15 Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t (2)
In Part one, we wrote about five Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone just can’t. There are countless clear benefits to owning a smartphone powered by Apple’s mobile platform but the simple fact of the matter is that the restrictions imposed on third-party apps inevitably leads to limitations. There are some amazing Android apps out there that remind us why Google’s open approach has some real advantages.
In part one covered the following apps 1. Cover 2. Swype 3. Profile Scheduler 4. Android Stocks Tape Widget Here are 5 more great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t
5. Smart Launcher
Smart Launcher, completely changes the way you interact with your phone. Just like Cover, Ginlemon Software’s Smart Launcher app takes over the user interface on your Android phone. But instead of just taking control of your lock screen, it replaces your home screens as well.
The app separates all of your installed applications into groups, making them very easy to access quickly. It can also learn which apps you use the most and make those apps more accessible than others.
Smart Launcher spans every Android device you own — your phone, your tablet, even a Google TV box — and it even interacts with other launchers you might be using.
6. Event Flow Calendar Widget
There are plenty of ways to effectively populate Android’s barren lock screen, but two of the most elegant and intelligent solutions are Event Flow Calendar Widget and DashClock Widget.
The former is the smarter of the two options for busy people whose calendars are always packed with appointments.
Event Flow includes a number of styling options and configurations, but the app’s main goal is to put your agenda front and center so you never miss another appointment.
As soon as you turn on your handset’s display, you’re presented with a well-designed list of your upcoming appointments along with dates, times and weather forecasts for each day. If you’d rather not clutter up your lock screen, the app also provides a number of different home screen widget options as well.
7. DashClock Widget
The other lock screen tweak is DashClock Widget. it is more Vertatile copared to to Event Flow.
Rather than just focusing on the user’s agenda, DashClock presents a variety of information including the time, date, weather, unread emails, SMS notifications, missed calls, calendar items, remaining battery charge and more.
You can also choose from dozens of extensions available for the app in the Google Play store, most of which are completely free. Facebook notifications, unread Feedly count, Snapchat alerts and more are available.
You can even have DashClock display your Klout score, updated in real time.
Users with PIN code or pattern security will still be able to enjoy a condensed version of the DashClock widget that will be displayed above the keypad or pattern dots. Those without any security will see much more detailed information.
For the best of both worlds, you can also drop the widget on one of your home screens in addition to the lock screen. DashClock Widget is a free app
In the same vein as Cover and Smart Launcher from the first installment in this series, Aviate is an app that takes over your Android phone and completely changes the way you use it.
Created by ThumbsUp Labs, which was recently acquired by Yahoo, Aviate is a unique new take on the home screen that morphs and changes throughout the day dynamically. Its intended purpose is to present you with only the apps and other information you need based on the time, your location and other factors.
Think of it as the other child of Google Now and Cover. Some quick example’s from the Google Play app page:
*Wake up, and Aviate automatically brings you weather and your meetings for the day.
*When driving, Aviate automatically gives you traffic and directions home.
*Out to dinner, Aviate automatically shows you photos, tips and reviews for your favorite restaurant.
When Aviate works, it works very well. Frighteningly well, at times. When it doesn’t, it’s just an annoying step standing between you and the app you’re looking for. But as time progresses, the balance will continue to shift from the latter to the former. Aviate is free completely free but you’ll have to add yourself to the wait list when you first download the app, and it could take about a week for your account to be ready. Alternatively, if you can find someone who already uses Aviate, he or she can send you an invite.
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