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The best apps download superpowers to your smartphone. The Verge covers the new and noteworthy Android apps, iPhone apps, and games, highlighting great design, impressive utility, and novel features. If it belongs on your phone, you’ll find it on The Verge.

AccuWeather’s VR app is like dystopian design fiction

Amazon’s new Outfit Compare feature will judge your clothing for you

Indie games get a permanent home on the App Store

Netflix is testing a button for skipping the opening credits

Google Motion Stills update fixes yet another thing about Apple’s Live Photos

Now you can choose the perfect frame

YouTube to discontinue video annotations because they never worked on mobile

Spotify will restrict some albums to its paid tier

Spotify considered ending Uber partnership amid mounting scandals

Squigglish is a playful new app that uses math to create wiggly animations

Sephora’s latest app update lets you try virtual makeup on at home with AR

Vevo's Watch Party feature is like Turntable.fm for music videos

WhatsApp is bringing back statuses after replacing them with a Snapchat Story clone

Google built a new app so your kids can have a Google account, too

This adorable robot chicken turns my favorite time killer into a productivity game

Facebook’s Town Hall feature helps you find and contact your local government officials

McDonald’s is now testing mobile ordering in the US

WhatsApp and Telegram accounts could be hijacked by sending malware-laced images

Chrome for iOS gets an offline Read Later feature

Like Pocket, but built into Chrome

Snapchat now lets everyone make Bitmoji shortcuts of their friends

Gmail for Android now lets you send people money right in the app

Glitch is a new collaborative coding site from Anil Dash based around remixing apps

Waze puts Spotify music controls in its navigation app

Snapchat's Android beta users can turn friends' Bitmoji into home screen widgets

Messaging app Viber is adding self-destructing chats for its 800 million users

Plex’s cloud media server is now available for all Plex Pass subscribers

Twitter is testing an anti-harassment feature that flags some accounts as ‘sensitive’

Google’s Gboard will now translate text into another language as you type

Facebook’s Snapchat stories clone, Messenger Day, is now rolling out globally

Astro aims to fix your email mess with an AI chatbot

Pinterest acquires Jelly, a truly terrible search engine

There’s a secret version of Tinder for hot people and you can’t use it

Sorry, uglies

Mark Zuckerberg will get his Harvard degree after dropping out 12 years ago

Anchor is like Snapchat stories for audio, and it’s delightful

Instagram Stories now have geostickers, just like Snapchat

Sony’s PlayStation Vue now lets you watch three TV channels at once

The top-selling Google Play Store content of all time is exactly what you think it is

Yelp now lists whether businesses have gender-neutral bathrooms

Google adds auto white balance to constantly improving Photos app

Slack vulnerability would have let hackers take over accounts and read archives