15 Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t (3)
When it comes to smartphone platforms, there’s plenty to enjoy on iOS and Android alike. The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is obviously a heated one among enthusiasts, but most people will acknowledge that both platforms have advantages and disadvantages compared to the other. Many pros and cons leave room for debate, of course, but one thing is certain when it comes to third-party development: Google’s Android platform gives app makers far more freedom to explore new functionality than Apple’s iOS software. We have written about great Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone cannot twice now in the past.
In the first edition of this series, we wrote about 1. Cover, 2. Swype, 3. Profile Scheduler, and 4 Android Stocks Tape Widget Then, in the second edition we covered more outstanding apps: 5. Smart Launcher, 6. Event Flow Calendar Widget, 7. DashClock Widget and 8. Aviate.
Now we’re back with part 3 of this ongoing series, and there are more fantastic apps for Android users to check out if they’re looking to extend the capabilities of their handsets .
Tasker makes your smartphone infinitely smarter by automating practically anything and everything you want it to.
Tasker is the definitive automation app for Android. Possible triggers include an app launching, a specific time or day, arrival at a location, the tap of a shortcut, a countdown timer reaching zero, or just about any other event you can think of.
When one or several of the aforementioned triggers occur, Tasker can perform any of more than 200 in-built actions automatically. But perhaps 200 isn’t enough for you. Don’t worry, Tasker supports plug-ins as well.
Send a text to your husband when you get to the gym. Shoot a message via WhatsApp to your wife 30 minutes before she’s scheduled to leave for the gym to remind her. Change your ringer settings and dim your display when you get to your favorite movie theater. Open Google Maps when your Bluetooth connects to your car’s infotainment system. Email your location to a client when you arrive at a meeting location.
And these simple examples are just the tip of the iceberg.
Want to change your wallpaper and launch a specific app every time a certain friend calls? Easy.
Want your phone to flash and sound an alarm each time your favorite news site publishes a new post? Done.
Tasker can do just about anything you can think of and much, much more.
If you spend way, way, way too much time sitting at your desk staring at the computer while you work, then you know that even the slightest movements can put a serious cramp in your sedentary lifestyle, Like Reaching 14 inches to the left to pick up your phone and respond to a text message.
AirDroid is an amazing utility that basically turns your Android phone into a server and lets you control it from your web browser. Indeed, this simple free installation brings you one important step closer to never again having to avert your eyes from your computer monitor.
Right from the comfort of your browser, AirDroid lets you read and respond to text messages (be sure to enable desktop notifications from within the settings menu), manage apps, play music, edit contacts, view photos on your phone, make calls, manage files and plenty more. You can even use AirDroid to capture a screenshot on your phone or take a photo with the phone’s camera.
If and when the time comes that you have absolutely no choice but to get up and step away from your computer, you can also use AirDroid to move files to your phone or push URLs to your phone’s browser.
The curiously named Dodol Launcher is described by its creator Camp Mobile as an app for customizing the decor of your Android interface.
In simple terms, Dodol lays the groundwork for users to apply any one of a huge number of custom themes to their Android phones. And we’re not just talking about simple wallpapers here, we’re talking about completely changing the look of your device with a new layout, new icon packs, new widgets and extended functionality.
The app’s description states that “thousands” of high-quality themes are available to Dodol users, and they all include custom icon packs and unique graphics. Also included are various skins for Dodol’s special widgets, which include a memory cleaner, quick settings, a battery widget and a customizable wide settings widget for adjusting things like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ringer profile and more.
“Your phone will become a piece of artwork itself with the totally new wallpapers and icons,” Camp Mobile says on the app’s settings page. Dodol Launcher is free in the Google Play app store.
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