One of the common preconceptions held against Android smartphones is that they only exist as a platform to play Cut The Rope on. This isn’t actually true. Rather than wasting precious seconds of your life on mindless entertainment, you could actually be saving time so that you have enough spare hours in the day to climb Mount Everest or something else that’s scarily impressive.
Using your handset to its full potential needn’t be a geeks-only affair, we’ve collected the best apps to enhance your productivity and ensure you win ‘Employee of the Month’ for 12 months running. Until another one of your Android-owning workmates stumbles across this super-useful article that is.
If you took all the apps on the Android Market and rated their quality against the number of similar available offerings, then task management apps would undoubtedly be stuck at rock bottom. There are just so many of them and the vast majority are utter tosh. Astrid however, is the exception that proves the rule. This neat free app allows you to allocate your tasks to work, family or ‘alone time’, set reminders at pre-planned or random junctures and generally plot your life down to a tee. Stating it’s our favourite task manager is a bit like saying it’s our favourite brand of arsenic but still, we like it a lot.
You’ve doubtless got a touchscreen on your Android, now put it to proper use with Gesture Search. This swish app from the big G itself allows you to access almost all the contacts and files stored on your Android by drawing a simple letter or symbol on its touchscreen. The perfect tool for skipping past menu hell into a world of easily accessible bliss.
UpSoundDown is so simple, we’re genuinely shocked no one thought of it earlier. At Life Of Android we’re constantly switching our calls to speakerphone because holding the handset to our heads is a chore. With UpSoundDown however, our smartphone now switches itself into speakerphone mode when it’s laid down on a flat surface, if we move it away from our face or we shake it. Ace stuff!
Are you a highly important individual? Do you ever use the phrase, “Here’s my card, let’s do lunch?” Congratulations you’re officially a tool. A tool who could do with installing camCard Business Card Reader on his Android smartphone. This intelligent app will sweep up all the details written on almost any business card and then store them in your contact database. An essential Android tool for for people who are essentially tools.
Google Shopper’s uses are multiple and astounding. At its most elementary level the app works as a basic price comparison search app but if that’s all you’re using it for then feel ashamed, very ashamed. Next time you’re out and about shopping for your next videogame fix, or any sort of non-consumable consumer product, give the item’s barcode a scan with your smartphone. Google Shopper will not only find the lowest price for it, but this wallet-friendly app will also plot the shop where you can make that purchase on a Google Map. If you’re organised enough to create a Shopping List, you can even plot a route for bargain hunting around town. If that weren’t weren’t enough, an Offers section in the Groupon tradition is due to make its way to UK shores from the US in the next few months.