As I’m aware that the majority of you who watch my posts are Android users, we’re going to do another post specifically for you, with 10 more amazing Android apps to check out. Some of them may be available on iOS as well, but not all.
1. Adobe Scan
I’ve mentioned various scanning programs previously, but this one is unique and may be much easier to use than the others. Because this is how it works: you hover the camera over the item you wish to scan, and it detects, scans, crops, and adjusts the perspective automatically.
As a result, you don’t even have to push the shutter button; everything is taken care of automatically. Additionally, if you have numerous pages, you simply hold the camera up to each page while it takes images to scan them.
It’s significantly faster and easier to use than other scanning apps, in my experience. Now, one thing I will add is that, while this is faster, I believe it is better suited for papers where scan quality is less critical.
Because you can’t control when it takes the photo, it may capture it at an odd angle or while you’re moving the phone, resulting in a less-than-perfect image than if you properly center the phone above the paper, holding the phone as stable as possible. However, this way, you’ll have something to work with if you’re in a rush.
It’s a fun photo editing program that’s quite popular. The concept is similar to Instagram in that it applies filters to existing or newly taken photographs. However, these filters go well beyond simply altering the hues.
The concept is to take a standard photograph and transform it into a work of “art.” And each of these filters is rather lovely. Additionally, you are not need to utilize the full intensity of the filter.
Therefore, if you want to add a little flair to your Instagram images, this is an excellent option to do so. All of these filters are rather nice, and there are quite a few of them.
3. Next Lock Screen
Ironically, it is a Microsoft-developed app. It’s called “Next Lock Screen,” and as the name implies, it’s an Android lock screen replacement. I’m not opposed to the default lock screen, but this one is rather good and has a slew of customization choices that you wouldn’t ordinarily find.
For instance, you may make the photo background the Bing image of the day, which is typically rather nice. Additionally, you can select to have quick launch shortcuts to your preferred apps at the bottom, or to see them by swiping up. Naturally, you’ll also see shortcuts such as a flashlight, Wi-Fi toggle, and battery conservation mode when you do so.
The only disadvantage is that it may cause a slight delay when unlocking the phone. Because it operates “on top” of the standard lock screen. You can disable this, however I would not, as disabling the system fingerprint lock or whatever would result in a loss of security. Nonetheless, it’s worth checking out if you’re looking for something a little bit finer.
4. Wi-Fi Mapper
We have an app called Wi-Fi Mapper for those of you who frequently roam. The concept is straightforward: when you launch the app, it displays your position and any nearby open Wi-Fi hotspots, even if they are not in range. This way, if you require Wi-Fi, you can just walk to the nearest location.
However, as I previously stated, open Wi-Fi hotspots are typically hazardous, and you should always utilize a VPN while connecting to one. The way it maps the hotspots is by utilizing data from all other app users. When you start the app, it records all local hotspots and adds them to the map for future use by others.
Another one that many people are likely familiar with is DuoLingo. This one is designed to teach you a new language during your spare time. They provide a wide variety of languages and employ a variety of various exercises to teach you the new language’s vocabulary.
One example could be matching the word to an image or to its counterpart in your own tongue. Obviously, you are not expected to know them all at first, so it is acceptable if you get some wrong.
The aim is that it will not simply require you to memorize vocabulary items, but will also provide context for the words you are learning, allowing you to retain them more easily. It’s a very fascinating concept, and it appears to be popular, so it’s worth looking out.
This one is quite fascinating and astute. It’s called “Manything,” and the concept is to transform your old Android phones into home security cameras. I’m sure many of us have outdated phones laying around that still work but serve no purpose.
However, until today! This is especially beneficial for folks who have been considering purchasing a camera such as the Nest or something similar but are hesitant to spend the money. While this is obviously not as desirable as a dedicated camera, it is an improvement over nothing. You simply open the app, configure the phone as a camera, and see it.
There are options for resolution, motion detection, and notifications, among other things. If motion is detected, it can upload the video to the cloud for later viewing. This one offers both free and premium plans, depending on whether you want cloud storage for your movies, but it’s completely free to use otherwise.
Additionally, presuming the phone is linked to your Wi-Fi, this would not consume any cell bandwidth. If you don’t already have a security camera, I’d recommend this.
This is one that I believe everyone should own. What it does is automatically adjust the screen’s color and brightness during the night, making it far less painful on the eyes. I’ve discussed this type of thing numerous times previously, including Flux, Night Shift on iOS, and others. When you lower the amount of blue light emitted by screens, you reduce the amount of disruption to your sleep schedule, which is a major issue these days. And while Android N does include a feature along these lines, the effect is nowhere near as strong as I believe it should be.
Twilight allows you to adjust the strength of the effect, so that the screen seems almost fully crimson or barely changed at all, depending on your preferences. Additionally, you may program it to turn on at specified times or to change automatically with the dawn and sunset.
The main disadvantage is that the way this software works is not optimal for decreasing blue light, but due to the way Android works, this is all that is possible without rooting your phone. Rather than directly altering the color profile as you would with flux on your computer, this simply overlays a red filter on top of the screen.
Thus, it works but makes things appear redder, rather than simply eliminating the blue light. While this is not ideal, it is all we have until Google adds further capabilities in the future.
8. Volume Notification
This is likely one of those apps that you were unaware you needed until you saw it. When you scroll down for notifications, it adds a little menu bar that allows you to set the level of music, the ringer, and alarms directly.
Normally, adjusting the media volume requires pressing one of the volume keys and hoping that it adjusts the media volume rather than the ringer volume. If not, you must first click the drop-down menu and then alter it. It’s a real pain. With this, you simply swipe down, click on the item you wish to change, and the volume bar for that item appears right there.
Additionally, there is another app called “Rocker Locker” that goes along with this. I’ve discussed it previously, but that one allows you to adjust the default sound setting via the volume controls.
Therefore, if you prefer that the volume buttons control the media volume by default rather than the ring volume, you can do so. Thus, I believe I will group these two together.
9. Camera Math Calculator
This one is quite amazing, since it allows you to solve arithmetic problems simply by pointing your camera at them. You simply line it up with the box and it instantaneously solves anything you throw at it, from sophisticated calculus to elementary arithmetic. Not only that, but it will also walk you through the steps necessary to resolve the issue on your own.
Thus, I believe that this would be really beneficial for anyone taking a math class, and if there is an odd homework problem, simply let your phone solve it.
Alternatively, if your handwriting is so terrible that it cannot decipher what you wrote, you can manually enter the problem. So much for teachers who used to say, “You must study this since you will not always have a calculator with you!”
This one enables you to modify the appearance of the navigation bar at the bottom of your screen. Typically, your phone will have a few different settings to pick from, such as white, black, or clear.
However, the sky is the limit with this. You can choose from a variety of photos or upload your own, or simply choose a solid color. For some reason, it even allows you to add emojis.
However, one pretty cool feature is the ability to use the menu bar as a battery meter. Thus, the more battery life remaining, the more it is filled with a single hue and shrinks as the battery empties.
These customizations do not appear to work in every app, and they vanish when I return to the home screen, but they do present in the majority of the apps I use. Thus, I believe this is a fairly enjoyable one.
Hopefully, among those ten, you discovered at least one that you were unaware of previously. Additionally, check the comments section below to see if anyone knows of any good apps I missed.