What would we do without smartphones? Constantly in our hands or our pockets, our trusty devices make our lives easier and more efficient.
Apps are on the rise, with more than 218 billion app downloads in 2020, according to TechCrunch. But there’s plenty more to be discovered than social media favourites Facebook and Instagram. Many offer innovative tools to keep track of travel, note-keeping, and weather checking.
For those really intent on optimising their habits, these are the 15 apps your home screen might be missing.
Google Maps and Waze
No one likes being stuck in traffic. Google’s GPS navigation software app makes journeys smoother with driving directions, a live traffic map and road alerts. Compatible with smartphones and tablets that have GPS support and available in over 50 languages, it’s a lifesaver for trips down the road or further afield.
A “Paypal, Venmo, or cash only” sign with a QR code is displayed on a table at Beauty Bar in New York City.
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A fast and effective way to send and receive money, Paypal’s mobile payment service has over 52 million users. It’s great for shared expenses, whether that’s splitting a bill, household costs or sending gifts to friends. Venmo users can also send notes with each payment, adding a social element to managing finances.
A photographer has gone vial after revealing what different camera lenses do to your face.
One for the aesthetic-minded, this app offers creative photo and video editing tools. A haven of filters and effects, amateur photographers can take their Instagram creations to the next level. VSCO encourages users to share their creations as a source of inspiration for others on their curated VSCO Grid.
The Calm app logo is featured on a soothing background.
One of the most popular mindfulness apps in the business, Calm offers guided meditations for a range of ailments and occasions. Take a deep breath and listen to a musing on improving sleep quality, or self-confidence. A roster of celebrities have recorded mediations, including Harry Styles and more recently Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes.
Executive chairman of Evernote, Phil Libin, promotes practical app Evernote.
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A handy tool for keeping all your loose ends in place. Evernote is an upgrade from traditional pen and paper. Note-taking, organizing, to-do lists and archiving functions makes this a popular app with executives and entrepreneurs wishing to document their thoughts. Notes can be text, drawings, photographs, audio, or saved web content that syncs across your devices.
6. Google Translate
More than 500 million people a day use Google Translate, which supports more than 100 languages.
Gone are the days of arduous dictionaries or phrasebooks. Google Translate is a …….