I don’t know about you, but I download a lot of apps – mostly free but
some are paid. Periodically, I have to go through and clean out my iPad
and other devices because I have so many apps it’s sometimes hard for me
to navigate through them all. Plus, they slow down my mobile operating
Anyway, the other day I was cleaning out those apps I never use anymore
and I was left with a core group of relatively new apps that I find
myself going back to time and time again.
Here then – in no particular order — is my list of the coolest new
Android apps that I use all the time. Incidentally, all of them are
currently available on Google Play:
This is the year that everybody is rolling out a fitness app. From
FitBit to iPhone’s Moves, tech companies suddenly think we all want to
know how many steps we take per day and whether or not we should eat
that last maple cruller in the Dunkin’ Donuts box (Spoiler Alert: You
Tribesports is Android’s new fitness tracking app that comes complete
with a GPS tracker. It’s pretty much the same as most of the other
fitness apps available today, but it’s still pretty cool. It logs how
far you’ve run, walked or cycled. It keeps track of the fitness classes
or sporting events you participated in. And it even gives real-time
stats and can chart your progress (or in my case, lack of it) in handy,
neat looking graphs.
This app comes with thousands of workouts that other people within the
Tribesports community can share online, including detailed instructions
about how to do specific exercises, workout plans, diets, and so on.
If you’re looking for a good, reliable fitness app that gives you
everything you need to keep your weight loss or fitness plan on track,
you should definitely check out Tribesports.
If you are still into Words with Friends, you should know that that app
is soooo 2013! Today, trivia is the cool thing to do. And QuizUp lets
you match your wits against your friends in trivia smack-downs online
from wherever you are. You can even face off in trivia battles against
total strangers located all over the world.
This is a really hot app right now. In its first week of release, it was
downloaded by more than a million users!
You wouldn’t think that an app that served as a pocket calculator would
be all that exciting. And, well, maybe it’s not. But it’s one that I use
all the time.
Now, I get it, most smart phones come with a calculator built-in. But
CALCU performs all the same functions, but also allows you to change to
various themes and screen colors. It also lets you look at your
calculator tape, or all the calculations that you’ve done historically,
which can be pretty handy when you are balancing the checkbook or
calculating how much you spent on gas last month (two things I actually
just did using CALCU this morning!).
If you want a cool-looking calculator and a whole lot more, CALCU is the
app for you. Too bad it doesn’t come with a plastic pocket protector!
Did you ever wonder where your Facebook and Instagram friends were
getting all those “Throwback Thursday” photos or resurrecting stuff they
posted online from years ago? They’re probably using Timehop, an app
that collects all of the stuff you posted using your smart phone on
Twitter, Instagram and Twitter then replays them for you whenever you
want to see them.
It’s like having a little time machine right on your smart phone.
So that’s it, my new favorite Android apps. See you next time I clean
out my smart phone screen!