The 7 Best Text-to-Speech Apps for Android

Every Android user should keep a text-to-speech app handy. You don’t need to have a vision impairment to enjoy the benefits. For example, they’ll let you listen to the news on your morning commute, catch up with new text messages in bed, or even enjoy your favorite ebooks without looking at the screen. But which Android text-to-speech apps are the best? Keep reading to find out. 1. Android’s Native Text-to-Speech Feature Android has lots of accessibility tools that make the phone easier to use. One of the tools is a native text-to-speech function. The feature has fewer customizable settings than…

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Every Android user should keep a text-to-speech app handy. You don’t need to have a vision impairment to enjoy the benefits.

For example, they’ll let you listen to the news on your morning commute, catch up with new text messages in bed, or even enjoy your favorite ebooks without looking at the screen.

But which Android text-to-speech apps are the best? Keep reading to find out.

1. Android’s Native Text-to-Speech Feature

Android has lots of accessibility tools that make the phone easier to use. One of the tools is a native text-to-speech function.

The feature has fewer customizable settings than some of its competitors. You can adjust the speech rate and pitch and install additional languages—that’s it.

To change the text-to-speech settings, head to Settings > Personal > Language and input > Speech > Text-to-speech output.

Android’s text-to-speech feature automatically works with other Google apps that offer a read aloud feature. For all other apps, you’ll need to enable Select-to-speak in Android’s settings menu.

To enable the feature, go to Settings > System > Accessibility > Services > Select-to-speak. To use it, select text in any app and choose Speak from the popup menu.

2. Voice Aloud Reader

Voice Aloud Reader is easy to use and supports a few different ways of reading text.

If the app from which you want to read text has a share feature, just send the content to Voice Aloud Reader using the native Android Share menu. This also works for on-screen items that have their own share buttons, like tweets and Facebook posts.

Similarly, if the text you want to read is selectable, you can use the Share button in the popup context menu.

The app also works with URLs. Just paste the site’s (or article’s) address into Voice Aloud Reader, and it will automatically parse and read the relevant text for you. It’s intelligent enough to strip out the menus and other junk.

You can even add text files (like DOC and PDF) directly into the app; it can open the files and read their contents.

Download: Voice Reading (Free)

3. Narrator’s Voice

Narrator’s Voice offers something a bit different. The usual features are here: it can read text from apps, the web, messages, and other sources.

However, the app also has a fun side. You can add various sound effects to the speech synthesis such as echo, reverb, gargle, and choir.

It featuresa wide selection of voices to choose from. Some tech favorites like Cortana and Siri are present, as are some of the developer’s own creations like “Steven” and “Pink Sheep” (don’t ask).

Additionally, Narrator’s Voice lets you add your own text which it will then run through its synthesizer. It makes the app a great way to add a voiceover to video narrations, slideshow presentations, and more.

You can even save your audio output file as an MP3, store it offline, and share it with friends.

An in-app purchase removes the ads.

Download: Narrator’s Voice (Free)

4. Talk Free

Talk Free takes a more minimal approach than Voice Reading and Narrator’s Voice.

The app can import web pages directly from your phone’s browser or read the text from other third-party apps. You can export all the audio files and save them offline in WAV format.

It’s important to note that Talk Free relies on your phone’s pre-existing text-to-speech (TTS) engine to work. Most Android devices will already have Google’s engine installed. If you have deleted your phone’s TTS engine, you can re-download Google Text-to-Speech free from the Play Store.

The benefit of using Google’s TTS engine is support for lots of languages. If Google offers the language, Talk Free can generally work with it.

The pro version removes ads.

Download: Talk Free (Free)
Download: Talk Free Pro ($2)

5. T2S

T2S is a text-to-speech app that offers one of the most modern interfaces out of the apps we’ve discussed.

The app’s standout feature is the presence of a simple built-in web browser. It’s not going win any awards for the number of features it offers, but it lets you easily listen to web pages without worrying about copying and pasting URLs or using the Share menu.

T2S’s copy-to-speak feature is also worth mentioning. It shows an on-screen popup button whenever you copy text in other apps. Pressing the button will make the app start reading the copied text instantly.

As with the other apps in this list, T2S lets you save your audio readouts and share them with other people.

The pro version removes ads.

Download: T2S (Free)

6. TK Solution Text to Speech

Another popular text-to-speech app on Android is TK Solution’s Text to Speech.

The app works well and hosts the usual selection of features, including exportable WAV files, an area where you can type your own text and make the app read it aloud, and a variety of supported languages.

It also offers a unique feature that warrants its inclusion in this list: vocal input. You can tap the microphone button, speak into the app, and then listen to a synthesized version of what you said.

On the downside, we didn’t like the excessively large space dedicated to the app’s settings that’s ever-present at the top of the window.

You can remove ads via an in-app purchase.

Download: TK Solution’s Text to Speech (Free)

7. Pocket

We’ll leave you with a slightly left-field choice: Pocket.

You probably already know that the app is an excellent way to save articles to read later when you’re offline.

You may not know, however, that the app also has a text-to-speech reader. The feature supports multiple voices and languages and includes adjustable pitch and speed. It even supports background playback, meaning you can keep listening while you use other apps.

Because the text-to-speech reader is one of Pocket’s native features, it’s great when you want to listen to some longform content on a journey when you are without internet. Obviously, if you want to listen to text from all your apps, this isn’t the right choice for you.

Download: Pocket (Free, premium version available)

Speaking Text Everywhere

Hopefully, you now appreciate the benefits of keeping a text-to-speech app installed on your Android device. We’d love to know how you utilize the technology; you can share your stories in the comments.

And if you want to discover more great apps, make sure you check out the best Android ebook readers and best replacements for stock Android apps.

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Twitter Lite expands to 21 more countries, adds push notifications

Twitter announced today its Twitter Lite app is expanding to 21 more countries, which makes the data-saving app available to more than 45 countries in total. The app was introduced last year with the goal of bringing in more users from emerging markets to Twitter. Similar to other data-saving apps, like Facebook Lite or YouTube […]

Twitter announced today its Twitter Lite app is expanding to 21 more countries, which makes the data-saving app available to more than 45 countries in total. The app was introduced last year with the goal of bringing in more users from emerging markets to Twitter. Similar to other data-saving apps, like Facebook Lite or YouTube Go, Twitter Lite is designed to load faster on slower network connections, like 2G and 3G, and also has a smaller footprint, so it takes up less space on the phone.

The app was first launched as a test in the Philippines in September, before rolling out to a couple dozen more countries in November.

Twitter’s hope is that by addressing the needs of those low-bandwith users in international markets, the company could help increase its overall user base, which has remained fairly stagnant.

Today, the company is making the app available to 21 countries, including:  Argentina, Belarus, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.

These join the other markets where Twitter Lite has been available, such as: Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania and Venezuela, in addition to the Philippines.

The app offers a variety of features for those on slower or unreliable networks. For example, Lite users can turn on a Data saver mode that allows them to control which images or video load when browsing the network. Once enabled, you can load this content by tapping “Load Image” or “Load video,” as needed.

The app is also under 3MB in size, so it will load more quickly on slower networks.

And like Twitter, the app includes features like Bookmarks, a darker “Night mode” theme, threads, and starting today, push notifications.

The company in November claimed Twitter Lite led to a greater than 50% increase in tweets, and noted that 80% of its then 330 million monthly users were outside the U.S. That percentage remains roughly the same – as of July, Twitter had a total of 335 million users, with 68 million of those in the U.S.

However, the company isn’t growing that quickly outside the U.S., despite Twitter Lite. Also as of July 2018, we noted the company’s international audience had only grown by a modest 3.5% over the past year.

An expansion of the Twitter Lite app will certainly open up Twitter to more people, but it’s not clear there’s much demand.

The app is available as a free download on Google Play.

Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a four-word passphrase that’s […]

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a four-word passphrase that’s used generate these contact requests, the company says.

Parents can opt to use this feature, which is not on by default.

Once enabled, Facebook will randomly generate a four-word phrase that’s uniquely assigned to each child. When the child wants to add a friend to their app’s contacts list in the future, they will show this phrase to the friend to enter in their own app.

Both parents will then receive a contact request from their child – and both have to approve the request before the kids can start chatting. In other words, this doesn’t represent a loosening of the rules around parental approvals – all contact requests still require parents’ explicit attention and confirmation, as before.

However, it does make it easier for kids to friend one another when their parents aren’t Facebook friends themselves. That’s been an issue with the app for some time, and one Facebook first started to address in May when it made a change that finally no longer required parents to be friends, too.

While most parents will at least want to know who their child is texting with, there are plenty of times when parents are friendly with someone on a more casual basis – like through the child’s school or their extracurricular activities. But just because two people are neighbors or fellow soccer moms and dads, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re also Facebook friends.

The change introduced in May allowed parents to do a search for the child’s friend’s parents, then invite them to the app so the kids could connect. But this still required parents to take the initial steps (at the urging of the child, of course). It was also confusing at times, we found when we tried it for ourselves – some parents we connected with couldn’t figure out how the approval process worked, for example.

That being said, it may have helped to give the app’s install base a big boost, along with its expansion outside the U.S. According to data from Sensor Tower, Messenger Kids saw a sizable increase in installs in the beginning of early June and it has just now passed 1.4 million downloads across both iOS and Android. In addition, its daily downloads are around 3x what they were at the end of May.

The passphrase solution will make things a bit easier on parents, because contact requests will be initiated by the kids. Parents will only have to tap a big “Approve” button to confirm the request (or deny it, if the request is inappropriate for some reason.)

The four-word passphrase will only be visible to the child in the Messenger Kids app, and to the parent in their Parent’s Portal.

It’s worth noting that Facebook opted for a passphrase instead of a scannable QR code, as is common in other messaging apps including Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and Twitter, for instance. Facebook says this is so kids can exchange the passphrase without the device being present.

Messenger Kids is a controversial app, but its adoption is growing, the data indicates. Parents have been starved for an app like this – one allowing for conversation monitoring (you just install your own copy) and contact approvals. Whether this will actually indoctrinate a new generation of Facebook or Messenger users is more questionable. It’s likely that when kids outgrow Messenger Kids, they’ll still be switching over to Facebook’s Instagram and Snapchat instead.

The passphrase feature is rolling out starting today on the Messenger Kids mobile app.

Google will lose $50 million or more in 2018 from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes […]

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games’ own website. Most apps and games don’t have the luxury of making this choice – the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process, it’s costing Google around $50 million this year in platform fees, according to a new report.

As of its Android launch date, Fortnite had grossed over $180 million on iOS devices, where it had been exclusively available since launching as an invite-only beta on March 15th, before later expanding to all App Store customers.

According to data from app store intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the game has earned Apple more than $54 million thanks to its 30 percent cut of all the in-app spending that takes place on apps distributed in its store.

That’s money Epic Games isn’t apparently willing to give up to Google, when there’s another way.

Unlike Apple, which only allows apps to be downloaded from its own storefront, Google’s platform is more open. There’s a way to adjust an Android device’s settings to download apps and games from anywhere on the web. Of course, by doing so, users are exposed to more security risks, malware infections, and other malicious attacks.

For those reasons, security researchers are saying that Epic Games’ decision sets a dangerous precedent by encouraging people to remove the default security protections from their devices. They’re also concerned that users who look for the game on Google Play could be fooled into downloading suspicious copycat apps that may be trying to take advantage of Fortnite’s absence to scam mobile users.

Google seems to be worried about that, too.

For the first time ever, the company is informing Google Play users that a game is not available for download.

Now, when users search for things like “Fortnite” or “Fortnite Battle Royale,” Google Play will respond that the app is “not available on Google Play.” (One has to wonder if Google’s misspelling of “Royale” as “Royal” in its message was a little eff u to the gamemakers, or just a bit of incompetence.)

In any event, it’s an unusual response on Google’s part – and one it can believably claim was done to serve users as well as protect them from any potential scam apps.

However, the message could lead to some pressure on Epic Games, too. It could encourage consumer complaints from those who want to more easily (or more safely) download the game, as well as from those who don’t understand there’s an alternative method or are confused about how that method works.

In addition, Google is serving up the also hugely popular PUBG Mobile at the top of Fortnite search results followed by other games. In doing so, it’s sending users to another game that can easily eat up users’ time and attention.

For Google, the move by Epic Games is likely troubling, as it could prompt other large games to do the same. While one odd move by Epic Games won’t be a make or break situation for Google Play revenue (which always lags iOS), if it became the norm, Google’s losses could climb.

At present, Google is missing out on millions that will now go directly to the game publisher itself.

Over the rest of 2018, Sensor Tower believes Fortnite will have gained at least $50 million in revenues that would otherwise have been paid out to Google.

The firm expects that when Fortnite rolls out to all supported Android devices, its launch revenue on the platform will closely resemble the first several months of Apple App Store player spending.

It may even surpass it, given the game’s popularity continues growing and the standalone download allows it to reach players in countries where Google Play isn’t available.

Meanwhile, there have been concerns that the download makes it more difficult on users with older Android devices to access the game, because the process for sideloading apps isn’t as straightforward. But Sensor Tower says this will not have a large enough impact to affect Fortnite’s revenue potential in the long run.

 

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Solve 10 Big Android Issues and Annoyances With These Apps

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Every few months, a new flagship smartphone launches with a top-of-the-line processor and more RAM that you know what to do with. But still, after some time, flagship phones still start to lag. Indeed, even the highest-end Android smartphone have their annoyances. No matter which Android phone you have, the best way to keep your device functioning properly is by installing user-friendly apps that help you manage your phone’s life in a simple way. These Android apps will solve your biggest annoyances and make your phone more pleasant to use. 1. Nova Launcher This rule is as nearly old as…

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Every few months, a new flagship smartphone launches with a top-of-the-line processor and more RAM that you know what to do with. But still, after some time, flagship phones still start to lag. Indeed, even the highest-end Android smartphone have their annoyances.

No matter which Android phone you have, the best way to keep your device functioning properly is by installing user-friendly apps that help you manage your phone’s life in a simple way.

These Android apps will solve your biggest annoyances and make your phone more pleasant to use.

1. Nova Launcher

This rule is as nearly old as Android itself. If your Android phone came with its own launcher, you should replace it with something better. Right now, that’s Nova Launcher. That’s because Nova adds a ton of new features to your home screen while still keeping everything light.

You can create and customize swipe gestures (different ones for apps, folders, and the wallpaper itself), create quick shortcuts for apps, customize notification badges, and a lot more.

Download: Nova Launcher (Free)
Download: Nova Launcher Prime ($5)

2. GBoard

The same rule with replacing launchers applies to keyboards, too. If you’ve got a manufacturer’s keyboard or something like SwiftKey, you should switch to Gboard before long. Just download the app on the Play Store to get going.

It is the most user-friendly and feature-rich keyboard on Android. The best function is the built-in G button, which allows you to quickly search for anything on Google. It also gives answers to your questions by using Google instant answers.

You’ll also find improved features like quick sharing of search results, gesture mode, swipe gestures, and GIF search.

Download: Gboard (Free)

3. New Pipe

This app takes some of the most-coveted features from YouTube Premium and gives them to you for free. New Pipe lets you listen to YouTube videos in the background, watch videos in Picture-in-Picture mode, and even download a video (or just audio if you feel like it).

While it can’t replace the YouTube app entirely, it can replicate some specific features. You can, for instance, search for videos, play them, and even subscribe to channels.

New Pipe isn’t available on the Play Store, but you can download it using the F-Droid open source app store.

Download: NewPipe (Free)

4. Texpand

Gboard is a great keyboard app, but you know how frustrating it is typing on a smartphone keyboard for long periods of time. If you’re using your Android phone as your primary communication device, you’ll need something to ease your pain.

Texpand text allows you to expand your texts in an easier way. Start by adding frequently used text snippets inside the app (like your address or a template email) and assign a shortcut for the snippet. Next time you type that shortcut, it will show a little dropdown menu. Tap on your snippet to automatically paste it in!

Texpand also gives you features to customize your phrases with additional input types and you can organize phrases in a multi-level folder structure.

Download: Texpand (Free)
Download: Texpand Plus ($3)

5. Timbre

Timbre is a free and effective app that allows you to edit audio and video files directly on your Android phone. No need to switch to your computer for small edits!

This app is efficient in merging, cutting, and trimming media which is often all we require. The app has a clean interface; it neatly divides audio and video editing tools into two different sections. But mostly you’ll just need to play around in these five tools: join, cut, convert, omit, and split.

Download: Timbre (Free, premium version available)

6. Clip Stack

Here’s an app that solves the biggest annoyance you didn’t know you had: managing your clipboard. Once you install Clip Stack, it remembers everything you copy to your clipboard. This little feature frees up your mind so that you aren’t constantly worrying about whether you saved that number you copied from the web this morning.

Clip Stack saves all the copied texts in its database. And they stay there no matter what—even after you’ve rebooted your device.

Download: Clip Stack (Free)

7. Datally

Datally is Google’s own solution to your data consumption woes. Due to limited mobile data plans, it’s easy to run through a month’s limit by watching a couple of movies on Netflix. Thankfully, Datally fixes this annoyance.

The app tracks your data consumption intelligently, taking a two-pronged approach. It tells you which app is using how much data (and in which context) and gives you tools to manage data consumption for that app. You even get to see your data usage on an hourly basis.

Once you’ve figured out which apps are using too much data, you can set a daily limit or limits for a specific app.

Download: Datally (Free)

8. QuickPic

Once Google Photos took the center stage, Android said goodbye to the trusty old Gallery app. Google Photos is great for syncing photos, intelligent recommendations, photo sharing, and search. But it’s not a good gallery replacement. If you’re frustrated by Google Photos, we recommend you try QuickPic.

QuickPic has a simple interface with no frills. It’s a classic gallery app that makes it easy to view, manage, and share your photos. It displays your photo folders as grid icons or as a list, while the top-right corner opens the camera.

It allows you to choose a folder, then you’re directed to the photo browser with an option to go back or switch to a multi-selection mode. The app also has options like rename, share, delete, and zoom.

Download: QuickPic (Free)

9. Files Go

Files Go helps you free up space, find files quickly, and share files with people nearby. It’s similar to AirDrop on iOS.

The app also has smart storage management tools. It gives you recommendations for which files to delete (such as unused apps or low-resolution videos). By simply installing Files Go and running a cleanup, you can save around 1GB of storage space. Your old Android phone will be thankful!

Download: Files Go (Free)

10. Sesame

Android’s built-in search feature is great at searching for content on the web, but not so much when it comes to searching on your device. If you’re looking for a file, a song, or a contact, those search results usually come in at the bottom of the search page—if they show up at all.

The only reliable way to solve this problem on Android is to use Sesame for Nova Launcher. The app has a free trial and you can unlock the app by paying $3.

Sesame brings deep linking and amazingly accurate on-device search to your fingertips. Once you’ve enabled the plugin for Nova, just start typing and you’ll be able to jump directly to a specific WhatsApp conversation or look for a file you downloaded as an email attachment in seconds.

Download: Sesame (Free, premium version available)

Mastering Android With Apps and More

These apps remove some of the biggest pain points Android users have. Give them a try and see how much more efficient your phone becomes!

If you’ve just got your first Android phone, or if you’ve switched over from an iPhone, some of the basic actions like creating a contact or making a video call might be daunting. In that case, you may want to check out our complete beginner’s guide to Android.

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7 Nifty Android Apps That Make Great Use of Your Location

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If you think that the location features on your Android phone are only for Google Maps, think again. While you’ve probably used your location to hail a ride with Uber or navigate to a destination, there are tons of lesser-known apps that offer handy functionality based on your whereabouts. Here are seven of them. 1. Task Nearby Do you often forget to check your car’s tire pressure at a gas station or pick up eggs on a grocery run? You need this app. Task Nearby, as the name suggests, is a productivity app that can remind you about a task…

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If you think that the location features on your Android phone are only for Google Maps, think again.

While you’ve probably used your location to hail a ride with Uber or navigate to a destination, there are tons of lesser-known apps that offer handy functionality based on your whereabouts. Here are seven of them.

1. Task Nearby

Do you often forget to check your car’s tire pressure at a gas station or pick up eggs on a grocery run? You need this app.

Task Nearby, as the name suggests, is a productivity app that can remind you about a task whenever you’re close to a location. It has a straightforward interface and even allows you to add details including images, descriptions, and more.

You can set multiple reminders simultaneously and even listen to them. This is handy if you know you won’t be able to read when you’re driving. While Task Nearby is a free download, you’ll have to upgrade to the pro version for premium features like attachments, repeatable alarms, and more.

Download: Task Nearby (Free, premium version available)

2. MapPost

Think of MapPost as Pocket for locations. The app lets you attach links to a location so you can revisit them whenever you’re at that address.

Say you came across a list of the best restaurants in Dallas. Instead of just bookmarking it, you share the link on MapPost. Next time you’re in Dallas, you can simply fire up the app and have a look at all the links you’ve saved for the location. Even better, MapPost has a web client so can view these links on your computer as well.

For more like this, check out some other Pocket alternatives.

Download: MapPost (Free)

3. Alarm-Me

Have you ever wanted an app that wakes you up as soon as you’re near your bus stop? Meet Alarm-Me, an app through which you can set up location-based alarms.

To configure one, all you need to do is define the coordinates and select how would you like your alarm to go off. You can have it play only in your headphones or even send an automated message like “I’ll be there soon” to one of your contacts. In addition, the app can also remind you to set the alarm every day, which can come in handy if you have a long commute.

We’ve covered other Android alarm apps if this one doesn’t work for you.

Download: Alarm-Me (Free, premium version available)

4. Microsoft Path Guide

Microsoft’s Path Guide is an indoor navigation service that lets anyone map indoor spaces to share with others. You’ll find several scenarios where Path Guide can prove useful.

If you’re expecting a visitor and want to guide them to your office in a huge building, it’s a huge help. Path Guide can also make it easy to locate your vehicle in a parking lot.

To map a new location, you need to walk along the path from the starting point towards the end and the app will automatically trace your steps and build an extensive guide. You also have the option to add voice inputs or text at various steps to further make it easier for others to follow.

The app can even log floor levels and uses sensory data instead of GPS to ensure accurate outcomes indoors.

Download: Microsoft Path Guide (Free)

5. Jodel

Jodel is a hyper-local question-and-answer app for locals to stay up-to-date with the community. Thinks of it like Reddit for your town, or a Yik Yak alternative.

You can ask questions relevant to a specific neighborhood, like what the best burger joint is or the best detour around construction. The app also can also connect you with people who live nearby.

Jodel can even be a convenient tool for travelers who want to blend in with the locals and learn more about the native culture.

Download: Jodel (Free)

6. Detour

Touring a new city can be challenging if you don’t have a local guide with you. Detour wants to help.

The app offers immersive audio guides that walk you through a range of popular destinations. Once you’ve selected an area to browse, Detour will begin narrating the landmarks around you as you stroll by them. In addition, the app has a social feature that allows you to share the experience with a friend.

Here’s how it works: each audio guide has a starting point. Once you reach that, the app will commence narration and have a list of the upcoming sites in case you’re lost. You can also download these files in case of a patchy network.

So far, Detour is available in seventeen cities including San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Barcelona, and more. It’s just one of the apps you need while traveling the world.

Download: Detour (Free, premium version available)

7. Polarsteps

Here’s another app designed for travelers. It’s capable of automatically tracking your trips and logging them in a visually appealing way. Whenever you’re about to embark on a vacation, just add a new entry and Polarsteps will do the rest in the background. You can, of course, manually modify these trips and even add pictures, descriptions, and similar.

Polarsteps is also a social platform, so you can share these journeys with others and even allow friends to follow your trips. The developer behind Polarsteps also mentions that the app only consumes an additional four percent of your phone’s battery. This is quite commendable, considering it’s constantly active in the background.

Another important travel aspect that Polarsteps nails is connectivity. The app can function offline and syncs the data as soon as you’re back online.

Download: Polarsteps (Free)

Utilize Your Mobile Location Smartly

These seven apps help you use your location in all-new ways. While these they can be extremely handy, we do recommend being mindful of how you use them.

With today’s often-troubling privacy practices, offering location access to lots of apps can work against you if you’re not careful.

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Fortnite For Android APK Download To Bypass Google Play Release

Fortnite for Android APK download is now rolling out and will be completely bypassing the Google Play Store release. Here are the details. [ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]

Fortnite for Android APK download is now rolling out and will be completely bypassing the Google Play Store release. Here are the details.


[ Continue reading this over at RedmondPie.com ]