Saturday, 5 October 2013

Top 12 Free Educational Android Apps to Boost Knowledge and Productivity



An average person spends about 8 to 10 hours on his/her cellphone everyday and in competitive times like these if we could turn even 1 to 2 hours of that facebook time into doing something constructive we could increase our productivity and knowledge by a huge percentage and give our career a solid boost. Luckily, all that is now possible without opening a book. How? Read on..




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Android Operating System by Google was first released in 2007. In just 3 years it took down Symbian, a very strong competitor at that time. Since it's emergence Android has completely revolutionized mobile computing.  Making it open-source gave the power to the developers and soon the internet was buzzing with new mods heavy on customizations and thousands of apps on Google Play store. Not considering the buttload of soundboard and kamasutra apps, there are pretty good but infamous apps out there that you can use to educate yourself.





Have a favorite one that's not on the list? Let us know in the comments..





TED 
Download : Google Play
Website : www.ted.com 



It's an app version of the TED website. Just as it's site, The TED app presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus, and music legends. There are more than 1400 TEDTalk videos and audio that can be downloaded in high quality/low quality or even just the audio if it suits you.


 








     

Sky Map

Download : Google Play
Website : www.google.com/sky


This app uses Google’s free star data, and its display acts as an interactive sky guide just as the other apps featured here do. It’s simple to use and intuitive.Sky Map also has a neat trick to help you find a  particular star. A graphic ring is displayed on screen over the star field, with an arrow on its edge that points in the direction of the star you are searching for. As you follow the arrow and spin your phone to line up with the star, the ring gets brighter until you’ve found your target.



Similar apps:

SKYMAP +
Download : Google play  

Similar app, Different developer. This version brags about its faster Satellite Tracking and adds the new ability to track any near earth objects with a NORAD Id in real time. Follow satellites, the international space station.

THE NIGHT SKY LITE 
Download : Google play  

This app works in much the same way, but the way it displays stars, planets and constellation shapes is simpler.The app also has a section where it reports the “latest news” about sky events.One great feature is the “share my sky” button, which lets you share a screenshot of your display of stars by e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.













Wikipedia

Download : Google Play
Website : www.wikipedia.com

Official Wikipedia App for Android. Wikipedia is the free encyclopedia containing more than 20 million articles in 280 languages, and is the most comprehensive and widely used reference work humans have ever compiled. You can save article to read later or offline, Search articles nearby, Share articles using Android "Share" function, Read article in a different language, Full screen search.


           






Hacker News Android
Download : Google Play
Website : news.ycombinator.com


Hacker News Android is an full-featured app for social news website Hacker News that features articles pertaining to matters like hacking, software/tech, patent/copyright infringements, code, video games etcfrom numerous news sources such as forbes, amazon, github etc.

The app supports features such as:
  • Browse Top Articles, New articles and Ask Hacker news                     
  • Read article, comment and vote.
  • Infinite scrolling.
  • Collapsible threads.
  • Bookmarks.
  • Push notification.
  • Share articles to Facebook, Twitter etc.







  

Countries of the World
Download : Google Play


There are numerous apps on countries/flags/capitals etc. on Google Play right now. I tested all of them and found this one to be the best. The app sports quite a intuitive interface with options to study, quiz or just lookup the world map. Study option lets the user to learn about the countries of the world - capitals, populations, languages, GDPs, religions, flags & more. Test your knowledge of world geography with quiz mode. Audio is included to help with pronunciation. Find countries using the interactive map, search, or index.

                         

Similar apps:

WORLD FLAGS QUIZ
Download : Google play 

Geographical quiz that lets the user to quickly learn all the flags of the world. Features 10 levels of difficulty, 23 countries flags at each level (a total of 230 national flags),ranking of top players.


BRAINCAFE | GEOQUIZ 
Download : Google play  

GeoQuiz from Brain Café features questionnaires from various fields such as climate change, great explorers, waterbodies of world, mountains, world capitals etc.



    




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