while I did Cancel my Google Play Pass subscription And no longer really browsing the apps section of the Play Store, I’ve amassed a number of fun and unique apps that I’ve relied on over the past year. I’m always on the lookout for new and exciting experiences, and ever since I got my Pixel 6 Pro from Google, I’ve taken the time to load it up with favourites.
Today, I wanted to share some of the apps that I enjoy on my phone that you may or may not have heard of before today. What follows is intentionally deleting games, usual Google apps, and other big name titles as writing about what you have already installed on your devices would be kind of a waste of time. Without further ado, let’s take a look!
Track my workouts
I love Google Fit, but there’s one thing it doesn’t really do as well as I would have liked. Yes, it tracks your steps, lets you measure your breath, heart rate, and more, it kind of sucks to let you track sets and reps during weight training (thanks to removing that, Google) as well as letting you build exercise schedules.
For this reason, he turned to GymKeeper. It uses a very Googley design, where all your exercises on the calendar are represented by a different color point. The only thing I have to have with my apps is nice layout, easy navigation, and multidimensional design if possible. In this case, I got as close as I could, and no other apps really fit the bill. I was so glad I came across GymKeeper, and use it a few times a week in the gym to keep track of my gains.
Keep track of my accumulated games
As someone who is obsessed with keeping track of everything in their life (many times to a mistake), I’ve tried filling several video game trackers backlog only to end up hating them for their lack of polish. Again, it should look cute and sexy, as it automatically pulls in your game’s cover art, metadata, and more. Stash does all this and more.
Now, you have Play Books and TV to keep track of your reading and watching experiences, and you can use Stash to keep track of what you’re playing. Google really needs to buy these guys or build something similar to fill that gap within its ecosystem. You can try to use Google Groups as a game backlog tracker If you like it, but it’s not perfect!
Thinking about everyday life
I try to use bullet magazine each day to gain insight into my life, how to live and, ultimately, to be more productive over time. However, for the diary experiences that happen in your life, paper is not always the best as you can’t dig through your entries, meaning that larger, more analytical notes are difficult to make.
Take it from someone who has already installed and tested every journal and diary app on the Play Store – Journey is the best. It is easy to use, beautiful and convenient to use. It already had a map of photo memories long before Google Photos came along, and there’s just something about seeing all your calendar entries Google can learn from.
Create a budget (and try to stick to it!)
While I have tried all the journal apps on the market, I have also spent quite a bit of time using every budget app out there. Spendee is one of the best and most amazing app that you can install. You need a budget more commonly, but Spendee makes managing your money less intimidating. You can also share your wallets with your loved ones, and connect the app directly to your bank to categorize transactions automatically. You’ll need to adjust these periodically, but sitting down once or twice a week and doing it (or better yet, when you’re spending something!) will keep this from becoming unruly.
Learn Japanese (or any other language)
I’m technically breaking the rule of installing and using Google’s most awesome and cool Material Design inspired app by promoting AnkiDroid, but when I learn Japanese and start dealing with “SRS” (spaced repetition) systems, Anki is The The go experience for language learning practice on the go.
Anki means “memorize” in Japanese, but the app can be used to help you learn any language, study for a medical or law exam, memorize people’s names or faces, learn about geography, poetry, or even guitar strings. You manually load into sets of smart flashcards that automatically and periodically recall incorrectly selected cards to increase knowledge retention in a way that is more effective than traditional study.
If you’re interested in more articles like this, just let me know! I love to share my favorite apps, but I’ve never done that. I’ve been reviewing my own apps, web apps, and all the experiments I’ve tried over the past few years and I’ve realized that storing all this great information is just a waste.
What are your favorite apps to use on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro? Are you using another phone entirely? If so, what are you swinging into now? Do you tend to keep track of your life and “lifelog” through apps, or do you just suite and use the basics? Let’s chat about it below!
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