The Best of 2017

Smart­phones and apps that stole the show

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS -

Files Go by Google; Free

The Files Go app seg­re­gates large files, du­pli­cate files, app cache and more into dif­fer­ent fold­ers, mak­ing it easy to browse through and delete. You can delete the folder at once or delete in­di­vid­ual files. There are sep­a­rate fold­ers for doc­u­ments, videos, im­ages, au­dio files and more. An­other high­light of the app is the se­cure trans­fer of files be­tween two An­droid de­vices with­out In­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity; it works flaw­lessly. The app is a must-have for An­droid smart­phones.

Mo­tion Stills by Google; Free

Avail­able for both iOS and An­droid plat­forms, the Mo­tion Stills app from Google Re­search turns live photos and videos into GIFs. The app can be used to cap­ture short three-sec­ond video loops. Us­ing the ‘fast for­ward’ fea­ture, you can record a video and speed it upto eight times the orig­i­nal speed.

Datally by Google; Free

Opera has been do­ing it for a long time, and now Google has launched an app to help them man­age their mo­bile data. Datally is de­signed to give you con­trol over apps to pre­vent them from eat­ing mo­bile data. The app looks for data-hun­gry apps and al­lows you to re­strict the data con­sump­tion when on mo­bile data. For those look­ing for free pub­lic Wi-Fi, the app can come handy.

Plota­graph+ Photo Animator by Ap­ple; `400

This is a cool app for iPads and Macs that can add an­i­ma­tion ef­fects to a still im­age. Choose the an­i­ma­tion tool and draw arrows across the parts that you wish to an­i­mate. Long arrows are for fast an­i­ma­tion, whereas short arrows are for slow an­i­ma­tion. An­chor points can be used to high­light parts that should not be an­i­mated. Al­though it takes a lit­tle time to mas­ter, the app does a great job of adding ef­fects to im­ages.

Fire­fox Fo­cus by Mozilla; Free

2017 saw the launch of sev­eral apps that re­de­fined smart­phone us­age. Here are some that were most note­wor­thy.

This pri­vacy-fo­cussed browser from Mozilla is de­signed to block on­line track­ers, in­clud­ing third-party ad­ver­tis­ing. While open­ing web­sites, the track­ing pro­tec­tion shows the num­ber of track­ers in­clud­ing ad track­ers and an­a­lytic track­ers. Us­ing the Erase tab on the top, you can get rid of the en­tire brows­ing his­tory. The URL au­to­com­plete op­tion makes it easy to use. The app is avail­able for both An­droid and iOS de­vices.

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