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6 Must-Have Apps for Your Android Device

6 Must-Have Apps for Your Android Device

The android market is growing. You can’t ignore the fact that the Android smartphones is here to stay. Over 80% of smartphones are powered by the Android Operating System. And the reality becomes how can there be better user experience for users.

You need the right apps to get the best out of your Android smartphone. And there are several categories you should be concerned about, from backup browsers, security, communication, launcher and entertainment. Now you can transform your device from being simply an interesting gadget to an indispensable aide.

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Here are 6 apps that would make your Android device better than ever.

1. Viber

This is one app that is not only free but allows you to send free messages and make free calls from your Android phone to other people who are on the Viber network. So yes, your device can make a free call to other Viber-enabled phones as long as you have data or Wi-Fi connection. You could also send messages and share videos and photos to your Viber contacts for free.

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2. Mobikin Assistant

This software stands out from the many other Android PC Suite software out there. The good thing is that you do not need to search the internet for device drivers that can be installed or downloaded on your PC for it to work. The Mobikin Assistant for Android is installed on your computer and you can connect it to your PC via usable.

Why this app is great for your device is that with it you can manage your Android device better and export contacts, files, and text messages from your Android mobile phone or tablet into your computer. Doing this will not only free up more space on your smartphone but will also make it more efficient for use. From managing your contacts and backing them up to weeding out junk text messages, this assistant helps your device to be more useful.

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3. Cabinet BETA

While plenty of apps can help you navigate through folders, from deleting to moving and sharing your files. What makes the CabinetBeta stand out is that it has a clean and modern Material Design-based user interface. With this app you can take advantage of the Android’s greatest assets which is its unrestricted file system access.

CabinetBeta helps you have better control over your folders and files, zip and unzip archives, and sharing your files to other services such as social media, cloud storage, and so on.

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4. AVG Antivirus

You have to consider having an antivirus app to secure your Android device. With this app you won’t simply be securing your Android phone from threats, viruses, and malwares; you would also be able to secure your phone from theft. By enabling the Find/locate Option, you would be connected to Google maps and can always know the location of your device. The AVG also has other features like locking and wiping data to protect privacy, and scheduling scans.

5. Google Keep

Yes you need an app that can help you record, share, and manage your activities. The interface is easy to use and you can snap photos to include with notes. You can keep track of thoughts, lists, and tasks.

6. Expensify

You certainly could be on the road and monitoring your expenses can become a tough task. However, with Expensify, it becomes easy to track your miles, invoices, receipts, and also your time. Any receipt can be scanned and vital information is kept for your records. You don’t need to be online all the time as this app offers offline functionality. Expensify is free but it also optional premium plans which could provide you with additional features.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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