One of the reasons for buying a smartphone is to take advantage of the wide variety of apps that are now available. These are designed as shortcuts, to allow us to carry out the same tasks as we would when using the Internet at home. There are apps that allow us to order our supermarket shopping while on the bus, check the weather reports while waiting for that meeting to start, and games to play whenever we need a distraction.
Sat nav apps are becoming increasingly popular, as users prefer not to pay for a separate sat nav device – why should they when a phone app will do exactly the same job? These apps can be obtained not just for the UK and Ireland, but also for many different parts of the world.
Microsoft Office Mobile is another very useful application, particularly for business users. How many individuals receive an email whilst on the move that has a document attached? If the smartphone user does not have an app that allows the document to be read, the sender of the email has to wait for a response until the recipient is back at their desk and can open the attachment. This app allows Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents to be viewed when an individual is on the move.
Locator apps are another popular choice. One of these can be installed on a phone so that it can be tracked in the event of it being stolen. There are also ‘Kids Locator’ apps, so that parents can keep track of their children while they are out and about. This may seem like ‘Big Brother’ but safety is important and being able to keep tabs on them can help to keep children safe.
Games apps have to be among the most popular that are available. Traditional games, such as chess, are seeing a revival in popularity as individuals can play them on the move. These sophisticated apps offer extras such as different levels of difficulty. Being able to take part in games like this while travelling can help to make that long train journey much less boring; not to mention helping to keep the mind sharp.
Other games options include playing at online casinos. Apps can be downloaded that allow gamers to simply place a bet on a sports or other event, but there are also plenty of games available to play. Online slots are particularly popular and those that have registered with online casinos will know that there are options available which allow the user to play without spending real money. ‘Demo’ games can be played again and again, although any winnings are also virtual. To win real money, the player must deposit funds and play one of the pay games.
Slots games are ideal for passing the time and often come in a recognizable format such as a TV game show. Most online casinos have now created their own apps to allow those registered with them to play on the move, so that games can be played at any time, and not just when online at home.