10 more beautiful Android apps to download in 2013

After the almost unexpectedly huge reads our previous list of 10 beautiful Android apps to download received, here is a second lineup of newer, even more elegant looking apps for your Android smartphone.

The criteria: good to look at, good to work with, free and conforming to Android app design standards (or bending it in a good way!) How else would you define beautiful Android apps as a term?

Also, in keeping with the spirits of our last list, I have disregarded more popular apps such as Flipboard, Currents, Google+, Pocket and so on. In fact, the only truly popular app here is Evernote for reasons you will see below.

So, without further ado, take a look at these ten apps and download them all too!

Have you read our previous list of the top ten most beautiful apps on the Play Store? Head over there and read it now.

1. Circle

Find out who’s around

Circle app on the Play Store

Perhaps the newest app on this list, Circle, lets you find out which of your friends from various social networks are nearby. While it is not the first, and certainly not the only, location-aware friend-finder app we have seen, nobody quite does it as beautifully as circle.

It is minimalist, straightforward and feels simply beautiful to use. If you have even the teeniest life on the social web, download it without a second thought.

Download “Circle” from the Play Store

2. Zombies, run! 5k training

The fitness run app that makes running fun

Zombies, run! on the Play Store

If you are the kind of person whose talent is to come up with reasons for not finishing that long fitness run you planned for six months, this app might help you put an end to it — and do so beautifully.

While it may not be the most beautiful app here, it definitely is among the most interesting and boasts the most beckoning layout. It also has a unique approach to make fitness (or any other type of) running actually fun.

Download “Zombies, run!” from the Play Store

3. TuneIn Radio

A flawless and functional online radio

TuneIn Radio on the Play Store

Who listens to radio in this century? Me. And quite a few others, I am happy to report. So, of the many great radio apps on the Play Store, I would vouch for TuneIn any day.

It looks great, of course, is reliable, extremely well laid, carries a great search function and has near-perfect buffering with — in my experience — less than a few seconds lost over an hour’s usage or so. Besides, it has all my favourite radio stations that I can store as favourites for quick access from the homepage.

Download “TuneIn Radio” from the Play Store

4. Snapseed

To Google+ what Instagram is to Facebook

Snapseed on the Play Store

Would this list be complete without it? Google (sort of contrasting to Facebook’s Instagram acquisition) recently bought one of the best and most functional smartphone photo editors on the market: Snapseed. So, not unexpectedly, there is an even more beautiful Google+ integration built into it.

Snapseed’s unique and very powerful approach to photo editing, combined with its limitless control and broad range of options, makes it a must have photo editing app.

Download “Snapseed” from the Play Store

5. Evernote

Make your day even more productive

Evernote on the Play Store

I need hardly say anything about the almost legendary Evernote. But I already have a seven-part article series you can read on that. Evernote is a namesake note-taking app, but really a full-scale, cross-platform, cross-device digital assistant in earnest.

With Evernote you can organise your day, save and clip your web experience, easily and efforlessly improve productivity at college, even use it for photography and so on. Besides, it is also fairly easy to get started with if you are absolutely new to it!

Download “Evernote” from the Play Store

6. Slices for Twitter

A better Twitter client

Slices for Twitter on the Play Store

There are several desktop and mobile Twitter clients out there, and, while I myself used to use TweetDeck, I never really caught onto it as much as I did with Slices for Twitter.

Slices is great, looks great, handles equally well and even has a unique feature of organising followers by type (e.g. physicists, painters, web designers, journalists, lawyers and so on) and then choose to view tweets only from those group members.

Download “Slices for Twitter” from the Play Store

7. The Verge

Mimics the website’s techie look

The Verge app on Play Store

I do not believe in getting my dose of technology news from a single source (unless that source happens to be TNW) but for those who would take The Verge’s word over others’ this news reader app from the tech website is quite great.

It has a neat, involving layout (better than Nilay Patel’s own tumblr in any case) and can easily be a pleasure to read.

Download “The Verge” from the Play Store

8. Nike Training Club

Your own fitness app, full-time, fully free

Nike Training Club app on the Play Store

On our last list we already saw another of Nike’s great apps, Nike+ Running. This time, Nike made another one into the list: the popular Nike Training Club app. It is a fitness trainer app that gives you stuff to do and straight from popular trainers worldwide, at that.

One of the most popular complaints about this app (which is even a little amusing, if you ask me,) is that it appears to be targeted for women. What do I have to say? You will never know until you try.

Download “Nike Training Club” from the Play Store

9. Touchnote Cards

Postcards done right

Touchnote Card on the Play StoreThe old-fashioned part of me (which is every part of me) loves to send postcards to myself back home from where ever I am. And I have been using Touchnote for that ever since the service popped up on the Play Store. Touchnote allows you to shoot or choose a picture, write something at the back of the post card (if you tout a phone like the GALAXY Note line, you can actually write in your own hand!) then mention the address and send it off.

Within the U.S. it supposedly arrives within a day or two; outside, it has taken me as long as two weeks, but often much earlier even when I sent it to somebody else and not to my own house.

I also think I should commend their wonderful service: once a card I sent showed up as “delivered” on the billing, but was not delivered and the guys at Touchnote were kind enough to immediately send me another one, no questions asked, at no extra costs and it arrived.

Download “Touchnote Cards” from the Play Store

10. News360 (with separate phone and tablet versions)

A fresh, new approach to the same, old news aggregation

News360 for phones and tablets on the Play Store

I am a fan of Pulse, once in a while News Republic or News360. In fact, if I had not come across Pulse first and saved so many stories there, News360 would probably be my news aggregation service of choice, given how — as I said before — I prefer my news doses from several sources.

The best part about News360 is that it gives you the option to use Evernote or Google+ acounts to automatically set up and configure your aggregation preferences without you having to do any work at all. If news is your thing and you like it in small, select doses, you cannot go wrong picking News360 for your phone or tablet.

Download “News360 for phones or tablets” from the Play Store

And that is our list of the most beautiful apps from various different categories for you to download as we head to 2013. Do you know any not mentioned on this list or our previous list? Share it with us; comment below.

 Cover image: Flickr/tomsun 

Munnar and INO: Day 2

Nothing much went on today. Remember that lovely thing from yesterday? Well I decided I can’t forget it. So I’ll live with it. And yet, do not ask me to expand on it.

I awoke and typed out a couple of pages of my script and then readied myself quickly to do nothing through the day. I decided that since I was on a holiday, I would rather do nothing (by nothing I refer to writing my script and reading some books) than go sightseeing. The point in taking a vacation is to cut yourself off from your daily schedule, not make things more rigid. So I was at my informal best and seemed to like it.

By afternoon, I was hoping to go out at least for an hour or two so I set off on a drive. Not stopping where everybody does or visiting places tourists frequent, rather just driving. It looked like six o’clock when it was actually three and began raining like I was in a rainforest. It happens. And not everything  can go right all the time.

So these were some pictures I managed to click with my tablet. (My camera wisely chose to stay back home.)

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Munnar and INO: Day 1

Today, at 3 o’clock in the morning, (I am not very certain of the time because I’d just awoken and I have absolutely no idea if I even glanced at my watch!)  I readied myself and set out on my four-day trip to Munnar, a hill station in Kerala, South India–popularly called the Switzerland of the East–and a quick drive by the proposed site of the India-based Neutrino Observatory which lies near here.

I am a travel fanatic and I’ve been wanting to get certain (lovely) things out of my mind lately and relax; and then I’m an aspiring physicist: anybody can put two and two together to realise this is quite the dream vacation for someone like me. There’s the serene, tranquil ambience of this beautiful, almost untouched place which lies in the range of the tallest mountain peak in India, south of the Himalayas. Added to this is the world’s largest experiment on neutrinos being planned nearby, which appeals to the physicist in me; and I think it’s a place any physics enthusiast would want to see even if not participate in. I am in no position to do that right now, considering my somewhat limited knowledge. Continue reading