The number of mobile addicts is increasing, according to a new report released by app analytics firm Flurry that found eighty percent of time spent on mobile devices is actually spent using apps and only twenty percent is used on the web. Another leading online statistics portal, Statista reported that the worldwide app downloads in 2009 amounted to 2.52 billion and it is expected to reach 268.69 billion in 2017.
iTunes and Play Store offer a plethora of multifarious apps from a variety of sources all over the world making it even harder for users to find the right app that fits their needs.
For this month’s blog, we have sifted through scores of apps and have compiled a list of 9 best applications that can make your life so much easier.
Runners, cyclists and outdoor types can benefit greatly from Strava that comes with an engaging interface, Bluetooth and ANT+ devices, such as heart rate monitors and accurate GPS mapping. The app continuously provides challenging exercises and fitness routines and allows users to share their route and get feedback.
Argus tracks your steps, calories, meals, hours of sleep, heart rate, and so much more. The app comes with an integrated barcode scanner which helps you identify food and calculate its calories so you can be in control of your diet.
You can also build your own workout plan and get helpful tips from Argus to overcome challenges. Find your niche in the health community by joining with a group of friends or finding new ones. You can share a workout with your followers or see where your friends are running.
Pushbullet connects your devices making them feel like one and for this, it takes the cake. It displays your phone’s notifications including text messages on your computer screen. With few extra clicks, Push bullet lets you send the files from your computer to your phone. That means no more frowning stares from your boss every time you reach for your cell phone.
No data package or poor internet reception? Don’t worry! You can put articles, pictures videos pretty much anything into our next app pick. Pocket lets you synchronize your articles across every device so you can continue reading that interesting article where you left off. If it's in Pocket, your stored files can be used on tablet, computer and laptop. Once you store the data in this app, it lets you access articles, videos and pictures offline.
You don’t have to be a movie lover to appreciate the excellent concept and user interface of the TodoMovies apps. Todo Movies lets you keep a track of upcoming movies and also helps you build a ‘to-watch’ list of your favourite movies. ‘Rate your favourite’ feature lets you rate the films as you watch and it automatically builds a list of your favourite movies alongside for future use.
TripIt is an ultimate travel bugs’ dream come true. The app compiles all your bookings and confirmations from emails into a master itinerary and keeps it organised in one spot. Based on your destination plans, the app sends you notifications about the weather, travel updates and directions to popular attractions. This app has something for every traveller.
This app takes your organisational skills to the next level. The gesture-based interface lets you make lists and set timers to complete tasks. The app can be synced with the iCloud and allows you to virtually access an unlimited number of lists and tasks. 30/30 lets you create customizable task lists and helps you manage the alert notifications based on your suitability.
Ever hand your phone to someone and they scrolled one photo too far? ShowStopper makes sure that doesn’t happen. Easily choose the photos you want a particular person to see, or choose an album you've previously created. You won’t have to hover over them as the photos are in a lockbox so the viewer won't see anything except the photos you selected for them.
Forest is the perfect app for anyone looking to resolve their cell phone obsession. The app uses a creative approach by letting you set a timer and leave the phone for that amount of time. Whenever you want to concentrate, you can plant a seed in Forest. In the next 30 minutes, this small seed will gradually grow into a big tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your little cute tree will wither away. Every day you will own a forest filled with trees (or some withered twigs) and every tree represents 30-MINUTES that you have been working hard.
Unlike other mobile games in which the virtual currency has no real value, the coins you amass in Forest are donated to tree growing projects around the world. Now that’s a win-win situation.