9 Apps Every Maltese Person Should Be Using
Getting stuff done has never been easier
Following up on our first article about apps perfect for the Maltese (and the many requests for a list of real apps that would make life simpler) we've come up with 9 apps, ready for download, that will soon become a part of your daily life.
No matter how good your Maltese is, you’re going to run into a couple of words that you can't quite understand, be it when talking to some older folks or reading something technical. This free app is the result of a collaboration between the Malta Communications Authority, the Institute of Linguistics, the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems at the University of Malta, and the Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti. The app is aimed at keeping the Maltese language alive and accessible to everyone.
2. MCA Malta Free WiFi (Android)
When you’re out and about, your 4G bundle is up, and you desperately need to get back to that group chat - a public WiFi hotspot could be your saviour. The MCA Malta Free WiFi app for Android provides a free interactive map showing all the hotspots near you. These hotspots provide free, unmetered access to WiFi and only require some basic details on your end.
For those who get around using the bus, the Tallinja app by Malta Public Transport offers a simple, one-stop app for all your public transport needs. The app lets users plan their journey with the approximate time it will take to get to their destination, and shows when the next bus should arrive. Although the system is only as reliable as the busses themselves, it’s good to have an indication of what your journey will be like before you leave. The app also lets you favourite bus routes, as well as manage your Tallinja Card balance on the go.
Malta Public Transport has also announced they will be adding a tracking feature to the app, allowing you to see where your bus is in real time.
4. Gozo Ferry (Android)
If you’re planning a trip to Gozo, it’s always good to know when the next ferry will be leaving. This handy app shows you the day's schedule, as well as the particular timetable for each season. Although this app is only available for download on android, the Gozo Channel website is mobile friendly and provides the time of the next ferry at a glance.
Gone are the days when one needed a thick yellow book to find a local company or service. Yellow, Discover Local have released an application on all platforms which makes searching for any local business easier than ever before. You can search for a place by name or type and sort results by similarity, town, or proximity to their current location. Each business can provide a contact number, website, email address, video, location and even daily opening hours, giving you all the information you need in one place.
Malta is great, but we all need a holiday every now and then. Skyscanner provides a simple user interface for finding the cheapest return flights out of Malta (or any other country for that matter). It will compare prices from multiple online sources and allow you to book your tickets instantly. It even shows the cheapest days to travel in any month of your choice. Recently a “Price Alert” feature was also added which will notify you as soon as a flight within your budget becomes available.
Just another example of the infinite possibilities granted through your smartphone is Mobile Banking. Both major local banks, Bank of Valletta and HSBC, offer their services through a free, multiplatform application. Through the apps one can check their balances on the fly and transfer money between accounts. BOV also offers users the option to make quick and easy mobile payments to other BOV customers.
Have you ever been stuck at home, hungry enough to eat a horse but not ready to cook your own meal? TimeToEat has got you covered, their app allows you to order food from your phone 24/7; simply provide them with the type of cuisine you feel like and they will give you a list of restaurants offering delivery and their respective menu. You can order online and opt pay there and then, or when your food arrives at your door. They will even deliver to any other location, including your office, or the beach, so you will never have to go hungry again.
What’s more frustrating to local drivers: getting lost in the side-streets of some little-known town or passing by a 50km/h speed camera doing 55, and having to step on the brakes to avoid getting a ticket? Either way Sygic will solve all your problems! It provides a simple, offline GPS system for both drivers and pedestrians.
The premium version also offers voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation, as well as a speed camera detection system that will ring when a camera is coming up, and ring constantly if you are above the speed limit near a camera. The app is free to download (with a free trial for one month), after which a one time fee of €19.99 has to be paid if you wish to continue using premium features. This makes it more affordable than any standalone GPS system on the market.
BONUS - WhichBeach.com.mt
WhichBeach is slightly different than the rest, in that it isn’t a conventional app which can be downloaded onto your phone or tablet, but instead a webapp which is mobile friendly and runs in all browsers.
WhichBeach takes into consideration the current wind speed, directions and other weather conditions, and then makes suggestions on which beach would be best to visit right now. The decision will include factor such as cleanliness of the water, possibility of jellyfish, and how sheltered the beach is. It also provides the type of beach (sandy, pebbles, or rocky) and directions on how to get there. If the recommended beach isn’t to your liking there is also a list of alternative suggestions below.