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My Con­tact Backup

iOS, An­droid Many con­sider that back­ing up phone’s con­tact is dif­fi­cult and restor­ing them is even more cum­ber­some. While many apps let you sync the con­tacts over WiFi net­work with the PC, My Con­act Backup does it over email. Avail­able free of cost for iOS and An­droid, this app doesn’t re­quire the user to cre­ate an ac­count and sign up. We were in­stantly able to backup con­tacts and then email. When­ever one wishes to re­store con­tacts, they can sim­ply click on the .vcf at­tach­ment and im­port the con­tacts to any iOS de­vice in­clud­ing iPad and iPhone.

Flyte eBooks

An­droid With more and more In­dian buy­ing smart­phones with larger screens, the ebook mar­ket seems to be headed for some se­ri­ous growth. Af­ter the success of its Flyte Mu­sic Store, Flip­kart has launched an e-book store with up to 1,00,000 ti­tles that can be ac­cessed down­loaded di­rectly on to your phone. The in­ter­face is easy to use and in­tu­itive and lets you add book­marks to the page you stopped read­ing at. The app lets you sync your pur­chases on up to six dif­fer­ent An­droid de­vices. Prices of books start at 30.

Google Maps

iOS All iOS 6 users have a rea­son to smile as the Google Maps are now avail­able for down­load at the Ap­ple App Store. With the launch of iOS 6, Ap­ple ditched Google Maps in favour of its own nav­i­ga­tion soft­ware, which was any­thing but a hit. The free Google Maps app be linked to the Google Ac­count for ac­cess­ing search his­tory. Un­like Ap­ple’s nav­i­ga­tion soft­ware, Google Maps was able to search the lo­ca­tions we were look­ing for and even routes be­tween the two lo­ca­tions. We were able to choose be­tween walk, drive and bus modes. The re­cently launched live traf­fic up­date is also avail­able for Google Maps on iOS. A musthave app.

Photo Ed­i­tor by Aviary

iOS, An­droid Aviary has been a pop­u­lar edit­ing soft­ware on Win­dows for years now. So, it only nat­u­ral that their phone app also gets down­loaded by the thou­sands. Plus, un­like other photo edit­ing apps, this one does not limit the features it of­fers users. In fact, you can do pretty much ev­ery­thing you would on a desk­top soft­ware. But then ev­ery­thing is much more eas­ier be­cause of the touch in­ter­face. We par­tic­u­larly liked the stick­ers add-on that lets you add mous­taches and other such fun el­e­ments to your pic­ture. A must have for mo­bile pho­tog­ra­phy freaks.

Ad­block Plus

An­droid The big­gest prob­lem in us­ing the free ap­pli­ca­tions are the ad­ver­tise­ments that keeps on pop­ping up on them. But this can be tack­led us­ing Ad­block Plus, a free app for An­droid phones. Once in­stalled, this app runs in the back­ground and mon­i­tors the ex­ist­ing apps for any in-app ad­ver­tise­ment and then blocks them. The app lets users choose from var­i­ous fil­ter lists from within the app to im­prove the ad de­tec­tion rate, in case the de­fault list does not work for them. We faced some is­sues with the ad- sup­ported apps af­ter in­stalling the Ad­block Plus and had to en­able ads. The only draw­back of this app at the moment is that it works only over Wi-Fi net­work and not the cel­lu­lar net­work.

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