These super efficient tools will simplify it all so that work and play flow together seamlessly. By Satyaki Sarkar
1. Google Now
Even if you’re someone who swears by Siri, you have to agree that while this sassy and spunky virtual assistant is definitely fun to interact with, she’s not all that advanced when it comes to complex functionalities. Enter Google Now, an ‘intelligent personal assistant’ that does it all. Google Now organises important information into helpful cards that tell you all you need to know without going through multiple of steps or searching for the appropriate function. Things like traffic, weather, websites you might like, and even sports scores are brought right to your fingertips as and when you want/need to know them. The latest update has added to its list of functions like barcode scanning, song recognition, and boarding pass storage, making this app just what you need to organise your busy life.
Available for Android, iOS, and desktop
In our busy lives with a hundred things to remember and a zillion appointments to keep, it’s a miracle if we don’t end up forgetting at least one or two every now and then. That is why you need this intelligent virtual personal assistant that works almost like a backup brain! The app combines your calendar, to-do lists, and notes into an extremely easy to use platform. It automatically sends you reminders for important meetings, events, and even outstanding bills, so you never slip up again. And that’s not all, it even syncs with external apps like Facebook to wish your friends and colleagues on their birthdays, anniversaries, etc, as well as share notes with them as and when you need it. 24me is a free-to-use app, with some additional premium features available, should you choose to pay for them.
Available for Android.
When you know an app is being used by Mark Zuckerberg you know it’s a sure-shot! One of the most efficient apps available in the market, Quip is a virtual assistant that is used by Facebook, Instagram, and even Quora, allowing several users to collaborate on documents, checklists, and spreadsheets, import or share them with each other, and even grant access to others for updating them. It also has a nifty little sidebar that you can use to monitor the edits or changes made and check in with your colleagues.
Available for both iOS and Android.
If working with lists and compartmentalised formats is what you prefer, then Wunderlist is the app for you. From things you are supposed to do and movies you plan on watching, to anything else that you might otherwise struggle to remember, this app remembers it all for you. It’s like a big brother to-do-list that you’ve always wanted. A perfect mix of orderliness and co-ordination to maximise productivity, the app is as useful when planning the next family trip, as it is when you need to delegate grocery shopping to someone else. After the new upgrades, Wunderlist is even more helpful, being able to recommend things like recipes you might like or movies you might want to watch based on your activities and preferences.
Free to download for both Android and iOS.
5. Hound Voice Search & Assistant
Developed by SoundHound, Hound specialises in voice commands, and is one of the easiest assistant apps to operate. Capable of measuring and recognising the speed of response, Hound excels in finding solutions to your questions in the blink of an eye. In addition to that, Hound is one of the few personal assistant apps that have a partnership with Uber to show in-app fare estimates, plus help with Expedia bookings for air travel. And are you one of those who has tunes stuck in your head that you can’t identify? You can hum a song or play the radio near the phone and the app will help you recognise it!
Available for both iOS and Android.