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Deck Up Your Smartphone

Published: 21st January 2014 10:21 AM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 10:27 AM

The smartphone is getting smarter and more popular every passing year with faster processors, bigger screen resolutions and better cameras. But without the right set of apps, a smartphone is a nothing but a chunk of polymer and plastic in your pocket. Find out what the start of the year 2014 has in stores

Voter Buddy

With the all-important general elections set to take place this year, the only question on the minds of every citizen is: who will be the next Prime Minister of India? India Election 2014 features the list of the potential and most popular candidates based on various surveys by the media, social network and the voice of the common man. If you are confused about who to vote for in the elections, you can always take a look at this app to help you decide. Available on Google Play.

Requirements: Android 2.2 and above.

Smart Navigation

Recently acquired by Google, Waze is the ultimate navigation app for drivers. It’s a travel mapping services which uses your phone’s GPS to provide a real-time picture of the roads around you.

All you have to do is select your choice of destination when you enter your vehicle and Waze will identify the quickest route, while also highlighting the average road speed in areas of heavy traffic and user-reported incidents such as accidents or road hazards and so on. In case you are running out of fuel, the app can assist you by identifying the closest petrol station to you and how much they charge per litre.

Available on Google Play. Requirements: Android 2.2 and above.

Score Check

Are you a cricket buff but are unable to catch the current India’s tour of New Zealand live? India vs New Zealand 2014 allows you to watch all the games in every format on your mobile and tablet at a time convenient for you. Using this app, you can also access all the live scores as well as the upcoming fixtures. You can also access all the team news, the squad details and updates about the venue. Videos will be shown in Youtube app as directed by Google policies. You can access the app using 2G or 3G wifi connection.

Available on Google Play.  Requirements: Android 2.2 and above.

Diet Control

If you are conscious about your weight and are on a diet, Healthifyme is the perfect app for you. Using this app, you can keep a track of the number of calories in your food, maintain a diet chart and get suggestions about the right food choices for you. The app has been developed in India and so has a large database of various ethnic dishes. It also keeps track of your exercise levels. Last updated, January 19, 2014.

Available on Google Play. Requirements: Android 2.2 and above.

Social Media Frenzy

The official Facebook and Twitter apps are a thing of the past and seem to be a rather obvious call for your social media fix. However, Seesmic lets you post to both networks using the same app. It is particularly useful if you have multiple Twitter accounts for work and home as you can seamlessly switch between them, without having to go through the trouble of logging in and out again and again.

Available on Google Play. Requirements: Android 2.1 and above.

Click, edit and share

One of the most convenient photo filter apps available, Snapseed can do more than just apply filters and effects to your photos before you share them. Snapseeds’ auto-correct feature improves your photos, corrects common issues and makes them ready to share. The app also gives you control over what you change. Some of the other features of the app are Selective Adjust, which allows you to tweak just specific parts of an image, and Tune Image which allows you to tweak the overall atmosphere of the picture. Built in Google + capabilities makes it easier to share images with your family and friends.

Available on Google Play. Requirements: Android 4.0 and above.

Filmy Puzzles

If you are bored of playing your usual ‘Temple Run’ and ‘Candy Crush Saga’ and are looking for something different, try out Jai Ho: The game  based on Salman Khan’s upcoming film, Jai Ho. This addictive app offers three games to play.

Game 1-Puzzle game: You must drag and move all the puzzle pieces to the correct position. When it is complete, you can proceed to the next puzzle image. Eight images of HD quality are provided.

Game 2-Brick game: Change the blocks to make sure they fit each other. Once a piece reaches the bottom, it cannot be moved. So you have to think quickly. 100 levels challenge.

Game 3-Memory game: Tap and match the images provided.

The app also features the trailer of Jai Ho, movie songs and leaked scenes.

Available on Google Play. Requirements: Android 2.2 and above.

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