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5 killer apps you have to try this week

Here at AndroidPIT, we're constantly seeing new and exciting apps on the Play Store. We've tried several new and updated apps this week and picked our favorites. Here are the ones we think you absolutely must try.

Mindomo (mind mapping)

A mind map is a hierarchical chart for visualizing ideas. Mind mapping is helpful for brainstorming, recording and presenting ideas, and even planning projects. The Android app Mindomo is a tool that helps you create mind maps with ease. These maps can be as simple or as complex as you like. You can see what a simple map looks like in the screenshot below on the left, with a central theme and several sub-points. Then in the middle screenshot, you can see where to add detailed notes in each bubble. And finally, you can see a few of the more complex customizations added on the right, like color coding and emojis. Give Mindomo a shot with your work and creative projects!

Get Mindomo from the Play Store.

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Mindomo makes mind mapping easy. / © AndroidPIT

Photomath - Camera Calculator

Whether you're a student, or a bit rusty at doing math by hand or in your head, you'll appreciate the Photomath app. It's a calculator that works with your camera. That means you point your smartphone camera at a handwritten or printed math problem, and it will solve it for you instantly. Better yet, it also breaks down the steps you have to take to get the answer, so it helps you learn. It can even do graphs. This app is pure magic, and will be sticking around on my phone for some time to come.

Get Photomath from the Play Store.

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Take a photo of the problem (left), instantly get the answer and an explanation (middle), and even type equations manually (right). / © AndroidPIT

Microsoft Edge

When it comes to Android apps, Microsoft has been upping their game lately. The Preview version of the Microsoft Edge browser is now a lot more powerful in terms of features if you have a Windows 10 PC, since it allows you to pick up browsing where you left off across devices. It's like sharing tabs with Google Chrome. In fact, the app also offers an Incognito mode-like feature called InPrivate. Other cool features include a reading view and voice search. If you like the idea of having a continuous experience across devices, be sure to check out Microsoft Edge.

Get the Microsoft Edge Preview from the Play Store.

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The Microsoft Edge user interface is sleek and functional on Android. / © AndroidPIT

MyRadar Weather Radar

Sometimes a weather widget doesn't give enough detail, or it's just plain incorrect. That's bad enough when there's mild rain, but when more severe weather arrives, you'll be wishing you had a better app. That's where MyRadar comes in. It's a no frills weather radar that tells you exactly what you want to know, down to street-level detail if so desired. You can choose from aerial, road or plain gray map types in the settings, and it can quickly show you time lapse weather over your exact location using the locate button on the bottom left. Don't let yourself be taken by surprise again with this excellent weather app.

Get MyRadar from the Play Store.

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The MyRadar app tells you exactly what you want to know: When and where is the rain exactly? / © AndroidPIT

Internet Speed Meter

This is another no-frills app that could be a game changer for some users. Does your mobile data plan have a limit? Do you find yourself in a spotty coverage area chasing a decent signal all the time? Are you wondering whether your network is giving you the speeds you pay for? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Internet Speed Meter is the answer you've been looking for. Tell it about your data plan (as in the left screenshot), and it'll keep track of how much data you've used this month and give you a warning when you've hit 90 percent. If you're spinning in circles chasing decent speeds, it can display your mobile data speed in the status bar on the top left of your screen and as a persistent notification (as in the middle screenshot). And finally, it can track your Wi-Fi and mobile data speeds in great detail so you can see if you're really getting what your service provider promised. If you want to keep track of your smartphone or tablet's internet usage, this app can do it all.

Get Internet Speed Meter from the Play Store.

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Keep track of your data usage and speeds with Internet Speed Meter. / © AndroidPIT

What do you think of these great apps? Are there any you'd recommend we try for next week?

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  • Lollu 1 week ago Link to comment

    I like the new app Alarm+ by Jdebug. It is a simple Alarm app with multiple snooze options.

    https //play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jsp.apps.alarmplus


  • solis 1 week ago Link to comment

    MyRadar Weather Radar has ads, shows the temperature in Fahrenheit, and it doesn't seem configurable - so it's useless in Europe, and displays weather events for the US. Not very good!


    • windy.com
      the app or chrome s/c does work in Europe and UK and happily does Celsius and mph or whatever you prefer, not a "perfect" app but it's very informative and easy to use, with lots of options..


      • solis 1 week ago Link to comment

        I am in Switzerland so I use MeteoSwiss, it's an official app (so no ads), very well done with weather animations, detail rain amount, pollen density etc.


      • yes for the Swiss, MeteoSwiss is a very nice app, bit like a cross between BBC and the Met office in UK.


  • D. L. 1 week ago Link to comment

    These apps I'm listing are very well received in reviews. They are Free, Ad Free, and very feature rich. Almost all developed by German, UK, developer's. Since I must be too new here, I've inserted a space just after the ( https ) so remove that one space for the link to work. (-:

    This internet speed test app has it all. Even video speed test. Data monitor, with several breakdowns. Signal strength etc.
    https ://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radioopt.widget

    Sophos Mobile Security is likely the only app of its kind that is still completely free, & ad free. Tons of features, and scored 100% detection in independent testing by AV Comparatives.
    https : //play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sophos.smsec

    This internet radio streaming app is hands down the absolute best I've ever found. It's best feature, you can record while listening or scheduled timed recordings in the background !
    https ://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audials

    This data monitor will let you drill down on apps to test usage even for the last minute, 5 min, etc.
    https ://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.glasswire.android

    Well, first of all, this Weather widget is one of the best I've ever used, and for a couple dollars, you can be rid of ads. Initially developed by a high school senior in USA.
    https ://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tregware.radar

    I almost never use apps with ads, and love to help promote open source apps too. I research apps rigorously before ever downloading, and test then in several ways after installing. Just to see if they respect users privacy as stated in policies, which I also read terms of use, privacy policies for ALL apps I use.

    Now, for those who know what they are doing on Android, either F-Droid or XDA Developers have Global Ad Blockers that are not allowed in playstore due to Google's policies. My two favorites are
    Blokada first, and DNS66 second. They filter locally using DNS request, to block ads, trackers, & malware. Both are Open Source, and safe to use on any version of Android. If you find you like either app, be sure to make a donation to support the cause. Otherwise, they are completely free.


  • interesting selection of apps..
    had me going on a small journey of curiosity.. :-)


  • Have to say I've found different internet speed meters all over the map, no two of them ever getting close to the same result. My ISP uses speedtest[dot]net which has an Android app that's roughly consistent with desktop browser readings, though the different wifi adapters can get different speeds. I'd suggest checking any of these Android apps against some reliable benchmark before trusting it.

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