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App developers are pushing the envelope on a daily basis, trying to improve and enhance our smartphone and tablet experiences. In fact, so many Android apps come out daily that it’s difficult to track them all, especially when Google provides zero resources to help find new apps.
Price: Free trial / $9 per month / $49 per year
Breathwrk is a meditation app that helps work on your breathing. It features hundreds of breathing exercises designed to combat various maladies like anxiety, depression, and stress reduction. In terms of usability, the app is pretty well laid out. It has good Material Design-inspired menus, and it only takes a day or two to acclimate to them. There are a variety of sounds, exercises, and music to help you meditate as well. As with most meditation-oriented apps, your mileage will vary. The app is also a bit expensive with a slightly restrictive free trial. It works well, though, and it may help some folks.
Expiry Date Reminder is a reminder app that helps you manage your pantry. You input your various food items along with the day they are set to expire. The app then sends you notifications when the date comes. You could technically do this in a regular reminder app, but there is a certain positive appeal to having an app specifically for this. The app is not only entirely free as of the time of this writing, but also lets you add an infinite number of items, customizable categories, light and dark themes, and it even supports images. The UI looks a little clunky, but it works fine. It’s a niche product, but we think it’s useful.
Price: Free / $1.49 per month / $5.99 per year / $10.99 once
Goaly is a habit tracker app that helps integrate your goals into your busy life. It integrates directly with Google Calendar, which is good news for Android owners since we all have Google Calendar. Essentially, you tell the app what you want to accomplish, and it looks at your schedule to see where those goals can fit in. You mark goals done in the app to get it to stop assigning your goals to you. We like that it uses the more popular Google Calendar since it gives the app a set-it-and-forget-it kind of feel. However, there are some bugs that still need to be worked out, and the app could use a coat of polish. It’s improving from when we first covered it, though, so that’s good news.
Lalitham Notification Widget helps you organize your notifications in a useful little widget. You create the widget, tell it which notifications you want to see specifically, and the widget shows you only those notifications. This is excellent for when you have a lot of stuff going on with your phone, and you only really care about some of it. The widgets look reasonably modern, with a translucent theme that should fit most home screen layouts. It also supports Material You if your phone is new enough to have it. It’s still early in development, but it worked pretty well in our testing.
Price: Free / $10.99
Notifya is easily the most unique app on our list this month. It uses the pressure sensors in your phone to detect when a door opens or closes inside your house. It then sends an alert when it notices such an event occurring. It sounds like rubbish, but it works surprisingly well, as my dogs can attest to when they had to witness my opening and closing the door 40 times to test it. Alerts are logged with a time and date, and the paid version supports syncing between multiple devices. There is also smart home integration with Google Assistant if you want to use it. It’s not 100% perfect, but it worked better than expected, given its premise. The full version runs $10.99, which is a bit steep, but not necessarily unfair.
Price: Free trial / $4.99 per month / $59.99 per year
OYE Wellness is a general wellness app. It tries to take your emotions and help you turn them into something creative. The main function of the app is a helping you identify your most felt feelings so you can see what you need to work on. From there, you can set goals to do better. It’s about on par with most general wellness apps, but the creative aspect kind of helps set it apart. The app works well enough. However, you need a subscription to access everything, and you have to sign up for the subscription before you can access most of the tasks. It has potential, but the developers definitely need to fix their trial so users can properly try it before deciding if they want to subscribe.
Paint MS Version is a mobile port of Microsoft Paint. It has all of the core functions of the app, including the brush types, colors, and all of that. You can even import images if you want to. That said, this app is still very much a work in progress. Some functions are clunky, and there are reports that some of the menu items don’t always work. We think this is a really neat idea, though, so we hope the developer keeps up with it and fixes all of the issues. We don’t recommend this one right now, but if the developer decides to keep working on it, it should turn out pretty good.
Pivot is a time management app. You input all of the things you do over the course of yoru day, and the app helps you visualize what you spend all of your time doing. From there, you can take steps to reduce the time taken on things so you have more time for the things you want. The UI is as you see it in the screenshot above. There are symbols and categories for your activities along with graphs to show how you spend time. There is also a section where you can create goals for yourself in order to better spend your time. It worked fine in our testing, but as with all apps like this, your mileage may vary.
reWASD Junior technically isn’t a new app. However, our own C. Scott Brown wrote about the app this last month, so it’s fresh in my memory. The app is actually for PCs, and the mobile app is a companion app for that. What it does is let you remap the buttons on almost any input device so that it functions like a different device. For example, Scott used the app to make his PlayStation controller work like an Xbox controller so he could play games on his PC. The customizations are pretty heavy, and you can do things like have your B button type out a full sentence, hit send, and shut down your computer if you want it to. It’s fairly powerful software, and the mobile app lets you do it on your phone instead of your PC if you really want to. Hit the link above to read Scott’s article about it, or the link below to check out the mobile app.
ZomokMe is a daily expense tracker. Like most, you input events where you spend money so you can better organize your finances, spend less money on frivolous things, and save up more of your paychecks. What helps separate it from the pack is the social element. You can split checks with friends, tag friends in expenses, and keep track of expenses together with others. Of course, if you don’t have any friends who want to do that, you’re likely better served with a different expense tracker. In any case, the app works well, it’s free to use, and even if you use it solo, it can help if you want it to.