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One of my biggest pet peeves with the Android ecosystem thus far has been a lack of great apps for writers. Maybe it’s because that’s what I do for a living and I can’t see past my own professional needs, but it’s been a thorn in my side since I started playing with Android in 2010. But over the past year, the ecosystem has made some remarkable progress, and writers haven’t been left as wanting as they were in the past.

I personally prefer Markdown as a writing method, which uses a simple syntax that makes typing HTML a lot easier. It’s been my preferred syntax for almost two years now, and I’ve been waiting for Android to catch up with iOS’s barrage of Markdown editors. At the same time as Android has been catching up, I’ve been asked if I could round up a few of my current favourite apps. Here are five of them.

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A couple of months ago, I put the top four note-taking apps on Android to test in an attempt to figure out what each one was good at. If there’s one other thing I use my phone most for – barring the usual calling & texting, of course – it is to manage my todo lists. So this time around, I take the top task management apps on Android and put them through the paces to try and identify a winner.

Now I’m not new to this game, really. For years, I’ve pounced upon every app that had anything to do with task management, GTD and the likes. Having gone from using Remember The milk to Astrid to Wunderlist, back to Remember the Milk & Todoist, I keep going through the phases every time the landscape seems to change a bit. Consider this that phase, and join me as I go through each app and review it on three parameters – core features, user interface and other bells and whistles.

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School is upon us and as much as we’d hate to admit that summer is almost over, it’s time to start the preparations. Whether you’re headed to school or college, you’re probably looking for the most efficient ways to get ready for your new schedules and courses.

If you have an Android tablet, be it a new Nexus 7, an old Nexus 7, or any tablet from Samsung, Asus, or other companies, you already own one of the best tools for managing your school life. In this roundup, I will look at some of the best free apps for students — and teachers — to help you make the most of your Android tablet.

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When Google launched Keep a couple of months ago, everyone started comparing it with similar apps that have been around much longer. Although Evernote was the most talked about, there is no dearth of note-taking apps on the web or any of the popular mobile platforms. From plain text solutions to feature-packed mammoths, there is a ton of competition out there.

Having tried and endlessly switched between a whole bunch of apps over the years, I decided to give Keep a shot to check how it fared against some of the others that have come close to being a staple on my Galaxy Nexus.

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At the University where I teach, the Spring semester is in full swing. Students, Faculty, and Staff are settling in and getting into a good routine. One of the things I’ve noticed is that tablets are becoming a lot more popular among students, and for good reason! You can download textbooks, take notes, and stay organized; and there are tons of apps out there to help! While I won’t cover the basic/common apps (like Kindle or Google Books for textbooks), I do have 10 apps designed for both students and Android tablets.

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It’s National Novel Writing Month once again, time to challenge yourself to write 50000 words in 30 days, no easy feat! But with your Android device by your side, you can keep working on your novel or non-fiction book anywhere and anytime. Throughout this week, we’ll share our best apps, thoughts, and tips to help you achieve that writing goal.

Inspiration is something that’s probably important to your creative endeavours but things have changed since NaNoWriMo was first launched. We now live in the age of smartphones and tablets, devices we can utilise to collect our ideas and inspiration from anywhere. In this special roundup, we’re going to take a look at a selection of great Android apps for storing everything interesting you might come across – texts, web pages, photos, and more.

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Whether you are a professional who charges clients by the hour, or a productivity geek simply out to evaluate and analyze the time you spend on things, tracking time is a pretty mundane and potentially irritating activity. Of course, there are a lot of ways on the desktop and the web that you can make things easier – from simple spreadsheets to dedicated time tracking apps or full-fledged project management suites. But all of these methods have been traditionally computer-focused and are not best suited for when you are out and about.

If you’re always out and about, or simply use your Android smartphone a lot, you probably like to get things done on the handset and would like an easy way to track time on the go as well. If so, this is a good place to start. Rounded up below are a bunch of apps that you can use on your phone to track the time you spend on projects or pretty much anything else you might want to keep track of.
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Over the last few years, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives with most of us depending on them to help organize our work and personal lives. From primarily being communication tools, phones are quickly growing into swiss-army knives for everything we do on a daily basis – be it taking notes, maintaining todo lists for work and home, managing schedules or tracking what we do.

In this article, we will look at some of the best Android applications that can help you be more productive at work as well as in your personal life. Now there is no dearth of notes and todo list applications on the Android Market, but this is a list of some of the best ones out there.

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Being a student can be a tough at times. Not because of what it entails as a whole; by most accounts including my own it pretty much rocks. But at times studying, assignments, exams, part-time jobs and a hectic social life can really pile on the stress.

Flicking through the apps I have on my phone the other day I couldn’t help but realise that my college life is helped by so many of them. I wouldn’t know where I’d be without them. So I’ve picked out the top 20 apps that I think would be of use to college students all over the world, no matter where they live or what course they’re doing!
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Android has thousands of brilliant apps for all sorts of different uses, from apps to find where you parked your car, to apps for your personal trainers. One set of apps that many people over look though, is possibly the most used application on their phone: their keyboard.

While many of the different keyboards are similar, an app used as much as this needs to be suited as much as possible to your typing style. Finding the best keyboard could save you a lot of time, as well as embarrassing errors in your text!

How to change your keyboard

To change your keyboard after installing a new one, go to settings > Language and Keyboard, and then check your desired keyboard to enable it to be used.

Language and keyboard

Once you have any desired keyboards selected, you can then choose it as your default keyboard for input, you can also choose what keyboard to use whenever you’re writing by pressing and holding your finger on the text box for a few seconds.

Now that you know how to switch keyboards, read on to find out which to try out…

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