Essential apps for the new Android user – Part 2

Just before the holidays, we launched Mind the App, a new video series created by Andrew Love, our video production specialist. The series will highlight the best of what app stores everywhere have to offer, and will explain how businesses can use these apps to be more productive in the workplace.

Part 1 of “Essential Apps for the new Android user” can be found here.

And check out Mind the App’s first video on process automation with If This Then That.


Last segment, we walked you through some apps that you’ll want to get started with your new Android phone. We’re going to go a little deeper and bring you even more apps for your ‘droid this time on Mind the App.

If you have an itch for video entertainment of any kind, or just want to open those funny video links in a much better environment than your Web browser, you’ll want to use the integrated YouTube app. It’s well designed and provides you an excellent way to navigate YouTube on a mobile device. If you still need more video, CTV, Global, and Netflix all have apps as well so you never miss a show while you’re out and about, or a passenger in a boring car ride.

For those of you who like to manage your money on the go, TD, RBC, CIBC, Scotiabank, and BMO all have apps that will make your day-to-day banking a breeze. There’s even an app for those of you who keep your money inside your mattress.

Mint is an excellent app that helps you track and manage your money. We will cover this amazing tool in depth on another segment.

A smartphone is a significant investment and an extension of your life. With smartphone theft on the rise, you’re going to want to protect that investment and more importantly, the data on it. “Where’s My Droid” allows you to track your phone via GPS, and in the case of theft, use SMS to remotely turn on GPS if the thief was smart enough to turn it off. Even if they were to switch out the SIM card, “Where’s My Droid” will send you the new SIM number via SMS so you can continue to track it.

Now, paper books will always have their place in our hearts, but e-Reader apps are desperately trying to fill that place. If you want to do some reading on the go and save space on the bookshelf, either Google {lay books or the Kindle app will help you fill that need.

Now I’m sure you must be asking, what about the games? There’s an entire store full of thousands of games to explore, and we believe that it deserves its own segment to really give it justice, but for now, you have the jumpstart you need to get started in the world of Android apps, and now you’re properly equipped to take on the world. Soon you will be the master of the Android domain. Apps on apps off, grasshopper.

I’m Richard Boelens. Thanks for watching Mind the App.

Is there an app you’d like to see featured on the show? Drop us a line in the comments, or send us an email to [email protected].

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