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13 Google Apps That Can Greatly Simplify Your Life

13 Google Apps That Can Greatly Simplify Your Life

Technology has significantly advanced in the last decade, and it now it seems like there is an app for everything. You can find a date, buy a car, do your grocery shopping and even improve your sleep pattern with a selection of different apps – and you can do it all from your smartphone.

However, it can be difficult to know which apps are worth downloading and which should be avoided. After all, there are thousands of apps to choose from! Thankfully we have taken the time to find 13 of the best Google Apps that will help to simplify your life.

Here they are:

1. Allo

Allo is Google’s chat app for Android. Most people already use a messenger app, but Allo is a cut above the rest. You can choose whether you want to type into the app or talk to it, which makes it easier to message people on the go. You can also edit and send pictures to your friends, and there is even the fun option of ‘whispering’ or ‘shouting’ at someone else!

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2. Google Timer

Google Timer allows you to set an alarm through Chrome, so you can set the alarm on your phone or your laptop. You can also choose any YouTube clip to be used as the alarm, or you can switch the internet off and use the app offline. If you do this fallback sound will be played.

3. Google Translate

The Google Translate app can help you translate texts – simply take a picture of the text to see an instant translation in any language that you choose. This smart app is very useful – especially for travelers!

4. Gmailify

Gmailify allows you to access the best of Gmail without an actual @gmail.com address. You can combine all your email accounts like Yahoo, Outlook.com, or AOL into one easy inbox.

5. Google Keep

Google Keep is perfect for anyone who is constantly making lists. The app allows you to create bright colorful reminders and to-do lists, and you can even set alarms so that you definitely won’t forget.

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6. Google Fonts

Google Fort will help you to find the best font for your web project. There is an extensive range of fonts, including designer web fonts.

7. Panoramio

Panoramio is a Google community app that allows you to share photos with thousands of other people. You can also use the app to check out other pieces of original art.

8. Google Sound Search

Heard a song you love but can’t think of the name? If this happens to you regularly you should download the Google Sound Search app, as it will tell you instantly which song you are listening to.

9. Think With Google

Think With Google is an app created for marketers. You can use it to stay up to date with the latest consumer trends and marketing insights.

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10. Google Screen Search

Google Screen Search is the perfect app for anyone who loves to learn. The app will read your screen and then perform a search to find out more information about what you were reading about. This useful app is ideal for students and researchers.

11. Google Art Project

Culture lovers can download Google Art Project to learn more about famous art. The app allows you to view famous art pieces, and you can also find out more information about the pieces.

12. Google Sky

You can use Google Sky to see outer space. Users can use their smartphone to literally walk across the Milky Way Galaxy and learn more about the latest astrological studies.

13. Build With Chrome

This app allows you to play with virtual lego, and it is perfect for children and adults.

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All of these Google apps can help you to simplify your life and career.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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