By Leslie Schmidt
To get into the Thanksgiving spirit, Engage has compiled a list of 20 mobile apps we’re grateful for this
year. We couldn’t imagine living our lives without the convenience, helpfulness and distraction (see: Candy Crush) these apps provide on a day-to-day basis. Have you thanked your apps today?
Travel & Entertainment
- AirBnB – Making traveling as mobile as you are. This is an awesome app that helps search and secure great accommodations for your next trip… So where will it be?
- Candy Crush – For those who have this app, you understand why we’re thankful for it.
- SoundTracking – If you’re interested in discovering new bands and sounds, check out this app that sends you a new song every day for free and expand your musical horizons.
- TuneIn Radio – The app that makes listening to your favorite radio programming via mobile phone extremely convenient. It even includes CNN and some podcasts too!
- WillCall – Are you the spontaneous type? This app sends push notifications of last minute concert tickets for small and large bands alike at great prices!
Food & Home
- BigOven – Can’t decide what to cook for dinner? Enter some food items from your pantry into this app and it will not only give ideas on what to make, but the recipes as well. You can also just plug in a type of cuisine you’re in the mood for and it will give you a list of recipes with reviews and difficulty level. Never go hungry again!
- Clorox MyStain – Did you spill red wine on your mother’s couch or BBQ sauce on your white T-shirt? This app will help you get rid of it. Should prove useful during the holiday season.
- GrubHub – Sure, you can have pizza or Chinese food delivered to your house, but what about a philly from your favorite Cheese Steak Shop that doesn’t deliver? Say ‘hello’ to the app that will pick up the food you want from a long list of restaurants and deliver it straight to your door.
- Sleep If U Can – An alarm clock app that makes you shake the phone X number of times or take a picture of something specific in order to turn it off. Don’t worry, you get to register the picture you want to take – just make sure to pick something far from your bed so you’re forced to get up.
Hobbies & Shopping
- BeeCount – This is a knitting/crochet tool that helps you count stitches and rows for multiple projects at a time. It helps to keep your projects in check and will save you a lot of time, especially during prime gift-making season.
- Fancy – It’s what Pinterest wishes it was. Besides letting users discover, collect, and curate content, this app also makes everything available to buy!
- Google Sky Map – Sky Map is exactly what it sounds like, a map of the sky that will show you stars, meteor showers and planets at any point in time. Nothing beats the portability of using your phone (with GPS toggling) to look at the stars… or pretend you are when you’re stuck in a light-polluted area.
- Flywheel – Forget Yellow Cab, this app notifies multiple cab companies within your area and sends one to your front door within minutes.
- PayByPhone – Another essential app for those with cars in urban areas. Pay via card through the app and leave the 10 pounds of quarters at home for laundry!
- SF Parking – The moment you park your car in San Francisco, walk to your apartment, sit down on the couch and then realize you didn’t check the street sign for street cleaning hours, the last thing you want to do is walk back to your car to check. Instead, find your car’s location on the map through this app and it will quickly show you the day of the week and time of day cleaning is scheduled. Say goodbye to parking tickets!
- TaxiFinder – Find a taxi wherever you are. This app allows you to browse taxi companies near your current location, check ratings, read reviews, and even call them directly from your iPhone.
Just ‘cause it’s cool
- AirDroid – This app lets you control your Android phone through a web browser. For example, you can live stream from your phone’s camera to the browser when your devices are all connected to the same LAN (e.g. for a quick makeshift security camera).
- Pocketbooth – For those who manage to ruin every photo booth picture they’ve ever taken, this app allows you to take photo booth style pictures from your phone. All you have to do is take four photos. Hate them? Just delete and take four more.
- Circa – An app that makes news extremely easy to consume because it gives you the CliffsNotes version of breaking news stories. You can follow specific stories, like the unpredictable BART strike, and receive push notifications on those stories throughout the day.
- Team Stream (Bleacher Report) – An app that keeps you informed about all of your favorite sport teams. Once you select your favorite teams (ahem… Warriors, Giants and Niners), you can easily read Bleacher Report posts about them. You can also opt to receive notifications about breaking news, including; injuries, trades, contracts and, of course, real-time game scores.
Above all, we’re thankful for the technology and companies that make these mobile apps possible.
Happy Thanksgiving to All!