The Best of 2017
Smartphones and apps that stole the show
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.