15 An­droid apps that do amaz­ing things the iPhone can’t (1)

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De­vel­op­ers now have more ac­cess than ever to soft­ware fea­tures that had pre­vi­ously been off lim­its, and the lat­est round of apps has in­tro­duced plenty of great new func­tion­al­ity to iPhones and iPads as a re­sult. But the sim­ple truth is that there are still tons of amaz­ingly use­ful things An­droid de­vices can do that the iPhone and other iOS de­vices sim­ply can­not.

Some miss­ing fea­tures may be in­tro­duced in fu­ture ver­sions of iOS while oth­ers many never ar­rive, thanks mainly to Ap­ple’s strict guide­lines that de­vel­op­ers must fol­low. So, what awe­some stuff are iPhone users miss­ing?

There’s plenty out there but here are five 15 great An­droid apps de­signed to add ter­rific func­tion­al­ity to An­droid de­vices that the iPhone and iPad just don’t have.

1. Cover

Cre­ated by Apps & Zerts, Inc., Cover Lock Screen is a fan­tas­tic app that com­pletely re­places the lock screen on your An­droid smart­phone. The app learns which apps you use most in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions you fre­quent, and it makes them eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble with no user in­ter­ven­tion.

“No more fum­bling through screens of apps to find the one you are look­ing for,” the app’s web­site ex­plains. “Cover learns when and where you use dif­fer­ent apps and puts them on your lockscreen for easy ac­cess.”

The app uses lo­ca­tion and mo­tion data to de­ter­mine if a user is at home, at work or even driv­ing in a car, and re­ar­ranges the apps avail­able on the lock screen to meet the needs of each sit­u­a­tion. For ex­am­ple, map­ping and nav­i­ga­tion apps might be pre­sented to the user while driv­ing, and then email, cal­en­dar and other pro­duc­tiv­ity apps will take cen­ter stage at work.

Sim­ply put, this great app just isn’t pos­si­ble to make for iOS de­vices. Cover is free a free app.

2. Swype

Swype by Nuance is a rev­o­lu­tion­ary key­board that has been around for quite some time on An­droid and other plat­forms, and it has been li­censed or im­i­tated by count­less other com­pa­nies.

In a nut­shell, Swype com­pletely changes the way users type on vir­tual key­boards. In­stead of tap­ping around on tiny lit­tle vir­tual but­tons, Swype al­lows users to drag a sin­gle fin­ger around the screen from key to key, and the app’s magic does the rest. It also fea­tures ad­vanced pre­dic­tion and cor­rec­tion tech­nolo­gies that min­i­mizes mis­takes..

Swype’s com­peti­tor SwiftKey just re­cently launched its first iOS app, thus bring­ing its pop­u­lar key­board to the iOS plat­form. Sort of. Since third­party de­vel­op­ers can’t re­place the iOS key­board across the en­tire sys­tem, SwiftKey’s key­board is only avail­able in its own note-tak­ing app.

In other words, it’s just enough to give you a taste, get you used to hav­ing an awe­some Swype-style key­board, and then an­ger­ing you to no end since you can’t use it in any other apps.

3. Pro­file Sched­uler

Any­one who switched from Win­dows Mo­bile, Black­Berry OS or Sym­bian to the iPhone back in the day will un­doubt­edly re­call the pain and an­guish they felt when they re­al­ized they no longer had ac­cess to pro­file man­ager apps. These apps would au­to­mat­i­cally change a smart­phone’s pro­file (ring­tone, sound vol­umes, vi­bra­tion) based on cri­te­ria con­fig­ured by the user.

Fast for­ward to mod­ern smart­phones, and pro­file man­age­ment util­i­ties have been given a huge shot of adren­a­line.

A good ex­am­ple is the aptly named Pro­file Sched­uler, which al­lows users to have just about ev­ery set­ting on their smart­phones tweaked based on time, lo­ca­tion, bat­tery sta­tus or a wide range of other cri­te­ria.

Some ex­am­ples of how you use the app: At night around the time you go to sleep, your phone au­to­mat­i­cally switches to silent, dis­ables vi­brate alerts, cuts out back­ground data syn­chro­niza­tion to save bat­tery, dis­ables Blue­tooth and dims the dis­play to 10%. Of course any­one im­por­tant who needs to get in touch with you still can, just add all your fam­ily mem­bers and per­sons you will not want to miss their calls on the white list.

Then, when you get to the of­fice and Pro­file Sched­uler sees the phone con­nect to your work Wi-Fi net­work, the “Work” pro­file is en­abled. Au­dio alerts are dis­abled, vi­brate alerts are en­abled and auto-syn­chro­niza­tion for my email is dis­abled to save bat­tery life, since I ob­vi­ously re­ceive all of my emails on my com­puter.

Pro­file Sched­uler is free in the Google Play app store, while a pre­mium is not.

4. An­droid Stocks Tape Wid­get

Wid­gets add a huge new layer of func­tion­al­ity to mo­bile plat­forms, giv­ing users ac­cess to a seem­ingly in­fi­nite range of zero-touch in­for­ma­tion in real time. Want to know the weather fore­cast? Just glance at your home screen. Want to know if your team won or lost last night? Boom, the lat­est scores are right there as soon as you un­lock your phone. Email and SMS mes­sage pre­views? Cov­ered. In­stant ac­cess to new pop­u­lar YouTube videos? Done.

There are tons of great wid­gets out there, but one of the best is a sim­ple one called An­droid Stocks Tape Wid­get by Wave­stock.

As the name might sug­gest, An­droid Stocks Tape Wid­get cre­ates a ticker that scrolls across your An­droid home screen and dis­plays cur­rent quotes for all the stocks and in­dexes you fol­low. Scroll speed, col­ors and re­fresh rate can all be con­fig­ured in the app, and for­mat set­tings can be ad­justed as well.

An­droid Stocks Tape Wid­get is has a free trial ver­sion.

(Culled fromI bgr.com … fol­low @ sinach360 and @Dai­ly_Trust)

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