Diamonds in the Rough: 7 Android Apps You Might Enjoy (Ep #5 April 28 – May 2)
There are an endless number of apps on the Google Play Store. It’s nigh impossible to sift through all of them, let alone find the good ones. So, if you’re in a “hell, why not?” mood today, take a gander at this week’s roundup of Android apps we thought were pretty nifty, and that you might enjoy too!
First on our humble list of Android apps today is called Deskbar Launcher. This fun little launcher turns the bottom of your home screen into a more traditional desktop-style task bar. It most closely emulates a Windows experience. You tap the circle at the bottom left and it opens a little app drawer where you can launch things. If you have a phone with soft keys, waiting a couple of seconds will make the launcher disappear so you can use your soft keys as usual.
While it works well on phones, this app is really best used on a tablet. It’s something a little different from the traditional Android launchers and will help fans of traditional task bars feel more at home. To give it a shot, check out the button below.
Some Android apps that are gaining a lot of popularity are location discovery apps. They are essentially apps that help you find new places in your general area. Hoppit falls into this category. Their tagline claims they are the Pandora for restaurants. After a brief review period, it’s not too far off.
The only real big problem is that it doesn’t have a lot of cities. They’re mostly large metropolitan areas like Boston, New York, or Chicago. So if you want to give it a shot, you’ll need to see if it supports your area. If it sounds like something you’d like to try out, click the button below!
Little Professor Math for Kids
Learning math is a valuable skill. Pretty much everyone needs at least a cursory education in mathematics. Next on our list of Android apps, called Little Professor Math for Kids, is a really good way to teach kids a little math skills. It’s a pretty neat little app. It’s a calculator that also asks simple arithmetic questions for kids to answer. So if you need a calculator, it functions as one. If you want to brush up on your adding and subtracting skills, it can do that too.
Despite its simplicity, it’s garnered a high rating on the Google Play Store and people seem to really enjoy it. Of course, it’s geared for kids. So keep that in mind if you give it a shot. If you want to try it out, click the button below.
Hey, while we’re on the topic of math Android apps, how about one for adults? This one is called Math Helper and it’s for people who are into more advanced math subjects like calculus, advanced algebra, and even some trig and physics. It’s a growing app and there aren’t a whole bunch of subjects, but some of the stuff it does have can be really useful.
There is also a calculator attached so it’s not just a reference guide. You can use the calculator to enter problems as usual or you can use the problem solver in the app. For instance if you want to find out the solution to a matrix using the Gauss method, you can. When you plug in the numbers, it doesn’t just show you the answer, but also shows you, step by step, how to get the answer. This is infinitely useful for any high school or college student getting into some more complicated math. Really, I wish I’d had this 2 years sooner. If you want to try it out, click the button below.
The longer a person owns an Android device, the longer the list of Android apps they download and keep around. Some of us have over 100 apps. Sometimes it gets tedious scrolling through the app drawer to find them when we need them. That’s where Android apps like SayIt comes in. This voice app will open apps when you ask it to and that’s all it’s designed to do.
What makes this impressive is that it’s accuracy. Whether it’s system apps or downloaded apps, SayIt recognizes the name and opens the app. Just to be thorough, this was downloaded on a Nexus 4 with 150 apps. SayIt recognized all of them on the first try. If you want to give it a shot, the button below will take you there.
Team work has gained a lot of popularity over human history. From teaming up to kill buffalo to teaming up to build Android apps, teams are an essential tool for getting anything done more quickly and more efficiently. Philosophical nonsense aside, TeamSnap is an app that’ll help you manage a team. It’s geared toward sporting events, but you can really use it for any kind of team as long as you don’t mind the team members being referred to as “players”.
Essentially, you enter in names, positions, emails, phone numbers, etc and build your “roster”. Then you have all that info readily available if you need it. This is especially useful for things like beer league hockey teams or high school sports teams where contact details can be tough to keep track of. Click the button below to check it out.
There are a thousand battery monitors and widgets out there, but it’s tough to find one that can really separate itself. The Battery is able to do this with a variety of features and is complete with a number of HD widgets that are colored for any theme. It sounds like an advertisement but that’s really what The Battery brings to the table. Features and HD widgets.
It can perform a number of things like battery stats, process management, and toggles for things like Bluetooth and WiFi. It’s an app with a lot of promise and if you’re tired of all these battery apps and want to try something different, give it a try! You can find it using the button below.
Diamonds in the Rough – Android Apps Wrap Up
That about does it for our apps list this week. As always, feel free to leave a comment telling us what you thought of our selections this week. If you felt an app should be included that we didn’t include, feel free to comment with some random apps that you enjoy. Don’t forget, we do this every week so check back next week for some more Android apps goodness!