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Diamonds in the Rough: 7 Random Apps for Android You Might Like (Ep #3 April 15-21)
Bestiary Live Wallpaper
First on our list of random apps this week is Bestiary Live Wallpaper. This unique wallpaper puts a beastly creature on your home screens that moves around, floats, swims, etc for your enjoyment. Each creature is uniquely shaped and with varying colors and patterns. The background behind the creature is matched with the creature so you have a comprehensive experience with each one. It’s really quite nice.
In the free version, you can only cycle through and pick a monster with its corresponding background. If you opt to pay for it, you’ll unlock all the settings and have more control over which monster goes on which background. Either way, it’s a pretty nifty live wallpaper and fans of monsters should really enjoy it. To download it, click the link above.
As any sports nut can tell you, game video is crucial for improvement. Giving players a look at what they did wrong and what they did right can help shape their training and shore up their weaknesses. On smartphones, though, it’s difficult to get a good sports video and it’s even harder to find good tools to turn that video into a training tool. Coach’s Eye looks to relieve both of these problems.
Coach’s Eye allows people to take a video, then analyze it, create a training video, and use it to help train. It might come off as a sports only kind of app, but really it’s good for any activity that you may need to slow down and take a closer look at. It’s still a pretty niche app, like most of our random apps, but it can be pretty useful.
Around the Rock Disc Golf
This fun and different member of our random apps list is all about the not-so-well-known sport of disc golf. For those who have never played, you’re essentially playing golf with a frisbee. You start out at a predetermined spot and you try to throw your frisbee into a basket in as few throws as possible. It can be a fun and relaxing way to spend a day in the sun. Especially if you can’t afford golf clubs but still love the concept of golf.
It’s a difficult game to master. Gamers only have a single shot to get it in the basket but get scores based on how close you get. Once you get the controls down, you can fly through rounds. It’s no Angry Birds or Temple Run, but if you’re tired of games like Angry Birds or Temple Run, then this is a fun little distraction that costs $1.99.
hiTask – Team Task Management
Project management is among the largest growing fields in the world. Businesses will pay a person well for spearheading a project and pay more if you’re successful at it. As any good project manager knows, you have to be organized to do well at project management and next on our list of random apps helps do just that. It’s called hiTask it’s a tool any project manager should at least try out.
There are a range of basic features like task creation, assigning tasks and resources, etc. There are also some more advanced features like generating project reports. It utilizes cloud storage so you can sync between your mobile device and your computer or, at least, sync between mobile devices. The only caveat is that subtasks aren’t a feature yet, but according to the hiTask team, it’s in the works. So this is definitely an app to keep an eye on and it’s free.
Next up on our random apps list is an app called Go Laundry! This useful little app is designed to help you keep track of your laundry so you can busy yourself with other things instead of waiting around for the washer and dryer to finish. It can be useful for people cleaning their houses, but it can be even more useful for people who have to deal with a shared laundry room. If you live in an apartment, are in the military, or in college and you don’t want to leave your laundry unattended in the public washer and dryer space too long, this is definitely worth checking out.
It features a simple interface where you can set a number of timers based on what you’re doing. So if you have multiple loads in there, you can set multiple timers. It’s a very new application, so there are still some kinks to be worked out. For instance, you can only set the timer for up to 99 minutes. Some people have washers and dryers that run for longer than that. Otherwise, it’s hugely useful if you fall into that group of people who need to keep track of their laundry. You can download it for free form the link above.
Grammar & Spelling Keyboard
There are a lot of keyboard options out there, but few put the focus and energy into grammar and spelling than the next app on our random apps list this week. Called Grammar & Spelling Keyboard, this keyboard focuses on learning how you type and will help correct your spelling and grammar. Unlike many, it actually won’t touch your words until you tell it to as it checks text as a whole as opposed to word by word. So if you like to type quick and correct later, this could be a good keyboard.
Unlike apps like SwiftKey, which can learn your style before you even start using it, Grammar and Spelling Keyboard requires a break in period where it’ll learn your mannerisms and typing style. Other than that, it seemed to work fairly well. If you’re in the market for a new keyboard and want to try something a little different, the download link is above.
Social Network OverView
Last on our random apps list this week is Social Network OverView. Called SNOView for short, it’s a social media aggregator that populates your feed with pretty much whatever you want. You can customize your feed however you like and have it include things like RSS feeds and social media profile feeds. It works with Twitter, Google+, and Facebook as well. So if you follow a lot of news and want a place where it’ll get put into one gigantic feed, SNOView could be what you’re looking for.
There is a free and a paid version so if you want to try it out first then you have that option. If you’re big into social networking and RSS, this is a fun app to play with and can save time if you’re frequently jumping from one social network to the next. To check it out, the download link is above.
Random Apps Wrap Up
Thanks for tuning in for our Diamonds in the Rough this week and be sure to tune in next week for more random apps goodness. If there is an app you think we should have covered this week or you just want to tell us about a random app you like, feel more than free to leave a comment and tell us about it.