Imagining a world without smartphones is not hard. We all lived in that world just seven years ago. But imagining a world where our smartphones are taken away is scary. That is how much a smartphone has become a part of our daily lives. But that mighty device is nothing but a thin chunk of glass without some apps in it. Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs popularised the tagline ‘there is an app for that’ to sell his App Store and iPhone 3G to the masses.
Six years later, there is truly an app for everything. Raphael Augusto Silva is a testament to that. The app developer from Brazil is the co-founder of the Ludwig Project that envisions a world in which the hearing impaired can enjoy music.
His app is an iPad piano that connects to a wrist strap so the hearing impaired can experience music through haptic feedback. Bengaluru-based Ashish Goel and Rajiv Srivatsa, who started online furniture store Urban Ladder, have created an app that lets you digitally envision your living room.
Ishaan Prasad is a 15-year-old Apple scholarship winner from Massachusetts who built Match-It-Up, an app to learn Hindi. They, and millions of developers around the world trying out innovative ideas in their apps, will tell you just one thing: the app may have turned seven on July 9, but this is just the beginning. Whatever follows the smartphone, the humble app will be there to help us navigate the world.
Some essential apps: Essentials
Apps made in India: Made in India
Lifestyle apps: LifeStyle
Apps for kids: Kids
The ones's that help in work: Productivity
Some weird ones: Weird
Top 10: Top Apps 10