7 smartphone apps you should have in the year 2014
We have entered into an era where everything is mobile. We chat, talk, send emails, surf internet, watch videos, listen songs and only god knows what else on our smartphone. This is insane, totally insane. If I look back into the past (let’s say 7 years back) I see myself using the Sony Ericsson W550 for sending/receiving text messages, making/receiving calls and occasional internet surfing. The list of things I do with my BlackBerry & iPhone is much longer than what I have described above. The only reason for this sudden shift in mobile phone usage is the app revolution. If companies & developers would have restricted the progress of app development to a limited audience or industry, we would not have seen the marvels of smartphone apps. By the way I still hold W550, unable to find an offer I could not refuse. Anyone interested?
So what to expect in the year 2014?
So what do we expect in next five years, time travelling through smartphones? Trust me when I say this, it is the lamest thing I could have thought while thinking about a process which cannot be performed through a smartphone. Everything else I thought, is either exists or a work in progress. For example, I thought of controlling a car through a smartphone, and then I found this app concept by Bosch in the CES 2014.
Car Parking Assistant Concept (Source: Daily Mail UK)
Ok, so we cannot expect an app to help us in time travelling, what else Inception? Well, not exactly because we haven’t seen the hover boards (from Back to the Future II) yet. The app revolution is gradual, yet very fast. Thanks to the continuous and untiring efforts from app developers trying to make the most out of this gold rush of old wild west.
We could expect several apps to improve our daily lives in the year 2014. Some of these apps will be based on a cutting edge technology (Bosch Car Parking App) and others will be a simpler yet effective problem solving app (Camera Awesome).
The 7 Wonders
The apps we will discuss below may not be able to cut their way into the App Store’s top paid apps list. But these apps will surely help you live a better personal or professional life, thus attaining the status of ‘the essential’.
Airport Transit Guide: A frequent flier has many issues from booking tickets to manage the luggage weight. Add the problem of hiring a cab in a new city into the above mentioned problems and you end up as a miserable traveler. Well, this app can certainly help you get a transport from Airport to your destination. You can learn the schedules, prices, and travel times for taxis, buses, shuttles, limos and private car services, trains and trams, even ferries and helicopters. You can update your iOS, BlackBerry, and Google Android with the latest 25th edition of the app just for $4.99. The latest 25th edition covers more than 470 airports around the world.
Airport Transit Guide (Source: Airport Transit Guide)
HotelTonight: This app is your panic button for a resting place in a new city or at a tourist destination. This app helps you to get a same day booking in more than 17 countries and more than 270 popular destinations. The app has increased its partnership up to 5,000 hotels around the globe. One of the app feature enables you to share your experience with Hotel Tonight’s community through Snapchat. This app is a money saving & the tension sparing solution for frequent fliers and tourists.
Hotel Tonight (Image Source: Apple’s App Store)
Tagaboom: With ever growing love for memes, Talking Tom Cat, and Grumpy Cat images, people are sharing images, GIFs, and animations for fun. Tagaboom is another app that will help you turn your pictures, GIFs, and sounds into an audio and video conversation. Imagine all the fun you can have with your friends and family through Whatsapp, Viber, and mms when you adapt to this style of conversation. “Why didn’t you call me back?”A grumpy cat delivering your message to one of your pals in your own grumpy voice.
(Source: Free Image)
App Stalker: Some of you may argue that BlackBerry apps are dying slowly, let’s not start that debate here (may be in some other post). This app for BlackBerry is for stalking paid apps (especially the apps you have always craved for) to let you know of any discounts (or freemium version) is on offer. App Stalker makes regular updates through alerts in your messages and notifications.
Active Fitness: I am quite sure that some of you have vowed to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a new year resolution in the year 2014. Well, if you are not doing any good with your new year resolution you may get some assistance from Active Fitness app. Although exclusively available for Nokia Lumia users, this app is quite handy in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Although launched in the middle of the year 2013, this app will make adjustments to support a newer version in the year 2014. The new version will help you set goals, measure the calories burnt, record the distances run or cycled and even lets you compete against others using the same app. An enhanced speech recognition feature allows you to interact with the app while running your 2nd mile.
Active Fitness App (Source: All About Windows Phone)
I’m Bored: How many times have you found yourself in the middle of a gruesome discussion while suggesting a family activity. If often, then this app is just the right thing for you. I’m bored help you find activities near your location and suggest it to your friends and family. Once an activity is finalized (approved) then the app will mark it as ‘Favorites’ and set a reminder for its date and time. The users can categorize the activities according to interests. You can receive notifications for activities under categories like action, nature, or indoors. The app will notify you with the most relevant activities, which is about to happen around your location.
I’m Bored (Image Source: Google Playstore)
ICEPlus: There was a time when you keep a contact number on your phone’s contact list with a name, In Case of Emergency (ICE). Modern day apps have changed that into a fast, efficient and reliable action. ICEPlus is an app that will notify 4 pre-determined number through a pre-written SMS with your current GPS coordinates, all that with a single tap on the button sitting on your smartphone home screen. ICEPlus is planning to launch a service that will notify medical response, SA CAN network, and even a police response team. The app is available for all platforms, that is for iOS, BlackBerry, Google Android and Windows 8.
So the smartphone apps are not going to help you stop puking after a roller coaster ride (another lame imagination). However, it is still helping you to get a location where you can have a roller coaster ride with your family. Also, it is telling you how to keep yourself fit enough to avoid puking, and just in case if you do puke you know whom to call in case of emergency.
Let me know your list of must have apps in the year 2014, I would love to know your ideas of simple and smarter life.