Smartphones should make you less busy, not more. There are so many ways your Android can take care of the little things you fret over in the background while you devote your time to more important things. Here are some tips on how to turn an Android phone into a useful personal assistant to help you never miss another appointment or walk out into an unexpected storm!
Quick to Respond
The more streamlined your Smartphone operations are, the smoother you can react to unexpected or urgent situations that arise when you least expect them. You can answer questions quickly with Google Now, make payments quickly with e-commerce apps, and record clever or interesting things that may come in useful later with notes, camera and videos or upload things instantly with Instagram or Facebook.
If you want to record vocals with special effects, write notes with special formatting or make some other adjustment there are always dozens of available alternatives to browse from for any given function. Various office apps can bring together a presentation at the last minute by collating information. Even social media apps allow for quick posts when compared to using a laptop. Gone are the days where you had to find the location of the photo in your filesystem. Now you can take a photo or video on a smartphone, click ‘Share’ and pick your social sharing app of choice. There are even apps to boost your phone’s speed.
If you need to record an interview or testimonial you can utilize voice-recording software or type quotes in real time. Digital signature apps allow you sign important documents any time. There are apps which synchronize your social networks, calendars, and other organizational apps into the one, although compatibility may be limited so you might be better off starting with a full/ all-in-house version to start off with. If you need to access files on your computer remotely, DropBox allows you to automatically upload documents on your computer to access them later, via the cloud, on your smartphone. You can Skype or Tango an event if you’re running late using your mobile data.
The diversity of the PlayStore allows you to take your functions to the next level: try a timing app that bundles in various functions like multiple alarms, timers, and stopwatches automated for various activities or times of the day, multi-function explorer’s apps instead of compasses, this app instead of a thermometer.
The Sky’s The Limit
The streamlining generally only ends where your creativity ends: travel apps enable you to keep track of flights and gate changes, Spotify Premium can sync your music choices to the tempo at which you’re running and on it goes. If you can’t find an app for a certain activity, it’s bound to be in production at GoFundMe or elsewhere. There are even apps for creating apps!
What could an assistant do that your smartphone can’t? Consider writing up a list and checking it twice: the answers might surprise you.
Edward Williamson shares his tips and tricks for using technology to your advantage in his articles which appear on a range of tech and lifestyle blogs.