Although Apple and their iPhones are often the first things that people think of when it comes to smartphones, the less sexy Android mobile operating system is the real workhorse of the market.
According to most recent gadgets news, three out of every four smartphones around the world uses Android; if you are one of those people, you can use your phone to make your life much easier as there are plenty of cool Android apps that you can use to replace many of the other gadgets cluttering up your home.
The best part is that many of these apps are free, as they use in-app advertising purchased through a Demand Side Platform (DSP) to pay the bills. So if you don’t mind a bit of advertising, you can save yourself a lot of money by replacing gadgets with apps.
Start with throwing away your flashlight, as there are literally dozens of flashlight apps that use your phone’s screen or camera flash to light up the dark. Once you’ve done that, get rid of your tape player as well, as an app like RecForge Lite lets you record audio with your phone’s microphone for free.
Your alarm clock is obviously the next thing to go, because every Android phone already has an alarm clock built into it. But the next one might not be so obvious – your remote control. If you use Boxee or TiVo with your TV, you can download an app that allows you to control them using your home’s WiFi connection, though you’ll still have adjust the TV itself with a traditional remote.
For musicians, you can also chuck your guitar tuner, as there are plenty of apps that help you tune just about any instrument directly from your phone. And while you’re at it, get rid of that old metronome as well, as there’s an app for that, too.