The 13 best apps you might have missed in May

The world is full of apps. Most of them aren’t worth your time, but some can actually make you more productive, connect you with people, and keep you entertained.

We’re here to make sure that the best gems don’t fall through the cracks. 

Here’s everything you may have missed in the app world in May:

Google released an iPhone keyboard replacement that puts the power of Google search at your fingertips.

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The main selling point of Gboard, Google's new keyboard for the iPhone, is that it puts the power of Google search inside your keyboard.

Instead of having to leave a text conversation to search for an address, copy it, and paste it back into the thread, you can quickly find what you're looking for with the keyboard you're already using.

That's not all Gboard has to offer -- it's also great for using emojis, sending GIFs, and fast typing.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store

The Rock released his own alarm clock app.

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is best known as one of the most famous actors on the planet. He also has his own alarm clock app for the iPhone that's fittingly called 'Rock Clock.'

Beyond the alarm tones that feature Johnson's voice, the app lets you enter personal health goals to be reminded about each morning.

Oh, and there's no snooze button.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store, Google Play

YouTube celebrity Casey Neistat redesigned his social networking app Beme. It looks more like Instagram but still has a healthy dose of Snapchat's ephemerality.

Casey Neistat / YouTube

Casey Neistat is best known for his many viral videos on YouTube, but he's also been working on a social networking app called Beme for over a year.

In May, Neistat's startup re-released Beme with a new interface that includes an Instagram-like profile feed and cleaner interface. Beme is now available on Android as well.

The basic premise of the app is still the same and similar to Snapchat: you can record video for up to 8 seconds and send it out to all of your friends. The main difference from Snapchat is that you can't edit or even see the video you shoot before you share it with everyone.

Neistat told Mashable that the first version of Beme wasn't what it should have been. 'The app is now a much more compelling version of what we want to do,' he said.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store, Google Play

Apple Music announced a 50% discount for students, and Spotify sweetened the deal on its family plan.

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Apple Music has a good deal for students: half off its $10 per month subscription. Students enrolled in college or university can get Apple Music for just $5 per month when signing up.

Spotify also made a change to its family plan last month that's worth noting: Now a $14.99 family plan can be split between up to six people. So, if you find five other people who want to get in on your 'family' plan, you could end up spending just $2.50 per month to get Spotify Premium.

Airmail, one of the most popular email apps for Mac, got a big update.

Airmail

Airmail version 3.0 was released on the Mac. If you've haven't heard of Airmail, it's a third-party email app that's intended to replace the default Mail app from Apple.

The latest version added support for Smart Folder management for filtering and organising emails, VIP contacts, OS X notifications, and a 'send later' feature for Gmail and Exchange accounts that lets you send email automatically at a preset time.

Those who use Airmail on the iPhone will be happy to find that the new Mac app also syncs all of the app's settings between devices.

Price: $10

Available on: Mac App Store

Giphy released the only GIF keyboard you need on the iPhone.


Giphy already creates and collects the internet's largest repository of GIFs, so it only makes sense for it to offer an iPhone keyboard for sending GIFs.

Enter Giphy Keys, the best GIF keyboard you can get.

What's unique about Giphy's keyboard from an overall design perspective is that it allows you to access GIFs and type text. That may not sound like a big deal, but it practically means you can compose messages and use your iPhone normally without having to switch back and forth between keyboards.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store

'Bejeweled Stars' is an updated take on a classic game.

Popcap Games

'Candy Crush' and 'Bejeweled' addicts rejoice, because 'Bejeweled Stars' is here to feed your addiction even more on iPhone and Android.

It's the latest take on the beloved 'Bejeweled' franchise is free to play, but you don't have to spend cash to have a good time.

Price: Free, with optional in-app purchases

Available on: App Store, Google Play

Capsule wants to be the Uber-like pharmacy of the future with its app.

Capsule

The startup Capsule wants to be the pharmacy of the future with an app you can use to order drugs and have them delivered to your door.

Unlike other delivery apps, Capsule is a certified pharmacy with its own pharmacists that can fill your prescriptions and offer customer support through the app.

Capsule is unfortunately just operating in New York City right now. You can read our full profile of Capsule for more info.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store

The best weather app came to Android.

Dark Sky

Four years after launching on iPhone, Dark Sky finally came to Android last month.

There are plenty of ways to check the weather already, but Dark Sky's combination of hyper-accurate weather data and thoughtful design is unparalleled. The Android version has all of the iOS app's marquee features, including predictive notifications that tell you when it's about to rain.

Price: Free to download and $3 per year to unlock all features

Available on: Google Play

Instagram completely redesigned its logo and app design.

Instagram

You had to have been living under a rock to not notice Instagram's new logo and app design last month. The rainbow icon in particular sparked a lot of discussion.

For a fun history lesson, be sure to read our interview with the designer who made the original Instagram icon in 45 minutes.

A new app from the co-founder of Kayak is like having a travel agent in your pocket.

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Lola is a new chat-based app that uses a mix of human experts and AI to function like your personal travel agent. Describe the trip you want to take, and the app will suggest an itinerary to book, including plane tickets and hotels.

Lola learns from your preferences over time, so the idea is that it gets smarter the more the use it.

The app is currently invite-only, but you can download it for free from the App Store and sign up on the wait list.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store

Google released Spaces, an app with Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome built in.

Google

Google doesn't have the best track record with social networking, but it's latest stab is at least a unique stab at group messaging. Spaces integrates with Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome's web browser to let you plan, collaborate, and share just about anything with a group of people.

All you need is a Gmail address to get started.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store, Google Play

Hopscotch's app makes it easy to get into coding.

Hopscotch

Learning coding is a daunting task, so Hopscotch's app makes it less intimidating by making the process more visual and game-like.

You can check out a full walkthrough at our sister site Business Insider.

Price: Free

Available on: App Store

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