8 Quirky Apps you can find in your play­store this year

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As the smart­phone has be­come an es­sen­tial part of our ev­ery­day lives, it not only serves as a ne­ces­sity but also fills in for a num­ber of other pur­poses. Serv­ing such dif­fer­ent pur­poses is mainly pos­si­ble with the help of the wide range of apps avail­able on our smart­phone’s play­store. What­ever our re­quire­ment, there is a go-to so­lu­tion for it in the app store. Be it a way to get rid of bore­dom or help you cook que­sadil­las, the app store tries to help you out by of­fer­ing var­i­ous apps re­lated to the field of your search. Apart from this, there are also some apps which catch our fancy due to their quirk­i­ness that drives our in­quis­i­tive self to try them out. Some of the most trend­ing ones in the year of 2017 are listed be­low.

Youtube Go:

Be­gin­ning with a lighter ver­sion of an app we are ac­cus­tomed with and also ad­dicted to quite an ex­tent, Youtube go aims to curb your bore­dom wher­ever you go. An­nounced last year, the com­pany de­cided to launch its Beta ver­sion in the coun­try of In­dia first for user re­views. Just like Face­book Lite and Mes­sen­ger Lite, this app is also a lighter ver­sion of the original Youtube app. The Youtube app has been a suc­cess all over the world. But being a video stream­ing app, it con­sumes a lot of stor­age space along with us­ing up a ma­jor­ity of your data pack. Along with this, wait­ing for a video to buf­fer can surely trig­ger your pa­tience level. This is why Youtube came out with a so­lu­tion for this. The Youtube go app mainly tar­gets view­ers who have is­sues with their in­ter­net con­nec­tion speed. This app aims to cut down on your stream­ing cost. It comes with a set­ting to limit the use of data by this app. The app doesn’t com­pro­mise on any of its features. one can down­load a video in lower clar­ity to save on stor­age space and data. The beta ver­sion came out in In­dia in April thist year.

Sim­ple Habit Med­i­ta­tion: As our lives are get­ting hec­tic day-by­day, it has be­come even more im­por­tant to make sure that the in­ner self is un­der con­trol to main­tain com­po­sure when we carry out our ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties. Med­i­ta­tion is a great way to get your nerves un­der con­trol and re­fresh your mind to start the day on an en­er­getic note. But in this fast mov­ing world, no­body gets time for that. The Sim­ple habit Med­i­ta­tion app helps you with this. All one needs is five min­utes with this app to re­vi­tal­ize your senses through med­i­ta­tion. The Sim­ple habit 3.0 which came out this year in May has unique features that help you find your peace of mind. It also comes with an off­line mode with the help of which all you have to do is down­load any med­i­ta­tion ex­er­cise and carry it out when­ever you have time with­out the need of an in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

Key­base: The time when mes­sag­ing was the only medium to com­mu­ni­cate with other in­di­vid­u­als through texts is long gone. Es­pe­cially after the smart­phone started dom­i­nat­ing the hu­man lives, there are so many mes­sag­ing apps to choose from that it causes a lot of con­fu­sion in the mind of the user. one needs to sign up on var­i­ous apps in ac­cor­dance with his friends as to which apps they are us­ing so that he can com­mu­ni­cate with them. But multi-task­ing be­tween so many apps gets dif­fi­cult and can also slow down the pro­cess­ing sys­tem of the phone which ul­ti­mately causes it to hang. Key­base helps you multi-task with ease. This app which came out in Fe­bru­ary this year pro­vides the fa­cil­ity to mes­sage through the por­tal of var­i­ous apps with­out the need to switch be­tween them ev­ery mo­ment. one can mes­sage on any so­cial me­dia plat­form straight from this app. Also, it en­sures com­pletes pri­vacy as the data of this app is en­crypted.

Google Ex­pe­di­tions: A ma­jor­ity of us have some time in our lives wished to go on a solo trip and upload ‘wan­der­lust’ pic­tures while back­pack­ing on our In­sta­gram ac­counts. But ex­plor­ing a cer­tain lo­ca­tion with­out ad­e­quate guid­ance seems like a vague way to travel. google has come up with an idea through which you need not splurge money on tip­ping lo­cal guides or try­ing to fig­ure out things by your­self in the ab­sence of one. The Ex­pe­di­tions app by google of­fers a vir­tual tour of over 600 dif­fer­ent places. It was orig­i­nally launched two years back ex­clu­sively for teach­ers to widen the hori­zon of their stu­dents in a vir­tual class­room. Now it is out in the mar­ket for reg­u­lar use and can be down­loaded from any app store. The vir­tual tour also of­fers elab­o­rate in­for­ma­tion on any place of in­ter­est.

Tech­nol­ogy aims to make our life bet­ter and this is also the main in­ten­tion of this app. hear­ing im­pair­ment is not only a health is­sue but can also cause em­bar­rass­ment in a so­cial setup. When one fails to hear some­thing, it is hu­man ten­dency to get ag­i­tated which af­fects his men­tal health as well. hear­ing aids can be ex­pen­sive hence there is a free-of-cost so­lu­tion for this problem. The Mo­bile Ears app uses the mi­cro­phone on your smart­phone to help those who suf­fer from mild to mod­er­ate hear­ing im­pair­ment. This is done by re­duc­ing the am­biance dis­tur­bance and am­pli­fy­ing the sound dur­ing any con­ver­sa­tion. The speech am­pli­fi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy on this app helps the user lis­ten to ev­ery­thing clearly even if there is dis­tur­bance around. The app au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the hear­ing level of the user in ref­er­ence to his age and gen­der.

Ama­zon has earned it­self great rep­u­ta­tion on the e-com­merce front all across the globe and aims to ex­pand fur­ther in var­i­ous fields. Its ven­ture in online stream­ing ‘Ama­zon Prime’ has gained pop­u­lar­ity and is giv­ing tough com­pe­ti­tion to Net­flix. Now the in­ter­net gi­ant has de­cided to try its hand in so­cial me­dia as well which re­sulted in the launch of Ama­zon Spark. on view­ing this so­cial me­dia app for the first time, it comes across as a com­bi­na­tion of In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est as it is mainly pic­ture-based. The lay­out of this app holds a lot of re­sem­blance to the home feed of In­sta­gram. This app was pub­licly launched on 19th July, 2017. Thus we have one more op­tion to choose from when it comes to so­cial me­dia.

Just when you thought that your gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was lim­ited to gam­ing con­soles, think again. Now you can sync your progress on a Nintendo mul­ti­player game on your smart­phone as well. This is pos­si­ble be­cause of the launch of the Nintendo Switch app which is now avail­able on ios and An­droid smart­phones. The app has been launched de­lib­er­ately a few days be­fore the launch of its much-an­tic­i­pated Splatoon 2. By link­ing the Splatoon 2 ac­count to the Nintendo Switch app, the user can re­view his ac­count stats and also con­nect to com­pare these stats with one’s friends.

GPS nav­i­ga­tion is a god­send when it comes to track­ing down a cer­tain lo­ca­tion or find­ing one’s way out in an un­known city. But this sys­tem has its draw­backs. It does not func­tion in an en­closed space which is a lit­tle in­con­ve­nient as there are a num­ber of huge build­ings where it is dif­fi­cult to find a par­tic­u­lar spot. This is where Mi­crosoft Path guide comes in handy. Mi­crosoft Path guide is a research-based ap­pli­ca­tion which pro­vides plug-and-

play in­door nav­i­ga­tion ser­vices at a con­sid­er­ably low cost. The only out­side source the nav­i­ga­tion app de­pends on is the “leader”. This leader is an­other user who has al­ready been in the de­sired lo­ca­tion. Due to this, he can guide the other user as well. With the help of the leader, the user need not rely on faulty GPS ser­vices or a slow data con­nec­tion to guide him to the lo­ca­tion. This is be­cause walls usu­ally block the GPS sig­nals due to which it only works out­doors.

This is just a glimpse of the wide va­ri­ety of apps that are a touch away for us which strive to make life eas­ier for us. If used for the right pur­pose and de­vel­oped keep­ing the same idea in mind, smart­phone apps have the range of mak­ing a num­ber of func­tions pos­si­ble. These apps are the fu­ture of in­ex­pen­sive tech­nol­ogy un­der our fin­ger­tips.

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