Humans are the great toolmakers- and with the invention of the smartphone, it feels like we can fit a million different tools in our back pocket. We already use them for so much, like listening to music, talking to each other and watching cat videos, but when you think about it, the possibilities are endless! And that’s all thanks to the plethora of apps at your fingertips, just waiting to be downloaded. What’s more is you don’t even need to spend a single cent of your hard-earned cash to fill your device with useful apps. Yep, zero dollars. Naught. Nada. Zilch. The Google Play store and Apple’s App store are stocked to the brim with a tonne of free apps at your disposal that could change your life for the better.
Here are just a few of our favourites:
1) Sleep as Android
We all need sleep. This app by Urbandroid is a smart alarm clock that tracks your sleep cycles and aims to “wake you gently” at the optimal time so you’re up on the right side of the bed every morning. Sleep as Android is also packed with features that allow it to play you a soothing nature lullaby, record sleep talking as well as detect and prevent snoring. It can also prevent oversleeping with CAPTCHA wake-up verification, which makes you unable to turn off the alarm without completing a task first (i.e. solving a math problem, or scanning a QR code in your bathroom).
Since Sleep as Android is only offered in the Google Play store, an alternative for iPhone is Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock by Northcube.
Have you ever felt like you’ve missed out on a new favourite song because you couldn’t catch the name of the song or the artist who made it? Maybe you took too long to scratch down some lyrics to Google search later. Well, Shazam is a handy app which allows you to identify a huge variety of media, including songs, T.V. shows, movies and advertisements, by providing a small audio sample. It’s an easy-to-use, free and available from on both Android and Apple devices!
If you’ve ever felt like your smartphone’s keyboard is too fiddly, or you’ve recently made the swap from Android to Apple and you miss swipe-to-text, this might be the app for you. SwiftKey allows you to type by dragging your finger along the keyboard, customise your keyboard’s design, as well as easily transition between languages- which is a huge step up from the standard Apple and some Android keyboards which aim for simplicity. The app is available in the Google Play and App store, and they recently made every keyboard theme free!
Sometimes it can be hard to keep on top of our fitness goals, but this free app can help you take the stress out of planning your workouts. Seconds is an advanced and intuitive interval training timer which allows you to make and save your own custom workout timers, and works seamlessly with music being played simultaneously on your device.
Now you can hurry along to your app store and help your smartphone become the ultimate tool without breaking the bank, starting with these amazing free apps! If you just so happen to need a smartphone to fill with these apps, head down to your closest Technology Traders!