Technically speaking, almost all Android apps are useful in one way or another. Whether it’s staying up to date with friends and relative on social media to adding events to your calendar, smartphones were designed to make life easier. That said, there are some apps that more useful than others and some that are more useful still. Let’s take a look at five useful but relatively unknown apps for Android that you probably need. Please note, due to subjective nature of a term like usefulness, you may not find some of these useful at all. If you have an app you find particularly useful, tell us about it in the comments!
If you don’t have a generous mobile data plan, you’re going to want to use WiFi as much as possible, but finding good, free Wifi isn’t always that easy. WifiMapper is the solution. Crowdsourced maps where the community shares where to get free WiFi, you should never have to rely on your data again.
Libraries are slowly catching up with the convinience of digital, and OverDrive lets you borrow ebooks and audiobooks without even leaving the house – and best of all, there are no late fees, as titles are ‘returned’ automatically.
The only problem is that libraries need to opt in to the service, and without wanting to stereotype, libraries aren’t always the fastest bodies to adopt change. Still, with over 30,000 libraries worldwide taking part, it’s worth checking the website to see if your library card can work that bit harder for you.
3. Imgur: Awesome Images & GIFs
Imgur is the perfect procrastination tool. With its card-based interface, images are put front and centre for you to flick through. Be it a cute animal GIF, the latest meme, world curios, or helpful tutorials about activities you didn’t even know existed, Imgur never fails to surprise and delight.
Get paid to stay fit
Having trouble getting incentivised to use all those fitness apps? Bounts to the rescue – it plugs into other fitness apps and devices including Fitbit, Moves, Jawbone, MapMyFitness, Strava, Runkeeper and more, and offers real honest-to-goodness rewards for your hard work.
By connecting apps, Bounts will translate your workout into a number of points – capped at 15 per day for the free app, and higher for a paid subscription. Points can then be used to receive free vouchers, for brands such as Topshop, Next, Amazon, WHSmith, Tesco, Marks & Spencer and iTunes. You can even undo all your good work with Pizza Express vouchers if you like…
If you live in a city and haven’t used Citymapper yet, you’ve probably been nagged by friends who are convinced it’s the best way to plan a journey. Such a task can usually involve a bewildering amount of apps, from National Rail, to Uber, and although Google Maps offers a great way of collating all the available travel options, Citymapper might just have it beat in that department.
The app does a fantastic job of collating all the relevant information, eliminating the need to switch between seven different apps just to plan one journey across the city. It also works with Android Wear just in case you were worried it wasn’t useful enough already.
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