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A guide to latest apps for smartphones

Many consider that backing up phone's contact is difficult and restoring them is even more cumbersome. While many apps let you sync the contacts over Wi-Fi network with the PC, My Conact Backup does it over email.

My Contact Backup
iOS, Android
Many consider that backing up phone's contact is difficult and restoring them is even more cumbersome. While many apps let you sync the contacts over Wi-Fi network with the PC, My Conact Backup does it over email. Available free of cost for iOS and Android, this app doesn't require the user to create an account and sign up. We were instantly able to backup contacts and then email. Whenever one wishes to restore contacts, they can simply click on the .vcf attachment and import the contacts to any iOS device including iPad and iPhone.

Flyte eBooks
Android
With more and more Indian buying smartphones with larger screens, the ebook market seems to be headed for some serious growth. After the success of its Flyte Music Store, Flipkart has launched an e-book store with up to 1,00,000 titles that can be accessed downloaded directly on to your phone. The interface is easy to use and intuitive and lets you add bookmarks to the page you stopped reading at. The app lets you sync your purchases on up to six different Android devices. Prices of books start at Rs 30.

Google Maps
iOS
All iOS 6 users have a reason to smile as the Google Maps are now available for download at the Apple App Store. With the launch of iOS 6, Apple ditched Google Maps in favour of its own navigation software, which was anything but a hit. The free Google Maps app be linked to the Google Account for accessing search history. Unlike Apple's navigation software, Google Maps was able to search the locations we were looking for and even routes between the two locations. We were able to choose between walk, drive and bus modes. The recently launched live traffic update is also available for Google Maps on iOS. A musthave app.

Photo Editor by Aviary
iOS, Android
Aviary has been a popular editing software on Windows for years now. So, it only natural that their phone app also gets downloaded by the thousands. Plus, unlike other photo editing apps, this one does not limit the features it offers users. In fact, you can do pretty much everything you would on a desktop software. But then everything is much more easier because of the touch interface. We particularly liked the stickers add-on that lets you add moustaches and other such fun elements to your picture. A must have for mobile photography freaks.

Adblock Plus
Android
The biggest problem in using the free applications are the advertisements that keeps on popping up on them. But this can be tackled using Adblock Plus, a free app for Android phones. Once installed, this app runs in the background and monitors the existing apps for any in-app advertisement and then blocks them. The app lets users choose from various filter lists from within the app to improve the ad detection rate, in case the default list does not work for them. We faced some issues with the ad-supported apps after installing the Adblock Plus and had to enable ads. The only drawback of this app at the moment is that it works only over Wi-Fi network and not the cellular network.


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