Welcome to the first installment of our look at the Best Apps of the Week. Each week, we'll bring you what we consider the "best of the best" from the App Store's new releases and major updates. This week, we've got the long-rumored Google Assistant for iOS rounding out our top spot. We also saw a gorgeous redesign of the award-winning to-do app, Things. You'll also find new ways to track television shows, find fresh music, and manage your money..
Look Google, no hands!
Even though it's not yet perfect, Google Assistant is one of the best apps of the week simply because of the power it gives you. In many ways, Google Assistant has already overtaken Siri in usefulness, and the app is going to keep getting better. The only real drawbacks this week are actions that don't work quite the way they should, and the fact that you can't replace Siri with Google Assistant. You can come awful close to that replacement, though.
Probably the best task manager you can find
Rebuilt from the ground up, Things 3 is what a task manager should be. You can use the Share sheet extensions to collect your thoughts and tasks, and then organize them in comfort of an app that's designed to be simple yet powerful. Things 3 is the amazing result of what was surely years of active development.
A terrific way to buying and selling your used textbooks and more
When the semester ends, you have to worry about what to do with your used textbooks and supplies. Worry no more, with NeoBook. You can list your textbooks or anything else, and other college students do the same. Get together, sell your stuff, and buy what you need for next semester cheaper than if you went to the bookstore.
A fantastic way to manage your budget
Empower isn't the only money manager app available, but it's definitely got a great overview. You can easily track all of your accounts, keep tabs on your debt, and set a realistic budget. The app also allows you to keep better savings, using the Auto Save feature.
The best way to discover new music and keep your library fresh
If sometimes you think there's just too much to pick from in the music industry, this is the app for you. You can see what your friends and favorite musicians are listening to, comparing their Apple Music libraries over iMessage or Wi-Fi. It even includes a "Synchronicity Index," so you can see how your music tastes compare with your friends'.