Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
We’ve all gotten used to Google’s Mail on our Android devices, so we’ve grown oblivious of the third-party e-mail clients in the market. Google’s Gmail app is simple and easy to use, but if you’re a busy person and have a ton of mails to go through, the free K-9 Mail client is worth a shot.
The e-mail supports all popular e-mail sending and receiving protocols, but it’s the kind of customization that’s possible. Our favorite is of course, the quiet hours where the e-mail client stops notifying you of new mails. That way, you can leave office not worrying about checking your mail till it’s work time next morning.
We’re used to using many devices in our lives - there’s a smartphone, a work PC, home PC and sometimes a notebook or a tablet. Syncing all of your browser data between them is a problem. There are browsers though, like Chrome that now offer synchronization features where you can simply access all your bookmarks across devices.
If you like keeping up with the latest buzz and stories, an app called Pocket is a must. The app is free for download and allows you to bookmark pages across all these devices. Those using the iPad would know it by the name - Read It Later. The app also picks up all the content from these web pages, putting it in a very simple, magazine-like format. It’s even more convenient, as there are plugins available for browsers and adding bookmarks takes a second.
If you live in one of the major metros, travelling becomes a big part of your day. With fluctuating taxi fares, it’s easy to get duped. An app called MeterUp! offers taxi fares between two places, the distance and also a map with point to point directions.
An approximate fare is also provided, which is particularly handy when you’re new to a particular city. The app has fares for taxis as well as rickshaws for a number of India cities - Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Trivandrum, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
After a long way at work and a painful journey, most of us like to come home and settle down on the couch watching our favorite TV shows. While, there are web sites offering a TV schedule for the channels, it’s hard to find a single, simple page that has all the information you need. Fortunately, there’s app called TV Guide India so you know what to look forward to, when you get home.
The most important feature of this app is its large database of channels being broadcasted around India. You can check your favorite TV shows and even look at a brief of it. IMDB links are also present in the app. Unfortunately, there’s no way to set an alarm to remind you when your favourite show are being aired. However, you have the option of choosing your favourite channels.
We’re all used to waking up in the morning and reading our favourite newspaper(s), no matter how well-connected we may be. Early mornings are a rush, usually, so it’s not really possible for one to sit down and read the newspaper leisurely. You can however, do that on your phone.
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An app called India Newspapers offers readers all the latest news from all the major newspapers across India. If your favourite, local newspaper isn’t available, you have the option to manually add it by adding the website details. There’s some level of customization as well - such as the sorting as well as adjusting the size of the text in the app.
While all these apps definitely facilitate the change and make your life a lot easier and better, the change needs to be initiated by you. Do give these apps a try out and let us know if they helped you in any sort of way. Also, if there are other similar minded apps you’d like to share, do let us know in the comments section below.
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