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Ever since the inception of Google Play Store in 2008 (back then it was called Android Market); it has been going from strength to strength. Now with over one and a half million apps published; we can find practically any kind of apps in there. Some being so essential that we cannot live without them and some that are just…. well…. useless.
In this new series, I am going to share some less well-known apps which I think will be quite useful in your daily smartphone usage. These gems are mostly free and lack the attention that I think they deserve. In fact, I think some of them should be baked into the next version of Android for better user experience! Lets find out if you agree with me.
1. Airdroid – Wireless File Transfer Master
Airdroid is an app that utilizes the wifi connection to transfer files between your smartphone and PC wirelessly. Gone are the days where we need cables to do the data transfer. With Airdroid, all you need is a web client (web.airdroid.com) and the app in your phone to start the transfer process. One good thing I like about this app is that you do not even have to create an account as the pairing process is done by capturing the QR code generated at the PC client with your smartphone. Less accounts, less hassle.
This app is very useful if you want to transfer pictures or small files between your smartphone and PC. But if you wish to transfer larger file then perhaps data cable might be quicker but it will depend on your internet speed though. If you are subscribing to high speed internet, then I think you can just keep your cable for charging purpose =)
Just a list of other things that Airdroid is capable of (obtained from Play Store):
- Contacts: View and edit all the contacts.
- Music & Videos: Play and manage music & videos on Android and transfer them between Android and computer.
- Ringtones: Set music as ringtone and export ringtones.
- Screenshot: View the real time screen of Android devices, take static screenshots. (requires root)
- Apps: Import and export .apk files.
- Camera: See through the lens of both front and back cameras.
- URL: Push url to Android and open it with default web browser.
- Clipboard: Share clipboard content between Android and computer.
2. Easy Copy – Redefine Copy & Paste
Copy and paste is actually a very underrated yet essential function in our smartphone, and Easy Copy tries to extend on the capability of the default copy feature in Android. With this app, whenever you copy a text, a popup will appear and you can select actions to do with the copied text such as translate to another language, locate in Google Map and etc. Another good thing is that you can also create custom actions for your copied text; say for example you wish to send a webpage link you read to a friend of yours in whatsapp. No problem! Just tweak the setting of Easy Copy and you will be able to do it. This app also has an enhanced clipboard feature where the texts you copied will be stored so you can reuse them if there is a need.
Link: Easy Copy
3. Flynx – A new browsing concept
Flynx is a unique browser in the sense that it uses the chat head concept to display webpages. Take for example when you are scrolling through your Facebook newsfeeds and you see an interesting article. You click on the article and you are brought to your default browser and stare at a blank screen while waiting for the page to load. With Flynx, you do not have to do that anymore. Whenever you click on a link, a bubble will appear and load the webpage. You may continue to scroll your newsfeed and read the article after the webpage is done loading. It will appear as an overlay on the current app that you are in. How convenient right? Once you finished reading, just pull the bubble to the centre of the screen to close it.
There is a quick read mode which you can enable if you are using data to surf the net. It will only loads relevant content, which helps reduce your data usage. By default, you will only be able to open 4 tabs at a time. There is an option for you to refer Flynx to your friend (At the invite & unlock section). Each referral will unlock 2 tabs and you will get unlimited tabs after you have referred 3 friends.
4. Screen Equalizer – Recalibrate your screen colour
The competition of smartphone keep increasing and the quality control might not be as good as back in those days. In recent time, some smartphone might have yellow tint on their screen, causing irritation and annoyance to those unfortunate owners. This is where Screen Equalizer steps in. It basically forms an adjustable colour filter on the screen to offset the unwanted tint on your phone. You get to set the size of the filter, the colour and the amount of transparency you want the filter to be. You even have the option to turn on gradient so that the filter will gradually taper off; hiding the tint as natural as possible. You can also set it to turn on automatically on boot. Furthermore it has no effect on the battery life whatsoever. Brilliant stuff! My OnePlus One suffered from yellow tint at the bottom of the screen and this app hides it perfectly, saving me the hassle of sending it back for warranty because of the yellow tint.
Link: Screen Equalizer
5. Shush! Ringer Restorer – Silent Mode Enhanced
A lot of times we silent our phones and end up forgetting to restore it back, thus causing us to miss some calls or notifications. This app aims to remedy it by introducing a timer that allows you to silent your phone for a predetermined time or just to silent it like normal. Whenever you silent your smartphone, this app will automatically be activated, waiting for you to set the period of silence. Especially perfect when you want your phone to be silent in the cinema or in a meeting. The beauty of it lies in the simplicity and efficiency of the app. Not many settings involved. Give it a try and you will not regret it! =D
That is all for the first post of this series. Feel free to leave a comment and share with us on your experience if you choose to try out theses apps. If you have any useful apps that you wish to share with us or other readers, leave us a comment too. I will credit you if I decided to share it on my next post =) Cheers!