App radar: New apps for your smartphone
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The last month saw Google release the highly awaited artificial intelligence based instant messaging app Allo. Apps and games also found a mention at major launch events. During last month’s Apple event two games, Mario Super Run and Formula 1, which would show up first on the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were announced. Facebook is working on a Lite data friendly version of its Messenger app, while Google is working on a stand-alone offline app for YouTube users.
A look at the recent crop of apps on the Play Store and the App Store led us to a fitness app that can help you find the right trainer, a mobile based credit based service, and a learning app for professionals by LinkedIn.
Professionals with a a hectic work schedule who do not have enough free time to learn new skills can benefit from LinkedIn’s new learning app. You can login with your LinkedIn username password. It starts off by asking you to select three skills you are interested in improving. It can e anything from communication or leadership to digital marketing or social media marketing. The apps offer a month’s free trial, after which one has to pay a monthly subscription fee of Rs.1,400. All courses are divided into short video based sessions so you can watch them during lunch breaks or while travelling. You can also download and view them offline.
Available on Android, iOS
BYG is a unique fitness app that can help people moving into a new locality or city find the closest gym or yoga centre. One can walk in any of the listed gyms and take a few trial sessions by showing their digital identity generated on the BYG app. It is currently available to users in ten Indian cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Noida, Ghaziabad. Besides finding gyms and yoga centres, it can also help you find trainers for aerobics, mixed martial arts, and high intensity interval training.
Available on Android
Money Tap is a unique mobile app that can be used like a virtual credit card. Any user with a monthly salary of above Rs.25,000 can get a credit line from one of its partner banks such as RBL Bank. Credit line is basically the amount that the bank will lend out to Money Tap users at interest rates of 1.25% to 1.5% per month, but only on the amount that has been used. User can repay the amount used as EMIs. One can get a credit line from Rs.3,000 to Rs.5,00,000. The amount in the credit line depends on one’s salary. The app requires users to share their Pan card details and a copy of a bank account statement before they can avail its benefits.
Available on Android, iOS
A part of Microsoft’s garage project News Pro is a news aggregator that works a little differently from most other news apps. It shows news and stories based on the user’s profession. So if you are an Infosys employee the app will deliver more news stories related to tech and IT. You can login with Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and the app will populate the dashboard with multiple news stories that you actually want to read. The objective is to help users stay up to date with every nuance of a story that might help them in their profession.
Available on Android
LeafPic is a photo gallery app for users who have got Google photos as the default photo app on their phone. It is fast, easy to use and completely free from advertisements. It automatically clubs your camera rolls, screenshots and videos separately making browsing through it finding an item a lot easier. It had an interesting feature called force lock accelerometer which can override phone’s settings and show the image in landscape mode even if you the auto screen rotate feature is blocked on the phone. The hidden files is another cool feature which allows use to hide personal photos or videos.
Wandle is a notification management app which can automatically mute calls at a time or place chosen by you. This does away with the need to switch off your phone in case you are busy and don’t want to be disturbed. In case you don’t miss out on emergency calls by family or friends, there is an option which lets you select contact whose calls you don’t want to miss. You can select an area on the map and as long as you are in that area, Wandle will work for you. You can create a message that will be automatically sent to the callers so they won’t call you again and again.