Besides the apps that we covered in detail over the month, here is a roundup of apps we think are worth downloading and checking out.
The app was crowdsourced right from ideation until execution. The idea was conceived by Vinay Bharathwaj who then brainstormed with a 3 member team about the general direction of the app. He then partnered with Jade Magnet, a creative crowd sourcing platform, to create a design and development team and finally chose a five member team across Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai. The app is also going to use a Kickstarter Campaign as a marketing tool to access the US/UK market.
Scan and Compare Book Prices
One unique feature of this app compared to others like it on the Play Store is that while searching for a keyword it shows an approximate price of the title right in the search results. This is useful since many popular titles have many editions like paperback, hardcover which vary with prices. When we gave the app a try it was able to detect the barcode quite easily and also performed a price comparison very fast. Clicking on a result would take you to the mobile version of the website where you can purchase the book if needed.
Hyderabad based Zestwings Informatics has released a safety app called mDefence. It is currently available for Windows Phone and Android with other apps coming soon. Similar to other apps in the space it does not need a data connection and used SMS to alerts authorities or your contacts. The app allows you to set up to 10 contacts to alert if in trouble. It can also alert people through social networks like Facebook. It sends you’re location as a URL in a SMS so people can track you. The app has 10 preset alerts which one has to choose from. While the app does have a lot of features, when we tried the Android app on our Canvas 4 the graphics were a bit choppy but it did work well.