Imagine you’re on a beach enjoying a lovely afternoon with your family, playing beach soccer, skinny dipping in your knickers, and having the time of your life. Now, let’s have a reality check. You are stuck in office during lunch, since it is too hot to go outside and you are afraid that the burning sun would suck the remaining juice that is left in your mortal frame.

So wouldn’t you like something that could help in putting your mind at ease with things that could take you in a small imaginative sojourn down the beach once again? Well, even if that seems like a kid’s fantasy, some smartphones applications are available that would be perfect for this year’s summer. Let’s cover the best smartphone summer apps that you need to download before the sun begins its angry spell.

1. 8tracks

Music buffs love 8tracks—period. The developers call it an “Internet radio created by people, not algorithms,” which is why this amazing app, which has the best cross-platform compatibility available on the market, comes on top of my list. 8tracks lets you choose a theme or genre for discovering new music, artists or bands. Furthermore, this summer app creates a special mix depending upon your music taste every day along with new features and updates. Summers are great for light music. Don’t you think?

Best Summer apps this season - LIfe Hack

Best Summer apps this season - LIfe Hack

Download it for Android, iPhone and Windows phones.

2. Mixologist Drink & Cocktail Recipes

What do we do if we have to beat the heat? Doctors usually advise staying hydrated by drinking lots of liquids. Well, I’m no doctor but still have a better and more fun way of dealing with the summer heat: cocktails baby! The Mixologist Drink and Cocktail Recipes app is here, and it lets you create awesome cocktails that could make your summer party a smashing hit among your peers and friends. Go crazy with your own custom cocktails and search for the best drinks of the season, popular bars and other happening places with this summer app.

 Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

Download it for Android and iPhone. Windows phone users will soon get this application.

3. Bingo Summer Splash

Everybody likes Bingo, and if you can play that in your free summer time, then what can beat that. The Bingo Summer Splash is arguably the coolest casino game on Android that lets you play free slot machine games in addition to the great old-school bingo. In the words of this app’s developers, “Bingo Summer provides the most fun and social game experience like you will experience in heaven!” I personally like the brilliant use of vibrant graphics, pseudo casino-like user experience and easy playtime. This is one of the most highly regarded summer apps in my opinion.

Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

Get it on your Droid from the Google Play Store here.

4. Ultraviolet UV Index

The Ultraviolet UV Index could become a real blessing, especially for those who need to labor out in the sun because of work or something else. This exquisitely designed UV index app gives a real-time account of the UV situation outside, and that too for any location across the globe. Quite handy, isn’t it? Therefore, it is best to take a quick glance at the external heat before going out during the scorching hot day sun. Summer apps like Ultraviolet have their perks—they can help you avoid sunburns, damage to the eyes, wrinkles, skin cancer and other health hazards. Prevention is always better than cure!

Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

Download it for iPhone here. Android users can check out this alternative app.

5. Waze

Imagine being equipped with something that can outsmart the routine office hour traffic during summer. Can’t imagine? Well, not an issue. With this freak of an app called Waze, you can do just that! It is the world’s largest community-based traffic reporting and navigation application, aimed at saving your precious time, energy and fuel spending by helping you avoid traffic jams. The idea is simple: to actively contribute real-time traffic situations and road information to your local driving peers by simply driving around with the app open. Don’t just avoid traffic jams and save money on fuel, but also find the cheapest fuel stations and find friends going on a route similar to yours. Waze leaves behind other summer apps by a great margin.

Best summer apps this season - Life Hack

Download it for Android, iPhone and Windows phones.

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