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Best Android apps for improving memory


Published onMay 9, 2012

Technically, the brain isn’t a muscle, but if you don’t use it, your brain gradually turns to mush. It starts with your swearing that you know a word or a name and that it’s at the tip of your tongue. Over the years, you start forgetting things and the rest is pretty depressing. Though retaining a sharp mind and a keen brain is partly because of our diet, engaging our brains in regular mental exercise helps, as well. We may not quite be in our old age, but there’s no harm in starting as early as now. We’ve put together a list of  10 brain exercisers and memory games to keep you on your toes and to make sure that your brain won’t get rusty.

Memory Trainer works out your spatial and working memory, focus, chunking, and concentration skills. It even improves your concentration. Track your progress with the help of a graph and aim to perform better than the last time. Memory Trainer lets you choose a workout session. Each session is short but fun, which makes improving your memory feel like less of a chore. Some games ask you to find certain objects but be careful of what it’s asking for exactly. You might just be overlooking tiny details. If you need to do something else while you’re in the middle of a game, Memory Trainer lets you pick up where you left off. Memory Trainer looks simple but it’s actually fun and challenging. If your brain was a muscle, Memory Trainer sufficiently helps you exercise it. Some users have complained that the app force closes on their devices but simply reinstalling Memory Trainer fixes that problem.

The classic childhood game can now be played on your Android device. Good for any age, train your memory by trying to find all the pairs of fruits. Each fruit is rendered in gorgeous 3D, ranging from the traditional apple to orange, cherries, blueberries and more. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the game, you’ll have to match the pairs of fruits but all the fruits are obscured by large question marks. To top it off, the order of the fruits have been jumbled. Your goal is to “turn over” each question mark and guess where the orange’s twin is located. The game is won once you’ve found all the fruits pairs. Fruits Memory Game looks and sounds deceptively simple but you’ll find your time consumed just by playing it. To confirm that you’re touching the screen, Fruits Memory Game provides you with haptic feedback. If that isn’t your cup of tea, you can turn vibration off. Fruits Memory Game also comes with sounds to go with their vivid fruit icons.

Brain Workout is an app that promises to sharpen your brain with 4 games. These games are geared to train your brain, analyze your memory, concentration, reaction and accuracy abilities. You can track your performance and see your improvement each time you play through a handy graph. If you’re feeling competitive, you can compare scores with your friends. If that doesn’t satisfy your competitive streak, you can even post your scores on the global scoreboard and compare your results with other players.  The developer promises to add even more areas of your brain for Brain Workout to sharpen in future releases so keep your eyes open for that! When you launch Brain Workout, simply tap on the area of your brain you’d like to workout. Who said that improving your memory had to be boring? Brain Workout’s games are fun and challenging. Download this free app from the Google Play Store today.

Here’s another memory game that’s slightly harder than the Fruits Memory Game. Where Fruits Memory Game made you match fruit pairs, Memory Smiles has you pairing off matching smiles. It’s more difficult because instead of different shaped fruits, Memory Smiles’ icons are different colored smileys. They all have the same basic shape, a circle, so you’ll have to exercise your attention to detail to tell them apart and remember where all the smileys are. Some users have complained that the faces are too much alike which makes it boring and difficult to play. Pick all the different smileys out in a 6 x 6 grid. With six levels of complexity, Memory Smiles will have you smiling all day. Share this game with your family and you’ll have a lot of fun helping each other out. Download Memory Smiles is available for free from the Google Play store. Start flexing your memory muscles with this app today.

Growing up, we’re constantly bombarded. A number of those we’ll retain because we use them frequently use them in daily interactions but more complicated words get shoved to the very backs of our minds. We’ll probably never use them in our assignments, much less in regular conversation, so over time we tend to forget them. Unless you’re a writer, those words will just gather dust. With this app, you’ll be breaking out all those unused words! Word Breaker isn’t just one game; it’s all your favorite games rolled into one! Play Scrabble, Words with Friends, Jamble, Upwords, Wordsmith, Wordstone,Words by Post, Crossword Puzzles and more! If you remember a word but you don’t remember exactly what it means, Word Breaker also comes with in-app word definitions and if you’re trying to beat the clock, your word searches will be conducted at lightning speed. Next to each word you search, you’ll see just how much that word is worth so you can plot for your ultimate attack. If you use words regularly, not only will you be able to remember them better but you’ll also be adding new words to your vocabulary.

Packed with 25 levels, is your visual memory up to the challenge? Like it says on the tin, Visual Memory is geared to do just that. It starts off slow and easy but as you progress, the game’s difficulty increases. Level 1 starts harmlessly enough. You have three seconds to touch the new ball. Against a black background, a stark white circle stands out and all on its lonesome. The moment you touch the ball, you are presented with level 2. A second white circle appears and that should be what you’re touching.  On level 3, a third ball appears, on level 4, a fourth one until you find yourself both racing through the levels and struggling to remember which ball is the new one. If you make a mistake, the white circle you tap turns red and you lose the game. Visual Memory is simple, straight forward and loads of fun. Better keep those eyes open and be as attentive as possible.

Compared to the apps we’ve featured already, Improve Your Memory isn’t a game. Instead, it’s an e-book. Improve Your Memory gives you tips and pointers to make the most out of your memory. You’ll be taught how to use memory functions and 3 little known but simple ways to boost your brain with diet. Improve Your Memory also gives you steps to prevent memory loss and the three things you should not do when you attempt to sharpen your mind. With 6 bullet-proof strategies to improve your memory through mnemonics and other techniques as well as how-to’s on acing an exam, how often to practice memorization and how to beat absentmindedness, Improve Your Memory makes sure that you won’t be dull or slow. This app is helpful not just for older people who want to stay sharp, not just professionals who feel like stress is eating at their memory capacity, but also for young adults who want to build a strong and healthy mind as early as now.

With the techniques you learned from Improve Your Memory, it’s time to jump back into games. With Training Memory – Game you and your children can increase your brain power and improve your memory. This memory game has three difficulty levels. Instead of matching paired shapes, Training Memory – Game challenges you to do more complicated things such as clicking on numbers in ascending order. The catch is that after a few seconds, the numbers disappear. Try to remember those numbers in order as try to complete each level. As you progress through each level, more numbers appear. You won’t just be memorizing, you’ll also be exercising your mathematical and organizational skills. Training Memory – Game is suitable for players of all ages, from your children with a grasp of numbers and math to your grandparents who want new and more challenging ways to pass the time. Take Training Memory – Game with you and you won’t only keep your retention skills sharp but also your math skills.

If you’re still looking for ways to improve your memory, here’s another app geared for that. Promising to boost your memory in only 15 minutes, these 4 Powerful Memory Techniques also includes the world’s first online Memory Gymnasium to test just how improved your memory has gotten. Developed by Australian Memory Champion Tansen Ali, memorizer of the Yellow Pages Phone Directory, you’ll learn how to retain large bodies of information. You won’t just be remembering things in the order you learned them but randomly. You’ll be able to improve your concentration and increase creativity. Swipe from right to left to turn the ebook’s pages. Kick memory loss to the curb using this app. Using 4 Powerful Memory Techniques, you can also watch videos for a better understanding of the techniques you’re learning. When you feel ready, the online memory gymnasium is a good place to test what you’ve learned. Start improving your memory with these techniques. 4 Powerful Memory Techniques is available for free from the Google Play Store.

Yet another memory game, you ask? Why yes, but you could also say this game is the hardest in the bunch. In Fruits Memory Game, you had distinctively shaped fruits. In Memory Smiles, you had differently colored smileys with their unique ways of smiling. The objects in Crystal Memory are literally crystals with only their colors to tell them apart. That means that your mind will have to work harder to find differences between the crystals. Each crystal is rendered in a color that’s easy on the eyes so you’ll have to use them as markers to complete the game. If you want to spice things up, Crystal Memory lets you choose a theme that you like. Pick icons for the Weather, Christmas, Harry Potter, Jazz instruments, Food, Heart flags, bugs and, of course, the ever classic fruits. You and your kids will have fun playing with Crystal Memory. Download this app for your Android device today!

What are your waiting for? Sharpen your mind and improve your memory today. If your favorite memory improvement app didn’t make it to our list, share it with us in the comments section.

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