Google has brought a new culture to the Android world. It is not about great looking sleek interfaces, it is about creating apps that are functional and brilliant. I have been in the software business for more than half a decade now and I have seen it rise in front of my very eyes. I have seen Apple becoming the trendsetter then Android snatching its throne, then Windows 8 and later versions putting Apple and Android against the wall. In this competitive and for the user, brilliant world of mobile apps, what I have seen is a remarkable feat of developers in creating apps that are unique and addictive.
Android being an open source is the most “frequently-used” app developing platform. And it is only logical that Android has come the farthest in creating apps that bewilder you at times. I being an app developer can now work on various ideas that I wouldn’t have dreamed about a year and a half ago. So if an unknown and small-skilled developer like me is thinking big with Android platform, you can imagine what “real” (ouch for me) have been up to.
Here are five of the most unusual and mind blowing apps you will find on Android platform:
AirDroid is an app that allows an Android user to control its device from another device using Wifi connection or a linked-browser or LAN. It is kind of freaky right? Not quite. All one has to do is to install and start the app on the Android device and open the link web.airdroid.com in a browser using any other device. There will be a code displayed on your Android device which you have to put in the browser to ensure connectivity and security. Once you are connected there you can see a page within your browser that will allow you to perform several actions such as copying images, inserting texts, transferring files, sending videos and what not. With such creative yet simple Android app, who needs the annoying data cable?
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One of the most practical apps I have ever seen and yet it is insanely simple. It does only one thing but one thing is crucial. It allows you to set a timer on your phone when making it silent. In other words you can simply set your phone to remain silent for a given period of time and then switch the volume back up.
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Unified Remote makes your mobile phone or tablet an input device to your computer. You use it for various functions such as volume control and NFC. It also has an option of working as a voice activation device. It also starts acting as a remote for multiple programs. The pro version of the app offers great deal of customization.
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Puzzle Alarm Clock
Here is one for the slackers and sleepers (like myself), if you have trouble getting up and you find yourself often turning off or snoozing the alarm and waking up after hours, then Puzzle Alarm Clock is perfect for you. To turn alarm off you will have to either enter NFC codes, captcha codes, small puzzles, and math equations – anything to make sure that you are “awake enough”.
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ReadItToMe is a simple app that makes your phone like very high-tech and James Bond-y. It reads out the texts you receive, the name of the contact that calls you, general notifications and all such. You can set it to notify you by voice every time or only when you have earphones plugged or have connected your Bluetooth headset.
We also want to give a final shoutout for Solo Launcher, you can read a review of it here. Solo Launcher keeps similar apps grouped. It also brings commonly used apps to the forefront so you can use your favorite apps without much hassle. It’s ideal for use in conjunction with the Apps we listed above.
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