The Android operating system prides itself from being open, innovative, and dynamic. Many Android devices already come with handy pre-installed apps that people use for calling, messaging, and taking the occasional (read 10 times a day) selfie. But let?s face it, there are times that there would be real-world problems that an Android utility app might have been able to help us with. On that note, we?d like to introduce you to our short list of the best Android utility apps to make your smartphone or tablet more versatile and functional.
This Android utility app is actually a series of apps that utilizes sensors in your phone to do various tasks that concern measurements. It includes tools that measure angle, length, height, and area. It even has a metal detector, compass, flashlight, magnifier, sound level meter and vibrometer. Most of those in-app gizmos are straightforward and easy to use, but others such as the ones used for measuring height and distance requires a little more precise handling.
This First Aid app by the American Red Cross is free from Google Play (and ad-free; who needs ads in an emergency?!) and provides tons of fundamental first aid regarding injuries, burns, and other medical emergencies. The app has a ?Learn? mode where you can read on the type of injury you like to know more about, learn how to give first aid treatment for that injury, along with a Q&A segment. The Emergency mode can be used to receive added information while giving clear-cut instructions in one page. It also has a single-button shortcut for calling 911.
Google Goggles is an Android utility app that benefits from your smartphone or tablet?s camera to detect and recognize popular landmarks, scan QR and bar codes, translate foreign texts, and lots more. All you need to do is open the app, focus the camera on the building, book, painting, or any object you like, and Google Goggles will quickly scan and browse the internet for any information it can find about the object or text that you captured.
This app is the most-downloaded scientific calculator app on Android. RealCalc Scientific Calculator comes feature-rich and boasts of a user-friendly interface. It operates practically the same as a physical calculator and offers the following functions:
- Unit conversions
- Traditional algebraic or RPN operation
- Physical constants table
- Result history
- 10 memories
- Trigonometry functions in degrees, radians, or grads
- Binary, octal, and hexadecimal
?High-tech? is a description that the iOnRoad Augmented Driving app rightfully deserves. This app is able to warn drivers of impending collisions and assist them while on the road. Its ?Visual Radar? feature uses the smartphone?s camera and sensors to track the distance and speed of the cars in front of you. If you fire up the app but needs to load another app on top of it, it can still give visual and audio warnings about collisions, speeding, and lane departures. This Android utility app also offers features that lets you record your driving, take geotagged images, and provide driving analytics.
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