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The 5 Best New Smartphone Apps of 2020

There are seemingly countless smartphone apps to wade through.   Some smartphone apps provide utility while others are more focused on entertainment.  However, the vast majority of these apps are not worth the time it takes to download them and familiarize yourself with their unique user experience design.  Let’s take a look at the best of the lot, highlighting apps the average person is most likely to find useful and/or enjoyable.


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use your phone to determine the fastest route to your target destination by way of public transportation?  Download the Transit app and your phone will do exactly that.  This helpful app highlights the best possible public transportation routes to exact addresses.  Whether you are interested in taking the train, the bus or using bike sharing to reach your destination, Transit will show you the quickest way to get there.  In fact, the app even considers the amount of walking time and waiting time necessary for each stop.  The app even provides real-time information pertaining to train and bus arrival times.  If the public transportation option highlighted by Transit does not work out, simply summon an Uber ride or reserve a vehicle with car2go directly from the app.


The quality of your sleep is directly linked to your health, happiness and productivity.  SleepTown is here to help you make the most of your sleep.  Simply enter the times when you would like to sleep and wake.  Press the in-app button as soon as you hit the hay and get up in the morning. The app will keep track of your sleep time on your behalf.  If you meet your sleep goals, random buildings will be constructed in your virtual town on a daily basis.  However, if you do not meet your sleep goal in a given day, construction will not take place.  The goal is to build a beautiful virtual town through high-quality sleep.  Though this might not seem like the meaningful positive reinforcement necessary to maintain a sleeping schedule, the beauty of the faux towns built in the SleepTown app really will keep you motivated to get your beauty sleep.


Everyone needs someone to talk to.  Unfortunately, a growing number of people are becoming socially isolated.  The solution just might be a conversation with a bot through the Woebot app.  Download this app and you will have some much-needed support when you are feeling depressed or nervous.  The app even provides daily check-ins to identify potential user problems that might not be picked up on by other people or even the user him or herself.  Don’t be afraid to pour your heart out to Woebot as everything you share with the app remains completely confidential.


This social communication app won the ’19 Google Play Best App for good reason: it connects users with random individuals across the globe.  Ablo even translates video calls and chats in an instantaneous manner.  Give Ablo a try and you really will learn that much more about other cultures, master the nuances of foreign languages and become more of a worldly person without having to travel the globe.


This photo editor app empowers users to add lovely light trail animations to pictures.  The best part is you can make these visual additions truly your own with the following customizations:

  • Color
  • Positioning
  • Size

Though Scribbl’s functionality is limited to photo beautification, it performs these aesthetic improvements quite well.  Edit your photos as desired, save them to your phone’s picture library and you will be eager to share your creations with your friends and family.  Pay for a monthly subscription and you will unlock a series of options for additional customization that make your photos even more visually striking.

Patrick R

Patrick R

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September 2020

The walls and alleys in DC are adorned with colorful and interesting displays of the artistic, historic, and often colorful richness of the nation's capital. We feature these works of art as backgrounds for The DC Voice web site. Hopefully, it brings further recognition to those artists!

This month's image is one of my favorites and one of three that adorns North Capitol & Florida Avenues NW.

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