Over the past couple of years, the Google Play Store has made its way into millions of people’s homes – and, by extension, into the pockets of hundreds of thousands of app developers. As with many things in the Android world, apps that have “made it” are far more than mere flash and the promise of pure utility; they’re products that inspire developers to come up with creative new designs that appeal to a wide range of users.
There are some companies, however, that have largely failed to make their mark on the Google Play Store, though there are still others who appear to be enjoying widespread success. Today, we’ll take a look at two of the top apps on the Play Store that are well worth your time and money.
The first of these two apps is incredibly straightforward – and, for good reasons. Its title says it all: Skout, which does a great job of setting the tone with a very tasteful and direct ad.
Skout makes no promises – it simply promises to “keep you on the go.” You will keep yourself on the go by sending someone a text message or email if you use the service, but what you get in return is unlimited text messaging, email messaging, and more.
With Skout, a lot of the complexities and pitfalls of finding people to text or email or call are eliminated. Once you’ve installed the app, all you need to do is find a friend or a co-worker, select the recipient, and send them a message.
But, as nice as it is, Skout isn’t the only great app available. PocketC.H.I.P. is an interesting alternative to other features of the Play Store, but it also serves another purpose that is often overlooked by app makers: It keeps track of your tasks.
PocketC.H.I.P. allows you to keep a list of important documents you might want to read later, so that when you do get around to reading them, you won’t forget them; and, as you put them in your Pocket, you can see if they’re complete or not.
In this way, Pocket works much like a digital diary. And, though it might not be directly comparable to one, it also has a very strong feature, which works much the same way.
Pocket has the same basic concept as Facebook, but instead of having a community of friends and family you have friends and people who share things you like. This means that you can “pin” things you like in Pocket, so that you can instantly see what you’re pinning.
Pocket is also worth a look because it’s free, but that’s only because it doesn’t take a lot of work to make it work for you. If you want a more robust (and expensive) solution, you can always pay $10 per month for it.
While these two apps may not be your idea of the next big thing, both of them are worth looking at if you’re still wondering how to come up with something new that can actually sell. They are perfectly functional and, in some cases, better than the apps on the Play Store.
Of course, even though these apps aren’t on the Play Store, they’re absolutely worth your time and money. So, check them out.