If there’s one front where the Android ecosystem has without a doubt fallen short of its distant twin iOS, its got to be in the area of monetary incentives accorded to apps and games on the platform. The typical Android user is more or less freemium oriented, compared their iOS counterparts who are more willing to part with cash for apps and games they love. In practice, this really hasn’t affected the Android tech sphere, majorly because developers still find a walk around way to derive revenues for their software; either through ads., Surveys, consumer data pulling and some other shoddy methods you’re better off ignoring. While this approach works, for the most part, it is, however, detrimental in the long run, not to the developer as you would expect, but the end Android user base. There’s a reason iOS users get the best apps first, the same reason that justifies why Android versions of some apps pale in comparison to their iOS options – developers know which community cashes in the cheque early, and more often than you realize they commit more to developing quality content for that community.
Moreover, it’s not like these apps break the bank, for the most part, they cost less than their iOS alternatives while providing the same range of functionality. As an Android user, imagine just how expansive (and it is already expansive) the Android ecosphere would be if there were more paying users, at least in the proportion of the iOS world – it would be in very plain terms explosive. If you’re in the play store market with some change to spare, we’ve gone round to summate four essential Android app/games that provide excellent value for money.
First off our list is the famous and hugely successful online mobile gaming app – Clash Royale. Developed by veteran game design outfit Supercell (the name behind Clash of Clans), this strategy game ticks all the checkboxes: engagement, fun, and entertainment. For a mobile app, the game graphics are impressive, but even that falls short of the gameplay – it is so engaging it could pass off as addictive. Clash Royale is available free to download on play store, but expect a slew of in-game microtransactions, which depending on your skill you might not even need.
The one gadget most people take on their runs and fitness schedule is a mobile phone, so how about transforming that mobile phone into a personal fitness coach, Runtastic does just that for you. The app comes with an immense cache of functions including a performance tracker, GPS route planning and of course audio coaching. At $4.99 it is one hell of a bargain
In a world where most Android keyboards look and feel like helicopter control modules, Flesky is the messiah of simplicity. We’re huge fans of the minimalist approach, and Android apps that go the extra mile to cut out all the bluff and fluff score huge points in any of our ratings. The app features a diminutive yet classy interface that sticks to the basics of typing – no options for alien styled gifs, camouflage backgrounds, voice-controlled typing or any other gimmicky impractical applications.
And finally, Tasker
Android phones generally come with a protective lock that prevents users from modifying specific components of the phone’s architecture and for good reasons too. The popular way around this ‘OEM parental lock is to root your phone, but again this comes with its own drawbacks. Tasker is an app that allows users to make custom modification without creating firmware backdoors. There are tons of options to play with; notification lights, custom sounds, pop-ups, vibrations and the likes.