The Google Play Store hosts over 2.5 million applications – quite an intimidating number. A recent assessment of the popularity of application use indicated that Indians spent around 160 minutes per day on these applications. With the plethora of applications and reviews available online, we sifted through the best to pick our top 10 favourites. While some of these are brand new applications, a few have been in the market in the past year. Whatever the case may be, these applications will make your 2019 a lot easier and more productive. Also, with easy financing options available, do not let your old smartphone get in your way. Online portals such as the Bajaj Finserv EMI Store provide detailed information on compatible devices and zero down payment with Bajaj Card to help you take the next step in your purchase.
Pocket Casts is your go-to application to access news, learn about new topics, or even relax and listen to entertaining stories. The application can also sync audio for different devices so you can access it wherever you are. Globally, there are more than 6,00,000 podcasts available, but the trend is catching up in the country as well. The podcast industry has a market size of $314 million (2017) – an 86 per cent rise from the previous year. Also, there is an increased amount of venture capital coming with over $200 million invested in podcast platforms and related services in 2016. There is an untapped market for podcasts in India, and there are numbers to back this up. National Public Radio (NPR), one of the biggest podcasters in the US, mentioned that the number of downloads in India had increased three-fold between 2015 and 2018.
Gone are the days where you edit pictures on your photo application and head to Instagram to check the best and latest filters. Snapseed offers these benefits in addition to controlling how filters and effects are added to your images. You can even use raw camera files to make fine-tuned changes to the exposure and other details without damaging the original. It is a heaven sent for creative mobile photographers.
The application provides crisp and clear audio for an enormous collection of music from top genres. It’s even fun with support features that let you collaborate on playlists with your friends. It works on multiple devices and is a great tool when you are on the go (even when you are running). Spotify launched in India in February 2019 and offers a free 30-day trial for new users.
Nothing beats Netflix in mobile video streaming with its offline viewing and 4K streaming capabilities. The platform boasts of top TV shows, documentaries, and movies and is a conversation starter at any social gathering. The market is competitive, and it is great news for us. According to a 2019 report2, there is a huge appetite for local content on the platform, and Netflix is looking to fill that gap with a new local series or film every two weeks.
For the days that you do not want the sun, the rain, or the cold winds to catch you off guard, Dark Sky provides predictive weather notifications to keep you updated.
The next three applications will pump up your productivity this year with the added bonus of impressing your boss. Dashlane is one of these applications that enables you to sync passwords across Windows, iOS, Android, and macOS devices. It is easy to update passwords and protect your identity online. Also, the application has added features such as a scanner to look for compromised accounts.
Evernote keeps you notes handy for that urgent office meeting or the late-night attempts to pen down your thoughts. It is a note taker, voice recorder, and to-do manager and offers features such as optical character recognition (OCR) to make the text in photos searchable. The next time you are at a business conference, snap a picture of the business card and the application will capture all the information and make it searchable on all your devices.
While this application is not new, it is one that is handy at all times. With Google Drive, you can sync and store files locally for offline editing. You can even collaborate with team members regardless of their preferred platform.
Live Transcribe is a brand new application that offers great benefits for the hearing impaired. The application uses speech recognition technology to transcribe speech in real time with precision.
And finally, for the news readers, we have the Flipboard application that lets you follow the news and publications that you love throughout the day.
These top 10 favourites are bound to be an indispensable addition to your smartphone. You can purchase a new device compatible with all your favourite applications from options available online including on the EMI Store. The EMI store provides easy-to-access financing options and detailed information on the best devices for 2019.
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