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Each week, Digital Spy rounds up the biggest mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. This week's highlights include photo caption creator Swipe for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and acclaimed file manager application Solid Explorer on Google Play.

iOS

'Swipe' screenshot
Swipe
Price: 69p
Publisher: Appadana
We've all needed to add captions to a photograph at some point, and now you can do so with ease and flair thanks to this handy new app for iOS devices. Swipe allows users to insert typography into their pictures with simple swipe and tap gestures and share their work via social networks.

There are more than 100 fonts to choose from, as well as an array of tools for tailoring your text according to personal preference. Integration with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr lets you share your images as postcards, making this a handy application for holidaymakers.

OS MapFinder screenshot
OS MapFinder
Price: Free
Publisher: Ordnance Survey
Apple dropping the ball in the maps sector has seen an influx of companies attempt to succeed where the Cupertino firm has failed. Ordnance Survey is the latest player to make a bid for the iOS maps throne with the launch of its OS MapFinder application for iPhone and iPad.

iOS 6 users already have viable mapping alternatives from the likes of Nokia and Google, but Ordnance Survey has 232 years of experience at map-making and has pledged to deliver the same degree of accuracy to its debut app as it does to the paper alternative.

OS MapFinder is geared towards "outdoor enthusiasts", offering a free overview map of Britain with more detailed data available for specific areas through in-app purchases; so the chances of iOS users getting lost in the wilderness are that bit slimmer.

BT SmartTalk app screenshot
BT SmartTalk
Price: Free
Publisher: BT
Service provider BT has devised a means of making smartphone calls cheaper by linking customers' mobiles to their home calling plans via its SmartTalk application. Users can make cut-price calls to UK landlines, 0800, 0845 and 0870 numbers; and pay-as-you-go (PAYG) customers can continue making calls after their credit has run out.

Available for both iOS and Android handsets, SmartTalk works best over a WiFi connection but also supports 3G and can be used abroad. BT claims all calls will work out cheaper than most PAYG tariffs and some may even be free depending on the terms of customers' landline tariff.

Android

'Tapatalk HD' screenshot
Tapatalk HD
Price: £1.99
Publisher: Quoord Systems Limited
Tapatalk HD is a must for internet forum fanatics, providing them with a means of optimising online messageboards for their Android tablets. The latest version of the app includes split views, push notifications and support for the latest version of Google's Jelly Bean operating system.

Forum moderators can also take advantage of a helpful tool set with stick, open, close, delete, ban and more options at their disposal. Tapatalk HD recently graduated from beta and is marking the occasion with an introductory price of just £1.99, so now is the time to pick it up.

'Now Music' screenshot
Now Music
Price: 69p
Publisher: Filey Computers
The Now Music app offers free streaming of tracks from the compilation albums Now 76 to Now 83, so it's predominantly made up of guilty pleasures. On the plus side, there are no restrictions, trials, memberships or sign-ups - just uninterrupted pop music.

More entries in the Now series are being added gradually, meaning the song library is ever-expanding. A free version of the app is also available for users who don't mind being subjected to adverts, but anyone planning on downloading it should note that users of certain devices are reporting compatibility issues on Google Play.

'Solid Explorer Unlocker' screenshot
Solid Explorer
Price: £1.26
Publisher: Krzysztof Głodowski
As Google does not include a file manager among its pre-installed Android apps, users who desire this feature must go elsewhere for it. Solid Explorer is among the very best file manager apps available on Google Play, enhancing your browsing experience with eye-catching and intuitive layouts.

Solid Explorer features a two-panel interface making it easy to drag and drop files between locations, while Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive have all of your online storage needs covered. A free trial version gives users the option to try before they buy, but the amount of positive feedback on Google Play suggests few will be disappointed.

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